One of the things I find most sad about any of the communities I know and visit (I live at the north end of Longboat Key) is that you hardly ever see people on the streets, and you almost never see children playing. Yes, you see walkers and bike riders and joggers on Gulf of Mexico Drive, but not "people."
One of the joys of being in Hoboken New Jersey is seeing and enjoying the street life...young mothers with young children, dogs, strollers, shoppers.
Head west to Clinton New Jersey and you almost never see anything like the same street life.
The best kinds of places to live in have a wonderful mixture of young and older and old people. Lots of young people came to Longboat Key in the 60's and 70's and 80's, and now they are older, and young couples are not replacing them, mostly because the inflated market prevented them from being able to afford Longboat Key.
Longboat Key is now affordable....check it out. Call a Realtor and see if what I'm saying is not true!
Michael Saunders & Company
3174 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key FL 34228
941-383-5502; cell 941-225-3351
PS I would never recommend Siesta Key for young couples with children...Siesta Key is a party place for young singles.