The weather is a boon, but the real benefits are the lower taxes, better bankruptcy law (homesteading exemption), and less government generally.
Virtually every estate planning client I have worked with over the past decade originally living in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut has purchased property in Florida and taken steps to change residence and domicile to Florida or another low tax state.
Yes, and they bring their liberal attitudes and voting habits with them. They sh!t where they ate in NY, Ct or wherever ruining those states, and now the're busy ruining FL and TX because they're too stupid and too arrogant (dunno why, but NY, MA and NJ people seem to be a lot more full of themselves than the rest of the country ie. "flyover country") to realize that their attitudes are what caused the problem in their previous abode.
As a soon to retire Cter, we have picked the Villages. Golf, lots to do, and I hear wild women galore.