A record-breaking number of Americans left the Big Apple behind in August.
According to an analysis of data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 5,833 New Yorkers switched over to a Florida drivers license in the month of August. The yearly total: 41,000.
“First it was the billionaires. Then it was the rich following behind them. Now you have the middle class,” said Alvin Valley, a fashion designer who moved to Palm Beach during the COVID pandemic.
“A lot of families just began to feel like New York was becoming unlivable,” Valley added, The New York Post reported. “Especially for younger couples with kids in their thirties and forties. They don’t want to get on the subway. It’s a safety issue, it’s a schools issue.”
Back in April, NYC Mayor Eric Adams tried to lure Floridians to the Empire State by buying digital billboard advertisements attacking Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law.
“I am the mayor of New York City, but I have a message for Florida’s LGBTQ+ community — come to a city where you can say and be whoever you want,” Adams said at the time. “Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill is the latest shameful, extremist culture war targeting the LGBTQ+ community. Today, we say to the families living in fear of this state-sponsored discrimination that you will always have a home in New York City.”
Looking at the latest numbers, it doesn’t seem like Adams’ had too much success.
More over at The New York Post:
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