I understand preferring 1st hand experience. I've had relatives in Central FL since 1958... and my immediate family moved and has lived there since 1970. I've only gone there to visit family (at various times of the year). Aside from such visits, I will never go for any other reason.
I spent a summer, after graduation, in NYC. I got married in Chicago (after spending a couple of years in Northern Illinois). I much prefer either of those two places to any place in FL!
Feeling picked on... no one likes you? Maybe it's not THEM at all.