As many Miami residents know, since the start of the COVID-19, there has been a large influx of New Yorkers moving to Miami. Many different people have various opinions based on their age as to whether it is a good or bad thing and how it is affecting their lives. Whether the issue is the traffic or just the overcrowding, most Miami citizens aren’t in favor of the many New Yorkers coming.
Anyone who has been to Miami knows there’s always traffic. Every day of the week, morning and afternoon, there are cars piled up just to get to a short destination. If someones been to Miami recently they may have noticed that the traffic issue has grown. There is even more traffic now, and many believe the cause of that is the migration of New Yorkers. Few are in favor of traffic or like it in any way, so this is a very negative result of this phenomenon.
A big factor that is causing many New Yorkers to move to Miami is the tax difference. In Florida, there are low state and city personal income taxes. In New York, these taxes can be up to 13%. This obviously would be a big factor that would cause someone to move; 13% tax can add up to a lot of money, so if people have an opportunity to avoid paying it, many will jump at the chance.
Tenth grade Scheck Hillel student, Natalie Esquenasi, had a strong opinion on the topic. She states, “ask for my opinion on the New Yorkers making their way to Miami, I’m against it. Throughout the progression of this long coronavirus process that is taking up over a year, more and more New Yorkers have come to the point where now Miami is filled with New Yorkers. Usually my drive to school is about 15 minutes but now it takes at least 30. And that goes for everything. If I wanna go get gas or ice cream or anything it’s always a much bigger process just to run small errands. Usually my drive to school is about 15 minutes but now it takes at least 30. And that goes for everything. If I wanna go get gas or ice cream or anything it’s always a much bigger process just to run some small errands. Yeah, I can understand their reasoning for coming to Miami, but at the same time it is not where they’re from and I feel like it’s an absurd amount that is coming here.”
On the other hand, another tenth-grade Scheck Hillel student, Maya Lev-tov, is originally from New York. She states, “I hear many of my friends complaining about the traffic issues and the crowd in this in the inability to make reservations at any nice restaurants since the New Yorkers have made their way to Miami, but I don’t see as big an issue with it as they do. I moved to Miami from New York many years ago, before COVID, but just like the ones coming now, I was with them at one point and I can fully understand why they’re coming here because my family did the same thing. With the tax difference and the lifestyle here, it’s definitely appealing. It was the best idea for us to move to Miami. I am also happy many New Yorkers are coming down because during this year many of my past friends have moved to Miami making us rekindle and unite us. I don’t see a problem with the New Yorkers coming to Miami because I am a New Yorker who came to Miami and I feel that we should all be accepted with open arms.”
There are many different opinions on this matter, but in the end, I don’t think it matters because there are still more and more New Yorkers coming and no one can stop them. The people who are against them coming will just have to deal with the traffic and overcrowding because there’s nothing they can do about it.