Just want to start out saying this is a great resource and forum
I will introduce myself as a 43 old married man with one son at the University of Florida and two daughters ages 9 and 13. I was pretty much raised in Orlando till several years ago I was able to transfer with my company up to Washington County, Fl which is pretty much halfway between Dothan, Al and Panama City. We decided to get out of the rat race (my decision really) and move to an area with great values and a great place to raise kids.
A few years ago my wife asked about getting a few beehives for personal use. I kept putting it off till finally after enough pestering I said why not. I tell you though just reading about it from here and elsewhere boggles the mind, I had second doubts. I talked to one member here (Bitteroot) by phone and he is new as well but calmed some of my doubts. So this fall and winter I plan to build at least 3 hives along with maybe 1-3 Nuc boxes and jump in.
The thinking is that it will be a great 4-H project for my two daughters who are interested in the whole process as well plus being a great hobby along with the end benefit of honey.
I will have hundreds of questions so please bear with me and I also have a great resource (hopefully) just a few miles down the road who was the past president of the Florida Beekeepers Association which I am going to arrange to meet with next week.
So anyway that is it in a nutshell....I will have a post in the general section shortly with a few questions I have on my mind as of now.