The White Stuff, Florida Style. Winter in Florida is cold for those of us who live here. Locals do not visit the beach frequently when it is cold; the wind blows and seems to chill you to the bone. Northerners laugh. We are used to very hot summers so it doesn't take much cold to really chill and make us shiver. We are facing one of the coldest winters ever and longest cold spells in many years. I feel badly for visitors who come in hopes of Florida sun and warmth. We need to be patient, it will return. Those of us who live here need to revel in the cold because the heat of summer, heck who am I kidding spring will be here before we know it.