In the book Tangerine, why did Erik's family move to Florida?

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Erik’s family moved to Florida because of its football craze which would increase Erik’s chances of being scouted and awarded a scholarship. Additionally, Mr. Fisher had accepted an engineering job there. However, the family had a difficult time adjusting to their new home. Erik’s parents adored him for his exceptional skill but ignored their other, less talented, legally blind son Paul. Even though Erik tormented Paul and Paul tried to bring it to his parent’s attention, they did not take heed. It was in Florida that Erik’s bad nature revealed itself when he got into trouble for being part of a duo that committed multiple thefts in the neighborhood and caused a nuisance. Paul also revealed to the authorities about his brother’s involvement in the fatal injuries inflicted on Luis. During a confrontation between Paul and Erik, Paul had a vivid flashback in which he recalled the activities that led to his defective vision. Erik was responsible for his blindness, a fact that his parents had lied to him about throughout his childhood. In the end, Paul and his father have a chance to reconcile as he marked a new beginning in his life. The family's move to Florida, though intended to bolster Erik's football, turned out to be a chance for Paul to begin anew and mend his relationship with his parents. He also got the opportunity to play soccer and nurture his skills, a chance that he was denied in the previous town due to his vision.

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