whiterose, that really bugs me that you heard that in Florida, of all places. We're one of the most culturally diverse states in the nation, and I for one love listening to all the different accents and trying to guess (to myself) where each person is from.
I don't know where you were originally from, but I'm sure your accent is beautiful. (I'm sitting here listening to my boss's North Carolina drawl against my British-educated Lebanese colleague, and they both sound great. I am generally told I don't have an accent - many native Floridians are every bit as generic as Midwesterners - but I have a little Alabama on tap if I need it.)