Welcome, Nick. Glad to have you entering this great sport.
Florida is also the doldrums through the summer. It will pick up again in October-November. This is not to say you can't catch a decent day or two in Pensacola during the summer, but it's a long drive for you just to get "skunked" by the wind. (I know where Lake Charles is.)
Hatteras Island, NC is your best bet for the summer months if you're willing to travel to a great USA learning spot. If you're intent on Florida, the Keys are best during the summer (but you might as well travel to Hatteras if you're willing to go all the way to the Keys). You might want to think again about the Galveston area. There are instructors there and some good shallow spots for beginners. It's close enough to Lake Charles that you could watch the wind forecasts and drive over on short notice.
Fly the heck out of your new trainer kite (pick any park or field around Lake Charles). Fly it whenever you can. Once it's second nature (when you can fly it under control without watching it), check out some instructors in Galveston or even closer to home. You don't need the world's best location to learn (but S. Padre and Hatteras are great options if you can get there).
See you on the water.