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Sandra
Tampa, FL

During the fall, winter and spring it is so gorgeous that you will want to spend your time doing outdoor activities such as gardening, exercising, visiting beaches, etc. However beware that many people complain of sinus problems for various reasons. There are a lot of oak tress so if you are allergic to pollen beware. Also, due to the humidity this city is mold heaven so there are a lot of moldy buildings. Those of you who can't stand cigarettes you will be happy to know that smoking prohibited in restaurants however it is allowed in bars. If you don't have respiratory problems you will be fine. Make sure to wear sunscreen though. The sun can be quite intense all year round.

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Anonymous
Indiana, PA

Getting Around Tampa - 4/22/2014

I love the idea of a city feel that Tampa has to offer. Theatre, culture, etc. The only question I have is how large is the city? Is it medium or large? I have a horrible sense of direction and fear I'll always get lost. I would need a gps to get around if it's too big. Is it intimidatingly big?

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Anonymous
Indiana, PA

How Large is Tampa? - 4/20/2014

Is Tampa considered a large or medium city? I was thinking of retiring there. An extremely large city where I would get lost intimidates me, although I have a gps. I was thinking of a moderately large city but not too large. Is it easy to get around without getting lost?

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Anonymous
Indiana, PA

Quality of Life in Tampa - 3/12/2014

I'm planning on retiring in 8-9 years. Is Tampa a good place to retire? I want to live in a place that has a lot of theatre/arts, comedy clubs, etc. A lot of people say it's too hot. I love the warm weather and have a pretty good tolerence for it. Crime is also an important factor. I realize every city has a lot of crime, but just how high is it? Is the city very large? Easy to get around? Is the general area of housing nice or run down? Comments please!

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Doug Hart, Tampa Recruiter
Tampa, FL

Tampa FL - 2/26/2014

A moderate cost of living area, 12% below the national average, with gorgeous weather most of the year.

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Joseph Joffo
Tampa, FL

About Tampa and Tampa Bay Florida - 2/9/2014

Tampa and Tampa Bay are home to some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches, exciting theme parks and museums! Tampa International Airport is the 31st busiest airport in the United States and has flights coming in from all over the world. Tampa is a perfect destination, connecting you easily to beaches on the West coast of Florida Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Treasure Island are within a short one hour drive. You can easily drive to Orlando checking out the popular attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios or Sea World. Renting a car is the most accommodating and logical way for sightseeing the action packed Central Florida tourist attraction. Using your rental car allows you to see some of the best kept secrets that the main stream tours do not offer. Such destinations like Anna Maria Island, Caledesi State Park, Fort de Soto State Park and the Gulf Coast are impossible to reach without a rent a car. You could travel south to the Everglades, Naples and Sanibel Islands to see some of nature’s best. You could also head north west from Tampa to Tarpon Springs, a Greek fishing village that’s known for its historic past as the sponge diving capitol. Maybe you’re more about thrills and adventures? Head east and visit the Richard Petty driving experience and see how it feels to be a NASCAR driver for a day. You could also visit Wonderworks, an upside down attraction for all ages. Orlando is also known for its many dinner show theaters to keep you entertained like Medieval Times, Pirates Dinner show or the Out of Control Magic Show. Families can find so many things to do and the options are practically unlimited. If you’re looking for a more romantic trip, head over to the East coast and see world famous Cocoa Beach or Daytona Beach, where you can shop at the Boardwalks, catch breath-taking sunsets and soak up the sun. If you want to travel a little further north on the East coast, the United States oldest city is St. Augustine. Here you can learn about the history of our country as well as take famous ghost tours in the Fort or stroll in a city tour. Back in Tampa, you can visit places like the Florida Aquarium, MOSI, Glazer Childrens Museum, Ybor City. Sports Fans can’t get enough of our town. There are numerous venues to catch a game at any time of the year. With The Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NY Yankees winter training headquarters, Tampa Bay Lightning or the Rowdies there’s always a game going on is shopping more of your guilty pleasure? You will love it here! We have major shopping malls, boutiques and lots of outlets inTampa. The different shopping options offer wide ranges of prices and interests. Another thing you can’t get enough of in Tampa is food! There are so many unique and multi-cultural options ranging anywhere from Cuban to Peruvian or French to Greek Cuisines. Unlike some other popular vacation spots, Tampa Bay has affordable parking prices. You won’t have to worry about so many extra surprise expenses when traveling here. Renting a car from Econo Car Rentals is one of the best vacation decisions you can make, allowing you freedom to make your own schedule. Frequent travelers can benefit from our Loyalty Rewards program to help save even more money !

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Debra
Tampa, FL

just moved to New Tampa from San Diego Ca - 1/11/2014

My husband is getting into the purchases of Tax Liens both liens and deeds and we were interested in different areasin Florida mainly mid to Northern Florida

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Jean
Tampa, FL

Tampa FL. - 12/31/2013

I know some love it here, but it is hot & humid. It is NOT as sunny as the advertisements would have you believe. Climate change has definitely affected this area. I grew up in this town, so I do know it has changed. So many overcast/cloudy days, sometimes I think it is London with heat! However, Tampa does not have the "Old South" feel that Fred of Orange Park talked about. I have lived in Jax, so I do know what he mean. Traffic is terrible here. If you want to enjoy "city like" activities, then stick to the south Tampa area. Golfers, go north Tampa. The nicer restaurants are in South Tampa, north Tampa is almost all chains (Chili's, etc.). Get a job before moving here! Pay rates in Florida are about half of what they are in the Northeast. You will use your AC from April thru October, continuously (you will be trading your northern heating bills for southern AC bills.) Tampa is a very sports oriented town, so if you like that, this is your place. There are no practical public transportation options. It is not a good town for biking, this is due to weather and drivers running over bicyclists. So just be aware of that. Plenty of doctors & hospitals here. Tampa is not a beach town, so you will have to drive a while to get to the beach. Generally that is about a 30 to 45 minute drive, not including time to look for parking. The beaches are very nice.

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Jean
Tampa, FL

Thinking of moving to Tampa? - 12/31/2013

It is hot & humid.

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Fred
Orange Park, FL

What is Tampa like (relocating) - 7/17/2013

I need some help! I relocated to Jax over a year ago. It is very "Old South" and slow. I am looking to move to Tampa. What is the difference? I heard that it is more progressive there and people are not as "south" and slow. Can you shed some light on this. I am not looking for a fast, Chicago lifestyle, or club life, just a progressive with it type of feel to the city. Jacksonville feels like a "big" little city. I am from the midwest and i feel that they were are much more forward thinking than Jax residents. Tell me Tampa is a much better place please. Details! Thanx

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Mia
Tampa, FL

Sunshine & Rain - 3/19/2013

Winters in Tampa are wonderfully mild and sunny. Daily thunderstorms in the summer become part of the rhythm of life, though the sweltering heat takes some adjustment.

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brodius
San Diego, CA

business - 1/29/2013

hello Im living in san diego right now looking to move to tampa because its around water and the price of living is very cheap, im a small business owner.. can anyone tell me is tampa small business friendly... thank...

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Yolanda
Delavan, WI

Moving to Florida? - 1/21/2013

I plan on moving to Tampa florida hopefully soon. But i a little confussed on where in Tampa i should move too. Is it more expensive to live in the City or live on the outside of the city? Is there a diffrence. I would really love to live in the city so I could be close to my work and everything else in the city. Any suggestions?

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Arlene
Boynton Beach, FL

Searching for my next home - in Tampa? - 12/30/2012

I recently moved to South Florida after living in PA all my life. We lived in Collegeville, about 30 miles outside of Philly. It's a small town with beautiful communities. We owned our home, which regrettably we sold and headed to florida in search of more laid back living. Did we get a rude awakening. Since we've been here, I found work and promptly lost my job, something I never experienced before. My husband found work right away but works 10 times harder than he every did, for less money. We thought we were moving to paradise, but I think we left paradise behind! I absolutely hate the Gold Coast. I could never afford a home here and it's too overly commercial. We drive around looking for a neighborhood I might like to live in, but only miss PA more. Originally, we wanted to move to the Tampa area but people said work would be hard to find. I think I would like the west coast better than the east. The east is too overly developed already. Miami was so over the top that I couldn't wait to get out of there. Its a nice place to visit or vacation in but I wouldn't want to live there. I guess I'm a quiet country girl at heart. Can anyone tell me about living in Tampa and jobs? I really think I would like the west better but at this point, I'd like to hear from folks living in the area before making any moves. I've already screwed up once and I don't want to keep hopping all over florida finding a place to live. I'd appreciate any locals sharing their experience and thoughts with me. - Thanks!

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Robert
Naples, FL

relocating to FL - 12/22/2011

I am currently living in Colorado and am looking to move back to Florida this summer. I lived in Naples for a while and am really interested in Tampa and the surrounding area. I will be working on a Doctorate at USF and would like to be someplace not too far from the beach yet not too expensive. Ive heard good things about Brandon. Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks.

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Abbd
Easton, PA

Going Downhill? - 10/17/2011

Many who live in or visited Tampa often over many years feel that crime is going up while overall quality of live has gone down in many areas of Tampa. Services have been cut due to budget problems. St Petersburg may be a slightly better bet, but the same thing is happening there. It may be just the fact that this recession has hit the whole state of Florida harder than most other states. Unemployment is higher. Budget cuts have been brutal. Looks like another 2 billion+$ will have to be cut in 2012. If looking at Tampa as a place to move to, make sure you check out St Pete and a little farther south and see Sarasota. Busch Gardens in Tampa is the best theme park in FL in my opinion. FLAmoveGuide

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Abbd
Easton, PA

Tampa has gone down hill since the recession - 9/24/2011

Like many Florida Cities, the housing crash has taken it's toll. With about 40% of homes with mortgages being underwater, there are more foreclosures in FL than just about any other state. Grass and weeds growing to the roof, broken windows,etc. these homes turn a neighborhood ugly quick because it takes the banks over a year to take them back. St Pete is not much better. Look a little farther south to Sarasota and Venice, FL. Even Englewood or Punta Gorda. Low home prices but lower crime too.

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Ron
Tampa, FL

Tampa is like a bad child, sometimes its ugly and - 5/24/2011

I have been in Tampa for 8 years. When I moved here I had only planned to be here no more than two years, obviously that changed. There are days when I cant wait to get out of here but then Tampa will show me her nice side and I think, wow what a beautiful place to live. The good: The airport is the best in this country, I travel for work and TPA always impresses me and makes me feel proud. The downtown area and Riverwalk. The downtown has made a HUGE step forward since I have moved here. We now have 3 new beautiful museums. One of the most successful convention centers in the country. The Riverwalk, although still under construction is simply awesome and theres a new waterfront park that attracts so many good events and people. Ybor city: Yes Ybor city has seen some dark days but its coming back and there is simply no place like it in the US. Travel magazine named 7th Ave one of the best streets in the country and for good reason. You may not find a Starbucks and Crate and Barrel but you will surely find it interesting. The beaches: White sand beaches are a short drive away. Need I say more? The bad: Tampa is not a flashy city and the people here are mostly working class. The bad thing about this is its hard to find a good neighborhood thats not overun with shabby looking houses, at least within the downtown core. I live in South Tampa which anyone will tell you is the "place to live". I get so irritated because it seems my neighbors dont give a sh*t about keeping their homes up. Its this way all over the city and I really hate it. The tax structure here is also irritating. Florida caters to the elderly and so you may be paying $6000 per year in taxes while your neighbor who has passed the house down through the family pays $600 per year. Thats my situation and its just not right. The heat. Its just too stinking hot to even be outside for nearly 7 months out of the year. May through November is miserable in my opinion. Overall, I like Tampa and if I never leave I will be OK. I think its got enough good to outweigh the bad.

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Michel
Orlando, FL

Advice please on Richmond Place in New tampa, - 2/14/2011

Good day every one, we are about to purchase property New Tampa in Hillsborough County. The condo area is called: Richmond place. Will appreciate any info please about Richmond Place itself (appropriacy for permenat stay)and new tampa regarding raising a family. Thanks,e mail mbekhazi@ducab.com

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Bob
Tampa, FL

A good place to retire! - 11/7/2010

I moved here with my wife in 2005 after I retired! We rented in the Temple Terrace area for 7 months while a house we bought was being built! We didn't buy a 3,000, or 5,000 sq foot house for hundreds of thousands of dollars, We bought a $100,000 house, 1300 sq. ft.,3/2/2, 35 minutes north of Tampa in a newer neighborhood! Our first year here was a little tough getting used to, it is hot in the summer, but I loved watching the blizzards up north on TV! And as you get older, the heat feels better then the cold! We paid $3,000. a year that first year on homeowners tax, and insurance, still less then what we paid in Ct.! Today with the bad economy, we pay $1,400. a year because everything has gone down. Its tough on people who work, but great for retirees! Our house is worth $75,000. today, but we're not selling, so its all paper, and the lower net worth of our house makes our bills lower! The lower prices make it good for the new people who want to come here to retire, there are some great deals! Retiring here is good, but I wouldn't come here to work, the good paying jobs are few, and far apart! If you live on a budget, this is a very cheap place to live, but again, not if your younger, and still working! I would say to those unhappy here on the Gulf coast of Florida, that life is so short to be unhappy about where you live, move to where you'll be happy, I did, and someday, if I choose, I'll move again! You'll get nowhere just complaining on a site like this! To those looking for a place to retire, I've driven across the country 3 times in my life, been in every one of the lower 48 states, for me, this is the best area to retire! The housing is cheap, much cheaper then up north, living expences are less then up north, and you've got so much to do from all the sports-pro & college, theater, museums, beaches, boating, fishing, casinos, cruises, Disney, Bush Gardens, and others!!! Or you can do just nothing, and enjoy the weather while your friends and relatives are shoveling snow!! The mistake I saw down here over the last 5 years is people living-buying over their means, I could have bought a house 3 times bigger, and 3 times more expensive, but we chose to buy only what we needed! There were lots of stories of people living in 3,000-5,000 sq ft. houses with almost no furniture in their houses, cause they couldn't afford it! The more house you buy, the more you'll pay in taxes, insurance, and electricity, so buy what you need, and can afford! Is there anything better then seeing palm trees in peoples yards dressed up in Christmas lights?!!!

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Susan
Brandon, FL

Update on Tampa Area - August 2010 - 8/23/2010

In the Tampa Bay area the housing market is one of the worst in the country. You do have the beaches, sports and nearby attractions. There is no income tax, but they dollar you to death. Example: Duplicate Title for your car last year was $25, this year $85. Be ready to shell out a boat load for new tags now-at lease $300 per vehicle. Schools here are horrible. I wouldn't put my kid in a FL school if my life depended on it. Crime is totally out of control, with armed robberies on the increase. The only jobs available are low income service jobs or public sector such as schools, government. Traffic is a nightmare and the weather is very hot and humid for 9 months out of the year. (not to mention hurricanes). Oh, and if you purchase a home, your homeowners insurance will cost you $2-3K per year and your property taxes will cost $6K on a $300K home. Tampa is a nice place to vacation - not to live!

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