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Old 04-13-2010, 12:32 PM   Topic Starter
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Tell me about Tampa Bay? What do you know?

I told the company in Phoenix thanks but no thanks. Now, I've got a job in Tampa Bay that I've interviewed for, past the tech screen and HR wants to talk. What do I need to know about the area? Which ones are nice? Avoid? etc. Looks like you get beachfront property for 1/2 of what it was worth a year ago. Has the area real estate reached bottom yet?

The job would be at a military base in the area on the bay.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:33 PM   #2
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The humidity during the summer is unbearable.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:44 PM   #3
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The humidity during the summer is unbearable.
I went there in July 2 years ago for a vacation. I know there is a trade off of no ice storms but you get the summer humidity. No tornados but hurricane threats instead.
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:23 PM   #4
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I went there in July 2 years ago for a vacation. I know there is a trade off of no ice storms but you get the summer humidity. No tornados but hurricane threats instead.
not alot of hurricanes in tampa on par w/ the rest of the gulf coast.
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:21 AM   #5
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I went there in July 2 years ago for a vacation. I know there is a trade off of no ice storms but you get the summer humidity. No tornados but hurricane threats instead.
Sarasota is close by and is kinda like Overland Park moved to Florida. might consider it. A bit of a drive each day probably 30 miles or so.D
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:39 AM   #6
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The humidity during the summer is unbearable.
One acclimates to it. It's like living in the Southern Hemisphere, in that we stay inside for those 3-4 months. Ya' know like you guys do in winter. You hibernate right? Well we do the same thing only it's in central air conditioning or staying in a pool. The rest of the year is BEAUTIFUL weather though. No snow to plow or dig out, no ice to chip off the the car. NICE!

Real estate is ugly though. Especially residential. But people are friendlier than in the NAWTH! And that's what it's all about as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:33 PM   #7
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:35 PM   #8
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Awesome area. Would love to settle down in one of the outer areas of Tampa like Clearwater, Largo, or Tarpon Springs.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:53 PM   #9
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It's a pretty good bet that the real estate is about as cheap as it will get around there. It's pretty bad. Mostly second homes or out of control development. Beware of the chinese drywall. I'm not a 'beware of XXX' guy, but this is serious. Most development was cheap, fast, and lazy. Chinese drywall and similarly shitty materials should be expected in general 'development' scenarios.

Tampa itself is a Disney version, imo, of where people go for fun but don't really mean it. YBAR is the downtown hotspot, the "Bourbon Street' of Tampa. Except you can't look sideways, can't play skip, can't do...X. Very highly patrolled, very highly regulated. If you've been to New Orleans, the Keys, Vegas, etc...Simply strolling down the street with a drink in hand in khakis might realistically get you questioned. It's not a police state, but if you're young and vibrant it's a little off-putting to be an urban downtown that resembles a 'family-friendly' entertainment arena (see: Disneyland).

The rest of the place is blue hairs and long, 2-3 lane stretches. The place caters to that. You can find alternatives is you seek it out, but there is a possiblilty you won't have the will after a while.

Beaches, sunshine, fishing is killer. St. Pete is pretty cool, and there is some great architecture around.
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:01 PM   #10
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That said, I'm a total snob, btw. If you're in Phoenix, I think that town is a truckstop. It's hot and completely...ugh. The next block is a repeat of the last. Strip malls, sprall. Etc. No personality.

BUT...Within a few hours, in any direction, is absolute beauty and wonderment. Except the ocean.
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:03 PM   #11
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That said, I'm a total snob, btw. If you're in Phoenix, I think that town is a truckstop. It's hot and completely...ugh. The next block is a repeat of the last. Strip malls, sprall. Etc. No personality.

BUT...Within a few hours, in any direction, is absolute beauty and wonderment. Except the ocean.
I'm in the KC suburbs.
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:10 PM   #12
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I'm in the KC suburbs.
Hmm. The stomping grounds of the first lassie who stole a
bit of my heart. I approve.

The humidity is probably overblown, honestly, if that matters. The mid-west, Kansas, Missouri, can be just as oppressive. Those august days with 90+ heat, 85+% humidity won't be rare, but they aren't as frequent as said, either. They're also accompanied by a nice sea breeze. I'd venture a guess, if you were to check out the NOAA website, that Kansas hits 90+ more often than Tampa. Heat index/humidity included.
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They too have a football team that picks in the top 5 consistently!
No matter where I live or how long I live, I shall cheer no other.
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