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Old 08-02-2013, 02:56 PM
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Tampa is more like your average mid-sized US city.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:15 AM
Location: 'Bout a mile off Old Mill Road
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Originally Posted by Sunshinecc View Post
And I can vouch for the rudeness of up north.

The only places I see down to earth friendliness is the Cape and RI beach communities, or actually RI for the most part.

No idea if this has any truth to it but the ones who live for the beach/coastline/outdoor life seem to be the friendliest.
Generally speaking, Rhode Islanders are the friendliest, warmest, most down-to-earth New Englanders even though some may be a little ornery and rough-around-the-edges due to their working class/blue-collar occupations and/or upbringings. Also, Rhode Islanders are definitely the most comical New Englanders. Just watching Rhode Islanders interact is a hoot--they have the best facial expressions and contortions. I'm willing to bet this probably has to do with the strong Italian, Portuguese, and Greek influences. However, Outside of Providence and it's suburbs, most white Rhode Islanders are of Irish, English, and/or French-Canadian ancestry. Unfortunately, these folks have a reputation for being cold, standoffish, and aloof which is somewhat true.

I'm speaking from firsthand experience since I lived in Rhode Island for the first 18 years of my life, and I've traveled New England extensively.

I've never been to Jacksonville or Tallahassee, so I don't how they compare to the other major cities in Florida in terms of friendliness; however, I used to live in South Florida, and I've been to Tampa and Orlando more times than I can count. IMO, Tampa is definitely the friendliest major city out of the three. People in Tampa are much more pleasant, easier-going, courteous, and helpful than people in Miami and Orlando. This is probably due to the fact that Tampa Bay is home to more transplanted Midwesterners, New Englanders, and Southerners as well as more Florida natives than Miami and Orlando. For example, one of the nicest, friendliest, most polite waitress I've ever had in my entire life was at an IHOP on Fowler Ave.

You have to understand that I'm still suffering from PTSD after living in Boca for two years.
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:57 PM
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I think in services, as in food, retail etc, customer service is a MUST, you are graded and diciplined if you do not come accross sweet. BUT that is NOt always reality. Some just love people, others just their own and others just hate folks period.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:37 PM
Location: Both coasts
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i'm not fond of Florida in general but the people were noticeably nicer and not as hostile in Tampa Bay than Miami/ Ft Lauderdale. More rednecky.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by matt357 View Post
How rude are people in Tampa, compared to Miami?
People are really nice in Tampa! I was surprised when I went there for the first time 2 years ago. I think it's because of the military base there. People in the military tend to be nice and conservative and that usually carries out into the area as well. Miami is just third world.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:51 PM
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Tampa soon be 3rd world too honey. They don't start paying what is need to live and keep shutting down progress at every turn, be worse.. Attitude plays a very important part to be treated nicely,,, you come with your nose looking down you will get same back. Miami just wont play your game.
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