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Old 07-04-2012, 10:56 PM
 
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Okay, I know I posted this type of thread before, but I'm trying to find other cities. The one city I have on my list right now (because I narrowed it down) is Sarasota. Great city and all, has lots of things, but also many bad sides to Sarasota, well at least from what I have heard. I hear it's not very safe and nor is Brandenton. That's a huge minus, if that's true of course and would in fact deter from living there or anywhere close to there. So again, making my "demands" more clear and less... well, strict. Downtown is my main concern to the town, I want a nice very lively downtown potentially by the water. I want lots of water sport enthusiasts who live there and lots of things for them to do. Scuba divers especially, as I am a diver. Good economy and housing market, lots of great food all over the place. So yeah, I really want, not really a small town feel, but just a young, lively town feel. I love towns like the Myrtle Beach area and places like that, but wouldn't it be great if that were in Florida. Very modern areas of it as well as the family owned businesses. So yes I want a modern town, by the gulf, with great character, and with a good economy. Is there not one place in Florida like this at all. Not one? I have heard of all theses places and think they are great, until people are telling stories about their experiences from living there. Saying how crappy it is and all that stuff. I'm sort looking into Venice, but that isn't very modern at all. I know this seems sort of snobbish, but I do want modern outlet malls and places like that as well as the great downtown area where people can mingle and have great food. I am just comfortable living in a place like that and that is what I want to continue having as part of my life. Wrapping it up: Modernized outlet malls/town centers, very lively downtown with great food, lots of scuba divers or water sports enthusiasts, modern homes, and a great economy. Also safety is pretty obvious, so yeah I want it to be safe. Thanks!
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:16 AM
 
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I mentioned St Petersburg on your other thread which is the only young and lively option on the Gulf Coast. The next best option would be Sarasota but it won't be as young as you're looking for. The next option I would offer would be Fort Myers.

If you really are looking for the best match, look to the Atlantic Coast. Cities like Hollywood, Delray Beach, Cocoa Beach and Jacksonville Beach are much better options than anything you would find on the Gulf Coast given your criteria.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:06 AM
 
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Sarasota, IMO, is the only place on the west coast that comes close to your list, as I have mentioned before. St. Pete is second. I disagree with Kyle on this because Sarasota is a MUCH more "modern" city, which seems to be important to you. St. Pete DOES have a beautiful, newer downtown, but the rest of the city is old and run-down because Pinellas County was built out years ago. St. Pete has a much larger population but a far less wealthy demographic than Sarasota, and it sorely lacks those modern shopping amenities you want. St Pete also has a far higher crime rate.

Sarasota is practically BOOMING with construction right now, including homes, shopping, businesses, a huge mega-mall and more. I already mentioned the fantastic food scene we have here. And the colleges. Siesta Key has a very lively, youthful scene, it truly is NOT all old people here. But so what - a lot of the older people here are hip and fun, anyway.

All cities have crime, and no one can give any guarantees about anywhere. If one of these two cities doesn't make it for you, then you will need to look at the larger cities on the east coast.

Good luck
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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I'm going to agree with you on the east coast thing, thanks dude.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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Sarasota, IMO, is the only place on the west coast that comes close to your list, as I have mentioned before. St. Pete is second. I disagree with Kyle on this because Sarasota is a MUCH more "modern" city, which seems to be important to you. St. Pete DOES have a beautiful, newer downtown, but the rest of the city is old and run-down because Pinellas County was built out years ago. St. Pete has a much larger population but a far less wealthy demographic than Sarasota, and it sorely lacks those modern shopping amenities you want. St Pete also has a far higher crime rate.

Sarasota is practically BOOMING with construction right now, including homes, shopping, businesses, a huge mega-mall and more. I already mentioned the fantastic food scene we have here. And the colleges. Siesta Key has a very lively, youthful scene, it truly is NOT all old people here. But so what - a lot of the older people here are hip and fun, anyway.

All cities have crime, and no one can give any guarantees about anywhere. If one of these two cities doesn't make it for you, then you will need to look at the larger cities on the east coast.

Good luck
Thank you, I have been researching Sarasota for a while now, it seems great, so I think that is staying on my list for sure. It seems fun and lively, maybe Siesta Key for a home or something, I can drive to Sarasota for anything else I need. Thanks again.
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