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View Poll Results: Is Tampa really that much better than Orlando?
Yes 31 54.39%
No 26 45.61%
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:51 PM
 
Location: Somewhere
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I'm close to a native, been here most of my life. I think Florida has changes in topography, it certainly has changes in environments. For instance Gainesville where I went to college is nothing like Ft. Myers where I grew up. The Panhandle is nothing like the South Florida. Most of the interior state following along US 27 is pretty hilly to me. I have lived in other areas of the country with more traditional hills but I consider the center of the state to be hilly. Of course it's just my opinion.
Of course. To those of us who are used to mountains those hills are a joke. LOL. But hilly they are.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:32 AM
 
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Lakeland is East of Tampa, like halfway between Tampa and Orlando. Springhill is in the northern part of Tampa Bay.
I've always wondered this, is Lakeland part of Tampa Bay or considered it's own separate region. Most people don't consider it part of CFL but does Lakeland have it's own news stations and newspapers like Sarasota Bradenton or does it just use the TB resources?
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:10 AM
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I've always wondered this, is Lakeland part of Tampa Bay or considered it's own separate region. Most people don't consider it part of CFL but does Lakeland have it's own news stations and newspapers like Sarasota Bradenton or does it just use the TB resources?
I've never considered it to be part of TB. When people refer to the greater TB area, they usually include St. Pete and Clearwater but never Lakeland.
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Somewhere
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I've never considered it to be part of TB. When people refer to the greater TB area, they usually include St. Pete and Clearwater but never Lakeland.
It is part of the Greater Tampa area but most people don't think of Lakeland as Tampa Bay

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Old 05-14-2015, 05:26 PM
 
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Of course. To those of us who are used to mountains those hills are a joke. LOL. But hilly they are.
Please don't tell us that you're some sort of Coloradan mountain snob, lol.
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Orlando Metro Area
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As someone said a few pages back in similar words, "I'm a Florida Fan," and for 90% of that state so am I. I do have my prefered locations within the state for everything from favorite cities, best downtowns, favorite east coast beach to surf, favorite east coast beach to eat, nicest west coast beach, and so on and so forth.

However, I am super pro Orlando not only because it gets way too much flack on this forum, but also because I do believe it is doing something very different from any other big metro (at least the big 4) in the state right now. At the same time our downtown CBD, surrounding bungalow neighborhoods, suburbs along the SunRail route, and even our long neglected attractions corridor of I-Drive are growing with such a sense of interconnected purpose.

Sure I've heard about all the condos going up in Brickell, or the Uptown Miami area changing into an artist driven area that is far more organically developed than the rest of urban Miam, but I just don't feel it has the ability to impact South Florida the way the last 5 years or so going into the next 10 plus will affect how Central Florida comes together.

Think about it, in recent years we've basically replaced all of our aging venues with new ones that will ensure the success of our athletic and performing arts for decades. We've built an MLS team from the ground up, installed a 62 mile commuter rail system in a region plagued with sprawl, given downtown a new look due to infill project, art installations, expanded the free bus circulator downtown, are about to build a huge UCF downtown campus in the now underway Creative Village where the old arena once was.

Our airport is expanding as our theme parks have also expanded (and continue to do so) in leaps and bounds. We now welcome nearly 60 million visitors a year and our brand as the world's most popular destination is fully cemented (sorry Vegas). Part of the airport's expansion is a multimodal transit station that will house a hopeful expansion of SunRail, a train to Miami and points south, and most excitingly a privately funded Maglev train from MCO to I-Drive.

The mere fact that 2 private rail corporations are banging down Orlando's door to connect our airport with places of interest suggest to me that Orlando is poised for even more growth as a destination. I-drive just added a 400 foot observation wheel, an aquarium, wax museum, and some new dining options which is fantastic, but if the plans go forth for the Poler Coaster, Mango's Cafe, and the ISquare Mega Mall, that first wave of I-drive attractions will seem like child's play.

Meanwhile at the parks Disney is building Avatar themed areas in DAK, DHS is probably gonna be renamed and much of the park will go to make way for a real life Star Wars World which makes sense with Disney about to make a new SW trilogy. They also are making progress on a complete revamp of Downtown Disney/Pleasure Island by transforming and expanding it into Disney Springs.

Universal expanded Harry Potter, built more hotels, remodeled CityWalk, and has started construction on a water park. Rumors also are flying that Universal will build a 3 gate someday on property adjacent to Wet n Wild that was sold off by Lockhead Martin that has been a vacant eyesore in that area for years.

So with the impending theme park wars about to go on, Orlando braces for how the southern corner of it's metro will be directly affected by all the new toys in town, but this kind of growth spills over to the rest of town. Now we're seeing our tech industry flourish in formerly shuttered Church Street Exchange, Lake Nona Medical City is heating up again, UCF continues to grow both out in East Orlando at the main campus but also as I mentioned with brand new ones in key areas for the metro.

And lastly one that I often underestimate the impact of myself, but the ultimate I-4 project. This is one of the largest single effort projects the state has ever done. I'm still not sure after the grueling 6 years of work how I'll feel about what a completely replaced interstate from our northern suburb of Longwood to Universal will do for the region, but when you combine the uniformed feel it will give motorists approaching Orlando from out in the burbs all the way through town, you can't help but at least be mildly excited (for lack of a better word) about the new aesthetic.
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Old 05-26-2015, 02:49 PM
 
Location: South/Central Florida
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Tampa feels more like a big city and Orlando feels more like a giant tourist attraction. That being said, I prefer Orlando. More things to do, cleaner, better road system, better restaurants, ect.
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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I've always wondered this, is Lakeland part of Tampa Bay or considered it's own separate region.
There's one thing you need to know about Florida... Everything from Tallahassee to Miami is consider "Tampa." Not "Tampa Bay," Tampa.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:30 AM
 
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I've always wondered this, is Lakeland part of Tampa Bay or considered it's own separate region. Most people don't consider it part of CFL but does Lakeland have it's own news stations and newspapers like Sarasota Bradenton or does it just use the TB resources?
We lived in Lakeland for almost 2 years. It has it's own newspaper (Lakeland Ledger), electric company, performing arts center, art center, news stations etc. Being between Tampa and Orlando almost equally it does not seem to be included in either area. I always found it strange that Lakeland (and Polk County) didn't have it's own sub-forum here while dinky little places like Ocala do.

Lakeland is a very nice smallish city (100,000 pop) that totally stands on its own. I believe it has something like 9 small colleges, plus the fantastic new campus of USF Polytechnic.
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:01 AM
 
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I always found it strange that Lakeland (and Polk County) didn't have it's own sub-forum here while dinky little places like Ocala do.
I agree, that falls in line with Gainesville which is similarly sized as well.
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