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Old 01-11-2012, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Clearwater FL,
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Default Tampa bay FL looking for a new start.

Hello my name is Tim currently i live in Florida but looking for a better area for me and my family.We have a son with special needs and programs in this area have met a dead end i have friends in the Norfolk area who like living there mostly we're looking for a fresh start been researching numerous areas would like input before making such a big decision.btw been in Florida since'75.
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:58 PM
 
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Not sure what you are looking for as far as "input"? Do you have any specific questions?
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:22 PM
 
Location: Clearwater FL,
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Mostly info on schools and programs for people with disabilities programs here are non-existent cost of living is another consideration.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Thornrose
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I don't have any specific info to offer, but my dad lives in Clearwater and I can attest that there are some similarities between the two. I do like the Tampa Bay area, but only to visit. I would never be happy living there, as much as my dad wants me to move there. I think overall, Tampa Bay has nicer areas, but VA may be better with your childs needs. I don't hear many good things about FL schools or programs. And traffic here may be only a little bit better. Good luck making a decision!
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:59 PM
 
Location: on the road again
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I spend a good amount of time in Tampa, I would look elsewhere besides the Hampton Roads area if I was you....
I understand wanting what is best for your child and family but I dont think Hampton Roads is the answer. I think you will find many of the issues that the Tampa area has are right here in Hampton Roads area, many of them worse in Hampton Roads.
Traffic- worse in Hampton Roads...The roads in and around Tampa are streets of gold compared to the local roads in Hampton Roads
Pay complared to actual cost of living- you will find your dollar goes much further in Tampa
Family activities- not even close...Tampa wins hand down
Schools- kind of a wash, greatly depends on which school zone you are able to afford to live in.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Southeast
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Even in one of the best school districts, York,they are expecting to cut programs and teachers this year. I predict next year will be better. The state is cutting back on school funding and asking counties to cover half the loss. Don't know if it's any different in FL.
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