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sunshine girl

an energizer bunny

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  1. sunshine girl
    10-30-2008 09:36 PM - permalink
    sunshine girl
    Patti- Sorry not to get back sooner. I work nights and just did 2 so I don't get online for a few days sometimes. Anyway, to answer your question, the pcola area appears to be a bit economically depressed and we found it to be a bit "ugly". There were many, many streets with shutdown businesses and lots and lots of high chain link fences around the businesses. The downtown area is being revitalized for the tourists, but the surrounding streets have rundown houses on every street. There are some nicer areas, but it seemed there was less of those. Of course, like any city, there are some obviously more expensive places, but again, not so many. You have to understand, we are previous Sarasota residents, and that is our basis for comparison for other cities in FL. Sarasota is great, we miss it, but cannot see working as much as I would have to just to live there. The housing costs are not bad now, but the homeowner's and property taxes are still too high for us. Our son lives there, and our daughter wants to move there or back to the Orlando area, where she lived before. So that is why we are trying to move somewhere closer than we would be here in MO. We just haven't found that perfect for us place yet. My question to you would be why pcola. You need to read all the previous posts about the area using the search feature and see what others have thought and said about the area. I can't tell you about salaries in that area, I never got that far with our search. I can tell you the salaries in the Sarasota area aren't too bad, I certainly made more there than here and had better benefits there. You might consider other coastal cities if you want to be near the water. The two coasts are very different, both in scenery and people. I like the calmer, clearer waters and beaches of the west coast, more laid back on that side IMO. You asked about the coastal areas of No. FL, but asyou go east from pcola, the hospitals are smaller, the biggest ones would be in Tallahassee, and I'm assuming that's where the level III NICU's would be. It is not far from the water, but it's certainly not coastal. I did like tallahassee, but hubby did not. For some reason, housing is higher there. Maybe cuz it's a capital city. You will find folks speaking of the panhandle area in general that it's more like AL than FL, and I have to agree. Very churchy, very conservative, and somewhat very resistant to change. And that is just fine and dandy for a lot of folks, that is what they like about the area. Different strokes for different folks. But job wise, it's probably a good idea to at least visit the area first. Yes, it's beautiful to live along the coast, especially if one is retired or can work over the internet. But you will see post after post advising people to please, please have a job lined up before you come. The larger cities have more available nursing jobs, and again, if you plan to continue in NICU, you might want to keep that in mind, as many of the smaller ones stabilize and transfer. Don't know if you need to be in a good school district, but that is something to think about too.Sorry to be so chatty, that's just me! Anyway, good to talk to you, and let me know if I can help you in any way in your search.
  2. patticaryl
    10-25-2008 09:29 PM - permalink
    If you are more comfortable, email me at patticaryl@hotmail.com
  3. patticaryl
    10-25-2008 09:27 PM - permalink
    Thanks for responding Sunshine Girl. I have followed many of your post through the search when I saw that so much was similar in our search. Currently in Albuquerque, NM area in a large NICU, living outside of the city in a more rural setting. We love our home, I am secure and somewhat content in my job.....but I grew up in San Diego, and miss the ocean very much. We found that the Pensacola area could be affordable, and have read about the "Emerald Coast" and seen pictures. Looks wonderful....We have not made a trip there yet.
    The upside for staying in NM is stated above, and we have a wonderful church, with close friends.
    The downside......missing the ocean. Weighing it all out and exploring what to do. What was it that you found so disappointing in the area that you won't explore it further? It seems there are areas in the general area of Pensacola (Navarre and further east coastal) that would be intriguing. Can you give me more of your feelings about it?
    Another concern I have is the information I am receiving on the message board about nursing salaries.. I really don't want to regress so significantly. Here, we have a beautiful house to "come home to" and I make a good income to support my family comfortably. Maybe just vacationing a couple times a year should be enough? Am I expecting too much?
    Hope to hear from you soon. Take care. Patti
  4. patticaryl
    10-24-2008 09:17 AM - permalink
    Hi Sunshine Girl, I am a nurse looking at relocating to the Navarre/Pensacola area. Saw that you have explored that option, and wonder what you think about nursing in the area. I have been a NICU nurse for about 18 years. Would like to find where we would like to stay put and spend the rest of our years. Hope to get to chat with you!

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    Springfield MO for now :(
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