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Old 06-10-2014, 12:29 PM
 
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Hi All,
New to the forums here...I've been a lurker for awhile. Anyway, about 10 years ago I moved to FL for school, Orlando specifically. Overall I spent a year in FL and completely fell in love with it. Since then I've got a good job in the IT field and wanted to know how realistic it would be to live in St. Pete beach and find an IT job on the mainland (i'm assuming). I've done some research and FL seems to be cheaper than Baltimore. I'm not married and don't have kids if that helps...
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:51 PM
 
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It's not unrealistic, but there aren't a lot of young singles living there, so don't expect much of a social scene. The beaches are mostly full of vacationers and retirees.
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Old 06-10-2014, 01:36 PM
 
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Don't rule out IT jobs where you can work from home and/or travel. It is a great way to work and live where you want.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:28 AM
 
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Unless you're going to be on the beach, the intercoastal or within walking distance of the beach, it may not be the best choice. I'm building there now, and work in IT, and love it, but I think a lot of the land lots/homes are over priced, and if you don't rebuild, you're going to have a flood insurance nightmare eventually if not immediately. And talking about rebuilding brings us to the next issue; a <sarcasm>wonderful person</sarcasm> named Jim Anderson has been suing the city for the better part of a decade now over their development plan, just on one BS item after another to effectively delay the city from ever implementing it, and screwing all the local tax payers who foot the legal bills. This has resulted in a real mess from a development perspective; stupid rules, question as to what rules will change to in the future, etc. It's completely halted real commercial development and a lot of the residential rules are in need of updates if the city ever gets past all of this.

I'm building there because there are some really great waterfront options in the city and I love the proximity to the beach, but I wouldn't buy a land locked house unless I could walk to the water. A better option might be some of the nice areas of Gulfport.

As far as IT jobs, you'll find them randomly scattered about, but it's not like Pinellas is Silicon Valley East. You may want to consider how close your residence is to the interstate because you might have a bit of a drive. There will be a reasonable number of IT jobs in and around downtown St Pete, Carillon Park & Feather Sound that won't be too hard to drive to, but getting from St Pete Beach to any inland areas during rush hour will be a challenge. My office is about a 40 minute drive from SPB but fortunately I go in after rush hour and come home after rush hour, so it's not a frustrating drive.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:19 PM
 
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Beware that St Petersburg beach is on the West side of the county and the interstate is on the east side of the county. Local traffic between the two.
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:21 PM
 
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IT jobs are great as far as I can see. You would just have tones of people competing from all over the place who are desperate to relocate here for mid- to upper level jobs.
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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Thanks for all the replies! When I get to thinking about it, I don't have to live on the beach. The Tampa/St. Pete area in general really attracts me. I just need to pay off my car and save up some more money to make the move. I heard IT jobs are scarce in Tampa, but Pragmaticus seems to say otherwise
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Old 06-11-2014, 03:35 PM
 
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I started the search for IT jobs in Tampa so far I have had tons of calls and multiple jobs listed to me from recruiters in the Tampa area. I do have 5+ years of IT experience and I am in the Web Development world as a Developer in C# if that helps.
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:45 PM
 
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IT jobs are great as far as I can see. You would just have tones of people competing from all over the place who are desperate to relocate here for mid- to upper level jobs.
Yes, that is my experience. I am not talking about entry level help desk/pc specialist type of jobs-- more of application developer/software architects/DBA/network admin and the like. We can't keep them as they keep looking for more money in other places.
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