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Old 10-10-2014, 11:55 AM
 
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Thanks for posting, Sunnydee. Although I do think some of the Beggins stuff might be him talking his book. He's probably right about the rentals, though. Not much available, especially for a decent price. The grunt workers will have to double up to afford a rental around here, in most cases. Plenty of USDA farmworker subsidized rental stock, trust me on this. Not so much for regular citizens.
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:11 PM
 
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We're headed over to Gulley's shortly. Sure, it's a rundown shack and you have to watch out for the feral cats that hang out in the back parking area, but they do have the best scratch and dent groceries around.
That was funny. I went in there once and stocked up with about five years of expired Taco Bell special sauce. The posted article made me laugh a little, too - a new gas station and traffic light. There is so much potential for Ruskin as one of those artsy, fun towns that people from Tampa could come to visit and spend time/money - but no one has ever developed it properly.

Kmarc - don't feel like I'm attacking where you live. I can't talk - my subdivision is considered part of Wimauma, not Riverview or Sun City Center or Apollo Beach. How embarrassing.

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Old 10-10-2014, 02:56 PM
 
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I think y'all have successfully scared me from transferring down there lol...but I'm 24, no kids, need an apt for under$800 a month...I'm coming from Delaware so I'm used to suburban areas...but I have access to a skating rink, major mall, movie theaters, super Wal-Mart, big state park, a couple major restaurants, bowling alley, and a casino all within a 20 min drive...I'm not trying to move "no man's land" lol...it sounds as if there's no younger ppl my age around....how far is Riverview from the Ruskin Amazon facility? And is Riverview much better? Are there apartments over there for under$800?it seems like I'd b better off at the Lakeland facility?
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:32 PM
 
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Just because you're working in Ruskin doesn't mean you have to live there. I'd recommend living up in Brandon. There you have a short drive down to Ruskin for work. Brandon is about 20 mins from downtown Tampa where you have NHL, NFL, ton of stuff to do in the area as well as all the fishing, sailing, beach stuff you can do. Ruskin is definitely not a place for young person without family. $800 for a small apartment is probably doable in Brandon.
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:40 PM
 
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I think y'all have successfully scared me from transferring down there lol...but I'm 24, no kids, need an apt for under$800 a month...I'm coming from Delaware so I'm used to suburban areas...but I have access to a skating rink, major mall, movie theaters, super Wal-Mart, big state park, a couple major restaurants, bowling alley, and a casino all within a 20 min drive...I'm not trying to move "no man's land" lol...it sounds as if there's no younger ppl my age around....how far is Riverview from the Ruskin Amazon facility? And is Riverview much better? Are there apartments over there for under$800?it seems like I'd b better off at the Lakeland facility?
Are you transferring within the Amazon network? That might be a different matter. At least in the Ruskin area, you have access to Tampa, St. Pete and even the Sarasota/Bradenton area. There's super WalMart not far from the Amazon facility, restaurants, shopping and some entertainment in the Big Bend area that includes part of Apollo Beach and Riverview, just north of where Amazon is. Hard Rock Casino is not too far away, about 30 minutes. Depending where in Riverview you live, it's only about 20 minutes from Amazon. I think you can find something for under 800, like a one bedroom. Less if you do a house share or a 2 BR with roommate. The Little Manatee River State Park is close by, in fact I think they're having some sort of music festival there, maybe this weekend.

Lakeland would be a worse situation, IMO.

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Old 10-10-2014, 04:05 PM
 
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That was funny. I went in there once and stocked up with about five years of expired Taco Bell special sauce. The posted article made me laugh a little, too - a new gas station and traffic light. There is so much potential for Ruskin as one of those artsy, fun towns that people from Tampa could come to visit and spend time/money - but no one has ever developed it properly.

Kmarc - don't feel like I'm attacking where you live. I can't talk - my subdivision is considered part of Wimauma, not Riverview or Sun City Center or Apollo Beach. How embarrassing.
No offense taken, I know exactly what Ruskin is and never had any delusions about it. And liked it much better prior to 2005 than I do now. In fact, I used to like it when people made fun of it, because it was relatively inexpensive to live there and I always prayed people wouldn't move to the area. Fat chance, it got hit with the ugly stick during the boom and bust. I really loathe most of the subdivisions that were slapped up willy-nilly in recent years.

Don't get me wrong, there have been some improvements, like Home Depot and Bealls, and the Cypress Creek area behind Home Depot is a pretty little subdivision. But the main drag along 41 is a disgrace for sure.

I agree, it's a shame to no one has ever developed it properly, and I don't think anyone ever will, unfortunately. Heck, I'd consider it an improvement if the gangbangers didn't handle their privates while walking down the street.
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:17 PM
 
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I think y'all have successfully scared me from transferring down there lol...but I'm 24, no kids, need an apt for under$800 a month...I'm coming from Delaware so I'm used to suburban areas...but I have access to a skating rink, major mall, movie theaters, super Wal-Mart, big state park, a couple major restaurants, bowling alley, and a casino all within a 20 min drive...I'm not trying to move "no man's land" lol...it sounds as if there's no younger ppl my age around....how far is Riverview from the Ruskin Amazon facility? And is Riverview much better? Are there apartments over there for under$800?it seems like I'd b better off at the Lakeland facility?
I wouldn't live in Ruskin/Riverview/Gibsonton/Wesley Chapel/Lutz etc if I was 24! I'd be downtown Miami! These are suburbs with various social classes but the demographics are parents and not youngsters!
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:24 PM
 
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wow i really appreciate all of yall's input and advice...i have some serious rethinking to do lol

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I wouldn't live in Ruskin/Riverview/Gibsonton/Wesley Chapel/Lutz etc if I was 24! I'd be downtown Miami! These are suburbs with various social classes but the demographics are parents and not youngsters!
is ur feelings the same about Brandon as well? trust me, if i could go to miami i would but amazon only has locations in lakeland and ruskin
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:00 PM
 
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I wouldn't live in Ruskin/Riverview/Gibsonton/Wesley Chapel/Lutz etc if I was 24! I'd be downtown Miami! These are suburbs with various social classes but the demographics are parents and not youngsters!
Generally these are family areas, yes, but I wouldn't live in Brandon and commute to Amazon to start out, gas being what it is these days. I've commuted back and forth between Brandon and Ruskin and it sux, IMO. It'll get real old fast.

If I were transferring, I'd rent as close as I could to my place of work to start out, make friends at work, get to know the area and then, after getting to know the Tampa Bay area a bit, and maybe move somewhere else when the lease is up. Just saying. If you can find something around the Big Bend area (between 41 in Apollo Beach and 301 in Riverview), where you have access to decent shopping and some entertainment, yet are not too far from Amazon, that would be a good place to start. And then in your free time (which I understand there's not much of, working for Amazon) check out areas recommended by your friends from work.

Sunnydee is very knowledgeable about Riverview and can probably give you better advice than I can.
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl
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I think y'all have successfully scared me from transferring down there lol...but I'm 24, no kids, need an apt for under$800 a month...I'm coming from Delaware so I'm used to suburban areas...but I have access to a skating rink, major mall, movie theaters, super Wal-Mart, big state park, a couple major restaurants, bowling alley, and a casino all within a 20 min drive...I'm not trying to move "no man's land" lol...it sounds as if there's no younger ppl my age around....how far is Riverview from the Ruskin Amazon facility? And is Riverview much better? Are there apartments over there for under$800?it seems like I'd b better off at the Lakeland facility?
Then why wouldn't you just move to Tampa? South Hillsborough is not an area I'd ever live.
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