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Old 10-09-2014, 09:41 PM
 
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I would like any knowledge/ advice about ruskin, fl area and/or the amazon fulfillment center in that area
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:38 AM
 
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it's a hole - not much there -what are your questions?
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:40 AM
 
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People here have high hopes for the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Ruskin. The general feeling is that it will improve the entire area and be the thing that will spur growth.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:24 AM
 
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Here's a thread on Ruskin that should be helpful.

Moving to Ruskin in July--Questions!!

The Amazon fulfillment center is up and running.

Ruskin is not entirely a hole by any means, I think a better word for it would be "spotty", but parts of it are rundown for sure and there is a large population of folks from south of the border or descended from south of the border. The Little Harbor/Bahia Beach area on the water isn't bad and there are some nice neighborhoods scattered around. But you have to look. The Little Manatee River winds through Ruskin and it is lovely. Ruskin is a mix of older waterfront or near the water homes and recent cookie cutter developments, as well as mobile homes.

The "downtown" area along highway 41 does look terrible. In fact it's an eyesore. Various civic minded people have been trying to improve it for years without much success. There's some good fishing in the area if you like that.

The schools aren't good. If I had children, I wouldn't want to have them in the local schools.

You need to be more specific. When we first moved to the area in 2000, Ruskin was where we landed and we bought an older home in an older subdivision that had been developed in the 1970s. I rather liked it at the time, it was a nice change from the Ft. Lauderdale area. Very quiet, but plenty of conveniences around and it was easy to get from one place to another because there wasn't a lot of traffic. And that's what we were looking for.

It's way more congested now. Used to be somewhat rural with a lot of agriculture. Much of the agricultural land was sold off for development. During the spring the scent of orange blossoms used to be in the air, but that's gone now.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:29 AM
 
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What, specifically, would you like to know about Ruskin, though? Are you younger or older, do you have a family, are you looking to buy or rent? If nightlife is important, Ruskin doesn't really have any, except for a dive or two. If you're younger and single and looking to rent, there's not a whole lot of appropriate rentals in the area, you'd probably have to rent in Riverview and commute to Amazon, if you got a job there.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:34 AM
 
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People here have high hopes for the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Ruskin. The general feeling is that it will improve the entire area and be the thing that will spur growth.
If everyone working there would make $50,000+ then it will improve people's buying power in supporting the entire area, however, most likely the reason it is being put here is so that they don't pay but minimum wage, and so I am not holding big hopes that it will "improve the area" in any way. (How many managers can work in that place really? 2, 10? 50?)
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:40 AM
 
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If everyone working there would make $50,000+ then it will improve people's buying power in supporting the entire area, however, most likely the reason it is being put here is so that they don't pay but minimum wage, and so I am not holding big hopes that it will "improve the area" in any way. (How many managers can work in that place really? 2, 10? 50?)
The lowest wage I've seen offered so far is $10.00/hour, it was supposed to be $12.00/hour for the grunts. And goes up from there. There are benefits as well. Not ideal jobs, for sure, but better than a sharp stick in the eye. Beats Wal-Mart, that's for sure.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:44 AM
 
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The lowest wage I've seen offered so far is $10.00/hour, it was supposed to be $12.00/hour for the grunts. And goes up from there. There are benefits as well. Not ideal jobs, for sure, but better than a sharp stick in the eye. Beats Wal-Mart, that's for sure.
I am curious to know if those deciding how much these jobs should be paid actually check the prices in the area before making those decisions to see if people can afford to live on them; check rents etc., or they are purposely setting these jobs up for section 8, and stay at home with parents singles!
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:08 AM
 
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I am curious to know if those deciding how much these jobs should be paid actually check the prices in the area before making those decisions to see if people can afford to live on them; check rents etc., or they are purposely setting these jobs up for section 8, and stay at home with parents singles!
Amazon is not run by dummies, it's the #1 online marketplace in the US and possibly the world, because I don't trust the Alibaba numbers, but that's just me. Anyway they've been very successful, and you can bet they research the area heavily before making the investment here. And scoping out the potential workforce would have been part of that. I think you may have a point, it's not exactly section 8, but there's a whole vast area of development in Ruskin and Wimauma that was funded by the USDA and Homes for Hillsborough, where people contribute labor as part of the down payment on their home. My guess is a lot of Amazon's labor will come from those neighborhoods, but also from Riverview. And since there's a lot of ex-military in the area, I would imagine much of mid-level management and operations will pull from that population.
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:09 AM
 
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Ruskin doesn't seem like much right now, but with the Amazon Center it is definitely going to come up a few notches. Plus, the location is great, easy to get to Tampa to the north, or Sarasota/Bradenton to the south. My husband works for Hillsborough County managing large projects and has done several down there including a new art center. To me, that is a positive. I definitely would not call Ruskin a "hole" but it does still have that agricultural feel to it. There are certainly worse places in Florida. It has potential, IMO.
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