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Old 10-16-2016, 08:16 PM
 
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"....before moving to Tampa Bay in 2008, no one in Germany has ever heard about the area, literally no one...."

Well, things have sure changed. If you consider St Pete to be part of the Tampa Bay area (and I consider us our own entity, so I guess that depends), this place is booming like gangbusters. Everywhere I go in this city there is new development going on, and there is a real sense that we had better enjoy it while we can before it gets out of hand, as much of downtown is getting. There is an influx of New Yorkers and other East Coast people (which I could do w/o, but they can come here just like anyone else. I guess) who are fed up w/ the extreme amount of money that is needed to live up there, as well as the frigid winters. They seem to love it down here, and I have to admit, St Pete has so much to offer it's not funny. That's why I moved here. It's a happening place (for what it is, and it's getting more densely populated every day).

So someone is apparently getting the message that this a great place to live. Now whether or not that translates into any awareness in Germany is sort of a moot point, since where we are geographically is more about Cuba and other places in this hemisphere.

Tampa seems to be taking a different direction, and I haven't a clue as to what is happening over there. This is very much like I operated when I lived in 'frisco. I, and most of the city, thought that there wasn't anywhere else we needed to go, so I lived in S.F. for a few years before even venturing over to Oakland and Berkeley. Once I went, I honestly didn't see much reason to go again.
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:47 AM
 
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smarino: exactly. looking for a place to buy close close to downtown that's affordable (south sp?) and finding little if any.
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Old 10-17-2016, 07:05 PM
 
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smarino: exactly. looking for a place to buy close close to downtown that's affordable (south sp?) and finding little if any.
Close to downtown St. Pete or downtown Tampa? South St. Pete to downtown Tampa could be a slow tough commute during rush hour, maybe an hour's drive one-way. South St. Pete is notorious for its impoverished high-crime drug and prostitute-infested neighborhoods, especially an area called Mid-Town that is just west and a little south of downtown. There are a few small pockets of OK neighborhoods in South St. Pete, but I'd want to scope them out thoroughly (at night) first.
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Old 10-17-2016, 07:10 PM
 
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St pete and i agree. Not sure which of the south st pete areas to start the scope in but thanks.
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Old 10-17-2016, 07:15 PM
 
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A commute from South St. Pete to downtown St. Pete should be a piece of cake, compared to frickin' stupid Tampa. Makes me jealous. But lately, I have noticed the Carillon area is worse than it used to be a few years ago. That place has really grown.
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:03 AM
 
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Frankly I'm glad no one in GERMANY has never heard of TampaBay. Lots of US citizens don't give a damn about cities in Germany either.


Florida's population is attracting new residents, remote workers, entrepreneurs, students, retirees every year.


I'ved lived in Tampa Bay (TPA, Clearwater and St Pete), now I'm over the Skyway, and I can tell you for a fact, there are lots of GERMANS who visit and live in Sarasota all the way down to Naples and Bonita.


TampaBay in many ways is already becoming a "global city"...new ports in Tampa, Port Manatee, direct flights and connections to CUBA and even Iceland. It will never be a "Miami"...thank god, but the Bay area is quite a booming area, from Pasco to Manatee-Sarasota. We in TampaBay don't even "relate" to Orlando, and most of us can't stand Orlando OR Miami...LOL.


Professional Football, SOCCER, Baseball, Hockey, The Arts, boating, great food, great beaches from Clearwater to Siesta key, good boating and fishing, and sorta "hurricane proof" LOL LOL
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