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Old 05-18-2009, 05:49 AM
 
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Hi everyone! I've been a long time lurker of the Tampa Bay forums and found such a wealth of information from this website...I really can't thank the "informative" posters enough...

Anyway, I've taken a job in Tampa which I'll be starting on June 1st. I'll be leaving on the 25th with a uHaul and three friends in tow to help me move into the Post Rocky Point complex. I read a few reviews on here that really made Post Rocky Point sound great, but I still have a few questions :-)

Firstly, is the Courtney Campbell Causeway REALLY jammed up traffic-wise in the mornings? I'll be commuting to Dr MLK Jr Blvd E, and it looks to me like this is the only road I can take to get there. According to google maps, I'm 4.4 miles from work...but I'm wondering if I'll be sitting in traffic for an hour and half...

Second, will I have a tough time finding things to do within close proximity of Post Rocky Point? I saw there are a couple bars/restaurants...but can anyone recommend some beaches or other nice things in the area?

Third, are there in general, any tips I can get from the local Floridians to make the transition as easy as possible? I don't want to stick out like a sore thumb Jersey guy, so what are some things you'd recommend for me as far as....becoming a resident, and not a tourist?


Thanks!

-Bobby
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:45 AM
 
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Traffic is bad during rush hour no matter where you live and the CC is no exception. I don't know where they got 4.4 miles but East MLK is more like 15 miles from CC. Depending on where you have to go it could be longer especially if you are near I-4

There are lots of fun things to do.. Check out Tampaguy03's post. I know he has blog that lists all the places in Tampa to go.
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Old 05-18-2009, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Katy, Texas (via Clearwater, Florida)
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Hi everyone! I've been a long time lurker of the Tampa Bay forums and found such a wealth of information from this website...I really can't thank the "informative" posters enough...

Anyway, I've taken a job in Tampa which I'll be starting on June 1st. I'll be leaving on the 25th with a uHaul and three friends in tow to help me move into the Post Rocky Point complex. I read a few reviews on here that really made Post Rocky Point sound great, but I still have a few questions :-)

Firstly, is the Courtney Campbell Causeway REALLY jammed up traffic-wise in the mornings? I'll be commuting to Dr MLK Jr Blvd E, and it looks to me like this is the only road I can take to get there. According to google maps, I'm 4.4 miles from work...but I'm wondering if I'll be sitting in traffic for an hour and half...

Second, will I have a tough time finding things to do within close proximity of Post Rocky Point? I saw there are a couple bars/restaurants...but can anyone recommend some beaches or other nice things in the area?

Third, are there in general, any tips I can get from the local Floridians to make the transition as easy as possible? I don't want to stick out like a sore thumb Jersey guy, so what are some things you'd recommend for me as far as....becoming a resident, and not a tourist?


Thanks!

-Bobby
I used to travel 22 miles every morning from Gulf to Bay Blvd in Clearwater (across Courtney Campbell) to downtown Tampa. On average, it would take me 43 minutes.

There are a lot of over exaggerated posts on this topic. Tampa traffic is heavy in the mornings, but not like, lets say, Atlanta heavy. I hope this helps.
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Old 05-19-2009, 07:12 AM
 
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Come on down and welcome! JMHO below. . .

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Originally Posted by bobbynj81 View Post
Hi everyone! I've been a long time lurker of the Tampa Bay forums and found such a wealth of information from this website...I really can't thank the "informative" posters enough...

Anyway, I've taken a job in Tampa which I'll be starting on June 1st. I'll be leaving on the 25th with a uHaul and three friends in tow to help me move into the Post Rocky Point complex. I read a few reviews on here that really made Post Rocky Point sound great, but I still have a few questions :-)

Firstly, is the Courtney Campbell Causeway REALLY jammed up traffic-wise in the mornings? I'll be commuting to Dr MLK Jr Blvd E, and it looks to me like this is the only road I can take to get there. According to google maps, I'm 4.4 miles from work...but I'm wondering if I'll be sitting in traffic for an hour and half...

Yes, it's a busy place during peak commute times, but you will have a traffic light to help get you into/out of traffic. You will have two options to MLK Blvd, one to the north of the airport on Hillsborough Ave and the other to the south of the airport on Spruce/Boy Scout Blvd. I'm guessing 15-20 minutes at most.

Second, will I have a tough time finding things to do within close proximity of Post Rocky Point? I saw there are a couple bars/restaurants...but can anyone recommend some beaches or other nice things in the area?

You will have lots of choices at the International Mall, you're 15-20 minutes of the Hyde Park/SoHo District and 25 minutes max to the Gulf of Mexico.

Third, are there in general, any tips I can get from the local Floridians to make the transition as easy as possible? I don't want to stick out like a sore thumb Jersey guy, so what are some things you'd recommend for me as far as....becoming a resident, and not a tourist?

There are lots of Jersey transplants here already. Just don't wear white knee socks with your dress shoes and you'll be fine.

Thanks!

-Bobby
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:02 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for your knowledge, advice and wisdom. I am SOO excited to finally get down there! 1200 mile drive is not going to be fun at all, but theres gold at the end of this tunnel!
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Old 05-21-2009, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Having moved from NJ (Fair Lawn) 4 years ago, you won't stick out. The only way I stood out is my intolerance to the heat in the beginning. I was sweating like a pig and it was only 85 degrees. Once I got use to the heat, 85 degrees is pleasant. Enjoy what Florida has to offer. There are tourists and locals that go where you would want to go like the beaches, the bars, Ybor City, etc. There is so much fun stuff to do year round.

I have heard Courtney Campbell is a nightmare to travel. Try it, maybe it isn't all that bad like the previous poster said. Be aware, that when we all moved down (company moved 350 families from up north), we were amazed at all the crazy drivers and these are seasoned NYC drivers who were shocked. Accidents seem to happen more than what I remembered in NJ.

Enjoy being down here. It will take at least 2 years for your blood to thin. It has taken me almost 4 years to start liking it here. I was very disappointed, but now, I am starting to like it. My kids are finally not begging to move back. They have adjusted more.
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Old 05-23-2009, 04:47 PM
 
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I too moved here from NJ. I am happyto announce I am moving back in 4 days. Hope you like it better than we did.
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Old 05-28-2009, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, FL
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Having moved from NJ (Fair Lawn) 4 years ago, you won't stick out. The only way I stood out is my intolerance to the heat in the beginning. I was sweating like a pig and it was only 85 degrees. Once I got use to the heat, 85 degrees is pleasant. Enjoy what Florida has to offer. There are tourists and locals that go where you would want to go like the beaches, the bars, Ybor City, etc. There is so much fun stuff to do year round.
Totally agree with Annaegel. I moved here from NJ almost 7 months ago.

The heat you will have to get use to... but you will love the winters
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