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Old 10-02-2006, 10:42 AM
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I was just curious, Me and my husband are thinking of moving to Florida. With my job I can transfer to either Tampa, FL or Fort Lauderdale, FL. I was born and rasied in the New York City area and lived for a short time in Virginia. The only part of Florida I visited was Miami, FL because I have family and Orlando to go to Disney World. If anyone can give me their experience or suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
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Old 10-02-2006, 12:33 PM
Location: Fort Lauderdale
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Hello Melissa:

I don't know much about Tampa but know enough abuout fort lauderdale and Palm Beach. Fort Lauderdale has several great areas depending upon the location of your job and budget. However if you are flexible i would suggest Weston (western suburbs of Fort lauderdale), Coral Springs and Deerfield. However if you want to be closer to beaches you should look at Lauderdale by Sea or live closer to the downtown.

Feel free to ask for more specific questions or PM me for more info..
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Old 10-02-2006, 01:01 PM
Location: New Tampa
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I suggest you spend some time driving around both areas and spending time on their county school websites. I live in a suburb area of Tampa and absolutely love it. The schools that my children attend (elementary and middle) are all A rated under the Florida state report card system and all have very strong PTAs. We moved from NH in 2004 and my children have had no difficulty adjusting. They are involved in activities/sports and we have made many friends. We chose an area of Tampa that has a high percentage of young families and is not considered a retirement area. Good luck in your search process. If you would like to PM and communicate further, I would be happy to.
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Old 10-02-2006, 10:40 PM
Location: Living in Paradise
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Research both cities, best is to visit and see how the area fits your needs. I like Tampa more , do to location, schools, and new developments in the area/suburbs.

visit the following sites for more info:
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:26 PM
Location: St Pete -- formally LI, NY
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Left Nassau County, NY just after 9/11 moved to Tampa Bay… spent 25 years vacationing in Lauderdale at my family’s second home, always thought that I would move there when I left NY then I looked at Tampa Bay. If you want a fast paced, independent aggressive environment then Lauderdale. But if you’re looking to settle-in and relax, meet plenty of friendly people and enjoy an absolutely beautiful place then Tampa Bay. Might help to know your preferences or expectations, company location etc. I would be happy elaborate further… PM me
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:58 PM
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Yeah, Fort Lauderdale is pretty much a newer Long Island. Tampa Bay is more laid back, but that's if you are looking for that. I live in an area (Coral Springs) that has A rated schools as well, they have those seals that say something like "National Academy of Excellence"(?). So I say schools in the areas are even, although Tampa has Debbie Lafave
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:51 PM
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Default Thank you!

Thank you everyone! I feel much better with all of your advice. I think I want to definitly look into Tampa since I also recently have a family move there as well. So far so good for her.
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Old 10-03-2006, 06:29 PM
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I grew up just outside of Tampa and am now living near West Palm Beach (Welllington). I also work just north of Fort Lauderdale. If you're looking for a family environment and friendly people, Tampa is the place. I have lived in Florida my entire life (central, north and now south), and I dislike South Florida more than can I elaborate. In fact, my husband is trying to transfer anywhere but here. Property taxes and homeowners and car insurance rates should also be considered, as all those things are double in comparison to other locations in Florida.
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Old 06-16-2008, 04:20 PM
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What suburb of Tampa do you live in? My family and I are also looking to move to the Tampa area and what you said about it sounds terrific!
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:25 PM
Location: Okeechobee,FL
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Hello I was born raised in Richmond VA and moved to Fort Lauderdale and lived there for 3 years. I am now moving to Kendall ( Miami ) cause I am almost done with Nursing school. I came back to Richmond to do school but miss FL so much. I have friends in MIAMI and just want to live there cause it is just me. But I don't think it is best if you are planning a family and what not. Fort Lauderdale is nice. I had fun living in the area for 3 years. Lots to do but again as far as family friendly I don't know. But I will never know. No kids for me lol ever. But anywho best of luck to you hope I could help out with South FL but Tampa I have no idea about.
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