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Old 01-03-2014, 07:44 AM
 
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My friend and I (age 18, girls) were planning on moving to Florida for a year or so before college. We need somewhere safe, yet active as we are still pretty young. An area right on the beach and near the surf would be ideal. In addition, we were planning on finding waitresses or small retail jobs so restaurants and shopping is a necessity. The places we were considering include Daytona, Melbourne, Venice, and Clearwater. Do you have any other suggestions or could you give any idea which area might be best for us? Thanks for your time!
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Miami Metro
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My friend and I (age 18, girls) were planning on moving to Florida for a year or so before college. We need somewhere safe, yet active as we are still pretty young. An area right on the beach and near the surf would be ideal. In addition, we were planning on finding waitresses or small retail jobs so restaurants and shopping is a necessity. The places we were considering include Daytona, Melbourne, Venice, and Clearwater. Do you have any other suggestions or could you give any idea which area might be best for us? Thanks for your time!
Where are you moving from?
Dayotona has kind of high crime, not much shopping,
Melbourne is okay,
Venice is very old, hell, the majority of people are over 65, also kind of slow,
Clearwater is probably closest to what you want, although Miami might work.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:04 AM
 
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We're moving from Pittsburgh. Miami seemed like it would probably be too big of a city for us, thanks for your ideas though!
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:11 AM
 
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Where are you moving from?
Dayotona has kind of high crime, not much shopping,
Melbourne is okay,
Venice is very old, hell, the majority of people are over 65, also kind of slow,
Clearwater is probably closest to what you want, although Miami might work.
Melbourne is actually pretty nice. Better economy than Daytona, beaches are nicer/less trashy and touristy. About the same size though. Brevard >>>> Volusia for schools too
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:05 PM
 
Location: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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My friend and I (age 18, girls) were planning on moving to Florida for a year or so before college. We need somewhere safe, yet active as we are still pretty young. An area right on the beach and near the surf would be ideal. In addition, we were planning on finding waitresses or small retail jobs so restaurants and shopping is a necessity. The places we were considering include Daytona, Melbourne, Venice, and Clearwater. Do you have any other suggestions or could you give any idea which area might be best for us? Thanks for your time!

If those are your final four on the list.

Delete Daytona, a total dump and no way would I advise anyone to move to Daytona.

I coined it as Dirty Daytona and it lives up to its name.

Venice is beautiful but someone posted above age age is way up there.

Melbourne, lots here like that area.

Clearwater, has one of my favorite beaches in Clearwater Beach but you need to be careful where in Clearwater itself you move to.

As far as jobs that you mentioned you need to head to a busy beach area.

Maybe St Pete, Treasure Island, Cocoa Beach, Ft Lauderdale, St Augustine or one of the busy beaches that will support you with that type of a job.

Clearwater Beach is amazing and clean but I dont think you will get much in the way of making good money as a waitress in that area.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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I vote for Sarasota!
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Gods country
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My friend and I (age 18, girls) were planning on moving to Florida for a year or so before college. We need somewhere safe, yet active as we are still pretty young. An area right on the beach and near the surf would be ideal. In addition, we were planning on finding waitresses or small retail jobs so restaurants and shopping is a necessity. The places we were considering include Daytona, Melbourne, Venice, and Clearwater. Do you have any other suggestions or could you give any idea which area might be best for us? Thanks for your time!
My mom lives in Daytona Beach and I am there as I type this post. Daytona is safe as far as I see, I do hail from NYC so anyplace other than NYC is pretty safe in my eyes. As far as activity and jobs I do not know if this is the place for you. Daytona seems like a dieing town to me. Not much for young people like you to do except if you like the beach. Hope I was able to help. Good luck.

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Old 01-07-2014, 07:45 AM
 
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I agree with everyone here - delete Daytona. Not a good place for young women, you won't find great jobs there, that town is seedy. On the east coast, Melbourne is nice, along with St. Augustine (lots of tourists). On the Gulf side, St. Pete or Sarasota - LOTs of tourists in Sarasota, plenty of restaurants/hospitality jobs, it is really growing and booming here - they are building a high end mall, one of only two malls being built in the entire country right now. That is in the University Parkway corridor, and that is almost like a town in itself - definitely would give it a look. Plus, Sarasota also has a small but thriving downtown, and St. Armand's Circle - high end shopping/dining district. Oh, and Siesta Key! You would love that, Siesta has one of the best beaches in the country - award winning! Keep in mind there is not much "surf" in Florida, and on the Gulf side there really is none. Beaches are spectacular though.

St. Pete has a great downtown area, larger city but probably not booming as much as Sarasota. You should check both out. I personally don't care for Clearwater, but you should visit and see what you think.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:05 PM
 
Location: FLORIDA
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Melbourne.
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:13 AM
 
Location: SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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At your age I would be very careful where you move to.

Not enough info to really help you much.


Do you want the party type life or do you want a more calm beach atmosphere?
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