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Old 07-06-2010, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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We are still trying to find a home to rent! My husband is in St. Pete as we speak and I am back in MN. We found a property to rent but it is much further north than we wanted to be.

I'll be working in St. Pete Beach, off of Gulf Blvd. The house is just east of 275 on near 54th Ave N (zip code 33714). Mapquest says I could take 19 South then cut over onto 693.

Does anyone know how bad traffic will be? I start work at 8:30am.

Any comments on that neighborhood??

Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2010, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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I think your commute would be fine from that location. Maybe 20 minutes or just a bit longer?

Sorry, I don't know enough about St. Pete neighborhoods yet to comment on the neighborhood. We looked at houses in that area before we moved here though, and I *think* it's a decent area.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:25 AM
 
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If it were me, I'd take 275 S. then exit onto 22nd Ave S. (Gulfport). Take it to 693 (Pasadena Ave.) to head to St. Pete Beach. Just my opinion, though. I loathe US19 during rush hours.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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I second the 22nd-Pasadena route. I've never run into much traffic on 22nd Avenue/Gulfport Boulevard and Pasadena Avenue always moves quickly.
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Safety Harbor, FL
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Anything but US-19 if you can.

You could take 275 all the way down to 54th Ave S and cut across 682, as well.

Of course, you have to be aware that traffic on 275 can be crappy, too... so it's good to know your alternate routes.

In general, once you get headed toward the beach (and off of the major N-S arteries), you should be flowing against the bulk of the traffic. Most of the commute traffic in the beach areas is people who live on the beaches and work elsewhere. Major holiday seasons, like Spring Break are the exception, but vacationer traffic doesn't usually pick up until around 10am.
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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I wouldn't even take the interstate or 19-I'd just drive though town. 54th to Park St-Park St to Pasadena Av to St. Pete Beach. Or 54th to 66 St (which turns into Pasadena Av). I've been in St. Pete a while but I've never heard of 693 (probably because I call it something else).
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Old 07-09-2010, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Yeah, nobody really uses the state highway numbers except for 60 in Clearwater. Everything else is just goes by its posted name, like Park Boulevard instead of Florida 694.
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Old 07-09-2010, 03:04 AM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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That whole 688 and 686 still screws me up-I can't remember which one is Roosevelt or Ulmerton. And then they do that goofy merge by the airport....It's almost impossible for me to give directions to someone not familiar with the area.
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