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Old 09-11-2010, 02:30 AM
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I'm a single male, late twenties, professional from DC. I was offered a great job in St Petersburg and have honestly never given the city a second thought until now. I grew up in Wash DC, love DC's access to edification, but even with my modestly impressive salary, find it to be too expensive. I lived in Baltimore, which I loved for all of its character, but a truly god awful economy. I lived In Socal for a few years, loved it for the first 6 months, but quickly grew tired of the people there... I've never seen such an effort to be cool. I have also lived in St Louis, a city I found to be friendly, but backwards in many ways. The single scene was really terrible, most women were divorcees with kids in their mid twenties. I'm not judging, but not interested in being involved in all that drama.

I've been to florida and obviously think it's a gorgeous state. The pictures of St Petersburg look like paradise on earth. However, the population is definitely a little small and I'm worried that a similar "marry your high school sweetheart" mentality exists. Again, not judging, but I didn't marry mine and I'd like to meet someone my age who hasn't been, or isn't married. I don't club or barhop, so I'm not interested in the demographics of that particular scene. However, I do love the water. Fishing, kayaking, sailing, diving etc. You name it, I love it. I'm also interested in Art, music, literature and good television. I guess you could call me a conservative hippy/yuppie/outdoorsy adventurer. So, in case you're lost in my personal ad, waddya think? Should I consider St Pete?

I'd normally just check it out for myself, but I'm overseas and this job offer has an expiration date.

Aggghhh. I can't add that little r to surprise. I'm not an idiot, it was a typo... I swear... please believe me.
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:50 AM
Location: Tampa
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Yeah, I'd consider it. St. Pete isn't a "marry your sweetheart" town. There isn't as much nightlife as there is in Tampa (which is just a quick drive over one of two bridges), but there are some art and music venues in Downtown St. Pete. You can find the occasional one in some of the smaller Pinellas County cities like Gulfport or St. Pete Beach. You'll have a nearly endless amount of outdoorsy things to do in the Bay Area proper or within a short drive if you want to make a day trip out of it.

I don't believe that St. Pete is like any of the areas that you mentioned. I'd recommend at least one visit, but this appears to be a luxury since you're overseas.
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:53 AM
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Beautiful city with lots of old south charm, beaches galore, all the biking and water activities you can handle, housing prices very reasonable.if you are making good money think about living out on the beaches,
I personally think its one of the nicest cities in N.America, there are some seedy areas south of Central Ave and the downtown area closes up after business hours but who needs downtown when you have the beaches,
Gets to be damn hot and humid during the summer which is May to October.
Living in St Pete?I`d sure give it a try, i certainly enjoyed my 20+ years there.
What is your companies position on returning to DC if you dont like St Pete?
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:27 AM
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I'm pretty excited at the prospect of moving down there. The heat won't bother me. Unfortunately, this job is unrelated to my current employer, so there's a lot of potential changes coming down the pipe. New job, New city, New people. However, as you can see, that hasn't ever been a problem for me. I guess my biggest fear of moving to a place I've never been before is ending up like I did in St Louis. That was a bad move for me.
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Old 09-11-2010, 03:48 AM
Location: Orlandooooooo
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Go for it. st. pete is one of its own. You have all of Pinellas County and Hillsborough to explore. More singles on THE Tampa side. Still Bay area is a hgreat move in your case..
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Old 09-11-2010, 04:33 AM
Location: Sunny Florida
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This job offer was opportunity knocking and the chance of a lifetime. The Tampa/St. Pete area is drop dead gorgeous and, for those of us who love being outdoors, it offers you that on a daily basis. The areas natural beauty is awe-inspiring for me. Yes, the summers are hot, but they don't feel hotter than a St. Louis/Midwest summer to me and the rest of the year is nearly perfect. Those months of gray that you've endured are nonexistent here. I believe the area fits your criteria socially as well, but that's not my area of expertise since I'm happily married and older. Best wishes.
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Old 09-11-2010, 05:47 AM
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I don't know what St. Louis is like, but I certainly can tell you that it's not even close to that. If you look at St. Pete population alone then you might not be taking into account that the whole Pinellas County that it's in is basically a large megagopolis. If you include Tampa across the bridge and Hillsborough County you have a fairly large area with a high population density. I you're an educated professional in your late 20s I think it would be a great area for you to relo to. I'd do it.
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Old 09-11-2010, 06:37 AM
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St. Pete is one of the nicest cities in Florida. It kind of reminds me of a beautiful city in SoCal but with a lot more shade trees and lush tropical landscaping. It has one of the best and largest waterfronts in the country, and the whole city has miles of bay front and gulf beach front. IMO it is 1,000 times better than St. Louis, although population of the city proper is smaller. But as someone else pointed out, the whole Tampa Bay area region is pretty populated, I think you will find plenty to be happy about.

I think there are probably some people green with envy at your good fortune right now!
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:23 PM
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im thinking about the same things
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:36 AM
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People are often surprised to find out that St Petersburg is the fourth largest city in the state of Florida and has a city population around 250,000. The Tampa-St Petersburg metro area has around 3 million people so all in all it's hardly "Bumpkinville". St Petersburg's singles scene is more laidback and less trend-oriented than Tampa's, and would think it would far more fit your lifestyle. In terms of recreation, it's a jackpot. Besides the obvious beach/water amenities nearby you also have access to the Pinellas Trail, which is a 34 mile former railbed converted to a recreational trail. It originates in St Petersburg and heads up north to Tarpon Springs. There are also several adult recreational leagues to take advantage of as well. Good luck and welcome to the area!

Pinellas Trail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kayak Nature
St. Petersburg Yacht Club*Sailing Center (http://www.spyc.org/club/scripts/section/section.asp?GRP=5563&NS=PS - broken link)
Tampa Bay Area Reef Runners - Dive Club
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