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Old 05-22-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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Hey everyone, I am looking to move with my girlfriend to the Tampa area towards the end of the summer/early fall. I am looking for any info you can give about what areas would appeal to us. I am 30 and she is 24 and we still love going out, shopping, going out to eat. I just retired from playing hockey so I am a big sport nut obviously and want to be somewhat near the downtown area. Would like an area that isnt too expensive right away. Not too sure what else I should put in here but any info about areas to look into would be great. Thanks so much
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:51 AM
 
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What about job? If you don't have one then it is going to be hard to recommend any place. S. Tampa is 'the' area for young professionals who like night life, some walkable areas and close to shopping. It is a prime area so you are going to pay more to live there. Most will tell you it is worth it to have everything near by.

If you work in St. Pete or New Tampa then the suggestions are going to be different only if you do not want to travel an hour to work each way
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:45 PM
 
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Hey, we're moving down from L.I. too. Settled on St. Pete. Easy access to the beautiful Gulf Beaches with a nice laid back vibe, yet only about half hour to Forum (ever play there?), Raymond James, Tampa Int'l Airport and anything else that matters in Tampa. Where on LI are you moving from?
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:51 PM
 
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Thanks Keeper and Frank for your responses.

Keeper, I am not too sure about what line of work I will be getting into. I am going to try and start up my own clinics for hockey but day job, maybe sales of some sort or was even thinking of teaching. I do have my Bachelor's degree. But I do understand that is tough to answer when I have no idea where Id work. How is finding a job down there? I know its bad everywhere and up here in NY its almost impossible to find a job, however I have found quite a few jobs already here. But I want to get out of NY before winter for sure.

Frank, I am from Floral Park. I have heard great things about St Pete's. My gf is from Mississippi and has been there before and love it. I have never played there. I have gone to camp in the AHL and played mostly in the ECHL. Never made the big time. What other area's interested you?
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Old 05-25-2011, 05:05 AM
 
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Usually the heart of a community is found in its local paper
Tampa newspapers: The Times, TBT & tampabay.com
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Old 05-25-2011, 02:35 PM
 
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Thanks Keeper and Frank for your responses.

Keeper, I am not too sure about what line of work I will be getting into. I am going to try and start up my own clinics for hockey but day job, maybe sales of some sort or was even thinking of teaching. I do have my Bachelor's degree. But I do understand that is tough to answer when I have no idea where Id work. How is finding a job down there? I know its bad everywhere and up here in NY its almost impossible to find a job, however I have found quite a few jobs already here. But I want to get out of NY before winter for sure.

Frank, I am from Floral Park. I have heard great things about St Pete's. My gf is from Mississippi and has been there before and love it. I have never played there. I have gone to camp in the AHL and played mostly in the ECHL. Never made the big time. What other area's interested you?

You really need to figure out a plan and do some research. It doesn't sound like you have one.

Two people moving down here with no jobs will run into trouble unless you have extensive savings for at least 6 months. And that is bare minimum.

Not wanting to deal with winter when you have no idea where you will be working(and from your post you haven't given any real thought) isn't reason enough to pick up and move.
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Old 05-25-2011, 04:31 PM
 
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Thanks Keeper and Frank for your responses.

Keeper, I am not too sure about what line of work I will be getting into. I am going to try and start up my own clinics for hockey but day job, maybe sales of some sort or was even thinking of teaching. I do have my Bachelor's degree. But I do understand that is tough to answer when I have no idea where Id work. How is finding a job down there? I know its bad everywhere and up here in NY its almost impossible to find a job, however I have found quite a few jobs already here. But I want to get out of NY before winter for sure.

Frank, I am from Floral Park. I have heard great things about St Pete's. My gf is from Mississippi and has been there before and love it. I have never played there. I have gone to camp in the AHL and played mostly in the ECHL. Never made the big time. What other area's interested you?
If money isn't too much of an issue and you think you might just start your own business, then somewhere in South Tampa is probably where you would most enjoy living. Great safe neighborhoods close to lots of amenities. If you choose St. Pete then you want somewhere near downtown. St. Pete is beautiful, but does have a different vibe from Tampa.

Good luck, hope you enjoy it here!
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies everyone. In terms of the job I wouldnt actually move until I had a job. I also want to speak to a few people at some rinks down there as well to see what options I have for starting my own hockey clinics. As for money and savings I would have plenty to get by even if I did decide to get out of here without having one down there. But with the way the world is today, id rather be safe and have something. We are both working up here now. I just wanted to get an idea of some reasonable, fun/safe areas to start looking into.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:15 PM
 
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You really need to figure out a plan and do some research. It doesn't sound like you have one.

Two people moving down here with no jobs will run into trouble unless you have extensive savings for at least 6 months. And that is bare minimum.

Not wanting to deal with winter when you have no idea where you will be working(and from your post you haven't given any real thought) isn't reason enough to pick up and move.

Sure it is. You only live once and if you've seen enough winters and want a change, well, then it's time for a change.

I will 2nd St. Pete and recommend the area around 4th and 275. This is a good middle area to set up base.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:20 PM
 
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Very well put. Who needs a list of reasons to leave one location for another besides "I want to live somewhere else". That's all it takes. A desire.
A plan is a must, with a back up plan to go with it.

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Sure it is. You only live once and if you've seen enough winters and want a change, well, then it's time for a change.

I will 2nd St. Pete and recommend the area around 4th and 275. This is a good middle area to set up base.
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