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Old 02-14-2013, 06:30 PM
 
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Hi, everyone. I've been perusing this site for a while and finally decided to join and post. I'm 30 years old and moved to Melbourne, FL, from Saint Paul, MN, in March '12. My parents live in Palm Bay and I decided to come down here to be closer to family and I just needed a change in general. I'm glad I moved but I don't think Melbourne is the right area for me. I don't drive and I find the bus system here to be sub-par so I feel pretty isolated. I'm used to living in big cities with good public transit so I've been thinking about moving to Tampa.

I'm not familiar at all with the different areas of Tampa (I'm just starting the research process). I'd REALLY appreciate some advice on what areas would best meet my needs. I'm a 30 year old single female. I don't party at all. I'd say the two most important requirements for me would be 1) an area with good public transit, 2) an area with easy access to concerts. I love music and I hear Tampa has a good music scene, which is a huge reason why it's at the top of my list. I'd be looking to rent an apartment with a budget of $600-$800.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill FL
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Hi, everyone. I've been perusing this site for a while and finally decided to join and post. I'm 30 years old and moved to Melbourne, FL, from Saint Paul, MN, in March '12. My parents live in Palm Bay and I decided to come down here to be closer to family and I just needed a change in general. I'm glad I moved but I don't think Melbourne is the right area for me. I don't drive and I find the bus system here to be sub-par so I feel pretty isolated. I'm used to living in big cities with good public transit so I've been thinking about moving to Tampa.

I'm not familiar at all with the different areas of Tampa (I'm just starting the research process). I'd REALLY appreciate some advice on what areas would best meet my needs. I'm a 30 year old single female. I don't party at all. I'd say the two most important requirements for me would be 1) an area with good public transit, 2) an area with easy access to concerts. I love music and I hear Tampa has a good music scene, which is a huge reason why it's at the top of my list. I'd be looking to rent an apartment with a budget of $600-$800.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
Florida in general has crappy public transportation anywhere you go. I suggest you learn to drive, is there a medical reason or something?
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I was born with cataracts. Even though I passed the vision test for my permit when I was in high school I am not comfortable enough to learn to drive. Also, I'm used to saving gobs of money by not paying for a car, insurance, gas, etc. If transit is crappy everywhere in FL (which I find sort of hard to believe...I'll have to look into it) then I'll look elsewhere. I work from home so my options are very open.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:45 PM
 
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NHborn, after doing more research it does appear public transit in FL is abysmal. Sorry for doubting you!
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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NHborn, after doing more research it does appear public transit in FL is abysmal. Sorry for doubting you!
There are some trolley services, depending on where you want to live. They have some that go all the way up and down the beaches, from Pass a grille to Clearwater. I have seen everything you need along Gulf Blvd. Drug stores, Publix, etc. I was told you can take a trolley from the beach into downtown St. Pete. That you may need to fact check but the lady at the hotel shared that with me. So, if you live over that way, travel would be pretty easy I would think.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:11 PM
 
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There are some trolley services, depending on where you want to live. They have some that go all the way up and down the beaches, from Pass a grille to Clearwater. I have seen everything you need along Gulf Blvd. Drug stores, Publix, etc. I was told you can take a trolley from the beach into downtown St. Pete. That you may need to fact check but the lady at the hotel shared that with me. So, if you live over that way, travel would be pretty easy I would think.
Thanks! Yeah, it would be really nice to be VERY near the necessities like drug stores and grocery stores. I've had to schlep bags of groceries on the bus billions of times and it's not fun. I work from home so it's not like I would have to use public transit every day to commute. I just need it to be good enough to get me out of the house every once in a while. I haven't completely given up hope! I'm rather enjoying this whole research process.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill FL
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Thanks! Yeah, it would be really nice to be VERY near the necessities like drug stores and grocery stores. I've had to schlep bags of groceries on the bus billions of times and it's not fun. I work from home so it's not like I would have to use public transit every day to commute. I just need it to be good enough to get me out of the house every once in a while. I haven't completely given up hope! I'm rather enjoying this whole research process.
I guess if youre used to it its not so bad. Let me put it this way... Id be very uncomfortable if my wife were using the bus to get around by herself. That trolley service posted above sounds pretty good, and its by the beaches so they might be filled with tourists instead of the normal Tampa bus crowd.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:32 PM
 
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I guess if youre used to it its not so bad. Let me put it this way... Id be very uncomfortable if my wife were using the bus to get around by herself. That trolley service posted above sounds pretty good, and its by the beaches so they might be filled with tourists instead of the normal Tampa bus crowd.
That's good to know. I really need to take a mini-vacation over there and test out the buses to see if I feel safe. My observation over the years: Even though I'm an incredibly quiet person who just minds my own business, reads, and listens to music on the bus, the craziest person on the bus will undoubtedly decide to sit right next to me and talk my ear off.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:10 PM
 
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Let me say this, I passed the "bus station," or whatever you call it for the public transit service, everyday. I would not under any circumstances get on that thing. The trolley service is totally different and NHborn is correct, a whole different set of clientele riding the trolley. You really do need to go down and spend some time. I wish now I had bothered to get #s off the for rent signs that I saw so I could pass them along.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:49 AM
 
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Hi, everyone. I've been perusing this site for a while and finally decided to join and post. I'm 30 years old and moved to Melbourne, FL, from Saint Paul, MN, in March '12. My parents live in Palm Bay and I decided to come down here to be closer to family and I just needed a change in general. I'm glad I moved but I don't think Melbourne is the right area for me. I don't drive and I find the bus system here to be sub-par so I feel pretty isolated. I'm used to living in big cities with good public transit so I've been thinking about moving to Tampa.

I'm not familiar at all with the different areas of Tampa (I'm just starting the research process). I'd REALLY appreciate some advice on what areas would best meet my needs. I'm a 30 year old single female. I don't party at all. I'd say the two most important requirements for me would be 1) an area with good public transit, 2) an area with easy access to concerts. I love music and I hear Tampa has a good music scene, which is a huge reason why it's at the top of my list. I'd be looking to rent an apartment with a budget of $600-$800.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
The public transit in Tampa is a JOKE. Definitely not something you want to rely on. There are a few bus routes around downtown...but there is nothing around downtown except businesses, and some condo buildings, and some hotels....

You cannot live in Florida without driving. Tampa doesn't have a "huge" music scene...Miami might...we get concerts here at the Forum occasionally...but a "huge scene" it is not.

Maybe take a weekend and come and visit...Melbourne is not that far.
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