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Old 03-10-2008, 11:51 AM
 
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Somebody just told me that Tampa Bay has periods of smelling really bad, like rotten eggs? Is that something that you can smell in South Tampa? If so, I need to re-think my idea of buying there.........
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:24 PM
 
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Somebody just told me that Tampa Bay has periods of smelling really bad, like rotten eggs? Is that something that you can smell in South Tampa? If so, I need to re-think my idea of buying there.........
Sometimes when its low tide, any body of water can smell....I lived on Tampa Bay but with deep water on 110 feet of seawall but never smelled any odors; however, Palma Sola Bay which flows into Tampa Bay in Bradenton goes through periods of low tide where it does smell....I would guess its just the decomposing plant life or sometimes dead fish....You might want to visit the area where you're thinking of buying during different times of the year to see what it's like.
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Old 03-10-2008, 01:02 PM
 
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Maybe people were referring to the phosphate smell from the fertilizer plant? It's pretty far away, though (in Riverview), though there is a terminal at the Port of Tampa.
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Old 03-10-2008, 01:10 PM
 
Location: South Tampa - Bayside West Neighborhood
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The "rotten egg" smell is probably the reclaimed water that is used in parts South Tampa to water lawns, etc. I live on the Westshore side of South Tampa and only smell is the salt air at times from the Bay, on the Bayshore side of South Tampa, there has been rarely a smell of "low tide" which isnt that bad, but you can tell it's low tide, and its only right along the water, close to the bridge's of Davis Islands.
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Old 03-10-2008, 08:15 PM
 
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I agree totally..you might notice the 'low' tide smell and if you aren't use to living around water you might notice it more when you first arrive. It isn't bad but it isn't rotten egg smell either, that is sulfur.

Some ppl have shallow wells to water their yards. Sulfur is in some well water and if you have a well to water your yard then chances are you will have either sulfur or iron in the water. I have driven past homes who were watering their yards and you could smell the rotten egg smell. Iron doesn't smell but it leaves brown rust on pavement and houses. I use to work for a well driller in one of my past lives.. LOL
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Old 10-30-2010, 02:19 AM
 
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Yes, my mom lives in Harbour Island and it stinks horrible here a good portion of the time. I think she was gyped, and I just got a serious stomach bug. Whether it's from the air or not, this smell isn't helping anything. I just booked an early flight home.
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:29 AM
 
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When we came back from Appollo Beach we saw one of those garbage mountains, Maybe in Riverview, Gibsonton not sure......IT Stunk!
I do go on the Westshore side often and didn't smell anything there.....I think if you're closer to Channelside...But I've been there too and didn't smell anything there either...
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:07 AM
 
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Once in a while a red tide will kill fish by the thousands,they dont smell that good as they rot on the shores for weeks.
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Old 10-30-2010, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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Those aren't garbage mountains. Those are phosphate mines.

The smell doesn't last forever. It certainly wouldn't turn me off from buying in South Tampa. You really can't smell it once you're a few blocks in from the water which, unless you have a pretty big budget, will likely be the case.
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:51 AM
 
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Sometimes it can smell around Bayshore and TGH thanks to the dumped body parts.
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