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Old 03-14-2008, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Kay B View Post
I'm new here from NH. My husbnd transfered to Tampa. We live in a rental for now in Lutz, near Land O' Lakes... close to Tampa. I work (teach) in Lutz just for the remainder of this year. Chapel Hills seemed like a good area. Land O' Lakes seems pretty good too. Lutz... well... I don't like living in this house because of the location and trouble getting on to 54. Traffic can be pretty heavy. We actually are buying a place up in Brooksviille/Weeki Wachee... it's about an hour from Tampa airport. Long commute for my husband. I hear more negatives about the schools in Hernando (up there) but I am not sure if I will listen to all of that. I heard negatives about Florida education in general but have been to a number of schools that are A rated (including the one I work in) and am impressed with those schools. I suspect there's similarly decent schools in Hernando as well. As you go up further north (like we are) you will find more bugs. Being in a neighborhood/town closer to Tampa you will get less bugs. We had a few in our house mostly because our screen doesn't close all the way and the dogs can get it open wider. Sounds like you'd be better off staying closer to Tampa. Unlike you, what gets me is traffic issues and weather/storms. I don't like bugs and gators... have yet to see a gator and we have a lake behind our rental. If you look further north at empty homes with pools, look up when you go into the screened areas. Spiders like to make their homes in those places. Hope this helps a bit.
I, too live in Weeki Wachee (Royal Highlands). My son goes to Pine Grove Elementary, and I'm happy with it. I find the atmosphere to be very family oriented. The school's main problem is overcrowding since the population boomed over the past couple of years, so there's a lot of portable classrooms. But, I believe they'll be constructing new classroom space over the summer. I think Florida schools are better (or maybe more accountable) than they were back in the day because of FCAT. Although, maybe too much emphasis is placed on it. I don't really know, my son is only in 2nd grade.

With regard to bugs, I actually don't think it's as bad as I thought it would be (I was more familiar with the east coast of Florida before we moved here - did NOT like the humidity & bugginess there). With the exception of the twice annual lovebug visits, I really can't complain.
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:45 PM
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Does anyone have a good and reasonable extermiantor for the pasco area?
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Old 09-16-2009, 05:04 AM
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I didn't read the other posts, but your post is a bit insulting! We don't have bugs bigger than your head unless your head is less than an inch in diameter!!!!!!!! seriously!
I find it hard to believe there are no roaches or bees in Milwaukee!!!! or bears! bigger than my house!!!!!

Of course there is Pest Control...Florida also is one of the Greenest states out there.........FYI So, unless you plan on living in some dump, I am pretty sure that you could handle "our bugs" just as you would your own up there!!!!!

Some schools are bad but if you do your re-search you may find one that will suit your needs just fine! Schools ALONE are not supposed to handle the education of your kids! sorry, but I don't care if the school has a good or bad reputation, if your child doesn't apply him/herself then we the school can't do much about it!

Palm Harbor is very nice and has very nice communities, New Port Ritchey seems to have a much older population, retired communities etc....I would pick Palm Harbor for sure. How about commuting? you know that there isn't much walking to stuff around FL.....I hope....a car is a must....so ideally you would want to be as close to your job as possible. I would be more concerned about that than BUGS!
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by algia View Post
I didn't read the other posts, but your post is a bit insulting! We don't have bugs bigger than your head unless your head is less than an inch in diameter!!!!!!!! seriously!
Hahaha - the visual I got from reading this really made me laugh! Made me think of the "pinheads" from the circus!
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