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Old 05-24-2020, 07:31 AM
 
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Hi. Thinking of relocating to the area and Safety Harbor is on our short list. I would love to hear any input on the area from people currently or who previously lived there. Thanks!

Some topics I’d love to hear about:

1) commuting to Harbour Island (only would be 2-3 times per week)
2) schools
3) community vibe (We have two small children)
4) walkability
5) flood insurance needed?

Anything else you’d like to say (good and bad)?!??
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Old 05-24-2020, 07:35 AM
 
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The drive to HI would be insane even if i did it once a year dear in rush hour or anytime for that matter.

I don't have kids so don't know about schools. I think they are better than avg.

I think the vibe will jive with most peeps.

Walking and talking should be fine as wine.

Depends on where you are for flood Ins. The cost can be insane jane so make sure where you buy sly before jumping and finding out later gator it cost too much.

Area is pretty nice on avg and should be fine for most peeps. If a CAT3 to 5 comes up the pipe the area will flood for most of the area.
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Old 05-24-2020, 10:01 AM
 
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The drive to HI would be insane even if i did it once a year dear in rush hour or anytime for that matter.

I don't have kids so don't know about schools. I think they are better than avg.

I think the vibe will jive with most peeps.

Walking and talking should be fine as wine.

Depends on where you are for flood Ins. The cost can be insane jane so make sure where you buy sly before jumping and finding out later gator it cost too much.

Area is pretty nice on avg and should be fine for most peeps. If a CAT3 to 5 comes up the pipe the area will flood for most of the area.
^^^^^^
What they said Fred with emphasis on the commute comment. A commute from Safety Harbor to downtown Tampa during normal rush hours would be nuts.

RM
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Old 05-24-2020, 01:36 PM
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The commute during rush hour would be about 1 hr. Depending on your prior commutes, that's nuts or great.

This is a link to the evacuation zone map. This is not the same as flood insurance, but will let you know if you have to evacuate. https://elcpinellas.net/wp-content/u...BOD-Web-50.pdf
A lot of Safety Harbor is in evac zones.

Schools are eh - meh - ok. Depending on where you go.
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Old 05-24-2020, 03:25 PM
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^^^^^^
What they said Fred with emphasis on the commute comment. A commute from Safety Harbor to downtown Tampa during normal rush hours would be nuts.

RM
So many people do it. I think it is dramatically worse should there be an accident.
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Old 05-24-2020, 04:04 PM
 
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Harbour Island and all of Channel side are Zone A for evacuation if I read map correclty? So help another dreamer out, if winds are 74 to 85MPH with projected storm surge of 11' or higher it is a mandated evacuation of that area?

Specifically looking at the newer construction condos in Channelside Disrict. If this is a thread hijack, sorry, I think it is part of OP's original post too. I am just looking across bridge from Harbour Island.
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Old 05-24-2020, 04:48 PM
 
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I would recommend going a little further north into Oldsmar. The schools are quite a bit better and the commute options not as subject to the nightmare of crossing a bay bridge with an accident ahead. There are many nice, family-friendly neighborhoods where people are out and about, but not by definition walkable to things. I can't speak to flood zones but my impression of most of Oldsmar is it's not as an issue as much as you'll see in Safety Harbor.
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Old 05-25-2020, 02:57 PM
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I would recommend going a little further north into Oldsmar. The schools are quite a bit better and the commute options not as subject to the nightmare of crossing a bay bridge with an accident ahead. There are many nice, family-friendly neighborhoods where people are out and about, but not by definition walkable to things. I can't speak to flood zones but my impression of most of Oldsmar is it's not as an issue as much as you'll see in Safety Harbor.
Oldsmar is not generally better than Safety Harbor regarding evac zones. ArcGIS Web Application
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Old 05-25-2020, 03:06 PM
 
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Can someone local explain how the evac zone process works exactly? When does the threat become the order?
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Old 05-25-2020, 03:19 PM
 
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Can someone local explain how the evac zone process works exactly? When does the threat become the order?
Read this:

http://www.pinellascounty.org/emerge...zard_Guide.pdf

If you're in an evacuation zone and ordered to evacuate, you go. If not, you're on your own and cannot be expected to receive any sort of assistance or help from local authorities.

Understand that evacuations are ordered well in advance of an oncoming storm, as they have to be done so to give residents a chance to get out of the area. Certain streets and highways are designated as evacuation routes and may very well be turned into one way traffic in all lanes, for example.

You don't say where you're currently located, but it would sound like it's an area without tropical storms or hurricanes. Understand this:

If you live somewhere that has winter storms, you get plenty of advance notice to prepare, maybe a day or two, possibly more. In Florida, you might get a heads up on a potential hurricane a week in advance. Sometimes it can be even longer.

But - and I say this with emphasis - when you get "warned" about a potential hurricane a week in advance, people do the panic buying thing for the obvious items as well as plywood. There's this panic mentality of apprehension for the whole time until the storm arrives (or not). So everyone is on edge for 5-7 days prior to the hurricane's arrival - if in fact it does show up - and if not, there's a collective sigh and people go back to the normal daily living.

It's stressful as heck.

RM
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