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Old 09-23-2008, 01:51 PM
 
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Hello My DH, DD and I are considering a move to tampa from ohio. My husband is in the construction business and is terrified the summers will be brutal, but wondering if it's worth the trade of the snow filled winters in ohio? Is the cost of living high? Is Tampa a good, fun, safe place to raise a family? Any other info suggestions anybody has would be appreciated! TY
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Riverview, FL....for now.
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I would say Riverview (a 'burb) is a more family friendly area. Living costs (for housing) aren't as high as they were a couple of years ago. Rents as well as house prices are way lower.
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:31 PM
 
Location: O-Town
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Hello My DH, DD and I are considering a move to tampa from ohio. My husband is in the construction business and is terrified the summers will be brutal, but wondering if it's worth the trade of the snow filled winters in ohio? Is the cost of living high? Is Tampa a good, fun, safe place to raise a family? Any other info suggestions anybody has would be appreciated! TY

Depends, for me I hate cold winters but some people like snow and cold, I will tell you it is not easy at all working in the heat, it`s relentless from May-October.
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Old 09-23-2008, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl (SoHo/Hyde Park)
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secure stable jobs before you move here as the job market is almost non existant in the tampa bay area....if u have good jobs in ohio and life is OK i would not even consider moving here for a few sunny days in the winter
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:15 PM
 
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secure stable jobs before you move here as the job market is almost non existant in the tampa bay area....if u have good jobs in ohio and life is OK i would not even consider moving here for a few sunny days in the winter
My husband is in the union and is guranteed a job and only about 1/3 of the jobs he would have would be outside. It has been my life long dream to move to florida I love the beach and sunny weather in the winter I go into a depression I hate it but I don't want my dream to make my DH miserable and hate a job that he now loves. Our only concern really is the extreme heat and moving completely away from any family. So we want to make sure we move to a family friendly area.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Tampa, Fl (SoHo/Hyde Park)
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family friendly areas might include places like fishhawk ranch in lithia, valrico, citrus park, westchase, new tampa, parts of carollwood and parts of south tampa....all those are in hillsborough county...talk to other families as many families have made that move with all sorts of results and opinions...good luck
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:38 PM
 
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It is HOT outside here in the Summer and its hot outside here from March thru December. Florida is a right to work state so unions are not important like they are in other states but if it gets him a job thats good. If hes worried about the heat why doesnt he come down and work a couple of weeks or even a week. It rains a lot here also. If he is outside is he hourly? It can sure interfere with a paycheck. You would love FL but it will be brutal for your hubby. Thought of North Carolina? Nice beaches there but cooler and less humidity and bugs arghhhh.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Tampa FL
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Construction is slow here.As far as the heat if you use common sense,take a break when you need it,drink PLENTY of fluids you sort of get used to it.
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Out of the frying pan....
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Construction industry is very, very slow here, so make sure that his guaranteed job is exactly that. As far as summer heat, it is not "extreme"....it is very much like your hot days during an Ohio summer (low 90's), but the difference is there are MANY of them strung together for months at a time.....so living down here is rather like a marathon, instead of a sprint!
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Northwest Cincinnati
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Florida is nice but be absolutely sure you have a job lined up b/c the jobs are tight there. I moved from florida to ohio and while I like fl very much I am really enjoying ohio. The heat in fl is pretty much like ohio except you get to enjoy it (or not) longer. Tampa is a cool city but everything is so spread out, it's pretty friendly, and nice beaches but its a drive to get to the decent ones. Take a visit and stay a week if you can and check it out. I think you will like it at least for a little while but remember you can always go back home! I've been Ohio since the beginning of the year and I consider Ohio my home now I like the 4 seasons. I lived in new tampa and it was ok but very plain you may want to check out other areas for a little more excitement. Good luck!
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