Living in Florida: What’s it REALLY Like? 🌴 Cost of Living, Traffic, Weather | MELANIE ❤️ TAMPA BAY

Living in Florida: What’s it REALLY Like? 🌴 Cost of Living, Traffic, Weather | MELANIE ❤️ TAMPA BAY

Articles, Blog , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 100 Comments


are there really alligators walking down
the street can I go to the beach or Disney world every day how hot is it on
Christmas Day what is it actually like to live in Florida hey everybody this is
Melanie Atkinson realtor with Smith & Associates in beautiful Tampa Bay
Florida and today I want to talk to you about the realities of living in Florida Florida is full of so many interesting
creatures and things and weather events from alligators to Mickey Mouse beaches
and golf courses hurricanes and humidity no state income tax snowbirds
strawberries and sand the list is endless if you don’t live in Florida
it’s easy to create a vision of what it’s like to live in Florida I get all
sorts of questions from people coming to look for houses in Florida about what
it’s actually like so today I thought it was a really good time to address some
of the most frequently asked questions about living in Florida
obviously this channel is called Melanie loves Tampa Bay so I might be a bit
biased but I try to be as honest as possible with my clients and anyone
watching this about what it’s actually like to live in Florida Florida isn’t
for everybody I want people to have realistic expectations of what their
life will be like when they get here I was born in Ohio but moved to Fort Myers
Florida when I was 3 years old so I’m pretty close to being a native Floridian
so hopefully my years of living in Florida will help you answer the
question of whether Florida is the right state for you to live in let’s get
started does every body of water no matter the size have an alligator in it
well no but it probably could alligators are part of our world here in
Florida they have been here for a lot longer than we have and for the most
part they like to stay very far away from humans
alligators migrate so a pond or lake that doesn’t have an alligator in it at
one time may very well get one a few months down the road alligators only
become a problem when they lose their fear of humans which most often happens
when they’re being fed by humans if you live in a neighborhood
and you think an alligator is getting aggressive the local Fish and Wildlife
Commission is there to help you if you’re moving to Florida and you don’t
think that you’ll be able to handle having an alligator in the pond or lake
in your backyard then you’re probably going to be better off buying a house
that’s not on water as you’re walking around your neighborhood whenever you’re
walking by ponds and lakes just remember to be smart with your small animals and
children and don’t let them near the banks chances are if there’s a gator in
that pot it will live its life without hurting anybody or anything personally I
think alligators are super cool and I always stop and look at them what’s it
like to live so close to the beach well it could be really sandy I fully admit
that I am NOT the biggest beach fan because I don’t really like sand or salt
water but I also understand that our beaches are one of the main reasons that
people move here they are beautiful and there’s really nothing better than
sitting in the sand and watching a beautiful sunset and the west coast of
Florida has some of the best however if you’re moving to Florida and you’re not
in retirement chances are you’re not going to be living around the corner
from a beach why because most of the places that employ people are not near
the beach it’s a really long commute if you live on Clearwater Beach and you
work in downtown Tampa but don’t fret you can always drive to the beaches on
the weekends and over time you’ll discover the secret beaches that you
like best because when you live here you don’t go to the same beaches that all
the tourists go to you go to the ones that the locals love if you are coming
here for retirement then come on down we have plenty of beachfront condos waiting
for you to purchase just make sure you hire a realtor that knows the beaches
well so you can find the perfect spot for you is the traffic bad I’ll talk
about just the Tampa Bay area for this part because that’s really the only
place in Florida that I drive in enough to comment on like all major cities the
Tampa Bay area can have traffic headaches mostly during the rush hours
if there is a wreck on a major highway it can cause significant backups if
you’re coming down to Florida during our peak tourist season January through
March you’ll notice an increase of traffic in the more touristy areas so
the beaches get more crowded in the
interstate going to Orlando i-4 gets a lot more crowded in general during our
peak season again January through March our population swells here in Florida so
our roadways get busier add on the fact that a lot of people are not from here
and don’t know how to navigate the roadways and it can get a little chaotic
out there and can cause some accidents although traffic can be a pain at time I
don’t think it’s really too different than other big cities I have friends and
clients that came from bigger cities and they say the traffic here is no big deal
plus we have some really great scenery as you travel to your destination do I
get Florida resident discount tickets for the amusement parks yep you sure do
residents of Florida can purchase discounted tickets and yearly passes to
just about all of your favorite amusement parks these offers change all
the time but for example right now as a Florida resident I can get a four-day
park pass at Disneyworld for a hundred and ninety five dollars if I’m a
non-resident that same for Park Pass cost three hundred and forty dollars
that’s a really big difference the other benefit when you live in Florida you
tend to go to those amusement parks on the days when other people aren’t going
a Tuesday at the end of September let’s go and avoid the lines at the Harry
Potter ride at Universal you also don’t need to spend money on hotels because
you could drive there and back in the same day is it expensive to live in
Florida that question really depends on what you’re used to if you live in the
Northeast or California then no Florida is probably not an expensive state to
live in but if you live in a lot of states in the south it’s probably going
to be a little bit more expensive there are pros and cons for instance one of
the best parts about living in Florida is that there is no state income tax
that is a huge savings for most households and also makes Florida a
really popular place to live if you have a lot of money we also have a fairly low
medium price for homes however the closer you get to the cities that most
people want to live in the more expensive those homes do get our
property taxes are on the lower end of the spectrum
but our homeowners insurance is more expensive because of the extreme weather
that we get here in Florida our sales taxes typically vary by county and
sometimes they can get a little high depending on where you are
for example Hillsborough County where Tampa is located now has an eight and a
half percent sales tax rate as of the beginning of 2019
whereas Pinellas County just on the other side of the bridge still has just
the 7% sales tax rate if you have children headed off to college and
you’re a Florida resident the colleges and universities within the state system
are actually very affordable in comparison to other states our gas
prices are typically pretty low and we get great deals on local produce like
oranges and strawberries what about the weather weather is a major concern for
new residents and current residents of Florida and it should be major
hurricanes are always on our mind during hurricane season but the trade-off and
this is a big one is that during the fall and winter we don’t have any snow
storms and keep in mind that hurricanes don’t just affect the state of Florida
they affect all of the Gulf Coast states and the Atlantic states although we
never want to deal with a hurricane we typically have plenty of warning if it’s
one that we’re gonna need to vacate for and our newer construction homes are
built to withstand higher winds to me I worry about the strong summer storms
that come through almost daily during the afternoon hours more than I worry
about hurricanes in general lighting is very prevalent in these storms and they
can dump a lot of water very quickly on a day to day basis those are the storms
that cause more of an inconvenience in regarding the heat yes it’s hot and yes
it’s humid here but this is a tropical climate so that’s what it’s supposed to
be like it makes for some bad hair days but it also keeps your skin and your
eyes from drying out so basically just like anyplace there are pros and cons to
living in Florida it is as beautiful as you see in the pictures especially in
the winter our population here in the Tampa Bay area is growing very quickly
but we are doing our best to attract wonderful new residents with great job
opportunities fun places to spend your free time and a lifestyle that allows
you to be outside all year long so come on
down and take a visit and if you decide to stay in the Tampa Bay area give me a
call for all of your real estate needs thank you so much for watching this
episode of Melanie loves Tampa Bay if you like this video please click the
like button below if you have a comment or you want to ask me other questions
about what it’s like to live in the state of Florida I’m happy to do another
episode answering those questions go ahead and put that below consider
subscribing to this channel if you want to find out more about life in the Tampa
area home trends and real estate in general you can also follow me on
Instagram Facebook Twitter or check out my website Melanie loves Tampa Bay comm
thanks again and I’ll see you next time with love Melanie

100 thoughts on “Living in Florida: What’s it REALLY Like? 🌴 Cost of Living, Traffic, Weather | MELANIE ❤️ TAMPA BAY

  • Melanie Loves Tampa Bay Post author

    If you have any additional questions that I haven't answered here, comment below with your Florida question and I can do another FAQ episode.

  • James Hartsfield Post author

    Thank you, Melanie. Af a Florida resident, I found your report rational and coherent. Just for you, personally, when you get tired of Tampa Bay (I did), there is a whole different Florida waiting for you. Much more sane. I currently live in Suwanee county, and I like it.

  • bryant whitis Post author

    I love the information Melanie giving I been to Tampa it's nice

  • bryant whitis Post author

    Make room for me Melanie I'm single but I would need a caregiver

  • bryant whitis Post author

    My old man last away as a patient at the va hospital in Bay Pines Fl the va hospital did a good job in treating him. Last away in 86.

  • bryant whitis Post author

    Defiantly don't want to spend the rest of my life in San Antonio Texas this is sin city I also stayed in Jacksonville Fl years ago

  • bryant whitis Post author

    Florida is nice people in Florida nice too

  • Renee Soria Post author

    How is Winter Springs? I’ll be moving from Chicago to Florida in a couple years, so I am looking now

  • Taylor Travis Post author

    WE ARE FULL AND NOT FRIENDLY DO NOT COME

  • Extend a Life Products and Services Post author

    It is hot hot as the sun dont live here

  • john milner Post author

    I've been in fla since 89…from june 1st to sept 20ish. It's hotttttttttt…..rest of year is awesome…tampa sucks because of high house prices..horrible traffic…

  • john milner Post author

    Holmes beach anna maria island has the best beaches in fla..very easy to access..fyi..stay off i4..your not missing anything in Orlando…trust me

  • John Pelham Post author

    Yankees get out , and go home.

  • imunderyourbed Post author

    i live in ohio right now, close to lake eerie. every time my family goes to florida for vacation, i adore it so much and want to go back immediately. i don’t know if i should go there for college, or live there when i’m older. i’m kinda scared to live in florida though, from the constant crimes being committed lol. also everyone in the comments say that they don’t want anyone new there, so idk what to do 😬

  • royston mason Post author

    Tampa has hideous roads you can never turn LEFT! omg half of the city is slum , only go to the beaches or outerlying cities cause TAMPA aint IT !

  • Rainy Edits Post author

    I’m moving around Tampa or clear water

  • Brian Rollins Post author

    Florida is full….please leave use alone.#727

  • Weinmonster Chicago Post author

    To all the people in the comments talking about the weather compared to that of more climates, keep in mind that’s there’s always a trade off. We can play this game all day- florida/the south doesn’t have to suffer through a miserable winter, but people up north don’t have to suffer through miserable summers. Even Floridians complain out their asses once it’s above 90 and humid as hell. You know you’re all hiding in the AC come June/July/August the same way yankees are retreating to heat in January/February.

  • Limitless Pharma Post author

    Great video! Can you tell me where is that place at 3:04 please! It looks beautiful.

  • Mugaka Murakumo Post author

    2:45 I like you a lot already 🤗❤ Alligator and crocodiles are the closest you can get to…DRAGONS!!! 🐲

  • Haylee Pastorello Post author

    Florida is full and a horrible place to live please never come here the birds will attack you and youll get eaten by fire ants!
    DONT COME HERE

    If you ignore everything else ….down in the palm beach area the best time to go to the beach is towards the end of the sunset nice and cool and not to many people, around 6 to 8 PM after that it's getting dark in summer or already really dark outside and being outside at night is creepy anywhere.

  • steff steff Post author

    hurricanes wouldn`t bother you so much if you had houses made of stone like we in europe .. do it build houses out of stone no proplems with any worms or stuff and it last for hundrets of years so that one generation can benefit from the one before just saying…

  • jm Morgenstern Post author

    I love Florida I've been there I love the Hop hate the cold South Florida my baby man I love it love it love it love it love it here I come I love you Florida nice warm weather all year round I love it love it love it love it I hate old man winter with a passion I love some of man summer and you're my buddy summer you're my buddy old man winter go away I hate you because you're cold and nasty old man winner oh yeah I love La Vida weather

  • Megan Post author

    What about jobs? we are a at will state. You can get fired for any reason.

  • Scythe_Rocco Post author

    The rain in Florida only last for like 5 to 10 minutes then it’s just sunny for like the rest of the day then it rains again at night

  • Alien Drones Post author

    Thanks for sharing! Really good information to consider…

  • Ant Guy - superhero extraordinaire Post author

    I have a question. I’ve been looking into moving in to Florida for a long time now but my main concern is being able to find a job that pays a living wage. As far as I can tell rent prices seem to go upwards of $1000 and most of the state and jobs seem to only want to pay around $12 an hour. Is this just a misconception that I have or is that the way it is?

  • Dave Perry Post author

    Born here. Moved back four years ago. I should have been warned about Snow Birds and their effect on the quality of life during Season. Worst drivers ever. But without them we wouldn’t have nowhere near the amenities.

  • Dave Perry Post author

    And you don’t have to shovel humidity. 😂

  • Danijela N. Post author

    Very nice video. Thank you for sharing this video.

  • xevious2501 Post author

    first you gota understand there's not one type of Florida, just like everywhere else it different areas have different appeal, look and tone. There is a difference between the norther panhandle portion of florida down to central, and from central down to south florida. very different. the more north you are the more american, the more south the more latin spanish italian european influence. The north is more akin to those flanking southern states, and the more southern country the people, central to south you hit the once retirement/tourist region dominated by non native floridians. its more international. AND there is a difference in pace and living/climate conditions between cities along the atlantic coast vs central and western gulf coast. Ok, you have to know what kinda lifestyle you like. city, country, woodlands, beach laidback quite. because florida has it all. and some places have a mix of everything. If you want both big city and beach but with the nicities not typically found in both, then your talking ft lauderdale to miami. If you like the seasonal transitions of a tourist town, then south central, orlando. If you like a more southern carolina type vibe, then northern atlantic.. Jacksonville, if your want a carribean island then you want the florida Keys , if you want the key lifestyle but still gota work and make a living then tampa, clearwater st pete. work and play. And just a 45 minute drive to touristville orlando. If you want big money white sand beaches, mansions and peaceful sweet living, Sarasota on down the gulf coast. if you want country, woodlands and north of tampa. overall Florida is wonderful, but it has some unique features many do not like. its flat. pancake flat, and i personally love it, for lovers of weather phenomenons places like tampa home to more thunderstorms than anywhere else in the country, no worries your days wont always be dampened by rain, these storms come and go in just a few hours, Florida has just enough island type lifestyle and yet just enough USA to make you always feel like your on a vacation. In terms of work it can be a challenge. Its not a big money Making state. unless your into realestate or investments. crime… well.. depends on what type and where. not typically a place you have to worry about getting robbed. As a native new yorker, Florida has been the polar opposite of NY. but in the past two decade many things have changed due to the influx of migrants. so its become more like LA. which of course has its good and bad. but overally for me, florida is a winner, one of the few states in the US that improves ones lifestyle and not beat you down. NY is all about picking you up by your ankles and shaking your pockets dry. Its chock full of mayhem alota of which is fun, but it also beats you down, day after day, and the weather, forget it. its a monster. BUT! few places will make you as tuff like NY. AND northern NY is nice, but boring as heck.

  • Tim Tran Post author

    thanks

  • wanda jimenez Post author

    Lived in florida 28 years ago and thinking of going back. Im 55 and have a mentally disabled son, is there any area/county that is affordable in 2019? I am on ssi and he is also. Would prefer to live in country side because I believe it would be less expensive (mobile home)or maybe live in a retirement community with small homes? Thank you for any information.

  • josh Adam Post author

    Florida❤

  • Steven S Post author

    Enjoyed your video! My partner and I vacation every December (timeshare owners) in Broward County (usually Ft. Lauderdale, LBTS, or Pompano Beach). We want to relocate to Florida before retirement so finding a job in Broward County is important. I haven't been to Tampa in decades so don't know the area well. One topic not discussed, the crime rate. Between urban living, weather, and cost of living, is there still a big divide between Florida Coasts?

  • michael battista Post author

    Florida is just horrible never seen anything like meth addicts outside a publix in a supposed good area, homeless all over the highway ramps, you can keep the weather, its trashy and getting worse. hell the wealthy retires are just going to the Carolinas now.

  • Ed Post author

    no state income tax? high property tax & auto insurance, extremely hot in summer,tornadoes & hurricanes, drivers are ignorant & obnoxious, do not obey speed limits, yeah gators do occasionally do walk on roads & highways, noise from loud mufflers needs to be addressed, expensive to own a pool, gators not in EVERY pond but exercise caution around any body of water. If some one wants to sell a waterfront property, beware of gators, pythons are becoming problematic too! I can list many more ! yeah, I should move & still may do that. You are not allowed to buy auto insurance out of state, if you do, you will not get florida plates.

  • James Smith Post author

    Lived there from 04 to 07.
    FLORIDA SUCKS !!!!!!!!!

  • Mary R. Post author

    I lived in Tampa (Brandon) when my ex was stationed at MacDill AFB. It totally sucked! Heat, humidity, more lightening than I’ve ever seen in my life! Never again!

  • Nick Cook Post author

    compared to the state of missouri how high is the cost of living

  • Stanglife 97Cobra Post author

    As a life long 4th generation Florudian, Flirida has way too many Yankees, extreme heat and humidity during the summer, the cops are terrible along with traffic. Mosquitos will suck you dry and way too many imigrants( most are illegal). Beautiful winter weather, fishing is exceptional, guns, guns and more guns. Best beaches in the country, unlimited entertainment, becoming over populated.

  • seaside1991 Post author

    Florida is a beautiful and diverse state from the Panhandle to Miami. "South"east Florida is very flat and very urban. The panhandle and north Florida are hilly and "southern". All the other parts are a mix of southerners, notherners, retirees and Latinos. There are also some decent hills in Polk and Lake counties. The blend of people gives Florida a unique richness and sometimes crazy drivers. For newcomers the high humidity for 6 months is the hardest to get used to. Lightning is also something to be cautious of in the summer and early fall. Hurricanes can be a threat but take precautions and prepare your home and self. Basically stay indoors during the summer from late morning to afternoon. So if you're not afraid of sweat it's a great place.

  • poop face Post author

    I think I'm moving to tampa

  • Clutch Cargo Post author

    South Tampa, Davis island and Downtown Tampa are the best areas, very upscale, clean and low crime..a little pricey but worth it

  • D Day Post author

    She left out the cockroach’s and giant mosquitoes

  • joe montero Post author

    I must honestly say melanie i just watched your video cause i liked your look. But now i love your looks more and your personality even more.. I live in miami and i have been on contract work fixing planes up north and make more money but having to work in the snow gets old quick and i dont like driving in the snow. Id rather be at the beach.

  • Lodestone3 Post author

    Thanks for the video. Nice job! I was born and raised in Minnesota and summer was always my favorite season when I was growing up. Now that I live in the beautiful state of Florida I get to experience summer year round and I'm loving it! I have lived here in the Tampa Bay area for 30 years and I honestly could not imagine living anywhere else…

  • Emily Mayle Post author

    I’m leaving for Tampa and Clearwater on Tuesday 😍

  • James Givens Post author

    Wow, very informative. Thx for sharing and answering all my questions and concerns.

  • A42yearoldARAB Post author

    Thank you. We are looking into the move I've always felt like I'd be happy there coming from Minnesota where it's expensive to live anyways (for whatever reason) on top of crappy winters that now last almost till May.

  • Tomeki J Post author

    New subbie here!😁
    We're looking to purchase a summer home in the St. Pete area very soon. So watching all your videos are extremely helpful.

  • Elisa Post author

    I want to move to Florida so bad.

  • General Lee Post author

    Do they spray for mosquitoes in all parts of Florida? By plane flying over residents houses or a truck driving around? I want to move there but I couldn't tolerate that as I am too sensitive to chemicals. I watched another video and where she lives they do this.

  • RobFrank22 Post author

    Alligators everywhere

  • RobFrank22 Post author

    Atlantic beaches are alot better than Gulf beaches.

  • Whaler Cumming Post author

    Meet my pal Florida Man, he invented a crossbow that shoots alligators while he was smoking meth and stealing lawn sprinklers

  • A u Post author

    Someone should do video top 10 reason to not live in America haha

  • -p Catalano Post author

    The proper term for someone who lives in Florida isn't Floridian. It's Floridiot. From a former Floridiot who got the hell outa there.

  • Kev Atkinson Post author

    I’m seriously contemplating moving to Naples from the u.k, the u.k is an absolute dump now

  • Sandy M. Post author

    You confirmed what we learned these past few years about home insurance can be pricey there now. That said, I lived in Florida (Ft. Myers and Tampa) for over 9 years, moved in 1990. Wondering is there sales tax on groceries now and is there property tax relief for ppl age 62 or 65 and older in Florida? Not sure since it's been a long time since living in the Sunshine State. Been thinking abt moving back. Thanks. 🌞 🌺 🌴 🌊

  • Brian Glass Post author

    If you can afford to live on Clearwater beach you don't have to work….LOL. Seriously, I had to leave St. Pete and move to the Midwest just because the home prices and cost of living is outrageous.

  • Nick 555 Post author

    Great place!!!

  • Inquisitive Minds The Ashlock Style Post author

    Dirt? What is dirt? Oh right… Florida… sand. Just sandddddddddddd mWakjljicspdauivis

  • Mskdramaaddict Post author

    What can u say about tallahassee?

  • Russian chopstick Post author

    Lol…how can you use Tampa for a example?

  • michelle Udontneedtoknow Post author

    I am def moving to FL around 65yrs of age, but only bc I want to spend every week at Disney parks & ikea. I’m from MA so I think it will be nice to say buh bye to snow. But I have another 22yrs to wait lol

  • Hannah Montgomery Post author

    Any low income apartments u can help me with. Tampa/Clearwater

  • Who's Who Post author

    Just moved here in February from California, love it here ❤️

  • Peggy Sapp Post author

    I just moved to Lakewood Ranch from Kissimmee and love Sarasota area. It is paradise!

  • Sunil V Post author

    Awesome video please watch my new video 😀

  • Joanna Tapia Post author

    Hi Melanie, you said that your from Ft Myers. I live in Bonita Springs and I’m watching this video because I want to move to Tampa. I hate this area it’s boring, I’m young and there is nothing to do and not too mention rent is so expensive. Why did you leave Ft Myers? Hopefully for the same reason I want to leave.

  • Silvero Dinero Post author

    What ia living like for RV full timers? I am 33 years old

  • Dale Noel Post author

    I would like to correct those who call Tampa Bay a city.  Tampa is the city and people get this confused and call it Tampa Bay.  Tampa Bay is a body of water but the term Tampa bay refers to the 3 major cities that are located around Tampa Bay – Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater.

  • Antonio Marusa Post author

    I’ve been in south Florida almost 25 years. Florida is different depending where you live. The north part of Florida is cheap and more like Georgia and Alabama. The west coast is Cheaper to live in, than the south east ( except for Naples) and in 25 years I’ve never seen an Alligator in a neighborhood. That’s more of a myth. They are some very nice area and some bad areas in Florida. And it goes down to the 40 in the winter specially in northern Florida.

  • Kiki K Post author

    FLORIDA SUCKZ!!!! I've never met such rude ass/ prejudice people in my life!!!!

  • Brown Home Group @ Keller Williams Realty Post author

    FL is great!! Especially Orlando and Tampa

  • Melissa Poffenberger Post author

    A lot of poverty here. It's hidden behind the beach and Disney facade. "The Florida Project" got it down great. Just a lot of people moving here leaving slums, or working dead end fast food and labor jobs. Also shady people! Almost EVERYONE seems to have some type of criminal record or mugshots online. I've ordered pizza even and have gotten the driver showing up with missing teeth and neck tattoos. Just either wonky or low class people really.

  • Trevor Panno Post author

    If you lived in Florida in a house with a pool, what would you wear to swim?

  • Karis K Post author

    P

  • Dexter Williams Post author

    Idiot Drivers! Posted Speed on interstates is 70 MPH, but if your not driving 10 over you will get your butt run over! Drivers on I-95 are RUDE RUDE RUDE! Probably idiots from the northeastern corridor running drugs from Miami to the northeast.

  • Mr Peco Post author

    white girls in flordia actually look good
    not like here in mn
    too much in-breeding
    🤮🤮🤮

  • Saucy Philosophy Post author

    Please tell non-Floridians to leave. Tell them about Die-4 and the traffic.

  • Katarena Post author

    I loved this so much! Thank you for the information I believe Florida is gonna be ago!

  • Greenfield121 Post author

    Best thing(s) about Tampa are the Rays and Lightening!

  • ThePariss333 Post author

    Well, Tampa Bay is not Florida .  You need to Clear that. I'll be in Miami, Miami beach, Tampa, Orlando, Lakeland,  Ocala  and Tallahassee and never see an Alligator Next or inside any Lake. That wasn't visit but Living.

  • Monty Roy Post author

    Excellent video Melanie. Just wanted to ask how different life is and cost of living in the Sarasota/Bradenton area?

  • Lisa Miller Post author

    Hi! Is it hard to build a home long
    Distance

    from PA?

  • ntcrwler Post author

    We have begun to SERIOUSLY think about it and to formulate a plan! I have left Chicago for downstate Illinois, but in retrospect that was not far enough away! Our property taxes are about 2-3x what we notried is the average in Florida, nevermind the sales tax and fuel taxes and so we are now wondering: just why are we still wasting our time living here? ha ha

  • Mac Gabriel Post author

    Vero beach is the best place you can live in Florida

  • RichDaly Post author

    Are you single

  • Angela Dyer Post author

    Are there big centipedes all overFL?

  • Richard2003 Post author

    Do not lie in the grass looking at the clouds. You will be eaten up by bugs.

  • LQ Zaandam Post author

    Only reason I’m in Florida. No income tax.

  • Sri Rangaswamy Post author

    Thanks Melanie. U have given a good commentary on life in FL. If I ever to move to US, it would ONLY be somewhere in FL mainly for weather. Need additional info though – How is the gun control situation in FL? This is exactly what is stopping me from thinking of moving to USA…. Appreciate info. Cheers

  • Hugh Wynn Post author

    I disagreed. There is a large number of people who live in Tampa and surrounding areas are reckless drivers. I repeat many drivers here are bad too. I am 62 years old and I have been living in the Tampa Bay area since 1979.

  • Lee Whaley Post author

    I can't stand to spend more than two days in Florida. You can have the heat, bugs, humidity, dwindling resources, Yankees, traffic, crime. Did I mention bugs and mosquitoes ?

  • Thanasy25 Post author

    So Melanie, I just got back to Jersey after a 4 day vist to scout my new home. And I've selected Brandon. Which was my 1st initial location. J heard and read the horror stories of admano drive/60 & route 4, honestly it wasnt that bad , I went to the mall last sat the 10th while it was back to school weekend, and I've seen worse.
    But I loved Brandon's location x everything is very close and I'm going to stay at the Paddock on Lumsden. Thanks for the videos they really helped . Also the river walk and the sunset cruise was awesome nice mansions in old tampa along Hillsborough river

  • Andy Zentura Post author

    How about public transportation???? And car insurance

  • C-Linn Degal Post author

    Excellent review! Thank you.

  • Johnny B. Post author

    Can a teacher from NYC get a job as a teacher in Tampa, Florida? I also heard that there are a number of private schools vs. public schools. I just don't want to come down to Florida and not find a job. Thank you in advance.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *