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Amazing Reasons to Call the City of Tampa Florida Home

By Jony Mozen

The choices of where to dine, shop or find family fun in Tampa are limitless. The historic electric streetcar and the in-town trolleys are a fun and easy way to navigate the downtown/convention center core. Stroll along park-like Bayshore Boulevard, the world's longest continuous sidewalk, for a great panoramic view of downtown Tampa. Shop the wonderful stores at Hyde Park Village and when you get hungry, you'll have plenty of choices to dine along South Howard Avenue, known as SOHO. Later you can see some of the world's best entertainers at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Other must-see venues include the Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg, cross the magnificent Sunshine Skyway Bridge to Sarasota's John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, or beat the heat with high-speed thrills and water-soaked fun at Adventure Island. In the evening, take a relaxing and romantic dinner and dancing cruise on Tampa Bay aboard the Yacht StarShip. Or scoot over to Ybor City, the nightlife capital of Florida's West Coast, where thousands converge on the lively Latin Quarter in search of a good time and go club hopping on Seventh Avenue.

Tampa has ideal weather. The sun is always shining. Tampa Bay averages 27 more clear days per year than Miami and the area holds the record for most consecutive days of sunshine. The average annual temperature is about 73 degrees with winter lows above 60 and summer highs below 85. November usually gets the least amount of rain and August gets the most. Tampa Bay's weather is "just right." It's not too hot and not too cold. You can dress very comfortably, with light casual clothes to match the weather of each season. Yes, there are seasons, just not as extreme as the rest of the country. Tampa Bay is about as far north as most palm tress can grow, yet far enough south where you can swim and play golf all year round.

As one of the nation's top animal parks, Busch Gardens Tampa has more than 2,700 animals and one of the best amusement parks that appeals to a variety of age groups. It's divided into eight different regions: Egypt contains a museum, shopping bazaars and Montu roller coaster; Timbuktu has the dolphin show, a German restaurant, the Myombe Reserve with gorillas and chimpanzees, and an entertainment center. The Serengeti Plain offers a safari through a 15-acre animal theme park. The Trans Veldt Railroad is a great way to sit back and view the scene. Morocco has shops, cafes and a 1,200-seat theater. There are special exhibits throughout the park, such as an animal nursery, bird garden and a rare white tigers' enclosure with up-close viewing.

Many of Tampa's cultural centers are clustered downtown along the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa Museum of Art, Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa Bay History Center and many displays of public art can be found. The historic electric streetcar and the in-town trolleys are a fun and easy way to navigate the downtown/convention center core. Stroll along park-like Bayshore Boulevard for a great panoramic view of downtown Tampa. Tampa is also noted for exciting attractions such as the Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo and Busch Gardens theme park.

On the serious side, if you want the best education for yourself, your kids or grandchildren come to Tampa! The University of South Florida (USF) is one of the state's three flagship universities, and is a public Research University with its main campus located in North Tampa. USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Very High Research institution. USF is also one of the nation's top centers for the advancement in research of treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. The University of Tampa (UT) is a private, co-educational university that offers over 100 undergraduate degree options, along with Master's degree programs in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Education, Marketing, Innovation Management, and Nursing. The Princeton Review has added UT's John H. Sykes College of Business to its annual best business schools guide. Hillsborough Community College (HCC) is a 2-year community college with six campuses located throughout the county.

If you still need more reasons to move to Tampa, consider that the cost of living in Florida is quite reasonable compared to other major states in the U.S., sales taxes are lower than most states, and there is no state income tax. Compare the benefits of living in Florida with any other state and you'll see why Florida is the best choice. There are many homes at surprisingly low prices waiting for owners, waterfront homes included, and Florida is an asset protection state, which is why so many business-minded people make Florida their primary residence. Asset protection means you cannot have your home taken away from you even if you file for bankruptcy. Florida is a major retirement area, which means some of the best doctors and medical centers in the nation are here. The health benefits of living in Florida are countless, and warm temperatures and a relaxed lifestyle promote healthy living. It's wonderful to be able to get out and walk every day, or ride a bike, or play tennis, or just go shopping at the outlet stores. Don't forget to mark your calendars for these annual festivals: the Gasparilla Pirate Fest in January, The Florida State Fair in February, the Florida Strawberry Festival in March, the Ruskin Tomato & Heritage Festival in May, and the Ruskin Seafood Fest in November. For those who want easy living, Florida is a natural destination. Come enjoy the sun in the Sunshine State!

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