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Old 03-05-2019, 01:39 PM
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Considering a condo St. Petersburg (near Eckerd College off Pinellas Highway) as a possible retirement spot down the road, but the crime rate and violent crime in Tampa and St. Petersburg is reported as pretty darn high. What's your experience? Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2019, 01:41 PM
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It's a dump. I hear Georgia is nice.

All serious. That area is spotty. Pretty nice, but grocery stores etc suck.
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:10 PM
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Like anyplace...except Mayberry, you have the good and bad.

Suggest you come down and spend some time in the area. You will figure out pretty quick where to stay away from.
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We lived in Pinellas Point for the past 25 years or so (Pink Streets Neighborhood) and just absolutely loved it. Before moving south we looked at a number of condo's in that area but ended up south of the Skyway. It's a great place... great boating, quick access to the gulf or the bay, plenty of options for docking/dining, stones throw from the beaches, close enough to uber downtown for the nightlife, Jannus, etc. Are you looking at a specific complex?
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:21 PM
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Dolphin Cay condos
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:31 PM
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Itís full !



Honestly itís a great area . The new Publix is nice . Good options for boat storage , close to beach and interstate . I would say only downfalls would be itís about 15/20 mins from a lot of things , depending on your shopping/dinning needs and the water treatment plant across the street can smell on the right breeze, usually can only smell it when getting onto 275 and not always . The toll backs up a little in Saturday and Sundays in the summer , but not bad .
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Some of the condo "resorts" in that area have just about everything you'll ever need, practically never have to leave the compound. Like most areas down here it's a mixed bag from zip to zip, even block to block in some cases. How did you come up with that area as it sounds like you've never been there?
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:59 PM
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We have spent a week in St. Petersburg, have done a ton of research and we are heading back there again soon. Trying to tap local knowledge to get the real skinny on the area - particularly crime and how bad/how often/how far smell is from wastewater treatment plant. So many good things about the area.
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Old 03-05-2019, 06:43 PM
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Tampa continues to fall in its crime rate
I believe it made the cut for one of the safest cityís.

Not sure why st Pete is still so high though. But the areas you are looking are pretty decent and actually pretty nice.
Iíd move to where u mentioned in a minute if the kids where grown
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Old 03-05-2019, 07:12 PM
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Your fine in dolphin cay. North of dolphin cay on 22nd ave heading west gets dicey sometimes but you will be fine down there. You won’t smell the shit tanks in dolphin. Enjoy
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:31 PM
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My son has lived in downtown St. Pete for 4 years and he loves it. He says there is always something going on in St. Pete or close by. He has not experienced any crime issues.
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Originally Posted by Sailfish_WC View Post
Not sure why st Pete is still so high though.
Like most urban areas, certain neighborhoods have an attraction that seems to be popular with the criminal element.

St. Pete is not immune to this element. It seems somewhat isolated.
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have you considered just over the skyway in an area like riviera dunes? or Terra Ceia country club?
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All helpful, info thanks. We will check out those other locations you mention. We are not just looking for bricks and mortar and we don't want an over 55+ development. We want a "community" with activities on site too.
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Tim - you are my sister and brother in laws neighbor. They are in the condos next to the golf course and have the slip closest to the intercostal waterway with a 38ish tiara.
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We looked at a house in Dolphin Cay. Really liked the neighborhood in general, and you are relatively close to most day-to-day stuff (Publix, etc). As far as crime is related, it's really not that bad, IMO. Yes, there is a lot of petty shit, and the occasional shooting, but that is mostly a non issue in any of the gated communities, and not around the downtown area or the beaches, etc.

I think you'd like the area in general. Treasure Island/Paradise Island is also great, I'd consider something there as well if it came up.
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Intra.....it's Intracoastal!

Plus living in TI you get to laugh at the face licking, backstabbing, knuckleheads that run the city over the bridge to the north!
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lol .. someone has a good story or two to tell
Just google Madeira Beach city council. We actually made worldwide news a couple of weeks ago with the resignation of one of our council ''women'' for face licking and grabbing the city managers junk!!

Can't make this up!
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Old 03-06-2019, 10:39 AM
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I went to Eckerd but graduated way back in '92 so how I remember St Pete is probably not how it is now. Back then it was just like everywhere else...some good some bad.
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When I had the Condo on TI (70s to 2002) the area to watch out for was the South side. In the 50s that was a nice retirement area. It went to hell in the 60s. My family was in St Pete for over 6 decades and I spent a lot of time there. I really expect that even the south side will get gentrified some day. It is just too nice of a location to stay a spit hole forever.
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