Posted by: rgmorgan | May 15, 2011

Why We Live in Florida

People always ask why would you live in Florida? They have hurricanes there and the weather is too hot in the summer. Well, we have been here for over 30 years and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It’s not just the warmth in the winter that makes Florida such a wonderful place to live, but that certainly does help. We live in Clearwater Beach, FL which for those of you unfamiliar with Florida’s geography is on the west coast about half way down the state. We are in Pinellas County just west of Tampa, FL. The overall area is referred to as “Tampa Bay”. It’s also only an easy drive from Disney World and Key West.
From a recreational aspect we have five professional sports teams (Tampa Buccaneers NFL, Tampa Bay Rays MLB, Tampa Bay Lightning NHL, Tampa Bay Storm arean football and Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer). The Lightning are currently in the conference finals trying for their second Stanley Cup and the Rays are leading the tough eastern division of the American League. But that isn’t the reason we live here either but it is great to have the ability to go see these great athletes in action. St. Petersburg also hosts its annual Grand Prix with the roar and excitement of Formula 1 racing. This area is home to some of the greatest golf courses you can find such as the Copperhead course at Innisbrook sight of the PGA Transitions tournament. So if you like to play golf year round this is the place.
We have water all around us so fishing, boating and other water sports are readily available. If you want deep sea fishing with a professional captain it’s here. If you are a recreational boater the options are endless. If you enjoy getting a suntan we have some of the world’s best beaches right here.
For those of you who enjoy fine dining there are many great restaurants in the area as well as the casual dining places where you can enjoy a “cheeseburger in paradise”.
If you are interested in cultural activities we have the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in Tampa, Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater and Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg; all of which host broadway plays, top name entertainment, operas and other wonderful shows throughout the year. St. Petersburg also is home to the Dahli Museum as well as the Chihully Art Museum.
Want to gamble? We have the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa, Tampa Bay Downs horse racing in Oldsmar and dog racing in St. Petersburg.
Both Clearwater Beach and Tampa have great aquariums for you to enjoy. The Clearwater Beach Aquarium is the home of Winter the tailless dolphin and the site where the upcoming feature movie “A Dolphins Tale” was filmed.
Busch Gardens, a theme park with exceptional rides is in Tampa and provides excitement and a great day of family fun. Lowrey Park Zoo is an intimate zoo with many exotic animals and most are in their natural habitat instead of just behind a cage. Another great way to spend time with your family.
I could go on and on about the area we call home, great universities, college sports, great parks etc. and I am sure I am omitting some things I will regret not mentioning but this gives you an idea why we love Florida and the Tampa Bay are in particular. If you have a family there are so many ways to spend quality time together and create memories that will last a lifetime and if you are single it’s a great place to meet others and enjoy all the area has to offer. And the weather really is terrific, not too cold in the winter and not too hot in the summer despite what you may have heard.
For more information or to add your ideas visit It’s Five O’clock Somewhere in Tampa Bay on Facebook.

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