Sunday, November 19, 2017

Teach In Florida

Florida's Central West Region

Sarasota

The City of Sarasota and the surrounding area are known as the cultural hub of Florida. An abundance of sun, sand, and water provide a stunning backdrop to museums, botanical gardens, wildlife sanctuaries and professional theater, dance, art, and music. Year-round outdoor recreation and water sports abound, as the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, Myakka River, Lemon Bay, and Inter-coastal Waterway surround the area. The average daily temperature ranges from 72 degrees in January to 91 degrees in August. Sarasota County encompasses an area of 573 square miles and includes the cities of Sarasota, Venice, and North Port, and the towns of Longboat Key and Englewood. Surrounding islands include Longboat Key, St. Armands Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, and Casey Key. The county’s 35 miles of beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay are world famous for the purity of their quartz-white sand. The population in 2000 was 325,000.

Housing:
Sarasota County boasts a variety of Florida style homes with prices to match any taste and budget, and most neighborhoods are within 15 to 30 minutes of the water. Whether you like island living on one of eight barrier islands connected to the Sarasota mainland or the quick access to the rest of the sunshine state by air or highway, Sarasota has the right choice for you. Housing costs compare favorably to those of many other desirable metro areas.
Information on community housing and neighborhoods
Relocation information from:
Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Englewood Chamber of Commerce
Long Boat Key Chamber of Commerce
North Port Area Chamber of Commerce
Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce
Venice Chamber of Commerce

Education:
Educational opportunities abound in Sarasota County, including some of the nation’s most unique and effective public and private school programs. The Sarasota County School District is a pioneer in incorporating leading-edge technology and distance learning into the classroom. There are over 10,000 instructional computers with an average ratio of three students per workstation. All schools have Internet access and closed-circuit TV through the County’s Instructional Television System. The finest, most complete planetarium of its size in all of Florida’s schools is housed within a local high school. Other educational institutions include: Eckerd College, Goshen College, International College, Keiser College, Manatee Community College, Pine View School, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota Christian School, Sarasota County Technical Institute, University of Sarasota, University of South Florida, and Webster University.
List of Sarasota County Public Schools

Cultural Opportunities:
Florida Studio Theatre, Florida West Coast Symphony, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, Gulf Coast Men’s Chorus, Jazz Club of Sarasota, Players Theatre, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota Opera, Theatre Works, Inc., Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Cypress Gardens, Historic Spanish Point, Marie Shelby Botanical Gardens, Museum of Asian Art, Myakka Wildlife Tours, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Solomon’s Castle, Warm Mineral Springs, and Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts.

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St. Petersburg

From the sparkling blue waters of a modern downtown waterfront to sunsets on the Gulf beaches only a 10-minute ride from downtown, St. Petersburg offers residents and visitors an exciting variety of things to do and places to go. A growing economy, a new Major League Baseball team, year-round sunshine, more than 100 lush green parks, boating, fishing, and sailing venues, and modern entertainment facilities make St. Petersburg an excellent place to live, work and play. St. Petersburg and Pinellas County offer a relatively low cost of living, agreeable taxes and progressive employment opportunities, drawing people to the area from around the nation and the world. In addition to these amenities, St. Petersburg offers quality schools, colleges, and universities, top-notch health care, affordable housing, and outstanding arts and recreational facilities.

Housing:
In a mostly residential city, it is no surprise to find a diversity of housing styles — from manufactured homes to executive residences, from urban townhouses to country-style retreats, from golf course getaways to beach-front palaces.
For housing information, order the Relocation Journal.
Additional relocation information from the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Education:
The public school system consists of one countywide district — Pinellas County Schools. Residents who opt for a private school can select from over 90 schools. Pinellas County school district is the 21st largest district in the U.S. and seventh largest in Florida. For higher education, St. Petersburg is home to the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg, Eckerd College, Stetson University College of Law, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, St. Petersburg College, the Florida Institute of Oceanography at USF, the U.S. Geological Survey's Center for Coastal Geology, and the Florida Marine Research Institute.
List of Pinellas County Public Schools

Cultural Opportunities:
Asian Family and Community Empowerment Center, St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, the Florida International Museum, Salvador Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of History, Florida Holocaust Museum, Great Explorations Hands On Museum, and Coliseum Ballroom.

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Tampa

Tampa is a city enriched by culture, arts, sports activities, attractions, museums, business, and its people. Tampa reflects the mosaic of different cultures and influences that made it the dynamic urban center it is today. The coexistence of quaint historic villages with sleek skyscrapers is evidence of this rapidly growing city's success at reconciling its rich history with modern-day development. The kaleidoscope of activity ranges from its bustling port brimming with shrimp boats, banana barges and cruise ships, to its festive marketplaces, and its multi-ethnic restaurants and shops.

Housing:
From new, custom-built homes in planned communities to traditional styles in older neighborhoods, housing in Tampa is some of the most affordable in the nation, with a median resale value for existing homes of $94,000 in 1999, according to the National Association of Realtors, Rose Residential Reports.
Housing and community information
Additional community information such as the population of Hillsborough County, average climate, major employers, cost of living, tax and income figures from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Additional relocation information from:
North Tampa Chamber

Education:
Tampa and Hillsborough provide a wealth of educational opportunities designed to unlock doors in nearly any field, at any level. In fact, the greater Tampa area is home to 25 colleges and universities with 138,000 students from every state and over 100 countries.
List of Hillsborough County Public Schools
Hillsborough County also hosts Hillsborough Community College, the University of South Florida, and the University of Tampa.

Cultural Opportunities:
Ybor City State Museum, Bush Gardens Tampa Bay, Lowry Park Zoo, Museum of Science and Industry, The Florida Aquarium, Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ice Palace Arena, Tampa Bay History Center, and the Florida Orchestra. For spectator sports, enjoy the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (football), the Tampa Bay Lightning (hockey), Tampa Bay Storm (arena football), Tampa Bay Downs, and Tampa Greyhound Track.

 

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