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nuts

Kingsport, TN

#148 Nov 21, 2010
If you move near the airport you better be packin a pistol. The last time I was there it was a drug and crime infested sh*thole. I had to stay overnight in a motel right across the street to catch my flight the next morning and I was afraid to go outside.
Ringling

United States

#149 Nov 22, 2010
nuts wrote:
If you move near the airport you better be packin a pistol. The last time I was there it was a drug and crime infested sh*thole. I had to stay overnight in a motel right across the street to catch my flight the next morning and I was afraid to go outside.
Right across the street are relatviely new freekin hotels, like Hyatt Place, a Mariott owned hotel, and a brand new hotel on the same side of the entrance to the airport....all where Univ Pwy almost intersects US 41...yes, the north trail area is not that great up and down from about 41st street north to the Manatee County line (the airport actually traverses the two separate counties)....and yes if you travel doen Old Bradenton Road south, it's a hit and miss neighborhood, but it also deadends at the Ringling College of Art, and is populated in the area with a lot of students, etc...
It's not the best area of town to 'vacation' no doubt, but no area area any airport is generally upscale, right ??
Those groups of hotels across fromt he entrance of SRQ are also in walking distance to the Ringling Museum, C'aaD'Zan Mansion, the elite New College, and the University of South Florida campuses right on the north trail (US41)

“Si vis pacem,para bellum!”

Since: Apr 10

Jackson, Tennessee

#150 Dec 31, 2010
SRQphd wrote:
ralexa
hey it could be worse, you could live in a hellhole like Memphis, TN or Jonesboro AR
Atlanta is heaven compared to thoe two
Jobs is SRQ are a littel scarce unless you're medical, high tech, hospitality management, social
workers, or simply don't have to work that much..
As you know it's not cheap.
Try just up in Tampa or in Pinellas county and simply do a little short commute- I did it for quite a while, and didn't mind because I got to come back to SRQ and some decent people
What's wrong with this part of America?
whatfreshhell

Bradenton, FL

#152 Mar 31, 2011
LOL Pretty much. And as I have observed this last decade, driving east on Whitfield ave (among some current and formerly VERY lovely homes), one comes upon a small'ish cluster of ...how should I say, possibly, uhm...'undocumented's?

Well over a decade ago, listening to extensive local morning news daily, I was startled while oddly listening to a Tampa station that several women had been murdered along N Tamiami Trail, one stuffed into a culvert on a street adjoining the airport. Streetwalkers are far from uncommon. I still feel that 'shock' of not being alerted to this via a local news source (can you say tourism?) I don't want to take away from much of what is still intact of upscale lovely and safe homes surrounding the airport, and I hope they can keep it that way. There is a lot of history there. Some very fascinating, and sought after.
nuts wrote:
If you move near the airport you better be packin a pistol. The last time I was there it was a drug and crime infested sh*thole. I had to stay overnight in a motel right across the street to catch my flight the next morning and I was afraid to go outside.
whatfreshhell

Bradenton, FL

#153 Mar 31, 2011
In reference to 'elite' new college, would you like to expound? Not to name names, but my sister (lol) went to New College years ago. It left me with the impression that it extremely liberal and I observe that to this day. When I am in the immediate area, I see those 'letting their freak flag fly', I am as unimpressed with it now as I was then. I don't think 'art' is going to get one much in this upcoming society. But that gets into a whole new theatre of the college bubble.
Ringling wrote:
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Right across the street are relatviely new freekin hotels, like Hyatt Place, a Mariott owned hotel, and a brand new hotel on the same side of the entrance to the airport....all where Univ Pwy almost intersects US 41...yes, the north trail area is not that great up and down from about 41st street north to the Manatee County line (the airport actually traverses the two separate counties)....and yes if you travel doen Old Bradenton Road south, it's a hit and miss neighborhood, but it also deadends at the Ringling College of Art, and is populated in the area with a lot of students, etc...
It's not the best area of town to 'vacation' no doubt, but no area area any airport is generally upscale, right ??
Those groups of hotels across fromt he entrance of SRQ are also in walking distance to the Ringling Museum, C'aaD'Zan Mansion, the elite New College, and the University of South Florida campuses right on the north trail (US41)
2smt4u

Haines City, FL

#154 Apr 7, 2011
Sarasota is really awesome if you love traffic, really old people, white trash, subdivisions and strip malls. Oh and juvenile delinquents. Did I mention traffic?
rebecca ross

Henderson, KY

#155 Aug 25, 2011
rightwinger wrote:
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So WHICH hellhole do you live in now ??
Memphis, TN ?
Detroit, MI ?
Selma, AL ?
Oakland, CA ?
Newark, NJ ?
Jackson, MS ?
Monroe, LA ?
Brownsville, TX ??
International Falls, MN ???
Henderson, KY i miss sarasota so much i had my daughter there and my best friend lives there its where i belong!!
coastal not postal

United States

#156 Aug 28, 2011
New College IS elite, with respect to admissions and academic standards- that is inarguable

It should not be a surprise that New College (a liberal arts college) is, in fact a very "Liberal" environment ! like a TON of colleges and Universities across the nation ! whether it's Dartmouth, Carleton, Smith, Wellesley, Brandeis, SUNY, Univ of Vermont, Colby, Grinnell, Bowdoin, etc etc- just try to get admitted to them ! some have tougher standards than you would believe..

New College, "years ago" as you stated, was also part of University of South Florida ..now it is NOT, it is a totally separate College, and lots of things have changed

Is it a typical, sorta weird "left wing", laissez-faire academic environment ?? yes yes, no doubt it is, but having said that, if liberalism is something you don't want your kids exposed to, they should apply to schools like Bob Jones University, Samford University, The University of Mississippi, Brigham Young etc, to name a few

Frankly however I'm stack up the academic skills and thinking skills of graduates of a New College, a Smith, a Bowdoin,a Grinnell, a Univ of Vermont, with any of these other graduates of say, a Univeristy of Mississippi- anyday - and graduate programs, law schools, medical schools, phd programs mostly agree with me
coastal not postal

United States

#157 Aug 28, 2011
rebecca reach me if you wish deb_flack y
Concerned

Bradenton, FL

#158 Sep 30, 2011
Sarasota has been destroyed over the past 20 years. From the county closing gun ranges because of their own county ordinances that have been found illegal to outlawing jobs for those that smoke. Beach parking lots are insane with idiotic traffic patterns again no smoking, no alcohol, no more beach bars, tourism has been reduced to only the wealthy. I have lied here for over 20 years nad sad to say will be looking for a new home. I have been chased out by the same crowd similar to Lakewood Ranch in Bradenton oops did I say the B word. It's a shame that this beautiful location was allowed to be destroyed probably by the rich or should I say the new richthat haveno class or talent. For the rest of you who came here to retire good luck.
THA Guy in floda

Tampa, FL

#159 Oct 2, 2011
Ralexa wrote:
where is that?
Where u at now? i love bradenton/SRQ ive been here for 5 years now and i never get bored lol and when i feel like im gonna i just go for a walk in downtown SRQ, hit a movie, art etc.. lol COME BACK
1 more hater

Sarasota, FL

#160 Sep 23, 2012
I moved to Sarasota in '99 thinking it would be paradise. I learned quickly that the beach loses its luster and the weather is great to work in but not to relax in. I would have to agree that there is way to much money here. Normally people would think that is a good thing but not for anyone who is middle class. People like me work to hard to be able to enjoy the fun things to do here. They either cost to much or you don't have enough time.

Along with all the money comes the people. Most of them are retired which makes driving on the already crowded roads that much more scary. Oh yeah I forgot to mention siesta key beach is the #1 beach in America now so there is that much more traffic.

Also Sarasota also has high crime, it's called new town and you won't here half the stories in the paper, plenty of poverty, lots of ignorant racist rednecks, terrible education system unless your rich enough to live in the right district and the people tend to have a sense of entitlement because they are from the New England area.

I have to say that some people absolutely love Sarasota. The ones that do have lots of money to enjoy the Sarasota lifestyle. I find it hard to believe that anyone in the middle class would feel any different then I do. That is just my opinion. I really hate Sarasota.
The Incredible Flounder

Orange City, FL

#161 Sep 27, 2012
Hey, it is what you make it. There's crime in every town and city and if you go looking for it, you will find.

The reverse is also true. If you want to enjoy the better side of Sarasota, you will find it. Although it takes money, it's doesn't cost that much. Siesta isn't the only beach in the area and New Town doesn't encompass all of Sarasota.

I'm originally from Ft Lauderdale and there is no difference between lifestyles. You can find things to do on whatever budget.

It all depends on your outlook.
Big Country

Sarasota, FL

#162 Dec 8, 2012
bostonQ wrote:
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somebody obviously doesn't know a darn thing about Sarasota- or it's just another poorazz
redneck who was out of PLACE anyway !
Prettier ?? nicer ?? all UP and DOWN the GULF ??????????
SURELY such statement is pure ignorance
Sarasota is , and continues to be a premier community in which to live for a smaller town and its proximity to lots of great things here in Florida
Maybe the writer lives in Jackson MISSISSIPPI or montgomery, AL, or a dump like Brimingham or Memphis...or is a hillbilly from East TN
Laughable, but every is entitled to their opinion even stupid ones
Hey there dumb ass us rednecks were here first oh and I want my free medical,free dental,free money for my bills,free rent,a loan to go to school or start a business and not have to pay any of it back.... I'm entitled.........Thank you Obama...
Justice Served

Clearwater, FL

#163 Dec 9, 2012
Big Country wrote:
<quoted text> Hey there dumb ass us rednecks were here first oh and I want my free medical,free dental,free money for my bills,free rent,a loan to go to school or start a business and not have to pay any of it back.... I'm entitled.........Thank you Obama...
Once again you are wrong because you can't think beyond your beer gut.

Think rednecks were here first? You really are stupid.
Transplant

Sarasota, FL

#164 Dec 9, 2012
If it wasn't for us transplats, there would be nothing here. This place would be like it was in the 60's and 70's.. Look at all this place has to offer these days. Rednecks come from polk county and other middle of the state countied. There's no room for rednecks in this great city of Sarasota...
Silvio Berlusconi

Irving, TX

#166 Dec 10, 2012
Transplant wrote:
If it wasn't for us transplats, there would be nothing here. This place would be like it was in the 60's and 70's.....
and that's when Sarasota was the best! Cheap living on the beach :) No condos, little traffic and laid back attitudes everywhere. It's a shame what it has become.
Big Country

Sarasota, FL

#167 Dec 11, 2012
I was born and raised in Sarasota 42 years now. What people fail to understand is ((MOST)) people who live here are not from here. To Don't do it... I'm a proud redneck born and raised southern Florida Cracker. I'm sorry you have lived a sheltered life.
Transplant

Sarasota, FL

#169 Dec 11, 2012
Silvio Berlusconi wrote:
<quoted text>and that's when Sarasota was the best! Cheap living on the beach :) No condos, little traffic and laid back attitudes everywhere. It's a shame what it has become.
That goes for most everywhere in the USA!!!Time doesn't stand still...
Transplant

Sarasota, FL

#170 Dec 11, 2012
Big Country wrote:
I was born and raised in Sarasota 42 years now. What people fail to understand is ((MOST)) people who live here are not from here. To Don't do it... I'm a proud redneck born and raised southern Florida Cracker. I'm sorry you have lived a sheltered life.
What is your definition of a redneck? I wouldn't be to proud of being a redneck occording to my definition...

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