Yesterday I drove the area with a real estate friend and had a wonderful time looking at the Tampa and Sarasota areas. I love this part of Florida. There is water everywhere, from the Gulf of Mexico beaches to the Tampa Bay, the rivers and canals. It is someplace where you really need a boat of some sort to take advantage of the natural resources here.
One of the drawbacks to living here is the traffic. You are limited to roads that have bridges, and unfortunately the bridges are like magnets for broken down cars and fender benders. Stuck in traffic has always been very frustrating to me, although with cell phones and the ability to still do something productive while stuck in your car takes a little of the edge off.
I think we will target the final search in the Venice area. MAYBE Fort Myers, but there’s something about Venice that seems to be calling my name.