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Moving to St. Petersburg is changing the way new and future residents discover where to live, how to find great schools, what to do for fun, and how to fit in to St. Pete.

Written by Cindy Dobyns (Click to learn about the author)

“I wish I had a resource like this when I moved here from Central Florida,” says Jeff Abbaticchio, Director of Public Relations for the Loews Don Cesar Hotel.

“This book covers a whole lot of ground and provides a ton of useful information…good research with many details,” says Jon Wilson, former Tampa Bay Times reporter, historian, and author of The Golden Era in St. Petersburg.


This practical and lively guide is essential if you are making St. Petersburg your new home . “Moving to St. Petersburg: The Un-Tourist Guide” provides all the vital information you need to settle in comfortably and quickly.

Join a quarter of a million people who currently enjoy year round sunshine, waterfront housing, abundant wildlife and outdoor activities, while pursuing careers or retirement in what they affectionately call, “The Burg.”

Our goal is to help residents make the most of our town by showing them how to:

  • Choose a place to live that suits their lifestyle
  • Determine the best schools
  • Relocate a business or launch a new one
  • Find the best shopping and dining
  • Participate in the festivals, cultural offerings, and outdoor opportunities
  • Assimilate quickly within our community


  • Cost of living
  • Utilities
  • Real estate
  • Art, music, and other culture
  • Furniture and interior design
  • Enjoying the outdoors
  • Fashion and shopping
  • Grocers and gourmet shops
  • Pre-K through high school choices
  • Associations and community groups
  • Moving tips
  • Finding a job or starting a business
  • St. Petersburg neighborhoods
  • Property taxes
  • History of St. Petersburg
  • Healthcare resources
  • Renting vs. buying
  • Infant and toddler care
  • Colleges and universities
  • Local media
  • How to dress for Florida climate
  • Sports teams
  • Fitness opportunities
  • Boating and beaches
  • Economic development
  • Important phone numbers and websites

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