Originally Posted by tuffr2
Not sure how snowbirds affect the Tampa / Tampa Bay area. I heard that Zephyrhills about 35 miles from Tampa has a population of 15,000. In winter that number jumps to 85,000. Heard this from a Zephyrhills council person. I do know that Route
19 is very busy in winter.
Also the Skyway (Sunshine) Bridge looks like it is in shallow water
by the murky water
color. But what a pretty drive.
I think most areas of Florida
get busier in winter as most camp grounds fill up with snowbirds.
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Yes, big snowbird population that migrates for winter across all of FL (esp coastal). Interesting demographics: the West coast
of FL is mostly snowbirds from Michigan and surrounding States. The East coast
of FL...mostly NY/NJ.
The neighborhood where we lived in Bradenton was almost all snowbirds. Only a few of us were permanent residents.
Winter is also tourist season so that swells transient local population too.
Plenty of water under the center of the Skyway and plenty of vertical clearance too (its a major ship channel).