Originally Posted by boating2go
Commute to Tampa is not bad either.
That would depend on what you consider "not bad." From one of the downtown marinas
in St. Petersburg to somewhere in downtown Tampa is probably going to take a good hour during the rush hour. Not so bad if you can travel at off times, but rush hour will suck. Plain and simple.
I once read an article that said you could get from the St. Petersburg Municipal Marina to the Tampa International Airport
in just over 20 minutes. Boy did I get a good laugh out of that! Sure, google-maps says that it will take 25 minutes. Maybe at 3am, when there are no other cars on the road, that's how long it would take. At any "normal" time of day it's going to be closer to 40 minutes than it is to 25. During rush hour, plan on an hour--maybe even more.
Traffic around here in general is just bad. In fact, they were saying on the news the other day (for what it's worth) that the Tampa Bay metro area has the worst traffic in the country, when compared to other metro areas of the same size. The places with worse traffic are all areas with much larger populations. And there are a number of areas with much larger populations that have better traffic.
Bottom line: If you are planning on commuting from downtown St. Pete to Tampa for a job, I would make the drive a couple of times--during rush hour--to see what it is like before you make a major financial commitment to doing that every day.