Relocation Guide to Tampa
WELCOME TO TAMPA
QUICK LIST OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
Government: 813-272-5900; www.hillsboroughcounty.org
Government: 727-464-3000; www.pinellascounty.org
: 727-562-4250; www.clearwater-fl.com
: 727-893-7171; www.stpete.org
Florida Chamber of Commerce: 850-521-1200; www.flchamber.com
New Tampa Chamber of Commerce: 813-293-2464; www.newtampa.org
North Tampa Chamber of Commerce: 813-961-2420; www.northtampachamber,com
South Tampa Chamber of Commerce: 813-637-0156; www.southtampachamber.com
Tampa Chamber of Commerce: 813-228-7777; www.tampachamber.com
Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce: 727-447-7600; www.beachchamber.com
Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce: 727-461-0011; www.clearwaterflorida.org
Dunedin Chamber of Commerce: 727-733-3197; www.dunedin-fl.comSt. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce: 727-821-4069; www.stpete.com
LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION: 866-693-6748; www.myflorida.comAn easy-to-navigate site providing a wide range of information for visitors. Visitor, Floridian, Business Government, and Get Answers portals appear on the left rail. Tabs at the top offer help in finding state agencies.
DISCOVER LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODSwww.neighborhoodlink.com. Enter a zip code and you will find information about average home values, general demographics of the area, and home owner associations.
www.city-data.com. You will find good information about certain zip codes, neighborhood links, and, block by block detailed information.
www.tampagov.net/neighborhoods. This is a great web site to find local neighborhood information. The City of Tampa’s Neighborhood and Community Relations page lists about 60 neighborhood associations from which you can get to know intimately a local neighborhood.
www.hillsboroughcounty.org/onr. This website belongs to the Hillsborough County Office of Neighborhood Relations. On it you will find a map of the county’s 24 municipalities. Click on one and you will find a list of homeowner’s associations.
www.pinellascounty.org/resident. This website is dedicated to newcomers to Pinellas County. Property reports will provide you with a wealth of valuable information specific to neighborhoods.
DRIVER LICENSES & AUTO LICENSE PLATESOversight of Florida’s Division of Driver Licenses and the Division of Motor Vehicles comes from the (850-617-2000; www.flhsmv.gov). Office locations in each Florida county can be found on the web site.
—a certified birth certificate (no copy) or a valid passport, a marriage certificate if you need to verify a name change, proof of social security number, and proof of residential address such as a utility bill. The web site will give you a list of documents required. You must pass a vision test.
Newcomers to Florida have 10 days from the time they establish residence or become employed in the state. The registration of motor vehicles in Florida takes place at county tax collectors’ offices. To register you will need to give your Florida driver’s license, so get your license before registration.
You will need to have auto insurance from a company licensed to do business in Florida.
PROPERTY INSURANCE IN FLORIDA—WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWis not included in most homeowner’s policies in Florida. It is an extra cost. The National Flood Insurance programs web site is www.floodsmart.gov and will give you good information about flood insurance. Pinellas County’s flood zone maps can be found on http://gisweb.hillsboroughcounty.org/gis/publicviewer.
When you move to Florida and purchase a home you must have property insurance in effect on the day of close. If a hurricane warning or watch is in effect an insurance company will not be able to issue a policy. This means you should make sure you purchase insurance and lock in the starting day early on—i.e., well before the day of close. This will guarantee insurance is in effect on the closing day even if the watch or warning has been issued.
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