Originally Posted by Dr. Cornwallis
I live in Valrico, sort of a middle to upper middle class suburb of Tampa. Parts of St. Pete are very wealthy, however, I would tend to think that you may have the highest possibility of sucess in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. There is a lot of money down there. I think that the Tampa are and it's suburbs have a lot to offer you as well. I think no matter where you go, you are going to have a lot of competition. The green industry in Florida is pretty saturated, however, it always seems like there is room for more. A lot of the businesses you see out and about in a daily basis probably wont be around in a year or two, and a lot do shoddy work. There are wealthy areas in all of the areas you listed, as well as pretty poor areas.
One of the good things about South Florida, though, is the grass grows year round (for the most part). We have no state tax down here either, and the cost of living is probably lower than in NY.
I concur. I am based in South Sarasota County. You can pretty much count on a 42 week schedule for mowing and the remaining 10 weeks is divided up by Clean up work just before Thanksgiving, Christmas, New years.
You can get use to much lower utility bills especially this time of year when we just open the house up and enjoy the cold fronts, dryer weather.
Property, homes are still a buyers market,but are climbing in spite of the over all national economy. PM, me if you have any other specific questions.