So when you add it all up, what’s not to like about Florida? Baby
Boomers and retirees notwithstanding, the Florida proposition actually
resonates for all age groups.
One of the state’s most attractive regions is the centrally-located
Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area along the west coast of Florida.
Commonly referred to as Florida’s “Bay Area,” this gorgeous Gulf of
Mexico area has long been recognized for its fantastic beaches, well-known entertainment and cultural options such as Ybor City, Florida
Aquarium, Dali Museum and Busch Gardens, and all the big-city
trappings that Tampa offers from shopping to three major league
Yet, in a matter of minutes, Bay Area residents can escape to a plethora of picturesque beaches for boating and other outdoor pursuits.
For Bob Potorski, a retired physician, and his wife, Bridget, the
decision the decision to move to Florida was all about the water;
specifically, the many rivers, lakes and nearby ocean that the Tidewater
Preserve community has to offer in Bradenton.
The Potorskis discovered their Gulf Coast retirement home south
of Tampa Bay after visiting some friends in nearby Venice. They initially looked at living in their friends’ community, the Venetian, when
they stumbled along an Interstate 75 billboard for WCI Communities’
“We drove in and it was just beautiful,” recalls Potorski, whose family
has been frequenting the region for several years, going back and forth
between their other home in Pennsylvania. “With the Manatee River
right there, it looks like you’re on the ocean. The scenery is just beautiful.”
Originally from the Poconos, Potorski says his family likes the idea
of having all the “little lakes around you and waterways that can lead
you to the ocean.”
“I don’t have a boat yet, but we plan to,” says Potorski. “Having
access to the ocean and surrounding waterways—that was really attractive.
“You’re also close to Tampa-St. Pete and Sarasota, with all of them
being about a half hour away and just 20 minutes away from beautiful
beaches and places like Anna Maria Island.”
The Potorski family is so pleased with the beauty and proximity of
Tidewater Preserve, they recently upgraded from a 2,434-square-foot, tampa beach