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Rising Flood Insurance Rates Starting Today!

April 01, 2015 By: Laura Category: Communities, Finances No Comments →

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It’s not only April’s Fools Day today, but unfortunately you can expect rising flood insurance rates starting today. Because FEMA is about $24 Billion in the red due in part to hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, Congress ordered full implementation of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 which will make homeowners in flood areas eventually pay for the actual risks of flooding instead of being subsidized by the Federal government. The full implementation has been delayed since 2012 because of the effect it would have on home sales as well as the effects of increased insurance costs to homeowners. Not everyone will see rate increases because only about 20% of flood insurance policies are subsidized. However if the home is a second home, then rates will increase by 25% every year until the rates match the actual costs of the insurance. If the home is occupied full-time by an owner, rates will increase 10% a year until the rates match the actual costs of the insurance.

FEMA has designated the entire state of Florida as a flood zone with varying levels of risk. Hillsborough County flood maps are available online. Hillsborough County residents enjoy a 25% discount on their flood insurance policies each year because of its excellent FEMA Community Rating System (CRS 5) rating. The Class 5 CRS rating saves the average property owner more than $100 per flood insurance policy each year in high risk areas.

Hurricane season starts on 1 Jun in Florida. It’s a great idea to discuss flood insurance requirements with your insurance agent, but it’s also important to discuss flood insurance with your real estate agent.

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Inside MacDill AFB

March 09, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, Military Life, Military Spouse, PCS Move, Schools, Self Improvement, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

Inside MacDill AFB

Inside MacDill AFB

A look “inside” MacDill AFB for all of those new and seasoned military families in the area. I have seen on the social media circuit that a lot of military families have recently moved to the MacDill AFB area or will soon arrive. A PCS move is always a challenge and getting information on your new duty station is just one more task added to the never ending PCS check list. Take a look inside MacDill AFB and gain information on base facilities, housing, schools and recreation opportunities.

MacDill AFB is located 8 miles South of the city of Tampa and is surrounded by beautiful Tampa Bay. Even though the base is an Air Force base every military branch of service is located on base. MacDill AFB is home to CENTCOM along with many other command units. You can find a large AAFES store along with a commissary on base. The base also has 2 clinics one located on base and one located in the near by town of Brandon. The base has the typical facilities including a chapel, library, pools, bowling alley, golf course and dining facilities. A unique feature to MacDill AFB is the beach which is also home to the family camp grounds. The 6th Support Squadron manages many of these facilities and host great events including a base community appreciation party March 14th from 4pm-6pm. This party is a great opportunity for newcomers to check out the beach and make new friends.

Finding suitable housing at a new base is definitely on the check list of things to do. MacDill AFB does offer very nice base housing. Harbor Bay at MacDill is a base community offering amenities such as pools, community centers and play grounds. If base housing is not available or you choose to live off base MilitartByOwner.com has many listings in all of the surrounding areas of MacDill. The site also offers information on Realtors and Property Managers with expertise in the Tampa Bay area.

Schools in the MacDill AFB area fall under Hillsborough County Schools. Besides offering traditional schools the district is also home to magnet schools. The MacDill AFB school liaison representative can provide you with information on the school district, charter schools and private schools available in the area.

MacDill AFB with its great location on the bay is home to many recreation opportunities. Visit the marina and find out about paddle boarding, kayaking and renting a pontoon boat. If golf is your game then you will want to stop by the Bay Palms Golf Complex to check out all it has to offer. MacDill Bowling lanes, the fitness center, skeet range and the base pool also offer great recreation events. The Airman and Family Readiness Center is also a great resource for information, events and activities on base.

That was a look at the “inside” of MacDill AFB. Whether you are a newcomer or have been in the area for awhile this information will be helpful in enjoying your stay here in the Tampa Bay area. If you have any insider tips to share about the MacDill AFB area please leave them in the comment section of the blog.

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What’s Happening MacDill AFB?

February 27, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, Military Life, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

MacDill AFB gate-courtesy of de. wilkipedia

What’s Happening this weekend in the MacDill AFB area? Well lots of fun events are happening including the Strawberry Festival. This should be a great weekend to get out and enjoy all this area has to offer. If you have an event coming up that you would like to share leave me the information in the comment section below and I will try and share with our readers. So here is What’s happening MacDill AFB:

So which one of these fun events are you going to visit? Do you have an event I should share? If looking for a new home is in your plans this weekend then take a look at these homes for sale or rent.

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Why Do I Love Living Near MacDill Air Force Base?

February 11, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Dining, Military Life, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

WWhy do I love living near MacDill Air Force Base? Their are so many reasons living in this area is wonderful. MacDill AFB is located right on Tampa Bay which allows us so many options of things to do, see, eat and enjoy. The base, the weather, the beaches, the food and so much more are why I love living near MacDill Air Force Base.

What about you why do you love living here in the Tampa Bay?

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Things to do in the Tampa Bay Area

January 22, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, Health, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

vacation tips courtesyofcenyt

It’s a busy weekend with a lot of things to do in the Tampa Bay area! This is the first weekend of the Gasparilla season! But besides Gasparilla, there a lot of things to do if you want stay away from the crowds. So let’s take a look of things to do other than Gasparilla events.

  • On Friday from 4pm to 8pm “Art on the House” takes place at the Tampa Museum of Art in downtown Tampa. You get to pay what you want for an admission fee.
  • The Tampa Bay Home Show will be at the Trop in St. Pete starting on Friday. You can get some ideas for those Spring home improvement projects!
  • SeaScapes Beach Club on MacDill AFB has seafood specials for dinner on Friday evening!
  • On Saturday morning in downtown St. Pete check out the Saturday Morning Market! With fresh produce including locally grown organic products, baked goods and unique arts and crafts, you will find something that piques your interest.
  • Touch a Truck in Largo on Saturday gives the kids the opportunity to climb and play on vehicles like fire trucks, dump truck, buses and military vehicles. It’s free to attend!
  • The Harbour Island Art Walk takes place near the Channelside district of Tampa on Sunday starting at noon. Take a look at the works of local artists and enjoy a stroll near the water.
  • On 3pm on Sunday, the Tampa Theatre presents Better Off Dead with John Cusack as part of their Totally Classic Movie Series.
  • End your weekend with Yoga at the Park at Curtis Hixon Park on Sunday at 5pm. Bring your yoga mat and couple friends and enjoy the great outdoors while you workout!

I hope that you enjoy the weekend.  If you know of something else to do, please share with us!

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