Petersburg is a gorgeous site to live, however it took me a number of years of saving to get out here and be able to afford the higher rent compared to other sites in the Tampa Bay area. Before I got my apartment close to the border to Pinellas Park, I lived in a suburban neighborhood in Brandon. While there are really worse sites to live in Hillsborough County, I witnessed a lot of crime happening in and around my outdated apartment complex and I just don’t get that here in St. Petersburg. I was scared one night when I was taking my pet out for a late walk because he was drinking water late again. A group of men in their 20s were crowded around a car and I saw small baggies of white powder exchanged for currency. The worst part is they saw me spying on them and immediately tried to get my attention. I ran as fast as I could into the woods and lost them after two and half minutes on foot. While I had to walk back to my apartment when I thought the coast was clear, nothing happened with these men and their charges. But being in St. Petersburg is like a dream by comparison. The weather is nice and mild for a sizable portion of the year, and when you reach the Summer cooling season my buddy and I have a sizable selection of heating and cooling companies. My Heating & A/C corporation decided to provide me a discount on a repair contract recently and I was severely ecstatic about the savings.