So... Tell me about Tampa.

What’s the area around Tampa, Florida like? I live about 50 miles north of the city, so I have a general idea of what the weather’s like, and I get a steady stream of news via the local stations, but I’m curious. What’s it like to live there? What’re the high schools like? (I’d like comments from actual students, because I may be a future student there.) What sort of shopping centers are there, and is there a cheap form of mass transit I can use if I do take up residence?

I only ask because my family may or may not move there in the next year or so.