Unfortunately, in Tampa proper, that is no longer the case, though you'll still find that sort of warm welcome openness up north in Pasco and Hillsborough county. Getting back to the main thrust of your question, you may find that establishing a love life will be difficult on both fronts.Black professionals are far and few between, and there just isn't anyplace that 'we' gather. For example, on my second stint in Tampa (of course this was in the early 90s), other than my GF and her family, I'm not sure I spoke with another black person at any time! Of course, its 10 years later, and the last time I was down was a bit over 2 years ago, and the area has gone through some changes. The basic problem in attracting black professionals to the area is the lack of a black social life.2) Take specific note: Blacks, in general, make up roughly ONE PERCENT of the population. Pete/Clearwater you get, generally, the fewer blacks you will encounter.
The white folks are obsessed with crime, in general, and specifically that committed by blacks, despite the fact that, generally, crime outside of the black sections of Tampa/St. Move outside those areas and its whites robbing banks, 7-11s and Pik Qwiks!These aren't white boys from Harvard, Columbia, or even Duke, who may have been exposed to 'SISTERS'; they're boys from North Carolina, Ole Miss, or USF and their focus has always been to attain status and achieve Barbe--blond hair, blue-eyed and all.