From my brief time on the Gulf Coast, I would agree with Z. G. Tampa was (its been quite a while now) one of the most depressing cities I have ever seen. It just felt "mean" somehow.
From a discussion on another board, it appears to have gotten better???
I still remember Ybor City being the battleground between a group of skinheads and a group calling itself "The African People's Socialist Party." Not to forget the Klan sherrif candidates in the surrounding counties.