Hello and Welcome!
This is a great forum for learning more about bees and beekeeping. Be sure to check out the "Backyard Beekeeping Course" on the main Beemaster page - that's where I started over 7 years ago.
As for your Tampa questions - get involved with the local club. Clubs are good places to find mentors and get connected with nearby beekeepers. The locals can help direct you as to which beekeeping practices work best in your area.http://www.tampabaybeekeepers.com/