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Old 10-21-2014, 06:05 AM
 
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Kyle I disagree....lots of Midwesterners here on the East Coast. I bet half the people I work with are from the Midwest originally. We also get a lot of Southerners from Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia. Our snowbirds are mostly Canadian and the NE though. Have you ever lived over this way, Kyle? I think the difference is mainly if you want to look at white sand and water without a lot of wave action where you can pick up lots of shells on the shore and wade 100 feet into the water without getting your swimsuit wet, head west. If you want to play and be active on the shore head East. Both sides are beautiful, though. Once my kids were 5 or 6 they wanted to boogeyboard or learn to surf so gulf side became boring to them.

Brevard County does fit a lot of the OPs priorities. There are some gymnastic facilities in Melbourne and Merritt Island. My son started his training at the Palm Bay Parks and Recreation Center and was a really cheap way to find out if he wanted to pursue it as he got older. Some of the towns on the beach are tiny, but you can drive from Melbourne Beach to Titusville almost and see that the cities share roads-same on the mainland....towns end and become another town on the other side of the street etc. so basically it is just one area that you will live, work, and play in. Schools here are pretty good compared to the rest off the state; though in trying to get a school tax passed the county school system is threatening to close 2 of the beach side schools. If they do kids may be bused to the next closest school that has room. Parents are pretty active in the schools and sports here.

Another good spot to look into would be St. Augustine. They have really good schools and is a little less expensive to live there than here. They have several outlets up that way, too. It is close to Jacksonville for the airport. Only negative is they do get more freezes and colder winters than we do in the center part of the state.
I haven't lived in Brevard County but do live not far away currently and had researched a move there so feel somewhat familiar. While there may be some Midwesterners living there, one certainly doesn't feel it given the lack of a friendly vibe I encountered on many occasions dealing with varying folks. Having a personality that has allowed me to get along with pretty much everyone I have ever met was a telling sign that it wasn't the place for me. It just doesn't have the friendliness I encountered in the Clearwater area. Perhaps the Midwestern lumping is too generalized? Many of the folks I found friendly over there were from Ohio, which has a huge presence in that area.

In terms of the "active" east coat versus the boring gulf side, perhaps your kids could expand their horizons a bit and try to enjoy such "passive" gulf-side activities as jet-skis, parasailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, beach volleyball and scuba diving. There really is so much more to do on the gulf side beaches than the east coast's somewhat one dimensional surfing/boogeyboarding.
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Old 10-21-2014, 06:35 AM
 
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I haven't lived in Brevard County but do live not far away currently and had researched a move there so feel somewhat familiar. While there may be some Midwesterners living there, one certainly doesn't feel it given the lack of a friendly vibe I encountered on many occasions dealing with varying folks. Having a personality that has allowed me to get along with pretty much everyone I have ever met was a telling sign that it wasn't the place for me. It just doesn't have the friendliness I encountered in the Clearwater area. Perhaps the Midwestern lumping is too generalized? Many of the folks I found friendly over there were from Ohio, which has a huge presence in that area.

In terms of the "active" east coat versus the boring gulf side, perhaps your kids could expand their horizons a bit and try to enjoy such "passive" gulf-side activities as jet-skis, parasailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, beach volleyball and scuba diving. There really is so much more to do on the gulf side beaches than the east coast's somewhat one dimensional surfing/boogeyboarding.
Kyle, all the things you mentioned are also done on the East side. I'm sure you're familiar with the Indian River Lagoon... And as for friendliness, I've experienced good and bad on both coasts. I know where to go to be sociable, and where to go when I want to be left alone... But then again I am from New Jersey. I'm not ready for a Ned Flanders type environment...
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Old 10-21-2014, 08:03 AM
 
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I haven't lived in Brevard County but do live not far away currently and had researched a move there so feel somewhat familiar. While there may be some Midwesterners living there, one certainly doesn't feel it given the lack of a friendly vibe I encountered on many occasions dealing with varying folks. Having a personality that has allowed me to get along with pretty much everyone I have ever met was a telling sign that it wasn't the place for me. It just doesn't have the friendliness I encountered in the Clearwater area. Perhaps the Midwestern lumping is too generalized? Many of the folks I found friendly over there were from Ohio, which has a huge presence in that area.

In terms of the "active" east coat versus the boring gulf side, perhaps your kids could expand their horizons a bit and try to enjoy such "passive" gulf-side activities as jet-skis, parasailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, beach volleyball and scuba diving. There really is so much more to do on the gulf side beaches than the east coast's somewhat one dimensional surfing/boogeyboarding.
The guys are involved in more than surfing, but surfing is the main sport which gets them to other countries. They do sky dive a little, jet ski, deep sea fishing, and kayaking on the rivers is a staple here even for us old people as well as paddle boarding on the river(I don't go out on the ocean cause I am still learning). My friend and I have to have help carrying the boards to the water cause they are too heavy for us. My funniest day was when I forgot to put the fins in and could only go in a circle. We have beach volleyball courts set up at a lot of beaches and have leagues or you can bring your own any time because of the long line of beach that is completely public. No one is going to tell you to leave because it is only for residents like we have had happen when we were on the West Coast.

Don't get me wrong.....we like the West Coast too, but do find it a little stiffy compared to the East coast, but maybe it is the people that family associates with over there and hating the dress policy where they live. it is hard to give up the jeans and t's just to be allowed in the general areas of the property. I think they would think I was crazy if they saw me sitting right on the sand building castles and moats with the little ones-where here no locals would bat an eye. We just are not the sunbathe types and want to be doing something when at the beach instead of sitting or laying around listening to music. Right now if you are into collecting shells, west coast is it. We are not getting many here on the East coast except for small cockles. The welks and usual shells are not making it to shore probably because of the refurbishment. I have not found one complete welk since last year which is unusual.

Vince, Kyle and I are not "fighting " about which is better side....just sharing opinions just like you do in your blog.

Well, off for the walk on the beach before low tide comes in.
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