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Old 01-29-2011, 07:51 PM
 
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Let's face it, Florida is humid. As some one who has lived in CA most of my life, I'm used to essentially no perceptible humidity, and I believe I would be miserable in central Florida. Recently I have been considering moving to Florida and specifically along the space coast. My thought is that if I'm within say 1/2 mile from the oceans edge, I will get the benefit of the ocean wind and this will essentially counteract the humidity.
For those of you that are residents, do you agree?

Also, I'm looking for near beach front properties where homes can be had with several acres, like Merritt island. I typically prefer the smaller towns with few people. The center east coast seems like a fit and should be the best for the winds, hence my fixation on the space coast. Is there perhaps a better east Florida coast option?
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Old 01-30-2011, 09:00 AM
 
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Let's face it, Florida is humid. As some one who has lived in CA most of my life, I'm used to essentially no perceptible humidity, and I believe I would be miserable in central Florida. Recently I have been considering moving to Florida and specifically along the space coast. My thought is that if I'm within say 1/2 mile from the oceans edge, I will get the benefit of the ocean wind and this will essentially counteract the humidity.
For those of you that are residents, do you agree?

Also, I'm looking for near beach front properties where homes can be had with several acres, like Merritt island. I typically prefer the smaller towns with few people. The center east coast seems like a fit and should be the best for the winds, hence my fixation on the space coast. Is there perhaps a better east Florida coast option?
Beachside(anything over the causeway) might have a breeze most of the time, but it can be hot and humid right at water level during the summer a lot of days, too.
The only way to enjoy the beach then is in the water or wait till the evening to go..

As for acreage beachside, it is sold by the foot along A1A and not sure if there are 2 acre sights in abundance. A lot of people buy old 1950s homes and then build a new home on the site.
You might want to check out Melbourne Beach, Floridiana Beach and land North of Sebastian Inlet or down by Vero Beach beachside.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:41 PM
 
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The other issue that I would appreciate feedback on is the storm surge during hurricanes. The media always seems to exaggerate and show the worst of the worse. But the space coast, like most of Florida is very low lying and it would seem ripe for disaster. Yet, looking at the satellite imagery, there are homes built right up to the waters edge essentially for the entire length of the coast. One would expect that these homes would all be destroyed each season. Whats the real story?
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:43 PM
 
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Re: the storm surge issue, the space coast side of Florida isn't as susceptible to storm surge as areas along the Gulf because the continental shelf drops off much closer to shore. Storm surge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (search for the word 'Gulf' in the article and you'll see the explanation for why). In fact most of the barrier islands (Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Melbourne Beach, etc.) are flood zone 'X' which is defined to be outside the 100-500 year floodplain. This means to inundate those areas it would take a one in 500 plus years flooding event to submerge the entire area. Now that's no guarantee that flooding event won't come next year, just that it's pretty unlikely in any given year.

Re: the humidity issue, the space coast is probably a little bit better than the middle of the state, and better than Miami with it's tropical humidity, but it's still going to feel oppressively humid for anyone who prefers dry weather or anyone not accustomed to it. If you haven't been to the area in July-September before you definitely should come down for a few days this next summer to get an idea what it's like before jumping in to buy a place.

Re: acreage within a half mile of the ocean, you'll have to ask a realtor on that one, those types of properties are way above my pay scale!
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