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Old 05-07-2011, 07:30 AM
 
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i dont know about that, not too long ago there was a gunman in the palm bay hospital, if i remember correctly they had to put him down.

almost every news story coming out of melbourne/palm bay will be some kind of ridiculous crime. drugs and drug busts are very common. it is widely known that many people living in palm bay keep a shotgun by the door or some firearm at home to protect themselves.

the police officers aren't the "serve and protect" type either. they are their own mafia there and they get away with plenty. there are obviously good neighborhoods, my family lived in one of them. living there since my middle school days now starting my career in south florida, i dont remember a single violent act within the area i lived (it was a gated community).

good luck to those moving to the area, i hope those of you looking find the right places for you and your family.

i do miss it just a bit, but only the familiarity of the area really. here in boca i love it, the people are 100x better, everyone has been pleasant and looks healthy/driven in life, the ladies are plentiful, and the service is great (with the exception of the ******* at the apple store, which doesn't bother me because there is much to look forward to here)

i'll be visiting back to melbourne every so often and we'll see how my opinion changes over time. i dont think it will much

again good luck to those in search of happiness in melbourne, its there for some, but not for many others.
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Old 05-07-2011, 07:49 PM
 
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On thing that's interesting in these threads. Nobody ever seems to talk about doing anything. Enjoying the weather, biking, boating, golfing, surfing, whatever. I'm not really an inside person, so maybe it's just me
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:31 AM
 
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On thing that's interesting in these threads. Nobody ever seems to talk about doing anything. Enjoying the weather, biking, boating, golfing, surfing, whatever. I'm not really an inside person, so maybe it's just me
In the last 30 days......April 8-May 8

Well, in the last month we have gone to a Country Concert( Run Away country) that lasted 2 days at Wickham Park ans saw Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Steel Magnolias, Lone Star, Jon anderson, and more. Each sang for an hour. Really a lot of fun.

We went to the Art Festival in Down Town Melbourne -another 2 day festival and saw some great art work and a few good bands. Still haven't got my painting that we bought hung.

We walked the trail at Turkey Creek and saw a huge alligator sunning on a sand bar in the creek. ]

We went to Cocoa Beach to watch the shuttle launch,walked for miles on the beach and walked the nature trail there. Going back week of 16th in hopes to see it launch this time. also going to bring our bikes so we can ride them while there.

We went to Canova Beach(end of Eau Gallie causeway ) and walked for miles picking up any glass on the beach we could find. We also were at a few other beaches to collect glass and play in the water. Waves not good enough for surfing on the days there, but my son did get out on the boards with a visiting niece so she could try surfing.
When the nieces were here we played volleyball at Paradise Beach.

We did a beach clean up last weekend ( end of Melbourne Causeway)

We went fishing down at the Stick Marsh and the causeway. .

We rode our bikes in our neighborhood and had a couple picnics at a local park to rest( getting old and have to take more breaks<g>)

Not right in this area but also volunteered at Bay Hill for the Golf tournament. That was cool.

I don't golf but my sons and SIL played golf several times at Bay Side. Learning to play golf so I can go out with friends from work on a regular basis is on my bucket list.

Also not quite in the area but very doable from here....we went to Sea W World for a meet and greet with Jack Hanna and to see his show. Love that park. Have been going over on regular basis since I moved to Florida in 1976.

We even walked the flea market one weekend to get some veggies.

We probably did more but those are the highlites that come to mind this morning. There is so much to do around here that it is hard to get enough days off work to do them.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:11 AM
 
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Rabflmom- it is posts like this one that are enouraging to me. These are the types of things we are looking for in the area.
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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Rabflmom- it is posts like this one that are enouraging to me. These are the types of things we are looking for in the area.
And you have something that will give you even more to do.......you have kids who are still in school. There is always something going on at the schools. Just yesterday at work I was talking to a HS kid and his mom about band and how I missed having all the concerts, football games, etc. that we had when my sons were in school. I can almost guarantee you that you will love living here. <g>
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:06 PM
 
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Thanks Rabflmom, I knew someone was doing something
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Old 05-09-2011, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Palm Bay, FL
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I've found over 20 miles of bike trails near my house recently actually. My friends and I have been exploring those the past few weekends. I went kayaking with my wife a few weeks ago also, and have been hiking and geocaching after work a few days this month.

Plus, I've been out to dinner and to the bars with friends and coworkers numerous times recently. We go out for lunch regularly at work, and usually meet up somewhere once a week or so for dinner and drinks after work.

Last weekend, my wife went shopping with some of her friends at the outlet malls in Orlando.

We're not super busy, but we're definitely not bored here. There's plenty to do, you just may have to be motivated enough to go looking for it.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:42 AM
 
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I've found over 20 miles of bike trails near my house recently actually. My friends and I have been exploring those the past few weekends. I went kayaking with my wife a few weeks ago also, and have been hiking and geocaching after work a few days this month.

Plus, I've been out to dinner and to the bars with friends and coworkers numerous times recently. We go out for lunch regularly at work, and usually meet up somewhere once a week or so for dinner and drinks after work.

Last weekend, my wife went shopping with some of her friends at the outlet malls in Orlando.

We're not super busy, but we're definitely not bored here. There's plenty to do, you just may have to be motivated enough to go looking for it.

It is pretty easy to find things to do in this area-especially if you realize it is a whole community and not just the one town you live in isn't it?
Things we haven't even mentioned that most of us that live here do....... like going to movies, going out for drinks, going out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with friends, takiing the kids to parks to play, or to the swimming pools to swim, going to the rec center for exercise,pick up basketball , skate boarding etc, going to see the manatees play baseball, going to see the manatees at Goode Park, cayaking or canoing on Turkey Creek, going to Down Town Melbourne or the town of Grant for antiquing , checking out all the thrift shops, going to the various festivals like the Strawberry Festival, Sea Food Festivals, Ron Jon Surf, and the Kidney Foundation surf
weekends, July 4th celebrations, the concerts and plays etc. at the King Center, parades,Kennedy Space center, the museums, etc.....
Then when you add in all there is to do witin an hour of here, there just isn't enough time. <g>
This is our down time week.....can't affford to go and do a lot this week since we have been on the go so much in the last month. Time to work on the yard.......
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:41 AM
 
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I am intrigued by some of the various comments. I retired from the military at 38 and currently living outside of Austin, TX. I am looking to relocate to possibly Melbourne but see mixed reviews. I would like a nice place to raise a child that speaks spanish and english. I have lived in 8 states and enjoy Austin but I would like for my 7 year old to experience different "kid" things around Orlando to include the beach. I am looking for a calmer lifestyle now rather than the rat race of honking cars, people always stressed and not enjoying life. If I dont decide on Melbourne, my alternate choice for a year in Merida, Mexico for various reasons. I will need to sell my home in the Austin area first but would like any input on good schools for the youngster. A good international or bilingual school would be helpful as well. Enjoy your day!
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:50 AM
 
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I've lived in this area my entire life, born and raised in Brevard County so any visitors needing help or wanting advice on a location feel free to private message me and I'll give you a full review of the street your moving to and the surrounding areas , I know this area like the back of my hand due to me spending all nineteen years of my life here. Don't listen to any senior citizen posters that just moved here three years ago for retirement, listen to me! I'm here to help you.

First let me give you some information on myself:
I've lived in both Palm Bay and West Melbourne in about six different locations total, I'm a white male, community college student, handsome individual now currently living in an upper middle class community in West Melbourne.

Now let me give you some basic information on each city:

Viera
I'll start with Viera because it's probably the easiest to review. If you want an upper middle to upper class town, with good schools, squeaky clean crime rate and probably the best area to raise a family this is the town for you. I would almost go to the lengths of saying that the majority of the people living here are a bit conceited. A very nice new outdoor mall just recently opened it's doors about a year ago. Anywhere West and North (in the picture provided) from Wickham Rd is Viera and the description above.
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Rockledge
I'll admit I don't know much about this part of town and have never lived here but have driven though almost all of it. People say Rockledge is more of a higher crime part of town but from what I've noticed is it's just more rundown. Sorry for the short review but that's really all I have to say about "The Rock".

West Melbourne
It's Viera but not as wealthy or conceited. It's very low in crime and has some nice schools. See map below for more details on this area - [URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/262/westmelbourne.jpg/]http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/3078/westmelbourne.jpg (broken link)[/URL]
Anywhere from Eber Blvd north to Fell Road is upper middle class neighborhoods with zero crime, elementary schools and middle schools along Wingate Blvd and nothing really to do otherwise, this is mainly residential housing. The only place that's not upper middle class is a lower class trailer park that's located on the south west part of this map just off of Eber Blvd on the streets Buddy Drive and American Drive. Carriage Gate is a community that's cut off on the map, if you look just south of I-95 you'll see "Carri" and then the rest cut off, it continues to run along I-95, all I will say is you better have stacks of money piled up if you want to live in there. This map is outdated because Florida Ave continues to Hollywood Blvd and a new intersection is there, just a note.

Melbourne
Overall for a young adult the stories you will hear about this town are true and that is this place is not called "Melboring" for no reason.
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Anywhere from Sarno Rd North (Until you run into Viera) is all used car dealerships and older homes that I would label as lower middle class, just north of Lake Washington Rd along Harbor City Blvd is a part of town I wouldn't necessarily recommend along with the south east part of this map around S Harbor City Blvd, the reason for that is there is a good amount of prostitution that goes on and that leads to other types of crimes.

Just about five streets south of the area that is labeled as Melbourne in bold lettering is downtown Melbourne, here you will find the one strip of Sports Bars, Coffee Shops and live music this town has to offer, it's my favorite part of town mainly because of Meg O Malley's Melbourne Square Mall and Andretti Thrill Park are the only real attractions this town has to offer.

Ellis Rd located on the far West part of this map (above) is all Industrial Businesses same with W Nasa Blvd which has many military related Industrial Businesses.

Anywhere East of 192 and Eau Gallie Blvd is Beach Side which is all very relaxed and nice.

Palm Bay
Anyone who says that Palm Bay is "hood" or "high in crime" could not be further from the truth. While there are some spots that are slightly questionable compared to other cities this place is very soft and very cuddly.

It's probably the most diverse part of town even though people with a Caucasian background probably still make up a good 75% of the town.

[URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/835/palmbay.jpg/]http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/5213/palmbay.jpg[/URL]

The map is 90% residential housing. Palm Bay rd and Malabar Rd NE are the only exceptions.

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Like I said if you have anymore question about these areas I am here to help. I can promise you I will give you the most accurate description of this area that you will find on these boards. There really is not much to say about Brevard County because it is a boring place but still like I said I'll tell you about the street/area you are moving to and could even give you a picture or video if you like. Pleas ignore any grammar or spelling mistakes made in this post
Great information about the Melbourne area. I just retired from the Army and currently live in Texas. I am considering a move with my girlfriend and our 7 year old son. He loves the water and I am sure he would love Orlando too. We would like a great school for him. He speaks spanish and english so a bilingual school would be a plus. We will probably rent first then buy if we can find something under 130K. I would like to have my own garden and not feel like I am living on top of someone. Any info would be appreciated on good schools. We will use the Air Force Base to save $$$ as well....hopefully. Thanks for your awesome post!
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