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Old 03-19-2023, 07:26 AM
Location: Merritt Island, Fl
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Originally Posted by Rabflmom View Post
History major here so will consider landings as important forerunners in settling any area.

But not here to argue -just give my opinion. And there is nothing true about see one rocket been there done that.
All launches are still experiments and anything can and does happen. They do not look the same, feel the same , or sound the same. 100,000s of thousands who flock here for launches seem to think they are pretty cool to see and locals step outside to catch a glimpse -even when at work to watch them fly even if they were here the early launches back in the 50s and 60s.

Some people could give a flip as you say about most cities or downtowns and would rather be out in nature boating, surfing, hiking, bike riding etc. My family and friends would go crazy even living down town Orlando. Just giving my OP so the OP gets more than one opinion.
Thank you for the history link Rabflmom. I never knew or remembered Ponce De Leon's historical travels.

To the OP, I can't say much about Pensecola as I have not spent anytime there other than passing through possibly in my younger years. The beauty of Florida is how varied it can be, no matter where you go. Different weather, water color, culture, and things to do. I have travelled through much of Florida and to me, that is the only way to really know if one place is better for you or not. We can give opinions here based on how we see it. But you need to go yourself and explore, stay for some time and see what that area offers.

Personally, we like Brevard and fell in love with it back when it was relatively inexpensive to be close to the water. We ended up in Merritt Island for the canals and waterfront we could afford and the people overall were quite nice. Yes areas do change and that is part of progress. Thankfully we do not have a train running through our backyard. We do get a boat idling down the canal now and then. We also get kyackers and paddle borders too. I love seeing and feeding the fish in my backyard. I am even raising oysters with my son as part of the Save our Shores program with the zoo. We do enjoy the rocket launches and going out to our backyard to watch. It does not get old at all. Yes you will find some unkept homes here and there as well as some extra vehicles on lawns on some streets. We are unincorporated in Merritt Island, rules are minimal, so you have to know that going in. The homes tend to be from the 1960's but many have been updated and those that haven't been, give you a clean slate to work with to make it your own for a lower initial cost. But overall, we have a nice mix of young and old, families starting out and retires, all in the same area. We like that and doing our due diligence with many visits and overnight stays, we chose this area.
Good luck with your research and visits as you explore both areas.
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Old 03-19-2023, 07:35 AM
Location: Niceville, FL
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Originally Posted by kyle19125 View Post
As a standalone if one can separate Pensacola's history and architecture from the region, it does make it more unique than Brevard's fairly boring options. Living in close proximity to downtown Pensacola would make it worthwhile in my opinion. Pensacola Beach is also one of the nicer beaches in the area. https://downtownpensacola.com/
In the past 5-10 years, Pensacola has finally figured out what to do with its ‘good bones’ downtown area. The Maritime Park/baseball stadium area is a pretty recent good addition. I’m very much a fan of minor league sports- a fun night out with generally reasonable ticket prices and the Wahoos and Ice Flyers and nice entertainment options.
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Old 05-02-2023, 08:56 AM
Location: Gulf Coast
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Pros and Cons; I'm not far outside Pensacola, but I have a friend in Brevard, and I love that area and would move there if I could. I try to get over that way once a year and will be there next month.

We on the Gulf Coast have superior beaches; no contest. We actually do get winters, as stated, which is a nice offset to the horrific swamp humidity. There seems to be more of a sea breeze from the Atlantic in Brevard. If you live anywhere A1A, you'll have that wonderful salt spray all over your car, so washing often is needed.

Pensacola has the unique historical culture and downtown, Ft. Pickens, etc. Jobs wouldn't be as great in Pensacola, I wouldn't think. Navy Federal is a huge employer in Pensacola, though. Seems like you have that covered for now. In Brevard you have KSC and the Orlando area. When looking there out of curiosity if I could move that way, other than NASA or tech industries that support them, I didn't see much else, so you may be even on that aspect.

Brevard seems to be more culturally diverse demographic wise. Locals may laugh at that, but in Pensacola it's either military transplants, low wage tourism and retail jobs, or very conservative. Housing is definitely more expensive in Brevard, especially with some really nice areas like Viera. Lots more retirees seem to be in Brevard from what I've observed.

I will say that downtown Pensacola has many festivals throughout the year; can't speak about that on Brevard. Which area did you like the best?
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