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Merritt Island

Merritt Island

Seeing the thriving community of Merritt Island today, with its huge variety of shops, restaurants and businesses and population of 43,852, it is hard to believe that its initial economy was based on cattle, pineapple, sugar cane and citrus. Yet some areas of Merritt Island still retain their natural beauty and remain unchanged since the early settlers first recognized the area's potential.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is one such place. Established in 1963 and owned by NASA, approximately one-half of the refuge's 140,000 acres consists of brackish estuaries and marshes. The remaining lands consist of coastal dunes, scrub oaks, pine forests and flatwoods, and palm and oak hammocks. The refuge borders Kennedy Space Center, probably the area's most famous attraction.

In common with most of Brevard County, the favorable climate encourages outdoor recreation of all kinds. Merritt Island offers numerous opportunities to enjoy the Florida sunshine, with boat ramps, golf, tennis courts, and water sports plus a diverse selection of parks each with its own distinct personality.

DEMOGRAPHICS

Most residents of Merritt Island are middle-aged couples with school-aged and adult children. They are comfortably settled in single-family homes in older neighborhoods. Many Merritt Island residents are working couples earning more than $50,000 annually. Nearly 20 percent receive retirement income. They typically spend their income on home improvement projects, home furnishings, and outdoor equipment. Note: Some of the following information was compiled from 1999 data.

Population 43,852
Housing 14,736 housing units
Average Rent $511
Average Age of Residents n/a
2000 Population by Gender Male: 49.1%
  Female: 50.9%
2000 Population by Race White: 96%
  Black: 1.1%
  Asian Pacific Islander: 2%
  Other: 1%
Median Household Income $49,328

HIGH SCHOOLS - PUBLIC

Edgewood Junior/Senior High School
180 E. Merritt Avenue
Merritt Island
(321) 454-1030
Grades: 7-8
Principal: Vernon L. Loyd
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: A
Florida 2001 Grade: B

Merritt Island High School
100 East Mustang Way
Merritt Island
(321) 454-1000
Grades: 9-12
Principal: Gary Shiffrin
Mascot: Mustangs
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: A
Florida 2001 Grade: A

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MIDDLE SCHOOLS - PUBLIC

Students living in Merritt Island attend one of the following middle schools based on school boundaries:

Edgewood Junior/Senior High School
180 E. Merritt Avenue
Merritt Island
(321) 454-1030
Grades: 7-8
Principal: Vernon L. Loyd
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: A
Florida 2001 Grade: B

Thomas Jefferson Middle School
1275 S. Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island
(321) 453-5154
Grades: 7-8
Principal: Eric Fleming
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: A
Florida 2001 Grade: A

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS - PUBLIC

Students living in Merritt Island attend one of the following elementary schools based on school boundaries:

Audubon Elementary
1201 N. Banana River Dr.
Merritt Island
(321) 452-2085
Grades: K-6
Principal: Lynn Francisco
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: A
Florida 2001 Grade: A

Gardendale Elementary Magnet School
301 Grove Boulevard
Merritt Island
(321) 452-1411
Grades: K-6
Principal: Patricia Martin
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: A
Florida 2001 Grade: C

Lewis Carroll Elementary
1 Skyline Blvd.
Merritt Island
(321) 452-1234
Grades: K-6
Principal: Pennie Farrell-Wade
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: B
Florida 2001 Grade: C

Mila Elementary
288 West Merritt Ave.
Merritt Island
(321) 454-1070
Grades: K-6
Acting Principal: Beverly J. Kelley
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: B
Florida 2001 Grade: A

Ocean Breeze Elementary
1101 Cheyenne Drive
Indian Harbour Beach
(321) 779-2040
Grades: K-6
Principal: Colleen H. Skinner
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: A
Florida 2001 Grade: A

Stevenson Elementary School of the Arts
Millennium School of Choice
1450 Martin Blvd.
Merritt Island
(321) 868-6660
Grades: K-6
Assistant Principal: Michael Corneau
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: A
Florida 2001 Grade: N/A

Tropical Elementary
885 S. Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island
(321) 454-1080
Grades: K-6
Principal: Jane Respess
Florida 2004 Grade: A
Florida 2003 Grade: A
Florida 2002 Grade: A
Florida 2001 Grade: B

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