Merritt Island has an extremely high ratio of fast food locations to local number of population as well as an unusually high number of elderly people, snow birds, and abandoned/foreclosed homes and businesses.
2) I can't believe I accepted a work transfer, but my affordable and upgraded waterfront home on Merritt Island is awesome. However, I am stuck here until the market turns or hoping that interesting, classier people take advantage of the deals and move here.
3) There are no good bars on Merritt Island.
4) Merritt Island is the place that made me understand why Republicans are religious nut-cases.
Notable landmarks include Merritt Square Mall (filled with low-end shopping and a Dollar Tree), Gardendale Elementary School (magnet school dedicated to performing arts, advanced scientific/mathematical education, and "artistic expression"), Merritt Island High School (the only high school there), and Ron Jon's (located in Coacoa Beach).
Although it seems "laid back," the local teenage population is highly pretentious (this if for unknown reasons, as none of them can afford even a designer bag or even luxe nailpolish, at that).
All-in-all, not a bad place to grow up if you have money and an open social agenda (as well as an open mind and something to entertain you -- because you *will* get bored quickly).