We moved to Palm Bay 7 months ago. Despite what people call it; Palm Boring & Mel-boring, you have to find things to do. The beach in amazing, Space Center, Brevard Zoo, lots of events in Downtown Historic Melbourne, shopping, bowling, Cocoa Planetarium. Yes, we have to drive 15 min to Publix, the store, even the gas station is about 7 miles away. Basically, you move here for peace of mind & relaxation. Here, no one judges you by the car you drive or the stuff you have or your nice landscaping. People just don't care about that here. So if you're one of those that likes fancy stuff, this is definitely not the place for you.
My cousin came to visit from Miami, she was not impressed with P.B.; then again she is 11 years younger than I & still likes to go partying occasionally, likes brand name purses, so you see, this is not a materialistic city.
In my opinion, the schools use a more traditional form of teaching & still make it fun. Kids here love to go to school.
Most of our neighbors work in Viera, Vero Beach, even Orlando. Like I mentioned, you move here for the practical reasons. It is affordable, although Palm Bay''s real estate is rising rapidly. The people are nice & friendly. Best move we made for our family!
As for the mosquitos, yes lots & they are gigantic. Do your best to protect yourself with repellant. This is nothing new to us born & raised in S. Florida.