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South Merritt Estates on Merritt Island Florida and Nearby Amenities

South Merritt Estates can be found about 3 miles south of the 520 near Rotary park on Merritt Island. The estate was built in the 60s and was popular with NASA engineers. It has a water front park from which you can launch a boat, There are few nearby neighborhoods that have this facility.

South Merritt Estates

South Merritt Estates began as a development in 1960, there are 137 properties a minmum of 1/2 acre lots and a waterfront park on Tropical Trail. It is available to members of the HOA,which is voluntary organization. It was a popular estate for NASA engineers, as they move on younger families are moving in. Very stable attractive community. All the amenities on Merritt Island are a short drive away, and you can be on the beach in less than half an hour!

Rotary Park

Great Park for Children and adults, playground for children sports fields, Pavilion and boardwalk nature trail. There is also a small nature museum. Halloween Events take place here Straddles Tropical Trail and Courtenay Parkway

Publix Shopping Complex

Here you will find Publix, Pet Supermarket, TJMax, Dennys, Joy Luck Chinese takeout, and a Japanese Steakhouse due to open soon. There is also a UPS store CVS and Insurance office. This is the closest shopping to South Merritt Estates

Tropical Elementary

The nearest elementary school to South Merritt estates. Just over 2 miles so Children are eligible for bus. This is an A rated school. Both my children went here and I was very happy with it. Elemantary school starts early in Brevard School District, students have to be there at 8 am

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

A Rated Middle School the only middle school on Merritt Island. Less than 2 miles from the Estate so bus not provided but there is a good cycle path. Good atheletic facilities. Sport field is made use of for many community events.

Edgewood Jr Sr High School

This is a school of Choice and admission is by a lottery of qualified candidates. Many more apply than can be accepted. The age range grades 7-12. This is one of the top schools in Brevard County and provides excellent preparation for college. There is also the possibility of being admitted in 9th grade as sport and more vocationally orientated students may transfer to Merritt Island High School which is also an A rated school.

Merritt Island High School

The main High School for Merritt Island,there is a bus service from South Merritt Estates. Large school with good facilities. A rated, has a large auditorium which is also available for community events.

Merritt Square Mall

This mall serves Merritt Island and Beachside and is a popular destination for cruise ship passengers and staff. Has all the usual anchors Sears, JCPenney, Dillards, Macey, Sports Authority and many other smaller stores. All the restaurants are popular includung TGI Fridays Outback Steakhouse, Bone fish and Ruby Tuesdays. There is also a 16 plex Cinema Complex by Cobb Theaters all less than a ten minute drive from South Merritt Estates


Popular library opposite the High School, offers classes and lectures in it meeting rooms. Part of the Brevard County System so once you are a member here you can order books from any Brevard County Library

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at the North end of Merritt Island is where you go to find out about the Kennedy Space Center. The Center was created for the Apollo manned Lunar landing program in the 1960's and has influenced how Merritt Island has developed in the last 50 years. The Space Center is 20 miles from South Merritt Estates an easy 30 minute drive that doesn't require you to leave the Island. I have an interesting connection although I have only lived here for 12 years. Our house which was previously owned by NASA engineer has metal columns at the front. We were told when we closed on the house that the columns came from a launch pad as the original wooden ones had gone rotten!

Susan Goldthorp

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South Merritt Estates on Merritt Island Florida and Nearby Amenities