The average homeowner rarely has a discipline for setting aside reserves for future major expenses. Replacing a roof on a condo might be entirely funded from the reserves without the need for an extra assessment. That average homeowner will be pulling out the checkbook and stroking a big check when the roofer presents his invoice. Same for painting the house or cutting down a damaged or diseased tree or replacing a pool pump.
I'm not making a case for condos over homes here. Families with several big dogs or needing four or more bedrooms may not have many, if any, condos worth considering. My intention is to educate those who haven't accurately considered the differences in expenses.
Speaking of education, the gas stations at both forks in A1A in Cocoa Beach (4th St. North & 21st St. South) continue to gouge customers on premium gasoline. If your vehicle uses premium gas, you'll save around $.40 a gallon by getting your gas at the Sunoco at 1st St. South.
The Thanksgiving weekend Cocoa Beach Art Show was a great time for all yesterday and continues today. While the Space Coast Art Festival moved to the Port to attract out-of-towners and cruise passengers, the Cocoa Beach locals collectively ignored it and swarmed the downtown festival as they've been doing for 53 years. Most of us are happy to enjoy the hometown feel and the chance to visit with friends and neighbors as we stroll the streets. That vibe can't be recreated elsewhere, especially a location that requires Cocoa Beachers to drive. We tend to favor bikes, skateboards and walking for our transportation. Good luck to the other Festival. I'm sure it was well attended and will continue to thrive in it's new venue.