My brother lives in Cocoa Beach and when I went to visit him I asked "Where are all the hot rod boats"? He told me that the manatee zones had speed limits and that wasn't much pleasure boating around without going into the Atlantic. He works for the Sea Ray plant on Merit Island. The cost of living from what I saw is much cheaper than hear near DC, but a salary is also lower too.
I'll call my brother and make sure it's ok, if so, I will pm his e-mail address to you.