How to spend all that Powerball money in Brevard

Dear Mr. Kaltschmidt and Ms. Smith,

Congratulations on your Powerball win. We’re very excited for you.

But we’ll be honest. We’re just a tad jealous, too. We simply can’t stop thinking about what we’d do if we’d won all that money – $327.8 million. Wow! It’s hard to even picture that much.

So, we put together a list of all the ways that money – or, at least, a portion of it – can be spent right here in Brevard. Heck, if you spend or invest a little locally, it’s the closest most of us will get to touching it.

We had some fun with this, and we’re the first to admit that if we’d won, some of these ideas would make us chuckle. As in, a no way, we’re not spending our money on that kind of chuckle. But why not throw it out there, right? So if those dollars are already starting to burn a hole in your pockets and you’re looking for ideas to keep some of that windfall on the Space Coast, look no further.

We’ve hit on everything from the charitable and civic-minded to the fun and extravagant. And for everyone else out there, who like us are not newly minted multi-millionaires, keep dreaming.

If David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith of Melbourne Beach want to ride – fly that is – in comfort and luxury, they might consider an Embraer Legacy 500 jet, the new aircraft that soon will be assembled at Orlando Melbourne International Airport.

Base price of the aircraft is $20 million. Adding amenities, such as temperature-controlled seats that massage you, extra divans and an upgraded kitchen could boost the price tag to $22 million.They would also need to contract out for two pilots (unless either of you can fly?) and, if needed, a concierge flight attendant.

A couple other things to note with the Legacy. It has a full kitchen and bathroom. The bathroom is roomy and boasts a vanity and a window so the passenger doesn’t feel claustrophobic when using the facilities. There is room for two sofas (they also turn into beds) in the main cabin area.

What’s also a plus is that it has a range of 3,600 miles, meaning that four passengers, plus two crew members, could fly around the world and only make six fueling stops. Not too bad, right?

–Wayne T. Price

Hey students, college is on us

One of the funniest (and at the same time cringe-ingly hard to watch) situations to arise in recent situation-comedy history was the 2009 “Scott’s Tot’s’’ episode of the long-running “The Office” TV series.

In it, perennial bumbling boss Michael Scott must come to grips with the fact he’s not as rich as he envisioned nine years after promising a class of underprivileged students he’d pay their college tuition.

Ultimately, he can only offer each of the kids a laptop computer . . . battery.

“Hold on, hold on, hold on . . . hold on. They’re lithium.’’

Scott’s lame explanation doesn’t go very far in swaying the now pretty-ticked off classroom.

So, we arrive at Brevard’s newest millionaires. How far off is Michael Scott’s promise in real life?

Well, to pay for Brevard’s 74,000 public school students, pretty far.

Florida Tech’s tuition and fees are listed at $39,000 a year by U.S. News and World Report. For four years, that’s $156,000, without books, room and board. At $11.5 billion,  that’s a bit out of reach for our lottery winners.

Opting for UCF doesn’t help. Tuition is around $21,900 annually, so plan on about $88,000 for four years. Still out of reach at $6.5 billion.

But, if that plan is scaled down to, say, one high school, the reality becomes apparent.

Pick any 2,000-student high school in Brevard: Florida Tech tuition for an entire student body: $312 million. UCF: $176 million.

Hey Mr. Scott, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do to make our dreams come true! Hey Mr. Scott, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do, make our dreams come true!’’

—Eric Garwood

Consider upgrading your digs, but stay local

“The most expensive real estate in Brevard can be found along Riverside Drive, South Tropical Trail, Lansing Island and single-family, oceanfront homes along A1A,” said Kirk Kessel, who along with his selling partner, DeWayne Carpenter, move some of the top-priced real estate on the Space Coast.

“We would say the most expensive strip of real estate in Brevard can be found in the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Melbourne Beach where people will spend $1 million for a small oceanfront lot.”

In general though, money does go a lot further in Brevard than some other coastal communities, they said.

“Waterfront real estate in Brevard is some of the most affordable in the state,” Kessel said. “We have offices in Vero where similar homes sell at two times the price when compared to Brevard.”

Kaltschmidt and Smith already live in Melbourne Beach, a highly desirable area. But say they’re looking for a little bit more home. If they are Kessel and Carpenter may have just the home for them – a four-bedroom, waterfront village at 243 Lansing Island Dr. in Satellite Beach.

It’s listing for $2.75 million and comes with an Infinity edge pool, state-of-the-art media room, boat dock and lift, outdoor kitchen and exercise room.

“I’d move in there tomorrow if I had won the lottery,” Kessel said. “It has everything.”

–Wayne T. Price

A mil makes a lot of meals

Try to digest this: A steady stream of $1 million a year could feed all Brevard seniors seeking meal assistance, says the woman leading the nonprofit offering Meals on Wheels.

In 2015, 2,235 seniors received Meals on Wheels or dined at a Seniors at Lunch site. That included 1,590 homebound seniors who received a total of 20,522 meals at their home.

Yet even with almost $1.8 million from local, state and federal grants, and generous donations from locals, it’s “not nearly enough and we still have a wait list for people requesting meals,” said Cindy Flachmeier, president and CEO of Aging Matters in Brevard.

“If I had five minutes to spend with the lottery winners I would tell them all about the nutritional needs of frail elders who are struggling to remain healthy and stay living in their own homes,” she said.

“If I could close my eyes and make a wish, I would ask that no senior ever goes hungry in our home town of Brevard.”

— Britt Kennerly

Splurge on some travel toys

Explore Brevard in style by splurging on some travel tech toys. Think Segway, hoverboard or a fancy beach bike with fat tires.

Commuters, walkers and joggers are sure to drool as you pass them by in style. Since the Powerball winners received millions plural, they could buy these travel tech toys for every day of the week for them and 200 friends and still have a heck of a lot left over.

Space Coast Segway Tours offers a unique way — day or night — to view Cape Canaveral and the Port. Prices start at $75 per person. If you wanted to own a personal transporter for use whenever the desire takes hold, Internet searches show they range from $1,500 to $6,000.

Want to ride hands-free? Pick up a hoverboard for $300 to $500.

Maybe you want something a little more, say, traditional?

Ian Rich of Revolutions Cyclery in Melbourne said the beach cruisers will cost anywhere from $219 to “the most expensive one we have in stock that is a beach cruiser style is $439 — the Phat Del Rey.”

Other bicycles at Revolutions Cyclery include Sun Bicycles ($209 to $689) and this cutely named one: the Specialized Hellga Women’s bike at $1,500.

–Jennifer Sangalang

Fix our roads

One of Brevard County’s big issues is roads, both the condition of current roads and the need for new roads.

A special advisory board studied the issue, and here’s what they found: Brevard’s 1,100 miles of county roads ideally should be resurfaced on a 20-year rotation, or 55 miles a year, so the roads don’t decay to the point at which they need to be reconstructed, which is a much more expensive process. But the county typically resurfaces only eight miles of roads a year.

To fill the gap would require about $4.2 million a year. With a $327 million Powerball jackpot, you could take care of the road resurfacing for the next 78 years.

But let’s say new roads are your thing. That same report found that there is a $443.6 million in new road projects that currently are not funded. You could make a pretty big dent in that list with the $327 million prize.

(We’d all understand, however, if this is not your first priority)

–Dave Berman

Build a new stadium to keep Major League Baseball

We don’t know if you are baseball fans or not, but if you are, consider this: building a new spring training stadium.

Baseball in Brevard over the last 20 years has been a fixture. Over the years, the Marlins and the former Expos and the current Nationals have called Brevard home.

It’s given residents something to look forward to every spring, and has brought in fans from across the state and beyond. But this will be the Nationals last year before they decamp for Palm Beach.

It’s very probable given the geographical positioning of teams in the state and the fact that many teams are entrenched with relatively new stadiums, Major League Baseball will never come back to Brevard.

But what if? What if we built a brand new stadium. The facility built for the Nationals and Astros in Palm Beach will cost about $135 million. For that cost, you could bring one, maybe even two teams to Brevard, make a lot of people happy and you’d have quite a bit of money left over for yourself.

–Chris Bonanno

Give to help others

The Melbourne Beach couple said they planned to do some good with their winnings. We simply wanted to offer up a few ideas on ways to help some of Brevard’s most vulnerable:

1) Donate to the Children’s Hunger Project, which provides backpacks full of food to hungry children in Brevard schools, or the Junior League of South Brevard, which runs a “Fueling Kids” awareness campaign for kids that teaches them about nutrition and exercise.

2) Give to the United Way of Brevard, in many ways a one-stop-shop for those who want to get their money to nonprofits that need it most.

3) Help homeless people rebuild their lives by giving them a safe place to live.  There are numerous charities for the homeless in Brevard, including Housing for Homeless, the Brevard Homeless Coalition, or National Veterans Homeless Support, Inc. based in Port St. John. Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard offers transitional housing for homeless veterans, and they accept donations as well.

4) Contribute to a charity for struggling readers, and help provide the intellectual foundation people need to learn and teach themselves.  Reading is a basic life skill, and without that skill, it is difficult to understand much about the world.  Rolling Readers of the Space Coast brings volunteers into local schools to read to at-risk children, and promote a love of reading in those children, and Literacy for Adults in Brevard provides reading instruction to adults.

— Ilana Kowarski

Link to full article: http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2016/02/19/how-to-spend-all-powerball-money-jackpot-lottery-in-brevard-county-florida/80601756/

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