One year ago, I visited Cocoa Beach FL for a few days (alone). While visiting a mostly deserted area of the beach between two highrise hotels, A drunk bum with one eye came up to me and was talking nonsense. I was quite frightened because I had over 1K of camera equipment with me. I pretended to go along with his stupid conversation while I got in my rental car and took off with my heart almost pounding out of my chest! Being from Michigan, I'm not used to all the bums that are in these warm weather climates. I would like to hear from anyone who lives in Fl about their feelings on the beach bums. Are they usually harmless? My encounter with this bum has made me really want to be more careful where I visit. After that, I only went to the Cocoa Beach Pier, where lots of people were. I went on my first Carribean cruise last August and loved it! Thanks to Hurricane Katrina, we had an extra free day at sea.