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Town of Grant-Valkaria

Town of Grant-Valkaria

Date Founded: First settled in 1886; incorporated in 2006
Population: 3,850

Key Businesses/Major Employers
Residents and businesses enjoy one of the lowest tax rates in Brevard County. The location of the town provides commercial access on U.S. Highway 1 and Babcock Street. Honda R&D Americas, Inc. makes its home in Grant-Valkaria and is one of the first LEED buildings to be constructed in Brevard County. Ranger Construction Industries, Inc, CEMEX and Pence Land Materials make up part of the town’s industrial base. Harris Corporation is nearby and the town is home to many engineers and technical personnel as well as to many entrepreneurs and tradesmen who cherish the rural character of the town. A cattle ranch, family farm, large wholesale nursery and orange groves maintain the town’s agricultural past. Antique shops, restaurants, feed stores, boat dealers, plant nurseries, marine supply stores and equestrian farms and facilities are among the unique, small businesses that call Grant-Valkaria home. Home-based businesses of all sorts are also in abundance.

Major Recreation Areas
Grant-Valkaria offers a multitude of recreational activities. Enjoying five miles of scenic highway frontage on the Indian River Lagoon, and located minutes from the Sebastian Inlet, Grant-Valkaria is the perfect spot for both inshore and offshore fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking. In addition, of the approximate 30 square miles that make up the town, thousands of acres of pine woodlands and oak hammocks are on preserved lands which will eventually be part of the Greenway and county trail system, providing access to Old Florida nature for equestrians, hikers and ecotourism. Grant-Valkaria’s lesser traveled country roads are a favorite for cyclists. The equestrian community is very active and numerous equestrian facilities are located in town. Grant-Valkaria also boasts The Habitat Golf Course, the Valkaria Airport, Valkaria Tropical Gardens and three boat-launching parks with numerous ramps. A new community park is also in the works.

Historical Facts
The newest town in Brevard, the town of Grant-Valkaria (incorporated 2006) enjoys a long history along the banks of the Indian River Lagoon, a history inextricably tied to the natural environment and its resources; it was originally settled as a fishing community. Until the late 1880s only four families of non-Native Americans actually lived in the immediate Grant-Valkaria area. In 1886, Mr. Ernest Svedelius settled in the area immediately to the north of what would become Grant, and gave the area a Latinized version of Valkyries as a name, Valkaria. The Valkaria post office was officially established in 1890 with Mr. Edward Cecil as the postmaster. On August 4, 1891 the official Grant, post office was opened with Mr. Edward Nelson as the postmaster.

In December 1892 the population of Grant doubled when three families totaling sixteen new residents got off the steamboat to stay. The year 1893 saw the first schoolhouse open in Grant. Around November of that year the first train stopped in Grant, leading to the construction of Grant Station. Both Grant and Valkaria were indicated as stops along the Flagler Rail System East Coast Railway, circa 1912. In 1894 Grant Grocery was opened. This store remains in existence to this day and is listed on the National Registry of Historic places. Mr. Roy Couch owned and operated Couch Pump in Grant-Valkaria for many years. He kept residents employed during the depression and shared the first telephone in the area with residents. Roy Couch was instrumental in the dredging and development of Sebastian Inlet. The Couch Pump site is now Christenson’s Landing, a large boat ramp.

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In keeping with the residents’ love of the local history and preservation of the Old Florida environment, atmosphere and lifestyle, an old fish processing plant has been converted to a marina and restaurant; a restored 1916 home of the Bensen family and the old train depot provide a step back in time along the lagoon; the Grant Grocery Store is currently being totally renovated into a restaurant that will showcase the town’s history.

Arts and Culture
Each year the town holds Grant-Valkaria Day and the Grant-Valkaria Christmas Tree Lighting. The town hosts the annual Grant Seafood Festival, Valkaria AirFest, Pioneer Fish Fry, Autumn Classic In-Shore Fishing Tournament and BBQ Fest. Residents can ride their horses and hitch them up at the Grant Library, a privately funded, small, but very well-stocked library.

Harmony

Date Founded: 2003
Population: 1,200

Major Recreation Areas
Harmony offers many ways for residents to enjoy the outdoors through its many parks, trails, lakes, community gatherings and annual festivals.

Municipal Services or Amenities
Harmony is a community that captures the beauty of Old Florida while offering a strong cultural foundation, reflected in the porches that line its quiet streets. Harmony is environmentally intelligent with energy efficient homes, surrounded by walkable parks, miles of trails, two natural lakes and thousands of acres of Central Florida nature preserves.

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People lead healthier lives when they live in regular contact with animals and nature. This is why Harmony promotes construction with an emphasis on preservation. Harmony’s dedication to sustainability begins with three simple principles: reduce, reuse and recycle. That’s why the town makes an effort to eliminate waste and promote alternative energy sources whenever possible. When you are surrounded by nature, you want nothing more than to get outside. Harmony offers many ways for residents to enjoy the outdoors through its many parks, trails, lakes, community gatherings and annual festivals.

Harmony is more than merely a planned community, the town was shaped with purpose from the start, consciously designed to offer beauty and amenities balanced with nature. Energy efficient homes are available from 1,635 to 4,555 square feet, starting in the mid-$150s. The thriving community of Harmony is home to approximately 1,200 residents, many of them multigenerational families.

Town of Indialantic

Date Founded: Incorporated November 1952
Population: 2,731

Key Businesses/Major Employers
Retail shops, restaurants

Major Recreation Areas
Nance Park, Indialantic Ocean Beach Park (“the Boardwalk”), Orlando Park

Historical Facts
It all started in 1915 when Ernest Kouwen-Hoven moved to Melbourne and purchased a strip of beachside land lying between the Indian River and Atlantic Ocean this one-square mile became known as the “Indialantic by the Sea.” The first map of this area was recorded in 1916.

Residents and tourists can enjoy the public beach area from Miami Avenue to Watson Drive. Swimming, fishing, boating and surfing are favorite pastimes. Threatened and endangered sea turtles nest along the shore from May through October. The boardwalk offers a place to stroll along the ocean and the parks throughout the town provide getaways from the day’s routine.

Designated a bird sanctuary in 1975, the Town has taken measures to protect its abundance of animal species and plant life. Indialantic remains a natural, unspoiled paradise.

Arts and Culture
Annual art show in January, fall craft show.

Municipal Services or Amenities
The town provides a full-time police and fire department with advanced life support services in addition to its administrative, public works, building and code enforcement functions. The town sponsors annual holiday events like an Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Party and Holiday Tree Lighting.

City of Indian Harbour Beach

Date Founded: June 6, 1955
Population: 8,300

Key Businesses/Major Employers
Sat Com Direct, Lowe’s and a myriad of other quality businesses have located here due to the city’s low taxes and business-friendly reputation.

Major Recreation Areas
Among this small city’s seven parks is our award-winning Gleason Park, 28 beautiful acres surrounding a lake with soaring fountains, a boardwalk and gazebos, a year-round heated pool and Community Center with large banquet room, and two oceanfront parks – Bicentennial and Millennium. Outstanding privately owned facilities include the renowned Eau Gallie Yacht Club and the world-class Kiwi Tennis Club.

Historical Facts
The city of Indian Harbour Beach is justifiably proud of the 50- year history of our outstanding 100 percent volunteer Fire Department complete with state-of-the-art vehicles, equipment and training facility; and the fact that the city, itself, has maintained its rare, debt-free status for many years.

Arts and Culture
The city sponsors an Annual Art and Crafts Show in Gleason Park each November.

Municipal Services or Amenities
Over the years, the city’s proactive maintenance efforts have resulted in top-quality roads and drainage, major contributors to the wonderful quality of life found in Indian Harbour Beach.

Town of Malabar

Date Founded: 1887
Incorporated: 1962
Population: 2,750

Key Businesses/Major Employers
Harris Malabar, Data Management, Digital Graphics, Krieger Publishing, Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates

Major Recreation Areas
Malabar Community Park, Disc Golf Park, Malabar Scrub Sanctuary, Jordan Scrub Sanctuary.

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Arts and Culture
SpringFest in April each year celebrating local artisans. Local Alpaca farm sent their wool to the gulf oil spill to help absorb the oil.

Municipal Services or Amenities
Town Hall, Public Works, Malabar Fire Department, Volunteer Boards for Recreation and Planning, Malabar Community Park with softball and soccer fields.

Town of Melbourne Beach

Date Founded: 1883
Population: 3,101
Commission/Manager form of government

Key Businesses/Major Employers
Melbourne Beach is a quaint beachside community bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Indian River Lagoon System. One of the endearing qualities of Melbourne Beach is that it is truly a residential community with many of its citizens biking, walking or skateboarding to the ocean or to the Indian River Lagoon. There are several fine restaurants located in town, catering from the elite to the beachgoer all with a flair for fine meals at realistic prices. The local grocer and pharmacy are always available to assist with specific needs. The town is also home to one of the most highly renowned bed and breakfast inns in the U.S.

Town of Melbourne Beach

Major Recreation Areas
The Melbourne Beach Pier is located at Ocean Avenue and Riverside Drive. On April 12, 1984 it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Sebastian State Park is just a 15-minute drive; it is well known as one of the preeminent surfing spots on the east coast of the U.S. The area also boasts some of the best local fishing to be found in Brevard County. The town is registered as a bird sanctuary, where many threatened and endangered birds can be found nesting during various times of the year. Melbourne Beach is the nesting and hatching home to the Loggerhead Turtle; many locals and visitors often spend evening hours observing sea turtle nesting activities. Ryckman Park along the Indian River Lagoon has: tennis courts, two regulation bocce courts, a basketball court, a large play area for the little ones and a great open area where you may find a pick-up game of flag football or just the right spot to quietly enjoy the serenity of phenomenal sunsets. The pavilion at Ryckman Park has been known to sponsor local musicians, activities, and a wedding from time-to-time. The first Saturday in May is the Annual Founder’s Day celebration, home to a 6K run, various artists displaying their wares, a child’s fishing tournament and music all day, with an evening street dance. For those who wish to commune with nature, along State Road A1A on the south end of town is Loggerhead Point Preserve, a wonderful subtropical hammock immediately adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. Flutie Sports Complex on the south end of Oak Street is home to baseball, softball and some of the most exciting soccer found in Florida. Additionally, there are tennis courts and a play area for the smaller athletes. Ocean Park at the eastern end of Ocean Avenue boasts state-of-the-art special needs access to the beach, ocean, picnic areas and restroom facilities. Additionally, the park has two volleyball courts.

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Historical Facts
Doug Flutie, football player, lived in Melbourne Beach for part of his childhood and has returned to raise his family. Actress Jorga Fox (CSI) attended Gemini Elementary School. If it is history that you are seeking, Melbourne Beach is the place for that as well. With painstaking precision The Old Town Hall has been restored to its original rustic beauty, just south of Flutie Field. The operating hours of the museum are Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. It has been reported that the famous Spanish explorer Don Juan Ponce de Leon set foot in Florida just a couple of miles south of Melbourne, and in the spring of 2013 we will commemorate the 500-year anniversary of that significant historical event. Melbourne Beach is a great place to live, raise children, retire or just visit. Come stay a while and learn of the distinctive history that makes Melbourne Beach a unique place.

City of Melbourne

Date Founded: 1888 (The original cities of Melbourne and Eau Gallie merged in 1969 under a new charter as the city of Melbourne.)
Population: The city is approximately 41 square miles in size, with about 75 percent of that land in use. The population is approximately 78,000.

Key Businesses/Major Employers
Major employers in the Melbourne vicinity include Brevard Community College, the Brevard County School Board, Florida Institute of Technology, FLORIDA TODAY (Gannett) newspaper, DRS Technologies, GE Transportation Systems, Harris Corporation, Holmes Regional Medical Center, MIMA, Northrop Grumman Corporation-Surveillance and Battle Management Systems, Nuance Communications, Inc, Rockwell Collins, Rossi Electronics and Wuesthoff Health System.

Several major employers are located in a “high-tech” industrial park at the Melbourne International Airport. Embraer is operating a passenger aircraft assembly plant and customer center on airport property, and has announced plans for a research facility. AAR Corp. has located an aircraft maintenance facility at the airport and is constructing permanent facilities to allow an expansion. Other companies located there include Harris Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell International and D.B.A. Systems.

Melbourne is a city of parks

Major Recreation Areas
Melbourne is a city of parks, with recreation areas of all sizes and character. Waterfront areas include Ballard Park, Claude Edge Front Street Park, Howard Futch Memorial Park at Paradise Beach, Pineapple Park and Riverview Park. Major recreation areas include Wickham Park, and athletic fields are available at parks including Lipscomb Park, Crane Park, McGrath Field and Southwest Park. Tennis complexes are located at Fee Avenue Park and Jimmy Moore Park. Other leisure areas include the Melbourne Military Memorial Park and nearby Wells Park adjacent to the Melbourne Auditorium. Swimming pools are at Fee Avenue Park, Lipscomb Park and Sherwood Park. The city operates the Crane Creek Reserve Golf Course off U.S. 192 and the Mallards Landing Golf Course off Lake Washington Road.

Historical Facts
In the late 1800s, a growing number of settlers were attracted to a pair of neighboring communities that were established where freshwater tributaries flow into the Indian River Lagoon. The two communities were to become the cities of Melbourne and Eau Gallie. The importance of the Indian River Lagoon to settlers as an avenue of commerce and communication is pointed out by a plaque in a small Melbourne park overlooking the Indian River Lagoon. The plaque reads: “To honor Peter Wright, early settler. A black freedman, the legendary sailing mailman, (who) sailed regularly from Titusville to Malabar to deliver mail to riverside settlements.”

Arts and Culture
Melbourne’s cultural and commercial diversity arises in part from three distinct redevelopment areas: The Melbourne Historic Downtown area of shops and restaurants with resources including the Henegar Center for the Arts; the Babcock Street ‘Midtown’ employment and commercial center; and the Olde Eau Gallie Arts District with resources including galleries and the Foosaner Art Museum. Three major art shows are held each year, two of them in the historic downtown area and the third in the Eau Gallie area. Melbourne is home to Florida Institute of Technology and the location of other educational resources including a campus of Brevard Community College. Three public libraries are available in Melbourne.

Municipal Services or Amenities
Melbourne is a full-service municipality and a regional supplier of drinking water.

Melbourne Village

Date Founded: 1957
Population: 719

Key Businesses/Major Employers
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Major Recreation Areas
The eastern section of the town includes a portion of the Erna Nixon Hammock. The hammock’s namesake and Melbourne Village resident, Erna Nixon, was a force behind the preservation of the 54-acre area. This small oasis of pine flat woods and oak hammocks is surrounded by a commercial district and was zoned for warehouses. Her work, with assistance from the Junior League of South Brevard, convinced the county and state to purchase the land and establish the Erna Nixon Park. The park opened in 1976 and is a key habitat for many native plants, birds and animals, including gopher tortoises, indigo snakes and bobcats. Erna Nixon Park is a public park containing a 3,000-foot elevated boardwalk through a natural Florida hammock.

Historical Facts
Three women – Virginia Wood, Elizabeth Nutting and Margaret Hutchinson, came from Dayton, Ohio following the end of World War II to the area of Melbourne. Their goal was to build a community from scratch for people wanting to establish a lifestyle that was simple and close to nature. This social experiment was an “intentional community,” a response to the hardships of the Great Depression. The founders were influenced by the concepts and teachings of Ralph Borsodi, who also lived for a time in Melbourne Village. Many early residents cleared their land, built their own houses and ran small-home businesses—from organic gardening to raising chinchillas—to help support themselves and their families. There was a community store run on the honor system. Early families overcame the lack of construction materials for civilian use immediately following World War II by purchasing and relocating surplus military barracks from nearby bases. Two of these barracks still remain, one being the Original Melbourne Village Hall and the other a private residence.

City of Palm Bay

Date Founded: 1960
Population:103,225 Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2010 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates

Key Businesses/Major Employers
Harris Corporation, DRS, Intersil, MC Assembly, MRI Global, AAR Airlift, Globe Wireless, Palm Bay Hospital and BRP USA, Inc.

Major Recreation Areas
A.J. Goode Park, 29 city parks and recreation facilities, Castaway Point Park, The Lagoon House, Lake Lawton/T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area, Pelican Harbor Marina, The Majors Golf Course at Bayside Lakes, Turkey Creek Sanctuary and Margaret Hames Nature Center - over 100 acres of Natural Florida along the Turkey Creek.

Historical Facts
Palm Bay ranked the 11th “Most Innovative City in America” and the 18th “Best Bang for the Buck” city in the nation, according to 2010 Forbes.com, due to its rich heritage in high-tech research and development along with manufacturing which began 30 years ago. Palm Bay is the 19th most populated city in Florida, as well as the eighth-largest city (land mass) in Florida with over 100 square miles.

Arts and Culture
Movies in the Park, Holiday Light Parade, Palm Bay Film Festival

Municipal Services or Amenities
Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Library, Palm Bay Public Library, Palm Bay Community Center, and Palm Bay Parks and Recreation offer access to a wide variety of leagues and tournaments. Many athletic organizations call the fields in Palm Bay home, and the city welcomes their participation and use of our excellent, family oriented facilities. Palm Bay residents might play hardball at West Oaks Park, soccer or softball at Liberty Park, youth football at Veterans Park or basketball at the Community Center to get involved, get in shape and meet their neighbors.

Town of Palm Shores

Date Founded: 1959
Population: 947

Key Businesses/Major Employers
The town of Palm Shores has made great strides in developing commerce, boasting over 70 businesses including: BRPH (first building to be LEED certified in Brevard County), Castaway Marine, Sinclair Law Offices, The Florida Wildlife Hospital & Sanctuary and Candlewood Suites. Lining the Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway, the town’s restaurants consist of our five-star Pineda Crossing Bar & Grill, Cabana Shores Tiki Bar & Grill and Palm Shores Riverview Diner.

Major Recreation Area(s)
Nearly a decade ago, the town of Palm Shores had no recreation area for community use. Mayor Carol M. McCormack made steps toward essentially “rebuilding” the town by encouraging business growth, setting a beautification process in motion, mitigating the community of blight and creating the vision for a family orientated park.

Construction of the town’s original Shoreside Park began in 2003 and was completed in April of 2004. Unfortunately, Hurricane Jeanne swept through much of Brevard County’s coast during September of 2004, destroying the park in the process. Shoreline stabilization and a new dock, parking lot and playground were needed to restore the park to its former splendor. Plans for reconstruction began in August 2005 and by January 2006, Shoreside Park was standing strong again and larger than it had been originally. In 2012, the town began plans for Phase 2 of the Park Expansion. The Park Expansion will include many improvements and additions, including a new pavilion, swings and barbeque area. Construction for Phase 2 began in April of 2012. The town’s Shoreside Park is a great place to relax with family and friends, watch dolphin and manatee and fish off of the pier.

Historical Fact
The town is situated along a portion of U.S. Highway 1, which has been designated the Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway.

h Arts and Culture Palm Shores hosts several events throughout the year, including the annual Baby Shower for the benefit of the Florida Wildlife Hospital and an American Cancer Society (Relay for Life) fundraiser. The town also holds an annual Christmas Toy Drive in association with the U.S. Marine’s Toys-For-Tots and a Food Drive for the Brevard Sharing Center. We proudly support the military and have mailed over 4,000 lbs. of care packages to men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Residents of the community love getting involved and supporting the town’s efforts, reinforcing the idea that we are indeed the “Little Town That Cares.” Aside from events, a monthly donation is made to a charitable organization of a council member’s choice.

Municipal Services or Amenities
Town Hall, Brevard County Sheriff’s Substation, Shoreside Park, New Universal Church of Deliverance and Pineda Presbyterian Church.

City of Rockledge

Date Founded: 1887
Population: 25,026

Key Businesses/Major Employers
Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge, Renco Electronics, Inc., Hydro Aluminum Rockledge, Inc. and Grimaldi Candies

Major Recreation Areas
McLarty Park, Robert A. Anderson Stormwater Park, Rockledge Park, Community Park of Rockledge and Larry L. Schultz Park

Historical Facts
Rockledge was founded on August 7, 1887 and celebrates its Quasquicentennial in 2012. It is the oldest incorporated municipality in Brevard County. The name Rockledge, attributed to Gardner S. Hardee, an early settler, comes from the many ledges of coquina rock that line the Indian River. It was originally referred to as Rock Ledge. Early business in the area was based on the citrus trade and accommodations for tourists traveling to South Florida via the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway of the Indian River. President Grover Cleveland, still in his first term, and his wife visited the city in 1888. The city had several large hotels in the late 19th century to the early 20th century that catered to Northern tourists escaping cold winters. Developments further south, also serviced by the railroad, put them out of business by the 1920s.

Arts and Culture
Annual Arts & Crafts Show (February) and Hot Rockin Nights Car Show (October).

Municipal Services or Amenities
Rockledge has its own waste pick-up service. Several historical buildings owned by the city have been restored and are available for lease.

City of Satellite Beach

Date Founded: 1957
Population: 10,109

Key Businesses/Major Employers
Lighting Science; Brevard County School District

Major Recreation Areas
Hightower Beach Park, Pelican Beach Park, Sports and Recreation Park (ball fields, skate park, and dog park), Samson’s Island Nature Preserve, DeSoto Recreation Complex and 40 percent of city’s oceanfront preserved from development.

Historical Facts
Satellite Beach is a family paradise cradled between warm Atlantic beaches and the natural richness of the Indian River Lagoon. Incorporated in 1957, the City growth paralleled that of the Space Program. The City received its name as a result of a citizen’s contest resulting in our name---”Satellite” Beach!

Municipal Services or Amenities
Satellite Beach Library, Communities for a Lifetime Program, Community Policing Program, Professional Fire Department /Emergency Medical Services, 55+ Club and array of special programs coordinated through the Recreation Department.

Community of Viera

Date Founded: 1992
Population: 70, 574

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Key Businesses/Major Employers
The Avenue Viera, a shopping center filled with over 60 retailers, boutiques and dining, opened in 2004. Space Coast Stadium is home field for the Brevard County Manatees. It is also the spring training home of the Washington Nationals. Future developments include: Stadium Corners, which plans for a Publix Supermarket, inline retail shops and the South Solerno Commercial Center. The Veterans Administration has a clinic here. Other healthcare entities include Autumn House, an Alzheimer’s care center; Wuesthoff Hospice and Pallative Care; a complex operated by Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates; Wuesthoff Reference Laboratories; Town Square, the Wuesthoff-owned assisted-living facility and many more. Viera Medical Park and the Health First Viera Hospital, which contains 100 beds, are now open. An overpass crossing I-95 in central Viera opened in November 2007, joining Viera East and Viera West via an extension of Viera Boulevard, which reduced travel time to government offices. West Viera’s development will feature four mixed-use villages and the Viera Wilderness Park.

Major Recreation Areas
There are two 18-hole golf courses, as well as a 125-acre regional park which has five lighted baseball fields, two lighted softball fields, eight soccer fields, an 18,000-square-foot community center/gymnasium, two lighted outdoor basketball courts, three playgrounds and four lighted tennis courts. The Viera Wilderness Park will buffer the 44,000-acre River Lakes Conservation Area, owned and managed by the St. John’s River Water Management District. The park will ultimately contain 5,112 acres, managed exclusively for conservation and enhancement of animal habitat. Brevard Zoo boasts “The World’s Largest Volunteer Community Build,” where over 16,000 people of all ages joined forces and built the zoo in 1992, brick-by-brick on property donated by the Duda family. It hosts many events throughout the year including Safari Under the Stars, Summer Saturday Nights, Boo at the Zoo and Jazzoo.”

Historical Facts
Andrew Duda arrived in Central Florida from Czechoslovakia to found, what would become, one of the world’s largest family owned agricultural companies. Situated on former Duda Ranch and scrub forestland, the Duda family commissioned a nationwide study of successful new communities. In 1990, ground was broken on Viera, a master-planned community in Brevard County, Florida. Starting with an approved 3,000 acres, it is now over 10,000 acres and growing. Viera is located on land that was once part of the country’s most well-known sod farm. This sod still provides the lawn for the Florida governor’s mansion as well as the “skid strip” runway at Kennedy Space Center.

Arts and Culture
Many family friendly events are dotted throughout the year in Viera. In the spring, “Bunny Hop” highlights spring with multiple egg hunts, music, local celebrities and visits with the Easter Bunny. Summer brings “Great American Celebration,” where residents buy special tickets on the Stadium berm to watch fireworks, eat barbeque and enjoy a Brevard Manatees baseball game. The holiday season begins with “Boo at the Zoo,” then moves to the “Santa Run” and a tree-lighting ceremony.

City of West Melbourne

Date Founded: 1959
Population: 18,712

Key Businesses/Major Employers
Walmart Supercenter, Hammock Landing, USSI, DRS Optronics, Relm Communications, Inc., Mack Technologies, Waste Management, Lockheed Martin, Publix supermarkets and Florida Power & Light Company.

Major Recreation Areas
Veterans Memorial Complex at Bryant Adams Park, Max K. Rodes Park, West Melbourne Community Park and Erna Nixon Park

Historical Facts
Recently celebrated 50th anniversary and hosted a year of various celebrations and events. Since 2000, the city has had the highest population growth percentage of any municipality in Brevard County.

Arts and Culture
Since 2010, West Melbourne Community Recreation Center at the Veterans Memorial Complex has held fall and spring festivals, as well as hosted regularly scheduled recreation activities.

Municipal Services or Amenities
Veterans Memorial Complex at Bryant Adams Park offers a full range of recreational programs; Ray Bullard Wastewater Treatment, disposal and reuse facility; West Melbourne Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy programs.

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