Moving To Brevard
The Brevard County Quick Reference Guide
Welcome to the Space Coast! Brevard County, known as the “Space Coast” because of its rich history with NASA and space exploration, has an abundance of interesting and exciting attractions and community events to make every day in this area a new adventure! Whether you are relocating or just visiting, we are sure you will love this East Coast Florida area. From the local attractions, fine dining, and shopping, to the beautiful sandy beaches and breathtaking ocean sunrises, Brevard County is a great mixture of fun and relaxation in one local area. It features 72 miles of magnificent oceanfront land and the largest assembly of endangered plants and wildlife in the continental U.S. With the culture, activities, tropical weather, academic opportunities, progressive and tranquilizing recreation options, high-tech industries, and family-oriented atmosphere, the Space Coast gives and exceptional quality of life that locals and visitors enjoy year-round. More than 500,000 people live in Brevard’s dozens of municipally incorporated and unincorporated areas.
The average climate is a beautiful sunny day at 73 degrees Fahrenheit. The area’s winter travelers from the Northeast enjoy a mild 62-degree average temperature in the winter here and many summer tourists come for the steamy 81.5-degree average temperature for beach fun in the sun.
Brevard County is known and recognized for a multitude of programs and benefits that give its many thriving community enrichment. It is well known for providing education, health, and social services for the needs of its citizens and protecting and conserving priceless natural resources. Brevard also prides itself on sustaining strong and diverse business practices to maintain a solid economic base for the quality of life of its citizens. It is also well known for spawning and maintaining partnerships between businesses, government, and community organizations for the good of the people who call this county home.
Whether it’s admiring the transcendence of a space shuttle launch, surfing waves at the beach, kayaking through packs of manatees in the Indian River Lagoon, shopping at the local malls and markets, relaxing at one of Brevard’s many decadent and tasteful restaurants, or letting loose at one of the local bars, the Space Coast is an adventure always waiting to happen. It’s a unique place where an array of life’s pleasures can be sought. The warm Florida weather, pristine beaches, and eclectic attractions make the Space Coast a one-of-a-kind place to live or visit where every day spent feels like a day on vacation.
In this guide you will find detailed information about the Space Coast area and it will hopefully serve as a helpful tool to provide the information you will need to know to make the most out of your stay if you are visiting or give you a layout of this prodigal and pragmatic county if you are relocating to the area. Safe travels and enjoy the Space Coast!
One of the many advantages of living in this beautiful area is its close proximity to the area attractions and theme parks like Universal Studios, Epcot, Sea World, Islands of Adventure, Walt Disney World, and Aquatica. For local attractions that bring a fun and unique experience to any guest or resident of the Space Coast, the following area attractions serve up what thousands of people experience and enjoy year-round in Brevard County.
Seventy-two miles of white sand beaches lie in wait of sunbathers, surfers, families, and fishermen year-round! Southern Living Magazine rated three Space Coast area beaches in “Florida’s top ten beaches” and from one portion of the coast to another, many different types of beachfront can be found. Brevard’s most popular beach cities are Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Melbourne Beach, Indian Harbor Beach, and Indialantic. From the seclusion of the Bon Steele Beach in Sebastian Inlet to the hot surf spots of Indialantic and Second Light at Patrick Air Force Base, Brevard beaches offer any beach experience you could want. Safety is a high priority for Brevard County beaches and the Space Coast offers eleven lifeguard stations along the coast and a full staff of county lifeguards to ensure your beach experience is fun and safe.
• Kennedy Space Center
Every U.S. space shuttle launch departs from Brevard County’s municipal area known as Cape Canaveral. In addition to the launches of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) constructed shuttles, orbiters, and satellites, this space center is also home to the largest and most dynamic space exploration museum in the U.S.! Here you can visit the Apollo/Saturn V Center and see how the first moonwalk in mankind was accomplished or go to the Launch Complex Observation Gantry and see a bird’s-eye view of the space shuttle launch pads! This center for space exploration also features an IMAX movie theatre, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and a real-life launch experience! It also has a youth camp programs and ours of the launch sites. There is so much to do and see here that it would take many return trips to experience it all!
• Brevard Zoo
If you enjoy the outdoors and love to see and observe various types of wildlife, this is your place. Located in the city of Melbourne, The Brevard Zoo includes over 550 different types of animals from Latin America, Australia, and native Floridian species. Here you can see alligators, eagles, giant fruit bats, giant anteaters, cougars, river otters, and exotic birds in a free-flight aviary, kangaroos, several primate species, and more, such as the newest additions to the zoo, the meerkats! It even includes a “Paws-on Interactive Zone” where kids and adults can have fun playing on an interactive playground.
• Ron Jon Surf Shop
This is more than just a surf shop, it’s known as the kingdom of surfing. Boasting 52,000 square feet and multiple levels, this shop, located in the heart of Cocoa Beach, is any surfers dream and is known as the most famous surf shop in the U.S. Open 24 hours a day, it has all of your surfing needs from board shorts to bikinis, surfboards to boogie boards, and other surf accessories. It’s your one-stop surf shop!
• Sebastian Inlet
This historic inlet is home to events like professional surfing competitions, festivals, and concerts and also known for excellent saltwater fishing. The inlet spans three miles of beautiful oceanfront. Here visitors can go swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, or just hang out on the beachside. The central location of Sebastian Inlet's tent and RV campground makes it a popular camping spot. It is a mere stone's throw from the inlet and a short stroll from the beach. All 51 campsites have water and electrical hook-ups, a fire ring with grill and a picnic table. ADA accessible sites are available. It’s also home to the McLarty Treasure Museum and the Sebastian Fishing Museum, both of which provide information on the history of this area.
• Cocoa Beach Pier
Stretching 800 feet out into the ocean, this pier is a place for good food and fun. Five restaurants serve up an assortment of delicious entrees to fill you up or you can come catch your own dinner; rod and reel rentals are available for ocean fishing. If it’s shopping you’re looking for, it’s got two gift shops each with a variety of goods. This pier is also host to a few annual events; the Easter weekend surf competition, the Beach Fest music festival on Memorial Day Weekend, and the “Rockin’ the Dock” New Year’s party.
Dining / Nightlife
The Brevard County area features an array of local dining and nightlife spots and you can find many great dining and nightlife experiences no matter where in the Space Coast you are! Brevard is home to over 1,400 area restaurants and nightlife establishments. Whether you enjoy upscale dining like the French cuisine of Café Margaux in Cocoa, Italian food like that served at Alfredo’s Paradiso on Merritt Island or San Remo’s in Melbourne, Rustic American cuisine at Crush Eleven in Cocoa Village, or Mexican food like that served at El Charro in Cocoa, you are sure to find something to satisfy your tastes in Brevard County!
There is also a wide variety of southern barbecue restaurants like Charlie and Jake’s Beachside in Satellite Beach or Slow & Low BBQ in Cocoa Beach, Indian food like that served at Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine in Suntree/Viera, and Japanese restaurants like Hioki in Palm Bay or Sumo Monkey in Merritt Island.
If you want the best of what the local seafood market has to offer, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Space Coast region at places like Dixie Crossroads in Titusville, The Eau Gallie River Crab House in Melbourne, Gregory’s Steak and Seafood in Cocoa Beach, or River Rocks in Rockledge and many, many more!
If after you’ve gotten a taste of one of the many fabulous dining experiences available in the area you decide that you could use a little night enjoyment, the Space Coast rivals any area of Florida for a great evening and late-night entertainment. Brevard offers everything a person could want from Groucho’s, a stand-up comedy club to quenching your taste for martinis at Red Heads Martini bar in Cape Canaveral. Meg O’ Malley’s in Melbourne is always serving up tasteful beers from around the world or if you’re more into wine, Wines and Bines in Rockledge has wine tastings and a great selection of wines you can purchase and enjoy at home.
If smooth jazz is your taste, Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach is a great spot, and if you care to belt out a tune, karaoke at Crossroads Sports Bar in Palm Bay is a fun place. Mainstreet Pub in Historic Downtown Melbourne spins everything from House to Salsa to Reggae and Rap. On the Space Coast, you’ll find entertainment that suits every musical preference and atmosphere that suits your lifestyle.
When it comes to local shopping, the Space Coast has everything you could want and more! You can find any variety of goods from clothes to appliances, sporting goods to sporting apparel, shoes to jewelry, cell phones to video games, interior decorations to outdoor tools, and everything in between, tow local area indoor malls have you covered. The Merritt Square and Melbourne Square Malls are conveniently located no matter where in the Space Coast area you are!
• Merritt Square Mall
This fashionable mall contains over 100 restaurants and retailers. It has major retailers like JCPenny, Kay Jewelers, Books-A-Million, Champs Sports, Dillards, GNC, and AT&T to name a few. It also has well known restaurants such as Outback, Ruby Tuesday, Subway, Bonefish Grill, and TGI Friday’s in or around the mall area. It’s open 10am-9pm Monday through Saturday and Noon-6 pm on Sundays.
• The Avenue Viera
This outdoor style mall is beautiful with scenic cascading fountains and a variety of different shops for every taste. It’s a great mixture of department store and corporate stores like Kohl’s, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Belk, and Sports Authority speckled with upscale and exclusive style shops like Charlotte Russe and Ecco Shoes. Fine restaurants surround the shopping area including Longhorn Steakhouse, Chili’s, and The Melting Pot.
• Melbourne Square Mall- Melbourne
A brand new multi-million dollar renovation has this mall looking and feeling pristine! They’ve added brand new amenities, porcelain tile floors and carpeted seating areas to enhance your mall shopping experience. A brand new 1,500 sq. ft. children’s play area has been added where the kids can let loose on the playground, experience educational interactive games, or read from a whole library of kids’ books. This mall features retail giants Macy’s, Dillards (North and South), and JCPenny but also has new stores they’ve just added like Coach and Express. Melbourne Square has over 125 specialty stores and eateries like Too-Jays NY Style Deli. The mall hours are 10am-ppm Monday through Saturday and Noon-6pm Sundays.
• Brevard Farmer’s Market
If it’s an outdoor farmer’s market style of shopping you seek, Brevard County has a few farmers markets around the area where you can find fresh fruits and vegetables and great deals on retail items sold by local vendors. If you’re located near the Rockledge area you can attend the Rockledge Farmers Market every Thursday from 9am-4pm at McClarty Park. In Titusville, you can attend the Titusville Farmers Market on Fridays from 10am-4pm and in Eau Gallie, you can go to the Eau Gallie Farmers Market from 9am-3pm. Downtown Melbourne has a farmers market every Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 11am-4pm, and Cocoa Beach also has the Cocoa Beach Farmers Market on Sundays from 9am-3pm.
• Hammock Landing- West Melbourne
Hammock Landing is an open-air shopping destination located in West Melbourne, FL in Brevard County. The center features casual and fine dining restaurants, as well as shopping. Visitors enjoy shopping at many of our great stores like GameStop, Hibbett Sports, Kohls, Marshall's, Michael’s Arts & Crafts, Petco, Ross Dress for Less, rue21, Shoe Carnival, Target, Ulta Beauty and many more. Restaurants include Buffalo Wild Wings, Longhorn Steakhouse, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Panera Bread.
• Cocoa Village
Cocoa Village's Main Street is Brevard Avenue although numerous shops and restaurants are also located on side streets, including Oleander Street, Harrison Street, and Stone Street. Several antique stores and restaurants are located on State Route 520 where it meets Brevard Avenue. The town is loaded with signs pointing the way to various shopping, eateries, and attractions. As you head further south on Brevard Avenue, away from Route 520, you'll find City Hall, some parking lots, and banks. But don't turn around yet. There are several more shops south of this area. Just follow the signs.
• Downtown Melbourne
East New Haven Avenue is Melbourne's Main Street, particularly the 700, 800, and 900 blocks. But a lot's packed into those three blocks, including antique stores, clothing boutiques, restaurants, lounges, and coffee shops. Given Melbourne's coastal location, many stores sell all of the accessories, clothing, and supplies you'll need for a day at the beach. Wide sidewalks provide lots of room for pedestrians, dog walking and outdoor cafes. And the city itself is not too far from the beach, another plus.
Brevard County is home to many award-winning Day Spas and Medi Spas. We all know that Day Spa treatments are great for your body, for your muscles, your skin, and your cells. They help to detoxify, rejuvenate, relax and re-energize your body. But they also help to ease your mind. The music played in the spa, the set-up of the rooms, and the calmness of the whole place help to relax your mind and get you mentally away from the daily issues. Some treatments even include guided meditations, breathing exercises and visualizations which give your mind additional time out. Or they combine warmth with touch like a Hot Stone Therapy, which is extreme-relaxing at its best.
• Essentials Medi Spa and Salon
• Imperial Salon and Spa
• La Bella Spa
Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Brevard County, otherwise known as Florida’s Space Coast offers 72 miles of coastline and is only about 35 minutes away from the Orlando International Airport. Along those 72 miles, you will find an array of Golf Courses and Country Clubs to suit your needs and golf-style!
• Suntree Country Club (Private Club) 321-242-6230 More Info
• Rockledge Country Club 321-636-6022 More Info
• Cocoa Beach Country Club 321-868-3351 More Info
• Viera East Golf Club 321-639-6500 More Info
• Baytree National Links 321-259-9060 More Info
• Duran Golf Club 321-504-7776 More Info
• Crane Creek Reserve 321-674-5716 More Info
• The Majors Golf Club 321-952-8617 More Info
• The Island Links at Aquarina 321-676-8923 More Info
• Mallard’s Landing 321-255-4606 More Info
• Spessard Holland 321-952-4529 More Info
• The Habitat 321-952-6312 More Info
• Turtle Creek 321-632-2520 More Info
• India River Preserve 321-385-2099 More Info
Brevard County Public Libraries
Brevard County Libraries currently has over 1.2 million volumes in the collection. The libraries also own over 112,000 DVD and video recordings and more than 61,900 sound recordings. Your library card is valid at all locations, and materials are loaned between locations through a daily courier service. Special genealogy collections are located at the Central, Melbourne and Titusville libraries. Each library maintains special collections for the physically and visually handicapped. These include a circulating collection of large print books and handheld assistive devices such as magnifiers. Large print terminals with special magnification and reading software are also available.
Brevard County Library Branches
Cape Canaveral More Info
Merritt Island More Info
Central Brevard Library More Info
Mims/ Scottsmoor More Info
Cocoa Beach More Info
Palm Bay More Info
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. More Info
Port St. John More Info
Eau Gallie More Info
Satellite Beach More Info
Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial More Info
South Mainland/ Micco More Info
Melbourne Beach More Info
Suntree/ Viera More Info
Melbourne More Info
Titusville More Info
West Melbourne More Info
Due to its close proximity to many waterways, including the Indian River Lagoon, the central city of Melbourne has earned the nickname The Harbor City and it’s easy to see why!
Anchorage Yacht Basin More Info
Melbourne Harbor Marina More Info
Waterline Marina More Info
Cocoa Village Marina More Info
Telemar Bay Marina More Info
Sunrise Marina More Info
Much of Brevard’s identity is based on the large rivers and tributaries that flow through its county lines. When people think of the Space Coast, it’s the ocean that often dominates the idea of water-based recreation and economics, but it’s the rivers of Brevard County that bring just as much fun and finances to the area. Commercial and recreational activities in the local rivers of Brevard account for several hundred million dollars in the local economy. These rivers are beautiful; cascaded with saltmarshes, seagrass beds, mangrove swamps, tidal flats, oyster bars, and spoil islands and have all the elements that enable a diverse collection of marine species within its habitat. Part of the larger Indian River Lagoon estuary, has the highest species diversity in all of North America with over 4,300 different species of plants and marine life.
The river system in Brevard is a fisherman’s dream. Hundreds of square miles of many different types of water terrain make the fishing here some of the best in the state of Florida. Many types of trophy fish swim the waters off Brevard’s rivers. A flurry of large schools of Tarpon, Drumfish, Snook, Sheepshead, Flounders, Grunts, Jacks, Mackerels, Mullets, Pompanos, and Snappers can all be found in the rivers of the Space Coast.
• Indian River
The largest of the river systems in Brevard County, this river starts just northeast of Scottsmoor where Turnbull and Coot Creek converge. It runs, in length, about 100 miles (160km) down to the city of Stuart spanning four counties and at its widest point at Dummit Cove in Brevard spans about six miles. Major cities Titusville, Cocoa, Rockledge, Merritt Island, Melbourne, and Satellite Beach all rest on or within a couple of miles of its shoreline. The Indian River is also a part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway that runs from Norfolk, Virginia all the way to Florida’s southernmost point and maintains a minimum depth of twelve feet for boats of varying sizes to travel through its waters. Its collective tributaries within Brevard County include Crane Creek, the Eau Gallie River, and Turkey Creek.
• Banana River
This river is a lagoon that begins just north of Cape Canaveral and extends approximately 30 miles down just south of Patrick Air Force Base where it merges with the Indian River. It's one opening to the Atlantic Ocean is through the deepwater port of Port Canaveral via a channel lock. This river is the only existing river in the Indian Lagoon Estuary that is not part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway as it is offset from it just to the east if the Indian River which hosts the AIW through Brevard. Because of this, depths in the river are not regulated by the government which has left the river’s floor relatively untouched and more natural.
• Mosquito Lagoon
This lagoon spans the Indian River form Bethune Beach of New Smyrna all the way to Titusville, This lagoon provides a few hundred thousand acres of some of the best saltwater fishing in Florida. The lagoon’s underwater landscapes consist of oyster bars, grass flats, and mangroves and are the perfect grounds for many trophy striking fish. Tarpon and Snook are among many species of fish that feed in fast water flowing areas, but the lagoon’s most well known as the best Red fishing area in the state. The lagoon’s vast slow-moving current areas make breeding and feeding grounds for enormous Redfish, many as long as 40 inches!
• Lake Washington
Brevard County’s largest natural lake, with a surface area of 4,362 acres, Lake Washington is best known for being the city of Melbourne and the surrounding area’s largest freshwater resource. The lake is a part of the St. John’s river system. It inflows and indirectly outflows into the St. John’s river. There are boating ramps for recreation and leisure activities like wakeboarding and swimming. Its average depths range from 10-15 feet.
• Stick Marsh
This man-made lake was dug in 1987 and is host to some of the state’s best trophy Bass fishing. Located just west of Vero Beach, this 6,500-acre reservoir has exceeded high expectations for trophy bass and is predicted to continue through the years to come. According to local fishing guides, the fishing for trophy Bass, Bluegill, Shellfish, and Crappie is unparalleled anywhere else in the U, S, and is believed to be arguably the best fishing hole in the country!
Parks and Recreation
The Space Coast is a great place for fun and activities and there is no exception to its numerous parks and community centers. The variety of indoor and outdoor activities is endless! Whether you’re seeking to play outdoor sports like baseball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, swimming, nature trail hiking or want to have fun indoors with computer labs, indoor parties, or card games, Brevard Parks have everything imaginable. Some parks even feature boat ramps for boating and fishing! Many of the parks also include organized sports leagues that feature softball, flag football, soccer, and more!
• Northern Brevard Community Centers and Parks
Cuyler Park Community Center
Facilities include a recreation room, a learning center with computer labs, civic room, an annex with kitchen, game room, pavilions, playground, exercise trail, basketball courts, picnic shelters, and baseball fields. - 2329 Harry T. Moore Avenue, Mims
Isaac Campbell Sr. Community Center
Facilities include a meeting room, gazebo, pavilions, playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball fields. - 701 South Street, Titusville
Port St. John Community Center
Facilities include an auditorium, meeting room, annex with kitchen, game room, playground, and basketball court. - 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John
Sandrift Community Center
Facilities include an activity room and a meeting room. - 585 North Singleton Avenue, Titusville
Tom Statham Park Community Center
Facilities include pavilions, playground, meeting room, and river boardwalk. - 7101 South US Hwy 1, Bellwood
Walter Butler Community Center
Facilities include a gymnasium, meeting room, and kitchen available for rental on weekends when not in conflict with scheduled county-sponsored activities. - 4201 N Cocoa Blvd-US Hwy 1, Sharpes
• Central Brevard Mainland Community Centers and Parks
Cocoa West Recreation Complex
Facilities include meeting rooms, gymnasium, pavilion, playground, shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, and multipurpose fields. - 230 South Burnett Road, Cocoa
Joe Lee Smith Park Community Center
Facilities include meeting rooms, gymnasium, pavilion, playground, shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, baseball field, and a multipurpose field. - 419 Washington St., Cocoa
McClarty Park Community Center
Facilities include meeting rooms, game room, pavilion, playground, pool, outdoor basketball court, tennis courts, and baseball fields. - 790 Barton Blvd, Rockledge
Travis Park Community Center
Facilities include a computer lab, lighted sand volleyball courts, playground, 1/3 court outdoor basketball, gymnasium, game room, and paved nature trail. - 2001 Michigan Ave, Cocoa
• Central Brevard Merritt Island/ Beachside Community Centers and Parks
Kiwanis Island Park Community Center
Facilities include meeting rooms, community building, gymnasium, small kitchen, pavilions, tennis racquetball, playground, baseball fields, and boat ramp. - 951 Kiwanis Island Park Rd., Merritt Island
Woody Simpson Park Community Center
Facilities include meeting rooms, gymnasium, pavilion, playground, shuffleboard courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, and multipurpose fields. - 1590 Schoolhouse St., Merritt Island
• Southern Brevard Community Centers and Parks
POW-MIA Community Center
Events are scheduled here periodically and there is a small community center available for rental. It also includes a boat ramp. - 5995 N US Hwy 1, Melbourne
Max K Rodes Park Community Center
Facilities include pavilions, picnic tables, playgrounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and baseball fields. - 3410 Flanagan Avenue, West Melbourne
South Beach Community Center
Facilities include gymnasium, banquet kitchen, and a large meeting room with divider, four small meeting rooms, and two sets of restrooms (one with showers). Built to withstand 170 mph winds, it may be used as a post-hurricane shelter. - 500 Old Florida Trail, Melbourne, Beach
South Mainland Community Center-Micco
Facilities include a community room, kitchen, gymnasium, playground, basketball courts, and volleyball court. - 3700 Allen Avenue, Micco
Ted Whitlock Community Center
Facilities include gymnasium, banquet kitchen, and a large meeting room with divider, three small meeting rooms, and two sets of restrooms (one with showers). Built to withstand 170 mph winds and it may also be used as a pet-friendly emergency shelter. - 1951 Malabar Road, NW Palm Bay
Viera Regional Park Community Center
Facilities include gymnasium, banquet kitchen, and a large meeting room with divider, four small meeting rooms, and two sets of restrooms (one with showers). Built to withstand 170 mph winds and it may also be used as a pet-friendly emergency shelter. - 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera
Brevard County takes great pride in the level of public and private education at all levels of secondary school and the collegiate level within its county borders. 76 out of 89 public elementary, middle, and high schools that were graded by the Florida Dept. of Education received the highest grade, and A, on the A, B, C, D and F scale and 97% of these schools graded received a grade of B or better. Brevard ranks as one of the highest-graded counties in the state of Florida in terms of public secondary school education. Brevard is also home to some of the finest private secondary schools like Holy Trinity, Melbourne Central Catholic High, and a co-ed boarding school, Florida Air Academy.
Brevard is also home to Eastern Florida State College which features four area campuses in the cities of Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Titusville. If it’s a private college experience you’d like, Brevard also has a wonderful private college called Florida Institute of Technology.
• Eastern Florida State College
Eastern Florida State College (formerly Brevard Community College) is a state college in the Florida College System on Florida's Space Coast, in Brevard County, Florida. It has four campuses in Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Titusville, as well as an Aerospace program at Kennedy Space Center and a Virtual Campus. The college offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs, including career and technical programs. Four-year degrees are offered in health care management and general business management. EFSC features a 2+2 program in collaboration with the University of Central Florida for EFSC students to seamlessly transfer from EFSC after earning their associate's Degree into UCF’s Baccalaureate to earn a bachelor’s degree. In 2010 the college had 25,000 students enrolled in courses. It is ranked 19th among more than 1,200 community colleges in the nation in awarding Associate Degrees.
• Florida Institute of Technology
This private technical college is one of the best in the state and was founded in Melbourne in 1958. It began as Brevard Engineering College and was initially founded to offer continuing education opportunities for technicians, engineers, and scientists who were working for NASA at Kennedy Space Center. Just a few years later, the school would become accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges and would officially change its name to Florida Institute of Technology. It has an enrollment of just under 16,000 students and offers varying degrees in engineering, science, aeronautics, psychology, liberal arts, and business.
Brevard is unique because many different types of land and homes can be found within its boundaries for a variety of costs. No matter what your budget is, or your lifestyle preference, the perfect home can be found in this extraordinary county! A home in Brevard County can run as much as $500,000 or more but homeownership in the area can also be as little as $75,000. In northern Brevard, a 1,500 sq. ft. three bedrooms, two bathrooms existing home can be found for a price in the mid $80’s while in central Brevard, a similar home would cost about ten thousand more. Even very nice and upscale housing on the waterfront can be very affordable running buyers an average price just over $110,000. In a 2008 study, an independently contracted consulting firm determined that 19.3% of homes in Brevard were undervalued in the local market at an average cost of $129,400. Seventy-two miles of oceanfront and many more miles of riverfront property make the county a great home for a person or family that enjoys spending time on the water or loves the waterfront views
An important benefit and reason why Brevard homebuyers enjoy becoming property owners in Brevard County are, for one, there’s no state tax in Florida to pay, so if a buyer is moving here from a state with an applicable state tax, they won’t have to pay it in Brevard. Homeowners also enjoy the ability to file a Homestead Exemption of their household as a permanent residence. With an exemption, it can reduce the taxable value of the homeowner’s property by $50,000 saving Brevard homeowners lots of tax dollars implemented by all homestead taxing authorities.
USSSA Space Coast Complex is located in Viera, FL, and home to the world’s largest multi-sport athletic organization. The complex has 15 AstroTurf fields including five NCAA Softball approved fields, five NCAA Baseball approved fields, and three fields equipped with video scoreboards. USSSA Space Coast Complex is located in Brevard County with over 72 miles of coastline and beaches and only 45 minutes from the Orlando Airport.
Florida Tech now has a football team, check back for tickets in the fall! Tickets for all regular-season home baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball games are available one hour prior to game time.
• Fun Town -1976 Wickham Road Melbourne 321-253-4777
Fun Town is Brevard’s largest indoor family fun center with activities for families of all ages. It provides safe, fun and affordable entertainment with a focus on a roller skating and laser tag. All features include roller skating, laser tag, tot play area, indoor toddler playground, birthday parties, arcade and prizes, mini bowling, bounce houses, and tropical café.
• Andretti Thrill Park - 3960 S Babcock Street Melbourne, 321-956-6706
Andretti Thrill Park is a combination of family entertainment amusement park and kids arcade with a featured laser tag maze. On the outside, there is mini-golf (18-hole), go-kart racing (5 go-kart tracks), batting cages, train rides, kiddie rides, playground, wave rave paddleboats, and rock climbing wall. Inside is a large arcade, mini bowling, laser tag, and a ropes course.
• Galaxy Skateway Roller Skating - 1488 Aurora Road Melbourne 321-242-0789
Galaxy Skateway is an indoor skating arena. Galaxy Skateway provided beginner through advanced roller skating lessons, has an arcade, food, and refreshments.
• Brunswick Bowling - 1099 North Wickham Road Melbourne 321-242-BOWL (2695)
Brunswick has bowling, billiards, a video game arcade, food, and beverages.
• Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park - 6729 Colonnade Ave Suite 130, Melbourne, FL 32940
• Golf N Gator - 6355 North Atlantic Avenue Cape Canaveral 321-799-4545
An 18- hole miniature golf course accompanied by a family of Alligators! After your putt adventure, take time to feed the Alligators and turtles and even take a picture holding an Alligator!
Brevard County’s economy is one driven most by trade, transportation, and utilities with professional business services and total government a close 2nd and a 3rd in creating revenue. In 2005, Brevard was rated by Inc. Magazine as the best place to do business in Florida and sixth-best in the country. Brevard still maintains that standard of doing business every year.
Port Canaveral is the world’s busiest port and hosts seven major cruise lines and contains 7 terminals. This port will handle as many as 4 million tons of cargo per year and boosted Brevard’s economy by a half-billion dollars annually since its construction.
Much of the development of the Space Coast’s economy has come from its namesake for being the home of space exploration. NASA and Kennedy Space Center bring hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy from government grants and paid visitors to the space museum.
Tourism is the dominant industry in Brevard County bringing in $2.9 billion in tourist dollars annually. It ranks with the best counties in the state in tourism dollars. A county staff called the Brevard County Tourist Development Council makes suggestions to the county council on what certain tax dollars should be spent on including a tourist tax. This tax is appropriated for the use of improving county municipalities like the beaches, tourist information centers, the Brevard Zoo, or Space Coast Stadium.
The Palm Bay-Melbourne area ranked eighth in May of 2009 for tech centers in the U.S. by Bizjournal and in 2006 Forbes Magazine put local employer Harris Corporation, which is headquartered in Brevard, on its Platinum 400 list. A specialized group called the Technological Research and Development Authority, based in Brevard creates technologies that schools and small businesses use all through the state of Florida. They acquire this information through strategic partnerships with the federal government, NASA, and the aerospace industry and state partners.
Brevard is also home to the state’s largest credit union, Space Coast Credit Union, which has assets totaling more than $1.4 billion. Even in a down economy, Brevard is one of the top counties in job and business growth in the state and even ranked near the top of the nation in 2005. Because if it’s major tech industry, the county has taken less sever hits in financial growth than other areas that rely on industries that are greatly affected by an economic downturn.
Despite recent national economic troubles, the county of Brevard remains a strong component of fiscal growth and will remain so because of its strong ties to companies involved in technological advances and it’s governmentally contracted private companies that develop laser optics and future weapons for the U.S. military. The Space Coast has, and always will have, a strong economic foundation between having these aforementioned tech companies, a great share of the citrus market, sound tourism dollars that keep a steady flow in the area. Also, having natural resources at its disposal like the hundreds of millions of dollars generated by the industries of the ocean and local rivers, such as fishing and recreational water activities like the cruise liners at Port Canaveral, keep a healthy economy going strong.
Brevard is also an area that enjoys growing business in part to a lower sales tax than most areas in the country. Operating with just a 6% sales tax, it’s great for local businesses because it stimulates higher volume purchasing, but also encourages businesses to want to do business with Brevard County retailers. The low sale tax also brings businesses to the Space Coast to operate and stimulate the local economy.
A majority of the county’s jobs are held with government entities, for example, the School Board of Brevard County is one of the county’s greatest employers, but other private corporations dominate the top ten. Health care is also a major factor in labor as two of Brevard’s top ten are medically associated businesses.
Brevard County Top Employers:
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Located in Space Coast County is the Melbourne International Airport. It hosts over 500,000 passengers each year and its facility is built to travel over 2 million. It’s a semi-sized airport that has eight terminals, and seven airliners including Delta. It has a host of amenities like restaurants, snack bars, gift shops, free-wireless internet, all major on-site rental car agencies, and visitor information centers. The airport is always staffed with 12 law enforcement officers for extra security so passengers can go safely on to their national or international destinations. Intermodal facilities include a Greyhound Bus Station Terminal, Space Coast Area Transit bus service, Tax-Limo shuttle vans, and Charter Buses for large groups.
Travel is always easy in the Space Coast County, even by car. Major Interstate Highway 95 runs straight through the county for easy travel up or down to the next city, as far south as Miami, or as for north as Bangor, Maine. Many other major state roads make cross state travel easy as well. Popular State Road 50 runs directly from Titusville through the heart of Orlando. Many other smaller state and county roads bring all of Brevard’s cities closer together and make traveling form one to another a breeze.
Cities of Brevard
• Palm Bay (Pop: 104,000)
Just south of Melbourne, Palm Bay is Brevard County’s most populated city. Extending form the Indian River to West of Interstate 95, this city spans 65 square miles of land. It’s the sixth largest city in the state of Florida. Its home to one of Brevard’s largest employers, Harris Corporation, a technology related company.
• Melbourne (Pop: 77,000)
Approximately 38 square miles in size, this city is home to Brevard County’s only international airport; Melbourne International Airport, which features three airlines including Delta and services over half a million travelers each year.
• Merritt Island (Pop: 34,000)
This historic island city’s original economy was based on cattle, fruit, and sugar cane and has developed into one of Brevard’s wealthiest local economies. It's home to the 140,000 acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge which borders Kennedy Space Center.
• Titusville (Pop: 43,000)
One of Brevard’s oldest cities, incorporated in 1867, it’s the home of the Annual TICO War bird Airshow. This city is very rich in history and features the championship golf course Royal Oak Resort and Golf Club. It was designed by Dick Wilson, the architect of famous courses Doral and Bay Hill.
• Suntree/ Viera (Pop: 37,000)
The two adjoining communities are the newest in Brevard County. It is the fastest growing area in Brevard. It is already well known for its recreational retreats such as golf courses and nature preserves. Its home to Space Coast Stadium which is the spring training home to the Washington Nationals and home field for the local Brevard Manatees baseball teams.
• Rockledge (Pop: 25,000)
No community in Brevard County is older than the city of Rockledge. This city is about ten square miles in size and is located just south of Cocoa. It’s primarily a residential community but does host a few light industrial businesses. Old original homes if its first settlers still stand today.
• Cocoa (Pop: 17,000)
This central community is bordered by the Indian River to the East. With an average resident age of 37, it is the youngest area in Brevard County. Places of interest in this city are the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, Eastern Florida State College’s main campus, the Cocoa Expo, a multi-sport complex, and Cocoa Village.
• West Melbourne (Pop: 19,000)
One of Brevard’s newest cities, it is where you will find the county’s largest indoor mall, the Melbourne Square Mall. It has many new homes and sub-divisions being built and planned and expects major population increases over the next decade. Home buyers have a major incentive to purchase a home and live here because the city has no property taxes. It has a local 18-hole municipal golf course, a couple of local parks, and a 52-acre wildlife preserve.
• Cocoa Beach (Pop: 11,000)
The city is located on a barrier island between the ocean and the Banana River Lagoon. The six miles of accessible beachfront are famously known in Florida. The city has ownership of and operation rights to the Cocoa Beach Country Club which features a 27-hole golf course by the river. It is also home to the famous Cocoa Beach Pier, Surfside Playhouse, and the world-famous Ron Jon Surf Shop.
• Port St. John (Pop: 12,000)
This unincorporated area is a part of the city of Cocoa but maintains its own identity. It’s known for Fay Lake Wilderness Park, 192-acre site with access to a 27-acre fishing lake. It’s a growing community that has the convenience of the city and the quiet of a rural town.
• Satellite Beach (Pop: 10,000)
A relatively new city in Brevard, this city’s development has been greatly urged by its close proximity to Patrick Air Force Base and the development of the space program. Many military families live here. It has a generally upscale residency and is home to Brevard’s most prestigious community, Tortoise Island, where many half-million to multimillion dollar homes are built.
• Micco (Pop: 9,000)
The city was tailor made for the fishing enthusiast. Located near the southern most boundary of Brevard County, it hosts three marinas. It’s located on the very popular Sebastian Inlet where many fishermen go to find an abundance of sport fish like Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon.
• Mims (Pop: 7,000)
A small rural community, Mims is just five miles from Titusville. It is surrounded by 100,000 acres of citrus groves which help the local job market as many residents of this community work in the local citrus packing plants and some at the industrial steel plants. It’s a quaint community that sees little to no tourism.
• Cape Canaveral (Pop: 9,000)
This tiny city has a land area of just 1.9 miles. It’s surrounded by the ocean, Banana River and just north of Cocoa Beach. North of the Cape is Port Canaveral, the only deep water port form Ft. Lauderdale to Jacksonville. It was the busiest cruise port in the western hemisphere of the world in the year 2000 and continues to thrive with cruise liners like Disney, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean making routine visits. This little city is the closest to Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County.
• Barefoot Bay (Pop: 9,000)
Mostly consisting of retirees and senior citizens, it’s located right next to Sebastian Inlet where some of the best saltwater fishing on the Space Coast can be found.
• Indian Harbor Beach (Pop: 8,200)
This community is located between Satellite Beach and Indialantic. Its citizens enjoy one of the lowest tax rates in the county. It’s most popular attraction is a 27-acre park called W. Lansing Gleason Park.
• Scottsmoor (Pop: 4,000)
The northern-most area of the Space Coast, Scottsmoor is one of Brevard’s hidden gems. It stands as the origin of the Indian River and has little economic resources outside of the citrus industry.
• Melbourne Beach (Pop: 3,100)
This community is the oldest beach community in Brevard County and is located on the southernmost point of Brevard’s beachside. With around 3,500 residents, it has nearly reached its potential capacity which is estimated at 4,000 so little population growth happens here. Don’t be fooled by its size though, it boasts one of the highest median incomes in the county.
• Indialantic (Pop: 2,700)
Its name means “Between the Indian River and Atlantic” and is well known for lots of boating and fishing. It is also known for hosting a number of endangered species and was declared a bird sanctuary by a town council proclamation. Many tourists flock here during sea-turtle mating season to watch the young sea-turtles hatch and make their way into the ocean from the beach sand.
• Malabar (Pop: 2,700)
Close to city convenience but far enough away to be considered a truly rural area; Malabar is located in the southern portion of Brevard County. It is most widely known for its 345-acre nature preserve developed by Brevard County’s environmentally Endangered Land Program.
• Patrick Air Force Base (Pop: 1,200)
This base is home to many active military and mostly civilians that work jobs for the armed services. It houses the Eastern Space Range and the United States Air Force 45th Space Wing. Most residents live in barracks or military issued housing. The community is self-sustained with shops, schools, and entertainment.
• Palm Shores (Pop: 900)
This is a relatively undiscovered area of Brevard County located between Rockledge and Melbourne; it is fast growing as just 15 years ago it had a population of just 200. New developments are making it more desirable for living and new roads are giving its residents easy access to major roads.
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