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Guardian Angels Serve Right Here in Brevard

From time to time, Brevard County residents may see military aircraft fly over the Cocoa Beach area. Often these are 920th Rescue Wing aircraft and they have an extraordinary job to do. 

Perhaps the most unique aspect of the 920th Rescue Wing is that it is a reserve unit with a life saving mission. Reservists are held to the same standards as their active duty counterparts, but they train one weekend out of every month and for several weeks every year. The reservists at Patrick Air Force Base rigorously train for activations and deployments to conduct personnel recovery missions. 

Patrick Air Force Base stretches along a beautiful area in-between Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach. From inside the gates and the skies above, pararescuemen and

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 Pieces of World Trade Center Arrive in Brevard County

On Friday, two pieces of the World Trade Center completed long journeys to Brevard County where they will be displayed in memorials. A large beam from the World Trade Center was ceremoniously delivered to Kennedy Space Center and a smaller beam was honorably received by the Titusville Fire Department.

An article in Florida Today reported that firetrucks shot water cannons over the plane carrying the artifacts when it arrived in Miami. The larger beam was draped in the American flag and transported by truck across Brevard County to Kennedy Space Center. Firefighters stood at attention and saluted from firetrucks with American flags flying from their ladders as the procession passed.

WESH Channel Two reported that hundreds of motorcycles, law

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4 Facts About Port St. John, Florida 

Port St. John is an unincorporated residential area seated in-between Cocoa and Titusville in North Brevard. Newer houses intersperse between homes built in the 1980’s and 1990’s and grace neighborhoods that cover most of Port St. John’s 3.82 square mile area. But there is more to Port St. John than square miles or attractive homes, as the four facts below show:

1. Port St. John has staying power.

According to the US Census Bureau, over 12,000 people live in Port St. John’s growing community. Families with children comprise a significant portion of that number. In fact, 22.7 percent of Port St. John residents are under 18 years old.

The averagelength of stay for Port St. John residents is significantly higher than the state average, which is

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 Rocket Launch Set for August 31st

A rocket launch will light up the sky again at the end of this month. At 4:07 a.m. on August 31st, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with valuable military cargo. The rocket will haul the fourth in a series of Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites into space. 

Information released by Kennedy Space Center stated these next-generation Navy satellites aid U.S. ground forces in communicating while in transit. Florida Today reported that the MUOS satellites orbit over 22,000 miles above the equator to increase the capacity of military communication systems.

The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners are already preparing for the next launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The

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5 Intriguing Facts About Indialantic, Florida

Indialantic is without question a remarkably beautiful beach town. It’s also an incredibly small town. Nestled in-between Satellite Beach, Melbourne Beach, the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, Indialantic covers roughly one square mile of land and has approximately 2,700 residents. Indialantic may be a small town, but it has a big character and boasts rather intriguing aspects, five of which are listed below:  

1. More than half of Indialantic's residents have college educations.

The town of Indialantic has a significantly higher proportion of college graduates than the rest of the state. In addition to this, almost 20 percent of Indialantic residents hold graduate degrees. Nearly 20 percent of Indialantic’s residents are…
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A City on the Rise: Titusville's Economy is Rebounding 

Llana Kowarski and Wayne T. Price recently co-wrote a story in Florida Today that noted several indicators that Titusville’s economy is bouncing back from the severe economic downturn that coincided with shuttle program’s end in 2011. Those indicators are: a strengthening real estate market, strategic business development and an increased number of job opportunities.

Home prices are rising while unemployment numbers are dropping. Businesses are opening and construction projects are underway that promise upticks in local commerce. Titus Landings is a prime example. The open-air mall has already secured a number of anchor stores and not a single beam has been nailed in place yet. 

Florida Today reported that unemployment in Titusville has dropped

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408 Corridor Extension to Brevard County Line Under Consideration 

The Central Florida Expressway Authority has proposed a project that would elongate S.R. 408. The extension would add miles of roadway between East Colonial Drive in Orlando and the Brevard County line.

According to an article by Dan Tracy in the Orlando Sentinel, this initiative is a preparative measure for increased strain on the roadway network. Population and employment growth projections have raised concerns about traffic congestion in both Orange and Brevard counties in the future. 

Extending S.R. 408 by 20 miles to connect with S.R. 520 will relieve congestion where the roadway currently ends near East Colonial Drive in Orlando. The Orlando Sentinel reported that it would also eliminate potential traffic concerns in areas currently under

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Agent Spotlight: Tropical Realty of Suntree Welcomes New Team Member, Kristi Bowles

Agent spotlights feature up-and-coming and established members of Tropical Realty’s remarkable team of real estate professionals. Each post takes a few moments to get to know a little more about one of the many phenomenal agents that serve all of Brevard County from Tropical Realty’s four office locations.   Tropical Realty of Suntree is proud to welcome Kristi Bowles to the team. Kristi is one of the newest agents serving current and soon to be residents of Brevard County. She is looking forward to helping residents of Suntree, Viera and across the Space Coast with their real estate selling and purchasing processes. Kristi recently took some time to answer a series of introductory questions. Her answers shed light on her interests and help us…
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Melbourne and Titusville Ranked Best Places to Live

Two Brevard County cities made Niche’s 2015 list of best towns in Florida. Both Melbourne and Titusville broke the top 20, with the former coming in at 12th place and the latter placing right behind it at 13th.

Niche ranks towns and cities based on the following criteria:

  • Weather
  • Safety
  • Schools
  • Activities
  • Jobs
  • Housing

Melbourne

Niche assigns grades to cities and towns and uses them to determine list ranking. Melbourne earned high marks in several areas, including weather, education, housing and activities. In addition to those “A” grades, the southern Brevard city also ranked high in the “easiest commute” and “health and fitness” categories. Melbourne received an overall grade of “B.” 

Melbourne covers 40 square

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5 Facts About Mims, Florida

Tucked away at the northern end of Brevard County, the town of Mims is unfamiliar to many, but that doesn’t diminish its charm. Mims boasts an iconic small town feel bolstered by a healthy measure of tried and true Americana. Such places are a rare find these days.

In Mims, sprawling properties intersperse with orange groves, family farms and fields dotted with horses, cows, chickens and goats. Scenic views of Florida’s handsome landscape pervade the town and create an incredibly serene ambience that is hard to find and tough to replicate.

Mims, Florida is more than a tiny dot on a map. The town has a number of endearing qualities and a lot to offer folks who are eager to get away from the hustle and bustle of major metropolitan areas. A few

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