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 employed in professional, scientific and technical services. Another 11 percent of the town’s residents work in the engineering and architectural professions.
2. One of nature’s most wondrous journeys ends in Indialantic every year.
Each year, between May and October, mother sea turtles swim to Indialantic’s shores, build nests and lay eggs. It takes approximately two months for the eggs to hatch, after which baby sea turtles fixate on horizon lights and crawl toward the sea. Researches don’t know why, but loggerhead sea turtles virtually ignore similar beaches along the Eastern Seaboard to build nests along the East Coast of Florida. Mother sea turtles often build their nests within a hundred yards or so of their former nesting grounds, further baffling researchers.
3. Indialantic is a both a beachside town and a bird sanctuary.
The town of Indialantic has been a designated bird sanctuary since 1975.
4. The police department usually responds to calls in less than two minutes.
Indialantic’s website states that the town has 11 sworn officers in its department, including the chief of police. Most of the police officers on Indialantic’s force have served the town for over 15 years. The officers respond to approximately 4,000 calls each year, often within two minutes.
5. One of the town’s founders was a famous Broadway actress and singer.
Mary Leubuscher Hayward met her husband, Walter, while performing in a Broadway show. The couple moved to Indialantic in the 1940’s and made significant contributions that led to the town becoming the lovely place that it is today. Indialantic’s website shares the couple’s remarkable story in great detail. The Hayward’s left their fingerprints on numerous efforts to get early Indialantic into proper order. They were involved with the Indialantic Civic Association, which was instrumental in the town’s incorporation. Walter sat on the city council and also served as mayor. Mary served on town boards, presided over Melbourne High School’s PTA, founded and presided over the Brevard League of Women Voters, helped to organize the Surfside players and form BACAM, which is now known as the Brevard Museum of Art and Science.
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