There is no doubt the Space Coast is famous. People around the world know the region for the Kennedy Space Center, home to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) primary launch center for manned space flight. Plus, Port Canaveral boast the second busiest cruise ship port in the world. On top of that, nearly everyone has heard of Cocoa Beach it’s famous Ron Jon Surf Shop. And while you may know all that, let’s discover the little-known facts about the Space Coast.
- There are NO sinkholes on the Space Coast. At least none to date. Unlike other parts of Florida where massive sinkholes appear suddenly, Brevard County has never had one. According to the Florida Geological Survey, the region’s geological makeup simply won’t allow it.
- Brevard County has never had a direct hurricane landfall. None, at least, since 1851 when records of such occurrences began being kept.
- While you already know rockets launch regularly from the Space Coast, did you know The Naval Ordinance Test Unit in Brevard County tests missile just off the coast? Missiles like the SSBN Trident II D5 missile system, for example, one of the world’s most powerful.
- The region is home to Patrick Air Force Base (PAFB) which actually serves more retirees, numbering 43,000 plus, than active duty service members, which number around 4,000. Even so, PAFB’s total personnel count is 15,500 but that includes military personnel, civilians, contractors, and dependents.
- While acting as the second business cruise ship port in the world, Port Canaveral also ships tons of cargo annually, six million plus tons. Among the cargo, you’ll find Morton Salt (sea salt, water softener, pool salt, agricultural salt) who partners with the port and has since 1990. The salt, ships into the port from the Bahamas, and then heads to Morton Salt for manufacturing.
- The region is also home to an amazing historical archeological discovery. It happened in 1982, when an unsuspecting backhoe operator was prepping what would become a pond in the Windover Farms subdivision. He unearthed human remains which would be dated between 7,000 and 8,000 years old, considerably older than the remains found in the Great Pyramids of Egypt. Excavation continued at the Windover Dig following the initial discovery and the remains of nearly 200 were discovered in the underwater cemetery, very well preserved within.
- Dicerandra thinicola, also known as Titusville mint or Titusville balm, is an endanger mint species which only grows on the Space Coast in 50-kilometer range in Titusville. Dicerandra thinicola which has a strong mint scent, and potential medical uses, is protected by the city as a rare, endangered species.
- Kate Upton, although she was born in Michigan, calls Melbourne home. This Brevard hometown girl is married to Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros. Upton, most well-known for her work as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model is also a 2016 inductee into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.
- World-famous rock star and lead singer for the Doors and native of Melbourne, Jim Morrison’s childhood home is in Melbourne. The small cottage currently has residents and is valued at around $200K.
- One of the Space Coast’s most beloved features are its pristine beaches. With more than 72 miles of sandy beaches, they make up the longest stretch of beaches in Florida. Plus, the unique break and steady waves have made the region well-known as the East Coast Surfing Capital of the United States.
There is so much to love about the Space Coast, isn’t it time you called the picturesque region home? When you are ready to make your move to the Space Coast permanently, the Coastal Home Team is ready help!