Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Living in Brevard County in Florida

We live in Cocoa area and after a year of living here, we wouldn't trade for anywhere else. Cocoa is in Brevard County located along the coast of the Atlantic. Brevard County has a total population of 543,376 based on 2010 census. It is the 9th most populous county in the US and the home of John F. Kennedy Space Center. Did you know that our area code is 321 as in 3-2-1 and ... lift off (wink). Speaking of lift-off, the Atlas V MUOS 2 is scheduled to launch on July 19 at 8:51 AM.
We the residents here in Brevard get to enjoy and experience the powerful sights and sounds of the thunderous roaring engines of an Atlas V rocket as it thrusts into the sky. This time though, it will not be coming from the launch pad of NASA's Kennedy Space Center but, from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station which is also located right here in Brevard County.
Brevard County has preserve wetlands dedicated to conservation and wildlife protection in fact; there are 250 square miles of federally protected wildlife refuges here such as: 

1. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
2. Canaveral National Seashore
3. St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge
4. Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge and more.

Moreover, Brevard County is a home to 4,000 species of animals such as alligators, manatees, white tailed deer, raccoons, and the cute ones bottle nose dolphins and many many more. With Flora, Brevard County has many live oak trees and cabbage tree which is the state tree of Florida. Close your eyes and think of sunny Florida, the tree that you imagine is cabbage tree. You watch CSI Miami right?

Historic Landmark in Brevard includes:
1. Fort Ann U.S. Army Post - The access is restricted though. This is a Federal property protected as part of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on the Kennedy Space Center.
2. Dummett Grove in Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge 
3. Titusville Commercial District 
4. Brevard County Courthouse
5. Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
6. Launch Complex 39
7. Rockledge Drive Historic District
8. Community Chapel of Melbourne Beach
9. Old Town Hall History Center, Melbourne Beach 
10. Juan Ponce de León Landing ... and more.

I hope I can visit some of the landmarks here in Brevard and if that happens, I will surely share some photos here. That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

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