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Welcome to Indian River County

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Living in Indian River County

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About the Chamber of Commerce

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Message from the President

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Chamber Staff

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2010 Board of Directors

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Divisions & Committees

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Business & Economy

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Visitor & New Member Information

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Things to Do & See

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What Newcomers Need to Know

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Membership Directory Alphabetical Directory . . . . . .65 Categorical Directory . . . . . .95 Who’s Who Directory . . . . .124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . .137


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Indian River Chamber of Commerce 1216 21st Street., P.O. Box 2947 Vero Beach, FL 32961 Telephone: (772) 567-3491 Fax: (772) 778-3181 www.indianriverchamber.com

Indian River County 2010 Membership Directory & Quality of Life Guide is designed and produced by Idea Garden Advertising and Production House for the Indian River Chamber of Commerce. All information in this guide is believed to be correct at time of production. The publisher assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. Parts of this publication contain reprinted information obtained with permission from: The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, Popular statistics, Bureau of Business Research, Florida Statistical Abstract, University of Florida and Indian River County Planning division. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher and the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce. Address all correspondence to: Idea Garden Advertising, 865 16th Place, Vero Beach Fl 32960.

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Welcome To

Indian River County

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Ringed by citrus groves, cattle ranches and the Atlantic Ocean, Indian River County has a friendly, unpretentious atmosphere. Centrally located 70 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center and 135 miles north of Miami, our 543 square miles contain beautiful beaches, groves of renowned Indian River oranges and grapefruit, immaculate oceanfront estates and riverfront communities. This unique setting, combined with a burgeoning retail and tourist industry, plus a dynamic business community, continues to attract national and international attention.

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early 140,000 people reside in Indian River County, enjoying a climate moderated by the warm tropical waters of the Gulf Stream. Balmy winters combine with the summer’s fresh ocean breezes to keep the average temperature a delicious 74 degrees, allowing residents to swim, golf and play tennis all year long. In addition, the 26 miles of unspoiled beaches, the serene waterscapes of the Sebastian and Indian Rivers, and miles of pristine woodlands and fields provide an endless array of recreational adventures. Free from urban sprawl and congestion, Indian River County offers the ideal setting for living life to its fullest. Historically, agriculture and tourism have been the county’s largest industries. These are complimented by an increasing number of firms in the health care and information technology industries along with a steady stream of light manufacturing and service sector jobs. Relatively low labor costs and inexpensive building sites, plus the absence of state income tax, continue to attract industry. A motivated workforce of semi-skilled and trained technical workers points to a community that is productive and business-friendly. Quality education is an essential factor in measuring a community’s commitment, not only to its young people, but to its own future. The Indian River County public school system gets high marks for utilizing innovative curriculums along with traditional teaching methods and exciting multimedia capabilities to challenge and stimulate students’ imaginations. Higher education is well-served by Indian River State College, where students may choose from over 100 two-year and several four-year degree programs. In addition, the college provides vocational and technical training for some of the fastest growing occupations in Florida. The Mueller Center campus in Vero Beach offers a full schedule of on-site classes, as well as on-line programs for in-home study and a dual enrollment program for high school students. The college’s high-tech business and conference center, the Richardson Center on the Mueller campus, provides state-ofthe-art visual and audio technology for use by local businesses. The Kight Center for Emerging Technology at the Indian River State College main campus in Ft. Pierce offers hands-on training for area manufacturers with a focus on high technology.

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WELCOME TO INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

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ndian River County was established in 1925 and today is comprised of five incorporated municipalities, all governed by a Commission of five elected members representing each of the county’s five districts. Vero Beach is the county seat with a population estimated at 18,160 people and a council-manager form of government. Incorporated in 1910, Vero Beach was a rail stop along the Florida East Coast Railroad. Since those early days, the city has become the center for Indian River County’s flourishing economic and cultural growth. Picturesque residential communities, planned open space for community outings, along with unspoiled beaches and breathtaking landscapes, have contributed to the popularity of Vero Beach as a destination. Sebastian, north of Vero Beach, is the largest municipality with a population of approximately 22,924. Residents here enjoy a warm, friendly hometown atmosphere. Starting off as a fishing village, Sebastian is now focused on a growing tourist industry where visitors and residents can enjoy boating, swimming, fishing, surfing and many other water-oriented activities. Sebastian is run by a council-manager form of government.

The Driftwood Resort is filled with history and charm.

Fellsmere, the most rural incorporated town in Indian River County, is located in the northwestern part of the county with a population of 5,108. Sugar had been the primary industry for this agricultural community, but in recent years the emphasis has shifted to citrus and cattle. Fellsmere is proud to be host of the famous Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival, held the third week in January. Fellsmere Day, is held the first Saturday in April with a parade, a bed race and a variety of family-orientated activities. Indian River Shores and Orchid are residential communities, both incorporated and both with a council-manager form of government. Indian River Shores is home to approximately 3,829 year-round residents, with that figure doubling during the winter months. Orchid is a golf and beach community, newly developed on the barrier island north of Vero Beach. Just over 300 residents enjoy pristine beaches, spectacular ocean vistas and golf courses around the luxury home sites. The lure of pedestrian-friendly communities is quickly being rediscovered in Indian River County. In the established areas of Vero Beach, an active Main Street Vero Beach Association is successfully working to restore and revitalize the historic downtown business section. On the barrier island, the Oceanside Business Association promotes the popular beachside businesses, and both of these commercial zones are within easy walking distance of attractive residential areas. Royal Palm Pointe is a destination area for shopping, dining, business services and condominium living. In Sebastian, the riverfront has become a prime destination for strolling, shopping and dining. 

In the garden at the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

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LIVING IN INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

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any new and existing single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums are available. For those seeking the finest in luxury, there are spacious villas, homes and palatial estates, some reaching well into the multi-million-dollar range. Many communities look out over golf course fairways, expansive woodlands and meadows, or have breathtaking ocean or river views. Long-standing city residences offer a relaxed hometown atmosphere perfect for those tropical evening strolls. Typically, one can expect a 20-minute commute or less to work and shopping; recreational activities are only minutes away. Public services, including professional fire, police and emergency medical teams, are strategically located throughout Indian River County to provide a rapid response system should you need them. Two full-service hospitals serve the area, providing personalized, state-of-the-art medical care. Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach has partnered with Duke University Health System to provide cardiac surgery for area residents. For those residing to the north, Sebastian River Medical Center serves Indian River and Brevard counties. Both facilities have 24-hour emergency room service, special care centers and the very latest in diagnostic equipment. Indian River Medical Center has 234 physicians on staff, while Sebastian River Medical Center has a staff of 103 physicians. Holmes Regional Trauma Center in Melbourne provides trauma care for Indian River County residents through a partnership with the University of Florida. Community outreach is a major component for most medical facilities, offering various workshops, physician referral services, medical hotlines, and innovative care programs for stay-at-home and elderly patients. Also, the county is home to numerous other topquality medical support services from physical therapy to advanced vision care.

Kayaking on the lagoon and river-ways is a great way to see our environment up close.

The county library system is the envy of many larger regions. The system provides not only extensive volumes for research and enjoyment, but also incorporates the latest in multimedia equipment, computer stations and electronic data retrieval. The staff of city and county public agencies stand ready to offer friendly support and assistance to help with regulation and service issues. Swimming, surfing, boating, deep sea fishing, scuba diving and sky diving are just a few of the wide range of exciting recreational opportunities awaiting you in Indian River County. There are 17 challenging golf courses, four open to the public, for every level of play and convenient to every community. In addition, there are tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, riverside camping and seaside picnic facilities available for year-round enjoyment. The Environmental Learning Center sets the tone for Indian River County’s care and concern for the environment with hands-on experiences and fascinating natural hammocks and displays. In addition, there are live theater performances at the Riverside Theatre, Riverside Children’s Theatre, and the Vero Beach Theatre Guild. Enjoy engaging walking tours of McKee Botanical Garden and the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. National and international exhibitions at the Vero Beach Museum of Art will pique your imagination. The Indian River Citrus Museum, in the Heritage Center, tells the story and preserves the artifacts, photographs and memorabilia of area citrus pioneers. Visit the Indian River Historical Society in Vero Beach, near the Chamber of Commerce building, and learn about the many historical sites throughout the county that can make for a very rewarding outing. At the end of the day, there are countless restaurants from which to choose that suit any taste, and for the young-at-heart there are entertaining night spots to cap off the evening. Yes, Indian River County is truly the priceless gem of the Treasure Coast, and we offer a warm welcome to each of you. 

Riverside Theatre lights up at night with great entertainment and fun for all ages.

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ABOUT THE CHAMBER

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n the evening of March 10, 1922, a group of individuals met in the city council chambers to establish the Chamber of Commerce. According to newspaper stories written for the Vero Press, in September of that same year 30 Chamber members gathered for dinner to mark the first six-month anniversary of the Chamber. Following dinner and cigars, the group began their plans for the first publicity piece to promote the area. Today, our Chamber has grown to represent nearly 1,000 businesses and thousands of employees. We provide our membership and the community with valuable and timely information and services to keep our county competitive into the next century.

Closing in on our goal of $1.5 million - Karen Deigl and Hay Hart, co-chairs of the Chamber’s capital campaign.

The Chamber’s success symbolizes what volunteer efforts can do to make a difference and enhance a community. It is a credit to the many dedicated Chamber volunteers who help implement our programs through their work on our committees and task forces. Our thanks to all those businesses that make up the Chamber membership. It could not be done without you!

Campaign contributors Dan Kross, Robert Paugh, Jennifer and Charles Croom attend one of several Chamber opening Functions.

HOW TO REACH US: By mail or location: Indian River County Chamber of Commerce PO Box 2947, Vero Beach, FL 32961 1216 21st Street, Vero Beach, FL 32961 By telephone: 772-567-3491; By fax: 772-778-3181 By email: chamber@indianriverchamber.com Our website: www.indianriverchamber.com

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Alma Lee Loy cuts the ribbon to the new Chamber office facility.

VISION To enhance and preserve the economic well-being and quality of life of all citizens in Indian River County through the execution of our mission. MISSION STATEMENT The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce is a county business organization working to represent its membership and to provide leadership for positive economic growth and change.


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FROM THE PRESIDENT

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or 88 years, our Chamber has been the voice of the business community, growing from thirty business leaders to an organization representing 1,000 business owners and their employees. Our award-winning organization is built upon the strengths of our professional staff, volunteers, and our ability to bring people and ideas to the table. The Chamber’s reputation working with other organizations and government to develop coalitions, build consensus and instill cooperation is outstanding. Recognized as one of the Best Large Chambers in Florida, our Chamber has earned Four-Star Accreditation from the United States Chamber for our performance and quality standards.

The focus of our Chamber is creating a strong local economy, promoting quality of life for our community, providing opportunities for our members and representing business through action. The business community is an integral part of what the residential community considers their quality of life. Our new Chamber facility creates a welcoming gateway to commerce, and provides the atmosphere and programs to assist our business community to create and maintain a healthy economy. For many executives the Chamber office is the first impression they have of our community. Indian River County is what it is today because of the vision of those community leaders who have come before us. As today’s leaders, we feel it is incumbent upon us to continue the legacy of progress with which we have been endowed. We are proud to present our 2010 Chamber Member Directory and Quality of Life Guide. Let us know how we may be of service to you in the coming year.

Penny Chandler President Indian River County Chamber of Commerce

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THE CHAMBER STAFF

STAFF MISSION STATEMENT Together, our Chamber of Commerce staff enthusiastically strives to make a difference in the business community. We accomplish this through awareness of member and community needs, effective business solutions, positive attitude and leadership.

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Penny Chandler

Helene Caseltine

President 772-567-3491 ext. 120 director@indianriverchamber.com

Economic Development Director 772-567-3491 ext. 121 directored@indianriverchamber.com

Susan Hunt

Beverly Keehner

Amanda Lipscombe

Tourism Director 772-567-3491 ext. 118 tourism@indianriverchamber.com

Events & Leadership Development 772-567-3491 ext. 116 events@indianriverchamber.com

Membership Director 772-567-3491 ext. 127 membership@indianriverchamber.com

Danielle Reuter

Rose Sweat

Emma White

Information/Front Desk/Reservations 772-567-3491 ext. 110 or 0 chamber@indianriverchamber.com

Comptroller 772-567-3491 ext. 122 accounting@indianriverchamber.com

Capital Campaign 772-567-3491 ext. 124 campaign@indianriverchamber.com

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2010 Board of Directors

CHAIRMAN Linda Schlitt Gonzalez Coldwell Banker-Ed Schlitt Realtors

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VICE CHAIRMAN Toby Hill The Hill Group

TREASURER Andrew Lawrence Marine Bank & Trust Company

GENERAL COUNSEL Kathryn Block Faires Samuel A. Block, PA

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN C. William Curtis, Jr. Consultant, Seacoast National Bank

Anthony Donadio Donadio & Associates

Jay Hart Alex McWilliam, Inc. Realtors

Cathy McKenzie AT&T Florida

Chuck Mechling Pointe West

William Penney Marine Bank & Trust Company

Peter Robinson Laurel Agency

Dr. David Sullivan Indian River State College

Jeff Thompson Vero Millwork, Inc.

Jay Campana Vero Beach Chrysler-SAAB-RV

Jim Davis Treasure and Space Coast Radio

Karen Deigl Senior Resource Association

Barbara Horne Indian River Medical Center

Andrew Kennedy P & S Properties of Indian River, Inc.

Sheryl Koenes Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Chad Morrison Florida Floor Fashions

Maureen Nicolace Nicolace Marketing

Jeff Schlitt Schlitt Services

Mark Schumann Vero Beach 32963 Media, LLC

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Keith Pelan Kimley-Horn & Associates

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DIVISIONS & COMMITTEES TASK FORCES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIVISION As the designated county agency for county-wide economic development efforts, the Chamber provides leadership and resources to encourage a healthy local economy through the attraction and retention of industry. The Division works in cooperation with the county’s government leadership and the Commission-appointed Economic Development Council. Primary funding is generated through our Private Industry Partner investors, county general funds, private sector contracts and in-kind services. Semi-annual Economic Development Tours are scheduled for local residents. The Industry Appreciation Task Force applauds our local industries and employers and recognizes renovations, new construction and architectural accomplishments every year. The Indian River County/City of Vero Beach Enterprise Zone program is administered by the Chamber’s Economic Development Division. The program offers certain tax credits, tax refunds and other incentives to businesses operating in the zone. TOURISM PROMOTION & MARKETING Also a designated county agency, the Chamber’s Tourism Division is the county’s national and international visitor promotion and marketing arm. With a focus on off-season visitors and stay-cations, the primary concentration is the attraction of quality, overnight visitors and special segment markets like destination weddings and small meetings. Our market includes the southeast, north and mid-west United

The 2009 tourism luncheon in the Crystal Room at Coste d´Este Beach Resort.

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Dick Canter and Bob Canter are regulars at Business After Hours.

States, Canada and some South American countries. This Chamber function is funded by the county bed tax as well as inkind contributions from the Chamber and visitor industry businesses. GOVERNMENTAL ISSUES COMMITTEE Through a representative group of Chamber members, this Division monitors local, state and federal legislation. They study, recommend and communicate Chamber positions on pending legislation affecting the business community to appropriate government officials and propose legislation when/if needed. The Division hosts public candidate forums to educate the voter. The group also hosts legislative luncheons open to members and the public and meets with local elected officials throughout the year to discuss specific items. BUSINESS AND EDUCATION DIVISION The Business & Education Division partners Chamber members and educators in pursuit of educational and career opportunities throughout Indian River County. They provide input to help schools graduate work-ready employees. They develop, promote and provide programs to enhance relationships and partnerships between the business and education communities, and communicate educational needs for the present and future workforce. On behalf of the education community, the Chamber surveys businesses, recruits mentors, program leaders and others as needed. Partnerships exist with Imagine Schools and the Education Foundation of Indian River County. The Mystery Reader program is offered in many area 2nd grade classrooms promoting awareness of the importance of reading and writing to get and keep a good job when you grow up.


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Commissioner Peter O’Bryan speaks to over 100 county “influences” at 2009 Community Leaders Summit meeting.

AMBASSADOR DIVISION The "Ambassadors" are a group of active Chamber members who serve as the liaison between the Chamber board and staff and the membership at large. They serve as welcome agents for new members at Chamber functions and make contact with members throughout the year about upcoming events and activities. They participate in membership retention and the development of new memberships. Ambassadors also serve as official emcees at such Chamber networking events as Good Morning Treasure Coast Breakfast, Business After Hours and Ribbon Cuttings. CHAMBER SPECIAL EVENTS Chamber special events help insure a stream of non-dues revenues. Events such as Good Morning Treasure Coast Breakfast, New Member Reception, Business After Hours offer great opportunities for networking and meeting new customers. Seminars, guest speaker events, and legislative luncheons are also offered on a regular basis.

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LEADERSHIP INDIAN RIVER COUNTY Leadership Indian River County is a community leadership program offered through the Chamber’s Leadership Foundation. The 7-session training program brings together a cross-section of the community, representing our social, economic and geographic diverse population for a hands-on, multi-disciplinary study of our community. Participants gain an introduction to the infrastructure, natural resources and current political issues of Indian River County and an understanding of what constitutes leadership. The program is based on a model that incorporates nourishing and developing community leaders: building community knowledge, developing leadership skills, and gaining an understanding of community stewardship. The program prepares participants for active involvement in public and private sectors and civic responsibility creating a better informed and vigorous leadership with a greater understanding of county needs- now and in the future. The program is tuition based and self-funded. LATIN BUSINESS COUNCIL The Latin Business Council of the Chamber provides leadership and guidance to help Latin businesses. Networking opportunities between Latin businesses improve productivity and recognize the achievements of Latin individuals and companies that have a positive influence on our community. In

Young Professional Network attendees Paul Tripoldi, Heather Grall and Richard Giessert.

a pilot program with Dodgertown Elementary School, Council members assist Latin speaking students, their parents and school administration.

BENEFITS & BUSINESS TOOLS NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES The Chamber sponsors dozens of events to help members get to know and do business with one another. Networking with other members is an effective way of generating new clients and business leads. Monthly networking events open to the entire membership are Business After Hours and the Good Morning Treasure Coast Breakfast. YOUNG PROFESSIONAL NETWORK The Chamber’s Young Professionals Network provide professionals in their 20's and 30's with the opportunity for monthly networking with one another on a regular basis while receiving valuable information that will help them advance in their careers. Mix and Mingle events and community service rounds out the regular YPN activities. The Chamber understands the importance of educating young professionals and providing them an opportunity to establish and build relationships with others in their community. In order for the Indian River County business community to continue to flourish it is important for groups such as this to become actively involved in their business and the community. Encouraging volunteerism, education and community involvement will help this group make their way to the top.

Commissioner Bob Solari is guest speaker at a Chamber’s Young Professionals Network luncheon.

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MEETINGS The Annual Membership Meeting brings members information about the plans and goals for the upcoming year. It provides an opportunity to introduce new Chamber leadership and recognize outstanding contributions made by Chamber members. Our General Membership Meetings may feature business speakers, educators or area legislators addressing timely business issues or areas of interest to the community. The annual Industry Appreciation Awards Luncheon is held in September and recognizes the best new commercial and residential projects, redevelopment and restoration projects, and architectural and landscaping achievements. The Manufacturer of the Year, Latin Business of the Year and Company of the Year awards are also presented at this event. EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS Designed for both large and small businesses, Chambersponsored seminars provide members with opportunities for continued education and awareness. Seminars are led by nationally recognized speakers, educators and members of the Chamber. NEW MEMBER RECEPTIONS Held three times each year, these receptions are an opportunity for new members to visit the Chamber offices, meet the staff, members of the board and Ambassadors, and get acquainted with one another.

Immediate Past Chairman of the Chamber Board Bill Curtis, Current Chairman of the Board Linda Schlitt-Gonzalez and Nancy Curtis.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE COMMUNICATIONS ACTION ALERT PROGRAM The Chamber "Action Alert" program immediately warns over 1,500 county businesses of the urgent threat from scam artists, shoplifting and stealing, use of phony credit cards and other business crimes. The effort, organized by the Indian River Chamber of Commerce, is a collaboration of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, the Police Departments of Vero Beach, Sebastian, and Fellsmere, the Public Safety Department of Indian River Shores, along with Florida State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce. The information sent by the chambers provides detailed information on the number of suspects, suspect descriptions, type of crime, vehicle descriptions and other pertinent information. Each "Action Alert" also provides phone numbers for all local law enforcement agencies and Crime Stoppers. The success of the program has been seen in the arrests made as a result of the program. MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY and QUALITY OF LIFE GUIDE The Membership Directory & Quality of Life Guide serves as an important reference tool for businesses and residents alike. The Directory is published annually and provides free listings for Chamber members. The Quality of Life Guide also provides demographic and other important information on selected area services.

Sheriff Deryl Loar and members of the Chamber’s Governmental Issues Committee.

MANUFACTURER’S DIRECTORY This Directory is a comprehensive list of all companies that qualify as a manufacturer under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). It provides address, phone number, primary product, number of employees, key contact name for each business, and when available, a website address. 2010 Membership Directory & Quality of Life Guide

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NEWSLETTERS The Chamber’s monthly newsletter, Chamber Link, carries important Chamber news, updates on Chamber positions, and a schedule of Chamber meetings and events. It is mailed to all Chamber members, key business leaders and government officials each month. It also provides an opportunity for members to advertise their products and services. Members are encouraged to submit their business news for publication in the newsletter Member News section. Members may also have an opportunity to showcase their business in the Member Profile section of the newsletter. Profiles are selected at random from attendees at Business After Hours networking functions. The Chamber’s Tourism Division also shares county visitor industry news in an emailed newsletter sent to thousands of recipients around the world. This newsletter highlights special deals and promotions from county hotels, restaurants and more to attract visitors to our county. Our Economic Development Division also provides a monthly newsletter email report on economic diversification activities. The newsletter is emailed to all Chamber members, city and municipal government leaders, and Private Industry Partner investors. WEEKLY CHAMBER UPDATE AND "BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE REPORT" The Chamber Update is published each Monday and is emailed or faxed to our members and other community leaders. The Update carries timely, "need to know" information. On the first Monday of the month all Chamber members who receive their update via email receive the Business Intelligence Report. During times of disaster, the Update is published daily and is dedicated to providing the link members need to bring them factual recovery information.

Chancellor of the State University System of Florida, Frank Brogan, with Chamber leadership Toby Hill and Linda Schlitt-Gonzalez.

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2009 Leadership Indian River County class visiting the Indian River Lagoon at Environmental Learning Center.

The Chamber also takes pride in providing members factual information about issues of concern to the business community. Those informational pieces are emailed to members as the need arises. SPECIAL EVENTS GUIDE Hosting a special event or sending out a news release can sometimes be a real challenge to the skills and organization of any size business. This special publication walks you through hosting an event, provides samples of news releases, and provides lists of those who you don’t want to forget on your invitation list. INDIAN RIVER COUNTY FLASH DRIVE An interactive flash drive provides a pictorial and narrative overview of our community, along with specific information for companies considering locating or expanding in Indian River County. Featured on the Economic Development section of our website, direct website links are provided to resource partners and governmental agencies. SPEAKER’S BUREAU Chamber representatives are available to speak to local organizations and civic groups about topics such as business and education, economic development, visitor industry promotion and the general operations of the Chamber. WWW.INDIANRIVERCHAMBER.COM The Chamber’s website is a valuable resource for members, local residents, visitors, and business relocations. From this site we provide Indian River County visitor and economic development information and demographics to people around the world. The site identifies Chamber members and provides a direct link to our members’ own home page and map to their place of business. Through the site, the Chamber receives and replies to thousands of domestic and international inquiries and requests each year. The site includes industrial land and building availability. The Chamber website also offers a community "Calendar of Events." E-mail: info@indianriverchamber.com 


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BUSINESS AND THE ECONOMY

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he county’s population, which has grown steadily to nearly 140,000, is supported by an economy based primarily on tourism, light industry, and agriculture.

Services account for the majority of Indian River County’s employment, followed by healthcare, trade and transportation, retail, government and construction. In Indian River County, the largest percentage of acres remains undeveloped or preserved. The county is the center of the world-famous Indian River Citrus District. The county appeals to CEOs for several reasons. Building sites are relatively inexpensive compared with Florida’s metropolitan and industrial centers. Site-selection executives have continually given high marks to Indian River County for its commitment to long-term planning for roads, land use and utilities. Electric, water and sewer are available at every developed commercial site and many undeveloped sites as well. Natural gas is also available throughout the county. The latest in high-speed telecommunications is provided by a number of local high-tech communications providers. The county has a diverse workforce, ranging from semiskilled to trained technicians. A close relationship is maintained between the business community and the schools. The public school system offers a School-to-Work program that provides students with experience in basic workplace skills that are in

Ambassadors enjoy helping to to open new businesses such as Mic’s Landing restaurant.

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tune with the needs of area businesses. In addition, Indian River State College (IRSC), a fully accredited and nationally recognized institution, is committed to supplying qualified, responsible employees. The college offers on-site customized training programs that help provide timely solutions for local industry. Also, IRSC will design training for area businesses. Labor costs in Indian River County are relatively low. The average annual wage is $35,043. No state income tax in Florida and a low crime rate offer additional incentives. The county’s convenient location – centered halfway between Miami and Jacksonville, and situated directly across the state from Tampa – is a definite plus for businesses and traveling executives.

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The retail industry in Indian River County saw 2 million square feet of new retail space added in the late 1990s. Most of this was on the State Route 60 corridor near Interstate 95. Also, Sebastian and Fellsmere are providing the north county with considerably more retail and business opportunities than in the past. Despite the retail growth, the county remains known for its charming, independently owned shops that continue to thrive along the barrier island and on the mainland. Tourism is big business in Indian River County, but it remains free of the congestion often found in other oceanfront communities, largely because the tourists are centered in a variety of "pockets." Oceanfront facilities continue to be the major tourist draw, but the fishing village ambiance in Sebastian is becoming increasingly popular. The Interstate 95-State Route 60 corridor is now a shopper’s Mecca, primarily because of the Indian River Mall, a variety of independent centers, and the discount opportunities at Vero Fashion Outlets. Additionally, U.S.1 continues to see redevelopments of retail, adding new opportunities. The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce has a trained, professional staff to help local businesses. Also, the Chamber Economic Development Office has a wide range of services to provide business executives assistance with site selection and identifying resources, trade leads and referrals. It also conducts round-table discussion groups and seminars.

Treasure Coast Radio staff poses for photo after being named “Small Company of the Year” at the 2009 Industry Appreciation Awards Luncheon.

Indian River County is internationally renowned for our great citrus.

The Chamber is an active partner and co-founder of Florida’s Research Coast Economic Development Coalition, a regional collaboration to bring high-skill, high-wage jobs to the area.

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QUICK FACTS 2009-2010 LAND Elevation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14.3 above sea level Indian River County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .503 square miles Vero Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 square miles Atlantic Beaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..23 miles CLIMATE Average Yearly Temps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74.9 F Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83.05 F Winter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..66.08 F Annual Rainfall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 inches Rainiest Months . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June/Aug/Sept Least Rainfall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nov to April POPULATION Total Population . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141,667 Households . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59,250 Person/Household . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.24 INCOME Per Capita Income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$46,219 Median Household Income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$57,000 Average Annual Wage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$35,043 Unemployment Rate (2008) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8.1% GENDER (Estimates) Male . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66,395 Female . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75,272 RACIAL MIX (2008 Estimates) Total Population . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141,667 Non-Hispanic White (rounded) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114,662 Non-Hispanic Black (rounded) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12,670 Hispanic Origin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14,335 EDUCATION High School Graduate or higher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82.1% Some College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79.4% Associate Degree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6.2% Bachelors Degree. or higher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23.1% Graduate Degree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7.9% MEDIAN AGE Indian River County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48.4 Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39.9 United States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35.3 34

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POPULATION BY AGE Age 1990 2000 0-17 . . . . . . . . . .14,778 . . . . .17,677 18-34 . . . . . . . . .9,083 . . . . . .10,784 35-54 . . . . . . . . .22,435 . . . . .25,154 55-64 . . . . . . . . .19,501 . . . . .26,360 65+ . . . . . . . . . . 24,451 . . . .31,613

2007 . . . . .26,139 . . . . .21,959 . . . . .34,488 . . . . .19,291 . . . . .37,880

EMPLOYMENT IN INDIAN RIVER COUNTY BY INDUSTRY Industry Classification

Employees % of Total Annual Payroll Avg. Annual Employment Wage

Accommodations, Food Services

4,114

10.6%

$67,601,248

$16,432

Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing

2,641

6.8%

$67,567,344

$25,584

Construction

4,167

10.7%

$ 150,595,380 $ 36,140

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate 2,696

6.9%

$ 119,093,100 $ 44,174

Healthcare, Social Assistance

8,055

20.8%

$320,846,760

$ 39,832

Information

662

1.7%

$ 37,900,824

$ 57,252

Manufacturing

2,185

5.6%

$90,441,520

$ 41,392

Prof., Sci., Tech Services

2,191

5.6%

$119,856,460

$54,704

Public Administration

3,164

8.1%

$141,658,600

$ 44,772

Retail

8,011

20.6%

$197,871,700

$24,700

Wholesale Trade

914

2.3%

$156,889,920

$171,652

Sources: University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research, 2008; Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation 2008


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ourists and newcomers from around the world receive information from the Chamber about visiting and living in Indian River County. To promote this area as a major international visitor destination, the Chamber provides a monthly newsletter to potential visitors detailing the latest area getaways and things to do and see. For the new resident, the Chamber offers a comprehensive package of information for newcomers that includes area telephone books, maps, service listings and much more.

COUNTY MAP This updated county map of Indian River County is sold at the Chamber office to members, government representatives, new residents and thousands of visitors each year. MAILING LABELS Members can purchase the Chamber membership list on peel and stick labels which may be pre-sorted alphabetically or by zip code. Labels can be ordered for the entire membership or by designated classifications for market-specific advertising. MEMBERSHIP DECALS Available to all members, the Chamber membership decal is displayed in front doors or windows to acknowledge business affiliation with the Chamber. The decal is also available for company fleets. Display of this membership decal demonstrates a favorable association to clients and customers. SPONSORSHIPS The Chamber hosts dozens of events each year that generate the attention of members, the media and the general public. Sponsorship opportunities enable companies to increase visibility and enhance their image while demonstrating their support of the Chamber. Sponsors receive recognition in the Chamber newsletter, at the events and in the media. Among sponsorship opportunities are networking events such as Business After Hours and Good Morning Treasure Coast, Young Professionals Network, special events, new member receptions, and general meetings.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SERVICES BUSINESS ASSISTANCE TEAMS The Chamber will assemble a Business Assistance Team, tailored to your business needs. Whether you have a new business, or you’re expanding or relocating to Indian River County, our team of professionals will assist in streamlining the entire permitting process. Working with our resource partners, assistance is also available in hiring and training new employees. 40

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Receptions are held for new members monthly. Pictured is the first new member reception in the Chamber’s new building.

CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN Member companies exporting goods can obtain their document certification free of charge. NOTARY SERVICES The Chamber offers free Notary services to members by appointment. ECONOMIC TOURS A tour of the county is offered twice a year highlighting the industrial areas of the county and featuring several area manufacturers. The tour is provided free and is open to the public. BUSINESS RELOCATION SERVICES For businesses or employees relocating to Indian River County, the Chamber provides hands-on assistance to familiarize them with real estate, services, schools, places of worship, the medical community, local government agencies, community organizations, recreation and cultural opportunities. ACCRA COST OF LIVING INDEX The Chamber participates in the ACCRA cost of living survey which compares the costs of a variety of items among 300 communities nationwide.


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THINGS TO DO & SEE SHOPPING & DINING

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n Vero Beach, intimate boutiques and gourmet dining establishments are tucked into cozy, tropical settings. Stroll among the charming Village Shops on North A1A and along Ocean Drive and Cardinal Drive in the Oceanside Business District. The South Beach area has expanded both accommodations and dining opportunities. Explore shops and restaurants on the mainland, in the historic downtown area or along the riverfront. The Indian River Mall is anchored by Dillard’s, J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Sears. Nearby, Vero Fashion Outlets is a plaza-style mall offering discount factory-direct savings on famous brandname merchandise. Shoppers may walk outside or ride a courtesy trolley to various points within the plaza. The U.S. Highway 1 thoroughfare includes the Vero Mall at 12th Street. The mall is anchored by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Crisper’s, Publix, SteinMart and Tuesday Morning. Restaurants, automobile dealerships and shopping plazas complete the makeup of this busy main artery through Vero Beach. Go north to Sebastian to find a riverfront busy with hotels, restaurants, boat rentals and shops. Day or evening, the area is hopping with activity. U.S. Highway 1 continues to offer the most shopping in Sebastian, including antique shops, grocery stores, dining, retail stores and "The Village," an eclectic shopping complex. In Fellsmere are some of Indian River County’s best-kept secrets. Go antique shopping and discover some local history by visiting the historic Fellsmere Inn or dine at the Marsh Landing Restaurant. A blend of the old and the new, Fellsmere also has several Latin American bodegas offering fresh pastries, tortillas, hot peppers and many other specialty foods. Please call the Chamber of Commerce 772-567-3491 for a detailed guide to dining and shopping in our county or go to www.indianriverchamber.com for a complete list of opportunities.

Endorsed by The Garden Conservancy as a project of National Significance and named the National Register of Historic Places - McKee Botanical Garden is located at the southern gateway to Vero Beach.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Golf and tennis are a way of life in Florida. Indian River County offers a wide choice of both public and private courses and courts. The equestrian set is gaining in popularity with two local polo facilities–one on the barrier island, one on the mainland–and an equestrian center, the Vero Beach Polo & Saddle Club. Bridge is such a popular pastime that we have one of the largest bridge clubs in the nation. The Vero Beach Duplicate Bridge Club, Inc. enjoys their own 10,000-square-foot facility. Players of all levels are welcome. With "water, water everywhere" and 26 miles of sandy, ocean beaches, local water sports are too numerous to list. Natural resources have been so carefully protected in Indian River County that our extensive park system and special ecological wonders delight both young and old. Kayaking and canoeing through protected preserves offer a serene experience. Spend a day fishing in the river or ocean. Go boating within the county or sail to distant tropical ports through the Sebastian Inlet. Explore a different park every day of the month. The opportunities are boundless. GOLF AND TENNIS The City of Vero Beach provides tennis courts on the mainland in Pocahontas Park and Charles Park, and on the island in Riverside Park, where there is an active tennis program. Public tennis courts are also provided by the City of Sebastian. Most of the private clubs feature both golf and tennis, maintaining thriving programs and competitions in both sports. The Sandridge Municipal Golf Course has received national acclaim as one of the finest public courses in the country.

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Public Golf Courses Sandridge Municipal Golf Course 36- hole 772-770-5000 www.Sandridgegc.com Sebastian Municipal Golf Course 18-hole 772-589-6801 www.Sebastiangolfcourse.com Vista Plantation Golf Course 18-hole 772-569-2223 (no web) Private Golf Courses Bent Pine Golf Club 772-567-6838, 18-hole www.bentpinegolf.com/ Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club 772-778-9000, two with 18-hole www.grandharbor.com/ Hawk’s Nest Golf Club 772-569-9400, 18-hole http://hawksnestgolf.com/ Indian River Club 772-569-5066, 18-hole www.indianriverclub.com

Vero Beach Country Club 772-562-2775, 18-holes www.verobeachcountryclub.memberstatements.com Windsor Golf Club 772-388-8440, 18-holes Public Tennis Courts Charles Park 2 courts 772-567-2144 www.covb.org/recreation Pocahontas Park 4 courts 772-567-2144 www.covb.org/recreation

John’s Island Club 772-231-1700, 2 with 18-holes www.johnsislandclub.org

Riverside Racquet Complex 10 courts (6 lighted) 2 racquetball 772-231-4787 www.covb.org/recreation

The Club at Pointe West 772-770-4653, 18-hole www.PointeWestFlorida.com

Schumann Drive Tennis Courts 772-589-7464

The Moorings Club 772-231-1004, 18-holes www.themooringsclub.com/ Orchid Island Golf Club 772-388-2350, 18-holes www.orchidislandgolfandbeachclub.com/ Quail Valley Golf Club 772-299-0093, 18-holes www.quailvalleygolfclub.com Riomar Country Club 772-231-6888, 18-holes (No website)

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BOATING, FISHING & HUNTING Experience a variety of fishing and boating options on the Indian River Lagoon, or on the Atlantic Ocean via the Sebastian Inlet. Professional Outfitters 772-569-3666 o 888-877-6688 Vero Beach Adventure Cruises 772-794-9477 o 866-539-9477 www.verobeachcruises.com Vero Tackle & Marina 772-234-9585 www.verotackle.com The Back Country 772-567-6665 www.verobackcountry.com


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Fishing and hunting licenses are required. Divers, spear fishermen and trappers of marine life must have a saltwater license. Recreational licenses are available at the Tax Collector’s Office, sporting goods stores, and other retailers who sell hunting or fishing equipment. For fishing and hunting licenses information call 772-226-1343 or see www.irctax.com Indian River County Shooting Range is a state-of-the-art, county-owned facility featuring rifle, pistol, archery, air gun and sporting clays. Open Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Mon. and Tues. Located at 10455 102nd Terrace, Sebastian. For details call 772-581-4944 or go to www.goshootingirc.com . KAYAKING & CANOEING The Indian River Lagoon is one of the most environmentally diverse estuaries in the nation. Exploring by kayak or canoe allows up-close views of the magnificent wildlife. The Sebastian River is another favored destination, with miles of lush jungle waterways. Kayaks, Etc. 772-794-9900 www.kayaksetc.com Orchid Island Rentals 772-234-3436 www.orchidislandrentals.com Sebastian Inlet State Park Marina 321-724-5424 www.sebastianinlet.com Tropical Kayak Tours 772-778-3044 www.tropicalkayaktours.com SKYDIVING Skydiving is thrilling not only for the participants, but also for spectators on the ground. Skydive Sebastian features one of the fastest growing and most scenic drop zones in the world. It offers comprehensive training with professional staff at its first-class facility in Sebastian. Call either 772-388-5672 or 800-399-JUMP for more information. www.skydiveseb.com

BEACHES and PARKS Indian River County has 22 beach parks with access to the ocean or lagoon. Some of the county’s full-service swimming beaches have year-round lifeguards on duty daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; check signage The state maintains the full-service Sebastian Inlet State Park. www.indianriverchamber.com/visitor/parks.asp

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Hundreds of people a year enjoy skydiving in Sebastian.

OCEANFRONT PARKS, FULL SERVICE:  Golden Sands Beach Park, North A1A, 772-388-5483  Humiston Park, Ocean Drive, 772-231-5790  Jaycee Park, on A1A at the north end of Ocean Drive, 772-231-0578  Round Island Park, near St. Lucie County line on A1A, 772-492-2412  South Beach Park, 17th Street east to ocean, 772-231-4700  Tracking Station Park, 1 mile north of Rt. 60 on A1A, 772-492-2411  Treasure Shores Park, 3 miles north of Rt. 510 on A1A, 772-581-4997  Wabasso Beach Park, at County Road 510 and A1A, 772-581-4998 OCEANFRONT PARKS, ACCESS ONLY: Public access to ocean by walkways, limited parking and no lifeguards.  Riomar Beach, Ocean Dr., south of business section  Sea Cove, 1700 block of South A1A  Sea Grape Trail, North A1A, south of Wabasso Beach  Sexton Plaza, at the eastern end of S.R. 60 (Beachland Blvd.)  Turtle Trail, north of Old Winter Beach Rd. on North A1A RIVERFRONT PARKS:  A.W. Young Park, 21st Street east of Indian River Boulevard  Bethel Creek House, 4405 North A1A  Donald MacDonald/Dale Wimbrow Park, 12315 Roseland Rd., Sebastian  MacWilliams Park, Indian River Drive north of the Barber Bridge  Main Street Boat Dock, Indian River Drive in Sebastian  Riverside Park, at the southeast end of the Barber Bridge  Riverview Park, Indian River Drive in Sebastian  Royal Palm Pointe, at the tip of the Royal Palm peninsula, southwest of the Barber Bridge  Wabasso Causeway Park, at Wabasso Bridge on County Road 510 DOWNTOWN PARKS:  Pocahontas Park, 772-975-4500 Pocahontas Park at 14th Ave. & 21st St. in downtown Vero Beach has a great playground and many activities for children under 12 and includes tennis and shuffleboard courts. The park is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk and is free to the public.


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STATE PARKS:  Sebastian Inlet State Park, at Brevard County line and A1A, 321-984-4852 For camping at Inlet: Reservations 772-589-9659, Reserve America 800-326-3521 www.dep.state.fl.us/parks AQUATICS  Gifford Aquatic Center The Gifford Aquatic Center is located at 4895 43rd Ave., and features a large zero-depth activity pool, children’s spray area and play deck. This Indian River County Recreation Department pool also has six lanes for lap swimming and a large multi-purpose meeting room. Call 772-770-5312 for details.  Leisure Square An outdoor heated pool is located at Leisure Square, 3706 16th Street in Vero Beach. The facility is operated by the City of Vero Beach Recreation Department. Hours vary with the season. For details, call 772-770-6500.  North County Aquatic Center The North County Aquatic Center is a public, family-oriented, heated swimming pool with lanes for lap swimming. The center is run by the Indian River County Recreation Department and is located at 9450 95th Street (County Road 512) in Sebastian. Hours of operation and rates vary with the season. Call 772-581-7665.

ECOLOGICAL ATTRACTIONS  Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge 772-562-3909, ext. 258 http://www.fws.gov/archiecarr/ On the barrier island between Indian River and Brevard counties, north of Wabasso Causeway and south of Sebastian Inlet. The refuge represents the largest national effort to provide a protected environment for sea turtles. Please call about entering the refuge.  Environmental Learning Center (ELC) 772-589-5050, www.discoverelc.org Visit a butterfly garden; walk along a boardwalk and experience a mangrove forest first hand; view native plants, or learn about native marine animals. The center provides informative hands-on displays as well as opportunities for canoe trips, field excursions and other special "Love Your Lagoon" activities. The ELC also specializes in outdoor nature programs for youngsters. From elementary school classes to summer ecology camps, there’s something for every budding nature lover. The Learning Center has launched a Junior Naturalist program designed to offer more extensive experience to those who are really ecology48

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minded, and schedules on-going EcoVenture field trips for families with young children. No admission charge. Open daily except Mondays. Located on Live Oak Drive, off County Road 510, between U.S. Highway 1 and A1A near the Wabasso Bridge.  Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) 772-465-2400, www.fau.edu/hboi This world-renowned research organization is our neighbor, just across the St. Lucie County border off U.S. Highway 1. Planned events are listed on their website.  Manatee Viewing Area During the winter months, manatees are seen in the warm water on Indian River Boulevard, just north of the 17th Street Bridge and the Vero Beach Municipal Power Plant.  McKee Botanical Garden 772-794-0601, www.mckeegarden.org Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, McKee Botanical Garden is an 18-acre subtropical garden supporting a dense and diverse botanical collection as well as several restored architectural treasures. The first permitted, structurally engineered bamboo structure to stand in the United States has been erected at the Garden. Originally built in Colombia, the building was disassembled, shipped by boat to Florida and rebuilt at McKee. Selfguided tours are available Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and major holidays. The Garden, located at 350 U.S. 1, has a gift shop, library and café.  Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) 772-778-7200, ext. 174 There are 298 riverfront acres to explore. Walk along trails through a canopy of live oaks, orchids, wild coffee bushes, mangrove wetlands and wildlife. Enjoy bird-watching from an observation platform and tower. Open daily, dawn to dusk, with weekly and monthly scheduled guided nature walks. Off of South U.S. 1, east to the end of Oslo Road.


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D IVISIONS COMMITTEES THINGS TO& DO & SEE

 Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge 772-562-3909, www.fws.gov/pelicanisland Pelican Island is located on the southern end of the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge. This national historical landmark protects thousands of pelicans and other wading birds. For information on observation boat tours, contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service or visit www.pelicanisland.fws.gov for information. Pelican Island may also be viewed from the Visitor Complex on Jungle Trail, north of the 510 Wabasso Causeway. Open seven days a week, dawn to dusk.  Sebastian River Buffer Preserve 321-953-5004 On County Road 507 (Babcock Street) just north of the C-54 Canal with an entrance also from County Road 512, 1_ miles east of I-95. Offers hiking, jogging, walking, kayaking, canoeing and nature study opportunities in non-restricted areas. Certain trails have been adapted to accommodate horseback riders. The preserve is open daily, but overnight camping is by permit only. MUSEUMS  Hallstrom House/Museum 772-562-4464, 1723 Old Dixie Highway, Vero Beach Built in 1918, the museum is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The property was once a pineapple plantation. Established in 1909 and bequeathed to the Historical Society of Indian River County by Ruth Hallstrom. The farmhouse documents and demonstrates a bygone way of life in southern Indian River County. Collections include artifacts, photographs, furniture, and memorabilia. Open Tuesdays, 9 a.m.to1 p.m., group tours by appointment. Requested donation.

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October through May on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and is located at 255 Live Oak Drive, on the grounds of the Environmental Learning Center on Wabasso Island.  McLarty Treasure Museum 772-589-2147 Discover the history of Florida’s Treasure Coast and the Spanish galleons that were lost offshore with rich cargoes of gold and jewels. Don’t miss the fascinating movie on treasure hunting. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Admission is charged. On North Highway A1A, just south of the Sebastian Inlet.  Mel Fisher Treasure Museum 772-589-9875, www.melfisher.com Experience Mel Fisher’s captivating exploits while hunting for the legendary treasure of Spanish shipwrecks along the Florida coast. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon. to Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Sun. Admission is charged.

 Indian River Citrus Museum 772-770-2263,www.veroheritage.org Experience the life of early pioneers in the most famous citrusproducing region in the world. There are examples of early growing methods, tools and memorabilia. Open Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2140 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach.

 Sebastian Fishing Museum 772-388-2750 Learn about the early commercial fishing industry of the Sebastian area. See historic fishing boats and gear, entertaining displays, and photos of fishing in the Indian River Lagoon. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. including the gift shop. Admission is charged for the park; the museum is free. On Highway A1A at the Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area.

 Indian River County Historical Society 772-778-3435 The 1903 Vero Beach train station is home to the Historical Society Exhibition Center. Interesting artifacts, information and maps about the county’s historic sites and structures are offered. Limited hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. at 2336 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach.

 UDT Navy SEAL Museum 772-595-5845, www.UDT-SEALmuseum.org See presentations on the incredible training that candidates must undergo to become a SEAL. Learn about one of the most heroic amphibious "special ops" units in the military arsenal. South on Highway A1A just over the St. Lucie County line. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues. to Sat., noon to 4 p.m. Sun., and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon. Jan. to April.

 Laura Riding Jackson Home 772-569-6718, www.lauraridingjackson.com The Florida Cracker home of noted poet Laura Riding Jackson is being carefully restored. The home is available for public viewing

CULTURE & THE ARTS The quality and quantity of cultural organizations in Indian River County are a tribute to the spirit of the residents who bring untold expertise and give unprecedented support to many local organizations.

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In 1995, the Cultural Council of Indian River was formed to lend support and promotion to the various organizations and their activities and programs. It now also serves as liaison to sources of local, state, national and international services and funding. www.cultural-council.org The following is only a sample of the cultural facilities, programs and activities:  Agnes Wahlstrom Youth Playhouse & Anne Morton Theatre 772-234-8052 www.riversidetheatre.com Located in Riverside Park in Vero Beach, this complex is the home of the Riverside Children’s Theatre (RCT). It is the only children’s theater in the state that has its own building and is one of only 10 free-standing children’s theaters in the nation. There is a year-round professional staff of three instructors/directors to maintain its many programs. Outreach programs go into the schools with their productions and to give classes. Classes in all aspects of theatre–acting, voice, dance and backstage skills–are given year-round at the Agnes Wahlstrom Youth Playhouse for pre-kindergartners through age 18. Some adult classes, including many private lessons, are also given in the Youth Playhouse. The popular summer day camp culminates in productions suitable for each age group.  Atlantic Classical Orchestra 772-460-0850, www.atlanticclassicalorchestra.org The four-concert series is held at the Waxlax Center for the Performing Arts at Saint Edward’s Upper School in Vero Beach. The 35-piece, regionally acclaimed orchestra conducted by Maestro Stewart Robertson features internationally recognized soloists.  Emerson Center 772-778-5249, www.theemersoncenter.org The Celebrated Speakers Series features nationally-renowned speakers. The Emerson Center is owned and operated by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach located at the intersection of 27th Avenue and 16th Street, in the heart of Vero Beach.  Indian River Symphonic Association 772-778-1070 www.verobeach.com/indianriversymphonicassociation Since 1991, the Indian River Symphonic Association has brought world-renowned symphonic music to Indian River County. The concerts are held at Community Church, located in Vero Beach. Five to seven concerts are offered, featuring at least one international orchestra in addition to the performances of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.  Riverside Theatre 772-231-6990 or 800-445-6745, www.riversidetheatre.com For over 25 years, Riverside Theatre has brought show-stopping 52

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hits such as Chicago! and Kiss Me Kate to Indian River County. As the third-largest, producing professional theatre in the state, Riverside Theatre offers its audience over 255 performances each year. These performances range from the popular dramas, comedies and musicals that light up the Acting Company season to a variety of stars that come to Riverside each year as part of the Celebrity Series.  Distinguished Lecturer Series 772-231-6990 Riverside Theatre presents this series featuring renowned business and political speakers.  Treasure Coast Jazz Society (TCJS) 772-234-0709 Since 1986, TCJS has brought a variety of noted jazz musicians to Vero Beach. In addition, the society has awarded scholarships to talented young Treasure Coast musicians to further their education. The TCJS Jazz at Noon concerts are festive affairs for members and their guests. Performances are open to the public.  Vero Beach Art Club 772-231-0303, www.verobeachartclub.org The Vero Beach Art Club has 560 members from Indian River, Brevard and St. Lucie counties. The club conducts exhibitions and art shows, provides scholarships, and seeks to promote artistic growth by education and exhibition. The Under the Oaks Art Show, now in its 59th year, is produced by the club and draws more than 200 artists from all over the U.S. It is attended by more than 80,000 spectators and has become one of the largest events in Indian River County. The event was named "Best Arts & Crafts Festival of 2009" by Florida Magazine.  Vero Beach Choral Society 772-778-1070, www.verobeachopera.org This 60-member chorus has sung in Austria (1998) in the prestigious Classical Music Festival at Eisenstadt, in Estonia (1991), in England’s Coventry Cathedral (1994) and in concerts in Scotland and Scandinavia. More than 1,000 guests fill the Community Church for its many Indian River County performances.


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 Vero Beach Museum of Art (VBMA) 772-231-0707, www.vbmuseum.org The museum offers 55,412 square feet with five art galleries, a sculpture garden and an education wing that includes seven studio classrooms, an art library, seminar rooms, a 3,800-square-foot outdoor studio, a 250-seat state-of-the-art auditorium, museum store, café and exceptional public spaces for art installations and public programs.  VBMA Educational Programs (VBMA) 772-231-0707, www.vbmuseum.org A wide range of educational opportunities for students in public and private grade schools is offered throughout the year. Thousands of students receive the benefit of the museum’s school transportation fund, Museum-in-a-Basket, Adopt-a-School, and Youth Membership programs. The museum’s artist studios are utilized to introduce the arts to young people in the community at the annual Summer Art Camp, when more than 30 art classes are offered. The museum’s annual Children’s Art Festival, held in April, is a youth art celebration.  VBMA Film Studies 772-231-0707, ext. 136, www.vbmuseum.org The Vero Beach Museum of Art offers five-week Film Studies courses. Trends in international filmmaking will be examined in classes planned for September through April. The courses, which are presented in the museum’s Leonhardt Auditorium, are always a sellout.  VBMA Lecture Series 772-231-0707, www.vbmuseum.org Prominent speakers in the arts and humanities present lectures followed by book signings. These cultural lectures are held in the Leonhardt Auditorium.  Vero Beach Opera, Inc. 772-569-6993 www.verobeachopera.com Concerts featuring professional singers are performed during the winter season, and at holiday times. The concert locations can vary, but most are held at the Leonhardt Auditorium at the Vero Beach Museum of Arts.  Vero Beach Theatre Guild 772-562-8300 www.verobeachtheatreguild.com The all-volunteer guild produces five high-caliber, Broadwaystyle shows. Auditions are open to all. The guild also sponsors workshops in various theatre disciplines, and sends a mini-troupe called Guild on the Go into the community to entertain. Traditions include an opening night champagne reception with the cast. 

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WHAT NEWCOMERS NEED TO KNOW EDUCATION INDIAN RIVER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS www.indianriverschools.org The public school system serves over 17,000 students, who attend 28 schools. There are 14 elementary schools, four of which are magnet schools, four middle schools (grades 6 through 8), two comprehensive senior high schools (grades 9 through 12) and a charter high school, a charter junior high and three charter elementary schools. In addition, there is a special-needs school for exceptional children, one alternative school for grades 7-12, and adult education that serves anyone over the age of 16 and includes general (GED and Adult Basic Education), postsecondary career/technical education, and lifelong learning. The Adult and Community Education Center serves approximately 6,000 students in the community. The system has over 1,100 certified teachers, ensuring an excellent student-faculty ratio. Vero Beach High School and Sebastian River High School offer extensive programs in academic and career/technical subjects, including business, building construction, health science, culinary arts, TV production, auto technology, welding and drafting. The academic programs offer Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and honor classes. REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS For Public School: For Preschool, the child must be 4 years old on or before September  For Kindergarten, the child must be age 5 on or before September 1. For first grade, he or she must be age 6 by September 1 and have graduated from Kindergarten. Children entering the Florida Public School System for the first time will need the following:  A certified birth certificate  A social security number (not required)  Proof of address (i.e. utility statement, cable bill, phone bill, etc.)  A physical examination within the preceding 12 months  A certificate of immunization from your doctor or health department (Blue Card)  Immunizations required are: Four or five doses of diphtheriatetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine, two or three doses of hepatitis B (hep B) vaccine, three or four doses of polio vaccine, two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, two doses of varicella vaccine* for kindergarten and grade one, one dose of varicella vaccine* for grades two through eight. Effective this school year, 2009-2010, seventh graders must have one tetanusdiphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine. *Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine is not required, if there is a history of varicella disease documented by the healthcare provider. Indian River Charter High School www.irchs.org Indian River Charter High School (IRCHS) is a public school of 54

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choice and is dedicated to preparing students for success in postsecondary education, while guiding them in the development of their personal character and cultural awareness. Some of the advantages IRCHS offers to students are flexible individualized scheduling, an open campus with a safe, positive and healthy campus culture, and a full range of Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment classes. IRCHS’s unique integrated curriculum provides students with the opportunity to study core class material not only in its present-day context but also from a common historical period. This integration of core subject material and human history provides a distinct advantage in the student’s comprehension of subject matter and its connection to the world. IRCHS is also home to a Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) campus. The IRCHS VAPA program offers students the opportunity for in-depth study in five different disciplines; dance, drama, vocal music, instrumental music and visual arts. Imagine Schools At South Vero (772) 567-2728, www.myimagineschools-verobeach.com Imagine Schools is a Public Charter School founded by Dennis and Eileen Bakke in 2003. It is an organization that operates nonprofit Pre K-6th grade. Our mission is to help parents and guardians educate their children by creating learning communities of achievement and hope. Imagine Schools is dedicated to restoring vision and purpose to schools and returning parents and guardians to full participation in their children’s education. At Imagine we believe that every successful school must balance achievement in six important areas. Shared Values of integrity, justice and fun, allow every teacher, student, and parent associated with the school to unite around common values that guide our collective behavior. Parent Choice and satisfaction are the most reliable indicators of the quality of our schools. We currently have over seventy thousand parents national wide. Academic achievement is measured by student learning gains as well as proficiency. Positive character development is a high priority in our schools. We strive for growth in students’ character measured by positive changes in behavior and worldview. Economic sustainability means every school in our family is financially able to stand on its own, which is the best indicator of that schools ability to continue educating children over the long term.


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New School Development enhances our ability to reach more children, more families, and more communities. A unique feature to our Imagine School at South Vero is the MicroSociety curriculum that we offer our families. It teaches students life skills in a true society setting. Students create their own businesses and form Government agencies as well. Teachers are merely facilitators during this time. MicroSociety empowers students to take ownership of their own learning. While students learn all their basic skills throughout the day, they are able to apply what they learn firsthand during micro time. This program also allows the community to get involved in education. We have local businesses that have partnered up with various ventures and agencies. Imagine has much to offer to our community as another choice for children’s education. PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS For students and parents interested in private and parochial school opportunities in grades K-12, Indian River County has several outstanding choices includingSaint Edward’s School, www.steds.org ; Master’s Academy, www.mastersvb.org; Suncoast Primary, and Saint Helen Catholic School, in Vero Beach. Another choice is Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School in nearby St. Lucie County. Indian River State College provides the county’s local access to higher education. Founded in 1965, Saint Edward’s School provides families along the Treasure Coast with an exceptional independent day school experience. The school welcomes you to explore why its mission, core values, integrated curriculum, natural resources, tablet technology and extracurricular opportunities make it a unique learning environment. To learn more about a Saint Edward’s education, contact the Director of Admissions & Financial Aid at 772-492-2364. Since 1940, Saint Helen School has continued a strong tradition of quality education for the Vero Beach community. The school’s mission statement of "Making Good Things Happen" has earned Saint Helen the reputation of helping all students realize their full potential. ACCELLARATED DEGREE PROGRAMS  Barry University 772-871-8000, www.barry.edu/ace Barry University offers undergraduate, graduate and custom training programs on the Treasure Coast. In addition to the Miami Shores main campus and over 20 locations statewide, classes are currently offered in Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, and Palm Beach Gardens. Students experience a caring community where the whole person is valued, and where a liberal arts tradition supports intellectual and cultural growth. Barry’s distinguished faculty exemplifies the spirit of the university, providing caring support and a focus on the student. Small classes ensure personal attention. Accelerated bachelor’s degrees for working adults feature an eight-week format allowing students to attend classes part time, earning up to 30 credits in one year. Programs include 2010 Membership Directory & Quality of Life Guide

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Administration, Human Resource Management, Public Administration, Behavioral Sciences, Legal Studies, Social Welfare, Health Service Administration and Psychology. Students who qualify can also earn college credits for their post-high school life/work experiences by putting together a portfolio project, thereby further accelerating their degree completion. Barry also offers a Master of Science degree in Organizational Learning and Leadership in Port St. Lucie, and a Master of Public Administration in Palm Beach Gardens. ADVANCED LEARNING  Florida Atlantic University (FAU) 772-873-3300, www.fau.edu Florida Atlantic University offers 170 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs and enrolls 27,000 students. FAU has campuses along more than 140 miles of Florida’s southeast coastline and is classified as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Treasure Coast campus serves a four-county region, from Indian River County south to Martin County and west to Okeechobee County. Conveniently located just off I-95 in St. Lucie West, the campus offers coursework and degrees from FAU’s regionally and professionally accredited colleges. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University is a research institute dedicated to exploration, innovation, conservation, and education related to the oceans. Located on the Indian River Lagoon in northern St. Lucie County, the institute has 30 research faculty and 120 support staff and is currently undergoing significant renovations and program enhancements.  Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) 150 W University Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32901 321-674-8000, www.fit.edu Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2008, Florida Institute of Technology is the only independent technological university in the Southeast. It provides quality education, furthers knowledge through basic and applied research, and serves the diverse needs of local, state, national and international constituencies. To support this mission, Florida Tech is committed to an organizational culture that values and encourages intellectual curiosity, a sense of belonging and shared purpose among faculty, students and staff, and the pursuit of excellence in all endeavors. The university also emphasizes recruiting and developing faculty who are internationally recognized as educators, scholars and researchers; recruiting and retaining a high-quality and culturally diverse student body; continuing to improve the quality of campus life for members of the university community; and providing personal and career growth opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students and members of the faculty and staff. The year 2009 will be remembered for the culmination of several major endeavors. In February the Buehler Center for Aviation Training 56

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and Research opened at Melbourne International Airport; The Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts opened in August and in October dedication ceremonies were held for two more buildings: the Scott Center for Autism Treatment and the Harris Center for Science and Engineering. In the latter, the Harris Center for Assured Information encompasses one floor of the three-story building. Most consequentially, the university successfully wrapped up its $50 million Golden Anniversary Campaign with the announcement of a grand total of $59.4 million.  Indian River State College (IRSC) Mueller Center Campus, 6155 College Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32966 772-226-2500, www.ircc.edu IRSC is a comprehensive four-year state college offering over 100 two-year degree and certificate programs, and nine four year Bachelor Degree programs. The Mueller Campus in Indian River County offers a wide range of programs including A.A. degrees for university transfer and A.S. degrees for technical careers, business and technical education, and is home to the Culinary Institute of the Treasure Coast. Personal and professional development courses and customized training are offered at the IRCC Richardson Center at the Mueller Campus. The Brackett Library at the Mueller Campus is a 30,000 square foot joint-use public library between Indian River County and Indian River State College. IRSC’s five campuses throughout the Treasure Coast offer additional educational opportunities, including a joint campus with Florida Atlantic University at St. Lucie West offering four-year degree programs. The IRSC Main Campus in nearby Fort Pierce is the home of the Kight Center for Emerging Technologies, a futuristic, technologically sophisticated facility providing an innovative learning environment in the latest high-tech careers.  Webster University 321-956-6700, 772-234-3558 www.webster.edu/spacecoast


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Webster University is a private, nonprofit, accredited university that offers master’s degree programs focused on the working professional. The university was founded in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri, and today, Webster has grown into an international network of over 100 campuses worldwide. Locally, Webster University offers classes in Brevard County in Palm Bay, onsite at the Brevard Community College campus, and in two other Brevard locations. Classes are held on Saturdays or evenings in nine-week terms. Degree programs include Master of Arts in Counseling; Management and Leadership; Human Resource Management; Master of Science in Computer Science; Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Procurement and Acquistions Management. Online classes are also available. Dedication to academic excellence, customer service and innovation in higher education are Webster’s hallmarks. Through education, students are prepared to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world.

AREA MEDICAL SERVICES Residents of Indian River County enjoy state-of-the-art medical care. Two full-service hospitals serve the area. Indian River Medical Center is conveniently located for residents of Vero Beach and the southern communities. To the north is Sebastian River Medical Center, serving Indian River and Brevard counties. The Holmes Regional Trauma Center in Melbourne provides service through air ambulance.  Holmes Regional Medical Center 1350 South Hickory St., Melbourne 321-434-7000, www.health-first.org The Holmes Regional Medical Center is a 514-bed acute care hospital recently ranked as the #1 hospital for heart care in Florida. Designated as East Central Florida's only Level II Trauma Center, Holmes serves the cardiovascular and trauma needs of Brevard and Indian River counties. The Trauma Center at Holmes Regional Medical Center is the only state-accredited Level II trauma center in Brevard and Indian River Counties, offering 24/7 trauma care 365 days a year, and serves as the designated trauma center should NASA's astronauts need emergency care after aborting a lift off. The Health First First Flight air ambulance, which recently celebrated 20 years of service to East Coast of Florida, is among the first to respond to medical emergencies and traumas. Their highly-trained flight crew includes experienced pilots and medical personnel with backgrounds in emergency, critical care, flight, and pre-hospital nursing care.

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more than 240 affiliated physicians representing 41 different specialties who provide a wide range of quality medical care and services. Founded by Garnett Radin, R.N., in 1932, the hospital today features all private rooms and is the third largest employer in Indian River County, with more than 1,500 employees. IRMC is accredited by The Joint Commission and a number of departments and services have received state and national certification. Affiliated with Duke University Health System, The Heart Center offers cardiac surgery, angioplasty and a full array of cardiac services. Its outstanding surgery outcomes have earned it recognition as one of the top cardiac surgery programs in America by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The hospital's high quality vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery techniques and technologies have earned national recognition. The 43-bed Emergency Department features an acute care area for serious and potential life-threatening problems; a minor care area for scrapes, cuts, colds and other non life-threatening problems; and a new Clinical Evaluation Unit for patients who need up to 23 hours in the Emergency Department for extra testing and observation. The hospital's comprehensive cancer program includes surgery, chemotherapy and the latest advances in radiation therapy at the Cancer Center. A 46-bed psychiatric hospital, the Behavioral Health Center, provides inpatient care for children and adults and pediatric outpatient services. In addition to being designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, IRMC services also include an award-winning Wound Healing Center that features two hyperbaric oxygen chambers, a Medication Management Clinic, the Rehabilitation Therapy Center for outpatient hand, physical, occupational and speech therapies, Philips Lifeline medical alert service, and Treasure Coast Bariatric for weight loss surgery. Indian River County's only maternity service, IRMC welcomes 1,300 new babies to the world each year. Indian River Medical Center will be opening two Urgent Care Centers in 2010. The first, slated to open in January, will be located on U.S. 1 in Sebastian, just north of Walmart. In March, the second Urgent Care Center is scheduled to open at Pointe West in Vero Beach. These centers, staffed by IRMC physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals, will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends. (Schedule may be expanded according to demand.) Services will include Lab Express, a Medication Management (Coumadin) Clinic, and diagnostic X-rays. Occupational health services will include preemployment drug testing, and workers' compensation care and follow-up.

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inpatient and medical/surgical services, cardiac catheterization program including implant devices, neurosurgery and spine surgery, and a fullservice outpatient diagnostic center. In addition, the center prides itself on its state-of-the-art emergency room services that specialize in prompt, personal care by physicians, nurses, and emergency room staff. HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization in the nation, recognized Sebastian River Medical Center with Specialty Excellence Awards in pulmonary medicine 2006, 2007, 2010, gastrointestinal care 2007, 2008, 2009, gastrointestinal surgery 2009, critical care 2010, general surgery 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and stroke 2010. Sebastian River Medical Center also received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for 2007, 2008, 2009, ranking SRMC in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for Overall Clinical Excellence. In 2006, Thomson Reuters, the nation’s leading source of healthcare information products, selected SRM as one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the Untied States. Additionally, the center’s community-based health services include Sebastian Family Walk-in Care, Sebastian River Home Health, Sebastian River Rehab and Therapy Centers, the Diabetes Rehab Program, the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, a Sleep Disorders Center, Orthopedic Camp, Spine Center of Excellence, Thoracic Oncology Program, and Comprehensive Surgical Weight Loss Program. Sebastian River Medical Center’s staff includes 120 physicians, 575 employees, and a 220 volunteer staff. OTHER MEDICAL SERVICES The following is a list of some of the many other medical facilities and programs:  Indian River Blood Bank and Bloodnet USA, 772-567-4266  Solantic, 772-257-3200  Visiting Nurse Association, 772-567-5551  University of Florida Center of Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine, 772-794-0179  VNA Hospice of Indian River County, 772-567-5551

REGULATIONS FOR NEWCOMERS DRIVER’S LICENSE A Florida driver’s license is required within 30 days of establishing residency, obtaining employment or enrolling a child in school. Apply in person at 110 South U.S. 1, Vero Beach, FL 32962 with current license, Social Security number and proof of Florida registration. Holders of a current out-of-state driver’s license need only pass a vision test. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 772-778-5087. www.hsmv.state.fl.us/offices/indianriver.html RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS Some employers require proof of residency. To establish state residency, applicants are not required to live in Florida a minimum 60

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amount of time, but do have to file a Declaration of Domicile certifying that he/she lives at a given address. Forms are available from the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Recording Dept., 2000 16th Avenue, Vero Beach, where the completed document must be notarized. 772-770-5185. REGISTRATION, TITLE & TAGS Vehicle registration requires a current driver’s license, proof of Florida automobile insurance, prior registration certificate, and title and verification of vehicle identification number. Out-of-state applicants will need to apply for a Florida Title Certificate. Title fees are based on the weight of the vehicle. Please call the Tax Collector’s office for information: Main Office at the County Administration Complex, Building B (Vero Beach) 772-226-1338; Sebastian Branch- Sebastian Square, Sebastian, 772-388-6034; West Branch- Ameritrend Commerce Center, 772-770-5380. www.irctax.com VOTER REGISTRATION To vote, applicants must be registered in Indian River County, be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Florida, and at least 18 years old by the next election. Register at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 4375 43rd Ave., Unit 101, Vero Beach. 772-226-3440. www.voteindianriver.com TAXES Florida residents pay no personal income tax, nor do they pay inheritance taxes unless they are subject to a federal estate tax, in which case the Florida inheritance tax is limited to an amount allowed as a deduction from the federal estate tax.  Corporate Income Tax http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/corporate.html Corporations and artificial entities that conduct business, or earn or receive income in Florida, including out-of-state corporations, must file a Florida corporate income tax return unless specifically exempt. The return must be filed, even if no tax is due. Sole proprietorships, individuals, estates of decedents, and testamentary trusts are specifically exempted and are not required to file a return. Corporations and other artificial entities, including those located in other states, that are partners in a partnership or members of a joint venture doing business in Florida must file Florida Form F-1120


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(Corporate Income/Franchise and Emergency Excise Tax Return). A partnership is required to file a Florida Partnership Information Return Form F-1065 if it is doing business in Florida and a corporation is one of the partners. A limited liability company that is classified as a corporation for Florida and federal income tax purposes is subject to the Florida Income Tax Code and must file a Florida corporate income tax return. A limited liability company that is classified as a partnership for Florida and federal income tax purposes is required to file Form F-1065 if one or more of its owners is a corporation. In addition, the corporate owner of a limited liability company that is classified as a partnership for Florida and federal income tax purposes must file a Florida corporate income tax return. A single member limited liability company that is disregarded for Florida and federal income tax purposes is not required to file a separate Florida corporate income tax return. However, the income of the company is not exempt from tax if it is owned by a corporation, whether directly or indirectly. In this case, the corporation is required to file Form F-1120 reporting its own income, together with the income of the single member limited liability company. S Corporations and tax-exempt organizations are generally not required to file a Florida corporate income tax return if they do not have federal taxable income. If they have federal taxable income, however, they are then required to file a Florida corporate income tax return and pay any tax due. Homeowner and condominium associations that file federal Form 1120 (U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return) must file Florida Form F1120 or F1120A regardless of whether any tax may be due. If federal Form 1120-H (U.S. Income Tax Return for Homeowners Associations) is filed, a Florida return is not required.  Personal Property Tax http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/forms/prior/!ippt.html Beginning January 1, 2007, individuals, married couples, personal representatives of estates, and businesses are no longer required to file an annual intangible personal property tax return reporting their stocks, bonds, mutual funds, money market funds, shares of business trusts, and unsecured notes. The Legislature has repealed the annual tax on these properties. The last annual intangible tax return that these taxpayers were required to file was the 2006 return that was due by June 30, 2006. Any intangible taxes owed to the State for that return or prior years are still due. Not all intangible taxes have been repealed. The intangible tax on leases of government-owned real property and the one-time intangible tax on notes secured by a mortgage on Florida real property are still in effect.  Real Estate Tax The real estate tax is a combination of city, county and school taxes and is based on 100% of the appraised value of a property. The tax year continued on page 64

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corresponds to the calendar year. Real estate taxes are due and payable November 1st of the current year. In Florida, homeowners may be eligible for a $50,000 exemption from real estate taxes on the assessed value of a home, if it is their primary residence and if they meet certain other criteria.  Sales Tax The state sales tax is 6% on the dollar with food, medicine and professional services exempt. Indian River County has added a 1% sales tax to be in effect until December 31, 2019, making the total sales tax 7%.

TRANSPORTATION Bus Service  GoLine is the Indian River County public transit system with bus service on 11 fixed routes throughout the County and Barefoot Bay. GoLine buses operate weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with several routes running until 6:00 p.m. Saturday service is offered on specific routes 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Riders under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult and all passengers must be able to board, disembark and carry their own packages on and off the buses. GoLine passengers are encouraged to make a donation to help support the bus system. To view routes and stops go to www.golineirt.com, or call 772-569-0903  Community Coach provides door-to-door transportation for those residents who meet the eligibility requirements with priority on medical transport. Community Coach provides medical, shopping, and other trips for a nominal fee. Wheelchair service is available. Reservations are necessary at least two weeks in advance with medical appointments taking priority. Call 772-569-0903. www.seniorresourceassociation.org Highways  I-95, U.S. Highway 1 and State Road A1A run north-south. County Road 512 and State Road 60 run east-west, with access to I-95. Florida’s 460 mile Turnpike runs south to Miami and northwest to Central Florida. The Turnpike can be accessed on State Route 60 west at YeeHaw Junction or off State Route 70 in Fort Pierce. www.floridasturnpike.com Ocean-Access Ports  The Port of Fort Pierce provides a deep-water terminal just 12 miles south of Indian River County off U.S. 1. As a Foreign Trade Zone, the area offers sub-zone opportunities for the county’s industrial sites. International importers and exporters based locally now have access to the global marketplace.  Port Canaveral, north of Indian River County, is the fourth most active deep-water port in Florida, with a modern passenger terminal complex serving an active, vacation cruise industry. Railroads  The Florida East Coast Railway links Indian River County with freight services south to Miami and north to all major U.S. markets. www.fecrwy.com 64

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Our County is proud of our great airport. Here is Sebastian airport from the sky.

Airports  Melbourne International Airport, just 33 miles north of Vero Beach, offers flights connecting to destinations around the world. International service includes flights to the Bahamas. For further information call 321-723-6227 or visit www.mlbair.com. Approximately 90 minutes from Indian River County are two fullservice airports that provide direct, daily service to national and international destinations: Orlando International Airport in Orlando and Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach. Recent renovations to both Sebastian and Vero Beach airport terminal buildings make them very attractive gateways to our county.  The Sebastian Municipal Airport has a 4,000-foot runway and a 3,200-foot runway. The airport is located one mile west of the city of Sebastian and is also home to the Sebastian Municipal Golf Course. Airport services include a Fixed Base Operator (FBO), Velocity Aircraft, SheltAir T-Hangers, Skydive Sebastian, and LoPresti Speed Merchants. Contact the Airport Manager, Joe Griffin, at 772-228-7013. www.sebastianairport.org.  Vero Beach Municipal Airport, a general aviation airport with a 7,300-foot runway and instrument approaches, has facilities for private and corporate aircraft. It provides FAA air traffic control, aircraft maintenance, hangar storage, flight instruction, charters, and aircraft leasing and sales. Ground transportation is available via rental cars or taxicab. Restaurants are available at the airport. In 2004, the Vero Beach Municipal Airport was named over 80 other public general aviation airports in the state as the General Aviation Airport of the Year. Contact Eric Menger, Airport Director, at 772-978-4930. www.covb.org. 


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