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Sebastian, Florida Real Estate & Information

John & Becky are Sebastian Realtors and also Sebastian residents themselves. As a Sebastian real estate team, they are able to cover a wide territory to include Vero Beach, Sebastian and all of Indian River County real estate opportunities. If you are looking to buy or sell Sebastian real estate or surrounding Florida area please contact John and Becky today.

Sebastian, Florida Area Information
Silver lagoons and turquoise seas, ruby sunsets and golden sunrises gracefully adorn the Sebastian River Area.

Sebastian's wealth includes gems of another sort... rare antiquities washed upon its shores. Its colorful history boasts of shipwrecks and lost fortunes dating to the 1500's. Today archeologists and treasure hunters continue to search these waters for gold, jewelry, and other artifacts lost in history.

While on land, explorers of a different sort, tourists, discover the pristine beauty of this land. Blessed with diversity, it will stir the heart of any visitor.

The Sebastian River Area sits on one of North America's diverse estuaries, the Indian River Lagoon.

This estuary, which is home to over 400 species of fish, originated thousands of years ago when the Atlantic Ocean deposited a massive sandbar along Florida's coast, which cut off a long narrow strip of ocean that became the lagoon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated the Indian River Lagoon "an estuary of national significance" in April 1990.

The Indian River Lagoon is home to one of Sebastian's treasured landmarks. Pelican Island was discovered in 1859 as a haven for thousands of herons, egrets, pelicans, ibises, and spoonbills.

Unfortunately annihilation by plume hunters reduced the population to only brown pelicans. By 1903 Pelican Island was the last home for brown pelicans along the entire east coast of Florida.

When Paul Kroegel took a special interest in this island, he was hired by the Florida Audubon Society to protect it. On March 14, 1903, President Roosevelt proclaimed Pelican Island America's first National Wildlife Refuge. Kroegel was appointed as the first warden for a salary of $1 per month.

Today the Refuge encompasses about 4,760 acres of submerged bottomlands and grass beds in addition to over 100 acres of buffer along the shoreline of the adjacent Barrier Island. Many recreational activities are available throughout the refuge although access to Pelican Island is restricted.

Sebastian, Florida History
Indian River County was established in 1925. The first settlement dates back to the early 1880's when 40 pioneers migrated to the area. With the arrival of Flagler's locomotives along with the development of icehouses for packing the product, commercial fishing became a stronghold in Sebastian. One of the original commercial fishing families, Archie Smith and Bascomb Judah still operate from their original fish house, located on Indian River Drive.

Tales of bountiful fishing, Florida pioneering, and "rum runners" describe the very adventuresome past of the early settlers of this area. For an entertaining lesson on the lifestyle of these early residents visit the exhibitions displayed by The Sebastian River Area Historical Society located next to the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce on Indian River Drive 700 Main Street.

A visit to the little town of Fellsmere reveals more history of the old south. In the architecture of its quaint buildings such as the charming Marian Fell Library. Dating to 1914 this was the first library in the county.

John & Becky Boncek ~ Sebastian REALTORS®

See: www.cityofsebastian.org the official city website

Source: Sebastian, Florida Chamber of Commerce


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