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Indian River County FL
Indian River is one of the counties in the Treasure Coast region of Florida along the state’s east coast. This region was so named after silver- and gold-laden Spanish galleons shipwrecked in this Atlantic Coast area during the 18th century.
Indian River County was established in 1925 and adopted the name of its locale’s Indian River Lagoon, a pristine estuary along Florida’s Atlantic Coast. This county has a total area of 617 square miles, of which water comprises 114 square miles. On the fringes of the county’s coast stretch 26 miles of unspoiled beaches that serve as a perfect setting for many Indian River residential communities.
Magnet to Businesses
Vero Beach is the county seat of Indian River, with Fellsmere and Sebastian also among the county’s major population center that are popular destinations of prospective home buyers. Companies are likewise drawn to the county because of its central location, favorable business climate and exemplary public services.
Notably, Indian River is just an hour’s drive north of West Palm Beach and 70 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center. Business ventures which chose to avail of the superb location of the county put them located within a three-hour drive of nearly 18 million potential customers or approximately 90 percent of Florida’s total population. With its assets at play, Indian River has emerged as one of the 20 richest Florida counties.
Some of the companies which have set up shop at Indian River include the general aviation manufacturer Piper Aircraft and Velocity Aircraft. A CVS distribution Center is likewise in this county. Indian River Citrus, turning out locally harvested produce, has also put up its headquarters in this county likewise renowned for its grapefruit groves.
That Indian River is a magnet to businesses has helped improve local job prospects. Transportation infrastructures in the county is so well developed too that commuting to work would typically be just about 20 minutes. Likewise within easy access to residents are local shopping, cultural and recreational centers including the county’s beautiful parks and beaches. Residents’ mobility in Indian River is enhanced by GoLine, a primary local public transportation launched in 1994 to help lessen private car use.
Indian River’s life and leisure hubs include the national protected area, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. As alluring too is Orchid Island, an Atlantic coastal barrier island offering immaculate beaches as well as wildlife preserves, shops and restaurants.
In Sebastian, one interesting stop is the Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum home to archaeological exhibits and artifacts of the 1715 sunk Spanish treasure fleet that has inspired legends in the Atlantic coast of Florida. Sebastian Inlet State Park is another enticing come-on, especially for sports fishermen who can cast their lines for mackerel, snook and bluefish.
In these very same leisure destinations, prospective home buyers can take a pick from sprawling oceanfront estates and riverfront communities, all detached from congestion and urban sprawl. Would-be residents can explore home-buying opportunities both ocean-side and mainland at varying price points.