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The Area: The City of Melbourne is located on east central Florida's Space Coast. Melbourne is about an hour's
drive south of the Kennedy Space Center, and 1-1/2 hours due east of Disney World.
The City is in the southern portion of Brevard County. Interstate-95 runs through the county from north-to-south.
Access roads from the west include the Beachline Expressway (formerly the Beeline) and U.S. 192, which runs
through Melbourne to the beaches.
Nearby incorporated communities include Palm Bay, West Melbourne, Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Indian
Harbour Beach, and Satellite Beach. Viera and Suntree, unincorporated communities, are also nearby.
While most of Melbourne is located on the Florida mainland, a small portion is located on a barrier island. The
Indian River Lagoon separates the mainland from the island. The island is a narrow strip of land that separates
the Lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean. (In prehistoric times the Lagoon was connected to the Ocean. Today, the
only connection is by way of a handful of inlets, including the manmade Sebastian Inlet at the southern end of
Spanning the Indian River Lagoon to connect the mainland to the barrier island are a pair of four-lane, high-rise
bridges -- the Melbourne Causeway and the Eau Gallie Causeway.
The Space Coast is known as a high-tech center of the Southeast. Major employers in the Melbourne vicinity
include Harris Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Florida Institute of Technology, Holmes Regional Hospital,
Northrop Grumman Corporation - Surveillance and Battle Management Systems, Nuance Dictaphone Training
Center, GE Transportation Systems and Rossi Electronics, Florida TODAY (Gannett) Newspaper, Brevard
Community College, and the Brevard County School Board.
Melbourne promotes economic development and is actively engaged in revitalization efforts in three areas of
the city. Information and assistance is available from the Planning and Economic Development Department.
The Melbourne metropolitan area has been ranked as one of the most affordable in the nation for homebuyers
in a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. The 1998 "Money" Magazine 'Best Places' survey
rated Melbourne and Brevard County 7th among medium-sized Southern communities.
Demographic information is available in the Melbourne Community Data Summary prepared by the Economic
Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast.
Queries about the area can be directed to the Melbourne-Palm Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, which
receives e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about bus services in Melbourne and other
areas is available from the Space Coast Area Transit offices (321) 633-1878. Melbourne residents can use two
bus routes for free -- route no. 21 and no. 29 -- due to a subsidy by the Melbourne City Council.
The City of Melbourne maintains a web-links page that can help you locate additional Internet pages
containing information about the area as well as links to community business and resources.
The City Code and Comprehensive Plan are available online, as is the Geographic Information System.
The City: The contemporary City of Melbourne is the result of a merger of the separate communities of
Melbourne and Eau Gallie. An election allowed the consolidation under a common charter on July 15, 1969.
Today, the City is approximately 41 square miles in size, with about 75% of that land in use. The City of
Melbourne population was 78,386 as of April 1, 2007, according to the University of Florida Bureau of
Economic and Business Research. The population of Melbourne continues to grow at a modest rate. Melbourne
is located at the the center of a much larger urban area.
Municipal government is responsible for providing vital services to City residents. In addition, drinking water
services are provided to customers in a regional area that includes several other municipalities. To accomplish
its mission, the City organization includes 870 full-time employees and 176 part-time workers, plus seasonal
Melbourne served as an official host city for the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay. The Olympic flame was carried
across the nation before reaching Atlanta and the Olympic Centennial Games. Thousands of area residents
enjoyed seeing the Torch Relay, which symbolized the competitive and unifying spirit of the Olympic Games.
Local Government: Melbourne's charter provides for a Council-Manager form of government. Elected to office
are a Mayor and six Council members. Although Council members are elected from districts, all of the elected
officials are selected by city-wide vote. They serve four-year terms.
Mayor and Council members are listed with their telephone numbers. The City of Melbourne accepts Internet
e-mail for the Mayor and all City Council members at email@example.com. Additional e-mail
addresses, which are listed here, are maintained by the elected officials for their own use and provide the option
of direct contact with those individuals.
Mayor Harry Goode, (321) 953-6225
District 1, Richard P. Contreras, (321) 242-6350
District 2, Mark LaRusso, (321) 779-8505
District 3, Kathy Meehan, Vice Mayor,
District 4, John Thomas, (321) 508-6738
District 5, Cheryl Palmer, (321) 242-2009
District 6, Joanne Corby, (321) 259-4210
Correspondence to Mayor and Council should be addressed to them at
900 East Strawbridge Avenue
Melbourne, Florida 32901
City Hall is located approximately one block west of the intersection of U.S. 192 (also known as Strawbridge
Avenue) and U.S. 1. City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Direct dial
telephone numbers to the various city departments are available, or you may call the switchboard, at (321)
For directions around Melbourne, consult our online map page. Use the City's interactive mapping service to
research aerial photos, zoning and land use information, flood zones, and crime statistics, and to conduct
vacant property searches of the City's Geographic Information System
Council Meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber
at City Hall. All meetings are open to the public.
Under Melbourne's charter, the City Council sets policies and goals. This means that by majority vote the City
Council can create ordinances or change existing ordinances. The Council provides final approval on planning
and zoning matters, and on changes to the City's Comprehensive Plan. The Council also must approve an
annual budget for the City.
Citizen involvement in decision making includes the opportunity to speak at public hearings. A public hearing is
held before any new law is approved. Public hearings are also held each year before an annual budget and a
property tax rate are finalized.
Another important job of the City Council is the selection of a City Manager to implement policy and manage
day-to-day activities. The City Manager is then responsible for hiring key staff.
The City Council also appoints members to municipal boards. The board members are volunteers. Most of the
boards are advisory, while several are granted specific decision-making powers.
City Management: Melbourne's City Manager is Jack M. Schluckebier. Two Deputy City Managers, Amy Elliott
and Howard Ralls, in addition to a variety of Department Directors report to the City Manager. Department
directors include Finance Director Michele Ennis, Utilities and Public Works Director Bob Klaproth, Leisure
Services Director Mary Ann Bowman, Fire Chief Paul Forsberg, Police Chief Don Carey, City Clerk Cathy Wysor,
Community Development Director Melinda Thomas, City Engineer Jenni Lamb, and Planning & Economic
Development Director Cindy Dittmer. The City Attorney is Paul Gougelman.
Among the departments that are frequently contacted by citizens is Leisure Services, which is responsible for
recreation programs and parks. For information on a variety of classes, activities, and rental of facilities, call
Often requested by area groups are water conservation presentations and tours of water and wastewater facilities.
For information call (321) 674-5761. Presentation topics include water quality, and landscaping for water
conservation and wildlife.
Budget: The City of Melbourne operates on a $166.4-million budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year that began on
Oct. 1, 2008. After an extensive budget document is reviewed by City Council, public hearings to seek
community comment on budget plans are held each September.
The budget includes a $67-million General Fund to pay for day-to-day operations including emergency
services, recreation and parks, and public works operations and projects. Income to the General Fund includes
property taxes. The current property tax rate is 4.4751 mills, or about $4.48 per $1,000 in taxable property
valuation. Costs of municipal services for Melbourne residents are the lowest among full-service cities in Brevard
Property taxes represent about 31% of the revenue that goes into the General Fund, and about 12.6% of the
City's total revenue. Other revenue sources are varied, and include such things as permit fees, franchise fees,
and a portion of gasoline taxes.
The City's capital improvement fund for the 2008-09 fiscal year is $24.8-million. The City operates a
stormwater program that is funded through annual assessments of $21.60 per residential unit. Melbourne's
stormwater program budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year is $1.3-million.
Two other City funds pay their own way. These funds receive no money from property taxes, and instead rely on
charges and fees for income. They are the $50.4-million Water and Sewer Fund, and the $2.97-million
Recreation Systems Fund for the two municipal golf courses.
In addition, the Melbourne International Airport operates with a $11.4-million budget. A seven-member Airport
Authority has responsibility for the airport, which is a municipal agency.
Income to the City also includes state and federal grants that allow operation of the Community Development
Program. Over the last two decades the funding has included about $25-million provided through the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist Melbourne neighborhoods.
Airport: The Melbourne International Airport serves Florida's Space and Treasure Coasts with domestic and
international passenger and air freight service.
Utilizing convenient, state-of-the-art facilities, the Melbourne International Airport is served by Delta Airlines as
well as regional carriers. The Airport also provides services including charter passenger flights, private aviation,
and air freight flights. International services include U.S. Customs, I.N.S., and U.S.D.A. The Airport is part of
Free Trade Zone #136.
A major "high-tech" industrial park surrounds Melbourne International Airport, with companies such as Harris
Corporation, Northrop-Grumman, Rockwell International, and D.B.A. Systems. Melbourne is home to Grumman's
"Joint Stars" project, which played an important role in the Gulf War victory.
The airport offers full navigation and air traffic control facilities, as well as two fixed-based operators and flight
schools. A NEXRAD weather facility is located on the airfield. For additional information, telephone (321)
723-6227, or write to Melbourne International Airport, One Air Terminal Parkway, Suite #220, Melbourne, FL