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Taxable property values are rising on the Space Coast, bolstered in large measure by new construction.. Wayne T. Price, FLORIDA TODAY

The taxable value of property in Brevard County has risen nearly 9 percent in the last year, a just-released report from Brevard County Property Appraiser Dana Blickley shows.

The estimated general fund taxable value of property in Brevard was $37.66 billion on Jan. 1. That’s up from $34.56 billion a year earlier.

“It has been a very active real estate market over the past few years in Brevard County,” Blickley said. “We continue to see a strong housing market, where buyers and sellers continue to take advantage of the historically low interest rates.”

The taxable value of property is a key financial indicator for county and municipal officials, as they work to establish budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

Blickley’s report also shows that there was $582.74 million in completed new construction added to the tax rolls this year, up more than 53 percent from the previous year’s figures of $380.11 million.

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Check your property value

Brevard County Property Appraiser Dana Blickley has published the 2018 preliminary values of individual properties on the Brevard County Property Appraiser’s Office website, www.BCPAO.us.

All values are subject to change, pending the Florida Department of Revenue’s final approval, which should take place by July 31.

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Oneweb (Credit: Airbus)

Oneweb (Credit: Airbus)

Airbus Space & Defence is already involved in an $85 million joint-venture with would-be satellite operator OneWeb to build a satellite manufacturing factory at Port Canaveral, in Florida. The plan is to shortly start building the first of an initial 900 satellites for the SoftBank-backed OneWeb project to girdle the planet with a new constellation of broadband craft.

The facility should be in operation this autumn and turning out around 2-3 satellites per day. OneWeb has an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to authorise another 1200 satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), and taking its planned constellation to a total of 1980 craft in orbit, plus spares.

OneWeb has an additional request in with the FCC for an additional 1280 satellites which will work in a Mid-Earth Orbit (MEO).

It is likely that the Airbus/OneWeb factory in Florida will build all of these satellites, but the company also has a ‘Plan B’ which is to win US military contracts for small satellites.

Article by Advanced Television, for complete Article, go [ HERE ]

Harris Technology Center in Palm Bay, Florida

Harris Technology Center in Palm Bay, Florida (Credit: Harris Corp.)

Harris Corp. on Tuesday announced its award of three contracts, totaling $1.5 billion, to provide the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency with what’s called “geospatial data services” for up to 10 years.

Geospatial data is refers to the observation of the ground surface with its geographical information such as latitude and longitude. Geospatial information generally is used for creating Geographic Information System, or GIS.

Harris, headquartered in Melbourne, will create, manage and disseminate high-quality geospatial-intelligence information for the U.S. intelligence community and military worldwide.

Article by Wayne T. Price, for Complete Article go [ HERE ]

Price is business editor at FLORIDA TODAY.

Contact Price at 321-242-3658

or wprice@floridatoday.com.

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The first sunrise of 2018 as seen from the Cocoa Beach Pier. (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK / FLORIDA TODAY)

The first sunrise of 2018 as seen from the Cocoa Beach Pier. (Photo: MALCOLM DENEMARK / FLORIDA TODAY)

When you think of Florida, what comes to mind?

Is it the miles and miles of coastline? University of Florida football? Florida State football? How about rocket launches? Do you think of alligators in the Everglades? Or do you dream about swimming with a sea cow?

Luckily, because of the Sunshine State’s near-perfect weather, it’s easy to plan adventures around all of those things, in winter and summer. (If summer’s too hot, don’t worry. We’ve got a few ideas for you.)

The following list contains some of the quintessential adventures and places — excluding the house that Mickey built because that’s kind of a given — that every Floridian, as well as every winter resident, should experience at least once. It’s a Sunshine State bucket list of sorts.

It’s narrowed to 20 but there are a lot more places to visit and many more ideas out there. Which places or experiences did we miss? Email TCPalm’s trends reporter Maureen Kenyon at maureen.kenyon@tcpalm.com and share your favorites.

Let the planning commence!

Cocoa Beach Pier

Built in 1962, the Cocoa Beach Pier is a historical landmark on the Space Coast. Stretching 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, the pier was constructed with more than 2.5 miles of boardwalk planks and 270 pilings, each 40 feet in length.

Eatfishsurf and shop … all at the pier!

Cocoa Beach is known as the Surf Capital of the World, and now visitors can take lessons at the Cocoa Beach Surf School by Flohana. Lessons are offered daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maybe, one day, you’ll be as good as Cocoa Beach native and 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.

More: Legendary surfer Kelly Slater of Cocoa Beach says he’ll retire in 2019

And since the Space Coast could see up to three dozen launches in 2018 because of government and commercial payload missions that will fly on SpaceX and United Launch Alliance rockets, the pier is a prime spot to watch rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center, too.

There are several spots in Brevard County which offer great views of rocket launches, including Jetty Park Beach and Pier in Port Canaveral, Space View Park and Sand Point Park in Titusville.

But remember, launches are subject to last-minute delays and cancellations because of bad weather and technical problems. Want more launch information? It’s all available here.

More: Launch schedule: Upcoming Florida rocket launches and landings

 

For the Complete Article and all of the recommended visits – see complete article [ HERE ]

 

Article by Maureen Kenyon is TCPalm’s trends reporter, keeping Treasure Coast residents updated on hot topics and happenings. Do you have a story to tell? Want to start a conversation? Send an email to maureen.kenyon@tcpalm.com, call 772-221-4249 or follow her on Twitter @_MaureenKenyon_.

Jerome P. Keuper, Ph.D, founder of Florida Tech, in front of Crawford Tower. (Photo: Courtesy Florida Institute of Technology)

Jerome P. Keuper, Ph.D, founder of Florida Tech, in front of Crawford Tower. (Photo: Courtesy Florida Institute of Technology)

5. FIT was founded thanks to 37 cents and alcohol

Talk about a bargain.

The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne was started with a 37-cent donation. Jerome Keuper, the university’s founder, came up with the idea for the “Brevard Engineering College” in the 1950s, but it wouldn’t be until he had drinks with a friend at a local pub that the idea would really come to fruition.

“As university lore would have it, Dr. Keuper expressed his desire to create a scientific and technological university to a friend over drinks at a local pub. In jest, the friend pushed 37 cents in change across the table and said, ‘There’s your first donation, Jerry. Now go and build that college,'” according to FlT records.

So he did, and the rest is history.

 

Taken from the sixth part of a series dedicated to highlighting the many interesting facts found in cities across the Space Coast. Part 1: 10 things you probably don’t know about the Space Coast can be found here. Part 2: Titusville, can be found here. Part 3: Merritt Island can be found here. Part 4: Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral can be found here. Part 5: Cocoa and Rockledge can be found here. 

Touted as the “economic engine” of Brevard County, Melbourne is often regarded as the area’s most bustling city.

Article by Florida Today, Complete Article [ HERE ]

 

This is the sixth part of a series dedicated to highlighting the many interesting facts found in cities across the Space Coast. Part 1: 10 things you probably don’t know about the Space Coast can be found here. Part 2: Titusville, can be found here. Part 3: Merritt Island can be found here. Part 4: Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral can be found here. Part 5: Cocoa and Rockledge can be found here. 

Touted as the “economic engine” of Brevard County, Melbourne is often regarded as the area’s most bustling city.

Article by Florida Today, Complete Article [ HERE ]

The Queen Victoria cruise ship arrived Jan. 17, 2018, for a one-day port-of-call stop at Port Canaveral during her 74-night transatlantic journey. She has called on Port Canaveral more than 4 times since her first visit in 2011, and she’ll be back at Port Canaveral in March on the return leg of her journey. Video courtesy of Port Canaveral. Wochit

With a strong port-of-call cruise business, Port Canaveral is finding that it will need to get creative in how it accommodates the incoming ships.

So the port is looking into using cargo terminals to do double duty in also hosting cruise ships on occasion —  specifically the port-of-call ships that make stops at Port Canaveral, but are not based here.

The move is necessitated by the demolition of one of Port Canaveral’s smaller terminals, Cruise Terminal 3, east of the Cove area on the south side of the port.

A much-larger cruise terminal will take that terminal’s place. But construction of the new terminal will not be completed until late 2019 at the earliest. The Cruise Terminal 3 project has a budget of $150 million. It will include a 188,000-square-foot terminal with a 1,800-vehicle parking garage.

“With Cruise Terminal 3 offline for construction, there will be more than one occasion in 2019 when we will have more cruise ships scheduled to arrive in Port Canaveral than we have cruise terminals,” Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray said. “Our challenge will be to balance the demand for berth space with availability, including using one of our cargo berths to accommodate an arriving cruise ship.”

Port Canaveral is an attractive port-of-call stop for cruise lines because of its proximity to the Orlando-area theme parks, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Cocoa Beach and ecotourism venues.

For the local tourism industry, attractions, restaurants and retailers all benefit from cruise ship port-of-call visits.

Brevard County Tourist Development Council Chairman Puneet “PK” Kapur said Port Canaveral is one of the biggest drivers of tourism on the Space Coast.

Article by Dave Berman, Florida Today, Complete Article [ HERE ]

Port-of-call volume

Port Canaveral has hosted more than 100 port-of-call cruise ship visits for each of the last five budget years. The port’s budget year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.

2013-14: 138

2014-15: 105

2015-16: 123

2016-17: 107

2017-18: 119 (projection, based on 96 port-of-call visits through May, with another 23 scheduled from June through September)

Source: Canaveral Port Authority

Each year, roughly 40 million Americans, or about 14 percent of the U.S. population, move at least once. Much of that movement includes younger people relocating within cities, but it is trends of Americans moving to warmer climates, more affordable areas, and better job opportunities that have largely determined migration patterns in recent decades.

Because of those long-term patterns, as well as the recent period of economic recovery, cities in some parts of the country have enjoyed a net influx of tens- if not hundreds of thousands of new residents.

To find the 50 U.S. metropolitan areas that have had the largest net increase in population as a result of migration between 2010 and 2017, 24/7 Wall Street reviewed population figures from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program.

The 50 cities where the most people are moving to can primarily be found in the Sun Belt, particularly in states like Florida, Texas, and Arizona. Among the fastest growing cities are places like Dallas, Miami and Phoenix..

.William Frey, demographer at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy research group, explained that these cities adding several hundred thousand new residents due to migration are part of the long-term trend of movement from the Northeast and the Midwest to warmer climates, a trend that has increased in recent years.

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35. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida

  • Population increase due to migration, 2010-2017: 56,706
  • Population change, 2010-2017: +8.4% (543,378 to 589,162)
  • Natural growth, 2010-2017: 37,369 births, 48,286 deaths
  • Median home value: $175,600

Article by USA Today, Complete Article [ HERE ]

Crews demolish old Marina Towers boat house that was damaged by Hurricane Irma in Melbourne