Sebastian Florida

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Sebastian in Indian River County is an eco-lovers paradise! Located along the beautiful Indian River Lagoon, Sebastian is one of Florida's authentic Treasure Coast communities adjacent to the Barrier Island and Atlantic Ocean. It lies between Vero Beach and Melbourne on the Indian River Lagoon and the area is popularly known as the Sebastian River area. Sabal palms, live oaks, egrets, pelicans, a river, a lagoon, seashore are the well-loved features of Sebastian.

Sebastian’s greatest claim to fame is that it is home to America's First National Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island. Over a hundred years ago, largely due to the efforts of one person Paul Kroegel, Pelican Island was declared a wildlife refuge. Today it is celebrated as a habitat of splendor for Pelicans and many other bird species, and is a living legacy. The Centennial Trail is a fitting tribute to the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. On March 15, 2003, as a part of the centennial celebrations visitors enjoyed their first chance to walk the boardwalk, and gaze at the natural splendor of wildlife that surrounds the Pelican Island. National Wildlife Refuge's Centennial Trail and boardwalk allows a closer look at the feathered inhabitants of the place. Each plank is a commemorative to the various National Wildlife Refuges in chronological order.

A walk along Sebastian's Riverfront takes you past old fish houses, dockside-dining spots from where you are sure to spot the famous pelican and marinas that harbor pleasure boats of all sizes. The unspoiled natural beauty of Sebastian brings many visitors who enjoy for top fishing, boating, skydiving and a host of water sport activities from kayak adventures to some of the best-known surfing along the East Coast. Nature lovers embark on eco- tours from the marina. Sebastian Fishing Museum offers an insight into the mainstay of this community.

Most of early Sebastian was built on land between a river and a lagoon. Early settlements in Sebastian date back to the 1880's when 40 pioneers migrated to a village south of the St. Sebastian River. The St. Sebastian River is a freshwater tributary of the Indian River lagoon, fed by rainfall and by smaller creeks and rivulets. Formerly known as Newhaven, it was renamed Sebastian in 1884. By the 1890s, Sebastian had a post office. Fishing was always the mainstay of this small community and the arrival of the railroad and the development of icehouses for packing, commercial fishing became a stronghold in Sebastian.

Naturalists came to the area because of the St. Sebastian River, the Indian River Lagoon, and Pelican Island. Paul Kroegel, whose statute stands in Sebastian Riverview Park, became the first wildlife warden for the first National Wildlife Refuge Pelican Island. Fortunately, the same natural resources first recognized decades ago remain unspoiled even today when almost twenty thousand people live here. Sebastian is now the largest municipality in Indian River County. The local medical needs are looked after by the Sebastian River Medical Center. Sebastian is the main business address for Emerge Interactive Inc.

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