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Brevrard County Expressway Authority[edit]

The Brevard County Expressway Authority was created in 1972. By Florida Statue:

Brevard County Expressway Authority, purpose and powers. FSS 348.219(3)(m):

The authority is specifically authorized to construct a toll facility in Brevard County establishing a two-lane or four-lane bridge located in the southern area of Brevard County, south of the municipality of Melbourne, connecting existing U.S. Highway No. 1 with State Road A1A across the Indian River at such exact location as is determined by the authority to be economically feasible.

This permits them to build a bridge across the Indian River Lagoon, and from looking at the Brevard Properties appraiser, there is land owned on both sides by the State of Florida near the end of Malabar Road.

I'm not sure if I should create a new "Brevard County Expressway Authority", or put it somewhere else. The BCEA isn't really "known", and is sortof a part of Brevard County Government, but not as separate as, say, the Orange County Expressway Authority. --Mcmillen76 00:05, 5 November 2005 (UTC)

The scope of the BCEA is limited unlike the Orange County Expressway Authority, and conceivably, the authority could be eliminated once its purpose is done, so I personally think an article would be a little overkill. Jcam 15:53, 24 December 2005 (UTC)

Former Cities/Towns[edit]

I will be moving any towns that are not part of the "current" collection of known areas in the county to a separate Brevard History page at some point in the future --Mcmillen76 00:05, 5 November 2005 (UTC) I no longer reside in the area, and have no access to local historical articles and books. The page looks rather unfinished with most of the place names not having links, or any information on how they were established. These names can be found readily in other data sources, but some are no longer represented in public sources, such as USGS data. While great from a historical standpoint, the information will probably be hard to come by, and would only serve to clutter the article. I created the information, and I vote that it is removed permanently. --Mcmillen76 23:11, 8 October 2006 (UTC)

Article Introduction[edit]

Is it just me, or does it seem there is too much... "junk" in the opening of this article ? To me a county article should have brief information at the top. Maybe a few things about what makes the county notable, not a dozen paragraphs about different things in the county. And then it should lead into the subsections which would be more apporpriate for that kind of information. Thoughts anyone ? Jcam 03:42, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

I removed the talk about commercial flights from Orlando. This is Brevard County not Orange County. It has been revised to matchup with only Melbourne International Airport.198.151.12.8 16:58, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

Salary Wrong[edit]

I'm not sure where they are getting the median salary. As of 11/20/2006, the median salary in Brevard County for all occupations is $25,740. Go here to verify: http://www.floridawages.com/eds.php?geocode=1202037340 67.8.238.11 03:46, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

Adjacent vs Adjoining[edit]

I added back in Seminole County as an ADJACENT county. It is close enough to considered adjacent. We should leave it in there as the section is titled ADJACENT and not ADJOINING. If it was Adjoining, that would be different. Plus, we should keep it as Adjacent as the county information footer lists Seminole County as being ADJACENT. 198.151.12.8 16:31, 20 December 2006 (UTC). The following was copied from Dalbury's Talk Page to be brought to the Article Talk Page.

I'm afraid you are making a distinction that doesn't hold up very well. See the Wiktionary definition of 'adjacent'. And once you go beyond 'contiguous with', it is original reasearch to say whether or not one county is adjacent to another. -- Donald Albury 16:40, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
I understand Wikitionary's definition. But take a look at the bottom of the Brevard County article. Seminole county is listed as an adjacent county. Even the public domain list of adjacent counties for the 50 states [1] lists Seminole County as being adjacent. In fact, adjacent can mean contiguous, which can mean that it can be within close or near proximity without actually touching. Seminole County is "near" enough to be considered adjacent. Seminole County article also lists Brevard County as adjacent. 198.151.12.8 19:39, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
In fact, according to the USDA Economic and Research Service, "to be considered an adjacent county, a nonmetro county must physicallyadjoin one or more metro areas and have at least two percent of its employed labor force commuting to central metro counties." What the USDA ESR is talking about is functional adjacency, rather than physical adjacency. [2] Since Seminole county is functionally adjacent to Brevard due to the amount of commuters coming to and from that county.. I believe it qualifies for adjacency to Brevard.67.8.238.211
  • FWIW, Seminole, Orange, Volusia, and Brevard all touch at one point (roughly 28.612913°N,80.987079°W by Google Earth). Although I fail to see how non-touching counties can be considered adjacent (especially in this context), the whole argument is moot since they do touch. Jdoty 05:08, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

New Stuff March 2007[edit]

I want to apologize for all this new stuff coming all at once without footnotes. I intend to supply them later. Got them for another reason and didn't preserve the original footnotes. Will take awhile to retrieve them but they are all legit. Whether it all belongs here or not is another matter! Student7 00:27, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

Okay. Finally through the massive updates. I will need to eliminate redundancies. If you have any idea on organization, please suggest them or start moving stuff around. If you would like to help with footnoting, I would appreciate it. I got most of the info online or on Florida Today, which doesn't seem to have a decent online catalog of articles anymore.
Otherwise, I will footnote, but it will take "awhile." Student7 22:31, 25 March 2007 (UTC)

Requested Assessment[edit]

About time we had an assessment of this article to point us in the right direction for the future. I have requested one.Student7 11:12, 17 July 2007 (UTC)

Needs serious pruning[edit]

This article is absolutely enormous, but there is little truly relevant content. There are entire sections that should be moved to separate subarticles, or simply deleted because they are not encyclopedic in scope. There are no Good or Featured Articles for counties to use for comparison, but I'd suggest moving the environment section to its own article, consolidating all of the social issues (including the "status of women and minorities" and the "social services" section) and moving them to a separate article, nuking the "Volunteer" and "filmmaking" sections, pare down the religion section, kill the "democracy" section (the important information for that section is the incorporated and unincorporated cities data, which is covered later in the article, and eliminate some of the Public Relations-style writing that dominates this piece; it currently reads like a Chamber of Commerce or Tourism Board boosterism piece. Horologium t-c 00:02, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for your suggestions. Tried to respond by following most of them. Except the "booster" part. I tried to do this as I was editing. Obviously not that successfully, or you wouldn't have mentioned it. Will have to run through it again.
Unlike higher level government, there isn't that much that goes unnoticed for very long. We have in the sunshine government which seems to work most of the time. We are nearly north enough to be "in the South." People don't "confront" government quite so much as they do in urban areas. The area tends to be fairly homogenous. Except for roads, and gripes about developers, there are few complaints that last very long. Schools are in a separate article. Like everywhere, "my school is fine, but everyone else's is screwed up!"  :) Not much to report there. Keeping up with people moving in is a concern but we have plenty of room, so no real problem. It's often sunny. People are happier in the sun, I think. Everyone hates evacuating for hurricanes, but what are you going to do? And it doesn't happen very often. Most local articles sound sales-y unless they are NYC or something. There are always "Bush haters" or "Clinton haters" around but this doesn't seem to extend down to the local level. Apathy is bad, but what can you say about that? No worse than anywhere else.
A lot of visible things are run with volunteer help. True "self-government," democracy in action, etc.
Twenty year olds hate it! "Not enough going on." (Maybe that's why the rest of us like it!  :) And, of course, teens hate it, but they hate everyplace!
Specifics on sections to edit for c-of-c Pov would be appreciated. Student7 03:08, 11 August 2007 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay, I have been traveling today (and will be traveling again tomorrow), and am on dial-up (which makes loading large pages like this one extremely tedious).
Your edits removed some of the worst material (as far as PoV is concerned), but the whole article needs to be rewritten as complete paragraphs; right now, it's filled with one-sentence paragraphs that resemble a bulleted list, with the bullets missing. Take a look at some of the Good or Featured Articles in WikiProject Florida (or elsewhere) for examples of fairly well-written prose, or look at Wikipedia:What is a Good Article? for more concrete ideas on improving the prose. You should also visit Wikipedia:WikiProject U.S. Counties for an example of how to organize the article, and what should be in each section; there are still a lot of headings that I've never seen in any county article (as another editor had noted as comments in the original text). The schools section is the worst remaining section for non-neutral PoV, and needs to be scaled back a bit as well.
Generally speaking, any article that is larger than 40KB needs to be broken up; before last night's edits, this article was 92KB (it's now about 70KB). The transportation section could be spun off (or seriously scaled back), and the list of radio stations (which are mostly redlinks anyway) can be replaced by a link to List of radio stations in Florida, which has a section for the Melbourne radio market. The TV section does not need to mention which specific companies provide service, and any stations that don't have Wikipedia articles should not be listed. (If they are notable, work up at least a stub on them.)
In the Education section, the information about vocational programs offered by BCC should be eliminated, as every community college in the country has similar programs. Change the link for Florida Tech to Florida Institute of Technology, its proper name, and eliminate the "typical" from its description. Leave out all mentions of specific degree programs from the universities unless they are in some way significant; the articles for the universities themselves should have more detailed information. The Justice and Juvenile Justice sections need to be pared back, and the reference to the bombing belongs in the (underdeveloped) history section. I hesitate advocating enlarging any part of the article due to its current size, but the history section is very small, and the area has a lot of history. There is no mention of the pre-Columbian civilization in the area (the Ais) or their fate, and the reference to Mosquito County is incorrect, as Mosquito County became Orange County, not Brevard. The whole space program thing might be just a little bit relevant to the history section as well. (grin) It would probably be a good idea to spin an expanded history section off into another separate article too. (Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a good example of an article with lots of subarticles, if you are curious; long lists of links generally will kill any hope of getting an article to GA status, let alone FA.)
Hope this helps. Horologium t-c 20:49, 11 August 2007 (UTC)
FIT is also officially known as Florida Tech and prefer the name in most pubs and media. This was established about 5-6 years ago.68.202.100.14 20:18, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

Newspapers Section[edit]

To standardize this section, I recommend the following change. This includes renaming the section to "Print" & adding two papers that serve Brevard County. It also includes some edits, such as italicizing names of all publications.

Print[edit]

Florida Today - major daily newspaper serving Melbourne, Brevard County and the Space Coast region of Florida. It is owned by the media conglomerate Gannett.

Brevard Business News - weekly circulated newspaper that serves the business community.

Brevard Technical Journal - monthly circulated industry newspaper for business management, engineering, purchasing, manufacturing, and staff. It contains news & features about the business and the science of technology in Brevard County - Florida's Space & Technology Coast.

El Playero - monthly circulated newspaper that serves the Spanish-speaking population of the Space Coast.

Hometown News - weekly circulated free newspaper, supported by advertising, that has versions in other Florida counties. It presents local news.

Space Coast Parent - monthly circulated magazine with news and articles of local interest for families.


Thanks FieldMarine 14:20, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

Mostly uncontroversial. I would recommend omitting "Parent." We have a LOT of specialized magazines with niche audiences. There is, incredibly, a glossy home decorating magazine with "Indialantic" on the cover. Whether it changes for each town, I don't know. But my thought is that it just clutters up what is already a cluttered article. My thought is to insert, as per most of your suggestions, mass-circulation stuff and blatantly omit the rest. Student7 23:58, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

Article format restructuring[edit]

I was wondering, I just read through the article and notice quite a bit of the article is structured awkwardly, if it didn't just sound down right misplaced.

Is there a Florida county article that has FA/GA status which we could model after? I'll start looking for proper formatting from relevant WikiProjects. - Jameson L. Tai talkcontribs 12:03, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

There may be good county articles now. I looked a long time ago and the only comparable volume of material was us at the county level. Perhaps structure like a small state? City of similar size? It is poor. I am good at organization but unfortunately am too close to this material to be of help. A lot should be forked. I was thinking maybe forking economy with a summary. The trouble with forking is that it becomes a pesky problem of fighting with newbies about what goes in the summary in the main article and what gets forked.Student7 (talk) 13:16, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
I'd be happy to work with you on this topic after finals week (yes... it's that time of year again... hahahah I'm sure you of all editors here would understand) Remind me though. I might be in one of those moods after finals. - Jameson L. Tai talkcontribs 13:25, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
Speaking of which, I knew there was a WikiProject somewhere that could help us. - See Wikipedia:WikiProject U.S. counties. - Jameson L. Tai talkcontribs 13:27, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
Followed the above at the high level a long time ago. Unfortunately not well developed since then. They need more help than we do. This is why we can't find another Florida county that is similarly well-developed. We have richer detail, but too much. Where we need help is on forking out some of this "rich detail." The Wikiproject creeps. We are already toddling and need help running IMO. We are well beyond the project level unfortunately. They need to take clues for their outline from us! But not denying that this article needs help and work. Student7 (talk) 19:46, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
I'm from San Francisco, so I'll use the distinct coincidence that San Francisco is its own City and County and just follow San Francisco, California's format, especially since it's a featured article. The SF article provides pretty much a similar format, but it does give some pretty good insights as to what to fork. We should start taking a look at what they forked and perhaps do something similar with notable and forkable topics. - Jameson L. Tai talkcontribs 08:32, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Side note on areas that require attention

  • graph looks like some weird LaTeX graph, perhaps thumb?
  • presidential election table looks out of place, perhaps moved to side + word wrap?
  • general wording and tone restructuring.

- Jameson L. Tai talkcontribs 08:38, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Hadn't noticed election tables. Probably graph needs to be compessed somewhat. It is a bit dominant. One thing I didn't put there! Happy to have something other than prose! I think the weaknesses though are on volume and wording. My "bullet" items need to be prose. The years were there for a reason, but maybe if footnotes can be found (didn't put them in originally cause I was doing it from personal notes and I didn't have the original references). So the user can get the year from the footnote if year actually doesn't make a whole lot of difference and sometimes it doesn't.
We also need pictures. Space Center, Disney ship, manatees, stadium full of people, parade in downtown Melbourne, aerial photo of causeways, etc.
Would appreciate a heads up here before forking. Thanks. Student7 (talk) 12:16, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Are the election tables even needed? A single link to the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections website should suffice to anyone interested in the political make-up of the residents. If the table stays, then the references are easy to find. Just Google Brevard County Supervisor of Elections, look for the Previous Elections in the index panel on the left, and select Election Results. The "Summary" web page for each presidential election year has the data contained in the table. Oh, I'd add them myself, but I'm having a hard time figuring out where to put the references in that table structure. ;-) TMVMayor (talk) 18:47, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

(unindent) I think we need to just discuss how we should "slice-up" the article to regroup and chop off the sections that just seems out of place. Just because something's referenced doesn't mean it needs to be discussed/or is encyclopedic for this particular article. We have articles of major metropolitan areas as well as individual city/town/incorporated area articles - which the area pertaining to those odd-balls could just be squeezed in over there. The article just looks... awkward and awful. - Jameson L. Tai talkguestbookcontribs 23:57, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

Agree on unsightly article.
On prior question, states have "Elections in (state)" articles. We are probably the first county to have much data, but yes, it is generally done, just not this low down in government anywhere else. Refs can be inserted like always. Messes up raw edit, but should look okay in "preview" before saving article.
TMVMayor, we could use your fresh eyes on how to restructure the county article. Any thoughts? What info could you have done without? Student7 (talk) 01:25, 12 May 2009 (UTC)
Let me start a couple sandbox articles so I can save a backup and then let me chop a bunch of sections and then rebuild from there? - Jameson L. Tai talkguestbookcontribs 23:18, 12 May 2009 (UTC)
Let's try that. - Jameson L. Tai talkguestbookcontribs 23:22, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

Merging Brevard County Emergency Operations Center[edit]

Please do not merge this article back into Brevard County. Please see the above discussion on this article being too long. One of the successful forks was to get rid of BCEOC without any annoying fallout in this article. Please see the discussion above about being too long. With a hurricane or two, the EOC will grow, believe me! It won' take long! Student7 (talk) 23:37, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

The data in the two articles are the same. It has been nearly a year since the suggestion was made and none of the changes that Student7 suggested would be made have been made. It does not reduce the length of the Brevard County Article. Robertsrules (talk) 15:00, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Religion[edit]

Well, the section definitely needs help. I disagree with the sectarians who want to see all mention of religion removed from Wikipedia. Some of the comments that are here need deletion, however. Student7 (talk) 21:39, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

I have no argument with having a section on Religion,; I do have an argument with dropping random trivia into an encyclopedia article. WP is not the place to advertise or otherwise promote a church, religion or any number of other entities. What would be appropriate are sourced statistics on churches, attendance, etc., with some discussion (supported by reliable sources) of the role religion has played in the community. -- Donald Albury 18:15, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Sorry. Advertising? Huh? There is a description of two popular festivals run by two different religions. I suppose we could drop the names of the religions but it wouldn't make much sense after that. Greek festivals are somehow different IMO. And BTW, why is it that religions can't be mentioned, except negatively, in Wikipedia? Everything else is. A RC church was in a book and had national blue ribbon status for its school. The religions aren't even linked. Not was the parish named (though it has an article). I got rid of the Mormons. That should make someone happy. Student7 (talk) 18:37, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
Why are you ranting at me? What I would like to see under Religion in this article is something like Atlanta, Georgia#Religion. -- Donald Albury 20:06, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
I agree that Atlanta has a fine article. This is beyond us here. We do not have cathedrals. Not being an intergral city, we do not have much aggregate statistics about religion at the county level. We have at least one, maybe more than one church with membership at 10,000+ level. That's about it for size. Aggregage numbers may be beyond us. There are probably breakdowns somewhere on Protestant, and Catholic. Others are tiny.Student7 (talk) 14:00, 3 August 2008 (UTC)

I too find the publicity for our religious fests here self-serving. Every community has it's religious events. Perhaps the nature of the festivalks speaks to the make up of our community more than to religion?

I can't imagine an article on religion in Brevard County without a mention of the controversies concerning seperation of church and state that have made news here. The School Board of brevard County was sued in Federal Courts to halt graduations at four high schools from taking place in our areas 'mega-church'. There was another recent controversy involving the religious nature of a program using school property; complete with an 'alter call' at the end of the program.

This article neads to either be reomoved or to explore the controversial nature of religion in Brevard County and the much more newsworthy events surrounding religion here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.189.163.114 (talk) 13:33, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Uh... this article is going no where. Discussion of the subject in question is welcome, but problems with one section should not result in deletion of the entire article. - Jameson L. Tai talkguestbookcontribs 19:12, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
Sorry for the misuderstanding. Did not mean to delete the article but rather the section. There seems to be nothing noteworthy nor informative about religion in Brevard County. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.189.163.114 (talk) 20:31, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
I have deleted sections that seemed self-serving. It is true and significant about Trinity Towers. The fests seem more cultural to me than religious IMO.
The judge forbidding graduation ceremonies in a church was covered a long time ago in Brevard_County_School_District#Controversy.
It is one thing to promote religion WP:SPAM or WP:PR but quite another to suppress it entirely as being a forbidden topic except in the negative. I thinking forbidding the mention of religion is not yet required per se in Wikipedia.Student7 (talk) 21:07, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
See, for example, Albury's comment (second from top). Student7 (talk) 21:09, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

This section is really worthless. I don't mind have a section on religion if it brings something useful to an article, but what is here isn't. I suggest it be removed until something worthwhile is presented.HotBBQ (talk) 15:12, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

New graphs[edit]

These were great! Thanks! But one started at 400,000 population making a relatively slow increase in population look like a tremendous leap. This is WP:POV so I deleted it. Also, I can't read the graphs very well at all without enlarging them. Don't know how to solve that problem easily. I know the editor was aware that while visual representations are greatly needed, we don't want to be dominated by them either. So I can't help with the tradeoffs. Maybe someone else can. Student7 (talk) 13:19, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

Landfills[edit]

County is tapping landfills for methane, not unusual nowdays. Florida Today article. Another issue is the very expensive closing of landfills, which probably ought to be someplace. The methane doesn't even come close to paying for the closing! Student7 (talk) 16:17, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

New History section[edit]

To all concerned:

I have rewritten the history section. I know there are those who have worked on this article for a long time and worked hard, while this is my first contribution to this article. I do believe I have substantially improved the section , but I may be biased about my contribution so I invite all others to comment and make changes... I am about to send a message to the talk page of those who may be interested parties. I am still new to wikipedia so don't want to step on anyone's toes. VictorianMutant (talk) 02:30, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Yes. Much improved. I have some tweaks I would like to make.
Questions about omissions: Didn't see anything about Astros/Colt45s (Baseball teams). I think the Cypress railroad was first in the county. Grover Cleveland visited in 1888. I am more sure that the last naval battle should be indicated since it was fought "near" to Brevard county shores. Student7 (talk) 03:06, 15 September 2010 (UTC)
Need to shorten. We don't want to repeat parts of Florida people history nor geologic history unless it can't be avoided. This is WP:TOPIC but makes sense because we don't want to maintain text in several places (like 67 county histories, for example). Student7 (talk) 03:15, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

I think that this is a substantial improvement over what was passing as a history section before. Now we have a chronologically arranged series of paragraphs, which creates a narrative much easier to read than the earlier bullets. It's neither too long nor too short, and has an appropriate amount of detail for an overview of the county's history. It avoids some of the recentism of the previous version and provides context which was missing before.

In regards to some of the omissions: The sports teams information would be better handled in the arts and culture section, and the railroad in the transportation section. (Both need to be cited before they are restored.) I'm not sure if the trivia about Grover Cleveland is important enough to merit a mention at all, but perhaps in the politics section (the e-book cited discusses the trip as a campaign visit). I'm not sure if the Alliance/Sybil battle needs to be noted, either. I'd have to take a look at the actual article from Florida Today first to judge its noteworthiness, because there's no real citations about the battle in the article on the USS Alliance and no article at all about HMS Sibyl,and the battle does not appear to have been given a specific name. Horologium (talk) 17:28, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Following up on the Grover Cleveland visit and the naval battle: To me, inclusion in a history section of an article of a city, county or state requires not just a notable event- it should be one which has some sort of impact on the future events of the area. The Grover Cleveland visit was basically a campaign visit and I doubt it meant much in the long term scheme of things (although a New Jersey "Yankee" touring the Deep South might be relevant in the Grover Cleveland article or some other article about Guilded Age politics. As for the USS Alliance battle off the coast- I could definitely see it in an article about American Revolution naval battles, but not here. No one lived in Cape Canaveral at the time, it was under British rule, would be under Spanish rule at war's end: had the battle not taken place, nothing would have changed- at least from Brevard County's perspective. VictorianMutant (talk) 19:49, 15 September 2010 (UTC)

Although the visit of Grover Cleveland and the Alliance Battle may not seem significant to you they are significant in story telling and add spice to our local history. You have to remember who is doing searches and reading from Wikipedia. It's not always dry historians but readers looking for a good true story. If you want cites I can get those for you. --Ourhistory153 (talk) 17:51, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

Unfortunately (?) presidents and candidates come through the county "often enough" in the 21st century, that apparently it is not considered reportable in the 19th. I had tried to add the visit. In truth, transitory visitors are not really a great part of History anyplace, unless they are Alexander the Great or Bonaparte; somebody of that ilk!  :(
I had also inserted the Alliance battle. Again, another editor objected because it was too far out at sea and not really germane to Brevard County, which was essentially uninhabited at the time. I was forced to agree. There has to be a limit.
We are not trying to "catch the eye" like the evening news or a book author. This is a truly dry encyclopedia of citable facts. "Eye-catching" is not a criteria. We are not trying to compete with the news media. We try to be npov and relevant and germane. We are not "renting space" and therefore do not require an audience at "any cost." Student7 (talk) 21:43, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

Restructuring Government[edit]

An editor has made some improvements to this area. Not sure why Government services was brought outside of "Government." If the subsection is too long. maybe it would be best to fork some of it rather than categorize in a non-standard manner. Student7 (talk) 14:34, 24 January 2011 (UTC)


Photo of Volusia county line[edit]

While it is nice to have photos and to see an "old time" marker, not sure how non-US residents (or US ones, for that matter) will view the fence. Are we fencing Volusians out? Are they fencing Volusians in? There are two serious barbed wire strands at the top of this fence! I'm pretty sure there is cattle involved, but the allusion for the casual viewer might not be so forgiving. We can't modify photos, but it would be nice to have another one instead IMO. Student7 (talk) 19:30, 5 April 2011 (UTC)

Too long[edit]

This article is far too long and has much excessive detail. Not necessarily false or useless detail, but too much for this one article about the county. Much of this needs to be moved to (new) sub articles, omitted, or simply reworded. While we want as much information and facts about everything as we can on Wikipedia, too much of a good thing is bad! Including information. It is basically hiding the vital overview of the country, which should be the purpose of the article. Any ideas anyone? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Brainboy109 (talkcontribs) 14:45, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

Inventory by Size (measurement is not important - they are "relative to each other)
  • Lead 1 (seems okay)
  • TOC - 3! (this seems too long. there are ways of shortening TOCs)
  • History 4+
  • Geography 6+
  • Demographics - 3 (seems about right)
  • Government 13.5! (an obvious candidate for forking/shortening IMO)
  • Elections - 1 (this seems a bit short but don't need a whole lot more either)
  • Economy - 12 (a lot of info, but a candidate for forking/shortening)
  • Health - 1 (okay)
  • Cities and Towns - 1+ (never understood why this was separate from Geography or Government. Should be forked or deleted. It's at the bottom. Just MO)
  • Education - tiny. Probably should be a little bit larger
  • Sports - <1. About right IMO
  • Infrastructure - 1 (about right)
  • Media < 2 (about right)
  • Arts and culture - 1.5 (about right)
Anyway, shortening/forking Economy and Government might seem profitable. Ensuring geography is under forked article and then maybe deleting some, might be in order. COULD shorten TOC artificially but might be shortened a bit by proposed moves. Just MO. Student7 (talk) 14:51, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
Tried to shorten "Government." Still could use an "outside" axe. Student7 (talk) 00:39, 16 November 2011 (UTC)

I thing a separate article for Brevard County is warranted and should be created. We have a rich history not a brief history. From the landing of Ponce de Leon to the landing on the Moon. Brevard County deserves its own article on local history.--Ourhistory153 (talk) 17:55, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

The moon landing was not performed by Brevard County, per se, but by KSC and the national government. Okay to mention it, but not really a county function. Ponce de Leon should be mentioned in one sentence someplace. Student7 (talk) 21:30, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

Merge Ponce de León Island here[edit]

"Ponce de León Island" is a proposed name for a geographical feature. As another name has been proposed for that feature, there is no assurance that "Ponce de León Island" will be chosen. Until the Board of Geographic names makes its decision, WP should not have an article for either name. I have added a paragraph about the proposed names to the Geographic features section. That should be sufficient coverage until the Board chooses a name. -- Donald Albury 18:42, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

Not support merge. Keep the article as is. If another name is selected for the island, then rename the article. Also, the Brevard County article is an inappropriate place for this Island. It's long enough as written. Semper Fi! FieldMarine (talk) 03:08, 15 January 2012 (UTC)

Comment: What is the other proposed name & where is the ref for that other name? FieldMarine (talk) 03:10, 15 January 2012 (UTC)

It's cited at the end of the paragraph I added to this article, but here it is again: Neale, Rick (January 14, 2012). "Lines drawn over naming of Brevard's barrier island: Ponce de León and Ais Indians in the running". Florida Today. Retrieved 14 January 2012.  -- Donald Albury 14:09, 15 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Weak Oppose. Having said that, a board under the current federal administration is hardly going to name anything after an "oppressor," nevermind how significant and well-known he is/was, nevermind that no one knows, nor will ever use "Ais." My preference, though is based on room in the Brevard article. The more that can be forked, the better IMO. Student7 (talk) 22:21, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

Many cities are rescinding their previous support for Ponce de Leon Island based on a number of reasons including evidence that Ponce de Leon enslaved the Taino Indians in Puerto Rico in 1511, two years before his supposed landing in Melbourne Beach. Ourhistory153 (talk) 19:18, 8 April 2012 (UTC)

I did a keyword search for 'Ais Island' the other proposal and there was a redirect to the Ponce de Leon page, so I added a new section there for the Ais Island proposal. Ourhistory153 (talk) 20:55, 8 April 2012 (UTC)

If the island does indeed get named to Ais Island or something else, we can move the article currently named Ponce de Leon Island to Ais Island or whatever it's named to. Semper Fi! FieldMarine (talk) 07:32, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

New Article for Brevard History?[edit]

Most of the issues on the discussion page would be cleared up with a new article for Brevard History. Everybody writes that the Brevard Page is too long, others are saying events are not significant enough. Why should there be a loss of meaningful content because some think the article too long? Easy solution, just create a dedicated article to Brevard History.--Ourhistory153 (talk) 14:37, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Makes sense to me. Semper Fi! FieldMarine (talk) 19:31, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Thanks Field Marine, there are two of us that agree there should be a separate article so let's make it so. --Ourhistory153 (talk) 17:32, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

I will follow the model that is in the Florida article with a short summary of Florida History and then a link. --Ourhistory153 (talk) 17:35, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

Okay here is the new article to start. Let's see how this is accepted first and then we can summarize the Brevard History section on the Brevard article and link what we have. --Ourhistory153 (talk) 22:24, 26 January 2012 (UTC)


Brevard_County_History I wasn't sure if we should title it History of Brevard or Brevard History. But think this might work best.--Ourhistory153 (talk) 22:26, 26 January 2012 (UTC)


I started embellishing the new article for Brevard History with new meaningful content. When is a good time for us to summarize the history section at the main Brevard County page? I want to avoid doing a lot of work and then having someone later come along months later and putting in for a deletion request, like I have recently seen. --Ourhistory153 (talk) 15:49, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

I realize your interest is history. Nevertheless, based on length, we need to fork other areas. (See above)
Secondly, I like the visibility of seeing it here first before "forking." That is, if additional history does not meet other reviewers standards, we will know immediately if it is here. While Brevard has the Space Center and national visibility, KSC has its own history. Other history seems relatively trivial, or best relegated to local (town) histories. Some history may not meet standard there, either. Student7 (talk) 21:27, 27 January 2012 (UTC)
Note that forked article have to be summarized in this article. This can be a nuisance for a brand new article that hasn't had time to mature here. A bit easier when the material is firm and hasn't changed that much recently. Student7 (talk) 14:24, 30 January 2012 (UTC)