Grant-Valkaria, Florida

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Grant-Valkaria, Florida
Town
Town of Grant-Valkaria
Coordinates: 27°56′03″N 80°33′57″W / 27.93417°N 80.56583°W / 27.93417; -80.56583Coordinates: 27°56′03″N 80°33′57″W / 27.93417°N 80.56583°W / 27.93417; -80.56583
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Brevard
Incorporated (town) 2006
Government
 • Mayor Del Yonts
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 3,850
  Census Bureau estimate
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 32949, 32950, 32909
Area code(s) 321
FIPS code 12-73625
GNIS feature ID 292723
Website www.GrantValkaria.org

Grant-Valkaria is a town in Brevard County, Florida. The town's population was 3,850 at the 2010 United States Census.[1]

Grant-Valkaria is located south of Melbourne, between Palm Bay and Sebastian. It is part of the Palm BayMelbourneTitusville Metropolitan Statistical Area. Grant-Valkaria was incorporated as a town on July 25, 2006, by joining the two previously unincorporated communities of Grant and Valkaria. The ZIP code is 32949 (and portions of 32950, and 32909), and the area code is 321.

Geography[edit]

Grant-Valkaria is located at 27°56′03″N 80°33′57″W / 27.934301°N 80.565885°W / 27.934301; -80.565885.[2]

Surrounding areas[edit]

Government[edit]

In 2007, the town had a taxable real estate base of $503.37 million.[3]

The town charter reflects the reason for incorporation and calls for future development to be consistent with a rural and fishing village lifestyle that preserves the history and natural green spaces of the two communities. Government services are to be kept to a minimum, density kept low and lot sizes kept large.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The community of Grant was originally established in 1925, and it has a history as a fishing village, with agriculture also a part of both communities' histories.[citation needed]

The community name of Valkaria derives from Valkyrie, a warrior-maiden of Norse mythology.[citation needed]

A MISTRAM missile tracking system was built by the US Air Force here in the early 1960s.[citation needed]

Culture[edit]

A largely rural town in the south end of the county, the town includes older homes, newer homes on acre-plus lots and the county-owned Habitat Golf Course, a 6,836-yard (6,251 m), par-72 course near the Valkaria Airport.

The town has held the Grant Seafood Festival every year on the last weekend of February since 1966. In 1968, then U.S. Vice-President Hubert Humphrey visited the Seafood Festival while campaigning for his 1968 presidential bid.[4] The proceeds go towards college scholarships for local children, as well as summer break activities for the community's children.

The town also has the historic Bensen House.

Transportation[edit]

  • U.S. 1-This US highway runs along the Indian River Lagoon.
  • CR 507-Locally known as Babcock Street, CR 507 forms the western boundaries of Grant-Valkaria.
  • Palm Bay Parkway-A proposed highway of Palm Bay, which may terminate in Grant-Valkaria, at I-95. One of the planned intersections would be at Babcock Street.
  • The Valkaria Airport serves small general aviation aircraft.[5]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Grant-Valkaria town, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ Dean, James (April 26, 2008). More taxes or fewer services. Florida Today. 
  4. ^ Grant Seafood Festival website accessed February 24, 2008
  5. ^ Valkaria Airport

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