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College launch

Education

In January 1958, Explorer I, America’s first satellite, proved to the world that the country was ready for the Space Age. Four years later, when Kennedy Space Center opened, Keuper would find a large supply of engineers eager to advance their careers by enrolling at the new institution of higher learning. Back on Earth just miles away from where Explorer I launched, missileman and nuclear physicist Jerry Keuper was busy launching another out-of-this-world endeavor, Brevard Engineering College, now known as Florida Institute of Technology.

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Enjoying the spoils

Local, Space Coast Boating & Fishing, Travel & Outdoors

Whether you are looking to connect with nature and wildlife — or seek solace while camping under the stars — the Indian River Lagoon’s spoil islands offer a picture perfect setting for all that is related to nature. The man-made sanctuaries that dot the inland waterways from Mims to Sebastian Inlet are havens for tranquility — and provide a peaceful place for both recreation and wildlife conservation.

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Falling hook, line and sinker

Space Coast Boating & Fishing, Sports, Travel & Outdoors

With 72 miles of beaches, the Space Coast offers plenty of opportunities for surf fishing. With calmer seas and warmer weather, summertime can be one of the best seasons for newbies and youth to learn the sport. There is plenty of free advice and information available — from resources that can be accessed online to professional Surf Charter guides to area bait and tackle fishing outlets. The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost a lot when first getting started.

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Island paradise

Local, Space Coast Homes

Vacation Island Paradise, a tiny horseshoe-sliver of land with several names. Also known as Grant Farm Island, or VIP Island, this unique enclave of 65 homes is geographically just a five-minute boat ride from the South Brevard mainland, but mentally miles from the routine hassles of life. A 50-acre part natural, part spoil island created from dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway, VIP Island is one of the few inhabited islands in Florida accessible only by boat.

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A growing experience

Arts & Community, Children

When the pandemic closed down schools, Gemini Elementary School third grader Copeland Watters was bereft, not so much about missing in-person classes and catching up with friends, but about not being able to enjoy the school garden.

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Hunger pains

Arts & Community, Children, Giving Back

Sometimes it takes just one person with an idea and a few poker buddies to start something big. So big that it evolves into The Children’s Hunger Project, a 501c3 charity that feeds nearly 3,000 children weekly, in 47 elementary schools, in an effort to eliminate the growing problem of weekend childhood hunger.

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Last Look Summer 2022

Local

All types of birds, alligators, snakes and wild boars can be found in the large wildlife sanctuary that is a good portion of NASA’s field center on Merritt Island. Only about 9% of the 144,000 acres that comprise the John F. Kennedy Space Center has been developed. NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building, at 525 feet tall, is visible from quite a distance.

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Last Look Winter 2022

Last Look

A scavenger and broad-winged opportunist that often feeds on carrion, the Crested Caracara is widespread in the American tropics. The word caracara comes from a South American Indian name, based on the bird’s call. When seen for the first time, it might look like a bald eagle with a bad hairpiece. To see the strikingly patterned Crested Caracara up close, visit the Brevard Zoo.

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Cultivating Life

Eat & Drink, Healthy Living, Home & Garden, Local

Melbourne couple devotes years and passion in creating their Garden of Eden. For nearly 35 years, Bruce and Gina Ragan have enjoyed careers that engage their extreme creativity. Bruce, an iconic East Coast surfboard builder, and Gina, a talented landscape painter and photographer, the Melbourne couple share a passion for everything nature, healthy eating and self-sustainability.

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Moving Experience

Local, Space Coast History

Satellite Beach house of worship has a national reputation for getting around, literally. Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles thriving years after its relocation from Fort Pierce.

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Beach Patrol

Fitness, Healthy Living, Inspiration, Local, Sports

Surfriders keep Brevard coastal waters clean and healthy. When they’re not surfing, members of the local chapter are busy with monthly beach cleanups and cleaning up the berms of their adopted section of highway A1A at Sebastian Inlet.

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Leaving the nests

Local

Brevard County’s 71 miles of coastline is one of the most active areas for sea turtle nesting in the United States. Anyone interested in witnessing the nesting process, can participate in nighttime turtle walks led by several organizations including Sea Turtle Preservation Society, Sea Turtle Conservancy, Friends of the Carr Refuge, and Sebastian Inlet State Park.

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Mission Accomplished

In the drama-o-meter of rocket liftoffs, Deltas have scored way up there for more than 50 years. But the last of these most metal of rockets, launched by United Launch Alliance on April 9, ultimately provided as impressive a show as its predecessors — after a not insignificant delay...

Jungle Love

Florida Institute of Technology has a secret. A secret garden, that is. The Joy and Gordon Patterson Botanical Garden has been there to wrap visitors in an oasis of calm, for decades. While it is not far geographically, it feels worlds away from traffic troubles, cell phone intrusion and all...
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