March events include car show, gardening demonstration, craft fair, kids activities
By Tammy Roberts
Senior staff writer
- In the mid-1920s, what is now known as Indialantic was home to a
wooden bridge, stretching across the Indian River Lagoon, a few hundred
residents and the Indialantic Casino, a vacation hotspot that stood
where Nance Park is today.
People would travel from all over the
world to this casino, which featured recreational activities, an elegant
shopping center and a saltwater swimming pool.
the casino is no longer up and running, the appeal and attraction to
the one-square-mile town of Indialantic is stronger than ever.
way to commemorate its 60 years as a town, Indialantic will host a
three-day celebration March 9-11, and everyone is invited.
spring of 1952, a group of residents got together and formed the
Indialantic Civic Association, with the goal of transforming the
then-subdivision known as "Indialantic-by-the-Sea" into its own town.
The following fall, the group got its wish, and the town was born.
goal is to honor this earlier group of residents by creating an event
where our families, friends and neighbors can all come together and
celebrate our town," said Denise Bozeman, chairwoman of the
Indialantic's 60th Anniversary Celebration Committee. "Turning 60 is an
exciting accomplishment and an excellent reason to celebrate."
The anniversary extravaganza will kick off Friday, March 9 at Nance Park from 6-9 p.m. with a Classic Reflections Car Club auto
show, a U.S. Army Color Guard presentation, hula-hoop contest, music,
snacks and drinks. Guests are asked to bring along a blanket or lawn
On Saturday, March 10 from 8-10:30 a.m., guests are invited
to the Indialantic Volunteer Fire Department for breakfast with the
firefighters, a fire truck demonstration and a meet-and-greet with the
fire and rescue team.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., area residents and
visitors are invited to Douglas Park for an "Athletic Jam," featuring a
rock-climbing wall, kayaking and standup-paddleboarding lessons, sports vendors and exhibitions.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be a craft and art show, featuring the work of
local artists, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, and from 2-3:30 p.m.,
the Indialantic Heritage Committee and the South Brevard Historical
Society will host a "Sixty Years and Counting" presentation at
Indialantic Town Hall.
Saturday's events will conclude with a
historical marker unveiling at Nance Park, honoring the Bahama Beach
Club, originally known as the Indialantic Casino.
will continue through Sunday, March 11, beginning with a gardening
presentation and demonstration by the Indialantic Garden Club from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lily Park.
The 60th Anniversary Celebration will conclude at Orlando Park from 1-4 p.m., featuring such activities as the Roses are Red Croquet
Tournament, live music, cake, walk, petting zoo, games, mini-cupcake
bake-off, sidewalk chalk art contest, and a rock-climbing wall.
individuals, each committee member brought his or her own ideas to the
initial discussion about celebrating the town's birthday, Ms. Bozeman
"We quickly realized we were all extremely excited about
multiple events and locations, and that one day or even two days were
not enough for everything we wanted to happen," she said. "We all
determined that organizing a weekend celebration would have challenges,
but in the end it would be an amazing birthday party."
Today, Indialantic is home to 15 parks, 13 beach-access points and approximately 2,720 residents.
Mayor Dave Berkman said the anniversary celebration is important for a
small town like Indialantic for a variety of reasons, primarily because
such events help maintain the town's character.
"The activities planned will also help highlight our local businesses, artists, town knowledge and the unveiling of our new fire truck," he said.
For more information, to pre-register for activities or to volunteer, visit www.indialantic60th.com or call (321) 536-4218.