Indian River County, Florida
Indian River County encompasses 617 miles and has Vero Beach as its county seat. The county includes the incorporated towns Vero Beach, Sebastian, Fellsmere, Orchid and Indian River Shores. The county also includes much unincorporated territory that is all referred to as Vero Beach.
Indian River County has done arguably the best job of controlling and monitoring growth of any other area of the state.
The orders of the day are low-rise and low-density, and have been since the early 1970s. In fact, there is only one mid-rise (13-story) development of two towers in the entire county, and that was completed in 1972. Legend has it that the town fathers took one look at “The Spires” and blocked all future mid-rise construction. If you can find land that is zoned for multi-family building, and there never was much of it, codes restrict multi-level buildings to three-stories.
That single decision, made almost 40 years ago, has made Vero Beach and Indian River County one of the great places to live in all of Florida and the southeast.
Living and Golf in Indian River County
The county is bisected by the Indian River Lagoon, The Indian River. Much of our leisure-time fun is derived from the river, with boating, fishing, kayaking, and a host of other activities.
The county is also home to some of the country’s best private and public golf. Award-winning courses like Hawk’s Nest, Quail Valley, John's Island West and Red Stick are “green”, and have no housing circling the fairways. And Sandridge’s municipal 36-holes are the envy of counties everywhere.
Indian River County is also home to The Arts, with two live stages, multiple lecture series featuring world-renowned presenters, concerts, stage shows, and a Center for the Arts.
The County also offers outstanding health care and offers two major hospitals.
In summary, don’t visit Indian River County unless you plan to stay a while. Once you see what this area has to offer, you will not want to leave!
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