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Year Founded: 1952


In 1915, Ernest Kouwen-Hoven of Melbourne, Florida, began purchasing beachside land that he envisioned as an exclusive resort. He eventually accumulated one-square mile of land, stretching from the Indian River to the Atlantic Ocean. By 1923, Mr. Kouwen-Hoven sold his Indialantic business interests. The town was born in the boom of 1925. Entrepreneurs came, flourished and then often failed, leaving a stable community of homeowners. The townspeople chose to incorporate in November 1952 by a vote of 81 to 63. The town was named in a contest won by Mrs. G.F. Duren and became Indialantic-by-the-Sea. The name indicates the town’s location between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean.

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