The Sebastian River area is a wonderful place to live and work. Surrounded by water, whether your choice is the salty breezes of the Atlantic Ocean, the briny water of the Indian River Lagoon and St. Sebastian River, or the freshwater bass fishing capital of the south, we have it all!
Living and working in the Sebastian River Area is easy, and the sleepy fishing village communities have come into the 21st century with a boom. Raising a family, seeking higher education, fulfilling employment or enjoying your retirement years, the place to do it is all here in the Sebastian River Area!
Directly east of the famous surfing capital of the east coast of Florida, the Sebastian Inlet and barrier islands provide miles of oceanfront and the headwaters of the St. John’s River empty out into the Stick Marsh, west in the Fellsmere area. North in Brevard County are the communities of Little Hollywood on the St. Sebastian River, Micco, Barefoot Bay, and Grant.
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The Sebastian River Area is situated in the northern most part of Indian River County, and lies between Vero Beach (the county seat) to the south and Melbourne to the north. It includes Sebastian (pop. 22,000), Fellsmere (pop. 5,200), Barefoot Bay, Micco, Grant, Orchid, Roseland, and Wabasso. The estimated population for those living in the Sebastian River Area is approximately 45,000.
By car you can reach Sebastian via US1 or Interstate 95, exit 156. By air you can fly into Sebastian Municipal Airport or Melbourne International Airport. The Sebastian River Area enjoys an average temperature of 72.4 degrees. Winters are mild, ranging from the mid 60’s to mid 80’s, while summers range from the 70’s to the low 90’s. Water temperatures range from the 60’s in the winter to 85 degrees in the summer. Average rainfall is typical for eastern Florida. The driest months are November through May (with 2 inches in December) while summer tends to bring more showers (61/2 inches in June).
TaxesIndian River County sales tax is 7%. As in all Florida counties, there is no state income tax or state inheritance tax. However, there is a state intangible tax, a documentary tax and a personal property tax (for businesses). Permanent residents are eligible for a $50,000 Homestead Exemption. For further information, contact the County’s Tax Collector’s Office at 772-388-6034.
Elementary Education: Six elementary schools, Fellsmere Elementary, Sebastian Elementary, Pelican Island Elementary, Treasure Coast Elementary, Liberty Magnet Elementary and North County Elementary Charter School serve the Sebastian River Area. The largest, Pelican Island Elementary is located on 40 acres of natural scrub jay habitat that is partially sponsored by the Audoban society.
Secondary Education: Secondary schools include Sebastian River Middle School, Sebastian Charter Junior High, Sebastian River High School and Wabasso school. For further information, contact the School District of Indian River County at 772-564-3000 or visit
College & Continuing Education: Indian River State College, a four year public college serves the area from its Mueller Center in Vero Beach and with satellite campuses in Fellsmere and at the Historic Sebastian Elementary School. For over ten years IRSC students have earned the top passing rates in the state on the College Level Academic Skills Test. The college also provides customized training for the county, local businesses and private industry. For information contact the Mueller Campus at 772-569-0333 or visit www.irsc.edu.
Florida Institute of Technology is a Tier 1 ranked university with programs in science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, psychology and communication. Located just twenty minutes from the Sebastian area in Melbourne, Florida Tech offers online undergraduate and graduate degrees and is a traditional, nationally ranked, regionally accredited university. For more information go to www.fit.edu.
Adult and Community Education classes are offered by the School District of Indian River County. The mission is to provide lifelong learning opportunities and career educational programs in an atmosphere of encouragement and support. Courses are designed to provide affordable academic, enrichment and workforce development for Treasure Coast residents of all ages and backgrounds. More information can be found at www.IndianRiverSchools.org.