The 1950s

 

Sebastian News
August 27, l952
By Mrs. J.T. Thompson

S. Sgt. and Mrs. Douglas Kroegel and son, Richard, of Tampa spent several days here last week visiting his father, Rodney Kroegel and brother Wayne.

Mrs. Lisbon Futch is spending several weeks with her son, Nelson Futch and his family in Philadelphia.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Vickers returned home recently from their vacation in Hendersonville, N.C.

Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Thompson and Mrs. Paul Kroegel were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Ellis in Melbourne last Sunday.

Mrs. C. Ellingson is convalescing from a long illness and operation at her home in South Sebastian.

Mr. and Mrs. O.H. Letchworth spent several days last week in Berlin, Georgia and was accompanied home by her daughter Jane who had spent several weeks there visiting her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Hall.

Mr. and Mrs. H. DeWaehle have returned to their winter home here after spending the summer in the north.

Mr. and Mrs. Paris Lawson were visitors in Vero Beach last Tuesday.

Rodney Kroegel was a recent winner of one of the top prizes in the national General Electric laundry contest. He was the only winner in Florida and his prize was a beautiful piece of luggage.

Mr and Mrs. Frank Strickland of Brunswick, Georgia spent several days here this week visiting Mr. and Mrs. Hobson Park and Mr. and Mrs. Milligan.

Wayne Kroegel spent the past weekend in Miami with his sister and her husband Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Timinsky.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald MacDonald returned home Monday from a vacation of several weeks in Huntington, West Virginia.

Mr. and Mrs. H. Goldsmith and his mother have returned to their home in Huntington, West Virginia after spending several days with relatives here.

Mrs. Tom Waters and three children are visiting relatives in Chicago.

 

New Fishing Camp Is Now Open At Sebastian River
December l2, l952

A new fishing camp, to be known as the Sebastian River Fishing Camp. Inc., has been opened at the north end of the Sebastian River bridge at U.S. l, it was announced yesterday by Tom Sweeting, business manager of the new corporation.

The new camp has as its facilities 20 boats, six of which have been installed with inboard motors, and a cruiser.

Manager of the camp and president of the corporation is E.A. Reames, a native Floridian, well known in fishing circles. Dr. Elisabeth Nutting of Melbourne Village is vice president and Mrs. Sweeting, seretary and treasurer. The home office of the camp will be located in Melboune it was learned.

The new camp was incorporated on Nov. 20 and while it is now open, a renovation program is currently underway.. All types of tackle, along with the boats are available.

 

l958

Work is going along rapidly on completing the last two lanes of the four-lane bridge spanning the Sebastian River. Construction also is well underway on four-laning U.S. l in the south part of Brevard. The right-of-way is being cleared on a stretch for six miles northward from the Brevard - Indian River County lines.

 

Melbourne Times
Oct. 6, l952

The Interstate Commerce Commission, Washington, D.C., today authorized Trans Florida Central Railroad to abandon its l6-mile line linking Sebastian and Broadmoor, Fla. The commission said the line has been operating at a substantial loss for five years.

 

Sebastian Inlet, Fla.
(Extract from the 1952 Survey-Review Report)

1. Local interests have opened Sebastian Inlet eight times during the past 67 years at a cost of more than $295,000 plus large donations in the form of manual labor, use of equipment, and war-surplus explosives. Prior to 1951 the inlet was open a total of 20.6 years, or 78 percent of the time since August 1924 when the first successful opening was made. With the means available, local interests have been unable to remove obstructive rock reefs which cross the inlet between the jetties. Although other portions of the inlet channel have been deepened from time to time by dredging or scour, the reefs have prevented satisfactory use of the inlet for navigation. Available depth over the reefs is 4 to 6 feet.

2. The earliest attempts to provide an inlet were made by hand labor about 1886, 1895, and 1908. In 1918 local interests constructed two converging jetties and an inner bulkhead of palmetto piles, and dredged a channel about 5 feet deep, 60 feet wide, and 200 feet long across the barrier strip. Just as the dredging was completed a severe notheast storm occurred; the inlet reclosed within 4 hours.

3. The Sebastian Inlet District, a local taxing agency created by act of the State Legislature in 1919, began work on the inlet in 1923 under a War Department permit. Plans provided for a channel 6 feet deep and 100 feet wide,parallel coquina-rock jetties and revetments 600 feet apart and 700 feet long, with the north jetty built to elevation plus 6 feet, extending 400 feet seaward, and the south jetty built to elevation plus 2 feet, extending 150 feet seaward. Except for rock dredging in the channel, the work was substantially complete on August 29, 1924, when the inlet was opened by a storm. The work cost about $156,000, including proceeds of a $100,000 bond issue. About 1924 and again in 1929, rock reefs in the channel were blasted, and some boulders were removed. The south jetty was raised to about 6-foot elevation. Meanwhile, sand carried through the inlet formed an extensive bar or delta in Indian River. In 193l local interests constructd a steel-sheet-pile wall extending 1,500 feet westward from the south revetment, at a reported cost of $18,000, to train and concentrate the tidal currents across the inner bar. Instead of following the wall, the inner channel meandered northward as much as 700 feet. In April 1939 the United States pipe-line dredge Congaree removed about 72,000 cubic yards of material in deepening the circuitous river approach channel to about 7 feet. The dredging was carried to but not through the inlet, owing to exhaustion of funds ($1,000 Federal and $5,000 contributed). While the controlling depth through the inlet was not materialy increasd, the hydraulic capacity was consideraly enlarged. Controlling depth of the inlet was 2 feet in January 1940. Continued growth of the inner bar graually diminished the tidal flow, and the inlet closed in September 1942 after having been open continuously for 18 years.

4. On February 9, 1945, the Inlet District obtained a War Department permit for blasting a channel 10 feet deep, 100 feet wide, and 1,200 feet long, about midway between the jetties. As a training project, Navy personnel blasted a narrow, shallow channel through the closed inlet in February 1945. That channel reclosed in a few hours.

5. The Inlet District resumed work on the inlet in July 1947 by excavating for a channel 8 feet deep and 100 to 125 feet wide, and by repairing both jetties. Most of the excavation was done with land-based equipment. Planned channel dimensions were not obtained throughout. The inlet was reopened September 28, 1947, at a cost of about $35,000-$1,500 Federal funds, $23,000 Inlet District funds, and $10,500 locally contributed funds. Due to a flood and northerly winds, the river near the inlet was then about 3 feet above mean sea level. The inlet scoured to about 200-foot width. Because of insufficient funds, much of the excavated matrial had been deposited on the inlet-channel banks, whence large quantities reentered the channel. The inlet channel shoaled, particularly at the west end, and again closed late in February 1948. The life of the opening was 5 months.

6. In July 1948 local interests began dredging an inlet channel 6.5 to 8 feet deep at mean sea level, 100 feet wide, and 3,300 feet long, following a new alignment, southwest-northeast, to shorten the channel across the inner bar. The previous channel was closed by a sand dike placed about 800 feet from the ocean. Rock encountered at 5- to 6-foot depth near the jetties was blasted. The dredging was carried to within 155 feet of the ocean. The inlet was reopened by bulldozers and explosives on October 28, 1948, at a cost of $50,347.

7. Following initial enlargement by natural scour, three shoals formed in the seaward 800 feet of channel. Those were removed by dredging an estimated 36,000 cubic yards of material in November and December 1948, at a cost of $7,625. The inner end of the channel shoaled rapidly. In April 1949 the controlling depth in the ocean entrance was 0.7 feet. During the August 1949 hurricane, storm tide and waves breached the sand dike across the old channel. By September 1949, shoaling had reduced the controlling depth of the river-approach channel to 1.8 feet. In January 1950, local interests redredged the river-approach channel 8 to 9 feet deep at mean sea level, 160 feet wide, and 1,640 feet long, removing about 55,000 cubic yards of material at a cost of $l13,000. The minor auxiliary channel, formed when the August hurricane breached the dike, closed naturally in January 1950. In March 1950, minor repairs were made to the south jetty. During the October 1950 hurricane, storm tides and waves again breached the sand dike across the old channel, but the resulting channel reclosed naturally in December 1950. Local interests redredged the river-approach channel in March 1951 at a cost of $10,000.

 

U.S. Department of Commerce
Coast and Geodetic Survey
Washington 25, D.C.

Dear Mrs. Vickers:

I am happy to inform you on where you may obtain information regarding the history of Sebastian Inlet, requested in your letter of April 22, 1961 addressed to the Superintendent of Documents, and to supply you with what historical information we have been able to gather about the feature. The most recommended source of such data is the Florida State Historical Society, Box 3645, University Station, Gainesville, Florida. Three other such societies, however, may also be of some help. They are: St. Lucie Historical Society, St. Lucie County Library, Fort Pierce, Florida; the Sons and Daughters of the Territory of Forida, 2707 Morrisone Avenue, Tampa, Florida; and the Southern Florida Historical Society, Florida State Library, Tallahassee, Florida.

According to our records, the inlet was closed by the time of our first hydrographic and topographic surveys of the area in 1880-81. It was opened by artificial means by the time of our next hydrographic and topographic surveys in 1930. In 1948, one of our photogrammetric field parties investigating geographic names in the area reported that the inlet, named by the Spanish after St. Sebastian, was again closed. However, county authorities advised them that it would soon be opened again to a depth of several feet. This was completed later, as the Corps of Engineers will undoubtedly advise you.

Historical information in our records here reveal that the port of Sebastian, inside and opposite the inlet, was one of the oldest trading posts on the East Coast. You probably already have information on the early trade with the Indians, its cattle and lumber trade in the early 19th Century, and the trade with settlers in the late 19th Century. The early trade seems to have been based partly on the Sebastian River penetrating slightly to the West, and on other factors. The other factors may possibly have been an egress to the ocean via this inlet. Possibly, the inlet was open from time to time in the early days.

This possibility of an open inlet seems to be supported by early Spanish maps of the area in our collection. Some, bearing 18th Century dates, show Sebastian River penetrating far inland, and, although dim at such a small scale, they seem to show the inlet open. They do not show any other river penetrating very far inland. This colletion is called the Cartagrafica de Ultramar, 2, Estados Unidos y Canada, Ejercito Servicio Geografico E Historico, Madrid, 1953.

I hope that the information offered may be of value to you in yor own research, which will undoubtedly uncover the whole story.

Sincerely yours,

James C. Tison, Jr.
Captain, C&GS
Assistant Director for Administrtion

 

Four Laning Project - Equipment Ready for Widening of Sebastian Bridge
June 28, 1957

Micco - Heavy equipment to be used in widening the Sebastian bridge and constructing a second bridge parallel to it, as part of the huge project of four-laning U.S. Hwy. 1, has been moved into position on the Brevard county side of the bridge.

The State Road Dept. is scheduled to begin work on the bridge by July 5.

The Ralph E. Mills Co. of Ft. Lauderdale has the contract for the job. It is expected to take 245 working days to complete at a cost of approximately $325,895.

Necessary rights of way have been obtained by eminent domain proceedings in circuit court.

The north end of the bridge construction will cover property taken from L.H. Deratany, operator of a restaurant, fish camp and boat basin on the north side of the Sebastian River. Deratany has contested the taking from the start.

As the equipment was moved onto his property, however, he said, "I give up. I can't fight the county commission, the State Road Dept. and the whole U.S. Govt."

Deratany was awarded $21,500 for .51 of an acre by a 12-man circuit court jury June 6, He valued the property at $59,615.

He says the road department in constructing the bridge will be using about an acre and a half of his land, or about 360 feet of highway frontable and another 140 feet of land running into the river on the west side of the bridge, instead of the 235 feet specified in the declaration of taking and for which he was given the judgment.

The discrepancies, he asserts, result in the fact that the official maps don't conform to the physical features of the property. Surveyors in the area have substantiated that fact.

Deratany says he is not going to continue opposing the taking of his land, even though he has refused to accept the $2l,500 awarded him.

Instead, he plans to ask the court to give him a clear title to the remaining property he owns.

Deratany's is one of many parcels of land in this area that reportedly do not conform to descriptions on the official maps and records in Titusville.

 

Four-Laned Road Open
June 22, 1958

Sebastian - The new four-laned U.S. 1 Highway from Sebastian River Bridge south to Wabasso was officially opened Friday, June 13. Completion is scheduled in approximately six weeks, as stablizing the shoulders, top dressing, and grass to be set out along the highway and in between the lanes is yet to be done, according to Johnny Saxton, building contractor.

Saxton stated that the road work on the South Winter Beach Rd. and A1A is progressing rapidly.

 

Miami Contractor Hires Seminole Indian Workers
August 21, 1958

Sebastian - A group of Seminole Indians was hired recently to complete the beautification of the newly four-laned section of new U.S.Hwy. 1.

They were employed by C.T. Stockton, contractor from Miami, to spread hay on parkway and shoulder of the road. They are residents of the Brighton reservation near Okeechobee.

Their tents are on the river bank near the south end of the Sebastian River Bridge and they take their baths in the Indian River.

They are dressed in their native attire and attact much attention from the tourists.

The group consists of men, women, young boys and girls and one young girl speaks English vey well. Most of the older ones speak only their own language and there is someone at the camp all the time.

When someone stops to talk, a member of the group comes out of the tent to meet them. No sightseers are allowed to enter the tents.

 

SRD Reports On Sebastian Work
April 27, 1958

Sebastian - Johnny Saxton, Florida State Road Department, reports that the new four-lane highway starting at Wabasso to the north of the Sebastian River brige will be completed in approximately one week. Curbing is about three fourths completed and the highway has its lime-rock base completed.

 

Latest Style in Highway Workers: Seminole Indians
By Orval Jackson
August 25, 1958

Sebastian - Tourists traveling through the northern part of Indian River County are being treatd to an unusual sight - a group of Seminole Indians.

When one thinks of the Seminole Indians he usually thinks of them on the reservation at Okeechoee, not working along the highway.

The group of seven full-blooded Indians are from the reservation at Okeechobee but have moved to a camp site along the route of old U.S. Hwy. 1, east of the new four-laned highway.

Four of the seven Indians can speak some English, but only one, Happy Jones, is fluent.

The Indians were hired by Earl McFarland, Okeechobee, and have been working for him for several years. The group spread sprigging along the ground and then cover it with hay. Seed is then spread and cut into the soil. After it is fertilized the ground is packed.

Happy is a jolly-looking, 32 year-old woman, and is the spokesman for the group.

Tourists stop along the road to take pictures of the group and ask questions. They always end up talking to Happy.

Happy said the Indians don't care if people want to stop and take pictures, although she seemed somewhat befuddled as to why they would want to do so.

When asked a question, she takes plenty of time so she will be able to answer so you can understand. She has also mastered at least a little slang.

When asked if the group would let their pictures be taken, she immediatly popped out with "okie-dokie."

The group consists of two men and five women, all dressed in their native attire. The group comes from two separate families, and range in age from 19 to 45. Youngest of the group is Lola Gropher, while the oldest is Faye Tiger at 45.

Perry McFarland, brother of Earl, works with the group and said he has never found a better group of workers.

"They are the steadiest workers I have ever run across," he said. "From the time they start until they quit at night they are working continually."

Others in the work crew are Lauderdale John, Alita Osceola, Doc Jones and Henry Gropher.

The Indians start to work at 7 a.m. every day and work until 5 p.m. Saturdays they head back for a visit with their families at the reservation but are back on hand in time for work Monday morning.

Happy said all seven of the Indians are single and have worked for McFarland before.

"I have been working for Mr. McFarland for almost three years," Happy said with a touch of pride in her voice.

At night, things are pretty serene around the camp site.

"After work we go back to the camp and clean up, then eat, and then go to bed," Happy said.

Visitors may stop at the camp site and take pictures of the area and talk to the Indians as long as they don't attempt to enter the tent.

 

Song Helps to Recall Town's Early History
By Tess Johnson
April 14, 1957

Roseland- Ralph Holtzclaw was the principal voice for the Roseland pioneers at the program presented at the "Ladies Night" meeting of the Roseland Men's Club Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall.

The large group listened with delight as Mr. Holtzclaw, aided and abetted by Mrs. James Johnson, painted a word picture of those days when Roseland was a town - larger then than a town to the south known as Vero Beach - complete with a school, two story stores, stock for which had to come from Titusville by boat, a 48 room hotel, blacksmith shop, saw mill, cement factory and an abandoned convict stockade building which served as sort of community house and held the devout of the town at the weekly prayer meetings.

The old bridge with its draw span was mentioned where freight and pleasure boats passed through to deliver or just spend a month or two fishing as did the Fleishman (of yeast fame) boat for several seasons.

In introducing the speakers, the club president, Matt Porter, said the newcomers to the community would welcome the knowledge of the long and honorable history of the site they had chosen in which to make their homes or spend the winter months.

 

Firm Plans New Homes
March 12, 1958

Sebastian - Plans have been announced by J. J. Finnegan, general manager Sebastian Highlands, for the building of one-two-and three-bedroom homes by the Mackle Co., in their Sebastian Highlnds development.

Three model homes have been started ranging in price from $7,950 to $9,450. Conventional financing will be available with low down payments and 15-year mortgages.

To date, over 2,000 homesites have been sold in Sebastian Highlands and the first unit is almost completely sold out.

The entire development contains approximately 8,500 homesites, together with several lakes, parks, a school site and shopping area.

Many of the purchasers have expressed an interest in housing and this demand for immediate housing prompted the decision of the Mackle Co. to build now rather than at some later date, Finnegan said.

 

Sebastian Moves To Buy Airport
3 Runways On Field In Roseland
By Mary Noles
May 14, 1958

Sebastian - The city council of Sebastian met Monday night at the city hall where they granted Mayor Paul R. Stevenson authority to sign a federal Govt. contract to purchase for the city of the Roseland airport.

The federal Gov't contract states that the city of Sebastian will have to maintain two of the three runways that are 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 feet in length.

During the discussion of the airport purchase it was stated that there is a possibility the runways will have to be extended and the city will maintain the two largest runways. The airport property will be leased for industrial and commercial use which will give the city additional income.

City council adopted the ordinance on the rezoning of the city of Sebastian.

A motion was passed by council to seek bids from all interestd construction companies for repair work on all paved streets inside the city.

City Council Pres. Charles Sembeler appointed as a committee of three, City Atty. L.B. Vocelle, Councilman Adolf Ellingsen and Building Inspector Murl Hubler, to draw up a new ordinance on occupational licenses pertaining to all business places, contractors, etc.

The council appointed Roy Howard, Vero Beach, as permanent road inspector for the city.

 

Miami Developers Envision 20,000 Retirement Homes In Sebastian Highlands Area
Acreage Acquired Recently
By Homer Pyle - Sentinel Staff
May 25, 1958

Sebastian - Purchase during the past three weeks of over 5,400 acres here by the Mackle Co., Miami, is expected to make Sebastian Highlands the largest single residential development on the Florida East Coast.

J. J. Finnegan, general manager of Sebastian Highlands, a retirement community of tremendous scale, told The Sentinel yesterday Sebastian Highlands now contains over 6,700 acres with 20,000 homesites.

The only other development in this area of comparable size is planned by another Miami company, Gaines Construction Co., which announced in April it would build 10,000 homes at Micco, at the extreme southern tip of Brevard county, about four miles north of Sebastian Highlands.

Other recent purchases by the Mackle Co. which are designed to make this one of the most outstanding retirement communities in the nation include 1000 feet of private ocean frontage for Sebastian Highlands residents' use, and 40 acres on the Sebastian River which will be the site of a big fishing camp for its residents.

Finnegan also revealed plans for a water treatment plant, which he said will cost a minimum of $175,000 for a water storage and distribution system, and for a well field. Construction is slated for September. By the first of the year, the community's own sewage system will be ready too, Finnegan said.

Other attractions which have brought over 1,900 purchasers of Sebastian Highlands homesites from all over the nation so far include a swank yacht club, in which the Mackle Co. makes its headquarters just off U.S. Hwy. 1 here, plans for building a 100-acres lake and dredging four miles of canal waterway.

The private beach for Sebastian Highlands purchasers is located near the end of the Wabasso bridge on the Atlantic.

 

Developers Withdraw Annexation Proposal
June 5, 1958

Sebastian - Sebastian Highlands division of General Development Corp., Miami, developers of a planned 20,000-home community just south of Sebastian, has withdrawn a petition for annexation of l,933 acres of its land and notified the city it is canceling "any plans for adding any additional acreage to the city."

The apparent reason for withdrawing the offer to the city was that the city council took no action to advertise an election since receiving the petition in March.

"Sometime during March," Finnegan wrote, his company petitioned city council to annex 1,933 aces, "known as the Kersey tract, located south of the Fellsmre road in sections l2, 23, 24 and 25. The writer discussed this matter at a city council meeting and later, after the formal drafting of the petition for annexation and an ordinance for the annexation, a meeting was held at L.B. Vocelle's offices which was attended by you (Warren), Mrs. Charles Sembler, Vocelle, Sherman N. Smith Jr., and the writer."

The letter, dated June 3, went on to say, "since no action has been taken on this petition and since no advertising has been started, we wish to withdraw our petition and cancel any plans for adding any additional acreage to the city."

Finnegan thanked the city officials for "their time and effort spent on matters pertaining to the annexation of the previous properties and we appreciate the co-operation and help extended to us in the past."

 

CAA Gives Sebastian Part of Airport Land
July 27,1958

The Civil Aeronautics Administration has approved the transfer of the greater part of the Roseland Airport to the city of Sebastian for industrial purposes, with the provision that two of the airport's landing strips be kept open.

The confirming letter was received by the city from the General Services Administration recently, according to Joe E. Warren, city clerk, requesting a survey of tracts 1 through 4 of the airport property which CAA had recommended would not be needed by the Govt, and which it is proposed to advertise for public sale.

The City council of Sebastian has voted to request that tract 4 be made available to the city for a water plant site.

The board of Indian river county commissioners voted Tuesday to request tract l, be made available for use as a county public park to serve north Indian River County, as it has frontage on the Sebastian River.

 

Half-Million Center Set
July 3, 1958

Sebastian - A $500,000 grocery-department store will be built on an 11 and one-half acre site here by Shopper's World, Inc., Iowa.

The Shopping center will be erected on property formerly owned by Meta Chesser, at Palmetto and Louisiana Aves., according to Ted Miller, Sebastian real estate broker.

A date has not been set for the opening. Preliminary arrangements for the shopping center construction have been handled by Leon Conrad, president of Shopper's World, Inc.

Mayor Paul Stevenson, who is also president of the Sebastian River Area Chamber of Commerce, was instrumental in getting the firm located in Sebastian, where it will serve residents of two huge housing developments under way here and in Micco at the south tip of Brevard County.

 

City Okays Airport Annexation
August 27, 1958

Sebastian - City council held a special meeting recently to review the maps of the Sebastian Airport with city engineer F. Lloyd. Council gave Mayor Paul Stevenson authorization to complete the arrangements necessary to annex the airport to the city.

The following ordinances were read for the first time and unanimously voted down:

An ordinance providing for regulation of trailers, house cars, or camp cars within the city.

Provision for the issuance of permits and collection of fees.

Provision for the proper regulation of fire burning within the city.

Cost of construction, maintenance and fees of a water plant for the city was discussed. No immediate action was taken.

 

Sebastian Adds Acres
August 3, 1958

Sebastian - The Mackle Co. and General Development Corp. have added about 3,300 acres to the City of Sebastian since the start of the Sebastian Highlands Development last September.

An ordinance was adopted at a recent meeting of the city council by which 1,933 acres were added to the existing city limits.

This action was taken on the application of the General Development Corp. which petitioned the city to annex the former Kersey tract, which adjoins the present Sebastian Highlands Subdivision.

Plans call for a school site, shopping center site and several parks. This new acquisition will extend the city limits south of the Fellsmere Rd. to a point about one-half mile north of the Wabasso Rd.

Complete details and plans will be announced shortly by J.J. Finnegan, manager of the Sebastian Highlands division of the General Development Corp.

 

Sebastian Inlet
l955

Powell Brothers, Inc.,of Fort Lauderdale, were the sucessful bidders on the Sebastian Inlet jetty rebuilding job when the commission met yesterday at the Chamber of Commerce building in Melbourne. The Powell bid was for $l0.60 a ton for the rock placed on the jetties, or around $40,000 for the job.

 

Whales
Nov. l2, l955

The 53 whales beached just south of Floridana Beach last week has created international attention on Melbourne. Even President Dwight D. Eisenhower, recuperating in a Denver hospital, saw the pictures.

 

Sebastian Inlet
March 26, l955

The dredge "Admiral" out of West Palm Beach is here dredging the clogged Sebastian Inlet.

 

Work At Sebastian Inlet is Now Ahead of Schedule

The Walters and Hayes Construction Company has completed more than l0 percent of the scheduled work on the Sebastian Inlet, according to Harry Goode, member of the inlet commission.

Thus far the project is l0 days and two weeks ahead of schedule. Donald MacDonald, engineer on the job, reported to the commissioners that most of the jetties have been sealed, the steel is in, and sand bagging has started.

In a statement Monday, Mr.Goode said, "We are very pleased with progress to date. Fishermen, and sportsment and commercial hae been very cooperative, and in some instances even heped the workmen on the project."

The plans call for two walls. The one at the high bank will be l2 feet high and three feet wide, extending south east 92 feet. The second will intersect the first. It is to be five feet wide and extend seaward l75 feet. After this has been completed, the inlet is to be dredged. Cost of this work is $24,300.

 

Sebastian Inlet Channel will be Permanently Set

Harry Goode, chairman of the Sebastian Inlet Commission, today reported that a contract has been signed with a Wabasso firm to permanently keep the waterway in navigable shape.

Chairman Goode said the commission has entered into a contract with C.L. Wagner and H. B. Cole of the Wagner and Cole Company to handle complete maintenance of the channel under the supervision of the inlet commission. The current contract is for one year.

The firm recently built a new dredge which will be able to handle the work, Goode stated.

According to Chairman Goode, "this is the first time in history that we have been financially able to do this. The whole thing boils down to the fact that commercial and sport fishermen now will be able to find a stabilized channel no matter when they want to use it."

He also said that previously the channel would be dredged and then left go for several years. After the sand built up "it would be a major job to clean it out again. Under the present arrangement," Goode said, "It always will be in shape and save us money in the end."

The inlet commission chairman also stated that his group hopes to have the exact channel marked within six months.

 

Sebastian Inlet Bridge
Melbourne Times
August ll, l956

A feasibility report for a $l,254,600 toll bridge spanning the Sebastian Inlet was presented to the county commission today in Titusville. The survey calls for the project to be financed by 30-year bonds bearing five per cent interest. The principal and interest on the bonds would be payable by a toll of 40 cents per car passing over the bridge. The report stated that "the spanning of Sebastian Inlet to allow route AlA to extend through Indian River County will give fishermen an easier way to get to the famous fishing grounds. In addition, it will provide a beach road parallel to U.S. l, which according to surveys, will be jammed in a few years."