Satellite Beach is a city in Brevard County, Florida, United States. The population was 10,109 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Palm Bay–Melbourne–Titusville Metropolitan Statistical Area. With both ocean and river frontage, Satellite Beach is the largest beachside community in South Brevard County.
In 1994, Satellite Beach was awarded the first annual Florida Excellence in Coastal Management Award. Since then, the city has continued to develop its oceanfront, and volunteers continue to provide more than 10,000 hours each year to youth and public service programs.
In 2010, the city began planning for a rise in sea level resulting from global warming.
In 2011, Satellite Beach became one of a few areas in the United States participating in an initiative to install solar panels on municipal buildings. Through this program, Satellite Beach has received interest from prospective industrial stakeholders, tourists and residents.
Satellite Beach and FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation) have entered into a Joint Participation Agreement to fund landscaping along the South Patrick Drive corridor in the city. Under the terms of the agreement, FDOT will reimburse the city for landscaping improvements.
The city has the following schools, run by the Brevard County School Board:
DeLaura Middle School
Satellite High School
Satellite Beach is also home to Chabad Hebrew School
Satellite Beach fosters an array of parks, recreational facilities and natural landscapes.
Hightower Beach Park was recently renovated by a community partnership with Montecito Community Development District and state funds from the Florida Preservation 2000 and Florida Land and Water grant programs. The 15 acres (6.1 ha) park contains the natural dune system and has a boardwalk along the coastline.
Coconut Point Park is a 36.9-acre (14.9 ha) community beachside park and sea turtle nesting site. It has a picnic shelter, restrooms, and outside showers. One of the two dune crossovers is also wheelchair accessible. Coconut Point Park is listed in the state of Florida Great Florida Birding Trail; shorebirds include Black-bellied Plovers, Red Knots (winter), Gannets, seabirds (offshore), and Red-throated Loons (winter).
The David R. Schechter Community Center is a recreational community center. It hosts gatherings, community special events, classes, programs, and other activities.
The public Pelican Beach Clubhouse has a view of the ocean from the wooden deck.
Pelican Beach Park was renovated in 2007. During the summer months, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society conducts weekly sea turtle tours. The north dune crossover is called “Pelican” by the local surfers.
DeSoto Park features eight tennis courts as well as two enclosed racquetball courts with cement floors and ceiling fans.
Samsons Island is a 52-acre (21 ha) park. It was renovated from an island overrun with exotic plants. Volunteers have worked since 1991 to develop it. It is only accessible by boat. There are butterflies, gopher tortoises, armadillos, squirrels and snakes — black racers and coachwhips. There are 30 species of birds. The island contains trails, bird watching, camping areas, wildlife, and picnic areas.
The Satellite Beach Sports and Recreation Park contains 35 acres (14 ha). It has a walking trail, skate park, dog park, frisbee fields, soccer fields and volleyball courts.