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Sailboats, yachts with or without captains, motorboats, canoes and pontoon boats are among the pleasure crafts available to rent or purchase from area boat dealers.

For boaters who want to mingle with nature, there are Pelican Island and Grange Island. These islands can only be reached by boat and are located on the Indian River.

When boating, watch carefully and be prepared to reduce your speed for manatees. These gentle gray mammals are an endangered species that inhabit the waters of Brevard.

All boats must be registered within 90 days of residency. All fees are determined by the size of the vessel, and all vessels over 16 feet long must be titled. Contact the Tax Collector’s office to register. All boaters are required to have U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices on board.

Off the shores of Cape Canaveral there is an arti’ficial reef constructed. Natural reefs cannot rebuild fast enough to meet the demands, so artificial reefs are generated. Reefs, sea life and shipwrecks are among the many treasures of the Atlantic Ocean. Several miles off the shores of Brevard lies marine life and home to the lobster, octopus and sea turtle. For information on diving call Hatts Dive Club at 321-724-9464.

For the fishing fanatics, the Indian and Banana Rivers offer a mixture of fresh and saltwater lagoons. Fisherman can be seen casting off the Melbourne, Eau Gallie and Pineda Causeways. Mathers Bridge is also well known for its fishing location. Excellent saltwater locations .include Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral, the Cocoa Beach Pier, and Sebastian Jetty. Throughout the county there are deep sea fishing charters available. The St. Johns River, Lake Poinsett and Lake Washington are among the freshwater fishing areas.
Licenses are required for residents aged 16 to 65 for saltwater and freshwater fishing by boat or land accessible by boat.

There are four primary hunting areas in Brevard County. Bull Creek, Farmton and Three Lake Management Area areal! run by the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission. Primitive campsites are available. Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge is an ideal spot for the hunting enthusiast. Hunting licenses are required and can be purchased at the various county service complexes.

Natural beauty abounds in Brevard with its saltwater marshes, hammocks and beaches. These natural wonders provide plenty of outdoor areas to enjoy, Hiking, bird watching and picnicking are some of the ways to appreciate these undeveloped areas.

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, Merritt Island
This 400 acre virgin forest is open three days a week.

Kennedy Point Park, Titusville.
Playground, trails, fishing.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Titusville.
This national refuge and bird sanctuary has a variety of trails through salt marshes and oak and palm hammocks. A visitor center has informative displays, while a six mile drive features a selfguided tour with great views of wading birds, shorebirds and waterfowl.

F. Burton Smith Park, Cocoa.
Trails through palmetto hammocks offer glimpses of wildlife.

Riverwalk Family Park, Rockledge.
A boardwalk offers views of the lagoon.

Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach.
A raised boardwalk weaves through a
coastal hammock.

Rockledge Park, Rockledge.
Tennis courts, soccer, and baseball
fields are featured.

Rotary Park, Merritt Island.
The 38 acre park features a% mile trail through three ecosystems. A playground and picnic tables are available.

Source: Space Coast Relocation Guide 2016