On March 25, 1982, the manatee was proclaimed the city’s official animal. A manatee preservation study along Turkey Creek and a save-the-manatee campaign of lectures reached 1,500 Palm Bayers setting off a wave of enthusiasm for the 2,000 pound vegetarian mammals.
The city seal depicts the bay adjacent to U.S. Highway No. 1 with palm trees around the water and the sun in the background. Originally, the moon was depicted in the background, but has been interpreted through the years to represent the sun. The city seal was sketched by Fred England during the council meeting of September 14, 1956, at which time it was adopted. This was the first meeting of the newly incorporated Town of Palm Bay.
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The city flag was designed by simplifying the scene that appears on the city seal - a palm tree on the left shore of the bay with the words “City of Palm Bay, Florida” centered over the rising sun. The flag was designed by Dr. Elaine I. Huggins and ordered in 1977. The city did not officially adopt the city flag until December 3, 1981.
In 1969, Mr. and Mrs. Fred England named one of their twelve specially bred orchid varieties after Palm Bay. The London-registered Cattleya Palm Bay, with its yellow petals and rose center, so impressed Palm Bay city officials that it was adopted as the official city flower on April 3, 1969.
The logo was adopted on August 21, 2003, along with the new motto. The logo is a silhouette of three palm trees in the sand bordered by the sun and city bay. The colors are teal blue and gold.
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The city’s motto at the time of its incorporation was “The City With a Future”. The city’s motto was changed in 1982 to “The City That Cares”. In 1993, a contest was held to change the motto and Peter Phillips’ submission was adopted by the city council - “Progress Through Partnership”. During the City’s campaign to brand a new image, the City Council adopted the motto “A Perfect Place to Grow” on August 21, 2003.