Palm Bay - Through The Years
1887: Early homesteaders settle in a town called Tillman, located at the mouth of Turkey Creek.
1925: The 200 residents of Tillman decide their name doesn't accurately depict the charming town and petition to change the name to Palm Bay.
1960: Under the leadership of Mayor Harry Pollak and the Town Council, Palm Bay continues to grow and is incorporated as a city with 2,808 residents.
1963: Scenic U.S. Route 1 (US 1) is completed.
1966: The city's first school Palm Bay Elementary is built.
1967: Fire Station 1 is built on Palm Bay Road. Harris-Seybold acquires Radiation, Inc., known today as Harris Corporation.
1974: The city's first bank and motel are built.
1984: The first city library opens on Port Malabar Boulevard.
1990: Palm Bay becomes the most populous city in Brevard County with 62,632 residents.
1992: Palm Bay Community Hospital opens.
2004: Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne impact the city with $13 million dollars in damage and debris cleanup.
2006: The city's population reaches over 100,000 residents.
2009: Palm Bay receives certification as a "Green Local Government" by Florida Green Building Coalition.
2010: The City of Palm Bay celebrates 50 years.
2011: The new City Hall Annex is completed, providing a central location for services.
2014: Harris Corporation opens the $130 million Technology Center on Palm Bay Road.
2016: Palm Bay completes the southern portion of the St. Johns Heritage Parkway and announces the building of a new 1-95 interchange in south Palm Bay.
2018: Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville metro area named # 1 for tech salaries with the average salary of $159,390, over three times the average state salary of $50,560.