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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.