Indian River County, made up of five districts, is governed by a five-member commission elected county-wide. Within the county are five incorporated municipalities. Indian River County government can be found at www.ircgov.com.
The City of Vero Beach is the county seat and the largest incorporated municipality with an estimated population of more than 15,220. Greenery, open space, unspoiled beaches, and ocean vistas characterize this community which is the commercial and cultural center of the county. Originally a stop on the Florida East Coast Railroad, Vero Beach was incorporated in 1910. The city is under a council-manager form of government. More information about the City of Vero Beach government can be found at www.covb.org.
At the northern end of the county, Sebastian is a community of an estimated 22,000 people. It grew up around the fishing industry and today is enjoyed by residents as well as visitors for surfing, fishing, swimming, boating and other water-oriented activities. An incorporated city, Sebastian has the friendliness of a small town. It has a council-manager form of government. More information about Sebastian City government can be found at www.cityofsebastian.org
A rural town of an estimated 3,813 residents in northwestern Indian River County, Fellsmere was once a center for growing sugar cane and pineapple. Today, the community's economy is based on citrus crops and cattle. It is incorporated and has a council-mayor form of government. More information about the City of Felsmere can be found at www.cityoffellsmere.org
Indian River Shores
Between ocean and river north of Vero Beach, Indian River Shores is an exclusive residential community with an estimated population of more than 3,901, many of whom are retired corporate executives. It is incorporated and has a council-manager form of government. Please visit www.irshores.com
for more information about Indian River Shores.
Orchid, with its population of about 140, is a new, luxury, barrier island community. It is incorporated and has a council-manager form of government. More information can be found at www.townoforchid.com