While most of Melbourne is located on the Florida mainland, a small portion is located on a barrier island. The Indian River Lagoon separates the mainland from the island. Spanning the Indian River Lagoon to connect the mainland to the barrier island are a pair of four-lane, high-rise bridges -- the Melbourne Causeway and the Eau Gallie Causeway.
Nearby incorporated communities include Palm Bay, West Melbourne, Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, and Satellite Beach. Viera and Suntree, unincorporated communities, are also nearby.
The contemporary City of Melbourne is the result of a merger of the separate communities of Melbourne and Eau Gallie, both dating to the 1880's. An election allowed the consolidation under a common charter on July 15, 1969.
Today, the City is approximately 41 square miles in size, with about 75% of that land in use. The City of Melbourne population estimate was 77,101 as of April 1, 2012, according to the University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research. The population of Melbourne continues to grow at a modest rate. Melbourne is located at the center of a much larger urban area.
Municipal government is
responsible for providing vital services to City residents. In addition,
drinking water services are provided to customers in a regional area that
includes several other municipalities. To accomplish its mission, the City
organization includes more than 800 employees.
The City Code and Comprehensive Plan are available online, as is the Geographic Information System.
Council members are Mayor Kathy Meehan; District 1, Mike Nowlin; District 2, Vice Mayor, Betty Moore; District 3, Dan Porsi; District 4, Debbie Thomas; District 5, Molly Tasker; and District 6, Teresa Lopez.
Correspondence to Mayor and Council should be addressed to them at City Hall, 900 East Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne, Florida 32901. The Mayor and Council members are listed with their telephone numbers. The City of Melbourne accepts Internet e-mail for the Mayor and all City Council members at . Additional e-mail addresses are maintained by the elected officials for their own use and provide the option of direct contact with those individuals.