17 May 1958. The City Emblem is Launched
To promote the new town of Satellite Beach, a "satellite"
was erected on A1A between Harwood and Glenwood
Avenues. Brothers Shine and Hub Hedgecock along with
cousin Jimmy Caudle, built a sphere made of sheet metal
measuring five feet in diameter with metal cups attached to
catch the wind and make the satellite rotate. On launch day,
the PAFB Commander and other Space Program
dignitaries were present to watch and participate in putting
the satellite into orbit. As a tractor pulled the tower cables,
a small charge of dynamite was detonated sending bundles
of talcum powder into the air like smoke from a rocket
engine. With the tower erect and secured, the satellite
rotated in the breeze to the pleasure and amazement of the
crowd. Unfortunately, the satellite remained aloft for less
than a year (Mar 1959) with the tower succumbing to
corrosion and high wind. Pictured atop the tower on launch
day is city resident Betty Atkins.
21 Dec 1958. First City Hall and Fire Department Complex
The first City Hall, Fire Dept, and Police Dept were all housed in one building and built on land donated by Percy Hedgecock. The entire complex cost the City $6500 and was built in 4 months by volunteer labor.