23 Jun 2002. Dedication of the David R. Schechter Community Center (DRS)
It's a singular honor for long-time Satellite Beach resident and former Mayor David Schechter to have the city's new 37,000 square-foot mega complex recreation center named after him (Jun 02 Orbiter). Since the early 70's, David has been actively involved in serving his community especially in activities promoting youth services and as a leader in city government. David served on the City Council from 81-84 (Vice Mayor 82-84) and as Mayor from 85-91, 94-2000. He also took on multiple roles representing the interest of local governments as a member of the Space Coast League of Cities (85-2000) and the Florida League of Cities (86-2000). Along with his decades as a public servant and professional career (35 yrs as an engineer with NASA), it was the time he volunteered mentoring youth that left the most lasting impact. Of note: his involvement with SB Little League, Surfside Elementary PTA, Boy and Girl Scouts, SHS Booster Club, and theTrinity Presbyterian Church. At the dedication, David was asked his thoughts on the renaming of the building. The ever-humble man responded ….”It’It's more important what goes on inside a building than the name on the outside.”
15 May 2005. Dedication of the Scotty Culp Municipal Complex (SCMC)
Scotty and husband Leo Culp moved to Satellite Beach with their twin sons in 1959 at the request of Mayor Percy Hedgecock. Over the next 53 years, Scotty established a legacy as a dedicated volunteer always happy to serve the city she so loved. Tireless and hardworking in all that she did, she was driven by doing the right thing and making her community a better place for all. Whether as the 1st Crossing Guard for Surfside Elementary, annual coordinator for the City Founders Day Parade, or Olympic Torch Bearer, Scotty was ever so humble and always honored to serve. Her dedication and innovative foresight resulted in numerous endeavors that have had a lasting effect on the community and continue today. Of special note: started a City/High School recycling program to pay for various community/school projects; mentor for the SHS Juvenile Offender Program; and established the 21 Day Flag Salute to honor America. Scotty is the shining example the difference one person can make. An unselfish volunteer and loyal patriot, a role model, loving mother and grandmother, mentor and kind lady; Scotty was loved and admired by all as she touched the lives of young and old alike. It is therefore fitting that the Civic Center and City Hall buildings be renamed the Scotty Culp Municipal Complex (SCMC). Photo provided by Ron Culp
Aug 2007. Grand Reopening of Pelican Beach Park
Pelican Beach Park opened in 1988 and has been a favorite for beach goers for nearly 20 years. In Jan 07, much needed renovation and upgrade of facilities commenced. The newly designed 8 acre park was completed in Aug 07 and includes new restrooms, replacement and addition of picnic pavilions, barbeque areas, freshwater showers and drinking fountains, renovated volleyball courts, and a new ocean-viewing area. The highlight of the dedication ceremony was the ribbon cutting of a new pavilion by five former Mayors and the current Mayor of Satellite Beach.
Janie Bridgers (84-85), Bob Bolin (00-02), Pat Utecht (77-82), David Schechter (85-91, 94-00), Reg Leonard (73-75), and Mark Brimer (00-08).
Hightower Beach Park
In 1960, a 1.6 acre plot of land located east of A1A and across from PAFB South Housing, was donated by Mr C.E. Hightower (a Broward County developer) to Brevard County. Mr Hightower's desire was that this land be used for recreational Purposes. At the request of the City and approval by State Legislature, the northern boundary of the City was extended to include this plot of land in Jan 02.