The 80's

27 Jan 1987.  Satellite Beach Mourns the passing of Percy Hedgecock

Percy Hedgecock, Mayor 1957-1973 (3)    

Percy and his brothers June, Shine and Hub along with cousin Jimmy Caudle moved to the area in 1956 and began developing and building a small, beach side community.  The City incorporated in 1957 and Percy was elected as the City's first mayor. Percy served as mayor for 16 years and was instrumental in developing a family-centered community with emphasis on recreational opportunities for youth.  Percy and brother Hub, put Satellite Beach on the national stage as the Softball Capital of the World in the 70's and 80's through dedicated leadership and coaching of Satellite Beach boys and girls slow pitch softball teams.  He was  generous and kind, always willing to help those less fortunate or in need.  Percy was truly an extraordinary man.

1988.  Pelican Beach Park Opens

88 PBP Opening
The dedication and grand opening of the first phase of District V County Recreation and Parks  was held at Pelican Beach Park in Satellite Beach.  Along with a large presence of city residents, several high profile city, county and state officials were also in attendance.  Participating in the ribbon cuttion ceremony are (L-R) Vince Bellomo, vice mayor SB; Joe Wickham, Chairman, Board of County Commissioners; Congressman Bill Nelson; and Scotty Culp, program director and mistress of ceremonies.  Photo by Dick Nigh