5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Melbourne, FL

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Florida is renowned for its swaying palms, sparkling waters, and warm weather. Melbourne is no different. But this magical city has an interesting history which many people may not be aware of. Here are five things you probably don’t know about Melbourne, Florida.

Ponce de Leon Discovered It

On April 2, 1513, the famed Spanish Conquistador Ponce de Loen landed in Florida near Melbourne Beach. Famed for his supposed search for the mythical “Fountain of Youth,” Ponce de Leon was one of the most famous explorers of the Americas – and even accompanied Christopher Columbus upon his second voyage to the New World.

Previously believed to be the first European to set foot on what is now Florida in St. Augustine, recent research has discovered that the Spanish sailor actually landed near Melbourne Beach along Indian River- and not in St. Augustine, some 125-miles north.

Melbourne Florida pizzaThe University of Florida Was Supposed to be Here

The University of Florida wasn’t always supposed to be in Gainesville. Back in the 1870s, the state’s first agricultural college was scheduled to be in Eau Gallie, thanks to a successful bid by Florida pioneer and politician William Gleason. In fact, a two-story school building with ten classrooms was built along Indian River, ready to accept students to the newly created Florida State Agricultural College.

Unfortunately for Eau Gallie, Republican legislators voted in 1877 to “remove the college from distant and relatively inaccessible Eau Gallie to a more convenient place,” which ended up being Gainesville.

More Millennials Make Melbourne Home

If you are looking to hang out with a younger crowd, Melbourne is the place to be! According to data for the United States Census Bureau, there is no spot in Brevard County with a higher proportion of the population than Melbourne. According to Florida Today, the city boasts an impressive 20.4-percent of its population being millennials, ahead of Cocoa with 20-percent. So, if you are looking for a place with a cooler night-life, look no further than Melbourne.

FIT Owes Its Existence to 37-Cents.

The Florida Institute of Technology, or FIT, was started with just a small donation. How small? Try 37 cents!

Jerome Keuper, the founder of the school, expressed his desire to create a technical and scientific university with his friend at a bar in the 1950s. His friend, in a light-hearted bit of jest, pushed 34 cents across the table to Dr. Keuper, saying “there’s your first donation. Now go and build that college.”  According to the school’s official history, he did just that – and the rest is history!

Its Area Code is in Honor of NASA

If the area code for Melbourne seems familiar to you, that’s not a coincidence. The city’s area code, 321, resembles the countdown sequence of NASA rocket and space shuttle launches. The idea of local residents, the code pays homage to the sheer number of space shuttle launches which take place through the area.

Melbourne is in a region of Florida known as the Space Coast. This is due to the proximity of Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Center, where NASA launches a large amount of the space shuttles and satellites.

Doghouse Pizza

There’s one thing, however, that everyone in Melbourne already knows – and that’s that Doghouse Pizza has some of the best-tasting pies this side of Chicago! We feature the finest and freshest ingredients – and EVERYTHING is made from scratch! From our handmade dough and sauce to the unforgettable gravy on our signature poutine – everything at the Doghouse is made to order for you.

Doghouse Pizza is so much more than great pies. Pizza is our name, but food is our game!  We offer a killer selection of traditional Windy City Eats. From sandwiches like “The Gut Buster” – chock-full of juicy Italian beef, bacon, fries, cheese curds and gravy – and “The Get Me Right” – our take on the Classic Chicago “horseshoe” that must be eaten to be believed – to epic chicken wangs (yeah, you read that right!) and gyros, at Doghouse Pizza we’ve got the food to tame your fiercest hunger!

Not just that, but Doghouse Pizza is more than just a restaurant – it’s part of the Melbourne cultural scene! Available to host events and sponsor local causes (just give us a shout – we’re happy to work with you!), Doghouse Pizza is Melbourne’s answer to “what should we do tonight?” Whether it’s getting a great meal, shooting the breeze with friends, catching a local show in the parking lot, or anything else – residents of Melbourne should think “let’s go to Doghouse.”

So stop in today and learn why, in a city with so much unknown history, Doghouse Pizza is the place everyone knows!