- Viera, Florida
Situated on former Duda Ranch and scrub forest land, Viera is a master planned community in Brevard County,
Florida, located in the Space Coastregion. It is unincorporated. [ [http://www.melbourneflorida.org/info Melbourne City website] ] Viera is home to many of the county government's buildings. It also contains the Space Coast Stadium, home field for the Brevard County Manatees, former spring traininghome to the Florida Marlins. It is now the spring training home of the Washington Nationalswho were known as the Montreal Expos until 2005. The population of Viera (as of 2000) is approximately 19,083. [ [http://factfinder.census.gov/home/saff/main.html Census] ]
The area contains wetlands. There is a regional park.
Neighborhoods include Gatwick Manor, Daintree, Sunstone Estates, Terramore, Eason Landing, Cortona, and Levanto, all part of the new Viera West Expansion and The Villages Of South Solerno. The older part of viera includes [ [http://www.homesofviera.com Homes of Viera] ] , The Villages of Viera East, Viera East Golf Club etc. [ [http://www.villagesofvieraeast.com] Villages of Viera East website] which consists of the Bennington, Somerville, Templeton, Auburn Lakes and Wingate Estates subdivisions, surrounding the Ralph M. Williams, Jr. Elementary School.
An overpass crossing I-95 in central Viera opened in November 2007, joining Viera East and Viera West via an extension of Viera Boulevard. This reduced travel time to government offices. [ [http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071206/NEWS0307/71206031/1168/NEWS0307&template=news0307 Florida Today] ]
The Avenue Viera, a shopping center [ [http://www.theavenuealist.com/FindAnAvenue/TheAvenueViera/tabid/86/Default.aspx The Avenue Viera] ] opened in 2004. The grand opening was delayed somewhat due to Hurricanes Frances and Jean [ [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?s_site=floridatoday&f_site=floridatoday&f_sitename=Florida+Today+%28Melbourne%2C+FL%29&p_theme=gannett&p_product=FLTB&p_action=search&p_field_base-0=&p_text_base-0=hurricane+frances+avenue+viera&Search=Search&p_perpage=10&p_maxdocs=200&p_queryname=700&s_search_type=keyword&p_sort=_rank_%3AD&p_field_date-0=YMD_date&p_params_date-0=date%3AB%2CE&p_text_date-0= Florida Today] ] The Avenue contains shops and restaurants, a 16-screen Rave movie complex [ [http://www.ravemotionpictures.com/theaters/fl_melbourne16.html Rave Motion Pictures] ] , and several
Big Boxretailers including Bed, Bath and Beyond, Office Depotand The Sports Authority.
There are two 18-hole golf courses. [ [http://www.vieragolf.com vieragolf.com] ]
There is a 125-acre Regional Park which has 5 lit baseball fields, 2 lit softball fields, 8 soccer fields, an 18,000 square feet community center/gymnasium, 2 lit outdoor basketball courts, 3 playgrounds, and 4 lit tennis courts.
Space Coast Stadiumis home to the Brevard Co. Manatees Single A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and the spring training site of the Washington Nationals. The stadium is listed to seat 8,100 people to capacity.
Ralph M. Williams, Jr. Elementary School (opened 1999) [ [http://williams.es.brevard.k12.fl.us RMW Elementary] ] , Manatee Elementary, Quest Elementary, and Viera High School.
Brevard County Station #47 is called upon to respond to vehicle accidents on nearby I-95 as well as locally. It also houses a Special Response Truck that responds to hazmat incidents county-wide [ [http://www.brevardcounty.us/fire_rescue/fr_ops_fire_stations.cfm#47 brevardcounty.us] ]
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