The Town of Sebastian
was established in 1882 and named St. Sebastian for
the nearby river of the same name. Some time later,
the "St." prefix was dropped from the names of both
the river and the city. Riverfront redevelopment
efforts, including a 2 mile river-walk, are underway
to recreate the attraction of Sebastian as a
nineteenth century fishing and agricultural
settlement. It is intended to heighten awareness of
the rivers, marshes and ocean that are so appealing
to residents and visiting fishermen.
Tourism to the Sebastian River Area is
substantial for a variety of reasons. Imagine seeing
a bald eagle fly from its nest perched at the top of
a tall pine tree; a loggerhead turtle coming ashore
at night to lay her eggs; a manatee and her calf
playing in the seagrass of the Indian River Lagoon.
One of the most beautiful nature walks is right
here, the boardwalk trail through the Environmental
Learning Center. It is no wonder that the natural
pristine beauty of the area is one of the principal
reasons that Disney chose to build its vacation
resort in this area.