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Juan Ponce de León is said to have arrived in Florida at the shores of future Brevard County in 1513. "Saint Lucia County" was created in 1844: it was renamed Brevard County in 1855 after George Washington Brevard, who served as Florida State Controller from 1854 to 1860. As of 2006 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the population is 534,359. Because of the presence of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Brevard County is also known as the Space Coast. It is possible to observe a Cape Canaveral rocket launch or NASA Space Shuttle launch, from anywhere in the county, as well as experience related structural shuddering throughout most of the county.(Wikipedia)