Indian River County, FL Economic Development | 1216 21st St. Vero Beach FL 32960 | | 772.567.3491


Indian River County is located on the central east coast of Florida, in the area commonly known as the Treasure Coast and as the gateway to Florida's Research Coast.  We are within 3 hours of 90% of Florida’s population – that’s approximately 17.9 million people as your target market.

Major Roadways

  • The primary north-south highway through Indian River County is Interstate 95, less than 10 miles from the county's population centers
  • U.S. Highway 1 is the historic business route that runs directly through the county’s urban centers.
  • ​State Road 60 is the main east-west artery between Vero Beach and the Tampa Bay area, on Florida’s west coast, with Florida's Turnpike just 30 minutes away. 
  • County Road 512 provides easy access to industrial and residential sites in Fellsmere and Sebastian, including the Sebastian Municipal Airport

Indian River County has two airports, Vero Beach Regional Airport and the Sebastian Municipal Airport. Both have attractively-designed terminal buildings offering office and meeting space for local and prospective businesses. They both also offer landside and airside development opportunities.

The Vero Beach Airport offers commercial air service through Elite Airways, with direct non-stop flights to Newark Liberty International Airport for those flying to/from the New York-New Jersey area, along with non-stop flights to/from Asheville, North Carolina and Portland, Maine (starting May 2018).   

The airport has three active runways, the longest of which is 7,314 feet and 100 feet wide.  The airport's major tenants include Piper AircraftFlightSafety Academy and Sun Aviation.

Sebastian Airport is a General Aviation facility, regarding itself as a “boutique” airport serving primarily small personal and corporate aircraft.  The airport has two active runways:  RWY 4-22 and RWY 8-26, the longest of which is 4,000 feet.  The airport’s major tenants are LoPresti Speed Merchants and Skydive Sebastian.

Business owners and residents in Indian River County have several other options to access domestic and international commercial flights:

  • Melbourne International Airport
    Located 40 minutes north of Vero Beach, Melbourne Airport is a full service facility. Delta Air Lines and American Airlines offer nonstop jet service to Atlanta with daily connections to over 500 destinations in 94 countries. Porter airline and Elite Airways provide charter and scheduled service throughout the U.S. and Canada.
  • Orlando International Airport
    Just 90 minutes from Vero Beach in Central Florida, Orlando Airport is designated a large hub airport by the FAA. Single-plane service is available to almost 100 cities world-wide.
  • Palm Beach International Airport 
    Located an hour south of Vero Beach, Palm Beach Airport has 16 commercial and commuter airlines currently operating.

  • Miami International Airport
    Located 3 hours south of Vero Beach, there are over 80 airlines serving Miami Airport to approximately 150 destinations around the globe.

Ocean-Access Ports

  • The Port of Fort Pierce is a 20-minute drive south from Vero Beach.  Features include a 455 foot long and 177 foot wide pier, water depths up to 28 feet with a 1,200 foot turning basin.
  • Port Canaveral is a 45-minute drive north from Vero Beach, focused on maintaining uncongested connectivity for the cargo market. The Port is located 13 miles east of   I-95, with direct access via State Road 528. It has two ship-to-shore cranes able to handle 40.6 metric tons and move 30-40 containers per hour.

The Florida East Coast Railroad (FEC) operates 351 miles of mainline track along the east coast of Florida and runs through the heart of Indian River County, parallel to U.S. Highway One. With interchanges of Class I carriers, NS and CSXT, the reach of the FEC is expanded throughout all of North America. FEC moves major carload commodities of aggregate, automobiles, lumber, farm products, food and kindred, and machinery.  A switching station in nearby Fort Pierce to our south allows continuous freight movement along the Eastern Seaboard.

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