The Bal-Ray Resort Postcard

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Title

The Bal-Ray Resort Postcard

Alternative Title

Bal-Ray Resort Postcard

Subject

Cocoa Beach (Fla.)
Hotels--Florida

Description

A postcard depicting the Bal-Ray Resort, located at 400 North Atlantic Avenue in Cocoa Beach, Florida. In the 1970s, the motel was owned by Peggy Lea. Little else is known about the Bal-Ray Resort's history.

The first non-Amerindian settlement of the area, known as Oceanus, was a group of emancipated slaves following the end of the American Civil War. A group of citizens of neighboring Cocoa purchased the property in 1888, but left it undeveloped for several decades. In 1923, one of the groups members, Gus C. Edwards, purchased the land from his fellow co-owners. Cocoa Beach was incorporated as town on June 5, 1925. Edwards was elected the first mayor.

The Florida Department of Transportation constructed State Road 140 (present-day State Road A1A) in 1935, allowing for increased development. In 1944, a Florida Legislature bill that would have dissolved the city government was defeated. The town was incorporated as a city on June 29, 1957. With the construction of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the city of Cocoa Beach experienced a major growth in population and economic development. However, the city experienced layoffs and economic decline during the period between the conclusion of the Apollo Program and the introduction of the Space Shuttle Program.

Source

Original 9 x 14 centimeter color photographic postcard: Private Collection of Bob Van Horn.

Publisher

Kaesser &amp
Blair, Inc.

Date Created

ca. 1970-1979

Contributor

Van Horn, Bob

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 9 x 14 centimeter color photographic postcard.

Is Part Of

Cocoa Beach Collection, Brevard County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

application/pdf

Extent

286 KB

Medium

9 x 14 centimeter color photographic postcard

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Bal-Ray Resort, Cocoa Beach, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally published by Kaesser &amp
Blair, Inc.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Bob Van Horn and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

The Associated Press. "​Record Number of Tourist Jam Florida." The Ocala Star-Banner, March 6, 1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1356&dat=19720306&id=ZXZPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=KQUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=7548,1059172&hl=en.

Citation

“The Bal-Ray Resort Postcard,” RICHES, accessed February 22, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/7555.

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