EGAD! Main Street Overview

Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) Main Street is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to promoting the arts and economic revitalization of the historic Eau Gallie area of Melbourne. EGAD is a Florida Main Street Community.

The Eau Gallie Arts District is currently undergoing a renaissance of restoration and development. More and more businesses are joining the art studios, galleries, breakfast, shops, churches, restaurants and professional offices already located here. The Eau Gallie Arts District contains art studios and galleries, an art supply store, a bed and breakfast, shops boutiques, churches, restaurants and professional offices and services.

The City of Melbourne has re-zoned a residential area within EGAD, referred to as the Art Overlay Zone, so that artists may establish studios within their homes, establishing an enclave for working artists.

OUR MISSION

Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) Main Street is a 501(c)3 organization is dedicated to the historic preservation and economic revitalization of the Eau Gallie, Florida.

OUR VALUES

EGAD is working towards becoming an urban neighborhood that serves as the epicenter of arts and entertainment, from casual dining and specialty boutiques to live music and craft beers, to community events that celebrate the ever-creative spirit of the Space Coast.

A little depth on EGAD!

The Eau Gallie Arts District (known affectionately by locals as EGAD!) is the official arts district of Melbourne, Florida and is a Florida Main Street Community. The Eau Gallie Arts District gets its name from the city that was once located in the area. Settlers began coming to this area in 1859 when the pioneering Houston family established a farm harvesting sugar cane, rice and vegetables. Until the 1960′s there were actually two distinct cities situated on the western end of the two causeways crossing the Indian River Lagoon. The southern city was Melbourne, and the northern city was Eau Gallie. Eau Gallie is French for “rocky water.” In 1969, the two cities merged, taking Melbourne as the name for the unified municipality. However, the original downtown area of Eau Gallie has continued to be referred to by the old city name.

The district includes the Foosaner Art Museum and Museum School (now owned by Florida Institute of Technology), administrative offices of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Historic Rossetter House Museum and Gardens, Eau Gallie Public Library, Eau Gallie Civic Center, two public parks, a band shell and newly rebuilt fishing pier. EGAD is a thriving Central Florida community of unique merchants and local artisans containing art studios, galleries, eclectic furniture stores, a phenomenal cake shop (who made my delicious wedding cake), an art supply store (always willing to accommodate the needs of local design students), a beautiful Queen Anne style bed and breakfast as well as shops boutiques, churches, restaurants and professional offices and services.

EGAD is a beautiful blend of historical Florida vernacular homes, mid-century commercial buildings and modern amenities. The City of Melbourne has also re-zoned a residential area within EGAD known as the “Art Overlay Zone” to allow artists to establish studios within their homes, thus providing a special enclave for working artists. As property values rise (which is inherently a good thing) a common outcome of revitalized downtown districts is the ousting of the local artisans that made the area cool in the first place and contributed to the unique visual character. This thriving community is a great example of the Florida Main Street Program done right.

The Main Street Four Point Approach

Main Street Mission

  • Promote the historic preservation and use of historic Eau Gallie downtown/residential area
  • Take remedial actions to eliminate the physical, economic, and social deterioration of the historic Eau Gallie downtown/residential area
  • Promote interest in the preservation, history, culture, architecture and public use of the Eau Gallie area
  • Hold meetings, seminars and other activities for the instruction of the public about building rehabilitation and design, economic restructuring and retail management that fosters the preservation and use of the historic Eau Gallie area
  • Build a positive image for the community
  • Reflect our community’s confidence in itself and its future
  • Create job opportunities
  • Attract new industry and strengthen service and retail job markets
  • Save tax dollars
  • Stabilize and improve the area’s tax base, and protect the investment already made in the area’s infrastructure
  • Help to control sprawl
  • Preserve the community’s historic resources
  • Enable property owners to maintain historic commercial buildings and preserve an important part of the community’s heritage