egad-mainstreet-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 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.  Wherever you are from, EGAD feels like your hometown. The neighborhood is a beautiful blend of historical Florida vernacular homes, mid-century commercial buildings and modern amenities.

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 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.

 Here’s our story!

The Eau Gallie Arts District (known as EGAD!) is an accredited and award winning Florida Main Street Community. The Eau Gallie Arts District gets its name from the city that was founded here in 1860 when the pioneering Houston family established a farm harvesting sugar cane, rice and vegetables. Until the 1960′s, there were two distinct cities situated on either end of the two causeways crossing the Indian River Lagoon. The southern city was Melbourne, and the northern city was Eau Gallie, French for “rocky water.” In 1969, Melbourne annexed Eau Gallie, taking Melbourne as the name for the unified municipality. However, the town of Eau Gallie has continued to be referred to its own name.

The original town of Eau Gallie was a viable business district with all the anchor elements in place to sustain a neighborhood–a school, a downtown, a newspaper, and traditional community celebrations. Despite today being sliced in two by a state road, EGAD is thriving community offering residents a return to the nostalgia of a hometown.

The Main Street Four Point Approach