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Capt. Robert Hardee Main Street Boat Ramp

"I can’t thank the City of Sebastian enough for working with me on this project to restore this boat ramp back to its original name!



Capt Robert G. Hardee (1872-1947) was my great-great grandfather. He is considered a pioneer resident of Sebastian. He was born at City Point, FL in 1872. He spent his early years in the area near Rockledge (previously known as Hardeeville). He moved to Sebastian in 1892.  He married his wife, Clarissa Kitching, in 1901. She was the daughter of Sylvanus Kitching, who is noted for giving our town Sebastian its name. He, along with his family, began the Eagle Fish Company. He lived in a large colonial-style mansion near the river. He was post master from 1904-1906 and served on Sebastian City Council for 11 years. In 1925, he represented the area in Tallahassee when Indian River County was formed. Capt Hardee was a citrus grower, but later turned much of that property into subdivisions. He is known to have had over 22 boats, one being the yacht named St. Sebastian."


~Scarlett Chesser

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