During its heyday, Titusville, Florida enjoyed the distinction of being the capital of Florida’s Space Coast. Men and women were launched into space from the Kennedy Space Center, (KSC) while thousands of spectators crowded the shores of Titusville to view the launches. The local population took off along with the rockets of the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, while grocery stores, gas stations and apartment complexes opened to serve their earthly needs. Titusville was a boomtown born of the space race.
After the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, the economic casualties mounted as home foreclosures skyrocketed. The trickle-down effects of seven thousand people losing their jobs was the closing of businesses all across the Space Coast.