VIERA ― The ever-growing town of Viera wasn’t without its beginnings. The Indian River Colony Club, Viera's first community, celebrates its 35th anniversary on Feb. 19. The community was developed by General Gordon "Bat" Masterson in 1986.
“IRCC was one of the first seeds from which Viera grew. It was the success of IRCC that helped foster the idea of Viera as more than just a collection of subdivisions and spawned the vision of building a master planned community with a thoughtfully designed network of roads and trails and a full complement of uses," said Scott Miller, Senior Vice President of Sales and Community Development for The Viera Company. "The word 'Viera' means 'faith' in the Duda family’s native Slovak language and it is our collective faith that has allowed us to earn the 2020 ranking as the 16th top selling Master Planned Community in the country."
The Viera Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc. They manage commercial and residential development of Duda’s non-agricultural property and is the developer of the master-planned community of Viera. The Duda family, originally from Ovideo, helped to establish the IRCC’s place as Viera’s first neighborhood.
The values of the IRCC haven’t wavered in 35 years, either. Designed as a retirement community for veterans and servicemen and women, it's since seen a healthy expansion with more residents moving to Florida, and Viera becoming more populated.
"The number one reason the members like living at IRCC is the friends and neighbors that comprise our community. As 'The Place Patriots Call Home,' we all subscribe to the principles of service to country and to others; we are proud of our country and all that it stands for," said George Cusimano, IRCC Chairman of the Board.
The IRCC is committed to serving their residents with a variety of amenities, organizations and recreational activities. Throughout 35 years, more and more programs and clubs grew with a more diverse selection of activities residents can choose from.
"Over the past 35 years we have expanded and modernized our club facilities, improved our amenities, and built a new maintenance complex." Mr. Cusimano said. "Of course we have our own restaurant with an executive chef and a hall for events and performances. We currently have a 3,000 sq.ft. community pool, clay tennis courts, bocce ball courts, shuffleboard courts, a croque court and our shining jewel: the 18-hole Gordon Lewis-designed golf course. In addition to those amenities, we will soon be adding four pickleball courts."
The IRCC is 100% debt free thanks in large part to its well-maintained infrastructure, staff and attentiveness to its dues and fees residents pay as members.
The IRCC continues to be a sustainable and expanding neighborhood, proud of its service and commitment to its largely retired military population.
Due to COVID-19, the organization will refrain from multiple functions to commemorate the anniversary. However, a special publication will be printed: “Colony Voice" magazine.
“This special edition is a look back at our history and will also spotlight some of our past and current members. The project goes hand-in-hand with our Veterans History Project, which has conducted over 75 taped interviews with members, available through the Library of Congress," Mr. Cusimano said.
As the community moves into 2021, it keeps the same close-nit neighborhood dynamic it began with 35 years ago.
"We are a community with a sense of loyalty, respect and accountability for one another," Mr. Cusimano said. "In a word: camaraderie. Our members actively participate in community service and live life to the fullest.
"We gratefully acknowledge the determined visionaries like General Masterson and early residents who believed in our bold idea. Happy 35th Anniversary to our friends at IRCC," Mr. Miller said.
For more information about the IRRC, call 1-877-509-9532 or visit https://colonyclub.com/