The Villa Marine Hotel was erected in 1912 by W.I. Sweet. Its construction provided a sorely needed boost for Melbourne Beach as a vacation resort.Other resorts north and south of the Villa Marine were, by this time, far surpassing this community in growth, prosperity and renown. The concrete blocks for the building were manufactured on the site. A deep pit was dug to provide sand for blocks and for mortar. Lumber and other materials were brought by boat across from Melbourne. For a number of years, the Villa Marine successfully catered to tourists. With changing times, however, in the 1950s and ’60s it became, in succession, a rooming house for space boom workers, a co-op retirement home and a fraternity house for Florida Tech.
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