The Tiger Bay Club on the Space Coast
The first Tiger Bay Club was founded in Miami in 1964 as a unique forum for those with a passion for politics. Brevard County leaders started the Space Coast Tiger Bay Club in 1986 to increase awareness and participation in the democratic process.
Founding members included Republicans, Democrats, liberals, and conservatives who had a passion for politics. Space Coast Tiger Bay Club was created to provide a non-partisan forum. Speakers include political candidates, elected officials, opinion makers and "movers and shakers" in our community, state and the nation. Tiger Bay limited its initial membership to 240, required active member sponsorship, and charged $200 a year dues. As a policy, the club would not endorse any candidate for political office. The Tiger Bay Club also began the practice of candidate forums - today’s “Hob Nob” events.
Florida Today columnist Nick White observed in April, 1986: ". . . this community (Brevard), in comparison to some of the state’s older metropolitan centers, is relatively naïve or disinterested in the nitty-gritty stuff of politics."
That perception led key members of the Brevard community to form the Space Coast Tiger Bay Club using the model of the Miami Tiger Bay Club formed in 1963.
At the Club’s first luncheon meeting, attended by some 240 local business and political leaders at the Cocoa Beach Hilton, Governor Bob Graham spoke. The Governor was a member of the Tallahassee Tiger Bay Club.
The Officers and Board of Directors are proud of their past and are pledged to continue to serve the community by providing "An ongoing forum for civil discourse, sharing community viewpoints, and quality speakers."
Vice President George Bush
Senator John McCain
Governor Mitt Romney
G. Gordon Liddy
The Capital Steps
Irving R. Levine
Robert F. Kennedy
Admiral Paul Pluta
Admiral Thad Allen
Brig. General Don Pettit
Previous Tiger Bay panels:
"Free Trade with Cuba"
"Boaters vs Manatees"
About Brevard County:
Brevard County is 72 miles long and 26 1/2 miles wide and has an extremely diverse economy and ecosystem that includes agriculture, military, major corporate headquarters, commercial space, eco-tourism, beaches, a thriving port and cruise terminals, an inlet and a huge array of parks, recreation and tourism venues.