Thomas (“TP”) Kennedy is a member of a family that settled in Indian River County in 1907. His ancestors were citrus farmers that moved from Gainesville, Florida to take advantage of more favorable weather conditions for citrus in this coastal area.
TP attended St. Edwards School and, thereafter, the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Agriculture. After graduation, he returned to Indian River County and pursued a career in citrus (farming, packinghouse and citrus export operations) and real estate while engaged in the family’s various businesses. While actively involved in the family’s real estate and land management activities for most of his career, TP developed hands on experience in simple and complex real estate transactions, construction and property management. During this period, he was involved in the development of Old Orchid (a residential community on the barrier island); the land assembly, preliminary planning & permitting, and sale of Bristol Bay (a 499 unit mixed-use development in Wabasso); and, the acquisition, design, re-permitting, construction, property management and financing of Sebastian Inlet Marina (a 265 slip marina in southern Brevard County). He has participated in the negotiation and closing of several transactions in excess of 10 million dollars (including one at $26 million and one over $30 million) in the last 12 years. TP was the leader in planning and securing the funding ($2.8 million) to extend Brevard County’s wastewater line south along US #1 in Micco to connect all homes and businesses to sewer. This was a partnership between SJRWMD and Brevard County.
Throughout his career, TP has been an active member of the Indian River, St. Lucie and Brevard County business communities. He is a past President and Chairman of the Indian River Citrus League; a past Director of the Orange Growers Marketing Association (a division of Florida Natural); and a member of the Board of Directors of the Micco Homeowners Association. He has been involved in the Marine Industry Association of the Treasure Coast, the Brevard County Marine Advisory Council and the Realtors Association of Indian River County.