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from which the budwood was cut. If you wish, you can even bud half a dozen varieties of citrus on the same rootstock and produce a tree that will, at the same time, bear oranges and grapefruit, lemons and limes. Mr. Hill went on to talk of soil problems, fertilizers, drainage, and freeze hazards. As we drove back to Cocoa, I considered the complexity of citrus growing and thought wryly of the real-estate ads that picture re tired people dozing happily in the sun, wait ing for the money to drop from their trees. From Cocoa to Cocoa Beach it is only a few miles by causeway and bridges over the Indian and Banana Rivers. But even before you get to Cocoa Beach you can feel the difference. There is an air of increasing ten sion, of a faster pace. "Just look at them," said the service-station man who filled my tank. "Driving as if they're try ing to get into orbit." In the mornings and late afternoons the speed ing traffic slows to an ir ritated, impatient crawl. Cars trying to join it, emerging from motels named Vanguard or Sat ellite or Polaris, wait for 10 minutes before they finally can dash for an opening. Twenty-three years ago the official population of Cocoa Beach totaled 49. "We used to have to Sea of Celery (;arnishes a Field Near Zellwood Cutting the stalks by hand, workers feed them to arm like conveyors extending ahead of mechanical mon sters called Mule Trains. Visible on a distant train at right, rolling down the rows at a yard a minute, are workers who trim, wash. grade, and crate the celery. Many harvesters come from the West Indies. 885 drive bears out of the vegetable patch over where that fancy store is," an old-timer told me. He shook his head and gave a dispirited grunt. "I wish they'd all go home." Missiles Create a New World But the people are here to stay: 9, ()()()at the missile test center, 10,000)() at Patrick Air Force Base. The impact of Cape Canaveral has made Brevard one of the fastest-growing counties in the land, with a population in crease in the past 12 years of 371 percent.