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Brevard County's Quarterly Reports
Brevard Delivers
Brevard Delivers - County progress report.
Featuring in-depth stories on County projects and initiatives that were completed within the past quarter, projects that are currently underway and projects that are planned in the months ahead.
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September 6, 2018

North Brevard Commission on Parks & Recreation Meets on September 13

TITUSVILLE, FL. -- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. The meeting will be held in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Avenue in Titusville. The public is invited to attend.

The Brevard Room is located in a building on the North side of the parking lot behind the Brevard County Government Center. For questions please call Jeff Davis Jr. at (321) 264-5105.

If a person desires to appeal any decision made by this commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, such a person will need a record of this proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made, at his/her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based. Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes.

In accordance with the Americans and Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in the proceeding should notice Parks and Recreation North Area no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting by contacting Jeff Davis Jr. at (321) 264-5105.


August 7, 2018

Crisis Counseling Assistance Available for Witnesses of Park Shooting Incident

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – 2-1-1 Brevard and the Titusville Police Department will offer crisis counseling assistance to families and witnesses to a shooting incident that occurred Saturday at Isaac Campbell Park in Titusville.

The shooting occurred just after 5 p.m. Saturday during a back-to-school rally held at the park. One person was injured. An estimated 150 people, mostly school-aged children, were at the park when the incident occurred.

On Tuesday, Brevard County Parks and Recreation worked with 2-1-1 Brevard and Titusville Police to provide crisis counseling referrals for anyone at the park on Saturday who is in need of assistance.

Trained specialists are available 24/7 by dialing 2-1-1, or contact Victim Advocate Michelle Flowers with Titusville Police Department at 321-567-3941.


August 3, 2018

Barrier Island Groundwater Test Results Register Well Within EPA Standards

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - Results of water quality samples from four County groundwater wells on the Barrier Island measure well within Environmental Protect Agency safety standards for drinking water, according to lab results received Friday by Brevard County's Natural Resources Management Office.

Tests for cancer-causing chemicals were conducted in County wells located in Satellite Beach and the unincorporated area south of Melbourne Beach.

"These chemicals are in many household products including Teflon cooking pans, some food wrappers, stain-resistant clothing, carpet and more, so it's not surprising to find some in the groundwater. The question is whether the levels are dangerous or unusually high. To have more information, the County compared groundwater in residential areas of Satellite Beach to conservation land in the south beaches," said Virginia Barker, director of Brevard County's Natural Resources Management Department.

The chemicals, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), are unregulated. But science is finding that even at low exposures, these compounds are implicated in some types of cancer, thyroid defects, immune suppression and pregnancy complications, according to several scientific studies in recent years.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has yet to set a regulatory limit for the compounds. But in 2016, the agency lowered its voluntary health advisory from 400 parts per trillion to 70 parts per trillion, warning that exposure to the chemicals at higher concentrations could be dangerous.

Some states set guidelines for the compounds at lower levels than the EPA recommendation. Minnesota, for example, set drinking and groundwater levels at 35 parts per trillion for PFOA and 27 parts per trillion for PFOS. Added together, this sum of 62 is lower than EPA's total of 70 parts per trillion. The County well results are lower than the individual Minnesota standards for PFOS and PFOA as well as being lower than the EPA total standard.

Brevard County's recent groundwater test results were as follows:

  • 26.7 parts per trillion was the highest concentration recorded, and two samples were pulled from this well to make sure the lab analysis was consistent. The second sample for this well located at a residential site on the north of DeSoto Parkway in Satellite Beach was very similar, at 25.8 parts per trillion.
  • 18.7 parts per trillion, was recorded from a residential site located on the south side of DeSoto Parkway.
  • 6.3 parts per trillion was the cleanest site, sampled from a second residential site on the north side of DeSoto Parkway.
  • 6.6 parts per trillion was recorded from a control well in the Coconut Point Preserve area located several lots south of Publix in the south beaches.
The county paid just over $3,000 for the tests. Samples were pulled in mid-July from wells that were installed in June for the purpose of measuring reductions in groundwater pollution that occur as a result of projects funded by the Save Our Indian River Lagoon sales tax. Applied Ecology Inc. is the environmental consulting firm that sampled the wells. Pace Analytical Lab in Minnesota, considered a national center of expertise for measuring these chemicals, performed the lab analysis.

The compounds tested were among 28 chemicals that the EPA required water systems to test for between 2013 and 2015. Neither Melbourne nor Cocoa's drinking water systems found any of the chemicals during that testing requirement, EPA data show.

Brevard County's results will be presented at a community meeting from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Satellite Beach Civic Center.

Groundwater is used for irrigation and sprinkler systems. Brevard County was among local government agencies that conducted recent well testing on the Barrier Island in response to residents' concerns over health-related issues, the potential source, contamination levels and exposure risks.


June 21, 2018

Brevard County Government's 2nd Quarter Report Now Available Online

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard Delivers, Brevard County Government's second quarterly report for 2018, is now available online at http://www.brevardfl.gov/BrevardDelivers. Brevard Delivers, which is produced through partnership between Brevard County Government and Space Coast Advertising, focuses on County projects and initiatives that were completed within the past quarter, projects that are currently underway and projects that are planned in the months ahead.

Published copies of Brevard Delivers will be available beginning next week at County Commissioner's Offices, County libraries and at the Brevard County Government Center in Viera. To subscribe and receive future editions of Brevard Delivers, please visit http://apps.brevardcounty.us/PublicInformationReleases/ and be sure to click on Brevard Delivers under Public Information Release Categories.
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June 12, 2018

Brevard County Receives $35M Federal Funding for Beach Restoration/Protection

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- More than $35 million has been earmarked for beach restoration in Brevard County under a 2018 Work Plan funding list released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Work Plan includes approximately $28.4 million for initial construction of the Mid-Reach segment of the Brevard County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project. The restoration is expected to take place between December 2019 and May 2020.

The Mid-Reach project was specifically designed to provide storm protection benefits while, at the same time, minimize impacts to the nearshore rock reef habitat.

The Mid-Reach Project will provide continued maintenance of Brevard County's shoreline which will sustain healthy beaches for the enjoyment of residents and visitors and furnish habitat for endangered species, including thousands of sea turtles that nest along the Mid-Reach each year. Sand placement along this shoreline is essential in order to avoid coastal armoring. In some Florida communities armoring has narrowed the public beach and reduced sea turtle nesting habitat.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has also committed an additional $7 million in Flood Control Coastal Emergency funding to repair hurricane Irma damage in the South Reach of the federal project. This work is expected in early 2020 in the towns of Indialantic and Melbourne Beach.

For more information about the Mid Reach Project, contact Mike McGarry at Mike.Mcgarry@brevardfl.gov or (321) 372-5194.


May 29, 2018

EEL Program Selection and Management Committee Meets June 6

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, at the EEL Program's Office located at 91 East Drive in Melbourne.

The purpose of this meeting is to review lands under consideration for public acquisition and management by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark (321) 255-4466 or Laura.Clark@brevardfl.gov.

If a person desires to appeal any decision made by this board, agency or commission (as appropriate) with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, such a person will need a record of this proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made, at his/her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based."

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or any interpreter to participate in the proceeding should contact Laura Clark, EEL Program Administrative Secretary, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting, at (321) 255-4466."


May 22, 2018

EEL Program Selection and Management Committee to visit Grant Flatwoods Sanctuary June 2

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be visiting Grant Flatwoods Sanctuary on Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. - noon. The public is welcome to attend. Participants will be meeting at 3909 Old Dixie Highway in Grant Florida.

The purpose of this site visit is to receive a tour of publicly held conservation lands to assess ecological management accomplishments. Please RSVP no later than noon on Friday, June 1.

For further questions regarding this meeting or to RSVP please contact Laura Clark at (321) 255-4466 or email Laura.Clark@brevardfl.gov.

If a person desires to appeal any decision made by this board, agency or commission (as appropriate) with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, such a person will need a record of this proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made, at his/her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which an such appeal is to be based.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S. persons needing accommodations or any interpreter to participate in the proceeding should contact Laura Clark, EEL Program Administrative Secretary, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting, at (321) 255-4466.


May 21, 2018

Unincorporated Brevard County Fertilizer Restrictions Take Effect June 1

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The deadline to apply fertilizer to lawns is fast approaching.

Unincorporated Brevard County and many municipalities ban the application of fertilizer containing nitrogen and phosphorus from June 1 to Sept. 30. Also, most ordinances specify that no phosphorus can be applied unless a soil test indicates a phosphorus deficiency.

To determine if a fertilizer contains phosphorus, simply look for the three numbers on the fertilizer label. If the middle number is zero, the fertilizer contains no phosphorus. The first number is always nitrogen, and the last number is always potassium. For example, a fertilizer labeled 0-0-27 contains no nitrogen or phosphorus.

Many ordinances also require that fertilizers contain at least 50 percent slow-release nitrogen.

Visit http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/brevard/lawn-and-garden/fertilizer-ordinances/ to find your local ordinance. If you need more information on how to select or apply fertilizer, contact the UF/IFAS Extension in Brevard County at 321-633-1702.


April 30, 2018

EEL Program to hold Selection and Management Committee Meeting May 4

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners will be held from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday, May 4, at 91 East Drive in Melbourne.

The purpose of this meeting is to review lands under consideration for public acquisition and management by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark (321) 255-4466 or Laura.Clark@brevardfl.gov.

If a person desires to appeal any decision made by this board, agency or commission (as appropriate) with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, such a person will need a record of this proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made, at his/her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or any interpreter to participate in the proceeding should contact Laura Clark, EEL Program Administrative Secretary, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting, at (321) 255-4466.


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April 26, 2018

EEL Program to hold Procedures Committee Meeting May 3

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Procedures Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners will be held on Thursday, May 3, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at 91 East Drive in Melbourne.

The purpose of this meeting is to review policies and procedures of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark (321) 255-4466 or Laura.Clark@brevardfl.gov.

If a person desires to appeal any decision made by this board, agency or commission (as appropriate) with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, such a person will need a record of this proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made, at his/her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or any interpreter to participate in the proceeding should contact Laura Clark, EEL Program Administrative Secretary, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting, at 321-255-4466.


April 5, 2018

NovusAGENDA Provides Full Access to County Meeting Agendas

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A new process implemented at the Brevard County Government Center will provide visitors to Board of County Commissioners' meetings full and indepth access to meeting agendas and the supporting documents on items under consideration, debate and potential approval.

A four-member Lean Six Sigma Agenda Development Process team made up of County employees was chartered to significantly reduce the amount of paper, time and staff resources expended during the agenda development process.After months of preparation, the team selected the NovusAGENDA software solution, a cloud-based application and database.

Agendas, individual items, attachments and background documents are available to citizens online at www.BrevardFL.gov/OnlineAgendas.

Agendas can run anywhere from two to eight pages or more, but add to that the extensive background documents on particular items of legislation, along with maps, diagrams, photos and other data and it becomes the equivalent of lugging around a file cabinet. From a general public standpoint, printed agendas are made available to those who attend board meetings, yet those do not include the more extensive background items that Commissioners have at their fingertips. While BOCC agendas posted on the County website do include those background materials, until the redesign and implementation of NovusAGENDA, they were not readily accessible on mobile devices to those attending board meetings.

For citizens who attend BOCC meetingxs, a kiosk has been setup in the lobby outside Board Chambers, located on the First Floor of Building C at the Government Center in Viera, that will provide finger-touch opportunity to review the agenda and look up particular items and background materials. Additionally, the agenda can be downloaded to a mobile device to follow electronically during the meeting.

NovusAGENDA is an application that's being used or implemented in other counties and municipalities throughout Central Florida. It saves money; it saves paper; it saves trees.


April 3, 2018

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets April 12

TITUSVILLE, FL. — The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, April 12, at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Avenue in Titusville. The public is invited to attend.

The Brevard Room is located in a building on the north side of the parking lot behind the Brevard County Government Center North. For questions call Jeff Davis Jr. at (321) 264-5105.

If a person desires to appeal any decision made by this commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, such a person will need a record of this proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made, at his/her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based. Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes.

In accordance with the Americans and Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in the proceeding should notice Parks and Recreation North Area no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting by contacting Jeff Davis Jr. at (321) 264-5105.


March 29, 2018

Vote to Support Brevard County Parks and Recreation This Earth Month

BREVARD, FL. -- For the fourth year in a row, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company - including Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN — to help fund local park improvement projects in 16 U.S. cities through the national "Meet Me at the Park" Earth Month campaign, including a park right here in Brevard County. Through the "Meet Me at the Park" Earth Month campaign, one of three local parks will receive a $20,000 grant and Brevard County residents get to choose which one.

Our local parks make Brevard County a better place to live. That's why from April 1 to April 30 Brevard County residents will have the opportunity to help one of three Brevard County Parks and Recreation projects receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements.

The projects are:

Junior Naturalist Program at Erna Nixon Park
The Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department Junior Naturalist Program will be a hands-on educational program designed for youth ages 10 - 17. A rustic amphitheater will be constructed, and a quarter-mile trail will be created.

Pioneer Nature Pathway at Sams House at Pine Island
The Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department will build an Interpretive Pathway for educational programs and family friendly encounters that incorporates early Pioneer life in Florida and human relation to natural areas.

Triple Play - Specialized Summer Programs at Chain of Lakes
The Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department will be offering three specialized camps, flag football, fishing, and softball. Each camp will consist of two 1-week sessions and will be available for children ages 10-14.

By visiting www.NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark, park supporters can vote daily for their favorite park project. *At the end of April, the park project with the most votes will receive grant funding. Everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing for a GoPro Prize Pack.

During April, a public service announcement (PSA) supporting the Meet Me at the Park Earth Month campaign will be shared with audiences across Disney, including ESPN, ABC Television Network, ABC-owned and affiliate stations, Freeform, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Radio Disney, the ABC Watch app and other platforms. The PSA will also be available to view on the voting site at NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark. Additionally, Radio Disney will support the campaign with an on-air radio spot.

Last year, Brevard County voted for Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary to get $20,000. With that funding, the community is now able to enjoy three small viewing platforms approximately 4-5 feet high and a recently renovated viewing tower approximately 12-16 feet high, allowing individuals the ability to further experience and enjoy wildlife. This year, resident votes will help improve another one of Brevard County's great parks. Part of a $1.5 million investment from The Walt Disney Company, the Meet Me at the Park program supports NRPA and Disney's combined goal of providing one million kids and families with greater access to play.

For more information and to vote, visit NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark.

*Standard messaging and data rates may apply. Both promotions begin at 12 a.m. ET on April 1, 2018 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 30, 2018. No Purchase Necessary to participate. The NRPA Meet Me at the Park Promotion and Voter's Sweepstakes (collectively, "promotions") are open to legal residents of the 50 US & DC, who are 18 years of age or older. For complete details and Official Rules for both promotions, visit www.meetmeatthepark.org.


March 27, 2018

EEL Program Selection and Management Committee Meeting April 4

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, Melbourne, Florida.

The purpose of this meeting is to review lands under consideration for public acquisition and management by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark (321) 255-4466 or Laura.Clark@brevardfl.gov.

If a person desires to appeal any decision made by this board, agency or commission (as appropriate) with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, such a person will need a record of this proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made, at his/her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or any interpreter to participate in the proceeding should contact Laura Clark, EEL Program Administrative Secretary, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting at (321) 255-4466.


March 27, 2018

Brevard County's 2018 First Quarterly Report, Brevard Delivers, Available Online

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard Delivers, Brevard County Government's first quarterly report for 2018, is now available online at https://www.brevardfl.gov/BrevardDelivers.

Brevard Delivers, which is produced through partnership between Brevard County Government and Space Coast Advertising, focuses on County projects and initiatives that were completed within the past quarter, projects that are currently underway and projects that are planned in the months ahead. The first quarterly report for the year includes an Annual Report that highlights accomplishments from 2017. It also spotlights the tax-funded 10-year restoration effort of the Indian River Lagoon.

Published copies of Brevard Delivers will be available beginning next week at County Commissioner's Offices, County libraries and at the Brevard County Government Center in Viera. To subscribe and receive future editions of Brevard Delivers, please visit https://apps.brevardcounty.us/PublicInformationReleases/ and be sure to click on Brevard Delivers under Public Information Release Categories.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Brevard County Recycled Paint Giveaway starting Saturday, March 31

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Recycled paint will be available to residents of Brevard County at five Richard Paint stores and two Ace Hardware store beginning Saturday, March 31.

The paint is free to homeowners in limited quantities. Homeowners will be able to receive up to 10 gallons of one color for the shell of the house and up to three gallons of a second color for trim.

Paint will be available on a first come first served basis only. Proof of home ownership will be required in order to obtain paint (i.e. valid driver's license with the current residential address or property tax notice). The recycled paint is available in five colors and one floor paint.

COLORS
Off white (Wonderland) | Gray (Sidewalk Cafe) | Green (Family Picnic) | Light Beige (Harmony) | Dark Beige (Carnival) | Texture floor paint (Gray)

Locations where paint is available to pick up:

Richard's Paint

  • 2900 Post Road, Melbourne
  • 1510 Cheney Highway, Titusville
  • 230 East Merritt Island Causeway (520) Merritt Island
  • 1950 Viera Boulevard, Viera
  • 5000 Stack Road, Suite A-1, Palm Bay
Ace Hardware
  • 866 North Highway A1A, Indialantic
  • 1024 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach
For more information regarding the recycled paint call (321) 633-1888, (321) 633-2042 or visit our website at www.brevardcounty.us/swr.


March 16, 2018

Earth Day Celebration at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

BREVARD, Fla. -- The Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program will be holding this year's Earth Day celebration, Saturday, April 21st, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary located at 444 Columbia Blvd., in Titusville.

During this free event, guests will have the opportunity to see Florida Wildlife, guest presentations on conservation, explore environmental exhibits, participate in a guided walk, listen to live music, and much more. Earth Day Festival will also feature activities for youth, including face painting, crafts, and hands-on activities.

For more information on the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, please call (321) 264-5185 or visit us online at www.eelbrevard.com.


March 16, 2018

Brevard County Fire Rescue Launch PulsePoint Application

Brevard County, Fla. -- Brevard County Fire Rescue (BCFR) is set to launch their new mobile application, PulsePoint, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, in the Brevard County Commission Chambers; 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. PulsePoint is aimed at providing bystander CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) assistance to those in immediate need.

PulsePoint works by notifying application users, including trained citizens, visitors and healthcare professionals, if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency, while local paramedics and firefighters are simultaneously dispatched. The app also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible AED.

Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 424,000 deaths each year, or more than 1,000 deaths per day. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person's chance of survival. However, less than half of cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR, or CPR administered by a trained person on scene, or the use of an AED.

"With such a short window of opportunity in cardiac arrest cases, early CPR and defibrillation is the key to survival. Brevard County Fire Rescue and our municipal partners are committed to improving the chain of survival," said Brevard County Fire Chief Mark Schollmeyer, "and ultimately positive cardiac arrest outcomes, through the use of technology and citizen engagement."

By bringing the PulsePoint App to Brevard, our county will now join the ranks of the various other municipalities and counties throughout the country currently utilizing PulsePoint, including Los Angeles and San Diego County, the District of Columbia, the city of Madison, Wisconsin and our neighbors in Orlando.

Brevard County Fire Rescue was able to initiate the PulsePoint project and application launch with the receipt of the State of Florida EMS Trust Award. Through which, Brevard County Fire Rescue was awarded $23,000 of initial funding, and $13,000 of funding per year guaranteed for the next 5 years. Much of the funding for the EMS Trust Award comes from fines collected by the State of Florida through traffic tickets.

PulsePoint and Brevard County Fire Rescue, along with our partner agencies, are providing our community with a unique opportunity to build a partnership between citizens and first responders. Through this collaboration, BCFR is determined to bring immediate CPR and AED assistance to anyone in need.

To learn more about PulsePoint or how your agency can be involved, visit pulsepoint.org.


March 13, 2018

Food Vendor Sought for Upcoming Summer Camp Program

BREVARD, Fla. -- Brevard County Central Area Parks Operations is now accepting applications for food vendors for the 2018 Summer Camp Program. Vendor(s) will serve approximately 300 students per week at six different Central Brevard locations, which include Kiwanis Island Park, Woody Simpson Park, McLarty Park, Travis Park, Joe Lee Smith, and Cocoa West.

Vendors can obtain applications at the Central Area Parks Operations Office, located at 840 Forrest Avenue, in Cocoa, or via email at Jesi.Ray@BrevardParks.com. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 6.

Selected food vendors will be notified by Friday, April 13. Vendor selection is based on, but not limited to, application submission date, price of products to the public, proper licensing, and appropriateness of the products. Appropriateness includes, but is not limited to, products that are health conscious, snacks, sweet treats, and beverages appropriate for K-6th graders. There is no cost to submit an application. If selected as a vendor, a fee of $60/week for the 6 camps sites will be assessed over the course of the summer.

Please call 321-633-1874 for additional information on this and other recreation programs sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation in Central Brevard.


March 7, 2018

Residents Urged to Report Fish Kills to FWC

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - Brown tide conditions on Indian River Lagoon, especially in the Banana River and Sykes Creek, have prompted a reminder for residents to report any sighting of fish kills to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The state agency administers a toll-free Fish Kill Hotline (1-800-636-0511) for reporting the locations of fish kills and/or diseased or abnormal fish. When reporting an incident, the following additional information is helpful:

  • Condition of the fish (include pictures if available)
  • Date and time the incident was first noted
  • Location
  • Species of fish
  • Water color abnormalities

Reports can also be submitted on the FWC website. If calling after hours or on the weekend, a biologist will return your call on the next business day. There is also an FWC phone app where the fish kills can be reported: https://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2018/february/19/sighting-app/

Isolated fish kill events occur most often during the spring and summer as temperatures rise. The most common cause is low dissolved oxygen in the water. Algal blooms, like the brown tide currently blooming in the Indian River from Port St John to Vero and throughout the Banana River, consume oxygen at night and during cloudy days, sometimes leaving insufficient oxygen for fish and other marine life. Algal blooms are fed by excess nutrients often related to human activities.

Residents can play a role in helping avoid fish kills. That includes keeping leaves and grass clippings off the streets, canals and out of storm drains; following local fertilizer ordinances; preventing over irrigation; maintaining septic systems; and repairing leaky sewer pipes.

In response to the record-breaking fish kill of March 2016, Brevard County residents voted to impose a half-cent sales tax to fund a 10-year plan to cleanup and restore health to the Indian River Lagoon. The Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan is updated annually and posted online at https://www.brevardfl.gov/SaveOurLagoon. To date, six projects have been completed and over 60 projects are scheduled to begin this year. After many decades of allowing too much pollution to enter the lagoon, it will take hundreds of projects and years of cleanup to reduce the risk of severe algae blooms and associated fish kills.


March 6, 2018

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation to meet March 8

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, March 8, at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Avenue located in Titusville. The public is invited to attend.

The Brevard Room is located in a building on the north side of the parking lot behind the Brevard County Government Center North. For questions call Jeff Davis Jr. at (321) 264-5105.

If a person desires to appeal any decision made by this commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, such a person will need a record of this proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made, at his/her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based. Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes.

In accordance with the Americans and Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in the proceeding should notice Parks and Recreation North Area no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting by contacting Jeff Davis Jr. at (321) 264-5105.


March 6, 2018

Joint Meeting of EEL Selection and Management/Procedures Committee Postponed

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- The joint meeting of EEL Program Selection and Management Committee / Procedures Committee meeting, previously scheduled for March 7, at 2:45 p.m. has been postponed.

A new date for the joint meeting will be provided once it has been established.

The original meeting of the Selection and Management Committee will still be held on March 7, at 1:00 p.m. located at 91 East Drive, Melbourne.

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark at (321) 255-4466.


Friday, March 2, 2018

Water Safety Instructor Course offered at McLarty Aquatic Center

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. - Brevard County Parks and Recreation Central Area will be offering two Water Safety Instructor courses at McLarty Aquatic Center located at 790 Barton Blvd., in Rockledge on March 20 - 30 and April 17 - 27. Course dates and times are as follows:

WSI Course I
  • March 10, 12:30 p.m. Skill test
  • March 20, 5-9 p.m.
  • March 21, 5-9 p.m.
  • March 22, 5-9 p.m.
  • March 23, 5-9 p.m.
  • March 27, 5-9 p.m.
  • March 28, 5-9 p.m.
  • March 29, 5-9 p.m.
  • March 30, 5-9 p.m.
WSI Course II
  • March 31, 5:30 p.m. Skill Test
  • April 17, 5-9 p.m.
  • April 18, 5-9 p.m.
  • April 19, 5-9 p.m.
  • April 20, 5-9 p.m.
  • April 24, 5-9 p.m.
  • April 25, 5-9 p.m.
  • April 26, 5-9 p.m.
  • April 27, 5-9 p.m.

Participants will need access to the internet as this course has online components.

All classes must be attended. Cost is $250.00 and must be paid upon successful completion of the skills test on March 10th or 31st. Class size is limited.

Pre-registration is recommended. Minimum of five participants are needed to hold the class.

Interested candidates must be 16 years of age or older, maintain floating position on back for 1 minute, tread water for 1 minute, and be able to swim 25 yards of front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, and 15 yards of butterfly.

Upon completion, participants will receive American Red Cross certification as a Water Safety Instructor, and be able to teach swim lessons and water safety presentations.

For additional information, call Debbie Bowling at 321-633-1874 or email debbie.bowling@brevardparks.com


February 20, 2018

Digital Preliminary Flood Maps for Brevard County Ready for Public Viewing

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has completed its restudy for coastal Brevard County and released preliminary Flood Insurance Rate maps.

New storm surge modeling will result in changes to flood zone areas on the Barrier Island and Merritt Island. Some areas will have revised flood elevations, which will impact annual flood insurance premiums, both positively and negatively. Some areas not currently in flood zones (Special Flood Hazard Areas) will change and be included, which will then require mandatory flood insurance for a mortgage.

The public is invited to view and comment on the preliminary maps and data by attending one of the upcoming FEMA Open House meetings:

  • Tuesday, March 13, from 4-7 p.m., Space Coast Room, 2nd Floor, Building C, Brevard County Government Center
  • Thursday, March 15, from 4-7 p.m., Cocoa Beach Country Club
Find out whether your property is impacted, how a change may affect you, how securing flood insurance coverage before a change can save you money, and how to appeal a change either before or after the fact. FEMA staff will be available for questions and information on these and other topics of interest.

View updated maps here: https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/searchLoad.action (Not recommended for mobile devices.)


February 13, 2018

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation to meet Feb. 28

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The meeting will be held at the Sandrift Community Center located at 585 North Singleton Avenue, Titusville. The public is invited to attend.

For questions please call Jeff Davis Jr. at (321) 264-5105.

If a person desires to appeal any decision made by this commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, such a person will need a record of this proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made, at his/her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based. Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes.

In accordance with the Americans and Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in the proceeding should notice Parks and Recreation North Area no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting by contacting Jeff Davis Jr. at (321) 264-5105.


February 7, 2018

Brevard Ocean Rescue to Host Lifeguard Tryouts on Feb. 24

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host the second group for seasonal lifeguards on Feb. 24. Ocean Rescue is looking to fill 30 positions.

Those hired on as ocean lifeguards will work from March to October for the 2018 year.

Those trying out should meet at Rockledge High School's swimming pool, 220 Raider Rd, no later than 7 a.m. Candidates will not be permitted to test if they are late. While no lifeguarding experience is necessary, candidates must be over the age of 16 by March 10, the first day of training, and possess strong swimming skills. All candidates must bring a valid driver's license, Social Security card, appropriate swim attire, a towel and running shoes.

Candidates will be required to swim 500 meters in less than 10 minutes, complete a 1-mile run on a track in less than 10 minutes and perform a physical agility test that includes push-ups. Advanced registration is not required; however applicants are reminded that testing will begin promptly and anyone arriving after testing begins will not be permitted to try out.

If selected, completion of the hiring process is dependent on the candidate's ability to pass a background test and successful completion of Ocean Rescue's paid training academy. The starting pay for ocean lifeguards is $10.24/hour.

Lifeguard Academy Class Dates for candidates selected Jan. 13 (Must attend all dates):
March 10,11,17,18,24, and 25
April 14,15,21,22,28, and 29
(Subject to Change)

For additional information on the tryouts and Brevard County Ocean Rescue, please visit the department's page at www.brevardfl.gov/FireRescue/OceanServices. You can also contact Ocean Rescue staff at (321) 633-2056 or email at Fire.Rescue@brevardfl.gov.


February 2, 2018

U.S. Coast Guard Sets Deviated Openings Schedule for Mathers Bridge in S. Merritt Island

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The U.S. Coast Guard will implement a deviated openings schedule from normal operating times for Mathers Bridge in south Merritt Island starting at 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, through 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.

During the deviation period, the bridge will open for vessels requesting passage on the hour and half hour, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Friday, Saturday and any federal holidays, 24 hours a day, the bridge will open for vessels on the hour and half hour.

At all other times, the bridge will open on signal if at least two hours notice is provided.

For more information, please contact Brevard County Road and Bridges at (321) 455-1389.


January 29, 2018

EEL Program Procedures Committee Meeting Feb. 1.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Procedures Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 2- 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, Melbourne.

The purpose of this meeting is to review policies and procedures of the EEL Program.

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark, (321) 255-4466, or Laura.Clark@brevardfl.gov.

If a person desires to appeal any decision made by this board, or commission (as appropriate) with regard to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, such a person will need a record of this proceeding and for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made, at his or her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based.

In accordance with the American Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or any interpreter to participate in the proceeding should contact Laura Clark, EEL Program Administrative Secretary, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting at (321) 255-4466.


January 29, 2018

EEL Program Recreation and Education Committee Meeting Feb. 8.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Recreation and Education Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 6- 8 PM at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, Melbourne.

The purpose of this meeting is to review proposed recommendations for public access, passive recreation and environmental education plans on EEL Program managed conservation lands.

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Brad Manley, (321) 255-4466 or Brad.Manley@brevardfl.gov.

If a person desires to appeal any decision made by this board, or commission (as appropriate), such a person will need a record of this proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made, at his/her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or any interpreter to participate in the proceeding should contact Laura Clark, EEL Program Administrative Secretary, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting, at (321) 255-4466.


January 21, 2018

Enhanced 9-1-1, Alert Dispatchers Help BCFR Render Aid to W. Melbourne Resident

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Alert 9-1-1 dispatchers and the Enhanced 9-1-1 system helped Brevard County Fire Rescue locate and render swift medical aid Sunday morning to an elderly resident of West Melbourne.

The resident of the Stratford Point Drive subdivision may have suffered from a medical issue that caused him to fall while a pot was cooking on the stove. He was apparently able to dial 9-1-1, but was unable to speak when the call was answered by 9-1-1 dispatchers. The Enhanced 9-1-1 system helped dispatchers pinpoint the caller's address.

When the 9-1-1 call was received just after 9 a.m., no one was on the other end of the phone line but dispatchers could hear a smoke detector inside the home and could hear movement inside the structure, said District Chief Geanine Dotson. Firefighters responded from Brevard County Fire Rescue stations 83 and 82 and were able to gain access into the home through a window. Once inside, they located the resident on the kitchen floor.

The resident was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.

Dotson said there were no other occupants inside the home and no other injuries were reported. Smoke from the pot left on the stove had activated the smoke detector. She said firefighters aired out the home. Palm Bay Fire Engine 3 was also on scene.

"Between the resident being able to get to the phone to dial 9-1-1, the Enhanced 9-1-1 system and that our dispatchers were able to identify the smoke detector and movement over the phone all helped in a successful outcome this morning," Dotson said.


January 18, 2018

Brevard County to Host Post Disaster Recovery Program Jan. 22-24

BREVARD County, FL. -- Brevard County Housing and Human Services will be hosting a Post Disaster Recovery Program for Brevard County residents seeking assistance from Hurricane Irma damages from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22; Tuesday, Jan. 23; and Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Viera Regional Park Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera.

One-time assistance is available for rent, mortgage, rental deposit, and filling the homeowner insurance gap for income eligible Brevard county residents on a first-come (application complete with all required information) first-served basis, contingent on the availability of funds. Applicants will be prioritized with elderly (all household members over the age of 60) and disabled (documented impairment) clients being a priority.

All applicants are required to bring:

  • Affidavit certifying assistance request as a result of Hurricane Irma.
  • Bank statements for all household members from the past 60 days.
  • Birth certificates for all children listed on the application.
  • Social Security cards for all household members
All adult household members must provide:
  • A state of Florida Driver's License or ID.
  • Proof of income for the past three months
Persons seeking mortgage, rental, or deposit assistance must additionally provide a current statement from their mortgage holder, rental company, or landlord detailing the current amount due.

Additionally, one of the following is needed: a current yearly lease, HUD form-50059, a rent voucher worksheet from Section 8, or a rent adjustment notice from Public Housing.

All required items are needed to determine eligibility. Preference is for applications to be completed prior to arrival and will only be reviewed in person during event hours and dates. Applications can be picked up at the following Community Action Agency locations:

  • North: 611 Singleton Ave, Titusville
  • Central: 400 S. Varr Ave, Cocoa
  • South: 601 E. University Blvd, Melbourne
Applications can also be picked up at the Housing and Human Services Department, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way B-106, Viera. Residents may request email or mail receipt of an application by calling (321) 633-1951 or (321) 633-2076.

More information can also be found at our website, https://www.brevardfl.gov/HumanServices/Home


January 5, 2018

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation to meet Jan 11 & February 8

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11. The meeting will be held in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Avenue in Titusville. The public is invited to attend.

The Brevard Room is located in a building on the north side of the parking lot behind the Brevard County Government Center North. For questions call Jeff Davis Jr. at (321) 264-5105.

If a person desires to appeal any decision made by this commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, such a person will need a record of this proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made, at his/her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based. Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes.

In accordance with the Americans and Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in the proceeding should notice Parks and Recreation North Area no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting by contacting Jeff Davis Jr. at (321) 264-5105.


January 3, 2018

Plunging Temperatures Prompt Opening of Cold Night Shelters

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- According to the National Weather Service, temperatures tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 3,) through Friday, Jan. 5, are projected to be below 45 degrees. Cold Night Shelters will be open in the following locations:

North Brevard Coalition of Human Services
Disabled Veterans Chapter 109

435 N Singleton Ave.
Titusville, FL 32796
Tel: 321-269-0109
Shelter opens at 5:30 p.m. and closes the following day at 8 a.m. Dinner and breakfast will be served.

Central Brevard Sharing Center
113 Aurora St.
Cocoa, FL 32922
Tel: 321-631-0306
Shelter opens at 6 p.m. and closes the following day at 7 a.m. Dinner and breakfast will be served.

His Place Ministries
1842 South Harbor City Blvd.
Melbourne, FL 32901
Tel: 321-674-9009
Shelter opens at 8 p.m. and closes the following day 7 a.m. Dinner and breakfast will be served.



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