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July 2, 2020

County Recommends Businesses Post "Mask Required"/"Mask Not Required" Policies For Patrons

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. A proclamation that strongly encourages private businesses and business establishments in Brevard County to post at their entrances whether they have a "Mask" or "No Mask" policy was adopted by a 4-1 vote of the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

A business, as defined by the commission, means a location with a roof overhead under which any business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed or where services are rendered. The term "business establishment" includes transportation network companies, such as Ubers and Lyft, vehicles operated for mass transit, taxis, limousines for hire, rental cars, and other passenger vehicles for hire. Business establishments also includes locations where non-profit, governmental, and quasi-governmental entities facilitate public interactions and conduct business, and also includes places of worship.

The proclamation strongly encourages and recommends businesses, as a courtesy to prospective patrons, to note at their entrances what policies are in place governing the use of masks at their establishments, including those that have outdoor dining options. The various municipalities throughout the county can make their own face mask policies regarding businesses.

At the request of commissioners, Brevard County Government has put together "Mask" and "No Mask" notices that are available for download that businesses can post. Those notices are located on the County website, https://www.brevardfl.gov, under the Latest News block (look for the mask!)

There are no penalties for businesses that do not post the recommended signage.


July 2, 2020

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation Meets July 9 via Conference Call

Brevard County, FL. -- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold it s next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 9. The meeting will be held via conference call as a public safety measure in response to the spread of COVID-19 and in compliance with mass gathering recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The Public is invited to join the conference call meeting.

To join the conference call meeting, please contact Shirley Corliss via email for the instructions. If you have any questions regarding the meeting, 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 person will need a record of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made at his or her own expense for the record included testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based Section 286.105, Florida Statutes.

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


June 30, 2020

Brevard County Recycled Paint Program Indefinitely Suspended

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The latex paint recycling giveaway program has been indefinitely suspended. The facility that processed the paints into recycled product is no longer providing that service, and a similar service in the Central Florida area has not been located.

The paint recycling/paint giveaway program has been in place for 32 years, but has been indefinitely suspended while other alternatives are explored.

Latex and oil-based paints are still accepted for disposal at the County's three Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers.

For additional information regarding the disposal of paint, please contact Rita Perini, environmental specialist, at (321) 633-1888 or at rita.perini@brevardfl.gov


June 26, 2020

Board of County Commissioners To Hold Special Meeting Tuesday, June 30

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Board of County Commissioners have scheduled a Special Meeting for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, to discuss Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) funds that have been allocated as part of the County's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting agenda includes discussion on CARES Act funding for Economic Support Programs, and also discussion related to the potential for a face covering or a face mask policy, following a recent upward trend in positive coronavirus tests in the county.

The meeting will be held with public comments from the Board of County Commissioners Chambers on the first floor and County Commissioners meeting in the Florida Room on the third floor of the Viera Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera, 32940.


June 25, 2020

1,000 Gallons of Hand Sanitizer Donated to Brevard County First Responders

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. — Pharmco Laboratories Inc., a skin care product manufacturer based in Titusville, donated seven pallets of half-gallon bottles of hand-sanitizer to Brevard County's first responders on Wednesday, adding to the County's arsenal of Personal Protection Equipment in the response to COVID-19.

In all, 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer was donated by the company, which is based in Titusville and has been in operation since 1979. The company specializes in skin care formulas and over-the-counter skin care products. The donation was made by Pharmco President Robert Cohn, Director of Operations Ben Cohn and Director of Sales Darren Curtis to Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan A. Lober, Public Safety Director Matt Wallace and Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer at a warehouse facility located on Technology Drive in Melbourne.

"This is good quality sanitizer" Robert Cohn said, adding that it "contains aloe and doesn't dry out your hands."

"It's greatly appreciated," Lober said.

Wallace said the County's first responders burn through supplies pretty quickly in their response efforts during the pandemic.

There are 33 fire stations, and three shifts per day, and "every time you go on a call you're wiping your hands down," so the County goes through supplies pretty quickly, Schollmeyer said.

Pharmco is located at 3520 South Street in Titusville and distributes products all over the country.

"We had been talking about it, 'How can we give back to the community and help those around us,' " Curtis said about Wednesday's donation.


June 23, 2020

Brevard County Seeks 'Masked Crusaders'

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – Brevard County Emergency Management wants to recognize the county's "Masked Crusaders," those who wear face masks to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 infection, as part of its ongoing initiative to spread the word on the importance of following Centers for Disease Control recommendations and to help stem the rise in positive coronavirus test results.

The CDC recommends wearing face coverings in grocery stores, drug stores, and other public settings where social distancing measures can be difficult to maintain. The CDC also advises wearing masks to slow the spread of the virus by helping to prevent people who may have the virus, but do not know it, from transmitting it to others. The CDC encourages everyone, ages 10 and older, to wear masks in public.

Brevard County Emergency Management is asking residents to become a "Masked Crusader" by sending us a photo of yourself wearing a face mask, along with a brief sentence on why you wear a mask – whether it's to protect yourself, a family member or a loved one, whether it's in support of small businesses, or in support of our community, or whether it's simply because "We're all in this together." Send your photos to jesi.ray@brevardfl.gov and, if you want to be recognized on our social media pages, then please include your name, hometown, organization, or business, and any relevant social media handles for inclusion on our social media pages on Twitter (@BrevEOC) or on Facebook (Brevard County Emergency Management.)

Why should you wear a mask? Because they minimize risks and serve as a physical barrier to protect you and others from viral and bacteriological particles in the air. Many unknowingly infect others by going out and spreading germs be coughing or touching others. However, when wearing a mask, don't lose sight of other precautions, such as social distancing as much as possible, practicing good hand-washing hygiene, including the use of a hand sanitizer, avoiding mass gatherings and staying home if you are sick.

Mask alone will not prevent COVID-19, but the proper use of masks and following CDC recommendations will help stop the spread of the virus.

Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees has also issued a public health advisory recommending that people wear face masks, practice social distancing and avoid gatherings of more than 50 people. If you wear a face mask, please make sure it:

  • Fits snugly against the side of the face
  • Is secured with ties or ear loops
  • Includes multiple layers of fabric
  • Allows for breathing without restriction
  • Can be laundered without being damaged or changing its shape.
Don't forget to send us your photo to become one of Brevard County's "Masked Crusaders."
June 19, 2020

Residents Asked to Stay Vigilant and Follow CDC Social Distancing Recommendations

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Residents and visitors are asked to remain vigilant in following Centers for Disease Control recommendations on wearing cloth face coverings when out in public, practicing six-foot social distancing, and washing and sanitizing hands frequently due to concerns over a growing number of positive COVID-19 test results in Brevard County and elsewhere in the state.

A record high 60 new positive cases of COVID-19 was reported Friday by the Florida Department of Health. That continues a two-week upward trend that reflects 317 new cases of coronavirus in Brevard County since June 5, and an overall total since the pandemic began of 748 cases. The number of COVID-19-related deaths has climbed to 16, with three of those recorded in the past two week, according to FDOH.

"The numbers clearly indicate that the pandemic is still very much a concern, and people need to stay vigilant and respond accordingly by re-committing themselves to following CDC recommendations," said Interim Emergency Management Director John Scott. "Those include six-foot social distancing, avoiding mass gatherings, good hand hygiene, using hand-sanitizer, staying home when you're sick, staying home when appropriate and wearing cloth face coverings when you go out to protect not only yourself but others from becoming infected."

The emphasis of CDC recommendations is on "Time" "Space" "People" and "Places," as in the more time you spend and the closer in space you are to any (possibly) infected people, the higher your risk. Interacting with more people raises your risk, and indoor places are riskier than outdoors. For more information on the newest CDC recommendations, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/activities.html

Several test sites are currently available for COVID-19 testing in Brevard County:

  • A free drive-through, no-appointment-required state-run test site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay Campus
    250 Community College Parkway
    Palm Bay, FL. 32909

  • Health First: Pro-Health & Fitness, 255 Borman Drive, Merritt Island
    Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon
    To register for an appointment, call 321-434-3131

  • Parrish Hospital: Pre-registration is required at all testing locations.
    For appointments, call 321-268-6139 or text "covid test" to 321-204-1699
    • Tuesday afternoons, Parrish Health and Fitness Center parking lot, 2210 Cheney Hwy, Titusville
    • Wednesday afternoons, Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church, grass lot south of church, 2396 Harry T. Moore Ave., Mims
    • Thursday afternoons, Harry T. Moore Social Services Center parking lot, 725 S. Deleon Ave, Titusville
    • Friday mornings, Parrish Medical Offices parking lot, 7075 US 1, Port St. John
    • Saturday mornings, Gibson Youth Center parking lot, 835 Sycamore St. Titusville

    • FDOH Brevard has these free appointment-only drive-through testing locations:
    • Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice
      9 a.m. to noon
      DOH-Brevard Viera Clinic
      2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera FL 32940
    • June 18
      9 a.m. to noon
      Iglesia de Cristo
      1504 Clearlake Road, Cocoa FL 32922
    • June 23
      9 a.m. to noon
      St. Luke's Catholic Church
      5055 Micco Road, Barefoot Bay, FL 32976

June 16, 2020

Taiwan Donates 5,000 Face Masks to Brevard County First Responders

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - The government of Taiwan provided a significant boost to Brevard County's coronavirus response efforts on Tuesday with a donation of 5,000 triple-layer medical-grade masks. The donation was presented at the Government Center in Viera to Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan A. Lober and Brevard County Public Safety Director Matt Wallace by representatives from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Miami.

"We have a close relationship with the United States and Brevard County, which is where one of our satellites launched last June," said Sara Chen, TECO Director. TECO is a representative office for the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Florida.

"We're hoping we can do something to help your local government to stop the spread of COVID-19," said David Chien, Director General of TECO, who presented the masks - all stamped "Made in Taiwan" - to Lober and Wallace in a presentation in the Brevard County Manager's Office. TECO has made similar donations in Miami-Dade, Broward and Orange counties, Chien said.

"It's excellent timing with what's happening right now," said Lober, who said the county and state were seeing an upward trend in the number of positive COVID-19 cases being reported by the Florida Department of Health.

Wallace said the County has 500 firefighters and emergency medical technicians who are part of the County's COVID-19 response. They use up Personal Protection Equipment very quickly, he said.

"These masks will be distributed and utilized on the streets," he said. "These will make a positive difference for the citizens of Brevard County."


June 16, 2020

Uptick in COVID-19 Cases Prompts CDC Emphasis on 'Time, Space, People and Places'

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – An upward trend of positive COVID-19 cases in Brevard County has prompted a reminder to county residents to be mindful of Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on social distancing and its newest recommendations on ways to protect yourself and others.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases reported by the Florida Department of Health Brevard has climbed to 565. Barely two weeks ago, the number of positive cases in the county was 424. In that same time frame, statewide numbers jumped from 56,830 to 77,326.

With people returning to work, and restaurants and other establishments reopening as part of the Phase II "Re-opening Florida" economic recovery plan, the CDC is asking the public to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The emphasis is on "Time" "Space" "People" and "Places," as in the more time you spend and the closer in space you are to any (possibly) infected people, the higher your risk. Interacting with more people raises your risk, and indoor places are riskier than outdoors.

Among recommendations:

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever or chills, cough, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people.
  • Wash hands often and cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoid mass gatherings.
  • Wear a face mask or cloth face covering when out in public.
  • Keep 6 feet of space between you and others. The closer you are to people who may be infected, the greater the risk of you becoming infected. Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces.
  • Be aware that spending more time with people who may be infected increases your risk of becoming infected, or their risk of becoming infected if you may have already been infected.
For more information on the newest CDC recommendations, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/activities.html

Several test sites are currently available for COVID-19 testing in Brevard County:

  • A free drive-through, no-appointment-required state-run test site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay Campus
    250 Community College Parkway
    Palm Bay, FL. 32909

  • Health First: Pro-Health & Fitness, 255 Borman Drive, Merritt Island
    Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon
    To register for an appointment, call 321-434-3131

  • Parrish Hospital: Pre-registration is required at all testing locations.
    For appointments, call 321-268-6139 or text "covid test" to 321-204-1699
    • Tuesday afternoons, Parrish Health and Fitness Center parking lot, 2210 Cheney Hwy, Titusville
    • Wednesday afternoons, Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church, grass lot south of church, 2396 Harry T. Moore Ave., Mims
    • Thursday afternoons, Harry T. Moore Social Services Center parking lot, 725 S. Deleon Ave, Titusville
    • Friday mornings, Parrish Medical Offices parking lot, 7075 US 1, Port St. John
    • Saturday mornings, Gibson Youth Center parking lot, 835 Sycamore St. Titusville

    • FDOH Brevard has these free appointment-only drive-through testing locations:
    • Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice
      9 a.m. to noon
      DOH-Brevard Viera Clinic
      2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera FL 32940
    • June 18
      9 a.m. to noon
      Iglesia de Cristo
      1504 Clearlake Road, Cocoa FL 32922
    • June 23
      9 a.m. to noon
      St. Luke's Catholic Church
      5055 Micco Road, Barefoot Bay, FL 32976

June 11, 2020

EEL Program Selection and Management Committee Meets June 19

Brevard County, FL. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19, through Zoom webinar. The public is welcome to participate.

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

To join the webinar online please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84271317558?pwd=Rnpra05sNlRNTXFkcE82cFhBcjB5dz09 Password: 264930

To join by Telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 Webinar ID: 842 7131 7558
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kMZ6RM07w

To join by iPhone one-tap: US: +13017158592,,84271317558# or US: +13126266799,,84271317558#

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Mike Knight (321) 255-4466 or mike.knight@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, Florida Statutes, persons needing accommodations or any interpreter to participate in the proceeding should contact Mike Knight, EEL Program Manager, no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting, at (321) 255-4466.


June 5, 2020

Brevard County Parks to Implement Phase 2 Re-opening Plan

Brevard County, FL. -- On Wednesday, June 3, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139 directing Florida to enter the Phase 2 Recovery and Re-Opening Plan.

Effective Friday, June 5, the Brevard County Park and Recreation Department will begin to implement the following actions:

  • Rentals will be available for groups of 50 people or less as recommended by CDC social distancing guidelines.
  • Brevard County Campgrounds will re-open to 100% capacity. Day passes and camper visitation will resume.
Effective Monday, June 15, McLarty pool, located in Rockledge, will re-open to the public for lap swimming and water walking only, to encourage social distancing.
June 2, 2020

Emergency Operations Center Receives PPE Donation From Caliburn International

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Boxes of personal protective equipment donated by Caliburn International have been delivered to Brevard County's Emergency Operations Center, and will be quickly loaded up for distribution to area healthcare providers and long-term care facilities.

Officials with the Cape Canaveral office of Caliburn arrived at the EOC in Rockledge in a mobile medical clinic with donations of more than 1,000 protective masks, 150 boxes of gloves and cartons containing more than 1,500 medical gowns.

"It's a distinct pleasure to be able to provide support to the Emergency Operations Center," said Dan Jones, chief operations officer for Caliburn. "We're partners with Brevard County and the entire community and want to help everybody get past this pandemic as smoothly as possible."

Caliburn is a global medical management provider that can provide on-site medical exam services to the U.S. government, the military and commercial clients. It also provides consulting, engineering, medical and environmental services and large scale program management.

"It's much appreciated and will help us provide PPE to healthcare providers and nursing homes in our county who have had challenges acquiring PPE," Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser said about the donation.


June 1, 2020

Hurricane Season 2020: Factor COVID-19 Into Your Hurricane Prep Plan

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – As the official start of Hurricane Season 2020 kicks off, Brevard County Emergency Management encourages residents to factor in the COVID-19 pandemic into your preparedness plans, along with the standard hurricane readiness steps that strongly recommend you to Know Your Risks; Make a Plan, Build a Kit; and Stay Informed.

"Preparation is essential for any hurricane season, but for this year, COVID-19 brings challenges that will require additional precautions to be taken to keep yourself and your family safe" said Interim Emergency Management Director John Scott. "Consider adding things like hand sanitizer and face coverings to you disaster supply kits and should you or someone in your family be high risk for COVID-19, be sure to adjust your evacuation and shelter plan accordingly. The County, along with our partners are examining our plans to ensure that we are enacting key protective measures such as social distancing, providing appropriate PPE and more frequent deep-cleanings. The on-going pandemic does not reduce the immediate threats posed by a hurricane and we all must use this time to get ready."

Emergency Management recommends:

  • Know Your Risks: Understand how hurricanes can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Findout whether you live in an evacuation zone (Map available at http://www.brevardcounty.us/EmergencyManagement/Preparedness). Consider whether you live in a mobile or manufactured home or in a storm surge zone.
  • Make a Plan: If you plan to evacuate, or if you must evacuate, decide on a place to go, and include your pet in your plan. Decide whether you'll stay with relatives, at a hotel, or whether you'll have no alternative but to utilize a County-opened general population shelter or pet-friendly shelter. If you have certain medical needs, including power-operated medical equipment or have a caregiver, and you plan to use a shelter,you'll need to register for a special-needs shelter at http://web.brevardcounty.us/SpecialNeeds/Registration.aspx. Make sure everyone in your household knows and understand your hurricane plan. Discuss the latest CDC guidance on COVID-19 and how it may affect your hurricane planning.
  • Build a Kit: You may need to survive on your own for sometime after an emergency. This means having non-perishable food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Assemble this kit well in advance, and plan ahead for needed medications, and supplies for pets and infants. Include a cell phone charger for your car, and you'll want to have some cash and a full tank of gas. Due to COVID-19, include in your kit items that can help protect you and others, such as hand sanitizer, cleaning materials and at least two cloth face coverings per person. Regardless of whether at home or in a shelter, wash your hands regularly and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others and avoid groups of 10 per more people.
  • Stay Informed: Check weather forecasts regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and sign up for email or text alerts from the National Weather Service or local TV stations.

Brevard County Emergency Management is active on social media, providing information and updates about severe weather as well as other incidents which could affect large numbers of people in the county: space launches, large brush fires, major road closures, as well as preparedness tips and prescribed burn notices. Options include following "Brevard County Emergency Management" on Facebook, following @BrevardEOC on Twitter, or subscribing to text alert messages by texting Brevardeoc to 888777.

Hurricane season runs June 1 to Nov. 30.


June 1, 2020

Brevard County Parks to Offer Limited Summer Camp

Brevard County, FL. -- On Tuesday, May 19, the Board of County Commissioners gave the Parks and Recreation Department direction to look into the prospect of opening some summer camps in an effort to help families who will be returning to work as businesses re-open under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Governor Ron DeSantis' "Re-Open Florida" plan.

Following direction given by the Board of County Commissioners, the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department will be offering summer camp to ages 6-11 at community centers throughout the county, starting June 15, for parents who are returning to work.

A note from an employer will be required to register.

At this time no day registrations will be accepted, only weekly registrations. Those previously registered for Summer Camp this summer will be given priority registration.

Camp will be offered from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, beginning June 15. Camps will include mandatory temperature checks for campers and staff members. Children will not be admitted to camp if their temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher.

Activities will be restricted to abide by CDC recommendations and there will be no field trips. Children will be in groups less than nine with one counselor to each group and socially distanced.

Camp fees will be $90 per week or $45 for neighborhood strategy areas.

Registrations will be accepted will be accepted online, phone and in person.

For more information please visit www.brevardparks.com.


June 1, 2020

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets June 11 via Conference Call

TITUSVILLE, FL. - The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 11. This meeting will be held via conference call as a public safety measure in response to the spread of COVID-19 and in compliance with mass gathering recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The public is invited to join the conference call meeting.

To join the conference call meeting, please contact Shirley Corliss via email for the instructions. If you have any questions regarding the meeting, 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 person will need a record of the proceeding and that, for such purposes, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of this proceeding is made at his or her own expense for the record included testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based - Section 286.105, Florida Statutes.

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


June 1, 2020

Sams House June 2020 Update

Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area is officially back open for trail hiking and exhibit exploring! Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.

In the month of June we are offering several outdoor programs for you to enjoy. Please see attached flyer for details.

In order to insure the well-being of both visitors and staff, please be aware of the following social distancing guidelines:

  • Visitors are recommended but not required to wear masks.
  • Visitors are recommended to stay 6 feet apart from those they are not already quarantining with both indoors and outdoors.
  • No more than 10 visitors inside the cabin at a time.
  • Inside the building there will be arrows taped to the floor and zones to direct the flow of visitors.
For more updates on programs and guidelines follow us on Facebook. www.facebook.com/samshousepineisland
May 31, 2020

State Temporarily Closes COVID-19 Test Site in Palm Bay; Reopens Tuesday

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – The state-run drive-thru COVID-19 test site at Eastern Florida State College in Palm Bay will be closed today, May 31, and Monday, June 1, to allow for staffing transitions. The site will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2.

Virus testing is available for individuals over the age of 18, regardless of symptoms. Photo ID is required for all who desire testing, to verify they are of legal age. The test site is drive-through only. Please limit passengers in the vehicle to those who are being tested, and no more than five people. Individuals being tested will not be permitted to exit their vehicles. A prescription is not required to receive a test. The test will be a nasal swab. Once samples are collected, they will be sent to a commercial lab for testing and results will be provided as soon as they are available.

More information about what to expect when coming to the site can be found here: https://floridadisaster.org/globalassets/covid19/walk-in-test-sites/cbts-faq-3.pdf

Testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until they have reached 400 tests completed that day.

  • WHERE: Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay Campus (must enter at San Filippo Drive SE at Jupiter Boulevard)
    250 Community College Parkway
    Palm Bay, FL 32909
  • WHAT: COVID-19 Drive-Thru Virus Testing Site
  • WHEN: Resumes 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 2
For more information regarding COVID-19 in Florida, please visit floridahealthcovid19.gov
May 27, 2020

Parks and Recreation Department to Participate in Summer Food Service Program

Brevard County, FL. - The Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program starting Monday, June 1st, until Friday, August 7th.

During summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available, nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Drive up service and walk up service will be available from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

All children 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals at no charge and must be present to receive meals. Meals will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The following sites will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program:
Cuyler Park Community Center
2329 Harry T. Moore Avenue, Mims
321-264-5045
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Port St. John Community Center
6650 Corto Road, Port St. John
321-633-1904
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Walter Butler Community Center
4201 North Cocoa Boulevard, Cocoa
321-433-4448
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Joe Lee Smith Community Center
419 Washington Avenue, Cocoa
321-633-1872
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Travis Park Community Center
2003 Michigan Avenue, Cocoa
321-633-1871
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Max K Rhodes Community Center
3410 Flanagan Avenue, West Melbourne
321-952-3215
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Isaac Campbell Community Center
701 South Street, Titusville
321-264-5040
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Sandrift Community Center
585 North Singleton Avenue, Titusville
321-264-5037
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cocoa West Community Center
230 South Burnett Road, Cocoa
321-633-1987
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

McLarty Park Community Center
790 Barton Boulevard, Rockledge
321-633-1870
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Woody Simpson Community Center
1590 Schoolhouse Street, Merritt Island
321-455-1379
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

South Mainland Community Center
3700 Allen Avenue, Micco
772-663-8748
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Meals are served Monday - Friday throughout the dates indicated. No meal service on 3rd of July.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies,the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency(State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information maybe made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination,complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C.20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
May 27, 2020

Brevard County Fertilizer Restrictions Take Effect June 1

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The deadline to apply fertilizer to lawns arrives Monday, June 1, with the rainy season.

Throughout Brevard County there is a ban on the application of fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus from June 1 to September 30. These months are the rainy season when afternoon thundershowers can wash fertilizer off lawns into stormwater systems or groundwater that carries it to nearby lakes, streams, rivers or the Indian River Lagoon. When fertilizer reaches open waters, it can feed harmful and sometimes toxic algae blooms. Algae blooms make the water murky, block sunlight needed by seagrass and contribute to low oxygen and fish kills.

Outside of the rainy season, local fertilizer ordinances have other limitations to protect water quality year round. No phosphorus can be applied unless a soil test indicates a phosphorus deficiency. If a fertilizer contains nitrogen, at least half the nitrogen must be slow-release, which is better for the lawn and much less likely to get washed away by heavy rain or irrigation. Narrow buffers next to open waters must never receive fertilizer.

Every lawn in Florida, not just waterfront lawns, has the potential to pollute nearby waters. Protecting our waters from fertilizer pollution requires the cooperation of residents, fertilizer retailers and lawn maintenance professionals throughout Brevard County. Signs to remind customers of proper fertilizer use have been provided by the County to all stores that sell fertilizer. Customer service employees who want to provide accurate answers to questions from customers about proper fertilizer selection and use can watch an online County video posted at LagoonLoyal.com/training. State-mandated training is provided by the University of Florida Extension Services to all lawn care companies that apply fertilizer.

"People can have a green lawn without unintentionally polluting our waters by following a few simple tips. Choosing the right fertilizer and using it at the right time and the right way saves time and money by avoiding waste" said Virginia Barker, director of Brevard County's Natural Resources Management Department. "The signs and training are to help our community have healthy lawns and clean waterways."

To determine if a fertilizer contains nitrogen or phosphorus, simply look for the three numbers on the fertilizer label. If the first number is zero, the fertilizer contains no nitrogen. If the middle number is zero, the fertilizer contains no phosphorus. A fertilizer labeled 0-0-27 contains no nitrogen or phosphorus and may be used during the summer rainy season, except in buffer zones. When the rainy season is over, select fertilizer that contains at least 50 percent slow-release nitrogen.

A new County website LagoonLoyal.com is full of information and relatively simple actions residents can take to improve the health of the Indian River Lagoon. Local fertilizer ordinances are posted at http://brevard.ifas.ufl.edu/ordinances.shtml. For more information on how to select or apply fertilizer, contact a Brevard County UF/IFAS Extension Agent at (321) 633-1702.


May 26, 2020

St. Johns Heritage Parkway/Ellis Road I-95 Interchange Opens June 2

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - The newest segment of St. Johns Heritage Parkway, a 2.2-mile, four-lane stretch of new roadway extending from just north of U.S. 192 to just west of the Interstate 95/Ellis Road Interchange, will officially open to traffic on Tuesday, June 2.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held beginning at 9 a.m. at a staging area established on the west side of I-95, southbound exit ramp at Ellis Road. Directional signage will be in place. Florida Department of Transportation District 5 Secretary Jared Perdue and Brevard County Commissioner Kristine Isnardi, along with officials from the County Manager's Office, Brevard County Public Works, Orlando Melbourne International Airport, the Transportation Planning Organization, and local municipal officials will be on hand.

Opening the newest segment of the parkway marks another milestone in the parkway project, which also includes a 3.1-mile, 2-lane south segment between Emerson Boulevard and U.S. 192 in West Melbourne that was completed in November 2017 at a cost of about $12.4 million; a 2.5-mile Palm Bay segment between Malabar Road and Emerson Drive, which was completed in 2015 at a cost of $13.4 million; and the newest 2.2-mile segment from U.S. 192, and done in coordination with the Florida Department of Transportation's I-95/Ellis Road interchange project, at a cost of $11-plus million. Contractor for the north segment, Jr. Davis Construction Company, Inc., met substantial completion early to help coordinate opening of the roadway and interchange at the same time. Completion was originally targeted for September 2020.

The St. Johns Heritage Parkway project provides motorists in Palm Bay, West Melbourne, Melbourne and unincorporated Brevard access to a north-south alternative to the congested Minton Road, is a catalyst for future growth and will also be a critical evacuation route.


May 26, 2020

Sarno Road Household Hazardous Waste Facility Re-Opens

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Solid Waste Management Department has re-opened the Sarno Road Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 3379 Sarno Road in Melbourne.

The Household Hazardous Waste Facility takes residential household hazardous materials like auto fluids, paints, aerosol sprays (hair, paint, bug and oven cleaner,) propane tanks and fluorescent lamps. For a complete listing of types of hazardous household waste can be found here: https://www.brevardfl.gov/SolidWaste/HouseholdHazardousWaste.

Hours of operation at Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m


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May 22, 2020

Parks and Recreation Department to Develop Plan for Summer Camp Opportunities

Brevard County, FL. -- On Tuesday, May 19, the Board of County Commissioners gave the Parks and Recreation Department direction to look into the prospect of opening some summer camps in an effort to help families who will be returning to work as businesses re-open under Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Governor Ron DeSantis' "Re-Open Florida" plan.

Following direction given by the Board of County Commissioners, the Brevard County Parks and Recreation is in the process of developing options for the Board of County Commissioners to consider.


May 21, 2020

Safety Alert/Traffic Advisory Issued for SpaceX Crewed Launch Visitors

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - Brevard County Emergency Management wants to remind residents and visitors to think safety first and foremost as you make plans for watching the return to human spaceflight with Wednesday's historic SpaceX Crew Dragon rocket launch from Kennedy Space Center.

The launch, scheduled between 4:27 p.m. and 4:37 p.m. Wednesday, will generate a variety of potential safety obstacles for those who want to venture out for the launch. First, there's the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For your own safety, and to help you avoid becoming infected or unknowingly infecting others with the virus, the Centers for Disease Control has issued social distancing guidelines to keep 6 feet between yourself and others, to avoid groups of 10 or more people and to avoid mass gatherings. As we saw during the Space Shuttle program, Brevard County beaches and parks are prime viewing areas. Please be sure to protect yourself and others by following the CDC social distancing guidelines.

Traffic is also a concern because there is a limited amount of north/south and east/west roadways that lead to prime viewing locations. When gridlock occurs, that's not only frustrating for motorists, but it also poses major safety issues for law enforcement, fire and ambulance units that might need to respond to an emergency. For your own safety and the safety of others, please obey traffic laws, don't park on the side of roadways, stay alert and watch for pedestrians, and be prepared for significant traffic delays before and after the launch. There will be increased law enforcement presence.

Multiple agencies have worked together to develop a traffic plan to help motorists get to and from the launch, including some changes to traffic patterns. Please take heed and be aware that a left or right turn onto a roadway you might normally take may not be available on launch day in an effort to keep traffic delays to a minimum. The launch plan is viewable at https://www.cfltim.com/ (Click on Launch Traffic Plan.)

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is planning to control traffic flow on SR 528 and SR A1A, particularly at exits for George King Boulevard on Port Canaveral. Post launch, all eastbound 528 traffic will be directed south on SR A1A to 520 westbound. Traffic lights on SR A1A will be modified to expedite traffic flow. SR 401 will be open but limited to commercial and official traffic heading to the Port's northside operations and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Visitors may use the Waze smartphone app to monitor traffic and be alerted of parking availability. Waze will be continuously updated with countywide parking availability. Public parking will be limited in some areas, including access to popular launch viewing points at Port Canaveral. Traffic in and around the port will be controlled.

Brevard County Emergency Management will be using social media -- @BrevardEOC and @BrevardCo_FL on Twitter; Brevard County Emergency Management and Brevard County Government on Facebook - to provide residents and visitors with updates on traffic snarls and parking lot status. You can also text BrevardEOC to 888-777 for text alerts.


May 20, 2020

Assistance Now Available for Brevard Residents Financially Impacted by COVID-19

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Funds are now available to income-eligible residents for mortgage assistance, rental assistance and utility and security deposit assistance through Brevard County's Housing and Human Services Department.

Brevard County's Board of County Commissioners has allocated up to $4.4 million in federal CARES Act grant funds to assist those financially impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those eligible must be a resident of Brevard County; at or below 140 percent of area median income; and able to demonstrate assistance is required as a result of direct impacts from coronavirus.

To qualify, applicants must be able to submit documents supporting income, need and other assistance, including income verification documents such as paychecks, unemployment compensation history, veteran's check, child support payment history, Aid to Families with Dependent Children/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, bank statements, rental agreements, mortgage statements, documentation for a utility deposit, and most recent tax return, etc.

Applications for assistance are available online at these locations: www.brevardfl.gov/HumanServices/Announcements, and www.brevardfl.gov (look in the blue box at the top of the page for COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program.) Paper application forms will also be made available at Brevard County libraries and on County buses.


May 18, 2020

Brevard County Parks Summer Camp Canceled

Brevard County, FL. -- In an abundance of caution, Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department is canceling all summer camp programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Centers for Disease Control recommendations related to social distancing remain in place and are guidelines designed to ensure the safety of everyone, including those who access park facilities and programs.

Beginning on Monday, June 1, the Parks and Recreation Department will continue to provide breakfast and lunch at 12 park sites, at no cost, for children who are under 18 years of age and to persons with disabilities over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled. Food will be served Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m., and lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

For more information regarding the status of parks during COVID-19 please visit: https://www.brevardfl.gov/ParksRecreation/covid-19-park-status


May 15, 2020

Space Coast Area Transit to Continue No Fares/Saturday Service Until Further Notice

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Space Coast Area Transit will re-open its North and South Terminal Administration buildings to the public by appointment only effective Monday, May 18, but plans remain in place to continue no fares and Saturday schedule transit service daily until further notice.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Space Coast Area transit began in late March offering free fares for Fixed Route and Paratransit riders. It closed its administrative offices to the public in response to the Governor's "Safer-at-Home" executive order. In early April, "Saturday Schedules" and extended hours were put in place for daily fixed routes.

As part of its re-opening plan, Space Coast Area Transit's North and South Administrative offices will be open to the public by appointment only. Lost and Found items will be returned by appointment only, and customer inquiries and comments will be handled by phone, email or appointment. The service will continue no fares and back door boarding until further notice, and will continue regular and routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures that have been implemented on all buses.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Brevard County To Re-Open Government Facilities to Public May 18th

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard County government facilities will re-open to the public on Monday, May 18. In an abundance of caution, limited access and appointment-only services will be in place in many departments until further notice as the County implements a safety-conscious approach to ensure that proper safety measures and Centers for Disease Control social distancing guidelines are observed.

County government facilities closed to the public March 20, but day-to-day operations and services have continued. During the initial re-opening on Monday, citizens are encouraged to continue utilizing the County's online service options and to contact departments by telephone or email to schedule an appointment. However, all County facilities will be open for public access.

The County has installed new protective measures such as Plexiglas sneeze guards in areas visited regularly by the public, and implemented enhanced facility cleaning and disinfectant protocols put in place during the COVID-19 response to include regular sanitizing of frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, stair railings and counter tops, in all County government facilities.

Those who visit without an appointment may be asked to schedule an appointment or to wait outside in their vehicles until County staff is available to assist them. These processes are intended to help reasonably reduce potential exposure to COVID-19 by the public and by County employees while also providing County government services.

For a complete listing of County department and government office reopening plans, please click on this link: https://www.brevardfl.gov/docs/default-source/scgtv-documents/brevard-county-announces-may-18th-re.docx?sfvrsn=4


May 11, 2020

State to Open COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Site in Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A drive-through, community-based no-appointment-required COVID-19 testing site will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, at the Eastern Florida State College Palm Bay Campus. The site was created through a partnership between Brevard County, the City of Palm Bay, Eastern Florida State College, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Health, and the Florida National Guard. The site will support testing for Brevard County residents, as well as those who live outside Brevard County.

Testing will be available seven days a week for individuals over the age of 18, regardless of symptoms. Photo ID is required for all who desire testing, to verify they are of legal age. The test site is drive-through only. Please limit passengers in the vehicle to those who are being tested, and no more than five people. Individuals being tested will not be permitted to exit their vehicle. A prescription is not required to receive a test. The test will be a nasal swab. Once samples are collected, they will be sent to a commercial lab for testing and results will be provided as soon as they are available.

More information about what to expect when coming to the site can be found here: https://floridadisaster.org/globalassets/covid19/walk-in-test-sites/cbts-faq-3.pdf

Testing will take place daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay Campus (enter at San Filippo Drive SE at Manchester Circle) 250 Community College Parkway, Palm Bay, FL. 32909
WHAT: COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site
WHEN: Starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 12.

For more information regarding Brevard County Emergency Management's COVID-19 response, visit: https://www.brevardfl.gov/emergency-event/status-reports

For more information regarding FDEM's COVID-19 response, visit: https://www.floridadisaster.org/news-media/

For more information regarding COVID-19 in Florida, please visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.


May 6, 2020

Canceled: North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation Meeting May 14

Titusville, FL. - The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation's meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 14, has been canceled as a public safety measure in response to the spread of COVID-19 and in compliance with mass gathering recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The next scheduled meeting will be held at 5 p.m., on Thursday, June 11., in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Avenue in Titusville. The public is invited to attend.

The Brevard Room is located in the building on the north side of the parking lot behind the Brevard County Government Center North. For questions, call Jeff Davis 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 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 or her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based. Section 286-105, Florida Statutes.

In accordance with the American Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing accommodations or an interpreter 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.


May 7, 2020

Rescinded: Precautionary Boil Water Notice in Mims Area

MIMS, FL. -- A precautionary boil water notice has been rescinded for all residents living on King Cross Street and Sherwood Forest Drive. The boil water notice was issued earlier this week following a water main break.

The precautionary boil water notice is no longer in place following satisfactory completion of the bacteriological survey that showed the water is safe to drink.

For more information, contact Brevard County Utility Services Department at (321) 633-2118


May 5, 2020

Precautionary Boil Water Notice Issued in Mims Area

MIMS, FL. -- Due to a water main break in Mims, a precautionary boil water notice has been issued for all residents living on King Cross Street and Sherwood Forest Drive.

If you do not live at one of the named locations, you are not affected by this boil water notice.

As a precaution, it's advised that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used.

This precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until the problem has been corrected and a bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink.

For more information, contact Brevard County Utility Services Department at (321) 633-2118.


May 1, 2020

Brevard County Reopens Beachside Parking Access Areas

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, along with a policy group activated as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response, have rescinded beachside parking restrictions effective immediately.

County-controlled beachside parks and beachside public parking access areas will be reopened for most beaches.

Municipalities,including Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Satellite Beach, Melbourne Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Indialantic, and Melbourne are expected to announce openings of beachside parking access at a later date.

Beachside parking access was closed March 18 in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Removal of barricades put in place to block access to beachside parking areas will begin today (Friday, May 1.) While beachside parking on County beaches will reopen, a beach renourishment project is underway in areas between Patrick Air Force Base south to Spessard Holland Park and will not be completed until Wednesday. It will reopen to beachgoers at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, May 7.

Commissioners and policy group members took action Thursday and Friday in response to Gov. Ron DeSantis' Phase 1 Re-Open Florida plan. Among other actions taken include the targeted opening of County Government facilities by Monday, May 18. Also, County Libraries will begin opening in phases and in compliance with the governor's 25 percent capacity recommendation and Centers for Disease Control recommendations for social distancing and sanitization.


April 30, 2020

Brevard County Burn Ban Lifted

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Due to the recent storm activity, the current mean average Drought Index for Brevard County has fallen below 450. As a result, the ban on open burning and the use of fireworks is no longer in effect.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index(KBDI) runs from zero, which is totally saturated, to 750-plus, which is desert-like conditions. The Brevard County average on Thursday was 416 on the KBDI scale. The Board of County Commissioners, Brevard County Fire Rescue officials, Brevard County Emergency Management, and the Division of Forestry will continue to monitor conditions to determine the need for further bans.

Though the KBDI has dropped into the low 400s, there is still a potential for wildfires to develop. Brevard County Fire Rescue urges citizens to be aware of their surroundings when burning yard waste or using fireworks.

In order to reduce the risk of being affected by wildfire, residents are encouraged to create a defensible space of at least 30 feet around their homes by keeping grass mowed regularly and cutting away vegetation. Before burning, please check the forecast weather conditions first and never burn on days for which high winds or low humidity are forecast.


April 21, 2020

Volunteer-based Organizations Instrumental in Brevard County's Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Two nonprofit organizations have worked closely with Brevard County Emergency Management throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to receive, unload and distribute Personal Protective Equipment, supplies and food throughout the county.

Team Rubicon is an organization with a volunteer base of military veterans and first responders. Its Neighbors Helping Neighbors initiative entails rapid emergency response during disasters and humanitarian crises in the United States and around the world. Rubicon members are working closely with members of Brevard County's Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), which consists of volunteer organizations that assist in response and recovery from disasters like hurricanes. VOAD is comprised of mostly faith-based, nonprofit agencies like the Salvation Army, Baptist Disaster Relief, Florida United Methodist Disaster Response and local churches.

In Brevard County, the two groups have been distributing supplies to long-term care facilities, hospitals, and first-responder agencies. The food is distributed to a variety of existing and pandemic-related pop-up food pantries throughout Brevard County.

"These organizations are professional and tactical and are doing amazing work for our county," Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser said. "They are committed to serving others, and Brevard County Emergency Management is proud to be affiliated with them and to work alongside them."


April 13, 2020

Businesses Play Important Role in Stopping the Spread of COVID-19

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Businesses in Brevard County are being asked to do their part in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 by implementing and adhering to social distancing recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health.

By a unanimous vote Monday, Brevard County's Board of County Commissioners adopted a proclamation requesting businesses implement CDC social distancing recommendations by making these standards part of their day-to-day operations:

  • All employees and patrons are to practice social distancing by staying at least six feet apart;
  • Group meetings, trainings, and other gatherings are to be limited to 10 persons of less;
  • Occupancy should be limited to no more than 30 percent of the maximum allowable capacity under the fire code for non-residential, non-medical, and non-lodging uses;
  • Business should install appropriate signage, floor markings, or such other means as may be necessary to remind customers and employees of the importance of social distancing at entry and exit points, checkout points, staging areas, etc.
The CDC social distancing recommendations have been credited with "flattening the curve" or keeping the spike of COVID-19 cases at a level that doesn't overwhelm the health system, and also have helped reduce exposure and the potential for contracting the deadly virus.

The commission's vote on Monday was prompted by previous action from a policy group of Brevard County leaders who activate during times of emergency, such as the coronavirus pandemic.


April 9, 2020

Paper Unemployment Forms Now Available at Brevard County Public Library Locations

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard County Public Libraries now have paper unemployment forms and applications in English, Spanish and Creole available to the public on a daily basis.

Library facilities are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore visitors who might normally utilize the library to apply online for unemployment benefits no longer have access. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has waived work search, online work registration and waiting week requirements for Unemployed Assistance (now known as Reemployment Assistance) applications, and is allowing the use of paper application forms.

Unemployment forms are available at the front of each Brevard County Public Library.


April 9, 2020

Brevard Commissioners CANCEL Special Meeting Today (4/9/20)

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Board of County Commissioners has cancelled plans to hold a specially called meeting today at the Brevard County Government Center in Viera.

There is no Board meeting scheduled for today.


April 8, 2020

Sarno Road Waste Facility Closed on Mondays Until Further Notice

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Solid Waste Management Department will be changing the hours of operation for the Sarno Road Household Hazardous Waste Facility, located at 3379 Sarno Road in Melbourne, by closing the facility on Mondays until further notice.

Operations continue as normal at the following landfill/transfer station facilities:

Central Disposal Facility
2250 Adamson Road
Cocoa, FL
Office: (321) 633-1888
7:30AM - 5:30PM

Mockingbird Mulching Facility
3600 South Street
Titusville, FL
Office: (321) 264-5009
7:30AM - 5:30PM

Titusville Transfer Station
4366 South Street
Titusville, FL
Office: (321) 264-5048
7:30AM - 5:30PM


April 7, 2020

Two COVID-19 Deaths Confirmed in Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Florida Department of Health has confirmed two deaths related to COVID-19 in Brevard County.

As of Tuesday (April 7) morning, Brevard County has (95) confirmed cases of coronavirus, with (28) hospitalized and six of those on ventilators. According to FDOH, two COVID-19 deaths in Brevard County were reported within a 24-hour period, both involving people over the age of 75.

"This battle is a mutual battle against coronavirus," said Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan Lober. "We all need to take recommendations by the CDC and by the FDOH as seriously as you can. I don't want anyone to unnecessarily have to go through what these folks' families are going through. You need to protect yourselves. You need to stay at home if you don't need to go out, especially if you're in a high-risk category either as a result of advanced age or as a result of one or more pre-existing conditions."

As of today, FDOH was reporting (283) COVID-19-related deaths in the state, with (14,504) confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide. In Brevard County, (52) men and (43) women have tested positive. Of those cases, 6 patients are non-residents. The ages of those affected range from 1 to 94, according to FDOH.

In Brevard County, FDOH and OMNI Healthcare are conducting by-appointment-only drive-through coronavirus testing. FDOH has drive-through testing in North, Central and South Brevard County. To be tested by FDOH, you must have symptoms, which include a fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, and shortness of breath, and meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Be age 65 or older
  • Have underlying health conditions
  • Be a first responder
  • Have a prescription from a medical doctor
To schedule an appointment with FDOH, call 321-454-7141

OMNI Healthcare has a drive-through testing at a location in Melbourne. To be tested you must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Be a first responder
  • Be over 45 with one chronic illness
  • Be over 60 years old
  • Be a healthcare worker
  • Be a Publix or Winn Dixie employee
  • Have a low-grade fever or cough
Other healthcare providers and urgent-care clinics are also providing testing.

Brevard County Emergency Management recommends following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which is to maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from others, to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people, to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching your face. Other recommendations include:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then discard the tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • If you are sick, stay home.

April 6, 2020

Donations of PPE Should Target Not-For-Profit Groups Working to Help Community

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Residents and businesses have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with donations of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as KN95 masks, gloves and sanitizers. The key now is to get those donations into the right hands.

Brevard County Emergency Management is recommending those donations go to non-profit groups like Meals on Wheels, the Brevard Homeless Coalition, United Way of Brevard and other groups that are working in the community.

Brevard County Purchasing has already ordered 100,000 KN95 masks; 100,000 procedural masks; 50,000 gowns; 15,000 pairs of gloves; 9,000 face shields; 100,000 sanitizing wipes; and 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, with deliveries expected this week. These PPEs are intended for first responders, healthcare workers, and long-term-care facilities in Brevard County. The County regularly works with a network of local businesses and industry for PPE supplies.

"We are so proud and thankful to live in a generous community where our citizens are stepping up during this crisis and are offering to donate items, including PPEs, to help their first responders, neighbors, families, and friends," said Public Safety Director Matthew Wallace. "We encourage them to contact your local not-for-profits, churches, and civic groups. These organizations have volunteer heroes who are active in our communities working for positive change while assuming risk to themselves."


April 3, 2020

Brevard County Campgrounds Updated Reservation Requirements

Brevard County, FL. -- Pursuant to the Brevard County Limitation on Tourism and Lodging Order dated April 2, 2020, the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Campgrounds will no longer be accepting reservations effective April 3 through May 2. Specifically, no new reservations will be accepted unless an individual meets the below specified criteria:
  • Transitory military personnel
  • First responders
  • Healthcare workers
  • Construction workers actively engaged in projects in Brevard County
  • Others working or engaged in formal business in Brevard County
Note: A letter from the individual's employer indicating the stay is work related or a doctor's note justifying the need to shelter in place shall be required upon arrival.

Individuals who hold reservations but have not checked in yet are not permitted to check in unless they show proof of the above criteria.

Current campers will be permitted to stay until their reservation expires. No extensions to current reservations will be accepted unless the individual meets the above criteria.

There will be no penalties for any reservation cancellation.


April 3, 2020s

Space Coast Area Transit Modifies Service Effective Immediately

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- All Space Coast Area Transit fixed routes will be operating on "Saturday Schedules", with service extended by 2 hours until 8:15 PM, effective immediately.

The transit agency will only transport passengers that are providing or receiving essential services in accordance with Governor Ron DeSantis' "Safer at Home" executive order that went into effect at 12:01 a.m. today, Friday, April 3.

Vehicle operators will be protected to the greatest extent that is possible through rear door entry for passengers. Only wheelchair and handicapped passengers are eligible for front door entry. Seating closest to the operator has been limited.

Additionally, specific seats for occupancy have been designed by taping off distances of at least six feet between passengers. To view Saturday schedules, go to 321Transit.com.


April 3, 2020

Beaches Remain Open, but Restrictions Limit Activities to Locals Walking, Fishing or Jogging

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Beachgoers in Brevard County this weekend are being asked to strictly adhere to Centers for Disease Control recommendations on social distancing and avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people, but other restrictions are in place up and down the shoreline. Here is a quick roundup of what beachgoers can expect:

Brevard County: Beaches are open, but visitors are asked to maintain social distancing of 6 feet, and to avoid being in groups of 10 or more people. All beachside parks and beachside public parking access is closed.

Spoil islands and sand bars throughout the county are also off limits for social gatherings.

Municipalities up and down the shoreline have various restrictions in place, with most open beach areas catering to activities that are limited to brief visits.

Cape Canaveral: Beach activities are limited to participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running, or swimming. Beaches are closed to activities that violate the CDC social gathering and social distancing guidelines.

Cocoa Beach: As of 8 a.m. Friday, April 3, all ocean beaches are closed to all activities except walking, jogging, biking, fishing, surfing, and swimming. Sunbathing, sitting in chairs, organized sports, or laying on blankets, and grouping of persons is not permitted. The beach public parking will stay closed.

Indian Harbour Beach: All beach parking is restricted and beach activities are limited to walking, jogging and fishing.

Satellite Beach: Beaches are closed to all activities except walking, jogging, biking, fishing, surfing and swimming until April 30. Activities such as sunbathing, sitting in chairs, organized sports or lying on blankets and grouping of persons are not permitted. Compliance with CDC recommendations regarding social distancing shall apply. Beach parking and beach access parking will remain closed.

Indialantic: Beaches, boardwalks and crossovers are closed to congregating, gathering and sunbathing, but open for residents wanting to fish, walk and run.


April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Prompts Restrictions on Tourism and Mass Gatherings

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Based on a "Stay-at-Home" executive order from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and due to the spread and growing number of coronavirus cases in Brevard County, the Space Coast will close its doors to tourists and leisure travelers effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3.

Until the governor's Executive Order 20-91 (which also is in effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday) expires, hotels, motels, short-term rentals,vacation rentals, recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds and other transient rentals, such as time shares, vacation rentals by owner, and Airbnb, will deny reservations, including those made in advance, to visitors and travelers from outside the county. Exceptions include business travelers who can produce a note from their employer, those who are working in Brevard County, local residents and residents who need to isolate away from a family member with coronavirus.

The Board also voted to restrict access to spoil islands and sandbars for all individuals in an effort to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health recommendations on social distancing of 6 feet and to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

The Brevard County Commission voted 4-1 on Thursday to recommend to the Policy Group to put both responsive measures in place as part of the County Emergency Management Plan. Policy Group members include Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan Lober; County Manager Frank Abbate; County Attorney Eden Bentley; Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer; Public Safety Director Matt Wallace; Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey; Brevard Health Department Administrator Maria Stahl; Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Mark Mullins; and Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser. The Policy Group approved both recommendations by unanimous vote.

Both actions Thursday followed reports from the Florida Department of Health that the number of those infected with coronavirus in Brevard County has reached 48 confirmations, with at least five of those travel related, and the doubling of those on mechanical ventilation over the past 48 hours.


April 2, 2020

Viera Wetlands Closed to Public

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- As a result of Gov. Ron Desantis' "Stay at Home" executive order, the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands will be closed immediately to all visitors, including foot traffic, vehicles, and bicycles, etc.

The wetlands will remain closed to visitors through April 30 unless extended as part of the governor's order. The closing of the Viera Wetlands is a health measure not only for the safety of the public, but also staff and volunteers. Please follow Centers for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health recommendations to practice social distancing and avoid crowds larger than 10 or more people.


March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Testing Options Increase in Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Following new guidelines from the Florida Department of Health, the options for receiving a COVID-19 test in Brevard County have increased.

While hospitalized patients and healthcare facility workers with symptoms rank as the highest priority for testing, COVID-19 tests are now increasingly available for those with symptoms who did not meet previous Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria.

The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County is providing appointment-only drive-through COVID-19 tests to symptomatic individuals meeting the following criteria:

  • Those age 65 and older
  • Those with underlying health conditions
  • First responders
  • Anyone who does not meet the above criteria, but has symptoms and a prescription from a medical doctor
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, and shortness of breath. Those experiencing emergency warning signs such as difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, should immediately seek medical attention.

Appointments must be scheduled ahead of time by calling 321-454-7141 for screening and registration.

In addition, several urgent care clinics and some private medical facilities are also providing COVID-19 tests. Anyone who believes they may have COVID-19 should call their health care provider before going to the facility.


March 31, 2020

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation Meeting April 9 is Canceled

Titusville, FL. -- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation's meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 9, has been canceled as a public safety measure in response to the spread of COVID-19 and in compliance with mass gathering recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 5 p.m., in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Avenue in Titusville. The public is invited to attend.

The Brevard Room is located in the building on the north side of the parking lot behind the Brevard County Government Center North. For questions, call Jeff Davis 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 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 or her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal us to be based. Section 286.105, Florida Statutes.
In accordance with the American Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing accommodations or an interpreter 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 30, 2020

Brevard County EOC at Level 1 Activation for COVID-19

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- In order to more broadly address the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brevard County Emergency Operations Center is now operating at Level 1 activation.

A Level 1 activation provides for the full participation of Emergency Management personnel as well as all Emergency Support Functions to include County departments, municipalities, as well as other agencies and non-profits.

The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brevard County have increased to 31 as of noon today, with the number of positive cases continuing to double every three days, since March 17. The percentage of Brevard residents who have been tested (less than 1/10 of one percent) ranks near the bottom of the state. Based on Florida Department of Health data, a significant portion of the positive cases in Brevard are not travel-related, indicating there is community transmission of the virus.

In the continuing effort to proactively address the COVID-19 pandemic in Brevard, the EOC is taking the following additional actions:

  • Urging the State to implement a drive-through testing site in Brevard.

  • Surveying hospitals for ventilator & anesthesia machine inventory and current usage rate.

  • Contingency planning for isolation/quarantine centers and field hospitals.

  • Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including KN95 masks, gloves, gowns, face shields, and alcohol wipes, as available, in an amount sufficient to cover the initial needs of assisted living facilities, nursing homes, first responders, and healthcare providers.

  • Implementing a COVID feeding strategy to supplement existing food banks which are experiencing record numbers of assistance requests.

March 30, 2020

Brevard County Government Quarterly Report, Brevard Delivers, Available Online

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard Delivers, Brevard County Government's quarterly report for the first quarter of 2020, 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. The first quarterly report for 2020 highlights the U.S. Census and why it's important for Brevard County residents to take place. There is also an update on the half-cent taxpayer-funded 10-year restoration effort of the Indian River Lagoon.

Brevard Delivers is a free publication. Published copies are available 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.


March 27, 2020

Brevard County Implements Burn Ban

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Due to ongoing drought conditions, favorable to the eruption of wildfires, Brevard County has implemented a ban on open burning, such as bonfires, campfires, trash burning and other incineration, throughout the county.

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index has topped 500 (out of a scale of 800), which means the threat of fire is imminent in Brevard County due to the dry conditions and little rain in the forecast. Under a County ordinance approved in 2017, the burn ban automatically goes into effect.

The burn ban does not include state-permitted burns, the use of barbecue grills, authorized public fireworks displays and fireworks sales, which are authorized by state law.


March 27, 2020

Rescinded: County Beaches Will Remain Open

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- County beaches will remain open this weekend after a Policy Group activated for the COVID-19 pandemic voted Friday afternoon to rescind planned closings during the peak hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, March 29. The vote, however, has no bearing on whether municipal beaches up and down the 72-mile shoreline stay open or closed.

Beachside parks and beachside parking access throughout the county will remain closed. Some beachside cities, including Satellite Beach and Cocoa Beach, have already ordered closures. Other municipalities were expected to follow suit.

The Policy Group members, which include Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan Lober; County Manager Frank Abbate; County Attorney Eden Bentley; Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer; Public Safety Director Matt Wallace; and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey voted to rescind the closings. Group members Maria Stahl, Brevard Health Department Administrator for the Florida Department of Health, and Brevard County Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser voted against rescission. Member and Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Mark Mullins was absent.

The group recommends that all beachgoers follow CDC recommendations to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet, and to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.


March 27, 2020

Space Coast Area Transit Offers Free Fares for All Through April 30th

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Due to COVID-19 virus emergency declaration, all fares on Space Coast Area Transit have been waived by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners until April 30th, 2020. ALL riders, both Fixed Route and Paratransit, will be able to ride for free. Recognizing that Space Coast Area Transit is a major contributor to the economic vitality of our community, the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners has taken this action to assist those who are financially hit the hardest during this time.

Space Coast Area Transit recognizes that there are those in our community who rely on public transportation to get to their jobs, the grocery stores and medical appointments. Not charging a fare helps to create social distancing by allowing transit riders to enter and exit through the back door of the bus, as well as bypassing the fare box in the front of the bus. Additionally, effective immediately, both North and South Space Coast Area Transit Bus Terminals will be closed to the general public.

Space Coast Area Transit bus drivers are on the front line of service in our community. Please help keep them safe. Extra bus service has been added on the highest volume routes. Transit riders are encouraged to spread out on the bus and limit their trips. Space Coast Area Transit wants to provide essential transportation for people who really need it and limit crowds. Those who are sick or who have virus symptoms should not ride. All riders are asked to follow the posted hygiene guidelines:

  • Carry strong hand sanitizer and use it often
  • Wash hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds
  • Don't touch your face
  • Avoid close contact with people if possible, and stay home if sick.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or your sleeve, not the open air or into your hand
  • Don't shake hands, use fist or elbow bumps instead
In addition, Space Coast Area Transit continuously receives briefings from the Brevard County Emergency Operations Center and other sources. As the situation is evolving, they will continue to respond to changing conditions and directives.
March 24, 2020

Near-Drought Conditions Prompt Brush Fire Concerns

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- County residents are asked to refrain from outdoor burns -- such as campfires, bonfires, trash burning and other incineration activities -- due to near-drought conditions and only hints of rain in the forecast.

Under County ordinance, a burn ban automatically goes into place when the Keetch-Byram Drought Index hits 500. On Tuesday, Brevard County was at 481, which greatly increases the threat for the eruption of wildfires that grow and spread quickly. It is anticipated the county will reach the 500 mark on the drought index by this weekend.

The request to refrain from outdoor burning is an issue of public safety and is an effort to prevent further brush fire incidents. As of Tuesday, the Florida Forest Service was reporting two active fires in Brevard County, the Scarsdale fire at Garvey and Scenic roads in Palm Bay, and Three Forks Marsh fire off W. Malabar Road in Malabar.


March 25, 2020

Special Meeting Scheduled Friday at Brevard County Government Center

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A special-called meeting of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, March 27, at the Government Center, 2725 Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera.

The meeting has been called in the event the Policy Group, made up of county and municipal government, health, schools, public safety and law enforcement officials, and activated for the COVID-19 pandemic, takes any actions that morning related to the implementation of additional restrictions (e.g., limiting the operating hours of the beaches). Beach closings are already in place in Flagler, St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties.

The special meeting will provide County Commissioners a chance to review any actions taken or recommendations made.

Should no additional restrictions be proposed, by the Policy Group, this meeting will be cancelled.


March 25, 2020

Variety of Options Available for Regular COVID-19 Updates/Information

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Residents can stay up-to-date on the latest developments and Brevard County actions related to COVID-19 by utilizing a variety of platforms ranging from press releases, social media, the Internet and even emergency alerts on your cellphone.
  • For text alerts, text BrevardEOC to 888777.
  • On social media, follow us on Twitter at: @BrevardEOC and @BrevardCO_FL
  • On Facebook, follow us at: Brevard County Emergency Management and Brevard County Government
  • On the Internet, visit: www.brevardfl.gov and click on the alert tab at the top of the page labeled Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Residents call also call 2-1-1 for information between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for up-to-date information regarding coronavirus. Or text your zipcode to 898211.
March 24, 2020

County Schedules Press Conference to Provide Residents COVID-19 Updates

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A press conference will be held at 4:30 p.m. today at the Brevard County Government Center in Viera to update county residents on the latest developments and response actions being taken in response to COVID-19/coronavirus.

The press conference will be aired live on Space Coast Government Television on these channels: Spectrum cable network, channel 499; Comcast in North Brevard, Channel 51; Comcast channel 13 in South Brevard; and AT&T U-verse, channel 99.

Officials from the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, the Brevard County Government Public Safety Group, Brevard County Fire Rescue, Brevard County Emergency Management, and the Florida Department of Health will be on hand to addressvarious topics, including actions currently in place involving County facilities, parks and libraries; emergency response actions; and the latest updates from state health officials.


March 23, 2020

Planning & Development Continues Permitting, Payment and Inspection Services

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard County Government Facilities will remain closed to public traffic through at least April 15, unless circumstances change. During this time, Brevard County Planning & Development Department remains committed to serving our customers by email, phone, fax, website, and online permit/development review.

Brevard's Advanced Service Site (B.A.S.S.) allows registered users to apply for most permits, submit payments, and schedule inspections. If you are an owner-builder, or are applying for a confidential or solar permit, please contact the Building Department for instructions regarding application. All other permits may be submitted through the B.A.S.S. online portal.

Field Services such as Code Enforcement, Contractor Licensing and Development/Building Inspections will continue as normal. Development Review and Zoning Applications will be accepted by email and phone. To explore online services or become a registered B.A.S.S. user please visit www.brevardfl.gov/PlanningDev/

Online services are available 24/7. Other services available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For phone, email, or fax service:

Planning & Development
Main Line: 321-633-2069
Main Fax: 321-633-2074

Building Department
Phone: 321-633-2072
Fax: 321-633-2087 inspectmail@brevardfl.gov

Code Enforcement
Phone: 321-633-2086
Fax: 321-633-2167

Planning & Zoning
Phone: 321-633-2070
Contractor Licensing
Phone: 321-633-2058
Fax: 321-690-6878 contractorLicensing@brevardfl.gov


March 22, 2020

Mims/N. Brevard Residents Asked To Limit Water Usage

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Residents who live in the Mims/N. Brevard service area are asked to reduce water usage due to continued dry conditions and high water demand.

Brevard County Utility Services is requesting that residents reduce water usage for non-essential activities, such as washing cars and watering grass until further notice. The request is limited to only customers on the Brevard County Utility Services water system.

The water is safe to drink.

For more information, call Utility Services at (321) 633-2093. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


March 21, 2020

Brevard County Facilities Closed to Public, but Public Access is Available for Some Services

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- While Brevard County Government facilities have been closed to the public due to COVID-19, day-to-day operations and services will continue, though some scaling down of personnel will be in place and other offices accommodating the public in a business-as-usual fashion.

Here is a look at how some County operations will function in the coming weeks:

The Brevard County Clerk of Courts Office remains open to the public, but Palm Bay and Merritt Island branches of the Clerk's Office are closed with operations now being handled at the courthouses and other branches.

The Department of Health in Brevard County's Environmental Health Services will continue operations. Offices will be staffed and on-demand services will continue including initial licensures, construction permitting and inspections, water sampling, pending re-inspections and complaints. For all Environmental Services questions and program information, please visit: www.brevardeh.com.

County Libraries: All Brevard County libraries are closed until April 15, unless circumstances change. All items currently checked out are now due June 1. No fines will accumulate during this time. All electronic resources and e-books are available to enjoy at any time and will not be blocked for fines/fees. Please call your library during normal operating hours for more information.

Parks: All community centers, nature centers and Environmentally Endangered Lands education centers are closed. As of sunset today (Saturday, March 21) Max Rodes Park is closed. Other parks and EEL sanctuaries remain open to the public.

Beachside parks and beachside public parking areas are closed.

Solid Waste: Landfills remain open to the public. They are:

  • Central Disposal Facility, 2250 Adamson Road, Cocoa;
  • Mockingbird Mulching Facility, 3600 South Street, Titusville;
  • Sarno Transfer Station, 3379 Sarno Road, Melbourne; and
  • Titusville Transfer Station, 4366 South Street, Titusville.

March 20, 2020

Governor Suspends Restaurant Dining; Bans Bars From On-Premise Sales/Consumption

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard County drinking and eating establishments are included in a statewide executive order issued Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis that suspends on-premise dining at restaurants and bans bars from on-premise alcohol sales and consumption.

Under the governor's order, restaurants and food establishments must immediately suspend on-premises food consumption for customers. The order allows establishments to continue to operate kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services. Employees, janitorial personnel, contractors and delivery personnel will be allowed access to the establishments for purposes of delivery or take-out services.

Bars and vendor licenses to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises must suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on the premises. However, vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off-premises.


March 20, 2020

Brevard County Government Closes Facilities to Public; Services Continue

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Beginning at 12 p.m. today, Friday, March 20, all Brevard County Government facilities will be closed to the public for the health and safety of county residents and County employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

The closure will extend through at least Wednesday, April 15th, unless circumstances change. While County offices will be closed to the general public, essential County service operations will continue with limited staffing in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, will be held as scheduled and will be open to the public. Commissioners' district offices 1, 2, 4 and 5 will be closed to the public but remain staffed. District 3 office will remain open to the public.

All Brevard County Courthouses and the County Clerk's Office will remain open to the public. The Supervisor of Elections will remain open through 5 p.m. today. Please visit votebrevard.com for updates.

The public is encouraged to make use of online services on www.brevardfl.gov or call for assistance at (321) 633-2000. Your patience and understanding are appreciated while staff continues to respond to inquiries and requests via telephone and email.

The message for prevention continues to be individual responsibility, with the key focus on social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings to prevent the spread of germs. Individuals should continue to wash their hands often and thoroughly, using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Other measures to aid in prevention include:

  • Practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet between yourself and others;
  • Avoid large gatherings;
  • Self-isolate if you are sick; and
  • Call your regular physician, local emergency room, or urgent care clinic for screening to determine whether you should be seen by medical personnel.
Brevard County residents may call 2-1-1 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for up-to-date information regarding coronavirus.

After hours, anyone with questions should call the FDOH COVID-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121. The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Educational resources are available on the FDOH web site at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-andconditions/COVID-19/covid19-toolkit.html

Also, additional information pertaining to COVID-19 is available at: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540747/all/Coronavirus_COVID_19__SARS_CoV_2_


March 19, 2020

County Postpones March 20 Save Our Indian River Lagoon Meeting

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Save Our Indian River Lagoon Citizen's Oversight Committee meeting scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 20, has been postponed and rescheduled to a later date.

The decision to postpone the meeting was in response to mass gathering and social distancing recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help avoid infection from COVID-19/coronavirus, the CDC recommends avoiding crowds of 10 or more people, and also recommends a six-foot buffer of individual personal space.

The agenda items planned for Friday will be rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 17.

The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners meeting set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the Brevard County Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera, will be held as scheduled.


March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Prompts Closing of All Beachside Public Parking

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Beachside public parking, including access points, County and municipal parking areas and parking garages along the 72-mile Brevard County shoreline will be closed beginning on Thursday in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Closings begin on Thursday, with plans that all County, municipal, and Patrick Air Force Base beachside public parking access being off limits to the public by Friday morning. Spring breakers and other beachgoers are being asked to avoid beach areas as a public safety measure in response to the spread of coronavirus and in compliance with mass gathering recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has advised people to avoid mass gatherings of more than 10 people, and recommends social distancing of 6 feet.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday issued an executive order stating that beachgoers must adhere to CDC guidelines. Due to excessive crowds and large spring break gatherings, beach closings were implemented earlier this week in Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

Earlier this week, the Florida Department of Health identified the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Brevard County. This past weekend, Brevard County issued a local emergency declaration, which provides the County additional avenues to obtain protective equipment for first responders and sanitation supplies for critical public facilities; to make adjustments on employee leave policies; to tap into financial reserves to deal with potential emergencies; and to seek federal reimbursement for consequence management actions.

Beachside public parking access areas will remain closed until further notice.

The message for prevention continues to be individual responsibility, with the key focus on social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings to prevent the spread of germs. Individuals should continue to wash their hands often and thoroughly, using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Other measures to aid in prevention include:

  • Practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet between yourself and others;
  • Avoid large gatherings;
  • Self-isolate if you are sick; and
  • Call your regular physician, local emergency room, or urgent care clinic for screening to determine whether you should be seen by medical personnel.
  • Brevard County residents may call 2-1-1 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for up-to-date information regarding coronavirus.

    After hours, anyone with questions should call the FDOH COVID-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121. The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Educational resources are available on the FDOH web site at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-andconditions/COVID-19/covid19-toolkit.html

    Also, additional information pertaining to COVID-19 is available at: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540747/all/Coronavirus_COVID_19__SARS_CoV_2


    March 17, 2020

    Mims/N. Brevard and Barefoot Bay Utility Billing Offices Closed to Walk-In Customers

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 19, the Mims / North Brevard and Barefoot Bay Utility Billing Offices will be closed to walk-in customers due to the COVID-19 mass gathering restrictions now in place that impact these small space-challenged offices.

    Customers should mail in payments, use the drop boxes outside the billing offices or pay online at http://www.brevardfl.gov/payBrevardwater. Details are listed on the back of each monthly bill. Customers who pay in cash should consider using money orders or checks instead. If cash is left in the drop box, change will not be returned to the customer but instead will be applied to the account. Service shut-offs for customers with delinquent bills have been postponed, however the delinquent fees will continue to be charged.

    Customers wishing to establish service should fill out the application forms found on the County's website or call the appropriate office for more information. Customers wishing to close service or who have other questions should contact the appropriate office directly.

    Affected offices:

    Barefoot Bay Water & Sewer Office
    931 Barefoot Blvd., Suite 2
    Barefoot Bay, Florida, 32976

    Mims / North Brevard Water & Sewer Office
    2262 High Street
    Mims, FL 32754


    March 16, 2020

    Fla. Dept. of Health Identifies COVID-19 Case in Brevard County

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – The first presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Brevard County has been identified by the Florida Department of Health.

    Additional information on whether the virus was travel-related, as well as the gender and age of the person infected, is not immediately available. The news comes barely a week after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency following the state's first coronavirus disease-related deaths. This past week, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. This past Friday, President Donald Trump declared coronavirus a national emergency.

    On Saturday, Brevard County declared a local state of emergency, which provides the county additional avenues to obtain protective equipment for first responders and sanitation supplies for critical public facilities; to make adjustments on leave policies; to tap into financial reserves to deal with potential emergencies; and to seek federal reimbursement for consequence management actions.

    As of Monday evening, Florida has confirmed 142 cases of coronavirus across the state, including confirmed cases in neighboring Volusia, Seminole, Osceola, and Orange counties. Brevard County Emergency Management continues to work closely with local, state and federal health officials to monitor the spread of the disease. The County is also actively using social media and other communication means to provide prevention and social-distancing recommendations from both the CDC and the Florida Department of Health and to also respond to misinformation and rumors.

    "The arrival of coronavirus in Brevard is neither a surprise nor catastrophic," said Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan Lober. "The County has been taking preventative actions since January, actions which have been expanded in recent days. The County and our partner agencies have all necessary resources and support personnel to address this occurrence."

    The message for prevention continues to be individual responsibility, with the key focus on social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings to prevent the spread of germs. Individuals should continue to wash their hands often and thoroughly, using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

    Other measures to aid in prevention include:

    • Practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet between yourself and others;
    • Avoid large gatherings;
    • Self-isolate if you are sick; and
    • Call your regular physician, local emergency room, or urgent care clinic for screening to determine whether you should be seen by medical personnel.

    Brevard County residents may call 2-1-1 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for up-to-date information regarding coronavirus.

    After hours, anyone with questions should call the FDOH COVID-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121. The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Educational resources are available on the FDOH web site at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/covid19-toolkit.html

    Also, additional information pertaining to COVID-19 is available at: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540747/all/Coronavirus_COVID_19__SARS_CoV_2_


    March 14, 2020

    Brevard County Makes COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- In alignment with declarations made by the President of the United States and Governor of Florida, Brevard County Government has issued a local state of emergency in response to COVID-19.

    There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in brevard county. however, the emergency declaration gives the county additional operational flexibilities during this public health crisis, including the ability to expend additional funds in response to coronavirus. if emergency needs arise, the county is able to appropriate funds as needed.

    For brevard county, the declaration of a local state of emergency:

    • helps obtain necessary supplies quickly: procurement policy may be waived to allow for timely access to personal protective equipment for first responders and sanitation supplies for critical public buildings (e.g., courthouses, the jail, the emergency operations center, etc.)
    • removes obstacles to a timely response: the county manager may be permitted to adjust leave policies and, if necessary, suspend union contracts in order to deal with a potential emergency.
    • provides timely access to financial resources by cutting red tape: financial reserves may be accessed, as needed, to stage in anticipation of and, if necessary, respond to an emergency.
    • in the event of a biological threat, reduces the threat of person-to-person transmission: mass gatherings may be limited, as necessary and appropriate.
    • streamlines intergovernmental crisis management: measures to better coordinate consequence management, in conjunction with fdoh and bps, may be implemented.
    • better enables the county to seek federal reimbursement: the declaration of an LSE situates the county such that it may qualify for fema reimbursement that might otherwise not be available.
    Every resident and visitor of Brevard County plays a part in personal prevention. The county recommends the public follow the Centers for Disease Control's guidelines available at cdc.gov/coronavirus/.

    Brevard County continues to coordinate daily with the Florida Department of Health on the latest information regarding COVID-19. Brevard County residents may call 2-1-1 for up-to-date information between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. For calls after hours, contact the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 call center at 866-779-6121. The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


    March 12, 2020

    Brevard County Residents Invited to Take Part in Public Safety Summit

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Various Brevard County Government Departments, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Health will join forces during a Brevard County Public Safety Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, at the Bill Posey Conference Center in Viera.

    Brevard County Board of County Commissioners' Chair Bryan Lober officially announced the summit Tuesday night during a regularly scheduled Board meeting. The Summit is free and open to the public. The Bill Posey Conference Center is located at the Florida Department of Health, 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera.

    Participating organizations include the Sheriff's Office, Florida Department of Health, Brevard County Public Safety Group, Brevard County Fire Rescue and Ocean Rescue, and Brevard County Mosquito Control.

    Lober said the goal of the summit is to increase transparency and inform the public of primary functions within each agency. Common questions such as how, why, and when resources are deployed will be addressed and all agencies will field questions from the public.

    For additional information, call Brevard County Public Safety Group, 321-637-5390, Option 7.


    March 7, 2020

    North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets March 12

    TITUSVILLE, FL -- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Ave., in Titusville. The public is invited to attend.

    The Brevard Room is located in the 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 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 or her own expense, for the record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based – Section 286.105, Florida Statutes.

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


    March 7, 2020

    Brevard County Ocean Rescue Announces Open Tryouts for Seasonal Lifeguards

    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host open tryouts for seasonal lifeguards starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 16, at Rockledge High School pool, 220 Raider Road, Rockledge.

    While no lifeguarding experience is necessary, candidates must be over the age of 16 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 encouraged at FR_ORAdmin@brevardfl.gov, 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 $10.60/hour.

    For additional information or to register, contact us at FR_ORAdmin@brevardfl.gov



    March 3, 2020

    Public Safety Agencies Receive Coronavirus (COVID-19) Briefing

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. — There are no reported cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Brevard County, but key health, safety and other agency officials continue to coordinate prevention, preparedness and response strategies in an effort to keep county residents informed and to quickly and safely respond to any potential outbreak of the disease.

    Nearly 200 people representing municipalities, Port Canaveral, law enforcement, fire rescue, Brevard Public Schools, Florida Department of Health, Brevard County Government, area hospitals, community assistance organizations and more, attended a COVID-19 briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge today. A briefing on the novel coronavirus disease was provided by Department of Health officials regarding the pandemic as well as a discussion of local emergency operations planning.

    In light of the increased number of COVID-19 cases across the United States, Brevard County is taking a variety of preparedness actions, including:

    • Implementing Emergency Medical Dispatch protocols to ensure any potential COVID-19 cases are identified with regard to emergency medical response and patient transport
    • Participating in weekly conference calls with regional, state and federal health officials
    • Reviewing and updating pandemic preparedness and response plans
    • Coordinating with local health department officials and county officials regarding preparedness recommendations and actions
    • Monitoring Centers for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health websites for updated guidance
    • Coordinating a briefing for municipal and public safety partners
    • Exercising Continuity of Operations plans
    • Verifying available supplies of Personal Protective Equipment with the first responder community (police/fire/EMS)
    • Ensuring local hospitals are working in coordination with FDOH and Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition
    • Contacting the Agency for Health Care Administration to ensure that nursing homes and assisted living facilities are being provided with appropriate recommendations for their patients and visitors
    • Conducting internal county workshops with key departments to walk through telecommuting policies and capabilities
    • Performing a Virtual EOC drill to examine essential technological tools and determine feasibility of concept
    • Coordinating public messaging with Brevard Public Information Network
    • Sharing information via social media to help reduce the spread of any contagious respiratory illness
    From a public precaution and prevention standpoint, the Department of Health is advising county residents to follow these steps:
    • Encourage sick employees to stay home and have them sent home if they become sick at work
    • Encourage all employees to obtain the flu vaccine (even though this is not a COVID 19 vaccine).
    • Follow respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene practices
    • Perform routine environmental cleaning

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    February 28, 2020

    Junior Lifeguard Camp Offered at McLarty Aquatic Center March 16-20

    COCOA, FL. -- Brevard County Parks and Recreation's Central Area Operations is offering a Junior Lifeguard Camp March 16-20 at McLarty Aquatic Center located at 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge.

    Classes will be held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Course participants will learn the basics of water safety and emergency response in the classroom and in the pool. Cost is $100. Camp size is limited and pre-registration is required with a minimum of eight participants to hold camp. Interested candidates must be currently enrolled in grades 6th - 9th.

    Participants who attend all classes will receive American Red Cross certification in Junior Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR. Participants will also be invited to serve as a Junior Lifeguard at Central Area Parks and Recreation summer aquatic programs.

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


    February 3, 2020

    Brevard County Recycled Paint Giveaway Planned for Wednesday, April 8

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Free recycled paint will be available to residents of Brevard County on Wednesday, April 8, at two locations.

    The paint will be available in limited quantities at Solid Waste Household Waste Collection Centers located at the Central Disposal Facility, 2250 Adamson Road, in Cocoa; and the Sarno Road Landfill, 3379 Sarno Road, in Melbourne.

    Residents will be able to receive up to 15 gallons per residential address. Paint will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis only.

    Proof of residency 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; Gray; Green; Light Beige; Dark Beige; and Texture floor gray

    For more information regarding the recycled paint call (321) 633-1888, (321) 633-2042 or visit our website at www.brevardcounty.us/swr.


    January 22, 2020

    EEL Program Seeks Volunteer Trappers

    Brevard County, FL. - The Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program is seeking experienced volunteers to assist with the control of non-native, invasive feral hogs on county conservation lands.

    Feral hogs are destructive to native plants and animals causing significant damage to natural ecosystems and compete with native wildlife populations for local food sources. Hog rooting behavior causes significant damage to the natural landscape by destroying native plant populations, trails and trailhead parking areas.

    The EEL program maintains a list of approved and qualified trappers that are assigned to specific locations where feral hog populations are a problem for land managers.

    For information on how to obtain a volunteer application, contact Jenny Warner at 321-255-4466 or email jenny.warner@brevardfl.gov.


    January 16, 2020

    North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation Meets Feb. 13

    TITUSVILLE, FL. -- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and recreation will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13, 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 the 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 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, a this or her own expense, for the record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal is to be based – Section 286.105, Florida Statutes.

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


    January 13, 2020

    EEL Program Selection and Management Committee Meets Jan. 29

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered (EEL) Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1 - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend.

    The purpose of this meeting is to review lands under consideration for acquisition and management by the 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 such appeal is to be based.

    In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, 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 6, 2020

    Marketing Opportunities with Parks and Recreation

    Brevard, FL. — Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department is looking for Community Partners for the new year. This is an excellent marketing opportunity for any local business wanting to market their organization and partner with Parks and Recreation.

    The open enrollment period will be from January 1st - January 31st. The Parks and Recreation Community Partner's Marketing Program offers three affordable tiers (Silver, Gold, and Platinum). Each tier offers a variety of marketing incentives that include, but not limited to; T-shirt marketing, banners at Parks and Recreation facilities, company logo on special event flyers, monthly Movie in the Parks advertising and more. The department has a strong social media presence, garnering the attention of over 20,000 followers across multiple platforms. Programs include Movies in the Park, holiday and annual events, seasonal camps, multiple athletic leagues, and programs at local community centers.

    This is a unique opportunity for local businesses to market to families in Brevard County. Our goal is to help create a positive relationship with local organizations who have a similar vision of building a strong sense community and wellness. For more information please contact the Marketing Program managers below. North Area Parks Operations: Mike Hoffmann 321-264-5105 Michael.Hoffmann@brevardfl.gov, Central Area Parks Operations: Richard Tucci Richard.Tucci@brevardfl.gov 321-633-1874 South Area Parks Operations: Rob Salazar 321-255-4400 Robert.Salazar@brevardfl.gov Parks and Recreation reserves the right to review, agree, or refuse partnerships to ensure benefit, equal opportunity, and quality to the community.


    December 31, 2019

    Brevard/UF Extension Service Wants You to "Know Your Bees"

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- What's the latest buzz on beekeeping? Check out our newest class, December 31, 2019 Brevard/UF Extension Service Wants You to "Know Your Bees" BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- What's the latest buzz on beekeeping? Check out our newest class, "Know Your Bees: An Introduction to Honey Bee Biology."

    The class will be held from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County, 3695 Lake Drive in Cocoa.

    Attendees who complete this workshop will be able to:

    • List the four resources that honey bees collect from the environment
    • Identify a queen, worker, and drone
    • Identify a honey bee egg, larva, and pupa
    • Differentiate between solid and spotty brood patterns
    • Perform a hive inspection with official checklist.
    Registration is $25 and available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brevard-beginning-beekeepers-workshop-series-tickets-64616441516.
    December 31, 2019

    Port St. John Library to Close Jan. 13-26 for Flooring Installation

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Port St. John Public Library, located at 6500 Carole Ave. in Cocoa, will be closed for installation of new flooring beginning on Monday, Jan. 13. The project is expected to take two weeks to complete, with the library reopening to the public on Monday, Jan. 27.

    Items may be returned to the outside drop box while the library is closed. There will be staff available to answer phones, circumstances permitting, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Please visit our other Brevard County Library locations, including the Titusville Public Library, 2121 S. Hopkins Ave. in Titusville, or the Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library, 308 Forrest Ave. in Cocoa.


    December 26, 2019

    Brevard County Government Quarterly Report, Brevard Delivers, Available Online

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard Delivers, Brevard County Government's quarterly report for the fourth quarter of 2019, 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. The fourth quarterly report highlights Brevard County employees and the many ways they help our community beyond the normal work day. There is also an update on the half-cent taxpayer-funded 10-year restoration effort of the Indian River Lagoon.

    Published copies of Brevard Delivers are available 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.


    December 17, 2019

    Get the Inside Scoop on Brevard County Government at Citizens Academy 2020

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Come learn about your county in the coolest civics class you will ever take! Learn how Brevard County develops a budget, paves roads, trains employees, maintains parks, cares for our natural resources, and so much more! During class you will have the opportunity to ask staff and department directors about their departments -- what they do, how they get it done, and what the future holds.

    Citizens Academy 2020, sponsored by UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County, is held at various locations throughout the County for nine Thursdays beginning Jan. 16 and ending on March 26. Classes begin at 9 a.m. and end no later than 2 p.m.

    This cool class series is also FREE!! All we ask is that you register in advance, since our size is limited. What are you waiting for? Register now! Visit our Eventbrite website at www.eventbrite.com/e/brevard-county-citizens-academy-2020-tickets.


    December 12, 2019

    SCTPO Seeks Public Input for 2045 Transportation Plan

    The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO)wants to know about your transportation system preferences!
    Access the survey here.
    November 30, 2019

    Brevard County Seeks Citizen Input Through 'Speak Up Brevard'

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Once again it's time to "Speak Up Brevard."

    In an effort to provide a formal process for citizens to submit recommendations to Brevard County Government, and as a result of charter amendment, Brevard County is implementing a web-based application called "Speak Up Brevard."

    The online form will be available through Jan. 1, 2020, at www.brevardfl.gov/government. It allows citizens to submit ideas which would assist county government in conserving energy, saving costs, eliminating duplication, generating revenue, increasing productivity, or preventing waste. A hard-copy version of the form may also be submitted, and is available through the County Manager's office.

    The process requires submissions to meet a deadline of Jan. 1, after which the County Manager's office has 45 days to evaluate and comment on the recommendation, and then forward it to the Board of County Commissioners for review. The Board of County Commissioner must take a final vote to either approve, reject, or revise and accept the recommendation within 120 days. The sponsor of the recommendation will be given at least a week's notice prior to it being heard and voted on by the Board. A listing of all recommendations, including disposition, will be posted on the County website.

    Visit www.brevardfl.gov/government and click on the "Speak Up Brevard" icon to provide recommendations.


    November 15, 2019

    Sewer Assessments Targeted for areas of Merritt Island/Port St. John

    MERRITT ISLAND, FL. -- Brevard County Utility Services Department will begin conducting a sanitary gravity sewer assessment in the Brevard County Utility service area for both Merritt Island and Port St. John.

    The assessment for the Merritt Island service area is slated to begin the week of Nov. 18 and will take an estimated five months to complete. The Port St. John assessment is targeted to begin in May 2020, with notification being provided once a schedule is finalized.

    The Merritt Island assessment will start on North Merritt Island and proceed south to cover all service areas.

    The Brevard County Utility Services Department has contracted RedZone Robotics to perform the assessments with a purpose to identify current condition of the sewer sections and to develop a detailed program addressing needed repairs.

    All RedZone employees will have a letter with them to verify they have permission to access County sewer lines.

    For more information about the work being performed, please contact RedZone Robotics Project Manager Ron Black at 412-477-9722.

    Information can also be obtained through Brevard County Utility Services Department at 321-633-2093.


    October 30, 2019

    Space Coast TPO Invites Citizens to Review 2019 DRAFT Public Participation Plan

    The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) has posted its 2019 DRAFT Public Participation Plan (PPP) for public review for 45 days.

    The PPP is a blueprint for action to involve and engage the public in transportation planning. The PPP provides a guide for public access to and involvement with the SCTPO planning process.

    Meaningful and effective participation is essential to the successful implementation of a public plan, project, or program, and is necessary to ensure the needs of the local citizenry are adequately addressed.

    All SCTPO planning work products, as well as major amendments to adopted plans and programs, must follow the requirements outlined in the PPP. Public input during the development of the PPP is essential to make sure the process provides full and open access to all.

    The public has until December 12, 2019, to provide comments on the 2019 PPP, before the SCTPO Governing Board reviews it for adoption.

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    October 10, 2019

    Motorists: Watch for Contractors Conducting County Road Condition Assessments

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard County Public Works recently kicked off a project to inventory the condition of County-maintained roads. To accomplish this, the County retained the services of Data Transfer Solutions, LLC (DTS) based out of Orlando, and subcontractors to DTS, Resource International Inc. (RII) based out of Columbus, Ohio. DTS and RII are nationwide firms and provide professional asset management and mobile data collection services to local and state government agencies.

    DTS and RII operate fleets of sophisticated data collection vehicles equipped with an array of precision instrumentation and data collection equipment that help state and local transportation agencies inventory and manage transportation infrastructure, facilities and assets.

    In order to collect all relevant data, the vehicles will be traveling all County-maintained roads and, in order to ensure the highest quality of data and imagery, the vehicles will only collect data during daylight hours. Please note that data collection times will be restricted to non-peak hours to reduce any interruptions to traffic. Additionally, RII conducts a moving operation and, as such, there may be minor traffic disruptions. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

    For questions or additional information regarding the vehicles, the project, or the process, please contact the Brevard County Public Works Department at (321) 617-7202.


    October 3, 2019

    MIRA to Host Open House on Cone Road Sewer Main/Public System Improvements

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency has teamed with the Brevard County Public Works Department, the Brevard County Utility Services Department, the Save Our Indian River Lagoon program, the St John River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to provide public sewer availability service for the Merritt Island Cone Road area.

    Construction of the sewer main and associated public system improvements for the project is anticipated to be completed this month (October 2019). The system will be cleared for use by Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Brevard County Utilities Services Department, such that individual sewer lateral connections and reimbursement applications can now be submitted to the Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency for review. The Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency has used match dollars to leverage thousands of dollars in funding to make this financial assistance opportunity possible. The Save Our Indian River Lagoon Program is paying the connection fees for the properties converting over to sewer.

    The Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency is holding an open house from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the MIRA office, located at 2575 N. Courtenay Parkway, Suite 207, Merritt Island. Representatives for the project, including the Engineer, MIRA Board members and Staff from the Brevard County Utility Services Department and the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Program will be available to answer any questions


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    September, 2019
    Proposed Space Coast
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    October 1, 2019

    Brevard County Government Quarterly Report, Brevard Delivers, Available Online

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard Delivers, Brevard County Government's quarterly report for the third quarter of 2019, 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. The third quarterly report highlights Valkaria Airport's designation as one of the top airports in the state of Florida and provides updates on the Pineda Overpass and the half-cent taxpayer-funded 10-year restoration effort of the Indian River Lagoon.

    Published copies of Brevard Delivers will be available beginning this 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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    October 1, 2019

    North Brevard Commmission on Parks and Recreation Meets Oct. 10

    TITUSVILLE, FL. - The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. 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 the building on the north side of the parking lot behind the Brevard County Government Center North. For questions, call Jeff Davis at (321) 264-5105.

    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, Florid Statutes, 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.


    September 12, 2019

    Waste Management Works to Tackle High Volume of Post-Dorian Yard Waste

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Waste Management Inc., the County's franchised solid waste collector, is reporting an unusually high volume of post-Hurricane Dorian curbside yard waste and requests for clam yard waste service.

    To tackle the increases, Waste Management has committed all available resources and personnel to collecting yard waste. However, collection delays of 10 to 14 days should be anticipated, Waste Management is reporting.

    Important things to remember about storm debris collection:

    • Keep your yard waste and construction debris in separate piles at your curb.
    • Do not use bags for yard waste (it makes it impossible to recycle/mulch.)
    • Cut up trees and branches to 4' foot lengths if possible.
    Waste Management strongly encourages residents with large, loose yard waste piles over 3 cubic yards to contact them for collection via wm.com email, live chat or phone. For North county, Cocoa and Cocoa Beach residents, please call (321) 636-6894. For Central and South county, and all other municipal residents, please call (321) 723-4455.

    For residents who would like to haul their own yard waste to the landfill, the County's Central Disposal Facility in Cocoa, the Sarno Road Landfill in Melbourne, and Mockingbird Way Mulching Facility in Titusville are open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

    Please do not put your yard waste on top of storm drains.


    September 6, 2019

    Florida Coast to Coast Parrish Park Trailhead Public Meeting to be Rescheduled

    Brevard County, FL. - The public meeting to present and discuss the proposed trailhead at Parrish Park from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, has been canceled. A new time and date will be determined.

    CPH, Inc., an Architectural/Engineering firm contracted by Brevard County will hold a public meeting to present and discuss the proposed trailhead at Parrish Park. This project involves developing a trailhead along the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail at the Parrish Park site. The proposed trailhead will include the design of a linear parking lot, sidewalks, connections to the Coast-to-Coast Trail, lighting, landscaping, and identify locations for future site amenities. The project limits are along SR 406 from approximately the east end of the A. Max Brewer bridge to the entrance of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. This meeting is to notify the public of the project and obtain input on the future improvements.

    This project is being funding by FHWA – Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, Florida Department of Transportation, and the Brevard County Parks and Recreation. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact a representative listed below. All comments, written and oral, will become part of the project's public record.

    Melissa Renninger - Contract Administrator
    Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department
    2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. B Viera, FL 32940
    Phone: (321) 633-2046
    Email: melissa.renninger@brevardfl.gov

    Kurt Luman, P.E. - Project Manager CPH, Inc.
    500 W. Fulton Street Sanford, FL 32771
    Phone: (407) 322-6841
    Email: kluman@cphcorp.com


    August 28, 2019

    Four Brevard County Locations Designated For Free Sandbag Distribution on Thursday

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, four locations throughout the county will be used for sandbag distribution on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.The distribution locations are:
    • Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay campus, 250 Community College Parkway SE.
    • Calvary Chapel, Melbourne, Viera campus, 2852 Fellowship Place.
    • Mitchell Ellington Park, 575 West Hall Road, Merritt Island.
    • Chain of Lakes Park, 2300 Truman Scarborough Way, Titusville.
    The free sandbag distribution was coordinated with Brevard County Emergency Management, Brevard County Public Works and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office will have supervised inmates filling and loading sandbags for residents. The sand and the bags are being provided by Brevard County Public Works Department. Sand will not be available until 10 a.m., so early arrival is discouraged.

    Other sandbag distributions are planned in:

    • West Melbourne: Residents will be able to self-fill up to 10 sandbags at West Melbourne Community Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Access to the park will be from the Minton Road and Wingate/Fell Road intersection only, westbound on Fell, through Max K. Rodes Park and eastbound on Flanagan to enter into the park from the south.
    • Cocoa: Residents can self-fill up sandbags. Specifics on time and location will be provided on Thursday.
    • Melbourne: An announcement on a sandbag distribution and time is pending.


    August 28, 2019

    Sandbag Distributions Planned Thursday Throughout Brevard County

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Sandbag distribution locations will be announced on Thursday and are being coordinated with Brevard County Emergency Management, Brevard County Public Works and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian.

    Free sandbags will be available to Brevard County residents with distribution locations to be announced Thursday morning. The Brevard County Sheriff's Office will have supervised inmate work crews filling and loading sandbags for residents from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sand and the bags are being provided by Brevard County Public Works Department.

    Other sandbag distributions are planned in:

    • West Melbourne. Residents will be able to self-fill up to 10 sandbags at West Melbourne Community Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Access to the park will be from the Minton Road and Wingate/Fell Road intersection only, westbound on Fell, through Max K. Rodes Park and eastbound on Flanagan to enter into the park from the south.
    • Cocoa: Residents can self-fill up sandbags. Specifics on time and location will also be provided on Thursday.
    • Melbourne: An announcement on a sandbag distribution location and time is pending.


    August 29, 2019

    North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation Meets Sept. 12

    TITUSVILLE, FL. - The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. 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 the building on the north side of the parking lot behind the Brevard County Government Center North. For questions, call Jeff Davis at (321) 264-5105.

    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, Florid Statutes, 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.


    August 16, 2019

    EEL Program Selection/Management and Procedures Committees Meet Aug. 23

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee and Procedures Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 2:45 - 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend.

    The purpose of this meeting is to consider proposed revisions to the EEL Program Land Acquisition Manual and Sanctuary Management Manual.

    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, Florid Statutes, 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.


    August 12, 2019

    EEL Program Selection and Management Committee Meets Aug. 23 (Time Change)

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program's Selection and Management Committee (SMC), established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend.

    The Selection and Management Committee serves as an expert scientific advisory committee to the County Commissioners on all issues involving the acquisition and management of environmentally endangered lands within the EEL Program protected area network in Brevard County.

    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, Florid Statutes, 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.


    August 5, 2019

    EEL Program Recreation and Education Advisory Committee Meets Aug. 8

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program's Recreation and Education Advisory Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend.

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

    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, Florida Statutes, person 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.


    August 2, 2019

    North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets Aug. 8

    TITUSVILLE, FL. —The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8. 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.


    July 16, 2019

    EEL Program SMC Meets July 17

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend.

    The Selection and Management Committee serves as an expert scientific advisory committee to the County Commissioners on all issues involving the acquisition and management of environmentally endangered lands within the EEL Program protected area network in Brevard County.

    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 decisions 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, Florida Statutes, 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.


    June 7, 2019

    EEL Program Recreation and Education Advisory Committee to meet June 20

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program's Recreation and Education Advisory Committee (REAC), established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend.

    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 decisions 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, Florida Statutes, 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.


    June 6, 2019

    Kiwanis Island Park Boat Ramp to Re-open June 7

    Merritt Island, FL. -- The Kiwanis Island Park Boat Ramp, located at 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road on Merritt Island, will re-open on Friday, June 7. After extensive damage from Hurricane Irma, the boat ramp and dock were closed on Monday, April 29, for repairs to the dock after extensive damage from Hurricane Irma.

    This beautiful 18.38-acre community river park is situated in a wildlife sanctuary. The park caters to both active and passive recreational enthusiasts. The boat ramp and a natural launch area provide access for boaters, rowers and paddlers into Sykes Creek leading to the Barge Canal or Banana River.


    June 6, 2019

    Scottsmoor Landing Boat Ramp to Re-open June 7

    Mims, FL. -- The Scottsmoor Landing Boat Ramp, located at 2400 Huntington Ave in Mims, will re-open on Friday, June 7. The boat ramp and dock were closed on Tuesday, April 18, for canal dredging and construction of a new dock.

    Located in the northernmost part of the county, this 3.05-acre community river park accesses the Indian River Lagoon. Facilities include picnic tables, benches, a garden, a boat ramp, dock, and parking for cars and boat trailers.


    Wednesday, June 5, 2019

    EEL Program Selection and Management Committee meets June 13

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend.

    The Selection and Management Committee serves as an expert scientific advisory committee to the County Commissioners on all issues involving the acquisition and management of environmentally endangered lands within the EEL Program protected area network in Brevard County.

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

    EEL Program Selection & Management, Procedures, & Recreation & Advisory Committees to meet June 13

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, Procedures Committee, and Recreation and Education Advisory Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend.

    The purpose of this meeting is to review a proposal under consideration by the County Commission to consolidate the advisory committees of the 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 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 15, 2019

    BREVARD COUNTY OBSERVES WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL -- We sometimes fail to acknowledge there are many social issues that allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected. Our older people are vital, contributing members of American society and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. We have confronted and addressed many other social issues that affect members of our community, and we need to find solutions to address issues like elder abuse. Nationally, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day will be observed on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

    In Brevard County, the Department of Children and Families, Brevard County TRIAD and Brevard Commission on Aging will be hosting the 10th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (W.E.A.A.D.) event. The event will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne 32901. Admission, parking and breakfast and lunch are free to all attendees.

    This year's Brevard County event will provide the community with information on resources available to assist them. Exhibitors will include: memory screenings, caregiver information, local law enforcement and public safety providers, community service resource providers, local pharmacies, meal providers and transportation providers with options and solutions.

    Every year, nearly five million older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. In addition, elders throughout the United States lose more than $2.6 billion annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could have been used to pay for their basic needs. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. For more information, visit www.INPEA.net.


    May 9, 2019

    Parks and Recreation Department to Participate in Summer Food Service Program

    Brevard County, FL. - The Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program starting May 31st until August 9th.

    During summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available, nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. All children 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals at no charge. Meals will be served on a first come first serve basis.

    The following sites will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program:

    Cuyler Park Community Center
    2329 Harry T. Moore Avenue, Mims
    321-264-5045
    7:00am-8:00am
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Isaac Campbell Community Center
    701 South Street, Titusville
    321-264-5040
    8:00am-9:00am
    11:30am-12:30pm
    Port St. John Community Center
    6650 Corto Road, Port St. John
    321-633-1904
    7:30am-8:30am
    11:30am-12:30pm
    Sandrift Community Center
    585 North Singleton Avenue, Titusville
    321-264-5037
    7:30am-8:30am
    11:30am-12:30pm
    Walter Butler Community Center
    4201 North Cocoa Boulevard, Cocoa
    321-433-4448
    7:00am-9:00am
    11:00am-12:00pm
    Cocoa West Community Center
    230 South Burnett Road, Cocoa
    321-633-1987
    7:30am-8:30am
    11:30am-12:30pm
    Joe Lee Smith Community Center
    419 Washington Avenue, Cocoa
    321-633-1872
    7:00am-8:00am
    11:00am-12:00pm
    McLarty Park Community Center
    790 Barton Boulevard, Rockledge
    321-633-1870
    7:30am-8:30am
    11:30am-12:30pm
    Travis Park Community Center
    2003 Michigan Avenue, Cocoa
    321-633-1871
    7:30am-8:30am
    11:45am-12:45pm
    Woody Simpson Community Center
    1590 Schoolhouse Street, Merritt Island
    321-455-1379
    7:30am-8:30am
    11:30am-12:30pm
    Max K Rhodes Community Center
    3410 Flanagan Avenue, West Melbourne
    321-952-3215
    7:30am-8:30am
    11:30am-12:30pm
    South Mainland Community Center
    3700 Allen Avenue, Micco
    772-663-8748
    8:00am-9:00am
    12:00pm-1:00pm

    Meals are served Monday - Friday throughout the dates indicated. No meal service on 4th of July.

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

    Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
    2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
    3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.
    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


    May 7, 2019

    Port St. John Boat Ramp Is Now Open

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - The Port St. John Boat Ramp located at 6650 North Cocoa Blvd./U.S. 1, has officially reopened, and ahead of schedule. The ramp, closed due to safety concerns after receiving substantial damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017, was targeted last week to reopen on Wednesday, May 8.

    Repairs to the boat ramp started with the removal of preexisting structures including the concrete sidewalk, docks, piles, and broken asphalt.

    New construction consisted of three new wooden fixed docks, a new concrete pedestrian ramp, 100' sea wall, 60' new aluminum sheet pile bulkhead to replace a portion of the existing wooden bulkhead, fill placement and grading installation of native plants (cod grass), new concrete sidewalk, replacement of damaged parking stalls, resealing of existing asphalt parking lot, and the application of pavement striping.

    The Port St. John Boat Ramp provides access for watching wildlife, fishing, and viewing launches along the Indian River.

    Completion of the Port St. John Boat Ramp marks the 11th of 20 hurricane-related park repairs/rebuilds underway as part of a $12 million hurricane recovery effort.


    May 3, 2019

    Port St. John Boat Ramp to Reopen May 8

    Brevard County, FL. - The Port St. John Boat Ramp located at 6650 North Cocoa Blvd./U.S. 1, will reopen on Wednesday, May 8. The ramp was closed due to safety concerns after receiving substantial damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017.

    Repairs to the boat ramp started with the removal of preexisting structures including the concrete sidewalk, docks, piles, and broken asphalt.

    New construction consisted of three new wooden fixed docks, a new concrete pedestrian ramp, 100' sea wall, 60' new aluminum sheet pile bulkhead to replace a portion of the existing wooden bulkhead, fill placement and grading installation of native plants (cod grass), new concrete sidewalk, replacement of damaged parking stalls, resealing of existing asphalt parking lot, and the application of pavement striping.

    The Port St. John Boat Ramp provides access for watching wildlife, fishing, and viewing launches along the Indian River.

    Completion of the Port St. John Boat Ramp marks the 11th of 20 hurricane-related park repairs/rebuilds underway as part of a $12 million hurricane recovery effort.


    May 1, 2019

    North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets May 9

    TITUSVILLE, FL. — The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9. 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.


    April 26, 2019

    Members Sought for Port St. John Small Area Study Committee

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- District 1 Commissioner Rita Pritchett is looking for residents of Port St. John who would like to serve as a member of the Port St. John Small Area Study Committee.

    If interested, please send your resume to d1.commissioner@brevardfl.gov. For questions or further information please call our office at (321) 607-6901.


    April 22, 2019

    Dual 'Push In' Ceremonies Planned for Brevard County Fire Rescue Stations

    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Two new fire trucks will be officially placed into service during traditional 'Push In' ceremonies set for Friday, April 26. Brevard County Fire Rescue Fire Station 44, 3780 W. King St, in Cocoa, will hold a ceremony from 1-3 p.m. and the Brevard County Fire Rescue Station 29, 3950 Canaveral Groves Blvd, in Cocoa, ceremony will take place from 3-4:40 p.m.

    Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer said a 'Push In' is a long-standing tradition that dates back to when fire departments used horse-drawn pumpers for firefighting. Horses that were commissioned, or placed into service, would be washed down (with water from the retiring pumper's tank) along with the pumper they pulled. Once wet down and dried, the pumper was pushed into the station by hand because the horses could not back up with the apparatus attached. The community, neighboring departments and elected officials would attend these ceremonies whenever a community purchased new apparatus or horses."

    The new vehicles for both stations is a pumper/tender truck that includes a 1,500-gallon water tank and a Foam Pro Class A Foam system with 20-gallon foam tank.

    "These new engines will assist with providing there residents of West Cocoa and Canaveral Groves with increased fire protection capabilities through increased firefighting capacity," said Schollmeyer.

    Modern fire service has rapidly progressed in terms of technology and operating procedures, Schollmeyer said.

    "So rapidly, in fact, that we often forget how and why we do what we do," he said. "Keeping traditions alive, such as the 'Push In'ceremony, gives us an opportunity to bring together family and friends and rekindle history of our fire service and further instill a sense of pride throughout the organization."


    April 22, 2019

    Beach Rental and Food Services Concessionaire Sought for Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach

    Brevard County, FL. - Brevard County Parks and Recreation Central Area Parks Operations is seeking a beach rental and food services concessionaire to operate at Lori Wilson Park, 1500 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. The food services concessionaire would offer food items for sale to the general public such as snack, drinks, hot dogs, burgers, pizza and/or other similar concession items.* The beach rental concessionaire would offer rental items for the general public such as beach umbrellas, beach chairs, surf boards, and/or other similar rental items. Lori Wilson Park is open to patrons from dawn to dusk seven days a week.

    If you would like to be considered you must submit the following, in writing, to Brevard County Parks and Recreation-Central Area Parks Operations, 840 Forrest Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32922 or email submissions to terry.lane@brevardfl.gov.

    1. A written introduction about and your business with all details of your operation. Include photos of your operations, equipment, vehicles and products.
    2. Copy of your menu/rental items with pricing and intended hours of operations.
    3. Copy of current occupational state and county business licenses, health department permits, insurance certificate and Florida driver's license.
    4. FL Department of Revenue DR-11 and DR-13.
    A contract will be awarded based on the following: variety of menu items/rental items cost of items, proposed financial arrangement, current valid licenses, certificates and permits, flexibility and dependability in meeting public demand, and the completeness of the written introduction. Water, sewage, and electricity will not be provided by Brevard County Parks and Recreation. You must also include a statement that you will be able to operate at this location without the use of Styrofoam products.

    The desired financial arrangement is a flat rate per month payable to Brevard County Parks and Recreation Central Area Parks Operations and will be agreed upon before a concessionaire is officially approved. Monthly payments will be due on the 1st business day of every month. Applicants must provide Parks and Recreation with their own written proposal for the monthly rate as a starting point of discussion. A copy of a current insurance certificate will be required when the bid is awarded naming Brevard County Board of County Commissioners as additional insured. The concessionaire and all employees/volunteers will be subject to a high level (Level I) background check per Brevard County AO-05, Background Investigation Checks.

    All responses must be received at Central Area Parks Operations by close of business on Friday, May 10, and include all the required documentation named above.

    *Certain items that are difficult to clean or remove or may cause injury are not acceptable such as gum, sunflower seeds, and glass container items.

    Contact Terry Lane, Central Area Parks Operations Manager, (321) 633-1874, terry.lane@brevardfl.gov, for any questions.


    March 27, 2019

    Brevard Delivers, Brevard County's Quarterly Report, Now Available

    Brevard County, FL. -- Brevard Delivers, Brevard County Government's quarterly newsletter, is now available. The newsletter can be found at this link: http://www.brevardfl.gov/brevarddelivers


    March 27, 2019

    North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets April 11

    TITUSVILLE, FL. — The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 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. 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.


    March 12, 2019

    EEL Program Qualifying Committee meets March 19

    Brevard County, FL. - A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Qualifying Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners will be held from 3 - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in the Parks and Recreation Department Administrative Conference Room, 2724 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building B, Room 203, Viera, Florida.

    The purpose of this meeting is to review applications for volunteer positions on the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee.

    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, wich 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 12, 2019

    EEL Program Qualifying Committee meets March 19

    Brevard County, FL. - A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Qualifying Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners will be held from 3 - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, in the Parks and Recreation Department Administrative Conference Room, 2724 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building B, Room 203, Viera, Florida.

    The purpose of this meeting is to review applications for volunteer positions on the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee.

    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, wich 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.


    February 4, 2019

    Brevard Ocean Rescue Hosting Flexible Lifeguard Tryouts through Feb. 9

    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Ocean Rescue is hosting flexible tryouts for seasonal lifeguards through Feb. 9.

    Those hired on as ocean lifeguards will work from February to October for the 2019 year.

    Those wishing to try out need to schedule a time by emailing FR_oradmin@brevardcounty.us. No lifeguarding experience is necessary, but candidates must be over the age of 16 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.

    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 $10.39/hour.

    Lifeguard Academy Class Dates for candidates selected (Must attend all dates):
    February: 15, 16, 17, 18, 23, and 24
    March: 2 and 3
    (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 fr_oradmin@brevardcounty.us.


    March 1, 2019

    BCFR to Receive 174 Pet Oxygen Masks Through Project Breathe

    Rockledge, Fla -- Brevard County Fire Rescue (BCFR) is pleased to announce the donation of 174 Pet Masks. The donated masks will be used by our BCFR crews to treat our furry family members suffering from smoke inhalation during a fire event. The generous donation from Invisible Fence and our partners from local veterinary hospitals and their doctors will be made at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 4, at BCFR Administration offices, 1040 S. Florida Ave, Rockledge, Florida, 32955.

    Each year, it's estimated more than 40,000 pets die in fires, mainly due to smoke inhalation. The reality is, in most cases first responders lack the equipment to resuscitate and save these animals.

    "Programs like Project Breathe are addressing the issue, by providing us this generous donation our agency will be better equipped to help and treat your furry family members if the need ever arises." - Fire Chief Mark Schollmeyer

    This donation will allow for all BCFR units to be equipped with a Pet Mask kit, each containing three sizes, and ultimately aid and enhance BCFR's response to all victims on the scene of fire incidents.


    February 27, 2019

    EEL Program to hold Selection/Management and Procedures Meeting March 6

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Progam's Selection and Management Committee, and Procedures Committee established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 2:45 - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend.

    The purpose of this meeting is to provide an annual joint meeting of both groups for a review of the Program's operations. 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 255-4466.


    February 25, 2019

    EEL Program Selection and Management Committee Meets March 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 - 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend.

    The Selection and Management Committee serves as an expert scientific advisory committee to the County Commissioners on all issues involving the EEL Program nature sanctuary network in Brevard County.

    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.


    February 19, 2019

    Volunteer Scientist Sought by County Commission for EEL Program Advisory Committee

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program is seeking volunteers to serve on the Selection and Management Advisory Committee. The committee serves as an expert scientific advisory committee to the County Commission on all issues involving the management of environmentally endangered lands acquired under the EEL Program.

    The Environmentally Endangered Lands Program was initially created by Brevard County voters in a 1990 referendum. The Program was established to provide a funding mechanism for the long-term management of a nature sanctuary network in Brevard County.

    Applicant qualifications:

    • Two-year appointment.
    • Four year post secondary academic degree (B.S. or equivalent) or a minimum of 6 years of demonstrated professional expertise in biological or environmental sciences.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of Brevard County Ecosystems and conservation land management techniques.
    • Residency in Brevard County.
    Interested individuals may obtain a Committee Membership Application on the EEL website at the following link https://www.brevardfl.gov/EELProgram and submit the application along with their resume to the EEL Program Office at 91 East Drive, Melbourne, FL 32904. Attention Mike Knight, 321-255-4466. Or via email at mike.knight@brevardfl.gov.

    The deadline forsubmissions is Tuesday, March 5.

    For additional information on committee responsibilities see the EEL Land Acquisition Manual at the following link: https://www.brevardfl.gov/docs/default-source/eel-documents/eel-program-land-acquisition-manual.pdf?sfvrsn=4


    February 15, 2019

    Presentation to Focus on Turkey Creek/IRL Nutrient Reduction Measures

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Brevard Marine Advisory Council (BMAC) will host an information presentation by the St. John's River Water Management District (SJRWMD) and the Melbourne Tillman Water Control District (MTWCD) on recent nutrient reduction measures associated with Turkey Creek and the Indian River Lagoon.

    The presentation will be during the regularly scheduled BMAC meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Space Coast Conference Room at the Viera Government Center, Building C, Second Floor, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, 32940.

    Bill Tredik, initiative leader with SJRWMD, will give an update on completion of Phase I of the C1 Canal Rediversion and how it is helping reduce the nutrients discharged into Turkey Creek and the lagoon. Tredik will also talk about SJRWMD's plans for Phase II of the C1 Diversion Program.

    Mike McCabe, district engineer at the MTWCD, will provide an update on new equipment and procedures for controlling aquatic weeds in the major C1 Canal and its contributing canals. McCabe will have videos of a new mechanical harvester in action.

    These presentations will show the progress being made to reduce the nutrient load and accumulations of muck that are potentially associated with the C1 Canal and nutrient loading to the lagoon and Turkey Creek.


    January 29, 2019

    EEL Program Selection and Management Committee to visit Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary West Feb. 3

    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 Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary West from 9 a.m. - noon on Sunday, Feb. 3. The public is welcome to attend. Participants will be meeting at the Rail Trail parking area at the intersection of Aurantia Road and Blounts Ridge Road in Mims. From Aurantia Road, pass under the I-95 overpass and turn right on Blounts Ridge Road. The trail parking is immediately on the left.

    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, Feb. 1.

    For further questions regarding this meeting or to RSVP please contact Laura Clark (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 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 29, 2019

    EEL Program Selection and Management Committee Meets Feb. 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. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend.

    The Selection and Management Committee serves as an expert scientific advisory committee to the County Commissioners on all issues involving the EEL Program nature sanctuary network in Brevard County.

    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.


    January 26, 2019

    Brevard Ocean Rescue to Host Lifeguard Tryouts on Feb.2

    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host tryouts for seasonal lifeguards on Feb. 2.

    Those hired on as ocean lifeguards will work from February to October for the 2019 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, 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 $10.39/hour.

    Lifeguard Academy Class Dates for candidates selected Feb. 2 (Must attend all dates):
    February: 15, 16, 17, 18, 23, and 24
    March: 2 and 3
    (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 fr_oradmin@brevardcounty.us.


    January 23, 2019

    North Brevard Commmission on Parks and Recreation meets Feb. 14

    Titusville, FL. - The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14. 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 the building on the north side of the parking lot behind the Brevard County Government Center North. For questions, call Jeff Davis 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 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 or her own expense, which record includes testimony and evidence upon which any such appeal us to be based . Section 286.105, Florida Statutes.

    In accordance with the American Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons needing accommodations or an interpreter 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 18, 2019

    8th Annual Pioneer Day Festival Celebrates Merritt Island History on Feb. 9

    Merritt Island, FL. -- The 8th Annual Pioneer Day Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area and St. Luke's Episcopal Church located at 5555 & 6195 North Tropical Trail on Merritt Island. This festival will celebrate the early settlers of Merritt Island at two of their historic sites. Guests will be taken back in history through art, music, food, presentations, archaeology, and nature.

    This family friendly day includes activities from past festivals as well as new attractions. Parking is available at both locations for a suggested donation of $1 with free shuttle service between the two venues.

    Events at Sams House and Cabin include:

    • Florida living history demonstrations and educational exhibits include archaeology and anthropology, historic reenactors, encampments with artifacts on display, and spinning wool demonstrations.
    • Live music throughout the day by Celery City String Band, Chris Kahl, Pine Trio and more
    • A pioneer parade through the grounds at 10:45 a.m., led by drum and fife, of those dressed in period attire
    • Local exhibitors from the Florida Historical Society, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Field Manor, Space Coast Spinsters, and many others
    • Crafts Fair and Farmer's Market vendors such as The Green Marketplace, Mrs. Mango and Company, Spade and Trowel Garden Club, and others
    • Pine Island guided nature trail hikes throughout the day
    • 1875 Sams Cabin pioneer history exhibits and gift shop
    • 1888 Sams House exhibit featuring education and antiques on display (John Sams was the first Superintendent of Brevard's public schools)
    • Children's crafts and games such as cow milking, rope tossing, and corn husk dolls
    • Pine Island Preservation Society tent with vintage pins, doilies, pioneer bonnets, hiking sticks, nature-themed t-shirts, note cards, postcards and gifts for sale
    • Food trucks
    The Sams House at Pine Island is a historical complex owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. The 1875 Sams Cabin onsite is the oldest standing home in Brevard County. A larger 1888 two-story home is also onsite. John Sams, a citrus-grower and the first Superintendent of Brevard County Schools, built both houses.

    The Center is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail, 1/2 mile west of SR 3 and 5 miles north of SR 528. For information please call, (321) 449-4720 or visit https://www.facebook.com/samshousepineisland.

    Events at St. Luke's Church include:

    • St. Luke's Cemetery Tour - "An Archaeologist's Perspective" - by Molly Thomas at 10:15 a.m.
    • "St. Luke's Chapel: A Gem of Carpenter Gothic Architecture" (presented in the historic chapel) at 11 a.m.
    • St. Luke's Cemetery Tour - "Founding Families" at 11:30 a.m.
    • "Pioneer Music" - played in the historic chapel at noon
    • Homemade soups ($5) offered at noon
    • Cemetery Stroll - meet many of the historic figures found in this early Merritt Island cemetery at 12:30 - 2 p.m.
    • "Rebuilt and Remade: Florida citrus in the early 20th century" at 2 p.m.
    • St. Luke's Cemetery Tour - "Through the Ages" at 2:30 p.m.
    This year St. Luke's is offering an array of topics. Visitors can learn about the architecture of St. Luke's historic chapel built in 1889. This chapel is an outstanding example of Carpenter Gothic architecture, a uniquely American architecture. During the presentation of "Rebuilt and Remade: Florida citrus in the early 20th century", the audience will learn more about the heyday of the citrus groves in Florida, from its mechanization to the rise and fall of the cooperatives and the influence of African Americans in Florida citrus. Also available are guided cemetery tours, each with a unique theme. In addition to the tours St. Luke's will also conduct a Cemetery Stroll from 12:30 - 2 p.m., where volunteers dressed in period attire talk about life in their day. Some of the volunteers are Sams' family descendants.

    The historic chapel onsite was built in 1888 with the help of Sams, LaRoche, and Porcher families. Many early pioneers, including John Sams, are buried in the church's cemetery.

    The church is located at 5555 N. Tropical Trail, just 1.1 miles south of Sams House at Pine Island. For information please call (321) 452-5260 or visit http://www.stlukesmi.org.

    For more information regarding this event please visit: www.mipioneerday.com and www.facebook.com/pioneerdaymerrittisland.


    January 14, 2019

    EEL Program Procedures Committee meets Jan. 17

    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 at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend. 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.


    December 21, 2018

    Brevard Ocean Rescue to Host Lifeguard Tryouts on Jan. 5

    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host tryouts for seasonal lifeguards on Jan. 5. Ocean Rescue is looking to fill 50 positions.

    Those hired on as ocean lifeguards will work from March to October for the 2019 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 Jan. 15, 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 $10.39/hour.

    Lifeguard Academy Class Dates for candidates selected Jan. 5 (Must attend all dates): January: 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, and 27 (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 fr_oradmin@brevardcounty.us.


    December 17, 2018

    Brevard Delivers, Brevard County's Quarterly Report, Now Available

    Brevard County, FL. – Brevard Delivers, Brevard County's Quarterly Report, Now Available Brevard County, FL. -- Brevard Delivers, Brevard County Government's quarterly newsletter, is now available. The newsletter can be found at this link: http://www.brevardfl.gov/brevarddelivers


    December 7, 2018

    Commissioner Curt Smith Appointed to Central Florida Expressway Authority

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – Commissioner Curt Smith, who represents District 4 on the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, has been appointed to the Central Florida Expressway Authority to represent Brevard citizens' interest on future transportation needs in the region.

    Smith received the appointment from County Commission Chairman Kristine Isnardi. His first CFX meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in Orlando. The CFX, established in 2014, is a toll-funded organization responsible for transportation planning in a region that includes Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

    "I am deeply honored and extremely excited to be representing Brevard County on the Central Florida Expressway Authority," Smith said.

    In November, Smith was re-elected to his second four-year term on the five-member Board of County Commissioners. District 4 includes all or part of Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne, Palm Shores, Rockledge and Satellite Beach, as well as sections of unincorporated Brevard, including Suntree and Viera.

    One of the major accomplishments in Smith's first term in office included getting Brevard County represented on the CFX. While serving as chairman of the Brevard Board of County Commissioners, Smith presented his case in 2017 for Brevard's inclusion to the Authority. The CFX heard his proposal and voted unanimously to accept Brevard as its newest member.

    Smith's appointment to the CFX is for a one-year term.


    December 3, 2018

    Brevard County Seeks Citizen Input Through 'Speak Up Brevard'

    BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Once again it's time to "Speak Up Brevard."

    In an effort to provide a formal process for citizens to submit recommendations to Brevard County Government, and as a result of charter amendment, Brevard County is implementing a web-based application called "Speak Up Brevard."

    The online form will be available through Jan. 1, 2019, at www.brevardfl.gov. It allows citizens to submit ideas which would assist county government in conserving energy, saving costs, eliminating duplication, generating revenue, increasing productivity, or preventing waste. A hard-copy version of the form may also be submitted, and is available through the County Manager's office.

    The process requires submissions to meet a deadline of Jan. 1, after which the County Manager's office has 45 days to evaluate and comment on the recommendation, and then forward it to the Board of County Commissioners for review. The Board of County Commissioner must take a final vote to either approve, reject, or revise and accept the recommendation within 120 days. The sponsor of the recommendation will be given at least a week's notice prior to it being heard and voted on by the Board. A listing of all recommendations, including disposition, will be posted on the County website.

    Visit www.brevardfl.gov, click on the Government tab and then, in the category labeled "Provide Feedback," recommendations can be posted under the heading "Speak Up Brevard."


    November 27, 2018

    Road Closings Announced for Dec. 1 Mims Christmas Parade

    MIMS, FL. -- U.S. 1 northbound and southbound, from Parrish Road to Kelly Road in Mims, will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 1, for the Mims Christmas Parade.

    The parade route is south on U.S. 1 from Mims Elementary School to Parker Street. Line up and check-in is on Broadway at the back gate of Mims Elementary. Only access to Broadway will be north from Highway 46. Broadway will be one-way from 7 a.m. to noon.

    Detour signs will be posted.


    November 5, 2018

    Brevard County Seasonal Lifeguard Towers Close; 5 Year-round Towers Maintain Operations

    Brevard, Fla. -- Brevard County Ocean Rescue has announced that the county's seasonal lifeguard towers closed Sunday, October 28. The County's 5 year-round towers will remain in operation until the Spring.

    Brevard County Ocean Rescue is reminding bathers and beachgoers to call 911 in the event of any emergency occurring on Brevard County's beaches, when lifeguards are not present. Additionally, Ocean Rescue asks visitors to our beaches to always keep the below water safety tips in mind:

    • Never swim alone
    • Swim near a lifeguard on- duty when possibly
    • Check in with the lifeguard before going into the water for ocean conditions and/or hazard
    • Practice good judgment. Swim and surf within your abilities
    • Listen to all lifeguard warnings and announcements
      • For more information regarding Brevard County's Beached or for water safety information, visit: http://www.brevardcounty.us/FireRescue/BeachSafety


        October 26, 2018

        Red Tide: Volunteers Asked to Help Keep Brevard Beautiful's Beach Cleanup Effort

        BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Volunteers who are helping Keep Brevard Beautiful rid county beaches of dead fish that was ashore as a result toxic red tide algae are being heralded for their cleanup efforts, but the best intentions of others have created a new concern that came to light on Friday.

        Some beachgoers are collecting fish and then leaving them in plastic bags in areas that are nowhere near the dumpsters used by Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB) in its daily cleanup mission. That means those bags of dead fish sit on the beach in the hot sun or eventually wash out into the ocean with the tide. Random bags of fish have begun showing up along the beach. Keep Brevard Beautiful and Brevard County Natural Resources are asking anyone who wants to voluntarily participate in the cleanup effort to work with KBB and its volunteers.

        "Peoples' hearts are in it, and we greatly appreciate it," said Bryan Bobbitt, deputy executive director for KBB. "We've got a lot of sites and we're hoping those who want to help will work with us."

        KBB, which has contracted with the County for beach cleanup, is seeking volunteers for cleanups scheduled Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. starting in Bon Steel Park, 8455 A1A, Melbourne Beach, then moving to Spessard Holland South Beach Park, 2525 Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach. KBB provides all of the supplies, including face masks, gloves, shovels and bags, but asks cleanup volunteers to be prepared by wearing appropriate clothing for a cleanup that involves dead fish.

        To Contact Keep Brevard Beautiful, please call (321) 631-0501.

        Red tide is commonly used to describe a higher-than-normal concentration of microscopic algae. Brevard County Government's Natural Resources Management Department, in coordination with FWC, continues to collect water samples to detect algae elevation levels of red tide along Brevard County beaches. All beach areas remain open, but beachgoers are advised to heed warnings posted at beach areas, especially if they feel their health may be at risk.

        The Florida Department of Health has posted answers to frequently asked questions about red tide and its health risks at this link: http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins/red-tide.html.

        Information can also be found at this FWC link: http://www.myfwc.com/research/redtide/contact/. To report a fish kill, call the FWC Fish Kill Hotline: 1-800-636-0511.

        VISIT FLORIDA provides visitors up-to-date beach condition reports here: http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/ and visitbeaches.org. Also, for a VISIT FLORIDA red tide FAQ, including seafood safety information, visit https://www.visitflorida.org/resources/crisis-preparation/red-tide-information.


        October 24, 2018

        Keep brevard Beautiful: Volunteers Sought for Red Tide-Related Beach Cleanup

        BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Volunteers are sought at three South Beach locations where Keep Brevard Beautiful will be working Thursday (Oct. 25) morning to rid the beaches of dead fish that have washed ashore as a result of red tide algae.

        South Beaches have experienced some of the worst fish kills related to the toxic algae that has littered beaches all over the state with dead fish, and posed health-related conditions for beachgoers that range from irritated throats, eyes and noses to more serious conditions for people with chronic respiratory problems. Red tide first began showing up in water tests off the county's shoreline last week.

        Thursday morning, Keep Brevard Beautiful, which has contracted with the County for beach cleanup related to red tide, will be at three locations and is asking for assistance from willing volunteers. Keep Brevard Beautiful provides all of the supplies, including face masks, gloves, shovels and bags, but asks cleanup volunteers to be prepared by wearing appropriate clothing for a cleanup that involves dead fish.

        The cleanup begins at 9 a.m. at these locations:
        Spessard Holland South Beach Park

        2545 Highway A1A
        Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

        Juan Ponce de Leon Landing
        4005 Highway A1A
        Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

        Howard E. Futch Park at Paradise Beach
        2301 N. Highway A1A
        Melbourne, Fl. 32903

        Red tide is commonly used to describe a higher-than-normal concentration of microscopic algae. Brevard County Government's Natural Resources Management Department, in coordination with FWC, continues to collect water samples to detect algae elevation levels of red tide along Brevard County beaches. All beach areas remain open, but beachgoers are advised to heed warnings posted at beach areas, especially if they feel their health may be at risk.

        The Florida Department of Health has posted answers to frequently asked questions about red tide and its health risks at this link: http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins/red-tide.html.

        Information can also be found at this FWC link: http://www.myfwc.com/research/redtide/contact/. To report a fish kill, call the FWC Fish Kill Hotline: 1-800-636-0511.

        VISIT FLORIDA provides visitors up-to-date beach condition reports here: http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/ and visitbeaches.org. Also, for a VISIT FLORIDA red tide FAQ, including seafood safety information, visit https://www.visitflorida.org/resources/crisis-preparation/red-tide-information.

        To Contact Keep Brevard Beautiful, please call (321) 631-0501.


        October 24, 2018

        EEL Program Selection & Management Committee to Visit Fox Lake Sanctuary Nov. 10

        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 Fox Lake Sanctuary on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m.- noon. The public is welcome to attend. Participants will be meeting at 4400 Fox Lake Road in Titusville.

        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, Nov. 9.

        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.


        October 23, 2018

        Enchanted Forest Sanctuary to Hold 3rd Annual Harvest Festival Nov. 3

        BREVARD COUNTY, FL. - Celebrate autumn at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary during our 3rd annual Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3.

        During this free event, guests are invited to enjoy guided hikes, hay rides, special presentations, meet bats, reptiles and other Florida wildlife, explore environmental exhibitors, listen to live music, and much more. Harvest Festival will feature many children's activities, including face painting, hands-on activities exploring forest animals and autumn, nature crafts, and more.

        Live music will be provided by The Freightliners Bluegrass band.

        Local vendors include The Organic Elephant: Organic Produce, Kona Ice, Jersey Girl Super Foods, and Chicken Waffle Grill.

        For more events or information on the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, visit www.EELBrevard.com or call (321) 264-5185.

        The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville, FL. 32780.


        October 22, 2018

        North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation Meets Nov. 8

        TITUSVILLE, FL. -- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. 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.


        October 19, 2018

        EEL Program Recreation and Education Advisory Committee Meets Nov. 8

        BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Recreation and Education Advisory Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov 8, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, in Melbourne. The public is welcome to attend.

        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 Laura Clark (321) 255-4466 or Laura.Clark@brevardfl.gov.

        IIf 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.


        October 17, 2018

        Beachgoers: Heed Precautions After Confirmed Red Tide Conditions Along Portions of Brevard Shoreline

        BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Beachgoers in southern areas of Brevard County are advised to take precautions following confirmation Wednesday of red tide conditions that have tested at a high level in Satellite Beach and been detected at medium to lower levels along other beaches in the southern part of the county, according to tests results released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC).

        The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday issued advisories to warn beachgoers of potential health impacts of red tide. More information can be found at this link: http://brevard.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2018/10/red-tide-2018-10-17.html.

        Red tide is commonly used to describe a higher-than-normal concentration of microscopic algae in the water that can kill fish and can also cause a variety of health-related conditions, ranging from eye, nose and throat irritation to more serious issues for people with chronic respiratory conditions. The current red tide began on the state's west coast and gradually worked its way south. More recently, the red tide has moved up the east coast of the state and into Brevard County. Earlier this week, sporadic sightings of dead fish were reported along with some air quality complaints from beachgoers.

        Brevard County Government's Natural Resources Management Department, in coordination with FWC, collected water samples to detect for the presence of red tide on Tuesday, Oct. 16, along Brevard County beaches. Testing locations included Juan Ponce de Leon Park in south Melbourne Beach, Nance Park in Indialantic, Pelican Park in Satellite Beach and Murkshe Park in Cocoa Beach.

        Test results on Wednesday indicated medium levels of red tide off the shoreline in Indialantic (600,450 Karenia brevis cells per liter) and Melbourne Beach (312.000 at Spessard Holland South and 126,000 at Juan Ponce de Leon) and at a high level (1.35 million) in Pelican Beach Park in Satellite Beach. Some test results are still pending in other areas along the beach in Brevard County.

        Brevard County Government's Natural Resources Department, along with the Tourist Development Council (TDC), Florida Department of Health, FWC and the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute have been monitoring conditions and working on a response plan, depending on the severity of red tide conditions. Beaches will remain open, though signage warning of red tide conditions will be posted. Beachgoers who sense respiratory issues should leave the beach.

        The TDC is working with hoteliers and attractions and other council members to redirect visitors to other beach areas or the numerous other attractions in the area that can be enjoyed without exposure to the impacts of red tide.

        The Florida Department of Health has posted answers to frequently asked questions about red tide and its health risks at this link: http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins/red-tide.html.

        Information can also be found at this FWC link: http://www.myfwc.com/research/redtide/contact/.

        VISIT FLORIDA provides visitors up-to-date beach condition reports here: http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/ and visitbeaches.org. Also, for a VISIT FLORIDA red tide FAQ, including seafood safety information, visit https://www.visitflorida.org/resources/crisis-preparation/red-tide-information.


        October 16, 2018

        Water Tests For Red Tide Taking Place Along Brevard County's Beaches

        BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Water tests conducted Tuesday with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and Wildlife Research Institute on a strip of Melbourne Beach at Ponce de Leon Park will be used to determine whether algae related to red tide has made it into the waters off Brevard County's southern coastline. It's anticipated test sample results will be available Wednesday.

        Brevard County has been monitoring the spread of red tide which has progressed from the Gulf Coast of Florida to the east coast and gradually, up the coastline to Indian River County. "Brevard is fortunate that red tides don't make it up the east coast to Brevard County very often and don't usually last for long here. The state only adds testing on the east coast when symptoms arise," said Virginia Barker, Director of Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department.

        Natural Resources staff, however, is also pulling water samples from beaches further north as a proactive measure.

        This week, reports from beachgoers between Sebastian Inlet and Indialantic have begun to indicate they believe red tide may have reached southern Brevard County. Coordination efforts were already underway in Brevard County, which has reached out to other agencies in the event problems associated with red tide, such as fish kills or health-related issues that could affect beachgoers, were realized here. Some sporadic reports regarding respiratory issues and minimal sightings of dead fish have been reported on south beaches since Monday.

        Agencies already working with the County include the Florida Department of Health, FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Keep Brevard Beautiful and the Tourist Development Council.

        According to the Florida Department of Health, breaking waves can cause red tide-related toxins to become mixed with airborne sea spray, creating problems for beachgoers, including eye, nose and throat irritation. Symptoms will likely subside once a person leaves the beach area, but people with chronic respiratory conditions like asthma or lung disease are advised to avoid areas with active red tides. Brevard County Fire Rescue Ocean Rescue, which has lifeguards stationed along the beach, has reported receiving some complaints from beachgoers, but beaches remain open.

        The Department of Health has posted answers to frequently asked questions about red tide and its health risks at this link: http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins/red-tide.html.

        Information can also be found at this FWC link: http://www.myfwc.com/research/redtide/contact/.


        October 11, 2018

        Brevard County Emergency Management Officials Join Michael Recovery Efforts

        BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard County Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser and Emergency Management Planning Coordinator Kate Dean were deployed to the Florida Panhandle on Thursday as part of a six-member Emergency Operations Center support team in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

        Prosser and Dean are working with directors from Polk County and Flagler County emergency management offices and their staffs as the recovery begins from the Category 4 hurricane that made landfall on Wednesday. The effort is part of a statewide mutual aid agreement.

        "This was a devastating hurricane and the recovery could take years," Prosser said. "It's important in times of need that we do what we can to help our fellow citizens get their lives back to normal as soon as possible and hopefully, if the need ever arises, they would do the same for us."

        Other opportunities for assistance may be available in the days and months ahead. Brevard County Government has a paid emergency/disaster leave policy that allows employees that meet certain criteria to volunteer to provide specific kinds of emergency services in state and national disasters.

        "I'm proud that we have employees who are willing and able to quickly respond and render aid and manpower as part of this recovery effort," County Manager Frank Abbate said.

        Prosser and Dean are prepared for a 14-day deployment assisting emergency management response and recovery operations in Calhoun County.


        October 10, 2018

        Pine Island Conservation Area Proposed Public Access Plan Meeting Oct. 18

        BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- A meeting to review a Proposed Public Access Plan for the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Pine Island Conservation Area will be held on from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Sams' House Management and Education Center located at 6195 North Tropical Trail on Merritt Island.

        The purpose of this meeting is to gather public input from stakeholders and users on a proposed public access plan for the Pine Island Conservation Area.

        Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to David DeMeyer at 321-449-4720 or David DeMeyer@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.


        October 10, 2018

        EEL Program Procedures Committee Meets Nov. 1

        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 from 2-4 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the EEL Program Office, 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.


        October 9, 2018

        North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation Meets Oct. 11

        TITUSVILLE, FL. -- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 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. 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.


        October 3, 2018

        EEL Program Selection and Management Committee Meets Oct. 5

        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, Oct. 5, at the EEL Program Office, 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.


        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.
        DOWNLOAD THE 32 PAGE PDF HERE


        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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