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January 29, 2016

EEL's Recreation & Education Advisory Committee meets Feb. 11

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Recreation & Education Advisory Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, in 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, EEL Public Access/Volunteer Coordinator at (321) 255-4466 or bmanley@brevardparks.com.


January 29, 2016

Free February Events at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- An exciting month is planned at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary! Please join us for one of the many programs and events we are offering. All events are free. The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd, Titusville.

Every Saturday at 10 a.m - Guided Walk Enjoy a 45-minute guided hike. Please bring hat, water and walking shoes. No reservations needed, unless you are a group of 5 or more.

Sanctuary School – Wilderness Survival Wednesday, Feb. 3 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Homeschoolers ages 6-10 and their families will learn about wild edibles, where to find water, wilderness navigation, and more on how to survive in the Florida wild! Spots limited. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.

FLS Kayak Tour: Saturday, Feb. 6; 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Enjoy a free kayak tour of Fox Lake Sanctuary. Please meet at the Fox Lake Park boat ramp at 7:30 a.m. Guests may bring their own kayak/canoe or a limited number of kayaks are available. Please RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 3 by calling (321) 264-5185. Don't forget water and sunscreen!

Nocturnal Nature Hike: Saturday, Feb. 6 6:15 p.m.– 8:15 p.m. Whhoooo... is ready for a nocturnal adventure? Join our Naturalists on a free night of discovery and exploration into the world of nocturnal critters! Spots limited. Call (321) 264-5185. Please wear closed-toed shoes, pants, and bring a flashlight.

Volunteer Orientation: Saturday, Feb. 6, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for the environment! Come learn about the various volunteer opportunities.

Nature Time for 2-3 year olds: Wednesday, Feb.10 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. January's theme is Rocks and Soils! We will read a story and do hands-on activities to explore dirt and the creatures that live in it! Spots limited. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.

Yoga in Nature: Saturday, Feb 13 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Enjoy a traditional yoga class for all levels on the screened porch. Wear loose fitting clothes and do not eat an hour before class. Please bring water and a mat if you have one. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.

Lunch with Nature – "Florida Grasshopper Sparrows": Wednesday, Feb. 17 Noon – 1 p.m. Bring a packed lunch and enjoy a special presentation on the endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow by retired USDA-NRCS Rangeland Ecologist, Greg Hendricks.

Friends of the Enchanted Forest Meeting– "Everglades Restoration": Thursday, Feb. 18 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a presentation by Thomas W. Dreschel, Ph.D. of the South Florida Water Management District and Senior Supervising Environmental Scientist of the Everglades Division. He will be discussing the current state of restoration projects in the Everglades. Light refreshments an short business meeting at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation.

Photography Club: Saturday, Feb. 20 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. All levels of photographers welcome. View photographs and learn helpful tips. This program is free and reservations are not required.

Reptile & Snake Presentation: Saturday, Feb. 20 2 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest's reptile residents and meet a red rat snake!

Forest Funday – Invasive Exotics: Sunday, Feb. 21 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. In honor of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, children and families are invited to learn about the invasive exotic species that threaten our native habitats in Florida between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. This includes species like Brazilian pepper, air potato, Mexican bromeliad weevil, and the Cuban tree frog.

FNPSSea Rocket Chapter Meeting – "FNPS – How it Works" Wednesday, Feb. 24 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a presentation by Anne Cox, President of the FNPS. She will discuss how the Florida Native Plant Society works to educate the public on the importance of native plants and discuss the functions of the members and board members. Light refreshments served at 6:30 p.m., meeting and presentation will start at 7 p.m.

For more information please visit our website www.eelbrevard.com and don't forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!


January 29, 2016

Fifth Annual Merritt Island Pioneer Day set for Feb. 13

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A celebration of the early settlers of Merritt Island is planned Feb. 13 for Pioneer Day, an event held at two locations that features history, art, music and fun for nature lovers.

The event is a partnership between Sams House at the Pine Island Conservation Area and St. Luke's Episcopal Church, located on a narrow winding stretch of North Tropical Trail just north of the barge canal on North Merritt Island.

Events take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a wide variety of activities. Most will be free of charge. Complete information can be found by visiting www.pioneerday.com and www.facebook.com/pioneerdaymerrittisland. Kevin Gidusko of the Pine Island Preservation Society, the non profit organization associated with the EEL Program at Sams House, and Joyce Young of St. Luke's are co-coordinators. They have organized activities from past years and woven in many new surprises for this family friendly day. Parking is available at both locations with a suggested donation of $1 per car. There is also free Shuttle service every 20 minutes between the two locations.

Summary of Events at the Sams House, 6195 North Tropical Trail Merritt Island:

  • Living history demonstrations and educational exhibits
  • Local products and arts and crafts
  • Historic house and cabin tours provided by Environmentally Endangered Lands program staff and volunteers in period costumes
  • Display of Sams family artifacts and toys on loan from the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science
  • Florida folk music performed by Chris Kahl, the Celery City String Band, D. Scott Taylor and Laura Clark
  • Children's pioneer games and nature crafts
  • Foods for purchase including barbecue, hot dogs, corn on the cob, kettle korn and more
Summary of Events at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 5555 North Tropical Trail Merritt Island:
  • Ongoing self-guided historic chapel and cemetery tours
  • Display of artifacts from the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, home of the FHS Archaeological Institute
  • Policicchio Groves- Growing oranges on North Merritt Island since 1920
  • 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Ais, Timucuan, and Seminoles- Their Lives and Culture presented by Jim Sawgrass
  • 12 p.m.: Homemade soups ($5)
  • 12 p.m.: Lessons from Windover: a Glimpse into Ancient Florida- Dr. Rachel Went, writer/archaeologist
  • 1 p.m.: Trail of Tears- A brief history of the forced relocation of the Cherokee Nation in 1838-39. Johnny Kee will sing Amazing Grace in Cherokee, a song that was sung many times along the Trail of Tears.
  • 1 - 4 p.m.: Cemetery tours with Molly Thomas, Historic Preservation go Cemeteries
  • 3 p.m.: Windover: Past Present and Future with Patrisha Meyers, Director, Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science and the Florida Historical Society Archaeological Institute.
  • 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.: Fish Fry Dinner (advanced ticket sales at 321-452-5260)


January 29, 2016

Freedom 5K at Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park

MIMS, Fla. -- The Harry T. & Harriette V. Cultural Complex Inc. is hosting the Heritage Freedom 5K at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park, located at 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims.

To register for the race online go to www.runningzone.com/events/freedom-5k/

The cost for the event for adults is $25 until Feb. 8, and $30 from Feb. 9 until race day. Students 18 and under are $20 until Feb 8, and $30 from Feb. 9 until race day. Immediately following the race there will be an essay competition award ceremony, as well as the race ceremony awards. We will be having Jazz sensation, Winston Scott Cosmic Band Ensemble, and food trucks will be onsite to purchase food and drink.

Call the Harry T. Moore Cultural Center at (321) 264-6595 for further information on this activity. Race management provide by the Running Zone. The title sponsor for this event is Parrish Medical Center. This event is also sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation North Area Parks Operations.


January 29, 2016 Sign-up set for Spring Adult Leagues in North Brevard TITUSVILLE/SHARPES, Fla. -- Sign-ups will soon be underway for spring leagues for adult co-ed softball, kickball and flag football, sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations.

The co-ed softball league will be held on Wednesdays, beginning March 9, at 6:30 p.m., at a fee of $342 per team. All teams must be registered with FL USSSA, which costs $25 per year. All games will be held at Chain of Lakes, 2300 Truman Scarborough Way, in Titusville. Registration will begin Feb 8, with a fee deadline of Monday, March 7.

The co-ed kickball league will be held on Tuesdays, beginning March 15, at 6:30 p.m., at a fee of $200 per team. All kickball leagues will be held at Chain of Lakes, 2300 Truman Scarborough Way, in Titusville. Registration for co-ed kickball will begin Feb. 8, with a fee deadline of Friday, March 11.

The adult flag football league will be held Sundays, beginning March 20 at 9 a.m., at a fee of $492, at the Space Coast Communities Sports Complex, 662 Canaveral Groves Boulevard, in Sharpes. Registration for adult flag football will begin Feb. 8, with a fee deadline of Thursday, March 18.

Teams may register at the North Area Parks Operations office during business hours of Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is located at 475 N. Williams Ave in Titusville. Teams may also register at North Area Parks & Recreation community centers. For more information please call (321) 264-5105.


January 21, 2016

Palm Bay Aquatic Center Offers Lifeguard Certification Renewal Course

PALM BAY, Fla. -- The Palm Bay Aquatic Center will offer an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Renewal Course from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 5-6, at 420 Community College Parkway in Palm Bay, just south of the Eastern Florida State College Campus.

The cost is $50 and must be paid by Feb. 27. Interested candidates are encouraged to register early as class size is limited.

Participants must bring a copy of their current certification in Lifeguarding and CPR/FPR. This is a review course. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate proficiency with skills and pass a written test. Participants should bring their own pocket masks and lifeguard manual.

This activity is sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call the aquatic center at (321) 952-2232.


January 15, 2016

Canine Fun Run Event Feb. 6 at Fay Boulevard Park

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. -- The February Canine Fun Run will be held at Fay Boulevard Park Field #3, 6315 Depot Road, Port St. John, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

Bring your canine friends to this Canine Fun Run. The fee is $2 per run and all owners of participants must provide current vaccination records. Canine lovers will have the opportunity to let their pet's skills and instincts run wild through a dog luring course.

This activity is sponsored by Brevard County Parks North Area Parks Operations. For more information contact Dan Cook at (321) 633-1904.


January 14, 2016

Most Bus Service Will Operate on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Area Transit will be operating regular bus service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18. All regular bus routes will run with the exception of Routes 1NC, 6C, 22B and 23B.

Any questions or requests for further information should be directed to the Bus Information Line at (321) 633-1878 (952-4672 for South Mainland residents) or access Space Coast Area Transit online at www.RideSCAT.com.


January 13, 2016

MLK Jr. Day Parade & Festival, Jan. 18, Isaac Campbell Sr. Park

TITUSVILLE, Fla.- Residents of Titusville and surrounding areas are invited to take part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade & Festival at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Isaac Campbell Sr. Community Center and Park at 701 South Street in Titusville. This year's theme is, "The Audacity to Dream: The Determination to Achieve."

This annual event celebrates the life of one of America's most influential civil rights, political, and social icons and is becoming an event to honor not only Dr. King, but to pay homage to others continuing his legacy. There will be a parade, food and craft vendors, live band performances, educational exhibits and other entertainment. Prizes will be given for the best float. The parade line up will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the North Brevard Senior Center, 909 Lane Avenue, Titusville. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at Isaac Campbell Sr. Park, with festivities immediately following in the park.

The event is free. If you would like to enter a float in the parade, please contact Patricia Diggs at (321) 269-3645 for an application and waiver.

The event is co-sponsored by Brevard County North Area Parks Operations, MLK Parade Board, Blessed Boundaries, St. James AME Church and North Brevard Ministerial Alliance. For more information, please call Tommy Myers at (321) 264-5040.


January 13, 2016

Lot's To Do at 19th Annual Space Coast Birding/Wildlife Festival

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The 19th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is scheduled for Jan. 20- Jan. 25 at Eastern Florida State College, Titusville Campus.

There over 250 events offered including:

  • Birding & Wildlife Classes
  • Field Trips
  • Photography Classes
  • Photography Field
Workshops:
  • Amazing Live Raptor Show
  • Live Bats
  • Offshore Birding & Wildlife Adventures
  • Exhibitors from around the world
  • Optics & Camera Workshops
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Deals on Cameras, Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, Artwork and Travel

New This Year!

  • 20 world class photographers to lead Field Workshops and Classes

Exhibit area hours:

  • Jan. 20-Jan. 22: noon to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 23: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Entrance to the following areas is free:

  • Exhibit Center
  • The Raptor Project (only 50 seats available for each show)
  • The Silent Auction
  • The Art Show (in Building 3, center of campus)
The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is looking for volunteers for this year's event, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20, to Monday, Jan. 25, on the Titusville campus of Eastern Florida State College.

Volunteers are needed from Tuesday, Jan. 19, to Sunday, Jan. 24. Several interesting tasks are available for those who wish to volunteer. The festival provides opportunity to meet visitors from throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

To volunteer, please contact Barb Hoelscher, programs director, at (321) 268-5888.


January 09, 2016

Free Nature Movie in the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary on Jan. 30

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- You are invited to enjoy a free screening of the new documentary, "Secrets of the Longleaf Pine" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Discovery Room.

The film, produced by Rhett Turner and Greg Pope, explores the unique plants and animals found in the Southeastern longleaf pine habitats. The audience has the opportunity to learn about gopher tortoises, Eastern indigo snakes, red-cockaded woodpeckers and more through this visually dynamic documentary. It truly gives a breathtaking glimpse into this endangered habitat.

Popcorn will be available for a donation.

For more information on the film please visit: http://longleafpine.org/.

For more information on the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and other Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program Sanctuaries, call (321) 264-5185 or visit www.eelbrevard.com.

Also, don't forget to find the Enchanted Forest on Facebook and Twitter! The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville.


January 06, 2016

Volunteers Sought for 2016 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The 19th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is looking for volunteers for this year's event, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20, to Monday, Jan. 25, on the Titusville campus of Eastern Florida State College.

Volunteers are needed from Tuesday, Jan. 19, to Sunday, Jan. 24. Several interesting tasks are available for those who wish to volunteer. The festival provides opportunity to meet visitors from throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

To volunteer, please contact Barb Hoelscher, programs director, at (321) 268-5888.


January 05, 2016

Arbor Day Brings New Tree to Brevard Botanical Garden

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Garden lovers are invited to join members of the Cocoa Rockledge Garden Club and the Brevard Botanical Garden for a ceremonial tree planting by the Cocoa Rockledge Garden Club at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 3695 Lake Drive in Cocoa.

The Garden Club traditionally celebrates Arbor Day by planting a tree within the community, and this year it has chosen Brevard Botanical Garden (BBG) as the recipient of a Royal Poinciana. Tours of the garden will follow the ceremony.

The Brevard Botanical Garden (BBG) was formed in May 2010 as a 501 (c)(3) by University of Florida/IFAS Extension Brevard County agents, garden enthusiasts, and environmentally concerned citizens who want to improve the quality of life in Brevard County by opening a research-based botanical garden for demonstrations, collections and displays. Its mission is to promote an increased appreciate of the environment.

To find out more about the garden, visit www.brevardbotanicalgarden.org.


January 05, 2016

Brevard Ocean Rescue to Host Tryouts for Lifeguards

BREVARD COUNTY – Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host the first of two open tryouts for seasonal lifeguards on Saturday, Jan. 16, looking to fill 30 positions.

Those hired on as ocean lifeguards will work from March to October this year.

Those trying out should be at the Rockledge High School swimming pool by 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 on the day of the tryout 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 $9.84/hour.

For additional information on the tryouts and Brevard County Ocean Rescue, please visit the department's page at www.brevardfire.com or contact the Ocean Rescue staff at (321) 633-2056 or email at Fire.Rescue@brevardcounty.us.


January 03, 2016

Booths Available for 11th Annual Fox Lake Spring Festival of Crafts

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – The 11th Annual Fox Lake Spring Festival of Crafts will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Fox Lake Park in Titusville.

Only handmade and homemade crafts will be offered for sale at the event, which is sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations. Sale of products from direct sales companies is not permitted. Registration for crafter spots and will begin Jan. 11: outside open area is $25 plus tax and under pavilion is $35 plus tax.

Applications for food vendors will be available beginning Jan. 11 at the Sandrift Community Center 585 N. Singleton Ave., Titusville, or by email at jann.faiga@brevardparks.com. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Selected food vendors will be notified by Friday, Feb. 22. Food vendor selection is based on, but not limited to, application submittal date, price of product(s) to the public, proper licensing, and appropriateness of the product(s) to the nature of the event. Special consideration is given to not-for-profit service organizations. The County reserves the right to limit vendors to one or two food vendors per product. There is no cost to submit an application. A $50 plus tax, non-refundable, special event fee, is due from vendors selected by Friday, Feb. 27.

For more information about this and other recreation programs in North Brevard, call (321) 264-5105.


January 02, 2016

Soar into the World of Birds at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Fly on over to the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management & Education Center on Saturday, Jan. 23, from noon to 3 p.m., and explore a free Kid's Birding Activity Center!

A section of the Education Center will be turned into a special activity center featuring hands-on activities, experiments, and crafts focused on birds! Children and families will get to explore bird biology, feeding habits, and learn about the sport of birding. Before or after families explore the center they can go on a self-guided hike in the Sanctuary and maybe even see some birds.

This program is being conducted by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program as part of the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival.

For more information on the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and other EEL Program Lands call (321) 264-5185 or visit www.eelbrevard.com.

Don't forget to find the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary on Facebook and Twitter! The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville.


January 01, 2016

Isaac Campbell Sr. Park hosts 7th Annual MLK Day Parade & Festival

TITUSVILLE, Fla.- Residents of Titusville and surrounding areas are invited to take part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade & Festival at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at the Isaac Campbell Sr. Community Center and Park at 701 South Street in Titusville. This year's theme is "The Audacity to Dream: The Determination to Achieve."

This annual event celebrates the life of one of America's most influential civil rights, political, and social icons and is becoming an event to honor not only Dr. King, but to pay homage to others continuing his legacy. There will be a parade, food and craft vendors, live band performances, educational exhibits and other entertainment. Prizes will be given for the best float.

The parade line up will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the North Brevard Senior Center, 909 Lane Avenue, Titusville. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at Isaac Campbell Sr. Park, with festivities immediately following in the park. The event is free to attend. If you would like to enter a float in the parade, please contact Patricia Diggs at (321) 269-3645 for an application and waiver.

The event is co-sponsored by Brevard County North Area Parks Operations, MLK Parade Board, Blessed Boundaries, St. James AME Church and North Brevard Ministerial Alliance. For more information, please call Tommy Myers at (321) 264-5040.


December 30, 2015

January Calendar full of Free outdoor events at Enchanted Forest

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- An exciting month is planned at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary! Please join us for one of the many programs and events offered. All events are free!

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary will be closed Friday, Jan. 1 in celebration of the New Year!

Every Saturday at 10 a.m. - Guided Walk
Enjoy a 45-minute guided hike. Please bring hat, water and walking shoes. No reservations needed, unless you are a group of 5 or more.

Volunteer Orientation — Saturday, Jan. 2, 3 p.m. — Tuesday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m.
The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for the environment! Come learn about the various volunteer opportunities.

Sanctuary School – Field Botany — Friday, Jan. 8, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Homeschoolers ages 6-10 and their families study and explore the plants and trees of the Enchanted Forest through a hike and hands-on activities. Spots limited. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.

Yoga in Nature — Saturday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Enjoy a traditional yoga class for all levels on the screened porch. Wear loose fitting clothes and do not eat an hour before class. Please bring water and a mat if you have one. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.

Nature Time for 2-3 year olds — Wednesday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
January's theme is Reptiles! We will read a story and do hands-on activities to explore the snakes, lizards, turtles, and more of Florida! Spots limited. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.

Photography Club — Saturday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m.- 11 a.m.
All levels of photographers welcome. View photographs and learn helpful tips. This program is free and reservations are not required.

Reptile & Snake Presentation — Saturday, Jan. 16, 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest's reptile residents and meet a red rat snake!

Forest Funday – Mythology of Birds — Sunday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Children and families are invited to learn about how humans have revered, feared, and even worshiped birds through the ages and create a mythological craft between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival — Wednesday, Jan. 20. through Monday, Jan. 25.
The Festival's hub is in Titusville, but it takes place throughout the Central Florida area. Several activities will take place at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and other Brevard County Environementally Endangered Lands Sanctuaries. For a full listing of festival activities, to register, or for more information please visit www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org.

Flutes & Friends — Saturday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to noon
Enjoy Native American style flute music in the amphitheater.

Kid's Birding Activity Center — Saturday, Jan. 23, noon – 3 p.m.
Children with their families are invited to explore hands-on activities and crafts related to birds and birding.

FNPS Sea Rocket Chapter Meeting – "Enhancing Home Landscapes with Florida Native Plants" — Wednesday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Some believe native plants are just weeds and that offer no value to gardens and home landscapes. But nothing could be farther from the truth! Find out why, and how to use native plants in your landscape. Presented by Shari Blissett-Clark. Light refreshments served at 6:30 p.m., meeting and presentation will start at 7 p.m.

Rain Barrel Workshop with Brevard County Natural Resources Management — Saturday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. to noon
The workshop cost is $50 and covers all the supplies and instructions to create your very own Rain Collection Device. Registration required – please visit www.brevardcounty.us/NaturalResources/Watershed/RainBarrelWorkshops to register.

Movies in the Forest – "Secrets of the Longleaf Pine" — Saturday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.
Enjoy a screening of the new documentary "Secrets of the Longleaf Pine" produced by Rhett Turner and Greg Pope. The film explores the unique plants and animals found in the Southeastern longleaf pine habitats. For more information on the film please visit: http://longleafpine.org/.

For more information on the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and the EEL Program please visit our website www.eelbrevard.com and don't forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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


December 18, 2015

Space Coast Area Transit Announces Holiday Bus Schedule

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Area Transit will operate on the following bus service schedule during the Christmas and New Year's holidays:
  • Thursday, Dec. 24: fixed route service will be operating on a Saturday Service schedule ending by 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 25: no bus service.
  • Thursday, Dec. 31: fixed route service will be operating on a regular service schedule ending by 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 1: no bus service.
Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to the Bus Information Line at (321) 633-1878 or online at www.RideSCAT.com.


December 18, 2015

13th Annual Sea Oats Sale Underway; Quantities Limited

VIERA, Fla. -- Attention beachside residents! It is time again to pre-purchase sea oats for dune planting through the annual sea oats sale offered by Brevard County's Natural Resources Management Department and Keep Brevard Beautiful, Inc.

Liner size sea oats are for sale in trays of 96 for $48 while supplies last. Quantities are limited this year, so please order early. Sea oats must be ordered and paid for by Friday, Jan. 29, and will be available for pickup on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Sea oats are native to Brevard's coastal communities and stabilize sand quickly by developing an extensive root and rhizome system that holds onto sand and slows erosion. Sea oats also have the ability to build dunes, as the grassy foliage and tall seed plumes trap windblown sand, which builds up at the plant base and stimulates the plants to grow taller. The dunes that are formed are an important feature of our coastal ecosystem, as they provide habitat for wildlife and protect upland property during wind and storm events.

For more information, call Paula Berntson at (321) 633-2016 ext. 52431, e-mail paula.berntson@brevardcounty.us or visit the following link: http://www.brevardcounty.us/docs/default-source/natural-resources-documents/2015-sea-oats-info-and-order-form.pdf?sfvrsn=4.


December 11, 2015

You're Invited: Free Winter Solstice Sunrise Paddle on Fox Lake

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a free Sunrise Paddle at Fox Lake Sanctuary!

Mike Knight, program manager for the Environmentally Endangered Lands program, will lead the Sunrise Paddle beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. Enjoy a 6-mile, round-trip paddle, campfire, and refreshments as the sun rises over Fox Lake. A limited number of kayaks are available to borrow or guests can bring their own kayak or canoe. Registration is required. Please call (321) 264-5185 to reserve your spot by Thursday, Dec. 17.

Guests are asked to please meet at the Fox Lake Boat Ramp at 6 a.m. The paddle will begin promptly at 6:30 a.m.

Fox Lake Sanctuary is located at 4400 Fox Lake Road, in Titusville. For more information on the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, Fox Lake Sanctuary, or other EEL Sanctuaries throughout Brevard County, please visit www.eelbrevard.com or find us on Facebook!


December 08, 2015

Active Shooter Training/Grant Readies BCFR Casualty Recovery Team

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Training efforts designed to prepare Brevard County Fire Rescue and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office in responding to an active shooter scene have been bolstered by a $13,000 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation that will outfit each of the county's five fire districts with Kevlar helmets and bulletproof vests.

Each county fire district now possess an Active Shooter kit that includes ballistics protection as well as triage gear, including tourniquets and hemorrhage control devices. The Brevard County Sheriff's Office is additionally equipping approximately 400 deputies with trauma readiness kits containing triage, CPR, tourniquets and hemorrhage control devices that were acquired through generous community based donations.

"Active shooter situations are more commonplace now, unfortunately. We have to be ahead of the curve," BCFR Chief Mark Schollmeyer said. "We have to be better prepared. It's not a prevention program, but it helps us deal with casualties involved. It also enables us to prepare with Brevard County Sheriff's Office to plan for the worst and come up with a common game plan."

BCFR and BCSO have partnered to train for active shooter scenarios. The training took place at the vacant Gardendale Elementary School on Merritt Island, and involved the firing of live blanks in the building. All BCFR field personnel were involved in the drills.

"If they respond to an emergency call, they went through the training," said Assistant Chief of Fire Operations Scott Gold. "The training was modeled after Columbine High School. It involved entry into an active shooter environment, treatment of victims and action protocols. We would go through a scenario, get into formation and make entry and perform triage."

Sheriff Wayne Ivey said, "It was a pleasure training directly with our BCFR Public Safety counterparts. This is an important awareness and training program that we initiated several years ago and additionally provide for Eastern Florida State College and the Brevard Public School system. Time and preparation are of the absolute essence and there is no doubt that by coordinating these efforts with BCFR, lives will be saved." Schollmeyer credited District Chief Geanine Dotson, who formerly worked in law enforcement, as being instrumental in getting the training program in place. She started the program after seeing a national trend toward active shooter programs.

"In the case of an active shooter, usually fire rescue stands back and, unfortunately, people die because no one is getting help to the victims while law enforcement works to clear every room as they try to isolate the shooter. Now, working as a Casualty Recovery Team, we can go in with law enforcement and do rapid triage on victims who are saveable but would not be saveable hours later," Dotson said. "Any Brevard County firefighter, once on the scene, can team up with BCSO and we can go in and render aid to victims."

Had it not been for the support of Firehouse Subs, "we would still be looking for funding to pay for the gear," Dotson said.

"The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is honored to provide life-saving equipment to departments in need," said Meghan Vargas, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Senior Manager of Foundation Development. "It's a great feeling to know we're positively impacting the lives of those heroes who keep our communities a safer place." Each kit contains four vests and four helmets as well as potentially life-saving triage gear.

"This is something we put on the truck hoping we never have to pull out and use," Dotson said.

ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION
In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $15 million to hometown heroes in 44 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $2.9 million in Florida.


December 02, 2015

Sea Level Rise Workshop Dec. 9 at the Sams House

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. -- Join the Florida Public Archaeology Network to learn how sea level rise could affect historic structures, archaeological sites and other cultural resources.

The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Sams House, located at 6195 North Tropical Trail, Merritt Island.

Learn about ongoing research and modeling efforts, discuss options for mitigation and try your hand at planning for rising waters in our area. Joining FPAN to offer additional insights will be: Dr. Randall Parkinson, director, Division of Coastal Zone Watershed Management at Environmental Remediation and Recovery, Inc.; Dr. Paulett McFadden, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida; and Thomas Penders, M.A., 45th Space Wing Cultural Resources Manager.

Register online at https://fpan-slr-samshouse.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Kevin Gidusko at KGidusko@flagler.edu or by phone at (904) 392-8065.


November 30, 2015

Florida Master Naturalist Training Offers January/February Class

Rockledge, Fla - Learning more about Florida's natural environment now is possible through the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP), an environmental education extension program being offered in partnership with the University of Florida-Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS) and participating organizations throughout the state. The FMNP both informs and prepares persons to share information about Florida's natural world and environmental history.

The upcoming class is the Wetlands Module and will be available at Riverwalk-A Family Park, 5355 U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge. Completion of the 40-hour program results in registration in the UF-IFAS Master Naturalist Program database as a FMNP Wetlands Systems Naturalist. Additional modules will be available in the future, including Uplands and Coastal Systems.

The FMNP is not a degree-seeking program. The program is appropriate for both the novice and the highly skilled environmental professional.

Certified FMNP Provider: Brandon Smith will be the principal instructor. He has been teaching environmental education for Brevard County Parks and Recreation for more than 10 years and is the Environmental Program Coordinator for Riverwalk-A Family Park, a 6.37-acre nature preserve and center, located at 5355 US Hwy 1 in Rockledge. The park is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Nature Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on this and other programs, contact the Nature Center at (321) 433-4490 or email riverwalk@brevardparks.com.

Course Dates are: Jan. 9, 16 and 30; Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27. Refer to FMNP Web site, www.MasterNaturalist.org, and click on "Course Offerings" for specific class times.

Registration: Register by visiting www.MasterNaturalist.org and clicking on the "Registration" link. The final day for Registration is Tuesday, Jan. 5.

Cost: $225, which includes 40 contact hours of instruction, a comprehensive student reference workbook, and, upon completion, registration in the UF FMNP database as an Wetlands Naturalist. A UF-IFAS certificate of achievement, embroidered FMNP patch, and FMNP Coastal lapel pin also will be provided at completion. Certified teachers attending the course may be able to receive 40 hours of in-service credit.

Program: Training for the Wetland System Module includes classroom instruction, field trips, and practical interpretive experience related to the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Wetlands areas of Florida, which include field trips to marsh, swamp, and riverine systems. In addition, the program addresses the role of society in wetlands conservation, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discuss environmental ethics.br />

Target Audience: Volunteers and staff members of nature centers, preserves, sanctuaries, and other environmental education facilities. Ecotourism operators and guides, teachers seeking opportunities for environmental educational contact hours, and anyone who has an enthusiastic interest in learning more about Florida's environment is encouraged to participate.

For more information about the Wetlands System Module training or about the FMNP in general, contact the individuals listed above or log on to the official FMNP Web site at www.MasterNaturalist.org.


November 30, 2015

Fox Lake Park hosts Titusville Breakfast With Santa, Dec. 12

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Breakfast with Santa will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Fox Lake Park main pavilion, 4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville.

A pancake breakfast will be served and children will be given a candy-filled goodie bag, a visit with Santa, a make and take craft, and hayride. Parents who want a photo of their child with Santa should bring their own cameras. Santa will arrive at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets are $5 for children under 12 years of age and $3 for adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase of tickets at Sandrift Community Center, 585 North Singleton Avenue, Titusville, is recommended. The event is limited to 150 children.

This activity is sponsored by Brevard County North Area Parks and Recreation. Call (321) 264-5037 for more information or to register for this event.


November 28, 2015

Santa Calling: Sign-up Underway in Titusville Area for Calls from Santa

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Special arrangements have been made for Santa to telephone children from his headquarters at the North Pole.

Calls will be made Wednesday, Dec. 16, and Thursday, Dec. 17, between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to phones in the local dialing area for Titusville. There is no charge for this service.

Request forms are available at the following locations: Campbell Community Center at 701 South Street in Titusville; Cuyler Community Center at 2329 Harry T. Moore Avenue in Mims; Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Park Cultural Center at 2180 Freedom Avenue in Mims; Port St. John Community Center at 6650 Corto Roadin Port St. John; Sandrift Community Center at 585 North Singleton Avenue in Titusville; Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice G. Jackson Park at 4201 N. US Highway 1 in Cocoa (Sharpes); and the North Area Parks Operations office at 475 North Williams Avenue in Titusville.
Forms can be downloaded here.

Call (321) 264-5105 for more information about this and other activities provided by Brevard County North Area, Parks and Recreation.


November 27, 2015

38th Annual Holiday Hoedown Dec. 13 at Kiwanis Island Park

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. -- Brevard County Parks and Recreation Central Area is hosting the 38th Annual Holiday Hoedown from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Kiwanis Island Park Community Center, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, Merritt Island.

Since 1977, the second Sunday in December has been an important day in the lives of Brevard residents with disabilities. The Holiday Hoedown, formally known as Country Christmas, is a free event for persons with disabilities, their families and friends. It is the largest community event in the county's history.

This year will be the 38th year the Indian River Cloggers and the South Wind Band will be performing and the Merritt Island Elks Club will be providing, preparing and serving the food.

For more information about the Holiday Hoedown, or programs for persons with disabilities in the central area, please call Nancy Watkins (321) 633-1874.

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November 25, 2015

December Calendar Full of Free Events at the Enchanted Forest

Brevard County, Fla. -- An exciting month of December is planned at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Please join us for one of the many programs and events offered. All events are free!

Every Saturday at 10 a.m. – Guided Walk:
Enjoy a 45-minute guided hike. Please bring hat, water and walking shoes. No reservations needed, unless you are a group of 5 or more.

Guide Training Series (continued from November)
Classroom Sessions: Thursdays, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Dec. 3 & Dec. 10)

Hike Sessions: – Saturdays 10 a.m. – noon (Dec. 5 & Dec. 12)
Discover local flora and fauna, learn interpretive tips, meet new people, and more. Training includes a classroom session with an accompanying hike. Spots limited. Call (321) 264-5185 to register.

Volunteer Orientation – Saturday, 3 p.m. (Dec. 5) and Wednesday, 10 a.m. (Dec. 16)
The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for the environment! Come learn about the various volunteer opportunities.

Saturday, Dec. 5 – Star Party! – 5 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Multiple telescopes will be set up for guests to view various constellations and other celestial bodies with the Brevard Astronomical Society. Children and families are invited to further explore space through hands-on activities and crafts in the Discovery Room.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 – Friends of the Enchanted Forest Annual White Elephant Dinner – 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays with the Friends of the Enchanted Forest. Bring a dish to share and a white elephant gift.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 – Nature Time for 2-3 year olds – 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
December's theme is Nature Senses! We will read a story and do hands-on activities to explore how animals use their senses to survive! Spots limited. Please call 321.264.5185 to register.

Saturday, Dec. 12 – Yoga in Nature – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Enjoy a traditional yoga class for all levels on the screened porch. Wear loose fitting clothes and do not eat and hour before class. Please bring water and a mat if you have one.Please call 321.264.5185 to register.

Rain Barrel Workshop with Brevard County Natural Resources Management – 10 a.m.– noon
The workshop cost is $50 which covers all the supplies and instructions to create your very own Rain Collection Device. Registration required – please visit http://www.brevardcounty.us/NaturalResources/Watershed/RainBarrelWorkshops to register.

Sunset Drum Circle – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Find your beat! Guests are invited to join in on a family-friendly drum circle facilitated by Carol Crystal Woman. Please bring your favorite drum or rattle. There will be limited instruments to share.

Wednesday, Dec. 16 – Lunch with Nature – "Endangered Tilandsia and the Mexican Bromeliad Weevil" – 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Bring a packed lunch and enjoy a special presentation by Dr. Teresa Cooper, who is currently researching the Mexican bromeliad weevil at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Dr. Cooper's research is timely, and needed to protect the native bromeliads.

Saturday, Dec. 19 – Photography Club – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
All levels of photography welcome. View the photographs and learn helpful tips. This program is free and reservations are not required.

Reptile & Snake Presentation – 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest's reptile residents and meet a red rat snake!

Sunday, Dec. 20 – Winter Solstice Sunrise Paddle at Fox Lake Sanctuary – 6:30 a.m.
Enjoy a sunrise paddle (6 miles round-trip), campfire, and refreshments at Fox Lake Sanctuary. Please meet at the Fox Lake Park boat ramp at 6:00am. Guests may bring their own kayak/canoe or a limited number of kayaks are available. Please RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 17, by calling (321) 264-5185.

Forest Funday – Winter in the Forest – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Children and families are invited to create a holiday craft and learn about how animals in the forest prepare for winter and spend the cooler months between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary will be closed the following dates this holiday season: Thursday, Dec. 24; Friday, Dec. 25; and Friday, Jan. 1.

For more information please visit our website www.eelbrevard.com and don't forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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


November 19, 2015

Get Star Struck at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program and the Brevard Astronomical Society will host a free Star Party from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary on Saturday.

Numerous telescopes will be set up for guests to view various constellations and other celestial bodies through the evening. Children and families are invited to further explore space through hands-on activities and crafts in the Discovery Room.

For more events or information on 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. Also, don't forget to find us on Twitter and Facebook!


November 18, 2015

22nd Annual Fox Lake Christmas Festival of Crafts Set for Nov. 21

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The 22nd Annual Fox Lake Christmas Festival of Crafts will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Fox Lake Park in Titusville.

Only handmade and homemade crafts will be offered for sale at the event, which is sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations. Concessions will be available for purchase and the event is free to attend.

Fox Lake Park is located at 4400 Fox Lake Road in Titusville. For more information about this and other recreation programs in North Brevard, call (321) 264-5037.


November 13, 2015

Brevard County Seeks Citizen Input Through 'Speak Up Brevard'

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- 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 Dec. 1 through Dec. 31 at www.brevardcounty.us. 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.brevardcounty.us, click on the e-Government tab and then, in the category labeled "Provide Feedback," recommendations can be posted under the heading "Speak Up Brevard."


November 13, 2015

Brevard County Emergency Management, Rockledge Team Up for Active Shooter Preparedness Class

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard County Emergency Management is partnering with Rockledge Police Department on an "Active Shooter" Preparedness Class on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Brevard County Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge.

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The event, which focuses on what actions should be taken if you find yourself in harm's way, is open to the public. Pre-registration is required at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/activeshooterprepcourse.

"Mass casualty and active-shooter incidents have been on a steady and continuous rise over the past decade. Most situations last less than 12 minutes and can occur anywhere – not just in school," said Rockledge Police Chief Joseph LaSata. "Having an understanding of why these events occur and how to prevent them, coupled with a foundation of civilian tactics, is crucial to a civilian's safety."

LaSata added: "The Rockledge Police Department and Brevard County Emergency Management recognize the importance this topic has to our community. The training is a testament to our commitment to public safety, and is another example of the culture of cooperation we enjoy with our residents."

Brevard County Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser said the best time to make a plan for an emergency is before the situation happens.

"You can think more clearly and logically when you're not under the stress of whatever that emergency is," Prosser said. The preparedness class will focus on three "Fast and Decisive" actions one can take in an active shooter incident. Those actions are:

  • Run – If a safe path is available, do not hesitate; get out; leave your belongings; prevent others from entering the area; and call 9-1-1 when you are safe
  • Hide – If you can't get out safely, stay out of the shooter's view and be quiet; silence your phone; lock/barricade doors; and call 9-1-1 when you area safe
  • Fight – As a last resort, fight with an all-out commitment; be physically aggressive; use improvised weapons; and fight to incapacitate the shooter.
Other topics to be covered include:
  • Define what a Mass Casualty/Active Shooter event is
  • Understand statistical data and frequency of events
  • Familiarization of the effects of an event on society
  • Understand deficiencies in our culture that contribute to these events.
The Brevard County Emergency Operations Center is located at 1746 Cedar St., in Rockledge.


November 05, 2015

Space Coast Area Transit: No Veterans Day Bus Service

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Area Transit has announced there will be no fixed-route bus service on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

All normal bus service will resume on Thursday, Nov. 12. For more information, call the bus information line at (321) 633-1878 or log onto RideSCAT.com.


2015-2016 Charter Review Commission to Examine Home Rule Charter

BREVARD COUNTY, FL -- The public is invited to attend the upcoming meeting of the 2015-2016 Charter Review Commission, which will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Viera Brevard County Government Center, Building C, 3rd Floor - Florida Room. Additional meetings will be held at 3 p.m. in the same location on Thursday, Nov. 19; Thursday, Dec. 3; and Thursday, Dec. 17. Future meeting dates will be announced soon and all meetings are open to the public.

Attorney Kendall Moore is the chairman of the 15-member panel, which is made up of three appointees by each Brevard County Commissioner to represent their commission district. The Home Rule Charter requires that every six years a Charter Review Commission be elected for the purposes of reviewing the existing Charter. If any individual, group or organization has a desire to comment on the Charter or offer any amendments, you are encouraged to contact the Charter Review Commission office to be added to the agenda.

For more information, contact the Charter Review Commission office at (321) 617-7248 or email sandy.smith@brevardcounty.us. "Under Florida Law, email addresses are Public Records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to public record requests, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing."


BREVARD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, TITUSVILLE PD, COCOA BEACH PD, COCOA PD, ROCKLEDGE PD, AND WEST MELBOURNE PD PARTICIPATE IN FIRST EVER "REVERSE CHRISTMAS PARADE"

This coming Friday, November 6th, our agency along with the Titusville Police Department, the Cocoa Beach Police Department, the Cocoa Police Department, Rockledge Police Department, and the West Melbourne Police Department will host the first ever "Reverse Christmas Parade" that is designed to collect toys for kids in need this coming Christmas. Historically, events such as the Annual Toy Run have helped generate enough toys to make sure that those in need in our community have a Merry Christmas however this year the Toy Run is not taking place and our agency and others are trying to help fill the void.

The "Reverse Christmas Parade" is a new concept and opportunity we came up with to ask our community to help us meet our goal of making sure that every kid in Brevard County has a Merry Christmas. As everyone is aware during a parade the participants in the parade throw candy and other items to those lining the streets. In the "Reverse Christmas Parade" we are asking our citizens and businesses to partner with us by lining the below listed Parade route with new unwrapped toys. As your Law Enforcement Officers march by we will collect the toys to make sure that Brevard County's children in need have a great Christmas morning.

As I always say "it takes a community to protect a community" and the "Reverse Christmas Parade" is yet anther way for us all to partner together to help those in need. I hope to see you along the Parade route as we all work together to show why Brevard County is an awesome place to call home!!

Sheriff Wayne Ivey

8:30 A.M - 9:30 A.M.
Downtown Titusville
Start at US1 and Grace then go northbound to Broad Street.
Call 321-264-7755 for other community locations.
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October 26, 2015

UF/Brevard Extension Service is Recruiting for Rabbits

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Calling all Lops, Rexes and Angoras ... Our Rabbit Club is looking for new members!

Join us for fun and informative forays with your favorite fluffy friends. The club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the UF/IFAS Extension Brevard Office, 3695 Lake Drive, in Cocoa.

For more information, contact Vanessa Spero-Swingle at (321) 633-1702.


October 26, 2015

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Nov. 9 for Sams House Nature Pavilion

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Nature Pavilion at Sams House Pine Island Conservation Area will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9. The public is invited.

The event, which will be held at 6195 N. Tropical Trail on Merritt Island, is sponsored by Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, Parks and Recreation Department and the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.

Light refreshments will follow the ceremony. For more information, contact Jenny Ashbury at (321) 369-8169.


October 26, 2015

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets Nov. 12

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Ave. in Titusville. The meeting is open to the public.

The Brevard Room is located in a building on the north side of the parking lot behind the Brevard County Government Center–North. For more information, 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 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 Terry Lane at (321) 264-5105.


October 22, 2015

Free Forest Festival at the Enchanted Forest in Titusville

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Guests are invited to explore the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and celebrate autumn during the annual Forest Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7.

During this free event, guests can enjoy guided hikes, special presentations, meet Florida native wildlife, explore environmental exhibitors, listen to live music, and more. This year's Forest Festival will also have more children's activities than ever before. Children and families can participate in hands-on activities exploring forest animals and autumn, listen to Native American storytelling, make a craft, and more!

Special presentations will include a talk with live American Alligators with Gator Bill; "The Art of Maintaining a Florida Landscape" with author Ginny Stibolt; "Common Birds of the Forest" with biologist Becky Bolt, and many more.

For more events or information on 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. Also, don't forger to find us on Twitter and Facebook!


October 20, 2015

Fox Lake Playground Reopens Ahead of Schedule in Titusville

TITUSVILLE, Fla.-- Fox Lake Park Playground, located at 4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville, is now open following early completion of equipment replacement and repairs, according to Brevard County Parks and Recreation.

The project closed the playground for nearly a month, with completion initially targeted for Oct. 23. For more information, contact North Area Parks Operations (321) 264-5105.


October 20, 2015

Space Coast Government Television now on AT&T U-verse, Channel 99

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Government Television has expanded its broadcasting network and is now available to AT&T U-verse customers on Channel 99.

Space Coast Government Television (SCGTV) is a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week government-access cable television channel. Viewers can tune into live Brevard County Government meetings, or catch up on local government action through broadcasts of recorded municipal and other area government meetings. SCGTV also airs Florida Channel state government-related meetings.

AT&T U-verse TV is a new addition to airing SCGTV programming on Channel 99. The Brighthouse cable network broadcasts SCGTV programming on channel 499, and Comcast airs SCGTV on Channel 51 in North Brevard; Channel 13 in South Brevard.


October 16, 2015

Annual Fish Fry Nov. 13 at Isaac Campbell Sr. Community Center

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The community is invited to enjoy a free fish fry at the Isaac Campbell, Sr. Community Center, 701 South Street in Titusville, on Friday, November 13, from noon to 2 p.m.

This event is co-sponsored by the Isaac Campbell Seniors Club and Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, Parks & Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations. For more information, please call Tommy Myers at (321) 264-5040.


October 14, 2015

Lifeguard Training Course Offered at the Palm Bay Aquatic Center

PALM BAY, Fla. -- The Palm Bay Aquatic Center will offer an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course beginning Friday, Nov. 2. The center is located at 420 Community College Parkway, just south of the Eastern Florida State College Campus.

Class dates and times are as follows: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 2 - 19, from 4:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $250 and includes book and a CPR mask.

The course will certify participants in life-guarding, CPR, and first aid. Participants must be 15 years of age to participate and pass a swim test consisting of a 300-yard swim, 10-pound brick retrieval at a depth of 10 feet, and two minute treading water (legs only.) Participants must be present for all class days and times.

This activity is sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call the aquatic center at (321) 952-2232.


October 13, 2015

Brevard County Libraries to Host Bookmobile National Tour Event

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Digital Bookmobile National Tour (www.digitalbookmobile.com) will showcase the digital content services available from Brevard County Libraries at the Eau Gallie Public Library on Friday, Oct. 16, from noon to 6 p.m.

At this free event, readers of all ages will learn how to access eBooks from their library through interactive demonstrations and high-definition instructional videos. The Gadget Gallery—featuring a variety of ereaders and tablets—will help visitors discover portable devices that are compatible with the library's digital service.

The Digital Bookmobile is a community outreach vehicle and a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore Brevard County Libraries' digital service. Interactive learning stations give visitors an opportunity to search the library's digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks, audiobooks, and video.

Patrons can take advantage of the elibrary service 24/7 when they visit the library's website. From there, they can browse the growing collection of bestselling, new release, and classic titles, and check out a digital title with a valid library card. In just moments, patrons can download free ebooks and digital audiobooks to their mobile device. At the end of the lending period, titles will automatically expire and are returned to the digital collection. There are never any late fees or damaged items.

With 17 branches and our elibrary, the Brevard County Library System has something for everyone. We are proud to announce that our Overdrive elibrary has reached over 650,000 check-outs since it began in 2011. In August 2015, we reached over 5,000 users through Overdrive with over 25,000 check-outs. Explore this free service from your library today!

The Digital Bookmobile is a service of Brevard County Libraries and is operated by OverDrive, Inc. To check out digital books and more, visit http://brevard.lib.overdrive.com/


October 13, 2015

October Remains Packed with Free Events at the Enchanted Forest

There are plenty of exciting events through the end of October at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. All events are FREE!

Every Saturday at 10 a.m. - Guided Walk: Enjoy a 45-minute guided hike. Please bring a hat, water and walking shoes. No reservations needed, unless you are a group of 5 or more.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Volunteer Orientation: The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for the environment! Come learn about the various volunteer opportunities.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Nature Time for 2-3 Year olds: October's theme is Nocturnal Nature! We will read a story and do hands-on activities as we explore the creatures of the night! Spots limited. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Friends of the Enchanted Forest Meeting - "EEL North Region Update": Join the Friends of the Enchanted Forest for an update from Xavier de Seguin des Hons & EEL North Region Land Manager, on the land management activities of the North Region of the EEL Program and a report on the species cataloged during Bioblitzin May. Light refreshments served at 6:30pm, meeting and presentation begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary Exploration Ride: Enjoy a leisurely trailer bench ride through Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary, exploring plants and wildflowers of East Central Florida Pine Flatwoods and Oak-Saw Palmetto Scrub with Plant Ecologist Dr. Paul Schmalzer. Spots limited, call (321) 264-5185 to preregister. Please wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Please meet at Scottsmoor Parrish Park (4055 Magoon Ave., Scottsmoor) at 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. - Photography Club: Program for all levels of photography. View photographs and learn helpful tips.

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Forest Funday -Nocturnal Nature: Children and their families are invited to learn about nocturnal animals and make a craft between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, noon - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch with Nature - "Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Florida Black Bears": Bring a brown-bag lunch and enjoy a special presentation by Tom Shupe, FWC District Wildlife Biologist on Florida black bear biology, history, and environmental importance.

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Reptile & Snake Presentation: Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest's reptile residents and meet a red rat snake!

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - FNPS Sea Rocket Chapter Meeting - "Edible Plants of Florida": Enjoy a special presentation by Peggy Lantz on edible plants of Florida. Light refreshments served at 6:30pm, meeting and presentation will start at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. - "From Burke and Hare to the Body Farm: The History of Anatomical Teaching Material": Enjoy a spooky presentation! Patrisha Meyers, Director of FHSAI and the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science will discuss the curious history of anatomical teaching material. The need to advance scientific knowledge of the human body requires detailed study of human anatomy. However, at times this need has conflicted with ethical issues surrounding the utilization of human remains, engendering heated debate for over two hundred years. Join us for a discussion of past practices and current issues regarding the acquisition of human bodies for teaching purposes.

For more information please visit our website www.eelbrevard.com and don't forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!

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


October 09, 2015

Space Coast Government Television now on AT&T U-verse, Channel 99

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Government Television has expanded its broadcasting network and is now available to AT&T U-verse customers on Channel 99.

Space Coast Government Television (SCGTV) is a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week government-access cable television channel. Viewers can tune into live Brevard County Government meetings, or catch up on local government action through broadcasts of recorded municipal and other area government meetings. SCGTV also airs Florida Channel state government-related meetings.

AT&T U-verse TV is a new addition to airing SCGTV programming on Channel 99. The Brighthouse cable network broadcasts SCGTV programming on channel 499, and Comcast airs SCGTV on Channel 51 in North Brevard; Channel 13 in South Brevard.


October 09, 2015

Brevard County Government Leadership Team to 'Yellow Belt' Train

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - County Manager Stockton Whitten and more than 30 Brevard County Government department directors and senior staff will participate Monday, Oct. 12, in the Lean Six Sigma "Yellow Belt" leadership training program.

The all-day program will be held at the U.S. Rep. Bill Posey Conference Center at the county Health Department, 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera.

"We are initiating Lean Six Sigma training to further our organization's current continuous improvement efforts," Whitten said. "By undertaking this initiative, we will be focusing on providing employees opportunity to participate and know they can make a difference and improve our operations. Introducing Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques will place us in the position to self-correct, identify and eliminate waste or unnecessary processes and procedures and help us further improve operations."

"Yellow Belt" training will provide an overview of Lean Six Sigma concepts, provide a logical improvement map, an understanding of management's role in the execution of any Lean transformation as well as management considerations for strategic project selection.

In the weeks ahead, a core group of Brevard County Government staff has been selected for a week-long "Green Belt" training initiative. This group will become Lean Six Sigma leaders who will become Lean Six Sigma certified after leading our initial improvement projects under this initiative.


October 09, 2015

Fall Festival and Free Movie in the Park Oct. 24 at Sandpoint Park

TITUSVILLE, Fla.— Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area, is hosting a fall festival to include a free movie in the park.

The event begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at at Sandpoint Park, 101 N. Washington Ave., in Titusville. Activities will include a costume contest, children's games, trunk n' treat, face painting, food trucks, and a movie in the park. The free movie will be "Maleficent" and is rated PG. The movie will be shown on a giant 23-foot outdoor movie screen beginning at approximately 8 p.m.

Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the movie. Concessions will be available for purchase. Call Clifford Lett at (321) 264-5105 for additional information.


October 07, 2015

Free Forest Festival to be held Nov. 7 at the Enchanted Forest

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Explore the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and celebrate fall during our annual Forest Festival on Saturday, Nov. 7.

During this free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy guided hikes, special presentations, meet Florida native wildlife, explore environmental exhibitors, listen to live music, and more! Children will have the opportunity to make a craft, participate in hands-on activities, and face painting!

Special presentations will include a talk about American Alligators with Gator Bill, Dr. Theresa Cooper discussing endangered bromeliads, Fire in the Urban Interface with Zack Prusak, Native American Storytelling with Carol Michaels, and Common Birds of the Forest with Becky Bolt.

Musicians will include Nature Song Sing Along, Sharon Osuna, Crystal Woman & Friends, and more!

For more events or information on the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, visit www.eelbrevard.com or call (321) 264-5185.

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd., in Titusville. Also, don't forget to find us on Twitter and Facebook.


October 06, 2015

Brevard Schools to Participate in International Walk to School Day

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- On Wednesday, Oct. 7, a record number of Brevard Schools will participate in International Walk to School Day.

This year, students from 44 Brevard Schools will be walking to school with family members, teachers, and community leaders. The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (Space Coast TPO) has encouraged participation in the annual event for 16 years. The TPO and the world has watched the event grow from one school in 1997 to over 40 countries and 4,000 U.S. schools participating in the 2015 International Walk to School Day.

Born out of the simple joy of walking to school, the event serves to promote physical education, an opportunity to teach safe walking and bicycling skills and helps determine the walkability of a community. In addition, walking to school is better for the environment and helps reduce traffic congestion around schools.

Recently, United States Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx endorsed Walk to School Day and encouraged everyone to participate. That video message can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOthqO7ThVY&feature=youtu.be.

Each Brevard school recognizes this event differently. Some schools advertise the event through newsletters and morning announcements while others plan more organized events including special quest walkers, themed events and special healthy breakfast when the students arrive at school. To find out about a particular school's plans, contact that school directly or check out the Who's Walking page of the Walk to School Day webpage http://walkbiketoschool.org/go/whos-walking/2015.

Here are some notable events taking place this year in Brevard County:

Eau Gallie High School: The Eau Gallie High School football team, volleyball team, ROTC, Marching Band and Student Government will join fellow students as they walk to the school from McGrath Field.

Apollo Elementary: Members of the Titusville Fire Department will be present to celebrate the event with students.

Golfview Elementary: Cheerleaders, the Band and the Police Department will join these students on their walk to school.

Roosevelt Elementary: Cocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterstrom, Commissioners Tim Tumulty, Mike Miller and Ben Malek will have to walk pretty fast to keep up with the special guest at this school. NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Scott Lagassee Jr. will be joining the students for their walk to school. Once at school, the students will have a chance to check out one of Scott's racecars that will be on display. Scott Lagassee comes to us through the Alert Today Alive Tomorrow Program, a focused initiative by the Florida Department of Transportation to increase safety and awareness for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Space Coast TPO applauds all the schools and is excited to see the increased participation in this year's event. For general information about Walk to School Day, contact Katrina Morrell, Space Coast TPO, at (321) 690-6890.


October 05, 2015

HUD Approves $3.2M Loan Guarantees to Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Housing and Human Services has received notice of approval of two loan guarantees from Housing and Urban Development, one for $1.6 million to build a health clinic to serve low-income persons in the City of Melbourne, and one for $1,6 million to build a 3.8-mile potable waterline loop to connect the West Canaveral Groves area to the municipal water system.

HUD's Section 108 Loan Guarantee Assistance Program enables local governments to borrow money at reduced interest rates to promote economic development, stimulate job growth and improve public facilities. Such public investment is often needed to inspire private contributions, to provide seed money, or to simply boost confidence private firms and individuals may need to invest in distressed areas.

"HUD's Loan Guarantee Program can be a powerful public investment tool to drive economic development in under-served areas," said HUD Regional Administrator for the Southeast Ed Jennings, Jr. "The program will provide much-needed services to disadvantaged communities and provide jobs for Brevard County residents who need them most."

According to the applications to HUD, The Brevard County Health Department will operate the clinic, which will be located in a low-income community. The target population for the clinic has particular problems with securing transportation to receive services, so the Health Department Building's location is of particular importance. The West Canaveral Groves waterline will provide fire protection services for a residential service area in which approximately 77 percent of the residents are low and moderate income persons. The waterline will also include features to permit future direct access to residents along Satellite Boulevard and Chervan Avenue.


September 29, 2015

Brevard County Government Hosts Hispanic Heritage Celebration Oct. 2

Viera, Fla. -- Brevard County Government will celebrate the achievements, customs and legacies of Brevard residents with roots in Latin America during its second Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Government Center in Viera.

The drop-in event, open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Highlights will include cultural displays, artwork, literature, exhibits, live music and dancing and multiple food vendors that specialize in Hispanic cuisine.

Admission is free. This event is presented by Gold sponsors VITAS Innovative Hospice Care and Health First Health Plans, Silver sponsor Wells Fargo, and Brevard County Government. Vendor/exhibitor booths are still available. For questions or additional information, please contact Sandy Daughtry at (321) 633-2003, or by email at sandy.daughtry@brevardcounty.us.

The Government Center is located at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, Viera.


September 28, 2015

BCFR, Department of Health-Brevard Team Up For World Heart Day Event

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- In celebration of World Heart Day, Brevard County Fire Rescue and the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County (DOH-Brevard) are promoting heart health by hosting Hands-Only™ CPR training from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Bill Posey Room of the Health Department, 2555 Judge Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.

World Heart Day is an annual event created by the World Heart Foundation to remind everyone that heart disease and stroke are the world's leading causes of death. The theme for 2015 is creating heart healthy environments.

"Hands-Only™ CPR performed by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR with mouth-to-mouth breaths in the first few minutes of sudden cardiac arrest," said Florida Department of Health in Brevard County Director Dr. Heidar Heshmati. "Partnering with Brevard County Fire Rescue to offer free Hands-Only™ CPR training is a wonderful opportunity and helps ensure Brevard residents have the tools needed to be heart healthy."

In Florida, 23.4 percent of adults age 65 and older reported in 2013 that they had been told by a healthcare provider that they had a heart attack, coronary heart disease or stroke. Heart disease was the leading cause of death in Florida in 2014 and is the number one killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

Hands-Only™ CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an "out-of-hospital" setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). It consists of two easy steps:
1. Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that); and
2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

"We are happy to work with the Department of Health-Brevard for this event," BCFR spokesman Don Walker said. "We believe lives can be saved if people have the right information. We invite everyone to come by."


Space Coast Pathways Project

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A project to devleop an Interactive Guide to Brevard's trails,
waterways, sidewalks, bike lanes and unique outdoor adventures
funded by the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization.


September 25, 2015

UF/Brevard Extension Family Fun Program Focuses on Local Seafood

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The UF/Brevard County Extension Service has added another opportunity to learn about local seafood. Join UF/FAS Extension Brevard County and Wild Ocean Seafood Market on both Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 3:00pm - 4:00pm, in Titusville and/or on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. in Cape Canaveral for this fun early release day program learning about Florida Seafood.

Families will receive a tour of Wild Ocean Seafood Market's Titusville store and be able to participate in some fun activities. Ever wanted to learn how to peel a shrimp? Want to learn more about fish anatomy? How are your cast-netting skills? And you get to sample some yummy shrimp afterward!

Cost is $5 per person or $15 for a family of four.

Register today via our Eventbrite website or call Holly Abeels at (321) 633-1702 ext. 235 to register by phone.

Registrations are required to participate, so sign up today!


September 25, 2015

Hazard Mitigation Plan Will Help Brevard County Better Prepare for Natural Disasters

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County and its municipalities are better prepared for disasters with the recent approval of a local hazard mitigation plan.

The plan is a long-term strategy to reduce the community's vulnerability to natural disasters. Jurisdictions that adopted this plan include Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Grant-Valkaria, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Malabar, Melbourne, Melbourne Village, Rockledge, Palm Shores, Satellite Beach, Palm Bay, Titusville, West Melbourne and unincorporated Brevard County. The final city to consider adoption is Melbourne Beach, which is expected to consider the plan during its Oct. 21 town council meeting.

The plan, known as the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) identifies hazards and potential hazards in the communities, and creates a framework to help community officials make decisions that may ultimately protect lives and property.

The LMS also outlines a strategy for implementing mitigation projects in all of the jurisdictions involved. Through projects that make community infrastructure more resilient to natural disasters, these communities are taking proactive steps to lessen the impact of future disasters and the costly expenses associated with them. A study conducted by the Multi-hazard Mitigation Council shows that there is a four dollar savings for every dollar invested into mitigation measures.

"Brevard County has experienced natural disasters ranging from tropical cyclones to wildfires, tornadoes, severe flooding, and winter freezes," said Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser. "We are also vulnerable to other natural, human-caused and technological disasters. That's why it's important that we not only have plans in place for response, but that we have an approved Local Mitigation Strategy so that our community is eligible for federal funding following any federally declared disasters."

History shows that the physical, financial and emotional losses caused by disasters can be reduced significantly through hazard mitigation planning. The planning process encourages communities to integrate mitigation with day-to-day decision-making regarding land-use planning, floodplain management, site design and other activities.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reviews local mitigation plans at least once every five years. A FEMA-approved LMS enables adopting counties and municipalities to access available funding for mitigation such as the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation, Flood Mitigation Assistance, Severe Repetitive Loss, and Repetitive Flood Claims. An approved and adopted LMS is also a requirement for state and local governments, in order to receive federal funding following a Presidential Disaster Declaration, per the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act and the Code of Federal Regulations.


September 24, 2015

Brevard County Government Hosts Hispanic Heritage Celebration Oct. 2

Viera, Fla. -- Brevard County Government will celebrate the achievements, customs and legacies of Brevard residents with roots in Latin America during its second Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Government Center in Viera.

The drop-in event, open to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Highlights will include cultural displays, artwork, literature, exhibits, live music and dancing and multiple food vendors that specialize in Hispanic cuisine.

Admission is free. This event is presented by Gold sponsor VITAS Innovative Hospice Care and Silver sponsor Wells Fargo, Health First Health Plans and Brevard County Government. Vendor/exhibitor booths are still available. For questions or additional information, please contact Sandy Daughtry at (321) 633-2003, or by email at sandy.daughtry@brevardcounty.us.

The Government Center is located at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, Viera.


September 24, 2015

North Area Parks Operations Seeks Yoga Instructor

TITUSVILLE, Fla.—Brevard County Parks & Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations, is seeking a Yoga instructor to teach at Sandrift Community Center, 585 North Singleton Ave., in Titusville.

Interested individuals should contact Jann Faiga by email at jann.faiga@brevardparks.com or by phone at (321)264-5037.


September 24, 2015

Brevard County Fire Rescue Streamlines EMS Response Process

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla – Brevard County Fire Rescue has implemented a Priority Dispatch Program that will streamline fire and emergency medical service response on ambulatory and non-emergency calls.

The program, called ProQA Priority Dispatch, officially rolled out Monday, Sept. 21, and is designed to align emergency resources and responses with the service requested. "This is a best-practice method of emergency response that has been implemented successfully across the country by many EMS systems over the past several years," said BCFR Chief Mark Schollmeyer. "It has proved to be a safe dispatch system for patient care and transport based on call prioritizations."

Until now, BCFR dispatch response for an ambulance or non-emergency situation has included 1 ambulance and 1 engine/ladder company. By improving our alignment of resources and response with the service requested, we will further improve efficiency and reduce the cost of services provided by sending only what's needed to the scene.

"This type of response is a more efficient and cost-effective way of allocating services," Schollmeyer said. "Dispatching emergency units with lights and sirens traveling above the speed limit to the scene of a non-emergency or low acuity patient, and going through intersections to arrive at the scene of a non-emergency request for service, is not an effective or efficient system for providing emergency services."

The goal, Assistant EMS Chief Orlando Dominguez said, is to ensure the necessary response personnel are dispatched and the customer is rendered appropriate care or services while the organization remains true to its core EMS business model. Through the use of ProQA software, Brevard County's Dispatch Center team will ascertain a caller's emergency level and dispatch the appropriate units. ProQA includes three different priority dispatch responses:

  • Alpha Response: Alpha refers to non-emergent response. This will require 1 rescue with no lights and sirens. (Cold Response.)
  • Bravo Response: Bravo refers to cautious emergency response. This will require a minimum of a 2 unit response; the closest unit to the scene will respond with lights and sirens (Hot Response) and the second unit will respond without lights and sirens (Cold Response.)
  • Charlie/Delta/Echo Response: Charlie refers to an emergency response by all responding units. This response requires a minimum of 2 units, both units responding with lights and sirens (Hot Response.)
Dominguez said the ProQA Dispatch Program will be routinely evaluated to ensure the department is truly aligning its resources appropriately and preparing for future challenges.


September 19, 2015

Free Family Fungus Day at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- There's a fungus among us at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary! Mushrooms will be taking over on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Discover local mushrooms on a Guided Fungus Hike, learn about some magnificent mushrooms with hands-on activities, and even make your own mushroom craft to take home!

This free event is sponsored by Toyota and the National Environmental Education Foundation through the Everyday Events Grant.

For more information, please call (321) 264-5185 or visit www.eelbrevard.com. Also, don't forget to find the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary or Facebook and Twitter.

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


September 18, 2015

Fox Lake Park Playground Closed for Repairs and Renovations

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Brevard County Parks and Recreation has closed Fox Lake Park Playground for ongoing repairs and renovations.

The park, located at 4400 Fox Lake Road in Titusville, will be closed until Oct. 23. For more information, call North Area Parks Operations (321) 264-5105.


September 15, 2015

Brevard Libraries to Participate in International Read an eBook Day

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Libraries will take part and celebrate International Read an eBook Day, an annual holiday to celebrate and raise awareness for reading on digital devices, on Friday, Sept. 18.

In recent years, the popularity of eBooks has soared and readers are taking advantage of the eBook technology and popular titles available at their local library. Through July 2015, public library customers have borrowed 94.7 million eBooks and audiobooks, a 24 percent increase over the same period in 2014 (according to OverDrive). Readers with a library card can access eBooks from any Brevard County library on all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android phones and tablets, Chromebook, and Kindle, anytime, anywhere by visiting http://brevard.lib.overdrive.com.

Read an eBook Day is a celebration of modern storytelling. Readers around the world are encouraged to take part in the largest digital reading event by choosing from thousands of free eBooks from county libraries. Users are encouraged to share what they are reading and how they are celebrating on social media and join the #eBookLove conversation. Readers can use the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter to tell their story and share their love of eBooks or comment directly at www.readanebookday.com.

eBooks have proven to be a convenient, beneficial complement to traditional, physical books. When physical books are not available or practical – such as when you'd like to carry many at once, or if you can't make it to a store or library – eBooks offer a great alternative for instant access to reading.

Read an eBook Day falls in the middle of Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide join together to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card. To sign up for a library card, visit your area library and you can begin checking out digital titles immediately.

To participate in International Read an eBook Day or learn how to get started, visit www.readanebookday.com.


September 15, 2015

Celebrate National Public Lands Day with the EEL Program!

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program (EEL Program) will be celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 26, with a series of events at different locations throughout the County.

National Public Lands Day is a nationwide volunteer day focused on connecting the community to public lands, stewardship, and outdoor recreation. Events include:

At Fox Lake Sanctuary:

Explore Fox Lake by Kayak (8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Guided kayak tours of the lake will be available throughout the day. Learn about the Fox Lake Nature Sanctuary and how the EEL Program is working to protect our native wildlife habitats. Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and a ziplock bag to keep your valuables dry. Children must be able to paddle on their own and must be accompanied by a parent.

  • Trip Times: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
  • To preregister, please call (321) 264-5185.
Fox Lake Sanctuary is located at 4400 Fox Lake Rd., Titusville.

At the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary:

Garden and Grounds Workday (9 a.m. - noon) Help EEL Program Staff and the Florida Native Plant Society - Sea Rocket Chapter (FNPS) continue to beautify our butterfly gardens and ground. Please wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Please call (321) 264-5185 is you are interested in participating.

  • Guided Hike (10 a.m.) Enjoy a guided hike exploring the biodiversity of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary.
  • Native Plant Sale (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) FNPS will be offering a variety of Florida native plants for purchase.
The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville.

At Sams House at Pine Island:

Nature Journal Workshop (10 a.m. - noon) Learn about and create a nature journal during this workshop. The workshop will include a hike into surrounding areas to discover biofacts, observe wildlife, and gather information from varying habitats to write about, draw, and create memories in your own personal journals. For more information, please call (321) 449-4720.

Sams House at Pine Island is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island.

For More information on these events and other programs the EEL Program offers please visit www.eelbrevard.com and don't forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter!


August 19, 2015

New Tennis Instructor: Randy Alvut - Adult and Youth Tennis Lessons at Singleton Courts

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- North Area Brevard County Parks and Recreation has partnered with Randy Alvut, tennis instructor, to offer tennis lessons for youth and adults at Singleton Tennis Courts.

Group lessons are offered from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays (youth 10 and under) and 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (adults). The cost for youth lessons is $10 per person and adult lessons $15 per person. There are also private lessons that are available at the rate of $20 per lesson, which requires an email or phone call for scheduling a date and time. These are introductory prices and are subject to change. On Thursdays, the ball machine is available at $5 per person during the hours of 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday mornings is round robin play starting at 8:30 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. Cost for Saturday mornings is $5 per person.

All tennis lessons and games are held at Singleton Tennis Courts, located on 665 N Singleton Ave., Titusville. For more information please contact North Area Parks Operations at (321) 264-5105 or the instructor Randy Alvut at (321) 537-9870 or via email singletontennis@gmail.com.


August 19, 2015

Tell Us Where You Are Running and Riding

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Do you track your running and bicycling performance? If so, consider using Strava - a free app for iPhone and Android - and you could help create better bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout the Space Coast and Florida.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) are using data from Strava. Personal information is not shared, but the data can highlight trends and routes, revealing the effectiveness of existing facilities and identifying where bike lanes or traffic calming measures are needed.

More information:


August 19, 2015

Crafters/Food Vendors Sought for Fox Lake Christmas Festival of Crafts

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Food vendors and crafters are sought for the 22nd Annual Fox Lake Christmas Festival of Crafts, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Fox Lake Park in Titusville.

Only handmade and homemade crafts will be offered for sale at the event, which is sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations. Registration for crafter spots begins Monday, Aug. 31. Outside open area is $25 plus tax and under pavilion is $35 plus tax. Concessions will be available for purchase and admission is free. The deadline for crafter applications is Friday, Nov. 20.

Office hours for all registrations are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N Singleton Ave., Titusville. Applications for food vendors will be available beginning Monday, Aug. 31, at Sandrift Community Center, or by email at jann.faiga@brevardparks.com.

Selected food vendors will be notified Monday, Oct. 26. Vendor selection is based on, but not limited to, application submittal date, price of product(s) to the public, proper licensing, and appropriateness of the product(s) to the nature of the event. Special consideration is given to not-for-profit service organizations. The County reserves the right to limit vendors to one or two vendors per product.

There is no cost to submit an application. A $50 plus tax, non-refundable, special event fee, is due from food vendors selected by Friday, Nov. 6. For more information about this event, call (321)264-5037.


August 14, 2015

Guide Training at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Are you interested in teaching guests and students about the East Central Florida environment and Enchanted Forest Sanctuary? The Environmentally Endangered Lands staff will be hosting two Guide Trainings for Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Guides and Study Trip Guides.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. - noon, training focuses on giving a general hike to guests of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. This will include basic animal and plant ID, safety, interpretive tips, and more.

On Friday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., the training session will focus on curriculum taught to Brevard County students that come to the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary on study trips. This will include safety, interpretive tips, curriculum activities, and more.

Spots are limited and future guides must preregister for these classes. Call (321) 264-5185 to register.

Please bring a packed lunch, water, a hat, and wear closed-toed shoes and sunscreen.

For more information please visit our website www.eelbrevard.com and don't forget to check us out on Facebook!

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


August 11, 2015

Moore's hosts Return-to-School Event and Free Movie in the Park

MIMS, Fla. -- The Moore's Return-to-School Event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park, located at 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims.

A free movie in the park, "Black or White," will be shown, popcorn will be provided and free school supplies will be available while supplies last. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, food and drinks to enjoy during the movie.

For more information, call Sonya Mallard at (321) 264-6595. This event is sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations in partnership with Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Inc.


August 05, 2015

Sign-up Underway for Fall Adult Sports Leagues in North Brevard

TITUSVILLE/SHARPES, Fla. — Sign-up is underway for Fall leagues for coed softball teams, flag football and kickball, sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations.

The coed softball league will be held on Wednesdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at a fee of $342 per team. This league will be held at Chain of Lakes, 2111 Chain of Lakes Drive in Titusville. Registration is now underway, with a deadline of 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14.

The adult flag football league will be held Sundays, beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at a fee of $492 per team, at the Space Coast Communities Sports Complex, 662 Canaveral Groves Blvd. in Sharpes. Registration for adult flag football is underway, with a deadline of 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.

The co-ed kickball league will be held on Tuesdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 22, at a fee of $200 per team. All kickball leagues will be held at Chain of Lakes, 2111 Chain of Lakes Drive in Titusville. Registration for all leagues is underway, with a fee deadline of 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

For more information or to register a team, please call (321) 264-5105.


August 05, 2015

Brevard County Recycling Rate Exceeds State Goal; No. 1 in Central Fla.

VIERA, Fla. – Brevard County's recycling rate of 55 percent has exceed the state recycling goal by 5 percent, ranking the County second-highest in the state for recycling and first in Central Florida.

New recycling data released by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection shows an increase in Brevard County's recycling rate for 2014. Brevard County has achieved a recycling rate of 55 percent, exceeding the State 2014 recycling goal by 5 percent. This impressive ranking compares to a recycling rate of 52 percent in 2013 and puts Brevard County in 2nd place in the State for recycling and also places Brevard County in the lead position in the Central Florida area. Martin County was the only other county to rank above Brevard for its recycling rate.

Florida's official recycling rate is now 50 percent, up one percent from last year. The Florida Legislature set an ambitious goal to recycle 75 percent of Florida's waste by 2020. One of the goals set to meet along the way: Recycle 50 percent by the end of 2014.

"Brevard County has consistently exceeded the recycling goals set by the State" says Hillary Arena, Recycling Coordinator for Brevard County Solid Waste Management. "This is no small feat but one that can be directly attributable to the dedicated recycling efforts of the citizens of Brevard County and our cities."

The County's aggressive recycling effort is ongoing.

"As we seek to promote recycling in our communities, efforts will continue to educate citizens about what to recycle and the proper way to get those items ready for recycling," said Euripides Rodriguez, Director, Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department.

Future efforts will focus on the next level of recycling – commercial recycling. Commercial waste accounts for approximately 55 percent of the total municipal solid waste in Florida. However, only about half of the commercial solid waste is recycled.

"We will need all Brevard County residents and businesses to step up their recycling efforts. By working together, the residents of Brevard County will reach the ultimate goal of recycling 75 percent of our waste by 2020," Rodriguez said.

For more information on recycling, contact Hillary Arena, at (321) 633-2042 or visit the Brevard County website at www.brevardcounty.us/solidwaste.



July 30, 2015

New Website Provides Teen-Friendly Digital Library Experience

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Libraries have expanded their services with a new digital collection website experience just for teens. The main digital collection, http://brevard.lib.overdrive.com, now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for teens.

Favorite teen authors such as John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth are now available in our the digital collection. This appealing and user-friendly page contains eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, interest level or reading level. Check this page out now, http://brevard.lib.overdrive.com/teens.

The Teen Collection site filters the overall digital collection to just show Young Adult content, which gets teens to the titles they want faster! This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for users with a library card. Digital titles are available anytime, anywhere and expire automatically, so no need to worry about late fees.

Brevard County Libraries have used OverDrive as their digital platform for eBooks and audiobooks since August 2011 with patron checkouts surpassing 600,000 in June 2015.


July 30, 2015

August Calendar packed with Events at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- An exciting month is planned at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary! We hope you will join us in August for one of the many programs and events offered. All events are FREE!

Every Saturday at 10 a.m. - Guided Walk:
Enjoy a 45-minute guided, interpretive hike on the trails of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Please bring hat, water and walking shoes. No reservations needed. Groups of 5 or more, please RSVP.

Saturday, Aug. 1 and Wed, Aug. 19, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Volunteer Orientation:
The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for the environment! Come learn about the various volunteer opportunities.

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Reptile & Snake Presentation:
Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest's reptile residents and meet a red rat snake!

Saturday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Photography Club:
Program for all levels of photography. View photographs and learn helpful tips. This program is free and reservations are not required.

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Forest Funday -Beat the Heat:
Children and families are invited to learn about how animals have adapted to live in the Florida heat and to make a craft anytime between 2 p.m and 4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. - "Surviving Florida: Human Adaptation To The Sunshine State":
Join Kevin Gidusko, Florida Public Archaeology Network, for a special presentation on how humans of the past survived the Florida climate and environment.

For more information please visit our website www.eelbrevard.com and don't forget to check us out on Facebook!

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


July 28, 2015

Mom to Mom 5th Saturday Sale Aug. 29 at Sandrift Community Center

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The Mom to Mom 5th Saturday Sale will be held at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Ave., Titusville, on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Only children's clothing and toys will be offered for sale at the event. This event is free to the public to attend.

Registration for vendors will begin Monday, Aug. 3, at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Ave., Titusville. A $20 plus tax, non-refundable, special event fee is due from vendors by Tuesday, Aug. 25. Applications will be available at Sandrift Community Center. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This activity is sponsored by Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, Parks & Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations. Call (321) 264-5037 for more information.


Partnership in the Park set for Aug. 23 at Isaac Campbell Sr. Park

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The Partnership in the Park will be held at Isaac Campbell Sr. Park, 701 South Street in Titusville, on Sunday, Aug. 23, beginning at 2 p.m. This family friendly event will include music, water slide, bounce house, food (while supplies last), give aways and more. The event is free.

Partnership in the Park is co-sponsored by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Titusville Police Department, Titusville Fire Department, McDonald's and Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, Parks & Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations. For more information, please call Tommy Myers at (321) 264-5040.


July 27, 2015

Brevard County Government/Budget Office Receive Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Government and its Budget Office have received top honors in governmental budgeting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the only national awards program in governmental budgeting, measures proficiency in 14 mandatory categories, and assesses how well a budget serves as a policy document; a financial plan; an operations guide; and as a communications device.

While Brevard County Government received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, the GFOA also recognizes the individual or department primarily responsible for having achieved the award. That recognition went to Brevard County Government's Budget Office, which is directed by Tom Rosenberg.

The GFOA, based in Chicago, is a professional association that provides training programs, services and products for skills enhancement and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management.


July 23, 2015

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation to meet Aug. 13

TITUSVILLE, Fla.-- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Ave. in Titusville.

The public is invited to attend. The Brevard Room is in a 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.


July 21, 2015

County Manager to host Developer's Roundtable Discussion July 23

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Manager Stockton Whitten will host the next "Developer's Roundtable" from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

The meeting will be held in the Florida Room, third floor of Building C, at the Brevard County Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera.

The Developer's Roundtable is a discussion forum on growth issues, land use, development activities and building trends. The goal is to bring key County department heads to the table with members of the development community on a quarterly basis. The roundtables invite open and informal discussions on development processes, organizational approaches, processes and issues on both sides of the table.

Area developers, builders and/or representatives interested in taking part in the Developer's Roundtables should contact the County Manager's Office at (321) 633-2002.


July 10, 2015

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting July 22

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- 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. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, 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@brevardparks.com.


July 09, 2015

Sign-up begins for Florida Master Naturalist Program on Upland Habitats

COCOA, Fla. – Interested in learning more about the upland habitats in Brevard County? Then a Florida Master Naturalist Program Upland Habitats Module might be right for you! This course starts on Thursday, July 30, at the University of Florida IFAS Brevard County Extension Service, 3695 Lake Drive in Cocoa. Florida Master Naturalist courses are open to everyone 18 years and older.

The objective of the Florida Master Naturalist Program is to prepare participants to share their knowledge with others, to act in a positive manner, to help others feel a greater connection to the land and to help others develop their own personal land ethic. Information on the ecology of Florida's systems is an integral part of the program, and we hope to initiate what is for many a life-long process of learning, of observation, and of sharing with others.

Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this Uplands Habitats Module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Upland Habitats in Florida – Hardwood Forests, Pinelands, Scrub, Dry Prairie, Rangelands and Urban Green Spaces. The program also addresses society's role in uplands, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics. The total training consists of 40 contact hours. The only requirements of students are enthusiasm, attendance, and completion of group final projects. There is no comprehensive examination required. Classroom learning includes four instructional videos and 12 presentations.

To register and view the course schedule visit the following website: http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/us15-14.htm For additional questions or information, contact Holly Abeels, Marine Science Extension Agent, at (321) 633-1702 ext. 235, or email habeels@ufl.edu.


July 09, 2015

Space Coast Area Transit: FDOT issues ADA Modifications for Riders

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Federal Department of Transportation has recently issued a "Reasonable Modification of Policies and Practices for the Transportation of Individuals with Disabilities" for customers that are certified under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The modifications are effective July 13, 2015, and include the following:
  • ADA Paratransit Transportation is now defined as "origin-to-destination." An ADA Paratransit customer may request assistance beyond "curb-to-curb."
  • Pick-up and drop-off at locations with multiple entrances.
  • Boarding separately from a wheelchair. A client may request this when the occupied weight of the device exceeds the design load of the vehicle lift.
  • Assistance opening building doors.
  • Assistance navigating an incline or around obstacles.
  • Five-minute notification of arrival call.
Whenever feasible, requests for modifications shall be made and determined in advanced, before the trip is made. There are also some limitations in the new regulations which clarify what transit agencies are not required to provide. There are other modifications to the policies and practices as well. Please call (321) 633-1878 if you have any questions or wish to make a request.


July 06, 2015

Get Out to the Park and Celebrate: It's Park and Recreation Month!

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- It's a great time to visit the park, and Brevard County Parks and Recreation invites residents in July to join the celebration during Park and Recreation Month.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) created Park and Recreation Month in July 1985. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Park and Recreation Month!

Public park and recreation systems are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents of communities around the country through recreation programming, leisure activities, and conservation areas. These services play a vital role in creating active and healthy communities and providing opportunities for young people to live, grow and develop into contributing members of society. Parks and Recreation facilities foster a variety of activities that contribute to a healthier community, such as introducing those with physical disabilities to physical activities, connecting children with nature, and combating obesity.

Through these programs and activities, Parks and Recreation facilities are providing a safe place for children to play, maintaining community cohesion and pride, and creating an enormous economic value to the community.


July 01, 2015

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary hosts 4th Annual Creepy Crawly Day, July 11

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Come meet, greet and even EAT some creep crawly critters during our 4th Annual Creepy Crawly Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 11 at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in Titusville.

Bring the whole family and enjoy a fun-filled free day discovering some of nature's most unique, spine-tingling, and sometimes misunderstood critters. Try edible insects, discover the importance of bats, unearth the world of reptiles and amphibians, learn and play in our Creepy Crawly Carnival and participate in an insect Olympics on this very special day dedicated to the creepy crawly critters of Central Florida. The day will also feature buggy crafts, insect hikes, hands-on stations, log dissections, and so much more!

For more information, please visit our website www.eelbrevard.com and don't forget to check us out on Facebook. The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville


July 01, 2015

North Brevard Commission on Parks & Recreation Cancels July 9 Meeting

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation has canceled its July 9 meeting.

The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Ave., Titusville. The meeting is open to the public.

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 at (321) 264-5105.


June 29, 2015

Coast Guard Monitoring Falcon 9 Rocket Debris Field

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Coast Guard is working in close coordination with SpaceX and partner agencies to monitor the Falcon 9 debris field currently located more than 150 miles off the Florida-Georgia coast. The Coast Guard is cautioning vessels transiting that area and asking the public to report any sightings of debris that may wash ashore. Currently, no impacts from debris are expected for Florida beaches, and authorities will continue to monitor for any changes to this estimate.

"As with any incident involving spacecraft wreckage, debris should not be handled by members of the public," said Capt. Jeffrey Dixon, commander Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. "These critical pieces of evidence are important in the investigation process and should be reported immediately to SpaceX or U.S. Coast Guard."

The SpaceX debris recovery hotline is 1-866-392-0035.


June 29, 2015

Coast Guard Monitoring Falcon 9 Rocket Debris Field

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Coast Guard is working in close coordination with SpaceX and partner agencies to monitor the Falcon 9 debris field currently located more than 150 miles off the Florida-Georgia coast. The Coast Guard is cautioning vessels transiting that area and asking the public to report any sightings of debris that may wash ashore. Currently, no impacts from debris are expected for Florida beaches, and authorities will continue to monitor for any changes to this estimate.

"As with any incident involving spacecraft wreckage, debris should not be handled by members of the public," said Capt. Jeffrey Dixon, commander Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. "These critical pieces of evidence are important in the investigation process and should be reported immediately to SpaceX or U.S. Coast Guard."

The SpaceX debris recovery hotline is 1-866-392-0035.


June 24, 2015

Marina Park Closed for Fireworks July 3rd and July 4th

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Marina Park will be closed beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, July 3, through 11 p.m. Saturday, July 4, for fireworks. The boat ramp, skate park, dog park and all park facilities will be closed.

Marina Park is located at 501 Marina Road in Titusville.

During this closure, the following boat ramps in Titusville are available: Kennedy Point Park, 4915 S. Washington Ave.; and Parrish Park, 1 A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway.

Fireworks can be viewed from SandPoint Park, 101 N. Washington Ave. and Parrish Park, 1 A. Max Brewer Memorial Parkway, both in Titusville.

For information on North Area parks owned or operated by Brevard County, from the Volusia County line on the North to SR 528 on the South, please call (321) 264-5105.


June 24, 2015

Space Coast Area Transit Bus Service Change for Independence Day

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- In observance of the July Fourth holiday, Space Coast Area Transit has announced there will be no fixed route bus service on Saturday, July 4.

For more information, please call the bus information line at (321) 633-1878 or visit on-line at www.ridescat.com.


June 17, 2015

Brevard County sheds 'Light' on lighting rules for Sea Turtle Nesting Season

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- It's 'Lights Out' for sea turtles in Brevard County.

Thousands of endangered and threatened sea turtles nest on Brevard County's beaches each summer. Leatherback sea turtles begin nesting in March followed by Loggerhead and Green sea turtles. After 50 to 70 days of incubation in buried nests, hatchlings begin to emerge from the beach and dunes and orient themselves toward the brightest visible horizon in an attempt to find the sea.

Lights from beachfront structures that shine or reflect onto the beach can disrupt this instinctive process and cause hatchlings to crawl toward the upland lights instead of crawling to the sea. These disoriented hatchlings often get tangled in dune vegetation, eaten by predators, die from exhaustion or dehydration, or are occasionally run over by vehicles.

Even those who eventually find the ocean may have used up so much energy on the beach that they die before they find food. It is estimated that only 1 out of every 1,000 hatchlings manages to survive to adulthood.

To prevent hatchling disorientation, all indoor and exterior lights that are visible from the beach should be shielded, repositioned, replaced, or turned off after 9 p.m. during sea turtle season. Because adult nesting females can also be disoriented by improper lighting, lighting ordinances apply from May 1 - Oct. 31.

For questions regarding beachfront lighting, copies of educational brochures, a demonstration of turtle friendly lighting fixtures, or to discuss available lighting options, please call (321) 633-2016 ext. 52431 or email paula.berntson@brevardcounty.us.


June 17, 2015

Brevard County Government to Host All-American Celebration

VIERA, Fla. -- Brevard County Government will host an All-American community celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, in Viera.

The drop-in event, open to the public, will include live music, contests/games and patriotic-themed displays. There will also be grilled hamburgers and (2) hotdogs with chips, cookie and drink (water or soda) for $5.

The event will feature an Apple Pie Bake-Off, and public entries are welcome. The enter, contact Sandy Daughtry at (321) 633-2003 or sandy.daughtry@brevardcounty.us. The winner will receive an award. Samples will be provided at a cost of $1 for 5 small sample cups for judging

This event is hosted by Brevard County Government employee Diversity Team.


June 02, 2015

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets June 11

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


May 29, 2015

Mom to Mom Garage Sale Canceled

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The Mom to Mom Garage Sale scheduled at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Fox Lake Park main pavilion, 4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville, has been canceled due to lack of registered vendors. We apologize for any inconvenience.

In an effort to gain more participation, we will hold the event again from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. The event is scheduled to be held at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Ave., Titusville. Please call the center (321) 264-5037 for additional information.


May 28, 2015

BREVARD COUNTY'S 2014 CRIME RATE CONTINUES TO DECLINE


May 26, 2015

Local Transportation Coordinating Board Seeks Volunteer Members

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Brevard County Local Coordinating Board for Transportation Disadvantaged Services is seeking applications for volunteer members.

The Local Coordinating Board (LCB) was established by Chapter 427 of the Florida Statutes to provide direction and advise to Space Coast Area Transit in the provision of Transportation Disadvantaged services in Brevard County. The LCB consists of 17 members from various state and local agencies and general interest groups.

The LCB is seeking volunteer members and alternates for the following seats: Citizen Advocate; Citizen Advocate (Alternate); Citizen Advocate – System User. The term of appointment is 3 years and the LCB meets quarterly at the Viera Government Center.

Once all the applications are received, a subcommittee will review the applications and make a recommendations to the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization for approval. The deadline for receipt of applications is June 30. If you are interested in serving on the Board and would like an application or have any questions, please contact Jim Liesenfelt from Space Coast Area Transit at (321) 635-7815 x601.


May 26, 2015

Local Transportation Coordinating Board Seeks Volunteer Members

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Brevard County Local Coordinating Board for Transportation Disadvantaged Services is seeking applications for volunteer members.

The Local Coordinating Board (LCB) was established by Chapter 427 of the Florida Statutes to provide direction and advise to Space Coast Area Transit in the provision of Transportation Disadvantaged services in Brevard County. The LCB consists of 17 members from various state and local agencies and general interest groups.

The LCB is seeking volunteer members and alternates for the following seats: Citizen Advocate; Citizen Advocate (Alternate); Citizen Advocate - System User. The term of appointment is 3 years and the LCB meets quarterly at the Viera Government Center.

Once all the applications are received, a subcommittee will review the applications and make a recommendations to the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization for approval. The deadline for receipt of applications is June 30. If you are interested in serving on the Board and would like an application or have any questions, please contact Jim Liesenfelt from Space Coast Area Transit at (321) 635-7815 x601.


May 20, 2015

Brevard County Emergency Management to Participate May 21 in Annual Hurricane Exercise

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. -- Brevard County Emergency Management will host its annual hurricane exercise on Thursday, May 21, to gear up for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins June 1.

As part of the exercise, local emergency managers will monitor the progress of "Hurricane Scott" and respond to simulated impacts, obstacles and challenges that would face the Space Coast.

Officials from various Brevard County government agencies, along with other area organizations, will respond to the Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge to participate in the drill and take appropriate actions that would be necessary in a real weather emergency. The daylong exercise is used to strengthen existing partnerships, familiarize those with new or added responsibilities and identify opportunities for improvement.

"This exercise is not only the time for public and private sector agencies to coordinate, but residents should also use this time to prepare themselves," said Kimberly Prosser, Brevard County Emergency Management Director.

As hurricane season approaches, it's recommended residents stock up with various storm supplies that includes fresh batteries, flashlights, food and water for 72 hours and a weather radio.

"I encourage every Brevard County resident to Make a Plan, Get a Kit and Stay Informed," Prosser said.

Residents can stay informed this season by visiting www.embrevard.com, following @BrevardEOC on Twitter or via text messaging, or liking "Brevard County Emergency Management" on Facebook.

Hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30. The Brevard County Commission will recognize May 24-30 as Hurricane Preparedness Week at its meeting Tuesday, May 26.


May 19, 2015

Brevard County Gets Permit to Dredge Muck to Help Indian River Lagoon

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office has received a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit to allow muck removal from the mouth of Turkey Creek. With this permit in hand, the Turkey Creek project will be the first muck removal funded by the Florida Legislature to benefit the Indian River Lagoon.

The Lagoon is suffering from the cumulative impacts of more than a century of various types of pollution. There is no quick or simple solution. Sustainable lagoon restoration is possible but requires a multi-faceted approach that includes Reducing current sources of pollution, Removing old deposits of pollution, and Restoring the lagoon's natural filters. The specific actions we take to Reduce, Remove and Restore should be based on Research.

Old pollution deposits can be removed by dredging out the muck. Due to the regional and national importance of this estuary, the County continues to seek financial assistance from outside Brevard County for dredging costs. After successfully obtaining the federal permit, the first muck dredging project is anticipated to begin in July at the mouth of Turkey Creek, funded by the Florida Legislature. Up to 240,000 cubic yards of muck will be removed, subject to available funding.

Muck dredging in Cocoa Beach will begin a bit later, pending federal permits. Dave Netterstrom, Mayor of Cocoa Beach said, "the City of Cocoa Beach is looking forward to partnering with Brevard County and the Florida Legislature to help the Indian River Lagoon through muck removal." The city continues to work diligently toward acquiring the necessary federal permit. Additional funds are being sought through the state legislature to assure completion of the Turkey Creek project and also remove muck from other priority sites throughout the lagoon.

Beyond the muck dredging efforts, Brevard County has embarked on an aggressive restoration strategy for the lagoon to reduce excess nutrient inputs, restore the filtration system (oysters, clams and wetlands) and ensure that sound research is the basis of the effort. As part of this restoration strategy, the removal of the legacy load (muck) is critical to overall success.


May 14, 2015

Brevard Libraries eBooks Exceed 500,000 Downloads

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Libraries' online library platform OverDrive has achieved 500,000 downloads or checkouts from the eBook and eAudio collections since OverDrive's introduction in September 2011.

OverDrive is easily accessible via the libraries' website at www.brev.org and is available to any Brevard County resident with a valid library card. New media items are added monthly and can be downloaded to your mobile device or to your laptop. OverDrive is open 24/7 and downloaded media is automatically returned at the end of its borrowing period.

In January 2014, the eLibrary for Kids was added to OverDrive. This provides children and young adults a place to browse the ebook collection specific to their interests and reading levels. It is also a great place for parents to 'borrow and read' to their children on their browser if they can't get to the library.

OverDrive and Audiofile have partnered this summer for the SYNC Program offering two free Young Adult audiobooks, one classic title and one current title that share similar themes, each week starting May 7. Once downloaded, the users can keep the titles for as long as they like.

For more information, visit or call your local library, or go to the library website at www.brev.org.


May 13, 2015

Brevard County Fire Rescue Named Top EMS Provider in Florida

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Fire Rescue has been selected EMS Provider of the Year (2015) by the State of Florida Division of EMS.

The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Provider of the Year Award recognizes EMS organizations for outstanding commitment to EMS service delivery. The prestigious award honors a licensed EMS provider that:

  • participates in the Florida Pre-hospital EMS Tracking and Reporting System (EMSTARS);
  • currently has no administrative action pending from the Department of Health;
  • has assumed a leadership role in the Florida EMS system and community;
  • has demonstrated outstanding initiative in the area of public education and/or training; and
  • has demonstrated excellence in the areas of quality assurance/improvement and medical control protocol development/implementation.
"This is statewide recognition of the hard work, dedication and professionalism of our EMS Division and of our commitment to the welfare, well being and safety of our community," Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer said.


May 04, 2015

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets May 14

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 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 Terry Lane at (321) 264-5105.


May 02, 2015

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Funds Help 'Greatest Baby Shower'

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The World's Greatest Baby Shower will be held May 9 at The Gibson Youth Center in Titusville, with an expected attendance of over 500 moms, dads, and family members.

This educational event seeks to inform and educate expectant and pre-conceptual couples on the services, products, etc., available within Brevard County to assist with a successful pregnancy and to help build positive infant/child relationships.

The event includes vendors from local non-profit agencies and businesses who provide information to all registered participants, as well as educational workshops and information throughout the day. This year's workshops include SIDS prevention, Post-Partum Depression, Water Safety, Car Seat Safety, and an "Ask a Doc" panel.

The event is a joint venture of University of Florida/IFAS Extension - Brevard County, Kiwanis Club of Titusville, The Children's Center, Parrish Medical Center, and B.E.T.A of Titusville. Funds for this years' event were provided in part by Jess Parrish Medical Foundation.

For more information, please contact the UF/IFAS Extension office at (321) 633-1702 ext. 0.


May 01, 2015

Proper Palm Tree Pruning Focus of Lunch with Nature, May 20 -- CANCELLED

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Proper Palm Tree Pruning will be the topic for the monthly Lunch with Nature program, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, 444 Columbia Boulevard, Titusville. Guest speaker is Bill Klein of the Native Plant Society.

Lunch with Nature is held the third Wednesday of the month with speakers that cover topics effecting our Space Coast and Central Florida such as conservation, water management, historical sites, plants, sea turtles and other areas of interest. There is no fee for this program and participants provide their own lunch.

This program is offered by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations and the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. Contact Andrea Chestnut at (321) 264-5105 for further information.


April 27, 2015

Babysitting Boot Camp Offered at Viera Regional Community Center

VIERA, Fla. -- Brevard County Parks and Recreation will host a Babysitting Boot Camp course from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera.

The class is for ages 11-17 at a cost of $85 and will be instructed by Jennifer Dossett, Certified Professional Life Skills Coach. During this fun-filled 6-hour course, participants will learn how to run their own babysitting business safely and successfully. In addition, participants will be taught CPR and first aid, resume building, interviewing techniques, and other life skills.

The course will be conducted by Ms. Dossett and supervised by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Staff. For additional information please call the Viera Community Center at (321) 433-4891 or Dossett at (321) 418-6886.


April 25, 2015

Brevard County Parks & Rec. Offers Summer Food Service Program

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Parks and Recreation will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program, June 2-Aug. 11.

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All children 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals at no charge, and there will be no discrimination throughout the course of the meal service. The programs are only approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year.

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

Cuyler Park Community Center, 2329 Harry T. Moore Ave., Mims. (321) 264-5045. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

Isaac Campbell Community Center, 701 South Street, Titusville. (321) 264-5040: Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

Port Saint John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John. (321) 633-1904. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

Sandrift Community Center, 585 North Singleton Ave., Titusville. (321) 264-5037. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

Walter Butler Community Center, 4201 North Cocoa Blvd., Sharpes. (321) 433-4448. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

Cocoa West Community Center, 230 South Burnett Road, Cocoa. (321) 633-1987. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

Joe Lee Smith Community Center, 419 Washington Ave., Cocoa. (321) 633-1872. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

McLarty Park Community Center. 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge. (321) 633-1870. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

Travis Park Community Center, 2003 Michigan Ave., Cocoa. (321) 633-1871. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

Woody Simpson Community Center, 1590 Schoolhouse Street, Merritt Island. (321) 455-1379. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

Max K Rhodes Community Center, 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne. (321) 952-3215. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

Palm Bay Regional Community Center, 1951 Malabar Road, NW, Palm Bay. (321) 952-3231. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco. (772) 663-8748. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Dates, June 2 - Aug. 11.

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

In accordance with Federal law, and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


April 25, 2015

2015 Water Safety Instructor Course offered at McLarty Aquatic Center

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. -- Brevard County Central Area Parks and Recreation will offer a Water Safety Instructor course May 4 - May 15 at McLarty Aquatic Center, located at 790 Barton Boulevard in Rockledge. Course dates and times are as follows:
  • Monday, May 4, from 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6, from 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 8, from 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 11, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Friday, May 15, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Participants will need access to the internet as this course has online components. All classes must be attended. Cost is $250 and must be paid upon successful completion of the skills test on May 4. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. A minimum of five participants is needed to hold the class.

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

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

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


April 24, 2015

Mom to Mom 5th Saturday Sale May 30 at Fox Lake Park

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The Mom to Mom 5th Saturday Sale will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Fox Lake Park main pavilion, 4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville.

Only children's clothing and toys will be offered for sale at the event.

Registration for vendors will begin Monday, April 27, at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Ave, Titusville. A $20 plus tax, non-refundable, special event fee is due from vendors by Friday, May 29. Applications will be available at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Avenue, Titusville. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

This activity is sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation's North Area Parks Operations. Call (321) 264-5037 for more information on this and other recreation programs in North Brevard.


April 17, 2015

TPO Recognized for Noteworthy Achievements

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) was recognized for a number of noteworthy achievements during a review of the program's federal certification. Reviews are held annually and on a four year cycle by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The SCTPO successfully completed the federal certification review and the following were identified as noteworthy achievements:

  • Use of Strategic Planning Priority Matrix as a performance measuring tool
  • Finalization of Complete Streets Feasibility Studies for three new complete street projects in Cocoa, Melbourne and Titusville and the investment of over $18 million in the program over the next three years
  • Continued efforts in Bicycle/Pedestrian planning including the adoption of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Plan
  • Efforts related to transit initiatives including development of an ADA accessible bus stop plan; on-board surveys; one of the largest vanpool operations in the US and implementation of QR Code and Smart Phone applications for fixed route buses
  • Launch of new useful and visually appealing website, www.spacecoasttpo.com, and public outreach campaign
About the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization:
The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) is responsible for reviewing and administering all policies and procedures applicable for state and federal transportation funding. Information on the above programs is detailed on the organization's website, www.spacecoasttpo.com. A full certification report is available for download at: http://spacecoasttpo.com/plan/certification/.


April 16, 2015

Last Chance to Be First on the Trail

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Don't miss this rare opportunity to explore the future East Coast Regional Rail Trail on Saturday, May 2. This 7-mile stretch through pine flatwoods and hammocks is not yet open to the public. Participants may choose between primitive hiking or mountain biking and there are two start times to choose from: 7:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m.

Hosted by the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization, Florida Today and Brevard County Parks and Recreation, the cost is $18. Proceeds go toward trail maintenance. Participants will receive a T-shirt, goody bag and bus transportation.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Register at https://registration.brevardcounty.us; Go to North Area Parks, then search for "Space Coast Connector Hike or Bike."

Participants will meet at the Harry T. and Harriet V. Moore Memorial Park at 2180 Freedom Ave., in Mims. A bus will transport participants and their mountain bikes to the North end of the future Rail Trail and will return participants to the Moore Center once they have finished.

Participants must be at least 16 years of age and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

In the case of rain, May 9 has been set as an alternate date.

About the East Central Florida Regional Rail Trail:
The East Central Florida Regional Rail Trail will be a paved multi-use trail in North Brevard. It is part of the planned 55 mile Space Coast Loop Trail, the 250 mile Coast to Coast Connector, the 260 mile St. Johns River to Sea Loop, and the East Coast Greenway from Maine to Key West. Construction of the Rail Trail is estimated to be completed in 2017.

About the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization:
The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) is responsible for reviewing and administering all policies and procedures applicable for state and federal transportation funding. The East Central Florida Regional Rail Trail is being constructed with state funds.


April 12, 2015

North Area Parks Operations offers Summer Aquatic Programs

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Brevard County Parks and Recreation's North Area Parks Operations is offering swim lessons, private swim lessons and open swim at Titusville High Pool, 150 S. Terrier Trail, in Titusville.

Swim lessons level 1 - 5 are offered in five sessions beginning June 2 and ending Aug. 7. Each session consists of 8 classes held over a two-week period. Classes are offered in the morning and evening with each class lasting 45 minutes. The cost is $45 per child ages 3 years and up. Private swim lessons are available at a cost of $25 per half hour and are based on availability.

Parent and Child classes are $35 per session and classes are 30 minutes. This class is only for children ages 6 months – 36 months. Parent or guardian must be in the pool with the child at all times. Each session consists of 8 classes held over a two week period. Open swim is offered on Saturday, Sunday and holidays June 6 through Aug. 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at a fee of $2 per person. Pool rentals are available based on availability.

Registration for all aquatics activities is available at North Area Parks Operations office, 475 North Williams Ave., Titusville, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information can be obtained by calling Mike Herman (321) 264 5105.


April 11, 2015

TPO Presents Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Advisory Committee Awards

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) presented the annual Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Advisory Committee (BPTAC) Awards at the April 9 TPO Board meeting.

BPTAC Awards are given to individuals or organizations that have excelled in promoting safe bicycling and walking in the community.

This year's recipients are:

  • The Valerie Harville Education Award – Manatee Elementary teacher Tabitha Best and Tropical Elementary teacher Andrew Klausman
  • Outstanding Accomplishments in Encouragement – Grant-Valkaria Town Council and University Park Elementary Principal Donna Entsminger
  • Get on a Trail Award – Canaveral National Seashore Superintendent Myrna Palfrey and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Manager Layne Hamilton
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – City of Cape Canaveral Mayor Rocky Randels
About the Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Advisory Committee: The BPTAC reviews SCTPO plans and policies regarding bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use trail projects and serves an advisory role to TPO Board and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Education Program. Members represent a wide array of interested groups and citizens. Meetings are generally held the third Monday of the month at 5:30 pm, as needed.

About the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization: The SCTPO is responsible for reviewing and administering all policies and procedures applicable for state and federal transportation funding.


April 11, 2015

North Area Parks hosts High School Boys Summer Basketball League

SHARPES, Fla.—North Area Parks Operations is hosting a high school boys summer basketball league, for ages 13 and up, at Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice G. Jackson Park, 4201 North U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa (Sharpes). The fee is $250 per team for an 8-week season. Games will be held on Mondays, starting June 1.

This event is sponsored by Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, Parks & Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations. Contact Clifford Lett at (321) 433-4448 for further information on this Brevard County Parks and Recreation sponsored program.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Great Job, Brevard: Your Votes Count for Parks!

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- In the first week of voting for the Parks Build Community Project, the National Recreation and Parks Association sent out an email informing the 15 communities involved of the top three locations with the most project votes. Brevard County is currently at No. 2!

Way to go making your vote count! Great job Brevard County for getting involved! It is because of our strong community that Brevard County is successful! Remember to vote every day for your favorite park at www.NRPA.org/BeInspired.

By providing safe places to get active, enjoy nature, preserve the environment and bring people together, our parks are essential to our health and well being. From April 1 through April 30, Brevard County residents can cast votes to help one of three county park projects capture $20,000 in grant funding for improvements.

The Brevard County projects are:

  • Bernice Jackson / Walter Butler Soccer Field in Sharpes
  • EEL Program's Sams House Nature Pavilion at Pine Island Conservation Area on Merritt Island
  • Wickham Park Community Garden in Melbourne
To cast your vote, visit www.NRPA.org/BeInspired. Park supporters can vote daily for their favorite park project. At the end of April the project with the most votes will receive the grant funding.

Here's how the national votes stack up to this point:

  1. Philadelphia
  2. Brevard County
  3. Seattle

Click here for more information.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Public Input Sought for Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Area Transit announces the following public workshop to which all persons are invited from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Space Coast Area Transit 401 S. Varr Ave., in Cocoa.

Space Coast Area Transit, as the Community Transportation Coordinator for Brevard County, is working to develop the Brevard County Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP) Major Update. Please join us at an open house-style workshop to find out more information about the TDSP development process and provide your input regarding the county's transportation needs and how to make public transportation work better for the community. Come out and share your thoughts so we can better serve you.

People who would like to offer comments, but are unable to attend a workshop, may do so by submitting written comments to the attention of Patricia Whitton at Tindale Oliver, 135 W Central Boulevard, Suite 450, Orlando, Florida 32801.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing a special accommodation at the workshop because of a disability or physical impairment should contact Carmen Baez at Space Coast Area Transit, 401 South Varr Avenue, Cocoa, Florida 32922 or (321) 635-7815, ext. 201 not later than 48 hours before the workshop.

In accordance with the Space Coast Area Transit Title VI Program and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) guidelines, this workshop is open to everyone without regard to race, color, or national origin. Persons with limited English proficiency may request translation assistance by contacting Carmen Baez at Space Coast Area Transit, 401 South Varr Avenue, Cocoa, Florida 32922 or (321) 635-7815, ext. 201 not later than 48 hours before the workshop.


April 10, 2015

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course offered in North Parks

TITUSVILLE, Fla -- North Area Parks Operations will offer a Lifeguard Training Course starting June 6.

The swimming portion of the class will be held at Titusville High School pool and the classroom portion will be held at Sandrift Community Center.

Class dates and times are as follows: June 6, 7, 13, and 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $250 and must be paid at the first class, June 6, at 6 p.m. Class size is limited to 10 and pre-registration is required.

Interested candidates must be 15 years of age, able to swim 300 yards nonstop (freestyle and breaststroke), swim 20 yards, pick up a 10-pound object and return to the start point in 1 minute and 40 seconds and tread water with legs only for 2 minutes.

Registration for all aquatics activities is available at North Area Parks Operations office, 475 North Williams Ave., Titusville, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information can be obtained by calling Mike Herman (321) 264 5105.


April 10, 2015

Tom Statham Park Closed April 13-26 for Construction

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Tom Statham Park, located at 7101 South US Highway 1, in Titusville, will be closed beginning Monday, April13, through Sunday, April 26, for construction work.

All areas or the park will be closed. Signs will be posted. Gates will be locked.

For information on North Area parks owned or operated by Brevard County, from the Volusia County line on the North to SR 528 on the South, please call (321) 264-5105.


April 07, 2015

Earth Day Festival April 18 at Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program and the Friends of the Enchanted Forest invite the public to the annual Earth Day Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 18, at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management and Education Center.

This is a fun event for all ages and free of charge. Activities will include Florida wildlife, bird and reptile exhibitors, Bat Belfrys with live Florida bats; live music, guided hikes, Florida Native Plant Society gardening info and native plant sales, environmental booths, artists painting on site. There will also be children's activities, crafts, and face painting.

Musicians performing at: 10 a.m., Sheryl Paige; 11 a.m., Sharon Osuna; 12 p.m. (noon,) Laura Covel Clark and Scott Taylor; 1 p.m., Crystal Woman; and 2 p.m., Kurt and Rene Nall.

Presentations of wildlife will be at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Earth Day presentation at 11 a.m.

The Friends of the Enchanted Forest will be in the Gift Shoppe with information and sale items. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, call the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary at (321) 264-5185, visit our website: www.eelbrevard.com; or find us on facebook.

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located in Titusville on the north side of S.R. 405, ½ mile west of U.S. 1.

This is a good opportunity to capture photographs of wildlife and people interacting.


April 07, 2015

North Area Summer Day Camps Now Offering Online Registration

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Brevard County Parks and Recreation's North Area Parks Operation is offering summer day camps from June 2 through Aug. 14 for children entering first grade through eighth grade.
  • Camp registration is being held at the following community centers during operating hours:
  • Cuyler Community Center, 2329 Harry T. Moore Ave., Mims (321) 264-5045
  • Isaac Campbell Sr. Community Center, 701 South Street., Titusville, (321) 264-5040
  • Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John (321) 633-1904;
  • Sandrift Community Center, 585 North Singleton Ave., Titusville (321) 264-5037
  • Sharpes at the Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice G. Jackson Park, 4201 North US 1, Cocoa (321) 433-4448.
You can also register online at registration.brevardcounty.us

Camp hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The weekly fee is $90 for the first child $81 for each additional child in the same household. The daily fee is $30 for the first child and $27 for each additional child in the same household. Discounts are available to qualifying families, please call a community center in your area for further information on discounted rates.

Additional information can be obtained by calling the community center in your area.


March 30, 2015

Pickle Ball at Singleton Tennis Courts in Titusville

TITUSVILLE, Fla.—North Area Parks Operations is offering Pickle Ball for all ages at Singleton Tennis Courts, 665 North Singleton Ave., in Titusville.

This free activity is a great way to exercise and have fun with friends and family. Pickle ball is best described as a combination of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton. This ongoing activity will be available through May. The activity will be held Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - noon.

This event is sponsored by Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, North Area Parks Operations. Contact Bob Levoy at (321) 289-5274 for Tuesday and Thursday play. Contact Donna Nunnally at (207) 504-0681 for Wednesday and Sunday play. For further information on Brevard County Parks and Recreation sponsored programs, please call (321) 264-5105.


March 30, 2015

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting April 20

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- 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. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 20, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, 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@brevardparks.com.


April 01, 2015

Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course Offered at Palm Bay Aquatic Center

PALM BAY, FL – The Palm Bay Aquatic Center will offer an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course beginning April 25.

Classes will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 25 & 26, and May 2 & 3. The cost is $250. The center is located at 420 Community College Parkway, just south of the Eastern Florida State College campus.

Interested candidates must be at least 16 years of age and must show proficiency in 25 yards each of Freestyle, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, and 15 yards each of Butterfly and Sidestroke. This activity is sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call the aquatic center at (321) 952-2232.


March 31, 2015

Your Vote Could Help Brevard Parks Score Improvements Grant

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Local parks make Brevard County a better place to live.

By providing safe places to get active, enjoy nature, preserve the environment and bring people together, our parks are essential to our health and well being. From Wednesday, April 1, to Thursday, April 30, Brevard County residents can cast votes to help one of three county park projects capture $20,000 in grant funding for improvements.

The projects are:

  • Bernice Jackson / Walter Butler Soccer Field in Sharpes
  • EEL Program's Sams House Nature Pavilion at Pine Island Conservation Area on Merritt Island
  • Wickham Park Community Garden in Melbourne
To cast your vote, visit www.NRPA.org/BeInspired. Park supporters can vote daily for their favorite park project. At the end of April the project with the most votes will receive the grant funding.


March 23, 2015

'Plant Polinator's' to be Topic at Lunch with Nature

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The topic for the monthly Lunch with Nature program at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, 444 Columbia Boulevard, Titusville, will be "Plant Polinator's" with Kari Ruder of The Green Market Place as the guest speaker. The program will be held at noon Wednesday, April 15.

Lunch with Nature is held the third Wednesday of the month with speakers that cover topics about our Space Coast and Central Florida such as conservation, water management, historical sites, plants, sea turtles and other areas of interest. There is no fee for this program and participants provide their own lunch.

This program is offered by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations and the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. Contact Andrea Chestnut at (321) 264-5105 for further information.


March 21, 2015

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation to meet April 9

TITUSVILLE, Fla.-- The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Ave. in Titusville. The public is invited to attend.

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


March 20, 2015

Lifeguard Training Course Offered at the Palm Bay Aquatic Center

PALM BAY, Fla. -- The Palm Bay Aquatic Center will offer an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course beginning April 10.

The center is located at 420 Community College Parkway, just south of the Eastern Florida State College Campus. Class dates and times are April 10 and 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; April 11, 12, 18 and 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $250 and includes book and a CPR mask.

The course will certify participants in lifeguarding, CPR, and first aid. Participants must be 15 years of age to participate and pass a swim test consisting of a 300 yard swim, 10lb. brick retrieval at a depth of 10 feet, and two minute treading water (legs only). Participants must be present for all class days and times.

This activity is sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, call the aquatic center at (321) 952-2232.


March 18, 2015

Easter Activities in North Brevard

MIMS, TITUSVILLE, PORT ST. JOHN, SHARPES, Fla.— Brevard County Parks and Recreation is offering Easter activities in North Brevard in April.

The 5th Annual Easter Day of Fun at Walter Butler Community Center located at Bernice G. Jackson Park, 4201 North U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa (Sharpes), on Wednesday, April 1, starting at 3:00 p.m. Participants can enjoy a free egg hunt, face painting, crafts and more! All participants should bring their own egg carriers. This event is cosponsored with North Cocoa Civic League. Call (321) 433-4448 for more information.

There will be two free egg hunts and a movie at Fay Park, 6315 Depot Road in Port St. John, on Saturday, March 28th. Children ages five and under will hunt eggs starting at 6:00 p.m. Children ages six through twelve years should bring a flashlight for the egg hunt starting at 8:30 p.m., and all participants should bring their own egg carrier. Immediately following Brevard County Parks and Recreation would like to welcome everyone to see a free movie in the park, the movie is Big Hero 6. Call (321) 633-1904 for more information.

Isaac Campbell, Sr. Park will host a free egg hunt on Friday, April 3rd, starting at 2:00 p.m., and all participants should bring their own egg carrier. Call (321) 264-5040 for more information.

Cuyler Park will host a free egg hunt on Sunday, April 5, starting at 5:00 p.m., and all participants should bring their own egg carriers. Call (321) 264-5045 for more information.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, for children ten years of age and under, will be held on Saturday, April 4, starting at 9 a.m., at Sand Point Park, 101 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville. There will be a pancake breakfast, crafts and egg hunt. Remember to bring your own egg carrier and camera. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $3 for each adult and $5 for each child. Space is limited to the first 150 children. Pre-registration is recommended at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Avenue, Titusville. Call (321) 264-5037 for more information.


March 18, 2015

Free Movie in the Park Planned April 18 at Chain of Lakes Park

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area, is hosting a free movie in the park on Saturday, April 18, at Chain of Lakes, 2300 Truman Scarborough Way, in Titusville.

The movie will be shown on a 23-foot outdoor movie screen beginning at approximately 8 p.m. The free movie will be "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." The movie is rated PG.

Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, food and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Concessions will be available for purchase. Call Mike Herman (321) 264-5105 for additional information.


March 17, 2015

Brevard Ocean Rescue to Host Tryouts for Lifeguards

BREVARD COUNTY -- Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host an open tryout for seasonal lifeguards on Saturday, March 21, looking to fill 40 positions. Ocean Rescue had a less-than-expected turnout for the Jan. 17 tryout.

Those hired on as ocean lifeguards will work from March to October this year.

Those trying out should be at the Rockledge High School swimming pool by 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 on the day of the tryout 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 under 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 $9.46/hour.

For additional information on the tryouts and Brevard County Ocean Rescue, please visit the department's page at www.brevardfire.com or contact the Ocean Rescue staff at (321) 633-2056.


March 16, 2015

Dodge IT Dodge Ball Games Offered at Port St. John Community Center

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. – Come out and join the fun at Port Saint John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port Saint John, at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17, for dodge IT night.

Children will participate in different variations of the dodge ball game. Teams will be chosen randomly and changed throughout the day of the event. Players are encouraged to wear loose, comfortable clothing and sneakers for this activity. The fee is $3 per child ages 8 – 12. There is limited space of 50, registration is recommended.

This activity is sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations. Call (321) 264-5105 for information on other recreation programs in North Brevard.


March 11, 2015

Brevard County Government Hosts Women's History Month Celebration

VIERA, Fla. -- Brevard County Government will host its first community celebration of Women's History Month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, Viera.

The brown-bag lunch event is open to the public and features presentations by Holocaust survivor Gerda Stokler, Craig Technologies Founder Carol Craig and Brigadier General (Retired) Mary Ann Epps, three Brevard County women who have made a mark through personal, professional and historical perseverance and achievement. The event, "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives," will be held in the boardroom of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, first floor, Building C. Presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

A brown-bag lunch is available for event attendees for $5.50 on-site through Complex Café and will include chicken, egg or tuna on a croissant roll, chips, soda or bottled water, and a cookie. Please request your preference in advance by emailing sandy.daughtry@brevardcounty.us or by calling (321) 633-2003.

On March 3, the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution recognizing March as Women's History Month in Brevard County.


March 13, 2015

Mom to Mom 5th Saturday Sale at Fox Lake Park

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The Mom to Mom 5th Saturday Sale will be held at the Fox Lake Park main pavilion, 4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville, on Saturday, May 30, at 9 a.m. Only children's clothing and toys will be offered for sale at the event.

Registration for vendors will begin Monday, April 27, at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Ave, Titusville, FL 32796. Applications will be available at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Avenue, Titusville. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

There is no cost to submit an application. A $20 plus tax, non-refundable, special event fee is due from vendors by Friday, May 29.

This activity is sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation's North Area Parks Operations. Call (321) 264-5037 for more information on this and other recreation programs in North Brevard.


March 04, 2015

'Next Stop: Job' Workshop Instructs Teens on How To Secure a Job

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Have a youngster who is interested in learning about the working world? UF/Brevard County Extension Service will hold a six-hour class that will give youth the opportunity to prepare for the future.

Participants will learn how to write a resume, write a cover letter, how to interview, how to dress for success, and how to manage money! Class is open to all youth ages 14-18 and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at the UF/Brevard County Extension Office, 3695 Lake Drive, in Cocoa. The cost is $10, and lunch is included. Space is limited to 20 participants, so sign-up early!

Contact Vanessa Spero-Swingle at (321) 633-1702 ext 231 for additional information.


March 04, 2015

10th Annual Fox Lake Spring Festival of Crafts to be held March 14

TITUSVILLE -- The 10th Annual Fox Lake Spring Festival of Crafts will be held at Fox Lake Park in Titusville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14.

Only handmade and homemade crafts will be offered for sale at the event, which is sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations. Concessions will be available for purchase and the event is free to attend.

Fox Lake Park is located at 4400 Fox Lake Road in Titusville. For more information about this and other recreation programs in North Brevard, call (321) 264-5105.


March 02, 2015

Spring Break Day Camp Online Registration Under Way Starting March 3

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Parks and Recreation launches online registration for Spring Break Day Camp on Tuesday, March 3. Register online at https://registration.brevardcounty.us.

Spring break day camp is offered throughout Brevard County at various community centers from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 23 through March 27. The weekly fee is $90 for the first child and a 10 percent discount for each additional child in the household if you are not receiving any other discounts. Daily fee is $30.

Please contact your local Brevard County Parks and Recreation Community Center (North Brevard) with questions regarding spring break day camp.


March 02, 2015

Viera Wetlands Nature Festival to highlight 'Art of the Wetlands'

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - "Art of the Wetlands" has been selected as the theme for this year's 6th Annual Viera Wetlands Nature Festival, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera, 3685 Charlie Corbeil Way, Viera.

In addition to art displays, exhibits will feature local wildlife, native plants, and butterflies. Scheduled activities include guided walking and van tours of the wetlands, tours of the adjacent water treatment facility, and introductory workshops in both wildlife photography and birding. Recognition awards will be presented to the Viera Voice, the Titusville Art League, and the Brevard Lions Club for their past support of the wetlands and its activities.

The event's walking and van tours will be led by volunteer Wetland Rangers, who will share their knowledge and experience of the wetlands and its inhabitants. An introductory birding workshop will be led by Tom Dunkerton of Nikon Optics, and a photography workshop will be led by award-winning photographer Nancy Ellwood, of naturesportal.com. Additional nature-themed activities will be scheduled for younger visitors.

More than a dozen related exhibitors will be present, and food vendors will also be available. Artists and photographers have provided donations for a silent auction to help raise funds to benefit the wetlands. The festival is free to the public.

Additional information about the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera is available at the Natural Resources Management Department's wetlands website, http://www.grissomwetlands.org; for more information, please contact Raleigh Berry at (321) 633-2016 or email raleigh.berry@brevardcounty.us


March 02, 2015

Hi-5 Community Festival March 14 at Isaac Campbell Sr. Park

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The Hi-5 Community Festival will be held at Isaac Campbell Sr. Park, 701 South Street in Titusville, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14.

This family friendly event will include music, dance, education and more. The event is free to attend, concessions will be available for purchase.

This event is co-sponsored by the Taking Dominion Now and Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, Parks & Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations. For more information, please call Kenneth Brown at (321) 267-6278 or (321) 501-5166.


February 27, 2015

Spring Break Camp Available at Walter Butler Community Center

SHARPES, Fla. -- Spring Break Day Camp, for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, is available at Walter Butler Community Center, 4201 North Cocoa Blvd (US 1), in Sharpes, March 23-27, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The weekly fee is $90 for the first child and $81 for each additional child in the same family. The daily rate is $30 per child when the child is attending three or fewer days during the week. Fees are due at the time of registration or on the first day a child attends. For further information, call Clifford Lett at (321) 433-4448.

Spring Break Camp is sponsored by Brevard County Parks & Recreation's North Area Parks Operations.


February 25, 2015

North Brevard Commission on Parks & Recreation meets March 12

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- 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 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 more information, call Terry Lane 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 Terry Lane at (321) 264-5105.


February 24, 2015

Officials work to secure Beach Funding/EOC support in Washington, D.C.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Government officials are headed to Washington, D.C., today to meet with members of Brevard County's Congressional delegation for continued funding for beach renourishment and support for construction of a new Emergency Operations Center and Communications Center.

District 2 Commissioner Jim Barfield, Tourism and Development Commission Director Eric Garvey, Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser and Michael McGarry, beach project coordinator and environment scientist with Natural Resource Management Department, are attending the 2015 Coastal Summit and will meet this week with legislative aides for Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio and Rep. Bill Posey. Separate meetings are scheduled on beach renourishment funding and on the need for a co-located Emergency Operations and Communications Center.

Florida's Space Coast officials are working with federal officials to secure an additional $5.4 million to finish the Mid Reach section of the Space Coast, the third and final phase of the project. The Mid Reach phase includes Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach and Melbourne. The project uses a combination of matching federal, state and local tourism tax investment. Those meetings are scheduled through Thursday.

This week, the county's efforts to protect its 72-mile-long coastline from threats posed by beach erosion will receive national recognition as one of four U.S. beaches named a 2014 "Best Restored Beach" by the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association. An estimated $39 million in federal funds have helped restore North and South Reaches of Space Coast beaches, including Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral and Indialantic, creating healthy habitats for coastal wildlife and tourist recreation. Beach tourism provides direct and indirect benefits in Brevard of an estimated $1.6 billion annually. Since 2000, more than $134 million in county, state and federal dollars have been spent on sand replacement along Brevard County beaches.

Earlier this month, the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution that asked for state and/or federal funding to construct an Emergency Operations facility that will enhance local and regional public safety, as well as national security.

Brevard County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is the most frequently activated in the state and second-most-activated in the nation, primarily due to rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The county, however, is also vulnerable to storm surge, tornadoes, flooding and high winds resulting in severe property damage and to potential loss of life from the effects of a hurricane or tropical storm, among other hazards.

Brevard has the second-oldest Emergency Operations Center of Florida's 67 counties, as well as the oldest and smallest EOC in the region, at 50 years old and 11,000 square feet. It is an initiative of the State of Florida to co-locate and consolidate 911 communication centers, but Brevard County has 11 different public safety answering points. A spatial needs analysis has already been completed for a facility which would encompass an EOC floor, co-located law enforcement/fire 911 communications dispatch center, traffic management center, 800 MHz public safety radio system administration, E911 administration, Emergency Management administration and logistical space.

Based on approved travel by the Board of County Commissioners, airfare, hotel, 2015 Coastal Summit registration and rental car amounts to about $1,000 per person.

"This is a trip in which we're working to secure millions of dollars for completion of Mid Reach beach restoration and also financial support for a new Emergency Operations Center, so the ultimate gain for Brevard County will far exceed the cost of the trip," said County Manager Stockton Whitten.


February 24, 2015

Residents Invited to Help Develop Long Range Transportation Plan

Brevard County residents are invited to participate in a Corridor Planning Workshop towards the development of the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan.

The workshop will be held from 8:30 am to Noon on Tuesday, March 3rd at the Brevard County School Board Main Board Room, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, FL 32940. Sponsored by the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization, the workshop will focus on the following key corridors:

  • US 1
  • SR 528
  • SR 520
  • SR A1A
  • Fiske Boulevard
  • Stadium Parkway
  • Wickham Road/Minton Road
  • Ellis Road
  • Babcock Street
Results from the workshop will be used to budget state and federal transportation funds.

Interested citizens may register at: www.SpaceCoastTPO.com/registration. For more information, call (321) 690-6890 or email tpostaff@spacecoasttpo.com.

About the Long Range Transportation Plan: The 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) provides a common vision for the community's transportation needs and guides the investment of public funds over a timeline of 20 or more years. It provides a framework for choosing projects across all transportation modes.

The LRTP is updated every five years. Public involvement is critical in putting the plan together. Public input thus far has included:

  • Four workshops with over 340 participants total
  • Two public surveys with over 820 participants
  • The development of a website, www.spacecoast2040.com, with over 4,000 views
The 2040 Transportation Vision was adopted by the Space Coast Transportation Planning Board this past fall. The next step is to take a closer look at specific corridors and identify projects that will increase economic vitality, protect natural resources and provide future generations choices in how they live and travel.

Learn more about the LRTP by visiting our website, http://spacecoasttpo.com/plan/long-range-transportation-plan/.


February 18, 2015

Free Birding Events at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Join Environmentally Endangered Lands staff and volunteers for an enjoyable weekend of birding!

The events are free, but registration is required.

  • Birding Kayak Trip at Fox Lake Sanctuary, Friday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Leisurely paddle with EEL guides and go birding by boat. Learn to identify some of the common species of birds that live at Fox Lake Sanctuary. Limited number of kayaks available, guests may bring their own kayak. Please bring your own binoculars, sunscreen, hat, and water. Please meet at the boat ramp by 8:45 a.m. Trip will start promptly. Registration is required by calling (321) 264-5185.
  • Beginning Birding with David Simpson, Saturday, Feb. 21, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Take an avian adventure with birder Dee Fairbanks and David Simpson. Learn identification tips, practice binocular skills, and observe Central Florida birds! Please bring binoculars, water, and wear closed-toed shoes. Register by calling (321) 264.5185.


February 17, 2015

Harry T., Harriette V. Moore Vote Records part of Black History Event

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Voter registration records bearing the names of Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore, Florida's most influential civil rights activists, will be among the highlights of kickoff ceremonies Wednesday of Brevard County Government's Black History Month Celebration.

Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott discovered the Moore's names among a century's worth of voting records, in the 1888-1948 Official Register of Electors for Mims. On March 29th, 1934, the Moore's names were recorded in the official records of the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Scott will present the historic official record book, containing the Moore's voter registration, to the Moore Cultural Center during the Black History Month Celebration, which will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Brevard County Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera. The record will remain on loan to the Cultural Center for the next year. Scott's presentation is planned for 11 a.m.

The Black History Month event is open to the public. The celebration features artwork, literature, music, cultural displays, special guests, and a soul food lunch ($6) from Loyd Have Mercy and desserts by Marilyn and Monroe Soul Food. Sponsors are Webster University, Sherrie Roberts-Spears, Realtor/Coldwell Banker, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, Health First and Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q.


February 17, 2015

North Area Parks Operations announces Caretaker Openings

TITUSVILLE, Fla.— Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area Park Operations, has openings for caretakers at:
  • Space Coast Communities Sports Complex, located at 662 Canaveral Groves Blvd., in Sharpes
  • Stuart Park, located at 4260 Stuart Ave., in Titusville
  • Holder Park, located at 2650 Glendale Blvd, in Mims
  • Parrish Park Scottsmoor, located at 4055 Magoon Ave., in Scottsmoor.
As it is desired to have the presence of law enforcement officers in our parks, any interested law enforcement officer is encouraged to apply. Applications are available at the North Area Parks Operations Office, 475 North Williams Ave., Titusville.

Space Coast Communities Sports Complex, Stuart Park, Holder Park and Parrish Park Scottsmoor do not currently have a home on site, the caretaker would need to provide a mobile home.

Send completed applications to Terry Lane, Operations Manager, 475 N. Williams Ave., Titusville, FL 32796, or email to terry.lane@brevardparks.com. Applications need to be received no later than Monday, March 16.

For more information, contact Terry Lane at (321) 264-5105.


February 17, 2015

North Area Parks Operations Seeks Certified Tennis Instructor

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Brevard County Parks & Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations, is seeking a USTA, USPTA- certified instructor or equivalent to teach tennis lessons at Singleton Courts, 665 North Singleton Ave., in Titusville.

Interested individuals should contact Mike Herman by email at mike.herman@brevardparks.com or by phone at (321)264-5105.


February 17, 2015

Spring Break Camp Offered At Sandrift Community Center

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Spring Break Day Camp. for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, is being offered at Sandrift Community Center, 585 North Singleton Ave., in Titusville, March 23-27, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The weekly fee is $90 for the first child and $81 for each additional child in the same family. The daily rate is $30 per child when the child is attending three or fewer days during the week. Fees are due at the time of registration or on the first day a child attends.

Spring Break Camp is sponsored by Brevard County Parks & Recreation's North Area Parks Operations. For more information, call Jann Faiga at (321) 264-5037.


February 08, 2015

24-hour 'Bioblitz' survey planned for Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management & Education Center is hosting a bioblitz starting at 1 p.m. May 23 through 1 p.m. May 24 at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in Titusville.

A bioblitz is a 24-hour survey of the biological diversity in a specified area. The purpose of this event is to catalog the species positively identified within a 24-hour period at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, increase the public awareness of the biological diversity in Brevard County, provide a fun and educational recreation activity to the general public, for field experts to have the opportunity to share their passions and knowledge with each other and the general public, and to celebrate International Biological Diversity Day.

We are seeking scientists, experts, and naturalists that would be interested in participating by leading surveys of a specified taxa, helping in the identification of species, and/or hosting talks/tables to educate the public on the species and biodiversity of Brevard County.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Sarah Kraum by phone (321.264.5185) or email (sarah.kraum@brevardparks.com) by Feb. 20.


February 08, 2015

2015 Junior Lifeguard Camp offered at Joe Lee Smith Aquatic Center

COCOA, Fla. -- Joe Lee Smith Aquatic Center in Cocoa will host a Junior Lifeguard camp March 23-27.

Classes will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Course participants will learn the basics of water safety and emergency response in the classroom and at the pool. Cost is $90. Interested candidates must be currently enrolled in 6th through 9th grade.

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 & Recreation summer aquatics programs.

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


February 06, 2015

Virginia Barker named Interim Natural Resources Management Director

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Virginia Barker, who has played a pivotal role in the restoration of Brevard County beaches and dunes, has been named Interim Director of Brevard County Government's Natural Resources Management Department. The position is being vacated Feb. 20 by Director Ernie Brown, who is moving home to his native state of Virginia.

Barker has been with Brevard County Government for 17 years in a variety of roles with Natural Resources, including the county's beach management program, stormwater utility program and numerous other environmental initiatives. She is currently the Watershed Program Manager, supervising staff, consultants and contractors to prepare and implement innovative, comprehensive and scientifically-based environmental regulations, management and master plans. These regulations and plans are designed to protect public health and ensure the long-term conservation of Brevard's natural amenities while fostering local economic development, tourism and recreational opportunities for Brevard's citizens and visitors.

Barker has represented the County's interests during the design, construction, monitoring and maintenance of over $180 million in beach and dune restoration, flood control and water quality improvement projects. Her efforts have been repeatedly recognized through awards from local and state organizations, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Barker earned a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University.

As Interim Director, Barker will direct a Natural Resources Management Department staff of 93 employees. The department is responsible for environmental resources management, including environmental review, ecosystem management and boating and waterway management; remediation and compliance, which includes petroleum cleanup and remediation, pollutant storage systems compliance and hazardous waste compliance; watershed management, which includes beach and coastal management, stormwater engineering and design and water quality; and mosquito control, which includes air operations and aquatic weed control.

Barker said her priorities include sandy beaches, a healthy Indian River Lagoon, applying sound science and engaging the public in sustainable management of Brevard's rich natural heritage, as well as ensured public safety through mosquito control.

Brown, hired as Natural Resources director in November 2004, is moving to Loudoun County, Va. This month he will begin his role as director of General Services, overseeing the county's Stormwater program, Environmental Compliance programs, Public Works, Solid Waste and Hazardous Waste operations as well as the county's Fleet, Facilities and Surplus Asset Management programs.


February 05, 2015

2015 Lifeguard Course offered at McLarty Aquatic Center, Rockledge

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. -- Central Area Parks and Recreation will be offering a lifeguard course March 6-20 at McLarty Park, 790 Barton Blvd., in Rockledge. Course dates and times are as follows:
  • March 6: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 11: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • March 13 and 14: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • March 18 and 20: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Participants will need access to the internet as this course has online components. All classes must be attended. Cost is $250 and must be paid upon successful completion of a skills test on March 6. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is recommended with a minimum of five participants to hold the class.

Interested candidates must be 15 years of age, able to swim 300 yards nonstop (freestyle and breaststroke), complete a timed 10-pound brick retrieval, and tread water for two minutes using legs only.

Upon successful course completion, participants will receive American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR for Professional Rescuer.

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


February 05, 2015

Brevard County Government to Host Black History Month Celebration

VIERA, Fla. -- Brevard County Government will host its second community celebration of Black History Month from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, Viera.

The drop-in event, open to the public, will include cultural displays, artwork, literature, music and activities that recognize the significant contributions of African Americans. There will also be Soul food ($6 per plate) from Loyd Have Mercy.

This event is hosted by Brevard County Government. On Feb. 3, the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution recognizing February as Black History Month in Brevard County.


February 04, 2015 Ocean Rescue Chief: Education is Key to Safety and Life

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Like any impressionable young child growing up on the Space Coast, Brevard County Ocean Rescue Chief Jeff Scabarozi dreamed of one day launching in a rocket toward outer space.

Since 2004, when Scabarozi began working with Brevard County Ocean Rescue, he's more likely to encounter star fish than those of a galactic nature. But that hasn't derailed his pursuit. Scabarozi, who at age 24 became chief of Ocean Rescue in 2008, continues to shoot for the stars both on professional and personal levels. As a child, "I wanted to be an astronaut," said Scabarozi, who's from a family of engineers. "My dad works at the Space Center. Any rocket or shuttle that went up shook the windows of the house."

Scabarozi was born at Cape Canaveral Hospital and was raised on Merritt Island, graduating from Merritt Island High School in 2000. In 2005, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Central Florida, and is about to graduate with a second bachelor's degree, this one in mechanical engineering.

Scabarozi was taught how to swim at a very young age by his grandmother. When he turned 16, his plans to spend the summer on the beach swimming and surfing were dashed when his father took Scabarozi "kicking and screaming," Scabarozi said, to lifeguard tryouts. But he liked it and ultimately turned his lifelong passion into a career.

In 2010, he met his wife, Laura, on the beach. "She was the most beautiful woman I have ever seen and it was love at first sight," he said. "I walked up and gave her my business card and asked her out. I was lucky enough to get a call from her that night and we went to dinner and have been inseparable since. They were married at Disney World in 2012. Laura is studying at UCF to become a psychologist. "We spend our evenings side by side doing school work," he said. "Education is key. You never want to stop learning. I tell my guys, 'Don't sell yourself short. Go get your education.'"

From the vantage point atop a lifeguard tower at Lori Wilson Park, Scabarozi may possibly have the most scenic "office" view in the county.

It's one of 5 lifeguard towers that are manned year-round by Ocean Rescue at various beachfront parks. On a recent cool morning, Scabarozi was here only to touch base with one of the 17 full-time ocean rescuers who help protect the multitude of bathing suit-clad visitors who flock annually to the beaches of Brevard County. Between the end of March and the end of October - essentially from the start of Spring break to the start of cooler temperatures -- the number of lifeguard towers jumps to 24 (5 year-round and 19 seasonal towers,) and seasonal lifeguards brought on board to protect the masses boosts the number of additional ocean rescuers to 100.

The Brevard County Ocean Rescue Division provides for the safe swimming and beach protection to all Brevard County residents, visitors and tourists in designated areas of Brevard County. The five areas protected full time have lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. The key to success for Brevard County Ocean Rescue is a focus on prevention, said Scabarozi, who spearheads Ocean Rescue and its $1.1 million budget not from a lifeguard tower but from a virtual tool shed-turned-makeshift office in a remote corner of the parking lot at Lori Wilson Park.

"We work to be proactive lifeguards. We work to warn the public before they get into trouble," he said. "A big thing is education. We look out for people who may not be accustomed to the beach environment, and the big thing is to inform them of the dangers of the day."Those dangers are evaluated by the individual Ocean Rescuers at the beginning of each day. They physically get into the water to gauge ocean conditions. They then work to pass that knowledge onto the public.

According to USLA, there have been nearly 5,000 rescues on Brevard County beaches since 2007, with the majority of those a result of swimmers encountering rip currents. There have been an estimated 500,000 preventative actions, which means Ocean Rescuers were able to ward off trouble before it happened. This past year, Brevard County Ocean Rescue was named 2013 Beach Patrol of the Year by the Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs Association. "We've made it pretty far in the course of six or seven years," Scabarozi said.

For more information on Brevard County Ocean Rescue, visit: http://www.brevardcounty.us/firerescue/oceanservices


February 03, 2015

Parent's Night Out Offered in North Brevard Parks

TITUSVILLE, SHARPES, MIMS, PORT SAINT JOHN, Fla. — Parent's Night Out events will be offered in the weeks ahead at multiple locations in North Brevard parks for children ages 5-12. Cost: For first child, $12; additional children in the same household $10. Pre-registration is required 7 days prior to event. Space is limited.

Events scheduled:

  • Cuyler Community Center, 2329 Harry T. Moore Ave., Mims, will offer Parent's Night Out on the first Friday of each month, from 6 – 11 p.m. Dates include Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, and May 1. There will be games, arts and crafts, and pizza. Please call (321) 264-5045 for more information.
  • Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Ave., Titusville, will offer Parent's Night Out on the third Friday of each month, from 6 – 11 p.m. Dates include Feb. 20, March 20, April 17 and May 15. There will be games, arts and crafts, and pizza. Please call (321) 264-5037 for more information.
  • Walter Butler Community Center, 4201 N. Cocoa Blvd (US Hwy 1), Sharpes, will offer Parent's Night Out on the fourth Friday of each month, from 6 – 11 p.m. Dates include Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, and May 22. There will be games, arts and crafts, and pizza. Please call (321) 433-4448 for more information.
  • Port Saint John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port Saint John, will offer Parents Night Out from 6-11 p.m. on Feb. 13 and March 20. There will be games, arts and crafts, and pizza. Please call (321) 633-1904 for more information.
  • Isaac Campbell Sr. Community Center, 701 South Street, Titusville, will offer Parents Night Out on the second Friday of each month, from 6–11 p.m. Dates include Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, and May 8. There will be games, arts and crafts, and pizza. Please call (321) 264-5040 for more information.
Parents Night Out is sponsored by Brevard County Parks & Recreation's North Area Parks Operations.


February 03, 2015

Space Coast Government Television Moves to Channel 499 on March 2

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Effective March 2, 2015, Space Coast Government Television (SCGTV) programming will move from channel 199 to channel 499 on the Brighthouse cable network.

The move is part of a channel lineup initiative by Brighthouse to standardize Public, Education and Government programming across Central Florida.

SCGTV, which airs live broadcasts of Brevard County Board of County Commission meetings as well as taped municipal government meetings, Public Service Announcements and Florida Channel programming, will continue to air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SCGTV can also be found on Comcast on channel 51 (North Brevard) and channel 13 (South Brevard.)


February 03, 2015

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting Feb. 18

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- 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. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, 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@brevardparks.com.


February 02, 2015

Canine Wilderness Run Set for March 7 in Port St. John

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. — Bring your canine friend to the Canine Wilderness Run, which will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Fay Lake Wilderness Park Dog Park, 6300 Fay Boulevard.

The fee is $2 per participating canine and all owners of participants must provide current vaccination records. Canine lovers will have the opportunity to let their pet's skills and instincts run wild in a dog luring course. Interested vendors are invited to purchase a space at a cost of $25 plus tax. Space is limited.

This activity is sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations and is co-sponsored by Brevard County Animal Control and the SPCA. Call (321) 264-5105 for information on other recreation programs in North Brevard.


January 30, 2015

County Manager to host First Developer's Roundtable Discussion Feb. 9

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard County Manager Stockton Whitten will host a "Developer's Roundtable" from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, for a discussion with community developers on growth issues, land use, development activities and building trends.

The meeting will be held in the Florida Room, third floor of Building C, at the Brevard County Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera.

The goal of the Developer's Roundtable is to bring key County department heads to the table with members of the development community on a quarterly basis. The roundtables invite open and informal discussions on development processes, organizational approaches, processes and issues on both sides of the table.

"The emphasis is to share information and obtain external industry input as the County seeks to address potential and appropriate improvements that will reduce misunderstandings, enhance communications and increase efficiencies," Whitten said. "We look forward to hearing from development industry participants about their experiences with Brevard County as well as their experience in other Florida cities and counties that can help us in performing better service to our customers and residents."

Whitten is asking area developers, builders and/or their representatives interested in taking part in future Developer's Roundtables to contact the County Manager's Office at (321) 633-2002.


January 28, 2015

Mom to Mom Garage Sale Canceled

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The Mom to Mom Garage Sale scheduled at the Fox Lake Park main pavilion, 4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville, on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 9 a.m. has been canceled due to lack of registered vendors.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


January 24, 2015

'Next Stop: Job' Workshop Instructs Teens on How To Secure a Job

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Have a youngster who is interested in learning about the working world? UF/Brevard County Extension Service will hold a six-hour class that will give youth the opportunity to prepare for the future.

Participants will learn how to write a resume, write a cover letter, how to interview, how to dress for success, and how to manage money! Class is open to all youth ages 14-18 and will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16, at the UF/Brevard County Extension Office, 3695 Lake Drive, in Cocoa.There is no charge, and lunch is included! Space is limited to 20 participants, so sign-up early!

Contact Vanessa Spero-Swingle at 321-633-1702 ext 231 for additional information.


January 24, 2015

North Brevard Commission on Parks & Recreation meets Feb. 12

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 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 more information, call Terry Lane 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 Terry Lane at (321) 264-5105.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Get an Angle on the Fishing Business with Inaugural 'For Hire' Fishing Workshop

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Attention charter captains and fishing guides! Join the UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County and Florida Sea Grant for an exciting new opportunity. The inaugural "For-Hire" fishing workshop will give you new ideas and proven advice that will help you grow your fishing business.

The workshop connects you with experts in the community, shows you how to get involved in fisheries research opportunities, and helps you get answers to the business questions and challenges that will keep you ahead of the competition. Workshop topics will include: developing a winning business plan, essentials of social media marketing, and latest fisheries research in the Indian River Lagoon and East Coast.

The workshop will be held on Friday, Feb. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County, 3695 Lake Drive, Cocoa. The workshop is $25 and includes materials, lunch, and refreshments. Please register at http://forhirefishing-brevard.eventbrite.com. Questions? Please contact your local Florida Sea Grant agent, Holly Abeels, habeels@ufl.edu, (321) 633-1702 x235.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Green on the Green Golf Tournament March 7 Supports 4-H Program

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The UF/Brevard County Extension Service will host a Green on the Green Golf Tournament on March 7 in support of the Brevard County 4-H Program.

This year's tournament promises to be as big a hit as it has in previous years. Players will once again be swinging to support youth, so we hope you'll join us.

This year we're trying both a new location and price, in addition to the name change for our tournament. Players will be putting at Duran Golf Club, and fees have been reduced to $100 per person. Duran will also be handling registration, so please register at www.durangolf.com. We will no longer have a barbeque the night before, but players can expect a continental breakfast and lunch with their registration fee.

Come join us for a fantastic tournament and a wonderful cause!


Friday, January 16, 2015

4th Annual Pioneer Day Festival Celebrates Local History

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. -- Celebrating the history of Merritt Island on "Pioneer Day" is an annual event that has an exciting appeal for history, art, music, and nature lovers, and children of all ages.

The Feb. 7 event is a partnership between Sams House at Pine Island and St. Luke's Episcopal Church located on a sleepy little stretch of North Tropical Trail just north of the Barge Canal on North Merritt Island. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Sams House and St. Luke's will host a wide variety of activities, most of which are free. Complete information can be found by visiting, www.mipioneerday.com and www.facebook.com/pioneerdaymerrittisland

Kevin Gidusko of the Pine Island Preservation Society, and Joyce Young from St. Luke's are co-coordinators. Both were involved in Pioneer Day activities last year and have added some new attractions and are bringing back many of the favorites from past years.

Events at Sams House (ongoing from 10 am to 4 pm) include:

  • Living History Demonstrations and Educational Exhibits (including Confederate Sons Association, Florida History Display, Central Florida Fossils, Florida Public Archeology Network, Florida Wildlife Hospital, and the Florida Historical Society Archaeology Institute
  • Crafts Fair and Farmer's Market (including Better by Candlelight, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, Coiled Vessels by Teresa Camarata, Mrs. Mango & Company, Spade & Trowel Garden Club, and We Be Jammin'
  • Historic House and Cabin Tours by guides in period clothing
  • Display of Sams Family Artifacts and Historic Clothing
  • Florida Folk Music by Chris Kahl, the Celery City String Band and Scott Taylor
  • Children's Crafts and Games
  • Food by Slow & Low Bar-b-que
Events at St. Luke's (10 am to 4 pm):
  • On-going Self-guided Historic Chapel and Cemetery Tours
  • 10:30: Merritt Island's Cow Hunters - Bud Crisafulli
  • Noon: Homemade soups ($5)
  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Molly Thomas, Historic Preservation of Cemeteries
  • Additional talks about the history of Indian River Citrus, Merritt Island's Ostrich Farm and more
  • Fish Fry Dinner -- $9 advance ticket sales; call (321)-452-5260
About Sams House at Pine Island:
The Sams House at Pine Island is an 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, ? mile west of SR 3 and 5 miles north of SR 528. For information, call (321) 449-4720.

About St. Luke's Episcopal Church:
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, call (321) 452-5260.


January 06, 2015

Volunteers Sought for 2015 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The 18th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is looking for volunteers for this year's event, which is scheduled for Jan. 21-Jan. 26 on the Titusville campus of Eastern Florida State College.

Several interesting tasks are available for those who wish to volunteer. The festival provides opportunity to meet visitors from throughout the United States and many foreign countries.

For more information, please contact Rhonda Harris at (321) 268-5224 or rhonda@brevardnaturealliance.org.




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