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April 06, 2014

EEL's Recreation & Education Advisory Committee meets May 8

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, May 8, 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.


April 04, 2014

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting on May 5

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, May 5, 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 03, 2014

EEL Program to hold Procedures Committee Meeting on May 1

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

The purpose of the meeting is to review policies and procedures of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark (321) 255-4466 or Laura.Clark@brevardparks.com.


April 03, 2014

Space Coast Area Transit Plans Public Outreach on Bus Fare Increase

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Area Transit will be conducting public outreach to distribute information and receive comments from citizens regarding a possible fare increase. The proposed fare increase is being requested due to increased ridership and the need to better serve the community.

The outreach will be conducted in an informal atmosphere and citizens can arrive any time between the designated times. The times and locations will be as follows:

  • Monday, April 14, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Melbourne Square Mall – at Transfer Station
    1700 W. New Haven Avenue
    Melbourne
  • Tuesday, April 15, 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
    Hammock Landing – at Transfer Station
    225 Palm Bay Road
    Palm Bay
  • Tuesday, April 15, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Space Coast Area Transit – Cocoa Terminal
    401 S. Varr Avenue
    Cocoa
  • Monday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    Shepard Park – at Transfer Station
    179 E. Cocoa Beach Causeway
    Cocoa Beach

  • Monday, April 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    North Brevard Library – at Bus Stop
    2121 S. Hopkins Avenue
    Titusville
If you are unable to attend any of these dates, further information can be obtained by accessing www.RideSCAT.com.


April 03, 2014

Brevard County Offers Pet Adoption Special to Sweeten Tax Days

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Don't let TAX DAY get you down! Come celebrate at Brevard County's Animal Care Centers with $15 pet adoptions from April 12-15.

The adoption fee of $15 covers all age-appropriate vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, a microchip and a County animal license tag. The normal adoption fee is $70 for cats and $80 for dogs.

To see dogs or cats available for adoption, visit the Brevard County Animal Care Centers at 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne or 2605 Flake Road in Titusville or go to the shelter website at www.brevardcounty.us/AnimalServices. The Animal Care Centers are open from Noon to 6 p.m. every day but Wednesday.


April 03, 2014

Sites Announced for Summer Food Service Program, June 2-Aug. 15

Brevard County Parks and Recreation will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program starting June 2nd until Aug. 15.

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, if open site, are eligible for meals at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in 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.

Sites that will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program are attached. CLICK HERE

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 02, 2014

Water Safety Instructor Course offered at McLarty Aquatic Center

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. - A Water Safety Instructor course will be held at McLarty Aquatic Center, 790 Barton Blvd., in Rockledge.

Classes will be held May 6-18 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday May 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and final testing on Sunday, May 18, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants must attend all classes. Cost is $250 and must be paid upon successful completion of the skills test on May 6. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

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

Upon completion, participants will receive American Red Cross certification as a Water Safety Instructor, and be able to teach swim lessons and water safety presentation. For additional information, call Claire Cawthon at 321-633-1874.


April 01, 2014

Registration Begins for North Brevard Summer Day Camps

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Brevard County Parks and Recreation's North Area Parks Operation is offering summer day camps for children entering first grade through eighth grade from May 30 through Aug. 15.

Camp registration is being held at the following community centers during operating hours: Cuyler Community Center 2329 Harry T. Moore Avenue, 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 Avenue, Titusville (321) 264-5037, and in Sharpes at the Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice G. Jackson Park, 4201 North US 1, Cocoa (321) 433-4448.

Camp hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The weekly fee is $90 per child or $25 per day. 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.


April 01, 2014

9th Annual Fox Lake Spring Festival of Crafts to be held April 5

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The Ninth Annual Fox Lake Spring Festival of Crafts will be held at Fox Lake Park in Titusville on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

North Area Parks Operations is seeking a non-profit organization to sell concessions in the kitchen. Any interested groups should contact Jill Hill by email jill.hill@brevardparks.com.

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 27, 2014

Egg Hunts, Breakfast with Easter Bunny Among April Activities in N. Brevard

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

Events include:

  • The 4th Annual Easter Day of Fun at 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Walter Butler Community Center, located at Bernice G. Jackson Park, 4201 North U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa (Sharpes.) Participants will enjoy a free egg hunt, face painting, crafts and more. Participants should bring egg carriers. This event is co-sponsored 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, April 12. Children ages 5 and under will hunt at 5 p.m. Children ages 6 through 12 should bring a flashlight for the egg hunt starting at 8:15 p.m., and all participants should being their own egg carrier. Immediately following Brevard County Parks and Recreation would like to welcome everyone to see the movie "Frozen." Call (321) 633-1904 for more information.
  • Isaac Campbell Sr. Park will host a free egg hunt starting at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18. All participants should bring their own egg carrier. This event is co-sponsored by the Isaac Campbell Sr. Group and local Community Churches. Call (321) 264-5040 for more information.
  • Cuyler Park will host a free egg hunt at 4 p.m. Friday, April 18. All participants should bring their own egg carriers. Call (321) 264-5045 for more information.
  • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, for children 10 years of age and under, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 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. Pre-registration is recommended at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Ave., Titusville. Call (321) 264-5037 for more information.


March 26, 2014

BPS Superintendent Guest Speaker at N. Brevard Commission on Parks and Rec.

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Brian Binggeli will be guest speaker during the North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation's monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 10.

The meeting will be held in the Brevard Room, 518 South Palm Ave., Titusville. Binggeli will speak at 5:30 p.m., time certain, on the proposed sales tax initiative. 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.


March 21, 2014

EEL Program Seeks Volunteer for Selection/Management Committee

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

Applicant qualifications:

  • Two-year appointment.
  • Graduate degree or demonstrated expertise in biological or environmental sciences.
  • Background in environmental conservation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Brevard County Ecosystems.
  • Residency in Brevard County.
Interested individuals may obtain a Committee Member Application on the EEL website at the following link http://tiny.cc/eelsmcapp and submit the application along with their resume to the EEL Program Office at 91 East Drive, Melbourne, FL 32904. Attention Mike Knight, 321-255-4466. Or via email at mike.knight@brevardparks.com.

Submittal deadline is April 10.

For additional information on committee responsibilities see the EEL Land Acquisition Manual at the following link: http://tiny.cc/eellam


March 21, 2014

'Find Yourself In Nature' During April 3-13 Expedition in Brevard

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- For eleven days in April, the Space Coast will be host to hikers, bikers, paddlers, horseback riders and more during Expedition Brevard, which runs April 3-13.

The Space Coast of Florida boasts a variety of habitats to explore, from coastal scrub and forested uplands to open prairies and maritime hammocks. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy an amazing diversity of ecosystems during specially planned treks and tours during Expedition Brevard.

Inspired by the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition that completed in April 2012, the Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition will feature the active involvement of many expert guides, residents and visitors.

The motto of the Expedition Brevard is "find yourself in nature." The event is designed to build awareness of conservation lands and wildlife corridors in Brevard County, Florida (the Space Coast.)

The Expedition will offer a variety of activities that relate to the natural areas of Brevard County. These activities will appeal to a wide range of interests, ages and fitness levels. Some of the activities include: eco-tours on horseback, by kayak or canoe and fat tire bikes; stand up paddleboarding in the Indian River Lagoon; a nocturnal nature hike; a night critter watch ride; pontoon boat guided excursions; wildlife photography, surf fishing, multi-day off-road biking events and plant identification instruction; oyster mat making for the Indian River Lagoon Program at the Indian River Festival on Saturday, April 12, and much, much more.

The Expedition is being organized by local volunteers and has received support from sponsors and experts on the lands and outdoor recreation of the area, including special support from the Titusville Chamber of Commerce as a partner during the Indian River Festival and the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands program.

Pre-register online for your favorite treks before they fill up at www.ExpeditionBrevard.com. Follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/ExpeditionBrevard. For more information, call (321) 268-5224.

About Brevard Nature Alliance:
The Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition is presented by the Brevard Nature Alliance, a voluntary group of individuals and organizations associated for the purpose of raising the awareness of citizens and visitors to the value and importance of the natural resources of Brevard County, Florida. The group is dedicated to serving the community through educational outreach, environmental program development, strategic planning, and the sharing of information and expertise with all interested parties.

The Mission of the Brevard Nature Alliance is to build public awareness and appreciation of the value of Brevard County's natural resources by fostering and promoting ethical nature-based ecotourism.


March 20, 2014

April is "Garden Month" at Sams House at Pine Island

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Spring is here and April is "Garden Month" at Sams House at Pine Island. All events are free, unless noted, and open to the public.

Owl Prowl - Thursday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Join staff naturalists as we walk the woods at night, looking and listening for our resident Barred owls. This special program is part of the Brevard Wildlife Expedition. Register at www.expeditionbrevard.com.

Scrub-Jay Walk and Talk - Friday, April 4, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Join Patricia Tierney and Vince Lamb in an up-close encounter with the endangered Florida Scrub-Jay. This one-mile hike through Cruickshank Sanctuary in Rockledge is part of the Brevard Wildlife Expedition. Register at www.expeditionbrevard.com.

The Secret Life of the Florida Scrub-Jay - Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: In "The Secret Life of the Florida Scrub-Jay," Pelican Island Audubon Society office manager and wildlife photographer Bob Montanaro brings to life the often elusive behavior of these birds and why the preservation of their habitat is one of the best ways to preserve this unique species.

Help Our Garden Grow! - Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m. to noon: We've been awarded a second Keep Brevard Beautiful Native Landscape Grant! Help us put in our new entrance garden at this fun community work day. Please wear close-toed shoes. Bring water, gloves, a hand shovel (if you have one) and picnic lunch.

Conservation Lands Work! - Sunday, April 13, 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: In this informative slideshow, we'll learn how we all benefit from conservation lands - even if we are not active users of them. This special program is part of the Brevard Wildlife Expedition. Register at www.expeditionbrevard.com.

Overland & Into The Water! Homeschool Program - Thursday, April 17, 10 a.m. to noon: Observe first hand how small changes in the elevation of our Florida topography makes a difference in the soil types and plants that are found here. Hike from the higher, sandy ridge where the Sams House and Cabin and located, down to the waterline at the Indian River Lagoon overlook. Learn about some of the fish and critters found in and around our waterways.

Butterflies! - Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Learn about native butterflies as we stroll through our beautiful gardens. Butterflies we are likely to see include the Peacock, Great Southern White, and Zebra Longwing. April Flowers Brings Showers of Pollinators! - Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Join us for a fun, outdoor family activity! Take a close look at flower structures and different pollinators. Compare various seeds, nuts and fruits that are the results of pollination. Create a work of art to take home. Ideal for ages 5-12 and their families.

The Sams House at Pine Island is a historic complex and nature center within the 1,000-acre Pine Island Conservation Area. Owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program, the Center is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in North Merritt Island, a half-mile west of State Road 3. It is open Thursdays to Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the 1875 Sams Cabin and 1888 Sams House are given every Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. For more information, call (321) 449-4720.


March 19, 2014

BREVARD COUNTY OCEAN RESCUE NEEDS TO FILL 35 MORE SEASONAL POSITIONS

BREVARD COUNTY – The best beach patrol in the state wants you!

Brevard County Ocean Rescue – named Florida's Beach Patrol of the Year for 2013 – hosts its second open tryout on Saturday, March 22 for seasonal lifeguards. The department is looking to fill 35 positions in order to be at full strength on the beaches.

Those hired on will work through October this year.

Those trying out should be at the Rockledge High School swimming pool by 7 a.m. 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.

To read more detailed press release information, click here.

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 18, 2014

Brevard Animal Shelters Extend Discount on Adoption Fees

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Adoption fees for dogs and cats at the Brevard County Animal Shelters will be $17 through the end of March.

The reduced fee was originally offered through St. Patrick's Day, but Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement has decided to extend the discount through the end of the month because customers appreciate the discount and there are an increasing number of dogs in the shelters.

The adoption fee of $17 covers all age-appropriate vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, a microchip and a county animal license tag. The normal adoption fee is $70 for cats and $80 for dogs.

To see dogs or cats available for adoption, go to the Brevard County Animal Care Centers at 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne or 2605 Flake Road in Titusville or go to the shelter website at www.brevardcounty.us/AnimalServices. The Animal Care Centers are open from noon to 6 p.m. every day but Wednesday.


March 14, 2014

Lifeguard Training Course offered at McLarty Pool in Rockledge

ROCKLEDGE, Fla - A Lifeguard training course will be held April 22-May 4 at McLarty Park Pool in Rockledge.

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with final testing on Sunday, May 4, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. All classes must be attended. The cost is $250 and must be paid upon successful completion of a skills test on April 22 at 5 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended. McLarty Park Pool is located at 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge.

Interested candidates must be 15 years of age, able to swim 300 yards non stop doing freestyle or backstroke, complete a timed 10-pound brick retrieval, and tread water for 2 minutes using legs only.

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

For additional information, call Claire Cawthon at (321) 633-1874.


March 11, 2014

Isaac Campbell Sr. Park Hosts March 28-29 Community Festival

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The Isaac Campbell Sr. Community Festival will be held at Isaac Campbell Sr. Park, 701 South Street, in Titusville, on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29.

Friday's activities begin at 6 p.m. and include a community meeting and recognition ceremony. Saturday's activities get underway at 10 a.m. and include music, games and entertainment. This event is free to attend; concessions will be available for purchase.

The Community Festival 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 Tommy Myers at (321) 264-5040.


March 11, 2014

Free 'Monster's University' Movie in the Park at Fay Park, March 22

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. — Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area, is hosting a free Movie in the Park featuring "Monster's University" on Saturday, March 22, at Fay Park, 6315 Depot Road, in Port St. John.

The movie will be shown on a giant, 23-foot outdoor movie screen beginning at approximately 8 p.m. The movie is rated G. Please check the movie hotline for inclimate weather updates (321) 264-5109.

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


March 11, 2014

Ribbon-Cutting Marks Opening of Solid Waste Vehicle Maintenance Facility

VIERA, Fla. – The Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department announces a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 4, for the new Solid Waste Vehicle Maintenance Facility located at the Central Disposal Facility (CDF), 2250 Adamson Road, in Cocoa.

The old Vehicle Maintenance Building was over 40 years old and was constructed as part of the initial development of the Central Disposal Facility in the late 1960's. As part of the Capital Improvement Plan adopted by the Board of County Commissioners, a new Vehicle Maintenance Facility was constructed on the site.

This pre-engineered, energy-efficient, $2.6 million state-of-the-art facility has over 19,000 square feet, three 110-foot-deep maintenance bays with rolling service doors, a 7.5-ton capacity overhead bridge crane system, tire storage area, a fully automatic fire protection alarm and sprinkler system, and a parts stock room.

The project was a collaborative effort between Brevard County Departments – Dave Trafton, Construction Coordinator for Solid Waste, the Road & Bridge Construction group and the Survey group; Project Manager, Ron Beladi, of Neel-Schaeffer, Inc., and the General Contractor, Doug Wilson Enterprises. The flexibility of coordinating many aspects of construction utilizing internal working groups contributed to streamlining the project, which came in on time and under budget. The new facility is able to service six vehicles at a time as compared to two in the old building. It also offers a separate tire service area, storage for lubricants and fluids, a secure records storage area and inventory stockroom, as well as a workshop for the Facility Maintenance crews.

For more information, contact Euripides Rodriguez, director of Solid Waste, Brevard County Solid Waste Department, at (321) 633-2042.


March 05, 2014

Spring Break Camp Offered at Sandrift Community Center in Titusville

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Spring Break Day Camp, for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, is being offered at Sandrift Community Center, 585 North Singleton Avenue, in Titusville, March 24-28, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The weekly fee is $90 for the first child and $75 for each additional child in the same family. The daily rate is $25 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.


March 05, 2014

Walter Butler Community Center Hosts Spring Break Camp

SHARPES, Fla. — Spring Break Day Camp, for children in kindergarten through eighth grade, is being offered at Walter Butler Community Center, 4201 North Cocoa Blvd (US 1), in Sharpes, March 24-28, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The weekly fee is $90 for the first child and $75 for each additional child in the same family. The daily rate is $25 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 more information, call Clifford Lett at (321) 433-4448.

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


March 05, 2014

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony April 4 Marks Opening of Brevard Zoo Linear Park

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Brevard County District 4 Commissioner Mary Bolin Lewis, the South Area Parks Advisory Board and the Brevard County Parks & Recreation Department will host the grand opening of the Brevard Zoo Linear Park on Friday, April 4.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Brevard Zoo Linear Park is located at 8215 N. Wickham Road, in Melbourne. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please call Greg Minor at (321) 255-4400.


March 04, 2014

North Area Parks Announce Summer Break Job Opportunities

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The North Area Parks Operations has several openings for various seasonal recreation workers and lifeguards to be employed during Summer Break 2014.

Needed are Day Camp Counselors, Lifeguards, Water Safety Instructors and experienced Bus Drivers. Please call (321) 264-5105 for more information.


March 04, 2014

UF/Brevard Extension Courses Offer Job Search Skills for Youth

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County 4-H is offering two job search-related classes for youth in March and April.

Market Me For Teens will teach youth how the skills they learn in school will transfer to college or to the job market. Youth will learn about problem solving, team-building, and communication skills in order to gain valuable marketing skills. The class is 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18.

Interviewing and Resume Building Tips for Teens will assist youth who are looking to secure a job or scholarship, but are not sure how to accomplish their goals. Youth will learn how to improve resume and interview like a pro. The class is 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

Both classes are geared toward youth ages 14-18, cost is $1 or free for 4-H members. Classes are held at 3695 Lake Drive, Cocoa. Pre-registration suggested at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/brevard-county-4-h-2251439523?ref=eorgbtn.

For more information contact Vanessa Spero-Swingle, 4-H Agent, at (321) 633-1702 ext. 231 or Vspero@ufl.edu.


February 28, 2014

Families observe Brevard County Fire Rescue's inaugural fire academy recruits do live-burn training

Brevard County Fire Rescue's inaugural Fire Academy class, which includes mostly veterans who served in the Armed Forces, did live-burn training as family and friends watched on Wednesday, Feb. 26. It was a milestone day for the class, which is nearing the end of five months of intense training, both in the classroom and in the field.

The unique training class was made possible by a federal grant approved by Brevard County's Board of County Commissioners. The federal Assistance To Firefighters SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant provides Brevard County Fire Rescue an estimated $3.6 million to pay full salaries and benefits for the new firefighters for a period of two years. The grant puts emphasis and priority on hiring post-9/11 military veterans returning home from active duty in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Once graduated on March 14, some will head to the field directly while others start EMT school. Another group with more veterans will be starting in April, on the heels of this first graduating class.

To read more about the class and the training event and download photos, please click here.

For a photo gallery of images from the training, please visit our Facebook page by clicking here.


February 28, 2014

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting on March 21

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 Friday, March 21, 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 27, 2014

News You Can Use: Brevard County Press Release System Invites Subscribers

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- From parks programs to Space Coast Area Transit Services to Farmer's Markets, Brevard County Government's press release information system invites subscribers to identify and select the types of information they would like to receive.

The database-driven system, accessible at http://web.brevardcounty.us/PublicInformationReleases/, allows subscribers to sign up, change e-mail addresses, or unsubscribe, as well as select the categories of information they'd like to receive. Department-oriented categories include: Agriculture & Extension, Animal Services, Commissioners, Emergency Management Fire-Rescue, General Announcements, Human Services, Libraries, Natural Resources & EEL, and Parks & Recreation. A category called Free Stuff will provide the recipient with information about no-cost events, activities and services from any department; and a category called TV will indicate that the information has a visual aspect, appropriate for television, videographers or photographers.

"This system was first implemented in 2011, but peoples' interests change and newer county residents may not be aware they can simply subscribe to receive information about the various services and programs the county offers," said Communications Director Don Walker. "If you're a parent, looking for activities to keep your children busy, or if you're only concerned about information updates in the case of a hurricane or other emergency, you'll want to subscribe. It's free, and it allows subscribers to manage for themselves the information they want to receive."

Each e-mailed news announcement from Brevard County includes a link at the bottom of the document that allows the receiver to access the website and manage their own subscription, as well as links to the County's Facebook and Twitter accounts for those who prefer social media avenues.


February 25, 2014

TPO Plans Workshop On Brevard County Transportation Needs Through 2040

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization will hold a workshop from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 26, to consider long-range transportation needs and issues -- no matter whether it's bicycles, boats, buses or rockets -- in Brevard County.

The Brevard 2040 Transportation Choices Workshop will be held at the Brevard County School Board Office, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. The event is free and open to Brevard County residents, elected officials, business leaders, government officials, planners, engineers and consultants and anyone who plans to travel in Brevard during the next 20-plus years.

The workshop will cover areas dealing with the anticipated growth of the county, future modes of transportation and transportation options that work best for individuals, families, businesses and the community at large.

Register for Transportation Choices today at www.SCTPO.com/registration. Learn more about the 2040 Long Range Plan at www.SpaceCoast2040.com. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (321) 690-6890 or email tpostaff@spacecoasttpo.com.


February 25, 2014

Brevard County Government Hosting Black History Month Celebration

VIERA, Fla. -- Brevard County Government will host its first community celebration of Black History Month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Feb. 25, 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 and video presentations that recognize the significant contributions of African Americans. There will also be music and special guests, including artists R.L. Lewis and the Rev. Arthur C. Blatch III. A Soul Food lunch will be available for purchase ($5) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Brevard County Government, Brevard Cultural Alliance, Health First, Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q, Ptani Eastern Caribbean Cuisine, WellCare, Space Coast Human Resource Association and Vitas.

The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners has adopted a resolution recognizing February as Black History Month in Brevard County.


25, 2014

Brevard County Promotes World Spay Day 2014 with Free Spay/Neuter Event

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement Department is offering free spay/neuter services for pet cats of income-qualifying residents at its South Animal Care Center on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

This promotion runs in conjunction with The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International's World Spay Day (Feb. 25,) an annual campaign that shines a spotlight on the importance of spaying and neutering.

Fifty cats of Brevard County residents who qualify as low income (residents of Section 8 Housing, obtain assistance through the County's Community Action Agency or are recipients of food stamps) will be spayed/neutered at the South Animal Care Center, 5100 West Eau Gallie Boulevard, Melbourne on Wednesday, Feb. 26, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

"Our clinic typically provides sterilization surgeries for pets adopted from the shelter, which is thousands of dogs and cats each year," said Animal Services Director Karla Torpy. "In support of World Spay Day, we are reaching out to pet owners who would not otherwise be able to have their cats spayed or neutered due to financial limitations."

"Spaying and neutering dogs and cats leads to better health and improved behavior, and reduces the number of animals entering area shelters," said Torpy. She estimated that Spay Day surgeries could prevent the births of thousands of kittens in the next year.

Pre-registration is required, as there are a limited number of slots for the free service for qualifying cat owners. To make an appointment, contact the South Animal Care Center by calling 253-6608 or email Tracey.Breen@brevardcounty.us.


February 20, 2014

'Find Yourself In Nature' During April 3-13 Expedition in Brevard

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- For eleven days in April, the Space Coast will be host to hikers, bikers, paddlers, horseback riders and more during Expedition Brevard, which runs April 3-13.

The Space Coast of Florida boasts a variety of habitats to explore, from coastal scrub and forested uplands to open prairies and maritime hammocks. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy an amazing diversity of ecosystems during specially planned treks and tours during Expedition Brevard.

Inspired by the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition that completed in April 2012, the Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition will feature the active involvement of many expert guides, residents and visitors.

The motto of the Expedition Brevard is "find yourself in nature." The event is designed to build awareness of conservation lands and wildlife corridors in Brevard County, Florida (the Space Coast.)

The Expedition will offer a variety of activities that relate to the natural areas of Brevard County. These activities will appeal to a wide range of interests, ages and fitness levels. Some of the activities include: eco-tours on horseback, by kayak or canoe and fat tire bikes; stand up paddleboarding in the Indian River Lagoon; a nocturnal nature hike; a night critter watch ride; pontoon boat guided excursions; wildlife photography, surf fishing, multi-day off-road biking events and plant identification instruction; oyster mat making for the Indian River Lagoon Program at the Indian River Festival on Saturday, April 12, and much, much more.

The Expedition is being organized by local volunteers and has received support from sponsors and experts on the lands and outdoor recreation of the area, including special support from the Titusville Chamber of Commerce as a partner during the Indian River Festival and the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands program.

Register to participate in multiple events at www.ExpeditionBrevard.com. Follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/ExpeditionBrevard.

About Brevard Nature Alliance:
The Brevard Wildlife Corridor Expedition is presented by the Brevard Nature Alliance, a voluntary group of individuals and organizations associated for the purpose of raising the awareness of citizens and visitors to the value and importance of the natural resources of Brevard County, Florida. The group is dedicated to serving the community through educational outreach, environmental program development, strategic planning, and the sharing of information and expertise with all interested parties.
The Mission of the Brevard Nature Alliance is to build public awareness and appreciation of the value of Brevard County's natural resources by fostering and promoting ethical nature-based ecotourism.


February 18, 2014

Virtual Business Training Summit To Tackle Issues of Internet-Driven World

VIERA, Fla. -- Brevard County Government will play host to a Spring 2014 Virtual Business Training Summit that focuses on Internet-based business solutions, business/industry expansion and improvement, business start-ups and economic development.

This free summit will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20.

Internet-based tools and strategies have taken center stage in the world of business and commerce. Through this event, Brevard area businesses will learn how to "thrive and survive" in a fast-changing Internet-driven world.

Just some of the topics participants will learn about are high impact online communications; powerful Internet marketing methods; savvy social media techniques; ways to capture online visibility; and Internet-based tools for economic development.

Experts from The Virtual Solutions Center, GIS Planning, Inc., Grow FL and the Economic Gardening Institute are among the faculty members for this power-packed event.

Attend online (by computer or portable device) or in person at one or more locations being planned in the Brevard area, including Cocoa, Titusville and the FIT campus.

Those who register and attend will also receive the chance to win a $3,500 scholarship from CareerSource Brevard for a Strategic Research Engagement. Go here for this valuable bonus.

The Summit is being hosted by Brevard County Government with the support of area partner organizations, including CareerSource Brevard (formerly Brevard Workforce), onsite hosts (City of Titusville and City of Cocoa) and others.


February 20, 2014

March is "Archeology Month" at Sams House at Pine Island

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- March events at Sams House at Pine Island celebrate National Archeology Month. All events are free, unless otherwise indicated. Donations are accepted.
  • From Ice Age Megafauna to Ancient Peoples of Pine Island - Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Did you know that mastodons and giant ground sloths once called Pine Island home? Enjoy a presentation on these Ice Age megafauna and then take a short walk to the Native American burial mound where we'll discuss the ancient peoples who lived here.
  • Paleo Plant Hike - Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Learn about some of the Florida native plants that have been around for ages and were used by very early Native Americans. We'll be outside, completing a 1/2-mile hike on the white loop trail. Bring a picnic lunch if you have time to stay afterward.
  • Prehistoric Peoples of Eastern Florida - Saturday, March 22, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Local archeologist and Indian River Anthropological Society President, Elaine Williams, will present on the Prehistoric Peoples of Eastern Florida. How did native people live and adapt to the land? Who were traders and who were farmers?
  • Alternative Household Products - Make and Take - Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Make and take natural and safer household products. Join us in the screen room to mix cleaning products such as countertop cleaner and laundry detergent. Bring a few small containers and take home some samples. Recipes will be printed and distributed. Cost of $2 for materials.
  • Sams House and Cabin Tour - Every Thursday and Saturday, 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Tour the inside of the oldest-standing home in Brevard County, the 1875 Sams cabin and the 1888 Sams house. Learn about the Sams Family.
The Sams House at Pine Island is a historical complex and nature center within the 1,000-acre Pine Island Conservation Area. It is owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. The Center is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in North Merritt Island and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays. For more information, call (321) 449-4720.


February 19, 2014

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Names New National Cemetery in Brevard

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced the names of two new VA national cemeteries planned in Florida -- the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Scottsmoor and the Tallahassee National Cemetery in Tallahassee.

"These two new cemeteries are a priority for the growing Veterans' community in Florida," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. "As VA moves forward with these new cemeteries, Veterans, their spouses and families can have peace of mind knowing that they have a final resting place in a nearby national shrine."

The Cape Canaveral National Cemetery is planned for a 318-acre parcel located in close proximity to U.S.1 in northern Brevard County, approximately two miles from Interstate 95 and 12 miles north of Titusville. The cemetery will serve more than 163,000 Veterans, spouses and their eligible dependents living in the central eastern Florida area. The initial phase of construction will provide more than 17,000 gravesites. VA purchased the property, formerly known as Acosta Groves, for $2.1 million on July 31, 2012.

The Tallahassee National Cemetery is planned for a 250-acre parcel in Leon County,and will serve 83,000 Veterans and their eligible dependents in the Tallahassee area, as well as southwestern Georgia and southeastern Alabama. VA purchased the Tallahassee property for $6.8 million on Aug. 14, 2012.

Veterans with a qualifying discharge, their spouses and eligible dependent children can be buried in a VA national cemetery. Also eligible are military personnel who die on active duty. Other burial benefits available for eligible Veterans, regardless of whether they are buried in a national cemetery or a private cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a government headstone or marker.

In the midst of the largest expansion since the Civil War, VA operates 131 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico and 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites. More than 3.8 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA's national cemeteries.

Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the Internet at www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000. To make burial arrangements at any VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117.


February 19, 2014

Registration Open for Free Ecology Homeschool Series at Sams House

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Registration is now open for free Homeschool Ecology Study Trips at Sams House at Pine Island. Each program is designed for ages 5 to 12 and is limited to 20 students.
  • Seeds! Diversity and Dispersal Studies in the Woods - Friday, March 14, 10 a.m. to noon: Check out a wide variety of seed types and how they are dispersed in the wild. Study examples of different types of seeds. Hike in the woods and look for seeds and how plants are dispersed. Create an art project to take home.
  • Overland and Into the Water! - Thursday, April 17, 10 a.m. to noon: Observe first hand how small changes in the elevation of our Florida topography makes a difference in the soil types and plants that are found there. Hike from the higher, sandy ridge where the Sams House and Cabin is located, down to the waterline at the Indian River Lagoon overlook. Learn about some of the fish and critters found in and around our waterways.
  • Pollination! It's the Bees Knees! - Friday, May 9, 10 a.m. to noon: As pollinators search for food, forage and nesting sites, they keep our flowers producing fruits, seeds and nuts. Bees and other pollinators are very important to our environment, as well as to our crop production. As a bonus, they give us honey to sweeten our lives, too! Join us for a very special lesson on bees and other pollinators.
Sams House at Pine Island is a historical complex and nature center within the 1,000 acre Pine Island Conservation Area. It is owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. The Center is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in North Merritt Island and is open Thursdays to Sundays from 9 aa.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (321) 449-4720.


February 19, 2014

Virtual Business Training Summit To Tackle Issues of Internet-Driven World

VIERA, Fla. -- Brevard County Government will play host to a Spring 2014 Virtual Business Training Summit that focuses on Internet-based business solutions, business/industry expansion and improvement, business start-ups and economic development.

This free summit will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20.

Internet-based tools and strategies have taken center stage in the world of business and commerce. Through this event, Brevard area businesses will learn how to "thrive and survive" in a fast-changing Internet-driven world.

Just some of the topics participants will learn about are high impact online communications; powerful Internet marketing methods; savvy social media techniques; ways to capture online visibility; and Internet-based tools for economic development.

Experts from The Virtual Solutions Center, GIS Planning, Inc., Grow FL and the Economic Gardening Institute are among the faculty members for this power-packed event.

Attend online (by computer or portable device) or in person at one or more locations being planned in the Brevard area, including Cocoa, Titusville and the FIT campus.

Those who register and attend will also receive the chance to win a $3,500 scholarship from CareerSource Brevard for a Strategic Research Engagement. For details and to "save your seat," visit www.BrevardInnovation.com/summit/

The Summit is being hosted by Brevard County Government with the support of area partner organizations, including CareerSource Brevard (formerly Brevard Workforce), onsite hosts (City of Titusville and City of Cocoa) and others.


February 18, 2014

Brevard North Area Parks/Animal Services To Host Canine River Run

TITUSVILLE, FLA.– The Canine River Run will be held at Marina Park, 501 Marina Road, Titusville, on Saturday, March 22, beginning at 9 a.m.

North Area Parks, in partnership with Brevard County Animal Services, will host a Dog Lure Run event at Marina Park. The event will take place in the fenced area on the softball field. The course will be approximately 600 to 800 feet in length. The fee is $2 per run and pre-registration is not required.

All owners of participating canines must provide current vaccination records and all breeds are welcome. Come and join the fun watching your pet's skills and instincts run wild on the luring course. Please call Dan Cook at (321) 633-1904 for additional information.

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


February 18, 2014

New Hours Effective March 2 for Sams House at Pine Island

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Thanks to tremendous community support, Sams House at Pine Island will be open an additional day.

"Participation has increased 57 percent over the past year and there is increasing demand for the center to be open all weekend," says Education Coordinator Katrina Morrell. Beginning March 2, the new hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.

Sams House at Pine Island is a historical complex and nature sanctuary owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. It is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 449-4720.


February 17, 2014

TPO Plans Workshop On Brevard County Transportation Needs Through 2040

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization will hold a workshop from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 26, to consider long-range transportation needs and issues -- no matter whether it's bicycles, boats, buses or rockets -- in Brevard County.

The Brevard 2040 Transportation Choices Workshop will be held at the Brevard County School Board Office, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. The event is free and open to Brevard County residents, elected officials, business leaders, government officials, planners, engineers and consultants and anyone who plans to travel in Brevard during the next 20-plus years.

The workshop will cover areas dealing with the anticipated growth of the county, future modes of transportation and transportation options that work best for individuals, families, businesses and the community at large.

Register for Transportation Choices today at www.SCTPO.com/registration. Learn more about the 2040 Long Range Plan at www.SpaceCoast2040.com. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call (321) 690-6890 or email tpostaff@spacecoasttpo.com.


February 17, 2014

Brevard County Promotes World Spay Day 2014 with Free Spay/Neuter Event

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement Department is offering free spay/neuter services for pet cats of income-qualifying residents at its South Animal Care Center on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

This promotion runs in conjunction with The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International's World Spay Day (Feb. 25,) an annual campaign that shines a spotlight on the importance of spaying and neutering.

Fifty cats of Brevard County residents who qualify as low income (residents of Section 8 Housing, obtain assistance through the County's Community Action Agency or are recipients of food stamps) will be spayed/neutered at the South Animal Care Center, 5100 West Eau Gallie Boulevard, Melbourne on Wednesday, Feb. 26, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

"Our clinic typically provides sterilization surgeries for pets adopted from the shelter, which is thousands of dogs and cats each year," said Animal Services Director Karla Torpy. "In support of World Spay Day, we are reaching out to pet owners who would not otherwise be able to have their cats spayed or neutered due to financial limitations."

"Spaying and neutering dogs and cats leads to better health and improved behavior, and reduces the number of animals entering area shelters," said Torpy. She estimated that Spay Day surgeries could prevent the births of thousands of kittens in the next year.

Pre-registration is required, as there are a limited number of slots for the free service for qualifying cat owners. To make an appointment, contact the South Animal Care Center by calling 253-6608 or email Tracey.Breen@brevardcounty.us.


February 17, 2014

Free Community Festival Planned March 28 & 29 at Isaac Campbell Sr. Park

TITUSVILLE, Fla.—Isaac Campbell Sr. Community Festival will be held at Isaac Campbell, Sr. Park, 701 South St., in Titusville, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 28, and 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 29.

Friday's activities will include a community meeting and recognition ceremony. Saturday's activities will include music, games and entertainment. This 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 Tommy Myers at 264-5040.


February 15, 2014

Brevard County Libraries To Participate In Big Library Read Program

COCOA, Fla. -- Brevard County Libraries will take part in the Big Library Read program. Library card holders will be able to borrow and enjoy the cooking eBook "Keys to the Kitchen" by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp, starting Feb. 17 and concluding the morning of March 5 by visiting http://brevard.lib.overdrive.com. Patrons will be able to select a lending period of one, two, or three weeks, which begins at the date of checkout.

Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program, creating a virtual, global book club. Interested patrons will be able borrow "Keys to the Kitchen" using a valid library card, and enjoy on all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android phones and tablets, and Kindle without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

Readers are also invited to join a live Facebook chat with the author on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and Chronicle Books, publisher of Aida Mollenkamp's all-purpose guide to becoming a more adventurous cook. To borrow the eBook version of "Keys to the Kitchen" as part of Big Library Read, patrons can visit http://brevard.lib.overdrive.com.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We supply a secure lending platform for 27,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android phones and tablets, and Kindle. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry and is a member of the 2012 Technology Fast 500. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland. www.overdrive.com.


February 15, 2014

North Area Parks to Host Free Movie In The Park at Fay Park, March 22

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla.— Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area, will host a free Movie In The Park on Saturday, March 22, at Fay Park, 6315 Depot Road, in Port St. John.

The movie will be shown on a giant, 23-foot outdoor movie screen beginning at approximately 8 p.m. The free movie will be "Monster's University" and is rated G. Please check the movie hotline for inclimate weather updates (321) 264-5109.

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


February 13, 2014

Isaac Campbell Sr. Park Celebrates Black History Heritage Day on Feb. 17

TITUSVILLE - North Brevard Parks and Recreation will host Black History Heritage for ages 6-12 at the Isaac Campbell, Sr. Community Center, 701 South Street in Titusville, on Monday, Feb. 17.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Youth will participate in various games such as Bingo, Musical Chairs, Relay Races, 3-Point Shoot Out and African American Trivia. This event is free to attend.

This event is co-sponsored by the North Brevard Youth Coalition 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.


February 11, 2014

Brevard County Government Hosts Black History Month Celebration

VIERA, Fla. -- Brevard County Government will host a community celebration of Black History Month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.

The drop-in event, open to the public, will include cultural displays, artwork, literature and video presentations that recognize the significant contributions of African Americans. There will also be music, special guests and recognition of significant cultural contributions. A barbecue lunch will be available for purchase ($5) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Brevard County Government, Brevard Cultural Alliance and Health First.

The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners has adopted a resolution recognizing February as Black History Month in Brevard County.


February 11, 2014

2014 Water Safety Instructor Course offered at McLarty Aquatic Center

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. - A Water Safety Instructor course will be offered April 1-13 at McLarty Park in Rockledge.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and final testing is on Sunday, April 13, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. All classes must be attended. Cost will be $250 and must be paid upon successful completion of the skills test at 5 p.m. April 1. Class size is limited, pre-registration is required. Classes will be held at McLarty Aquatic Center, 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge.

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

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

For additional information, contact Claire Cawthon at (321) 633-1874.


February 11, 2014

Transit Services: Local Coordinating Board Holds Public Meeting Feb. 24

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Brevard County Local Coordinating Board for Transportation Disadvantaged Services, established by Chapter 427 of the Florida Statutes, will meet at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the Brevard County Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, 2nd Floor, Space Coast Room, Viera.

Questions pertaining to this meeting should be directed to James Liesenfelt at (321) 635-7815 or e-mail at JimLiesenfelt@brevardcountyus.

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

In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act and Section 28626, FS, persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in the proceedings should notice the Transit Services Department no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting at (321) 635-7815 ext 601.


February 10, 2014

Animal Services Department Hosts Brevard Teacher In-Service Day

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Animal Services and Enforcement announces a "first" at its South Animal Care Center.

On Monday, Feb. 17, BASE will host a daylong Brevard County teacher's Professional Development Day, said department Director Karla Torpy. Coordinated by Indialantic Elementary School Teacher Virginia Hamilton, this daylong conference aims to reignite up to 20 participating teachers in their efforts to teach students to have kindness and compassion for all people, animals and the environment. The Aim Humane program will combine character and humane education through Common Core State Standards and prosocial change.

BASE supports the belief that one of the best ways to make a more compassionate world for all living beings is through humane education, Torpy said.

"I think that children have a natural affinity for animals and the environment," said Hamilton, who founded Canine Commandos and is the Education Director for Brevard Aiding Shelter Animals Project, a local non-profit group.

"They're very open to learning, eager to act, and to take ownership of their passions," says Hamilton. "They are interested in not only fixing the problem but in preventing it, and that's really what I think humane and character education can do."

Special guests for the teacher in-service day are Brevard Aiding Shelter Animals Project Directors, Tina Hall from Madison Middle School and Karla Torpy. For more information, contact Hamilton at Hamilton.Virginia@BrevardSchools.org.



February 06, 2014

Brevard County Libraries Unveils Kid-Friendly Digital Collection Website

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

Brevard County Libraries recognizes the need to provide a safe environment for kids to browse library materials. Just as the children's section of the physical library is sectioned off, the same experience is now available on the digital collection. This appealing and user-friendly page contains eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Check the collection out now, http://brevard.lib.overdrive.com/kids.

The eLibrary for Kids features popular series such as Big Nate, Fancy Nancy and Curious George as well as titles by Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling.

The eLibrary for Kids site filters the overall digital collection to just show juvenile content, which gets kids 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.

About OverDrive:
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We supply a secure lending platform for 22,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android phones and tablets, and Kindle. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry and is a member of the 2012 Technology Fast 500. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland. www.overdrive.com.


February 05, 2014

2014 Lifeguard Course offered at McLarty Aquatic Center, Rockledge

ROCKLEDGE, Fla - McLarty Aquatic Center in Rockledge will host a Lifeguard course March 4 - 16.

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with final testing on Sunday, March 16, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. All classes must be attended. The cost is $250 and must be paid upon successful completion of a skills test on March 4 at 5 p.m. Class size is limited, pre-registration is recommended. Course will be held at McLarty Park, 790 Barton Bvld., Rockledge.

Interested candidates must be 15 years of age, able to swim 300 yards non stop doing freestyle or backstroke, complete a timed 10-pound brick retrieval, and tread water for 2 minutes using legs only.

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

For additional information, call Claire Cawthon at (321) 633-1874.


February 04, 2014

EEL's Recreation & Education Advisory Committee meets Feb. 13

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. 13, 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.


February 04, 2014

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting on Feb. 11

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 Tuesday, Feb. 11, 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 04, 2014

Partnership Promotes 'Oyster Gardening' For Indian River Lagoon Restoration

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Brevard Oyster Gardening Project, launched by Brevard Zoo in partnership with Brevard County, is taking action within our own community to restore the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem. Together, the plan is to create, restore and monitor oyster habitats throughout the county with the final goal of rebuilding a sustainable oyster population in the Lagoon.

A single adult oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water per day, helping to keep our estuary waters clean and clear.

We are recruiting residents along the lagoon to deploy suspended oyster habitats from their docks and help monitor their progress weekly.

To become an oyster gardener, the participant needs to live on the lagoon, either on a canal or lagoon front. This opportunity is a weekly time commitment, and participants will need to attend one of our workshops to become educated about the project. At this workshop, you will create your own oyster habitats, be trained on monitoring procedures, and you will receive all of the necessary supplies for your oyster garden.

Workshops will be held at the following locations:

  • Saturday, Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m. to noon, UF/Brevard Extension Office, 3695 Lake Dr., Cocoa.
  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Barrier Island Center, 8385 S. Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22, noon to 2:30 p.m., Satellite Beach Recreation Park, 1089 South Patrick Drive.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 638 S. Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach.
  • Saturday, March 1, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Easter State Florida College, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
  • Saturday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Barrier Island Center, 8385 S. highway A1A, Melbourne Beach.
  • Thursday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. to noon, UF/Brevard Extension Office, 3695 Lake Dr., Cocoa.
For participants who don't live on the water, there's also an Oyster Garden Buddy Program. The buddies will assist oyster gardeners in their area, maintaining and monitoring the gardens. Those interested in becoming "Oyster Buddies" will also need to attend one of the scheduled workshop for training on monitoring procedures.

The goal is to introduce one million oysters into the lagoon, which could effectively filter 50 million gallons per day and more than 18 billion gallons per year. If interested in becoming an oyster gardener or oyster buddy, contact Sammy Anderson at SAnderson@brevardzoo.org or (321) 254-9453, ext. 284.


February 03, 2014

EEL Program to hold Procedures Committee Meeting on Feb. 6

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Procedures Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, in Melbourne.

The purpose of the meeting is to review policies and procedures of the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark (321) 255-4466 or Laura.Clark@brevardparks.com.



January 30, 2014

Valentine's Day Promotion Encourages Pet Adoptions at Animal Care Centers

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Animal Services & Enforcement Department invites members of the public to show some love to sheltered dogs, cats and rabbits at its two Animal Care Centers by participating in a special Valentine's Day adoption promotion from Feb. 9 through Feb. 15.

"Do something really special this Valentine's Day," BASE Director Karla Torpy said. "Save a life right now and you will be rewarded with a lifetime of unconditional love."

The County is reducing the adoption fee for dogs, cats and rabbits to half price during the week of Valentine's Day and further reducing the adoption fee to $14 for all adoptable animals on Feb. 14. The adoption fee covers an animal's first round of vaccinations, heartworm testing for dogs or feline leukemia testing for cats, microchip identification, spaying or neutering and a County license tag. The regular adoption fees are $70 for cats and $80 for dogs.

The public can visit adoptable animals at the Shelter on Thursdays through Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m. The South Animal Care Center is at 5100 West Eau Gallie Blvd., just west of Interstate 95 and the Renninger's Super Flea Market and Farmer's Market in Melbourne. The North Animal Care Center is at 2605 Flake Road, north end of Dunn Airport in Titusville. Shelter hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. Shelters are closed on Wednesday.

For more information, call the South Animal Care Center at 321-253-6608 or the North Animal Care Center at 321-264-5119. Adoptable animals can also be viewed on the web at www.brevardcounty.us/animalservices.


January 28, 2014

February is 'Pioneer Month' at Sams House at Pine Island

February is "Pioneer Month" at Sams House at Pine Island. Events throughout the month celebrate life in Florida during and after the Civil War.

The highlight of the month is the 3rd Annual Pioneer Day on Saturday, February 8th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Pioneer Day includes live music, food, living history demonstrations, never-before seen historic clothing and artifact displays, crafts fair, fresh produce, kids crafts and games, educational exhibits, and historic house and cabin tours. Pioneer Day is a free event, with a suggested donation of $1 per car for parking.

All events are free and open to the public, including:

  • Melbourne's Logging Era 1912-1932, Saturday, February 1st, 10:30 am to Noon: Melbourne Historian Ed Vosakta will present a program on Melbourne's first big industry, which, in 1912, ushered the small, quiet, riverside town into the industrial age. Vosatka's book, Melbourne's Logging Era: 1912-1932, is part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. It will be available for purchase.
  • Florida in the Civil War, Saturday, February 15th, 10:30 am to 11:45 am: Robert Taylor, Ph.D., will discuss how Florida's role in the Civil War is often downplayed, neglected, or ignored altogether. This is unfortunate because the Sunshine State played a key role in the struggle and gave freely of its resources, natural and human. In many ways, Florida was a microcosm of the greater Confederate experience during the war.
  • Recycling Pioneer Style, Saturday, February 22nd, 1 pm to 2 pm: Diana Sageser, former living history interpreter at Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, Kansas, will discuss how pioneer women used and reused fabric for all types of projects. Learn about sunbonnets, quilts, and more at this unique Pioneer Program.
  • Sams House and Cabin Tour, every Thursday and Saturday, 3 pm to 3:30 pm: Tour the inside of the oldest standing home in Brevard County, the 1875 Sams Cabin and the 1888 Sams House and learn about the Sams Family.

Sams House at Pine Island is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in Merritt Island. The historic complex is located within the 1,000-acre Pine Island Conservation Area, which is owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Lands Program. More information is available by calling (321) 449-4720 or visiting www.facebook.com/samshousepineisland.


January 28, 2014

Transportation CHOICES Workshop
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  • Future Economic growth scenarios will be presented including:
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  • This vision will be used to identify and fund transportation improvements for the next decade.


January 28, 2014

Brevard County Residents Ride Free on Friday, Jan. 31

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Still looking for a New Year's resolution? Brevard County residents can resolve to try out their local bus service, starting with a free ride on any of Space Coast Area Transit's fixed routes on Friday, Jan. 31.

Prospective riders must print a ticket from RideSCAT.com and present the ticket to the bus operator to board for free. ReThink, a program of the Florida Department of Transportation that promotes transportation options to commuters, has partnered with Space Coast Area Transit and Brevard Workforce to launch the first "Resolve to reThink Your Commute," which is set to be an annual event.

The event will also mark the official launch of Route 7, now serving the Rockledge/Viera area. According to Jim Liesenfelt, Director of Space Coast Transit, "This expansion serves numerous employers, large and small, including Brevard Workforce, a place where people come to learn business skills and to set out on a career path, to find employment and keep our economy going strong."

The event will begin with a kick-off ceremony at 10 a.m. at Brevard Workforce, 297 Barnes Boulevard in Rockledge. Community leaders, including Brevard County Manager Howard Tipton, Space Coast Area Transit Director Jim Liesenfelt, and Brevard Workforce President Lisa Rice, will speak about the economic, business and environmental benefits of riding transit. In addition, Julie Bond, Program Manager at USF's National Center for Transit Research, will award Space Coast Area Transit with their national designation as a "Best Workplace for Commuters."

To print out your ticket to ride for free, visit RideSCAT.com. For more information about the event, contact reThink at 1-866-610-RIDE (7433.)


January 24, 2014

Pets can Run Wild at Furry Friends Of February Canine Event and Craft Show

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla.— The Furry Friends of February Canine Event & Craft Show will be held at the Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Canine lovers will have the opportunity to let their pet's skills and instincts run wild in a Dog Lure Course, Cake Walk for Canines and door prize raffles. The fee is $5 per participating canine and all owners of participating canines must provide current vaccination records. Crafters and pet-friendly vendors are invited to purchase a space at a cost of $25 plus tax per space. Please call Dan Cook or Myra Rose at (321) 633-1904 for additional information.

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


January 24, 2014

Never-Before-Seen Artifacts and Historic Clothing to Highlight Pioneer Day

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Pioneer Day on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Sams House at Pine Island is sure to please history buffs with displays of never-before-seen artifacts and historic clothing. Sams descendants and relatives, including local residents Fred Woelk, Sandee Natowich, and Cindy Whalin, have graciously shared these items.

Display Coordinator Diana Sageser is an expert on historic clothing and artifacts. She says, "The clothing in this exhibit show wear, but they also show us needlework techniques used by women in the late 1880s and early 1900s. We get a feel for what ladies could afford, and sometimes we see items that were made over, or saved from earlier times."

The display includes several white clothing pieces, which were worn by younger women as a sign of innocence, an evening bodice made in the Pouter Pigeon fashion, and several mourning outfits.

Sageser is donating a parasol from her own collection, which was owned by Betty Pfeiffer, wife of Orange County Chief Circuit Judge Frederick Pfeiffer.

Handmade jewelry, including a brooch made from the hair of a dead loved one, a cigarette holder with teeth marks, a quilt, wooden and metal tools, housewares, and paper items such as gas-ration cards and postcards, will also be on display.

Pioneer Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $1 per car for parking. Sams House at Pine Island is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in Merritt Island. The historic complex includes the oldest-standing home in Brevard County, the 1875 Sams Cabin. The property is located within the 1,000-acre Pine Island Conservation Area, which is owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. More information is available by calling (321) 449-4720 or at www.mipioneerday.com or www.facebook.com/pioneerdaymerrittisland.


January 22, 2014

Sign-ups Announced for Spring Adult Sports Leagues in North Brevard

TITUSVILLE/SHARPES, Fla.— Registration has been scheduled for spring leagues for adult Men's, Women's and Coed softball teams, as well as flag football, sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations.

The men's softball league will be held on Thursdays, beginning March 20, at 6:30 p.m., at a fee of $264 per team.

The women's softball league will be held on Mondays, beginning March 17, at 6:30 p.m., at a fee of $292 per team.

The co-ed softball league will be held on Wednesdays, beginning March 12, at 6:30 p.m., at a fee of 342 per team.

All softball leagues will be held at Chain of Lakes, 2111 Chain of Lakes Drive in Titusville. Registration for all softball leagues will begin Feb. 3.

The adult flag football league will be held Sundays, beginning March 16, 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. 24.

For more information on this and other athletic opportunities in North Brevard, please call (321) 264-5105.


January 22, 2014

Vendors Sought for 9th Annual Fox Lake Spring Festival of Crafts

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

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 will begin Jan. 31. Please be advised there has been a fee increase for crafter spots, outside open area is $25 plus tax and under pavilion is $35 plus tax. Concessions will be available for purchase and admission is free.

Applications for food vendors will be available beginning Feb. 3, at the North Area Parks Operations Office, 475 North Williams Avenue, in Titusville, or by email at jill.hill@brevardparks.com. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Selected food vendors will be notified by Monday, March 3. 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 for food vendors. A $50 plus tax, non-refundable, special event fee, is due from vendors selected by Friday, March 28. For more information about this and other recreation programs in North Brevard, call (321) 264-5105.


January 22, 2014

February is 'Pioneer Month' at Sams House at Pine Island

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- February is "Pioneer Month" at Sams House at Pine Island. Events throughout the month celebrate life in Florida during and after the Civil War.

The highlight of the month is the 3rd Annual Pioneer Day on Saturday, February 8th, from 10 am to 4 pm. Pioneer Day includes live music, food, living history demonstrations, never-before seen historic clothing and artifact displays, crafts fair, fresh produce, kids crafts and games, educational exhibits, and historic house and cabin tours. Pioneer Day is a free event, with a suggested donation of $1 per car for parking. All events are free and open to the public, including:

  • Melbourne's Logging Era 1912-1932, Saturday, February 1st, 10:30 am to Noon: Melbourne Historian Ed Vosakta will present a program on Melbourne's first big industry, which, in 1912, ushered the small, quiet, riverside town into the industrial age. Vosatka's book, Melbourne's Logging Era: 1912-1932, is part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. It will be available for purchase.
  • Florida in the Civil War, Saturday, February 15th, 10:30 am to 11:45 am: Robert Taylor, Ph.D., will discuss how Florida's role in the Civil War is often downplayed, neglected, or ignored altogether. This is unfortunate because the Sunshine State played a key role in the struggle and gave freely of its resources, natural and human. In many ways, Florida was a microcosm of the greater Confederate experience during the war.
  • Recycling Pioneer Style, Saturday, February 22nd, 1 pm to 2 pm: Diana Sageser, former living history interpreter at Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, Kansas, will discuss how pioneer women used and reused fabric for all types of projects. Learn about sunbonnets, quilts, and more at this unique Pioneer Program.
  • Sams House and Cabin Tour, every Thursday and Saturday, 3 pm to 3:30 pm: Tour the inside of the oldest standing home in Brevard County, the 1875 Sams Cabin and the 1888 Sams House and learn about the Sams Family.
Sams House at Pine Island is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in Merritt Island. The historic complex is located within the 1,000-acre Pine Island Conservation Area, which is owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Lands Program. More information is available by calling (321) 449-4720 or visiting www.facebook.com/samshousepineisland.


January 21, 2014

Brevard County Rest Area Site of Multi-Agency Public Safety Exercise

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – The second phase of a three-part multi-agency emergency response and public safety exercise involving a mass-contamination/exposure scenario will get underway Thursday morning at the Interstate 95 rest area south of Palm Bay.

Part One of the exercise was held Jan. 8. Part Two will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. Part Three of the exercise will be conducted at the Brevard County Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

WHO: Participating agencies include Brevard County Office of Emergency Management, Brevard County Fire Rescue and Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Health in Brevard County, American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Department of Health Bureau of Radiation Control, Florida Division of Emergency Management, and regional partners, including St. Lucie County, Indian River County, Martin County and Palm Beach County.

WHAT: A public safety drill exercising reception center capabilities as part of a planned response by Brevard County emergency services organizations to an emergency situation at the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant.

WHERE: Northbound rest area on Interstate 95, just south of the Malabar Road northbound exit at mile marker 168. (It is the first rest area coming into the county from the south on I-95.) The rest area will remain open to the public.

WHY: Brevard County is within 50 miles of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant and as such, would host and shelter evacuees from areas surrounding the plant, in the event of a radiological incident. As part of the emergency preparedness planning process, Brevard County must demonstrate the ability to perform certain functions on a biennial basis. This year's drill will demonstrate to FEMA (the federal agency that provides oversight to the nuclear power plant contingency planning process) Brevard's response capabilities involving traffic control, public health and sheltering, emergency worker monitoring and decontamination, emergency vehicle and equipment monitoring and decontamination, site security and property registration.

The St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant is located on Hutchinson Island, about 4 miles east-northeast of the City of Port St. Lucie. The facility is owned and operated by Florida Power & Light Co.

VISUALS: Hazmat teams in gear, decontamination tent, portal monitors, handheld radiological detection equipment, Florida Department of Health and Red Cross workers, responder equipment, vehicles and trailers, and the bomb squad robot.

MEDIA: Interview opportunities and on-scene escort will be arranged during the exercise.


January 16, 2014

Brevard County Ocean Rescue hosting tryouts for 50 seasonal lifeguard jobs

Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host the first of two open tryouts next week for seasonal lifeguards, looking to fill at least 50 positions. Those hired on as ocean lifeguards will work from March to October this year.

Those trying out should be at Rockledge High School by 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. A second tryout will be on March 22. Candidates must be at the swimming pool by 7 a.m. or they will not be permitted to test. 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 yards (20 lengths of the pool) in less than 10 minutes, complete a 2-mile run on a track in under 20 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.


January 13, 2014

11th Annual Sea Oats Sale Underway; Quantities Limited

VIERA, Fla. – 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. 31, and will be available for pickup on Saturday, Feb. 8.

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: www.brevardcounty.us/docs/default-source/natural-resources-documents/2014-sea-oats-info.pdf?sfvrsn=4.


January 13, 2014

Promise in Brevard hosts Scrub Jay 5K at Chain of Lakes in Titusville

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Promise in Brevard (PROMISE) will host its 2nd Annual Scrub Jay 5K Run/Walk and Duathlon, Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Chain of Lakes in Titusville.

The Scrub Jay 5K Run/Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. and is open to everyone.

The Duathlon, which is a run/bike/run sprint, is a USAT-sanctioned event and will begin at 8:30 a.m. Technical support will be provided throughout the day by RaceSmith, Running Zone and Revolutions Cyclery.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Promise in Brevard, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a unique housing development for young adults with special needs. Promise will be home to approximately 100 residents and will be built on 39 acres of land in West Melbourne on Norfolk Parkway. Plans include a horse stables for a therapeutic riding program, as well as vocational training and employment opportunities throughout Promise-based businesses, such as an organic garden and nursery, farmers market, thrift store and the Promise Café & Bakery.

Promise has partnered with the Brevard Nature Alliance during its 17th Annual Birding and Wildlife Festival, which attracts people from all over the world, to promote awareness of individuals with special needs. The festival will be Jan. 22-27. The festival will provide racers plenty of opportunities to enjoy an array of other great activities, while in the area.

To learn more about Promise, www.promiseinbrevard.com.

To register for the ScrubJay 5K and Duathlon event, visit www.scrubjay5k.com. A festival program can be found by visiting www.spacecoastbirdingandwildlifefestival.org.

Event Details:
Sunday, Jan. 26:

  • 5K Run /Walk begins at 7:30 a.m.
  • Cost is $25 prior to Jan. 24 or $30 the day of the race.
  • Sprint Duathlon Run 5K/12.4-mile Bike/5K Run begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Cost is $40 prior to race day or $50 on the day of the race.
Promise would like to give a special thanks to its race sponsors:
  • Parrish Medical Center in Titusville
  • Gray Robinson Attorneys at Law in Melbourne
  • Florida Today
  • Viera Company
  • All Service Graphics in Melbourne
  • The Avenues – Lennar Homes
  • Dixie Crossroads Seafood and Grill
  • BrightHouse Networks
  • Health First
  • Merrill Lynch in Viera
  • UBS – The Starky Group
  • Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn in Melbourne
  • Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center in Titusville
  • Pizza Gallery and Grill


January 10, 2014

Space Coast Area Transit: Bus Service halted for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Area Transit has announced the following change to its fixed route bus service for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr Day:

Monday, Jan. 20: The fixed route bus service will NOT be operating.

For additional information, call the bus information line at (321) 633-1878, or log onto wwwRideSCATcom.


January 06, 2014

Brevard County Site of 3-Part Multi-Agency Public Safety Exercise

VIERA, Fla. -- Brevard County's Interstate 95 rest area south of Palm Bay will be the site of a three-part multi-agency emergency response and public safety exercise that involves a mass-contamination/exposure scenario.

Part One of the exercise begins at the rest area at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. Part Two is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23. Part Three of the exercise will be conducted at the Brevard County Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

WHO: Participating agencies include Brevard County Office of Emergency Management, Brevard County Fire Rescue and Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Department of Health in Brevard County, American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Department of Health Bureau of Radiation Control, Florida Division of Emergency Management, and regional partners, including St. Lucie County, Indian River County, Martin County and Palm Beach County.

WHAT: A public safety drill exercising reception center capabilities as part of a planned response by Brevard County emergency services organizations to an emergency situation at the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant.

WHERE: Northbound rest area on Interstate 95, just south of the Malabar Road northbound exit at mile marker 168. (It is the first rest area coming into the county from the south on I-95.) The rest area will remain open to the public.

WHY: Brevard County is within 50 miles of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant and as such, would host and shelter evacuees from areas surrounding the plant, in the event of a radiological incident. As part of the emergency preparedness planning process, Brevard County must demonstrate the ability to perform certain functions on a biennial basis. This year's drill will demonstrate to FEMA (the federal agency that provides oversight to the nuclear power plant contingency planning process) Brevard's response capabilities involving traffic control, public health and sheltering, emergency worker monitoring and decontamination, emergency vehicle and equipment monitoring and decontamination, site security and property registration.

The St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant is located on Hutchinson Island, about 4 miles east-northeast of the City of Port St. Lucie. The facility is owned and operated by Florida Power & Light Co.

VISUALS: Hazmat teams in gear, decontamination tent, portal monitors, handheld radiological detection equipment, Florida Department of Health and Red Cross workers, responder equipment, vehicles and trailers, and the bomb squad robot.

MEDIA: Interview opportunities and on-scene escort will be arranged during the exercise.


January 02, 2014

Fla. Dept. of Health in Brevard County sees Spike in Influenza Activity

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County has received reports of Influenza cases from local hospitals, and has been receiving more and more reports of cases from the private physicians and laboratories. Some of the reported cases are in critical or serious condition. Influenza kills on an average approximately 36,000 people in the United States each year with 200,000 - 300,000 hospitalizations annually.

It is important for those who have not been vaccinated for Influenza to do so as soon as possible. Most of our reported Influenzas are 2009 H1N1 influenza, which is covered in the vaccine. It is not too late to get a flu shot.

The Department of Health in Brevard County recommends that all individuals six months of age and older receive the flu vaccination each year. It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated due to the increased risk of complications associated with contracting the flu while pregnant. The flu vaccination is safe and will protect the mother, the unborn child, and will also help protect babies during the first months after birth.

Additional flu prevention steps include washing your hands often, keeping your hands away from your face and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing. Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose or body aches. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your primary care provider immediately for guidance on treatment. If you need further information, contact the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County, Epidemiology section at (321) 454-7101.




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