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May 24, 2016

Students 18 and Under Ride Free This Summer by Showing A Library Card

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Area Transit's Read-To-Ride program is offered the day after school lets out until the day before school begins. Students under the age of 18, who show their free-of-charge Brevard County Library Card, will receive free bus fare all summer long.

"Read-To-Ride emphasizes the importance of using Brevard County Libraries as a resource to enhance reading skills during the summer months. It also teaches students how to use the transit system allowing them to ride the bus for free to the library, mall, beach, and numerous other locations through the summer," said Jim Liesenfelt, director of Space Coast Area Transit.

For many local youths, taking the bus is an alternative to being homebound over the summer. Bikes and surfboards are welcome on a space available basis. Read-To-Ride program participants can speak with a customer service representative to plan their trip by calling the RideLine at (321) 633-1878. Interactive maps, schedules, and a Google Transit trip planner are also available online at RideSCAT.com desktop and moblile websites. A Space Coast Area Transit app is available on Google Play and the iTunes store.

To locate the nearest library, log on to MyLibraryWorld.com


May 19, 2016

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting May 23

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 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 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.


May 16, 2016

Weather-Ready Expo, June 4: A Family Friendly Safety and Preparedness Event

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Residents can hear from the experts on how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season and other potential disasters during the Weather-Ready Expo, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Rockledge Police Department, 1776 Jack Oates Blvd., Rockledge.

Admission is free. The event includes a variety of exhibits, family-friendly activities and instruction and weather safety tips from area safety and weather experts. Topics include Hurricane Myths and Misconceptions; Building an All-Hazard Kit; Lightning Safety and Storm Surge; the Four Hazards of Hurricanes; and Active-Shooter Preparedness. There will be refreshments available, and chances to win a weather radio. Activities include a public safety touch-a-truck and the opportunity to "become a television weather forecaster."

Sponsors include Brevard County Emergency Management, the National Weather Service-Melbourne, American Red Cross, Brevard County Fire Rescue, City of Rockledge, Salvation Army, 211 Brevard, Brevard County Mosquito Control, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and Brevard Emergency Amateur Radio Services (BEARS.)


May 10, 2016

Brevard County Parks & Recreation North Area Summer Day Camps

TITUSVILLE, Fla.—Brevard County Parks and Recreation's North Area is offering summer day camps for children May 25 through Aug. 9.

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 Walter Butler Community Center, 4201 North US 1, Cocoa (321) 433-4448.

Traditional Summer Day Camp is open to children who have completed kindergarten through completed 6th grade. Camp hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The weekly fee is $90 for the first child $81 for each additional child in the same household. The daily fee is $30 for the first child and $27 for each additional child in the same household.

Specialty camps offered are Teen Camp at Walter Butler Community Center and Camp Inspiration at Manatee Hammock Campground. The weekly fee for specialty camps is $100 and the hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Teen Camp is open to children who have completed 6th grade through completed 9th grade and registration is accepted at Walter Butler Community Center. Camp Inspiration is open to ages 13 through 22 years, and registration is accepted during business hours at the North Area Parks Office, 475 N. Williams Ave, Titusville, (321)-264-5058.

Discounts are available to qualifying families; please call a community center in your area for further information on discounted rates. Participants for all camps may also register online at https://registration.brevardcounty.us.


May 10, 2016 Lori Wilson Closed for Public Parking During Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix

COCOA BEACH, Fla. -- Lori Wilson Park, located at 1500 N Atlantic Ave., will be hosting the Thunder on Cocoa Beach – Space Coast Super Boat Grand Prix.

The entire park has been permitted for this special event and will be closed for public parking. Event organizers will be charging parking fees from Saturday, May 14, through Sunday, May 15.

For additional event information visit http://thunderoncocoabeach.com/


May 10, 2016

EELs Cancels May 12 Recreation & Education Advisory Committee Meeting

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Environmentally Endangered Lands Program has canceled its planned May 12 Recreation & Education Advisory Committee meeting.

The purpose of this meeting was to review proposed recommendations for public access, passive recreation, and environmental education plans on EEL Program-managed conservation lands. Any questions regarding this cancellation should be directed to Brad Manley, EEL Public Access/Volunteer Coordinator at (321) 255-4466 or bmanley@brevardparks.com.


May 5, 2016

CANCELLED
EEL's Recreation & Education Advisory Committee meets May 12

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 12, 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


April 30, 2016

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Funds Help Support 'Greatest Baby Shower'

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The World's Greatest Baby Shower will be held May 14 at Searstown Mall in Titusville, with an expected attendance of over 500 moms, dads, and family members.

This educational event seeks to inform and educate expectant and couples thinking of embarking on parenthood about available services, products, etc., within Brevard County. We want to assist in paving the way to smooth pregnancies and building positive infant/child relationships.

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

This is the World's Greatest Baby Shower's 20th year. The event is a joint venture of University of Florida/IFAS Extension - Brevard County, Kiwanis Club of Titusville, The Children's Center, Parrish Medical Center, Florida Department of Health/WIC, Healthy Start Coalition of Brevard, and B.E.T.A of Titusville. Funds for this years' event were provided in part by Jess Parrish Medical Foundation.

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


April 29, 2016

Hikes, Workshops, Movies and More at the Enchanted Forest in May

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

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd, Titusville. All events are free unless otherwise noted:

  • Every Saturday at 10 a.m. - Guided Walk: Enjoy a 45-minute guided hike. Please bring hat, water and walking shoes. No reservation needed, unless you are a group of 5 or more.
  • Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to noon - Plant Propagation Workshop w/ FNPS: Learn different propagating techniques and help propagate some plants for the nursery and some for you to take home that day. Please bring gloves, hand nippers, and hand trowel. Soil and pots provided.
  • Saturday, May7, at 3 p.m. and Wednesday, May 18, at 10 a.m. - Volunteer Orientation: The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for the environment. Come learn about the various volunteer opportunities.
  • Wednesday, May 11, from 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m - Nature Time for 2-3 Year Olds: May's theme is Water! Splish splash and learn about water, ponds, and swamps through a story and hands-on activities! Spots limited. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.
  • Thursday, May 12, from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Sanctuary School - Water World: Homeschoolers ages 6-10 and their families will explore water, the aquifer, and some of the critters that live in Central Florida's waters! Spots limited. Please call (321) 264.5185 to register.
  • Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Oyster Mat Workshop w/ Brevard Zoo: Learn about oyster restoration and do your part to help oyster reef habitat with the Brevard Zoo.
  • Saturday, May 14 - EEL Program 25 Year Anniversary Celebration!
    • 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. - Dicerandra Scrub Jay Walk: Learn about Florida Scrub Jays and the conservation techniques the EEL Program is using to protect their habitat at Dicerandra Scrub Sanctuary. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register. Please wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and bring water. Dicerandra Scrub Sanctuary is located at 4900 Melissa Drive, Titusville.
    • 10 a.m.- 10:45 a.m. - Enchanted Forest Guided Walk: Learn about the flora and fauna of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary as you explore the trails with a guide.
    • 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. - Kid's Conservation Corner: Children and families are invited to celebrate the 25 year anniversary with hands-on activities focusing on conservation and the environment anytime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.3 p.m.- 25 Year Anniversary Reception: Join us as we celebrate the EEL Program anniversary with a special guest presentation and cake.
    • 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. - Fox Lake Sanctuary Trailer Ride: Enjoy a leisurely trailer ride through the sanctuary and explore the breathtaking views, local flora and fauna, and learn about the EEL Program's efforts to restore scrub habitat. Spots Limited. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register. Fox Lake Sanctuary is located at 4400 FoxLake Road, Titusville.
    • 8 p.m.- 10 p.m. - Night Hikes and Moth Cloth Exploration: Explore the Enchanted Forest by moonlight on a guided night hike and discover the local nocturnal moths and insects using moth cloths. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register for a night hike. No registration is required for moth cloth exploration. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring insect repellent and flash lights.
  • Sunday, May 15, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Forest Funday - Fabulous Flowers: April showers, bring May flowers! Children and families are invited to explore flowers with hands on experiments and a craft between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18, from noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch with Nature - "Sea Turtles: Dune & Lagoon!": Explore sea turtle biofacts, compare and contrast sea turtles and their kin through a hands-on interaction with a live diamondback terrapin, and learn about the life history and conservation of our sea turtles, both nesting on the dune and foraging in the Indian River Lagoon, with Joy Winet, Sanctuary Steward of the Barrier Island Center.
  • Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. - Photography Club: All levels of photographers welcome. View photographs and learn helpful tips during their monthly meeting.
  • Movies in the Forest - "Disney Nature: Wings of Life": Viewings at noon and 3 p.m. in the Discovery Room. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world's food supply depends on these incredible -- and increasingly threatened -- creatures. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg, WINGS OF LIFE utilizes riveting high-speed, closer-than-close film making techniques to showcase in spectacular detail these unsung heroes of our planet."'
  • Sunday, May 22, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Celebrate World Turtle Day: Join Naturalist Ariel to celebrate World Turtle Day! Guests of all ages are invited to meet & greet two turtle species and create a turtle craft. 2 p.m. - Turtle Meet & Greet; 3 p.m.- Create a turtle craft
  • Wednesday, May 25, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - FNPS Sea Rocket Chapter Meeting - "Florida Black Bears & Coyotes": Join Tom Shupe, FWC District Wildlife Biologist, as he discusses the Florida Black Bears and Coyotes. Light refreshments served at 6:30 p.m., meeting and presentation will start at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 28, from 2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Reptile & Snake Presentation: Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest's reptile residents and meet a red rat snake!
  • Sunday, May 29, 2 p.m. - Friends of the Enchanted Forest Meeting- "Everyday Birding": Ray Scory of the Halifax River Audubon Society, columnist, birding leader, and photographer will be presenting a special presentation on birding and his photography. Light refreshments and short business meeting at 2 p.m., followed by the presentation.
The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary was created and is managed under Brevard County's Environmentally Endangered Lands Program referendum. The referendum was established by voters in 1990 to protect and preserve the rich biological diversity of Brevard County for future generations. For more information please visit our website www.eelbrevard.com and don't forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!


April 28, 2016

Central Area Parks/Fla. Solar Energy Center to host EnergyWhiz Olympics

COCOA, Fla. -- The Central Area of Brevard County Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the Florida Solar Energy Center, will host the EnergyWhiz Olympics, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, May 14.

Events will be held at the Florida Solar Energy Center/University of Central Florida, 1679 Clearlake Road, and Travis Park Community Center, 2001 Michigan Ave., Cocoa. Admission is free.

The EnergyWhiz Olympics is a competitive forum for students to demonstrate their science, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge and skills as they relate to such topics as solar thermal energy, photovoltaics (PV) and hydrogen technology. The event will feature a solar cook-off, a solar-powered model car race, a "critter" house competition and the hydrogen challenge. There will also be several exhibitors on hand for the EnergyWhiz Expo.

For more information regarding this event please contact the Florida Solar Energy Center at (321) 638-1018 or on the web at www.energywhiz.com or www.floridaenergycenter.org/en/


April 28, 2016

Celebrate 25 Years of Conservation with the EEL Program

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Environmentally Endangered Lands Program will celebrate 25 years of conservation with celebrations in May hosted at three centers in Brevard County.

The EEL program was first established by a referendum in 1990, followed by a 2004 referendum. The EEL Program's mission is to protect and preserve the biological diversity of Brevard County. During the past 25 years, the program has protected 24,000 acres of land, 21 different habitats, and 130 threatened or endangered species of plants and animals.The EEL Program has also created over 60 miles of trails for passive recreation and developed three Management and Education Centers that had over 85,000 visitors in 2015.

The following events are scheduled in May to celebrate the EEL program's accomplishments:

  • May 7: Sams House at Pine Island will hold a series of programs including a Scrub Jay Walk at Cruickshank Scrub Sanctuary, Alligator Conservation Talk with Gator Bill, reception with cake and guest speaker, stories and music of Pine Island, a campfire supper, and an owl prowl.
  • May 14: The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary will host a Scrub Jay Walk at Dicerandra Scrub Sanctuary, guided walk at the Enchanted Forest, a Kid's Conservation Corner, Reception with cake and a guest speaker, Fox Lake Sanctuary trailer ride, night hikes, and moth cloth exploration.
  • May 21: The Barrier Island Center will celebrate with a sunset hike, amateur astronomy, nature movie and popcorn, and reception with a guest speaker and cake.
For more information on these programs and more please call the respective Management & Education Center: Sams House at Pine Island (321) 449-4720), Enchanted Forest Sanctuary (321) 264-5185), and Barrier Island Center (321) 723 -3556.

Don't forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter!


April 27, 2016

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting May 4

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 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 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 27, 2016

Contractors Utilizing County's 24/7 Online Permit Application System

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Nearly 40 percent of the contractors who changed out air-conditioners, re-roofed homes and resurfaced pools last week in Brevard County obtained their permits online, and without having to leave their homes or businesses.

An online permit application system was implemented earlier this year by Brevard County Government's Planning and Development Department. This month, the program was expanded to include permits for residential demolition, generators, pools and fences. The county is also taking aggressive steps to invite the hundreds of general and fence contractors who do business in the county to register for the online permit applications service called BASS – Brevard's Advanced Service Site. So far, 180 contractors are currently taking advantage of the online service.

"In January, we weren't doing any permits online, and now about 40 percent of the highest volume permits coming in are online. That's pretty significant," said Tad Calkins, assistant director of Planning and Development.

Calkins said the online permit system initially is focusing on high-volume permits, but additional expansions are planned to address other contract permit needs. The online system is intended to speed up the application and permitting process. In 2015, there were 16,470 building permits issued by Brevard County Government's Planning and Development Department. Calkins said roughly 7,000 of those permits issued last year by hand can now be obtained online.

"That 40 percent of the high-volume permits are now being issued online means our staff is now freed up to attend to other customer needs," Calkins said.

BASS allows customers to submit permit applications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once a customer logs on to BASS, registers and creates a password, the service site will guide the customer through the permit application process, provide application status updates, allow online payment and allow the customer to download permits and other approved documents. On line payments are averaging 20 percent of the total number of payments received.  Registered users can pay their permit fees online for any building permit.

With the addition of these applications, Brevard County Planning & Development is implementing an Electronic Document Review process. This entails electronic customer submission, county review and approval of application documents. Customers will be able to access approved plans as well as their permits online using BASS -- https://acaweb.brevardcounty.us/CitizenAccess/ The intent is to speed up the application and permitting process while making it easier for the customer.


April 26, 2016

County Manager to Hold Workshop on Gibson Complex in Titusville

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- County Manager Stockton Whitten will hold a special workshop with the North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation at 5 p.m. Monday, May 2, to discuss the current and future use of the Gibson Complex in Titusville.

District 1 Commissioner Robin Fisher will be in attendance.

The meeting will be held in the Brevard Room, 518 Palm Ave., in Titusville.

For more information, contact Assistant County Manager Venetta Valdengo at (321) 633-2003.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Brevard County Parks & Rec. Offers Summer Food Service Program - Breakfast & Lunch

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Parks and Recreation will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program, May 25 through Aug. 9.

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

The following sites will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program, May 25-Aug. 9:

  • Cuyler Park Community Center, 2329 Harry T. Moore Ave., Mims. (321) 264-5045. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Isaac Campbell Community Center, 701 South Street, Titusville. (321) 264-5040: Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Port Saint John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John. (321) 633-1904. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Sandrift Community Center, 585 North Singleton Ave., Titusville. (321) 264-5037. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Walter Butler Community Center, 4201 North Cocoa Blvd., Sharpes. (321) 433-4448. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Cocoa West Community Center, 230 South Burnett Road, Cocoa. (321) 633-1987. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Joe Lee Smith Community Center, 419 Washington Ave., Cocoa. (321) 633-1872. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • McLarty Park Community Center. 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge. (321) 633-1870. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Travis Park Community Center, 2003 Michigan Ave., Cocoa. (321) 633-1871. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Woody Simpson Community Center, 1590 Schoolhouse Street, Merritt Island. (321) 455-1379. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Max K Rodes Community Center, 3410 Flanagan Ave., West Melbourne. (321) 952-3215. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco. (772) 663-8748. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

* Meals are served Monday – Friday throughout the dates indicated. No meal service on May 30 or July 4.

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 21, 2016

Community Campout scheduled for May 6, F. Burton Smith Park in Cocoa

COCOA, ROCKLEDGE, MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. -- Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Central Area, will hold its annual Community Campout on Friday, May 6, at F. Burton Smith Park, 7575 S. R. 520, in Cocoa.

We say, "You bring your tent and we do the rest!" There will be a hot dog cookout, hayrides, crafts and games. There will also be a campfire and s'mores, and the Astronomy Club will be on hand with their awesome scopes! A light breakfast will be served, too.

The fee is $35 for a family of four. Pre-registration is required. For more information call (321) 455-1385.


April 19, 2016

Brevard County Receives Additional Funds for Indian River Lagoon Restoration

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Brevard County Commission approved an agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Tuesday for an additional $800,000 in funding for a project to reduce pollution, identify sources of muck, and reduce muck inputs to the Indian River Lagoon.

This latest appropriation builds on the previous $20 million awarded in the past two years for the Brevard County Muck Dredging Project, making a total investment of $20.8 million to date.

The recent algal bloom (brown tide event) in the northern Indian River Lagoon and Banana River reinforces the importance of continued focus on restoration work to improve water quality in the lagoon. This recently-awarded grant will benefit ongoing efforts to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous levels, which can decrease the intensity and duration of algal bloom events.

"Brevard County appreciates state assistance with projects to restore health to the Indian River Lagoon - a local, state and national treasure. Inadequate protections in the past have led to harmful muck accumulation," said Brevard County Natural Resources Management Director Virginia Barker. "We are proud to be a partner in this important project."

This newest Brevard County project will reduce sediment loading to the most muck-laden segments of the lagoon as well as map and prioritize legacy loads of muck already accumulated in critical areas of the lagoon.

"Eliminating current sources of muck and removing muck deposits are both crucial steps towards improving water quality and the overall health of the lagoon, including protecting fish and wildlife that call the Indian River Lagoon home," said DEP Deputy Secretary for Ecosystem Restoration Drew Bartlett. "Brevard County continues to demonstrate its commitment to protect and restore the Indian River Lagoon and we look forward to continued collaboration to protect this important resource."

Muck build-up is a result of nutrient pollution, sediment, grass clippings, leaves and other organic matter entering the Indian River Lagoon over time and accumulating at the bottom. As muck decomposes, it consumes oxygen needed by fish and it releases nutrients that feed algae blooms.

The department continues to work aggressively to improve water quality in the lagoon, including identifying additional wastewater and stormwater projects to reduce the amount of nutrients going into the lagoon, and dredge projects to remove muck that exists in the bottom of the lagoon, which also feeds algae blooms. For the upcoming fiscal year, nearly $26 million from the Florida First budget will be invested in 10 water-quality improvement projects. This includes $21.5 million for the continuation of the Brevard County Muck Dredging Project – a key component of long-term lagoon restoration.


April 15, 2016

Brevard County Adds Options to Online Contract Applications and Permits

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Contractors have more options to reel in permits for building and land development.

BASS – Brevard's Advanced Service Site -- now allows contractors to submit online applications for residential demolition, generators, pools and fences. This is in addition to air-conditioner change-outs, reroofs, and pool resurfacing previously announced.

With the addition of these applications, Brevard County Planning & Development is implementing an Electronic Document Review process. This entails electronic customer submission, county review and approval of application documents. Customers will be able to access approved plans as well as their permits online using BASS -- https://acaweb.brevardcounty.us/CitizenAccess/. The intent is to speed up the application and permitting process while making it easier for the customer.

BASS allows customers to submit permit applications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once a customer logs on to BASS, registers and creates a password, the service site will guide the customer through the permit application process, provide application status updates, allow online payment and allow the customer to download permits and other approved documents.


April 6, 2016

North Area Parks Operations Seeks Certified Tennis Instructor

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

Interested individuals should contact Claire Cawthon by email at Claire.Cawthon@brevardparks.com or by phone at (321)264-5105.


April 1, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day April 23 at the Enchanted Forest

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program and the Friends of the Enchanted Forest invite you to this year's Earth Day Celebration, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 23.

Guests will have the opportunity to see live Florida Wildlife, enjoy guest presentations on conservation, explore environmental exhibitors, go on a guided walk, browse a native plant sale, and more. There will also be live music in our Ancient Oak Amphitheater, including Painted Raven, Carol "Crystal Woman" Michaels, Puppets & Nature Songs w/ Laura & Becky, and more.

This year will also feature a Kid's Activity Center with tips, tricks, and activities to help the environment! We will also have face painting and crafts.

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management & Education Center was created and is managed under Brevard County's Environmentally Endangered Lands Program referendum. The referendum was established by voters in 1990 to protect and preserve the rich biological diversity of Brevard County for future generations.

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

Don't forget to find the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary on Facebook and Twitter!


April 1, 2016

County to Remove Dumpsters used for Indian River Lagoon Cleanup Effort

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Dumpsters used to collect fish from a recent outbreak of brown tide and fish kills in Indian River Lagoon will be removed from five County park sites on Monday, signaling that coordinated efforts between county agencies and volunteers have helped eliminate much of the dead fish from the river's shoreline and canals.

Areas between State Road 528 south to Eau Gallie Boulevard are where the majority of the fish were collected. The County coordinated a cleanup effort that involved several County departments, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Ag/Marine Unit and Brevard County inmates, St. Johns River Waterway Management and Keep Brevard Beautiful. Part of that effort included location of additional dumpsters at five park sites to make it convenient for drop-offs for property owners, volunteers and others involved in the lagoon relief effort.

On Monday, dumpsters put in place March 23 at Bicentennial Park in Cocoa Beach; Eau Gallie Boat Ramp, Melbourne; Kiwanis Island Park, Merritt Island; Kelly Park, Merritt Island; and POW/MIA at Pineda Causeway will no longer be available for collections of dead fish. Port Canaveral will also pull two dumpsters it had located off of State Road 528 as part of the cleanup response.

Officials will continue to monitor the river, however. The fish kill was caused by algae blooms that depleted oxygen levels in the water. Earlier this week, Brevard County's Board of County Commissioners also took steps to help the long term condition of the Indian River Lagoon, including:

  • A request for as much as $200 million from the state for muck removal
  • A request to streamline the permitting process for dredging and lagoon-related environmental projects
  • A request for state-mandated septic tank inspections when homes are sold
  • A proposal to increase the County's Tourist Development tax on hotel rooms and short-term rentals from 5 percent to 6 percent, and dedicate that increase toward lagoon projects.
  • Commissioners also passed a resolution declaring the lagoon as one of the county's highest priorities.
Keep Brevard Beautiful will continue to coordinate volunteer efforts as needed, and is always looking for volunteers. KBB can be reached at (321) 631-0501.

To report a fish kill, contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 800-636-0511.


March 30, 2016

Brevard Parks Need Your Support for Grant-Funded Improvements Program

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Our Local Parks make Brevard County a better place to live. By providing safe places to get active, enjoy nature, preserve the environment and bring people together, our parks are essential to our health and well being.

That is why, from April 1 to April 30, Brevard County residents will have the opportunity to help one of three park projects and give them a chance to receive $20,000 in grant funding to make improvements.

The projects are:

  • Bernice Jackson / Walter Butler Multi-Use Field in Sharpes
  • Riverwalk - A Family Park Nature Explore in Rockledge
  • Wickham Park Community Garden in Melbourne
By visiting www.NRPA.org/BeInspired, park supporters can vote daily for their favorite park project. At the end of April the project with the most votes will receive the grant funding.


March 23, 2016

Prescribed Burn Planned Thursday at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program will be conducting a prescribed burn at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management & Education Center on Thursday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All trails will be shut down and the area will most likely be smoky. Guests are still welcome to enjoy to the Education Center and gardens.

Prescribed burns involve the careful application of fire by professionals under specific weather and fuel conditions to achieve environmental resource management goals. Prescribed burns are beneficial to many of the habitats in Florida. They help recycle nutrients, restore and manage habitats, and help reduce fuel build-ups, thus protecting our homes and businesses from potential wildfires.

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management & Education Center was created and is managed under Brevard County's Environmentally Endangered Lands Program referendum. The referendum was established by voters in 1990 to protect and preserve the rich biological diversity of Brevard County for future generations.

For more information on the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and other EEL Program Lands call 321.264.5185 or visit www.eelbrevard.com.

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


March 23, 2016

County Organizes Clean-up Effort for Indian River Lagoon Fish Kill

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Five locations inundated with dead fish as a result of an algae bloom in Indian River Lagoon will be the focus of a clean-up effort beginning today involving Brevard County Government, Brevard County Sheriff's Office, St. Johns River Waterway Management, Keep Brevard Beautiful and citizen volunteers.

"This is a public nuisance. We've received a lot of feedback from the community, so we've put a plan together to provide some relief," said Venetta Valdengo, assistant county manager

The agencies formulated a plan of action Wednesday morning that targets fish kills in Sykes Creek on Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach, the Snug Harbor area of Cocoa Beach, Windjammer Court on Merritt Island and Grand Canal in Satellite Beach. Dead fish will be collected by boat by St. Johns River Waterway Management coordinated with the Sheriff's Office Ag/Marine Unit. Brevard County departments, including Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Public Works and Natural Resources, will focus efforts on County parks and County-owned property. Keep Brevard Beautiful is coordinating citizen volunteer groups and providing gloves, bags and grabbers to volunteers interested in helping with the cleanup. Keep Brevard Beautiful can be reached at (321) 631-0501.

The volunteer effort also includes private property owners who collect dead fish. The county is putting dumpsters at five convenient locations so residents can discard the fish they collect there. The fish will be hauled daily to the county landfill and will be buried.

Dumpster locations are: Bicentennial Park in Cocoa Beach; Eau Gallie Boat Ramp, Melbourne; Kiwanis Island Park, Merritt Island; Kelly Park, Merritt Island; and POW/MIA at Pineda Causeway. The dumpsters will be in place by 4 p.m. today, and will be placed close to boat ramps to facilitate disposal of fish collected by boat.

The Sheriff's Office will also use inmate labor to assist with shoreline cleanup. St. Johns River Waterway Management will focus on residential areas. All areas targeted are in an area between State Road 528 south to Eau Gallie Causeway, which is where the majority of concerns received by the county have been raised.

Officials will meet again on Friday to determine the progress of the cleanup effort.

To report a fish kill, contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 800-636-0511.


March 22, 2016

Cleanup Event in the Works for Indian River Lagoon Fish Kill

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – County officials will meet with volunteers, county departments and other regulatory agencies Wednesday morning to organize a coordinated clean-up effort of the Indian River Lagoon shoreline and other areas of the lagoon left littered with dead fish resulting from an algae bloom prompted fish kill.

The county is planning to put out dumpsters at several waterfront parks where the dead fish collected can be disposed. Locations and other details will be finalized at the planning meeting, which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in the County Manager's Office at the Brevard County Government Center in Viera.

The clean-up was prompted by concerns and complaints received by the county. Earlier this week, Brevard County Government Departments inspected the shoreline of County parks and County-owned property to assess the extent of the fish kill. The majority of dead fish being reported is on privately owned property and marinas.

"We're looking for volunteers and working with regulatory agencies to see if they'll help too," said Assistant County Manager Venetta Valdengo. She expects dumpsters to be in place before the end of the day Wednesday.

Wednesday's meeting will include representatives from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, St. Johns River Waterway Management, Brevard County Sheriff's Office and Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Solid Waste, Public Works and Natural Resources.

Initial findings on the cause of the fish kill point to an algae bloom generated by warm conditions and high nutrients in the lagoon this past week.


March 21, 2016

Brevard County Combines Forces for Cleanup of Indian River Lagoon Fish Kill

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Natural Resources, Public Works, Solid Waste Management and Parks and Recreation departments are working in tandem with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office in response to the Indian River Lagoon fish kill.

Cleanup began this morning to remove any dead fish spotted on the shorelines of County parks and any affected County-owned waterfront property. The cleanup is being organized by Parks and Recreation. The Sheriff's Office has agreed to provide assistance as needed with inmate labor.

Natural Resources Management is conducting water tests to determine the source of the fish kill, which was first discovered on Friday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are also involved.

Terry Williamson, a biologist with Natural Resources, said the office is collecting water quality data and samples but initial findings point to an algae bloom generated by warm conditions and high nutrients in the lagoon last week.

"There are a lot of nutrients in the water, causing the algae to bloom. When the local nutrients are depleted and the algae starts to decompose the dissolved oxygen drops to a level that killed some fish," he said. "The high winds we're having today should help mix the water in the lagoon and get the oxygen levels back up."

Williamson said residents can play a role in helping avoid fish kills. That includes keeping leaves and grass clippings out of storm drains and following the county's fertilizer ordinance.


March 17, 2016

Brevard County Government to Host Women's History Month Celebration

VIERA, Fla. -- Brevard County Government will host a celebration of Women's History Month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Building C, Viera.

The lunch and learn event is open to the public and features presentations by Cornita A. Riley, Chief of Orange County Corrections; Carol McCormack, Mayor of Palm Shores; and Misty Belford, Board Member of the Brevard County School Board. The event, "Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government," will be held in the boardroom of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, first floor, Building C. Presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

The event is open to the public. Those who attend are invited to bring a brown-bag lunch, or to enjoy a catered $10 box lunch provided by Panera Bread. Please request your preference in advance by emailing sandy.daughtry@brevardcounty.us or by calling (321) 633-2003.

On March 15, the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution recognizing March as Women's History Month in Brevard County.


March 08, 2016

Brevard Ocean Rescue Hosts Tryouts for Lifeguards

BREVARD COUNTY -- Brevard County Ocean Rescue will host the first of two open tryouts next week for seasonal lifeguards March 19, looking to fill 25 positions.

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

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

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

If selected, completion of the hiring process is dependent on the candidate's ability to pass a background test and successful completion of Ocean Rescue's paid training academy. The starting pay for ocean lifeguards is $9.84/hour.

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


March 07, 2016

Join Us for an Equine Education Evening!

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Please join us at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, as Newman Equine presents An Evening Of Learning With Our Doctors at the UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County office in Cocoa.

Dr. Catie Russell will present Equine Nutrition and Supplements and Dr. Patrick Biegel will present Current Equine Joint Therapy. The extension office is located at 3695 Lake Drive in Cocoa.

For more information please visit www.newmanequine.com or call (321) 639-4242.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in the proceeding should notify the University of Florida Brevard County Extension Service no later than five days prior to the meeting at 321-633-1702 or fax 321-633-1890.


March 04, 2016

Easter Celebration set for March 27 at Cuyler Park

MIMS, Fla. - Come and join us at Cuyler Park for an Easter Celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Cuyler Park, 2329 Harry T. Moore Ave., Mims.

Festivities will begin immediately following the Easter Mims Parade and will include live gospel music, car show, and more. This event is free to attend and concessions will be available to purchase.

This event is co-sponsored by the East Mims Civic League and Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, Parks and Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations. If you would like to participate in the parade or to be a food/craft vendor please contact Dwight Seigler at (321) 614-4283.


March 02, 2016

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting March 30

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 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 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.


March 01, 2016

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Hosts Venomous/Poisonous Celebration

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Come get "A Taste of Poison" at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 26.

See live venomous reptiles, meet poisonous amphibians, attend guest lectures, go on a hike to explore poisonous plants and mushrooms of the Enchanted Forest. There will also be hands-on activities and crafts specifically for children to enjoy. This is a unique experience for all ages to explore their fear and curiosity of the venomous and poisonous wildlife of Florida.

Suggested donation of $3 to the Friends of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary.

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management & Education Center was created and is managed under Brevard County's Environmentally Endangered Lands Program referendum. The referendum was established by voters in 1990 to protect and preserve the rich biological diversity of Brevard County for future generations.

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

Don't forget to find the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary on Facebook and Twitter!

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


March 01, 2016

EEL Program Advisory Group to Meet on Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Plan

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A Public Advisory Group meeting for the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Enchanted Forest Sanctuary will meet Monday, March 28, to gather input on the sanctuary's Management Plan Amendment.

The meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management and Education Center, 444 Columbia Blvd. in Titusville.

Questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Xavier de Seguin des Hons, EEL Program North Region land manager, (321) 264-5185 or XavierdeSeguin@brevardcounty.us.


March 01, 2016

Variety of Easter Events planned in North Brevard

MIMS, TITUSVILLE, PORT ST. JOHN, SHARPES, Fla.— Brevard County Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of Easter activities in North Brevard in March.
  • The 6th Annual Easter Day of Fun at Walter Butler Community Center, located at Bernice G. Jackson Park, 4201 North U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa (Sharpes), on Friday, March 18, starting at 3 p.m. Participants can enjoy a free egg hunt, face painting, crafts and more. All participants should bring their own egg carriers. This event is 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, March 19. Children ages five and under will hunt eggs starting at 6 p.m. Children ages 6 through 12 years should bring a flashlight for the egg hunt starting at 8:15 p.m., and all participants should bring their own egg carrier. Immediately following Brevard County Parks and Recreation would like to welcome everyone to see a free movie in the park. The movie is Minions. Call (321) 633-1904 for more information.
  • Isaac Campbell, Sr. Park will host a free egg hunt on Thursday, March 24, starting at 2 p.m., All participants should bring their own egg carrier. Call (321) 264-5040 for more information.
  • Cuyler Park will host a free egg hunt on Friday, March 25, starting at 2 p.m. 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 on Saturday, March 26, starting at 9 a.m., at Sand Point Park, 101 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville. There will be a pancake breakfast, crafts and egg hunt. Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. Remember to bring your own egg carrier and camera. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $3 for each adult and $5 for each child. Space is limited to the first 150 children. Pre-registration is recommended at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Avenue, Titusville. Call (321) 264-5037 for more information.


March 01, 2016

EEL Program Advisory Group to Meet on Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Plan

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A Public Advisory Group meeting for the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Enchanted Forest Sanctuary will meet Monday, March 28, to gather input on the sanctuary's Management Plan Amendment.

The meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management and Education Center, 444 Columbia Blvd. in Titusville.

Questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Xavier de Seguin des Hons, EEL Program North Region land manager, (321) 264-5185 or XavierdeSeguin@brevardcounty.us.


February 29, 2016

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets March 10

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Ave. in Titusville. The meeting is open to the public.

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

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

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


February 26, 2016

Bee Abodes, Kayaking, Venomous Snakes at Enchanted Forest in March

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- We have an exciting March planned at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary! Please join us for one of the many programs and events offered. All events are free unless otherwise noted:

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

Wednesday, March 2: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Sanctuary School – Reptiles & Amphibians: Homeschoolers ages 6-10 and their families will discover the local reptiles and amphibians that live in East Central Florida. Spots limited. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.

Saturday, March 5: 2 p.m. – Solitary Bee Abode Workshop: Did you know that not all bees make hives? Many native bees make tunnels in wood and underground. These native bees are important pollinators in our gardens, farms, and natural areas. Learn about native bees and other pollinators with Shari Blissett-Clark and create a solitary bee abode to encourage native bees to live in your backyard! Cost is $10 per bee block. Please call (321) 264-5185 to reserve your spot.

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

Sunday, March 6: 2 p.m.– 2:30 p.m. – Reptile & Snake Presentation: Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest's reptile residents and meet a red rat snake!

Wednesday, March 9: 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Nature Time for 2-3 Year Olds: March's theme is frogs! Hop on into learn about frogs and toads of Florida through a story and hands-on activities! Spots limited. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.

Saturday, March 12: 10 a.m.– 11 a.m. – Yoga in Nature: Enjoy a traditional yoga class for all levels on the screened porch. Wear loose fitting clothes and do not eat an hour before class. Please bring water and a mat if you have one. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.

7 p.m.– 10:30 p.m. – FLS Night Paddle & Hike Adventure: Explore Fox Lake Sanctuary like never before! Enjoy an evening paddle and night hike to explore the nocturnal wildlife of Fox Lake Sanctuary. Paddle distance will be 3 miles. Hiking distance will be approximately 1.5 miles. Participants need to bring a flashlight or headlamp, bug repellent and closed-toed footwear adequate for hiking. Please meet at the Fox Lake Park boat ramp at 6:45 p.m. Guests may bring their own kayak/canoe or a limited number of kayaks are available. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 10 by calling (321) 264-5185.

Wednesday, March 16: Noon – 1 p.m. – Lunch with Nature – "Vanishing Amphibians: The Case of the Disappearing Frogs": Frogs and toads are disappearing around the world and are even going missing from our own backyards. Bring a packed lunch and enjoy a special presentation by EEL Naturalist, Ariel Horner on what is happening to our slimy friends and how you as an individual can help save them.

Thursday, March 17: 6:30 p.m. – Friends of the Enchanted Forest Meeting– "Fireflies": Enjoy a presentation by entomologist and firefly expert Dr. Joe Cicero. Light refreshments and short business meeting at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation.

Saturday, March 19: 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. - Photography Club: All levels of photographers welcome. View photographs and learn helpful tips during their monthly meeting.

3 p.m.– 5 p.m. – Drum Circle: Find your beat! Guests are invited to join in on a family-friendly drum circle facilitated by Carol Crystal Woman. Please bring your favorite drum or rattle. There will be limited instruments to share.

Sunday, March 20: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Forest Funday – Incredible Eggs!: Children and families are invited to explore different kinds of eggs and the animals that hatch from them anytime between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. through eggs-periments, a craft, and more!

Wednesday, March 23: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – FNPS Sea Rocket Chapter Meeting – "Saving Florida's Roadside Wildflowers": Lisa Roberts, Florida Wildflower Foundation Executive Director, will discuss the Florida Wildflower Foundation's efforts to preserve Florida's native wildflowers that grow along the roadsides. Light refreshments served at6:30pm, meeting and presentation will start at 7 pm.

Saturday, March 26: 9 a.m.- noon – Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary Field Trip: Join the Sea Rocket Chapter of FNPS and Dr. Paul Schmalzer for a hike at Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary (SFS). SFS was acquired in 2008 by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program with assistance from The Nature Conservancy. The site includes scrubby flatwoods, mesic flatwoods, cypress strand, hammocks, and marshes and prescribed burning have been conducted since acquisition. SFS is located at 6000 Magoon Ave., Scottsmoor. Please meet at Scottsmoor Parrish Park and bring hat, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent.

11 a.m.– 3 p.m. – A Taste of Poison Special Event: This is a unique experience for all ages to explore their fear and curiosity of the venomous and poisonous wildlife of Florida! See live venomous snakes, meet poisonous amphibians, attend guest lectures, go on a hike to explore the poisonous plants and mushrooms of the Enchanted Forest, and more! There will also be hands-on activities and crafts specifically for children to enjoy! Suggested donation of $3 to the Friends of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary.

Monday, March 28: 6 p.m. – Advisory Committee Meeting: The purpose of this meeting is to gather input on the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Management Plan. Meeting is open to the public.

Thursday, March 31: 8 a.m. – noon – FLS Kayak Birding Trip: Enjoy a free leisurely kayak tour of Fox Lake Sanctuary exploring the local bird species that live in and around Fox Lake. Please meet at the Fox Lake Park boat ramp at 7:30am. Guests may bring their own kayak/canoe or a limited number of kayaks are available. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 29, by calling (321) 264-5185.Don't forget water and sunscreen!

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

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


February 19, 2016

Spring Day Camps Offered in North Brevard

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Brevard County Parks and Recreation's North Area Parks Operations is offering Spring day camps for children in the North Brevard area for ages 5-12, beginning Monday, March 21, through Friday, March 25. The camps meet Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You may register for spring camp at, Sandrift Community Center, 585 North Singleton Ave., Titusville, or Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John. You can also register online at https://registration.brevardcounty.us.

The fee is $90 weekly and $30 daily per child, discounts may apply. Each camp requires a minimum of 10 participants. Fees are due at the time of registration. The deadline for registration is Thursday, March 17.

Additional information on these activities can be obtained by calling Jann Faiga (Sandrift) at 321-264-5037 or Dan Cook (Port St. John Community Center) at 321-633-1904.


February 17, 2016

Brevard County Recycled Paint Giveaway set for Saturday, March 5

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Recycled paint will be available to residents of Brevard County at five Richard Paint stores, one Ace Hardware store and the South Patrick Hardware & Lumber beginning Saturday, March 5.

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

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

COLORS
Off white (Day Dream) | Gray (Hop Scotch) | Green (Four Leaf Clover) | Light Beige (Dance of Life) | Dark Beige (Evening Breeze) | Texture floor paint (Gray)

Available at the following locations only – Saturday, March 5

  • Richard's Paint: 2900 Post Road, Melbourne | 1510 Cheney Highway, Titusville | 230 East Merritt Island Causeway (520) Merritt Island |1950 Viera Boulevard, Viera | 5000 Stack Road, Suite A-1, Palm Bay
  • Ace Hardware: Ace Hardware/Beach Discount Plumbing/Supply, 866 North Highway A1A, Indialantic
  • South Patrick Hardware & Lumber: 1847 South Patrick Drive, Indian Harbour Beach

For more information regarding the recycled paint call 633-1888, 633-2042 or visit us at www.brevardcounty.us/Solidwaste


February 17, 2016

Mosquito Control Efforts Enhanced To Ward off Zika Virus

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Mosquito control inspectors are canvassing homes and businesses in the county to spread the word on preventive measures residents can take to avoid the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

The Florida Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed Brevard County's first case of the travel-related Zika infection. In all, there are now 22 confirmed cases of Zika in Florida. Earlier this month, Florida Surgeon General John Armstrong declared a public health emergency in response to the growing number of confirmed cases of imported Zika virus. All of those infected had traveled outside the country.

Enhanced mosquito control protective actions have been implemented in Brevard County to combat container-breeding mosquitoes. The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, which can carry the Zika virus, are not produced in wetlands or other typical habitats - roadside ditches, retention ponds, swales -- normally associated with mosquito production.

"We are currently working with residents and businesses in the county on disposing of mosquito-producing containers by distributing leaflets and through conversations," said Chris Richmond, Mosquito Control environmental scientist. "We are also treating various containers that cannot be dumped or drained. We have crews out all day collecting tires from illegal waste tire piles countywide. We are spraying for adult mosquitoes in various neighborhoods."

The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are daytime feeders, take cover by nightfall and do not travel far. One of the primary prevention tips is for homeowners to inspect for mosquito breeding areas around their homes, such as old tires, gutters that collect leaves and debris and containers that might hold standing water.

Brevard County Mosquito Control has been on the lookout for those types of breeding areas because the mosquitoes that breed there are the same species that carry Dengue and other viruses.

Symptoms of Zika may include acute onset of low-grade fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (reddening of eye), body aches, headache, eye pain, and vomiting. Illness typically resolves within a week.

The Florida health department has activated a Zika information hotline (855-622-6735) offering daily updates and answers to questions from the public.

Protective Measures:

  • In order to mitigate the risk of Zika in Brevard County, it is important to limit/reduce the numbers of mosquitoes by eliminate standing water which would serve as mosquito breeding grounds.;
  • Mosquitoes use puddles of any size - in pots, abandoned pools, bird baths, old tires, etc. - as reproductive areas. Elimination of these areas around homes and businesses is the most effective form of control.
  • If mosquitoes are observed, survey the area for open containers of standing water where the mosquitoes may be reproducing, and notify Natural Resources/Mosquito Control at 321-264-5032.
  • To reduce the likelihood of mosquito bites, wear mosquito repellent with DEET, and cover up with clothing.
  • For other protection tips, visit: http://www.brevardcounty.us/docs/default-source/scgtv-documents/mos-prevention-qxp_02-16.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Additional Information:
These websites can be shared or utilized to find additional information about Zika:

  • http://www.brevardcounty.us/MosquitoControl/Home
  • http://www.embrevard.com
  • http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/zika-virus/index.html
  • http://www.cdc.gov/zika/fs-posters/index.html
  • http://www.cdc.gov/zika/disease-qa.html
  • http://fmel.ifas.ufl.edu/


February 16, 2016

Brevard County Contract Applications and Permits Now Available Online

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Contractors can reel in permits for building and land development around the clock through the county's new online system called Brevard's Advanced Service Site (BASS.)

BASS – https://acaweb.brevardcounty.us/CitizenAccess/ -- allows customers to submit permit applications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for air-conditioner change-outs, reroofs, and pool resurfacing. The system will provide updates and alert the customer when action is required or the permit has been approved.

The service is available effective Feb. 16. Customers can pay online for the permits using debit or credit cards or eChecks. There is a cost for payment processing, however there is no cost to use BASS. Permit fees remain the same, and additional permits will be available in the future.

"The online payment information is an enhancement for everyone now, since we now will be accepting credit, debit and eCheck payment," said Robin Sobrino, director of Brevard County Planning and Development. "Our payment partner, Point and Pay, assesses a convenience fee for handling their transaction; it is not an additional fee assessed by the County."

BASS also allows customers to establish accounts to help track and manage permits acquired from the county.

The online system is intended to speed up the application and permitting process. In 2015, there were 16,470 building permits issued by Brevard County Government's Planning and Development Department.

"This improves customer service," Sobrino said. "This is a vending machine-type process. Say, for example, your home's a/c blows out at 5 p.m. on Friday. You don't want to wait until Monday morning for someone to come here to get a permit. Using BASS, you can get the permit online and we'll go out later, do the inspection and verify the work was done correctly."

Once a customer logs on to BASS, registers and creates a password, the service site will guide the customer through the permit application process, provide application status updates, allow online payment and allow the customer to download permits and other approved documents.

"The BASS system is efficient, convenient and interactive," Sobrino said. "We are pleased to offer citizens, businesses and visitors access to government services online."


February 15, 2016

11th Annual Fox Lake Spring Festival of Crafts to be held March 5

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

Only handmade and homemade crafts will be offered for sale at the event. Sale of direct sales company products is not permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase and the event is free to attend.

Fox Lake Park is located at 4400 Fox Lake Road in Titusville. This event is sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations. For more information about this and other recreation programs in North Brevard, call (321) 264-5105.


February 14, 2016

Road Closure Notification for Freedom 5k in Mims, Feb. 20

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

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office will close Freedom Avenue, and sections of Kentucky Avenue, Kryzer Street, N. Singleton Avenue and Parker Street from approximately 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. N. Singleton Avenue will be closed from Kyzer Street to Barbara Lane. Traffic will be re-routed to Railroad Avenue and Old Dixie Highway.

Race details along with a course map can be viewed at http://www.runningzone.com/events/freedom5k/.

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


February 08, 2016

County Manager to host Developer's Roundtable Discussion Feb. 19

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Manager Stockton Whitten will host the next "Developer's Roundtable" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

The meeting will be held in the Bill Posey Conference Center of the Florida Department of Health, 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, in Viera.

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

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


February 04, 2016

Sandpoint Park Hosts Titusville Fair Feb. 11-21

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Brevard Productions Inc. will be hosting the Titusville Fair, Feb. 11-21, at Sandpoint Park, 101 N. Washington Ave, Titusville.

The Titusville Fair will be open during the following hours:

  • Mondays - Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Fridays, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sundays, 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
During operating hours of the fair, a $5 parking fee will be assessed at Sandpoint Park. Public access to the park will remain free outside of the Titusville Fair's operational hours. For more information about the fair, call (321) 323-4460 or (1-855) 386-3836.


February 04, 2016

Hurricane 'Myths' Social Media Campaign Earns FEPA 2016 Media Award

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. --A social media campaign that addresses 'Myths and Misconceptions' of Hurricane Season earned the National Weather Service-Melbourne, Brevard County Emergency Management and Brevard County Government's Space Coast Government Television the 2016 Media Award from the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association.

The Media Award recognizes outstanding efforts to educate and inform the public about Emergency Management. It was presented Thursday during FEPA's 2016 Annual Meeting and Work Session at the Daytona Beach Hilton.

In all, the joint effort by NWS-Melbourne, Emergency Management and SCGTV produced 13 "Myths and Misconceptions" videos, each 30 seconds to a minute long, that factually address a wide range of unfounded beliefs commonly held during hurricane season, which runs June 1 to Nov. 30. The videos were posted on Social Media sites Twitter and Facebook throughout the 2015 Hurricane Season. For example, "Brevard County doesn't get hurricanes, that's why they built the Kennedy Space Center here." In actuality, 40 tropical storms and hurricanes have passed within 50 miles of Cape Canaveral since 1850. Also, "A forecast for a below normal hurricane season means we don't have to prepare." In reality, 1992 was the second-quietest hurricane season on record. It was the same year Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida. It only takes one to be a bad season.

The Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) was created in 1956 to help professional Emergency Managers coordinate to protect residents and visitors to Florida. This year, FEPA will be celebrating 60 years of service, and it is the premier statewide organization dedicated to enhancing the emergency management field. The primary mission of FEPA is to provide an information and support network between county emergency management directors, and partners at the municipal, county, regional, tribal, state, and federal government levels.

Also, as part of the FEPA conference, Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser and Senior Emergency Management Coordinator Michele Jones received Florida Professional Emergency Manager certifications as they joined an elite group of fewer than 230 certified emergency management professionals across the state.

FPEM certification recognizes devoted individuals who possess advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform effectively within a comprehensive emergency management program. Applicants for this certification must be able to prove their eligibility by providing documentation of required training, education, professional contributions, experience, and time in service.


January 29, 2016

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

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Recreation & Education Advisory Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, in Melbourne.

The purpose of this meeting is to review proposed recommendations for public access, passive recreation, and environmental education plans on EEL Program-managed conservation lands. Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Brad Manley, EEL Public Access/Volunteer Coordinator at (321) 255-4466 or bmanley@brevardparks.com.


January 29, 2016

Free February Events at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


January 29, 2016

Fifth Annual Merritt Island Pioneer Day set for Feb. 13

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

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

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

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

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


January 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


January 21, 2016

Palm Bay Aquatic Center Offers Lifeguard Certification Renewal Course

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

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

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

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


January 15, 2016

Canine Fun Run Event Feb. 6 at Fay Boulevard Park

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

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

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


January 14, 2016

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

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

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


January 13, 2016

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

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

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

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

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


January 13, 2016

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

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

There over 250 events offered including:

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

New This Year!

  • 20 world class photographers to lead Field Workshops and Classes

Exhibit area hours:

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

Entrance to the following areas is free:

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

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

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


January 09, 2016

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

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

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

Popcorn will be available for a donation.

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

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

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


January 06, 2016

Volunteers Sought for 2016 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

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

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

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


January 05, 2016

Arbor Day Brings New Tree to Brevard Botanical Garden

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

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

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

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


January 05, 2016

Brevard Ocean Rescue to Host Tryouts for Lifeguards

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

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

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

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

If selected, completion of the hiring process is dependent on the candidate's ability to pass a background test and successful completion of Ocean Rescue's paid training academy. The starting pay for ocean lifeguards is $9.84/hour.

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


January 03, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


January 02, 2016

Soar into the World of Birds at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

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

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

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

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

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


January 01, 2016

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

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

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

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

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




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