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Monday, December 5, 2016

Robin Fisher Appreciation, Dec. 10, at Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park

MIMS, FL. -- The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex Inc., is proud to host a time of appreciation for outgoing County Commission Robin Fisher from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec,10, at the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and Museum, 2180 Freedom Ave., Mims, FL 32754.

Please join us in thanking Fisher for a job well done. Refreshments will be served.

For more information on this event please call (321)264-6595.


November 29, 2016

North Pole Calling: Santa Will Make Calls Dec. 14-15

COCOA, Fla. -- Brevard County Central Area Parks and Recreation has made special arrangements for Santa to telephone children from his headquarters at the North Pole to wish them a very Merry Christmas.

Calls will be made Wednesday, Dec. 14, and Thursday, Dec. 15, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for this service. Please remember that Santa will place the call. North Pole Operators will not accept calls from your children.

Request forms are available online at www.brevardfl.gov/ParksRecreation/Central under "Forms and Documents,"; or you may visit the Central Area Parks Operations Office, located at 840 Forrest Ave., or any of our Community Centers located in Cocoa, Rockledge and Merritt Island.

For more information, please contact Tangela Brown at (321)-633-1874.


November 18, 2016

Breakfast With Santa at Fox Lake Park Set for Dec. 10

TITUSVILLE, FL. -- Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Fox Lake Park main pavilion, 4400 Fox Lake Road, Titusville, on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m.

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

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

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


November 18, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Update: Monday (11/18) Storm Debris Collection Areas Announced

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- There are 29 trucks (7 tandem) collecting vegetative debris from Hurricane Matthew operating north of Pineda Causeway and 28 trucks south of Pineda Causeway today, Friday, Nov. 18. The first pass for vegetative debris is almost complete for the unincorporated areas of the county and those cities that have entered into the Interlocal Agreement. The pass for construction and demolition debris and the final pass for vegetation is starting in those areas where the first pass has been completed. The County's disposal sites have returned to normal operation schedules. Facilities are open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Please keep your piles of vegetative debris and construction debris separate. Any mixed debris piles will be picked up in the construction debris pass since this material will have to go to the landfill. Also, do not put yard waste on the roadway, in the swale or other drainage easements.

Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24: No pick up; disposal facilities will be closed.

So far, more than 596,980 cubic yards of storm debris have been collected.

Crews are continuing work in the following areas:
North County
Port St. John
Mims
North Merritt Island -- neighborhoods off North Tropical Trail and Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island -- Chase Hammock and Crisafulli Road
Merritt Island -- neighborhoods along North Banana Drive between SR520 and SR528
Merritt Island -- neighborhoods along South Tropical Trail between Pineda and SR520
Merritt Island -- neighborhoods along Courtenay Parkway between SR520 and SR528
Unincorporated Titusville (S. Carpenter Road)
Sharpes
Wickham Park area
Unincorporated Rockledge -- including East Roackledge
West Viera

South County
Melbourne -- Harlock and Aurora area
West Melbourne -- neighborhoods between Dairy and Minton
Satellite Beach
Satellite Beach (Tortoise Island)
Melbourne Beach
Indialantic
Grant-Valkaria
Heild Road
Downtown Melbourne
Dairy Road
Sarno Road

Second pass has begun in the following south areas (this includes the collection of construction and demolition debris as well as vegetative debris):
Melbourne Village
Valkaria
Malabar
Satellite Beach
Great Outdoors
A1A and U.S. 1
Scottsmoor

The Interlocal Agreement for debris collection includes:
Melbourne Village (possibly finished in three days)
Melbourne
Malabar
Satellite Beach
Indialantic
Cocoa
West Melbourne
Grant-Valkaria
Indian Harbour Beach
Melbourne Beach (Flamingo Lane -- debris removed to accommodate road work)

Debris collection sites for hurricane debris contractors'-use only:
Central Disposal Facility
Mims (temporary site)
North Merritt Island (temporary site)
Sarno Landfill
Valkaria Airport (temporary site)
South Beaches Waste Water Facility (temporary site.)

Department of Transportation will be conducting road clearing and damage assessment at the following locations:
Interstate 95
SR528 Causeway
SR192 Causeway
SR520 Causeway
SR518 Causeway
SR404 Causeway
SR528 Causeway
SR528 (Beachline)
SRA1A
US1 south of 518
US192
US1
US50
SR520
SR518
SR46
SR514
SR3
SR513
SR401
SR405
SR406
SR407
SR524
SR519
SR507
SR508

Please keep your piles of vegetative debris and construction debris separate Also, do not put yard debris on the roadway, in the swale or other drainage easement.


November 17, 2016

EEL Program to hold Selection and Management Committee Meeting Dec. 1

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 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 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.

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

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


November 17, 2016

Space Coast Area Transit Announces No Bus Service on Thanksgiving Day

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Space Coast Area Transit announced today there will be no bus service operating on Thursday, Nov. 24, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Regular bus service will resume on Friday, Nov. 25.

Any questions or requests for additional information should be directed to the Bus Information Line at (321) 633-1878 or online at www.RideSCAT.com.


November 15, 2016

Brevard County Emergency Management Awarded Full Accreditation Status

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – The highest honor for emergency management, full accreditation status, has been awarded to Brevard County Emergency Management by the national Emergency Management Accreditation Program, in recognition of the department's ability to bring together personnel, resources and communications from a variety of agencies and organizations in preparation and response to disasters.

The accreditation was granted in October, and announced earlier this month to the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners by Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon, who is also a commissioner of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.

"The Emergency Management Accreditation Program is the official standard for emergency management programs across the country," Koon said. "It's an extremely rigorous accreditation program and requires thousands of hours of work on the part of your Emergency Management team and other county agencies with whom they engage. It demonstrates proficiency in all facets of emergency management in preparedness, response, recovery and the mitigation phase. It demonstrated without a doubt you have t

he finest Emergency Management program you can have here in Brevard County." EMAP is a nationally recognized voluntary review process that demonstrates through self-assessment, documentation and peer review, that a program meets national standards for emergency management programs. Six assessors evaluated 64 areas to find Brevard County in compliance. Brevard County officials attribute this prestigious accomplishment to the hard work and professionalism of the Emergency Management staff.

Koon also recognized that the Brevard County Emergency Operations Center activates more frequently than any other emergency operations center in the state, primarily due to the number of rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The accreditation grant was awarded before prior to the last most recent EOC activation, which occurred for in response to Hurricane Matthew.

To achieve accreditation, applicants must demonstrate through self-assessment, documentation and peer assessment verification that a program meets the Emergency Management Standard. The emergency management program uses the accreditation to prove the capabilities of their disaster preparedness and response systems. Accreditation is valid for five years and the program must maintain compliance with the Emergency Management Standard and is reassessed to maintain accredited status.

Providing emergency management programs the opportunity to be evaluated and recognized for compliance with standards certified by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) and recognized by the industry complies with the EMAP's mission to build safer communities through credible standards of excellence. These programs demonstrate accountability and focus attention on areas and issues where resources are needed to heighten their preparedness efforts to any technical or natural disaster that may affect their communities.

The Emergency Management Standard is flexible in design so that programs of differing sizes, populations, risks and resources can use it as a blueprint for improvement and can attain compliance with those standards in an accreditation process. The accreditation process evaluates emergency management programs on compliance with requirements in sixteen areas, including: planning; resource management; training; exercises, evaluations, and corrective actions; communications and warning; and administration. This forms the foundation of the nation's emergency preparedness system. EMAP is the only accreditation process for emergency management programs.


November 14, 2016

Santa Calling Program Offered In North Brevard

TITUSVILLE, FL. — Special arrangements have been made for Santa to telephone preschool through second grade children from his headquarters at the North Pole.

Calls will be made Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to phones in the local dialing area for Titusville. There is no charge for this service.

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

Call (321) 264-5037 for more information about this and other activities provided by Brevard County Parks and Recreation's North Area Parks Operations.


November 12, 2016

111th Harry T. Moore Birthday Celebration to be held Nov. 18

MIMS, FL. -- The 111th Harry T. Moore Birthday Celebration, "Giving Thanks," is being hosted by The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex, Inc., on Friday, Nov. 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park, 2180 Freedom Avenue, Mims, Florida, 32754.

Harry T. Moore was born on Nov. 18, 1905, in Houston, FL., to Johnny and Rosa Moore. Harry T. Moore was an African American Educator and Pioneer leader of the Civil Rights.

The Guest Speaker will be Pastor Joyce Harvey of Shiloh AME Church of Mims. Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Moore were both former members of Shiloh AME Church of Mims. Please come out and join us for this memorable celebration to celebrate the life and legacy of Mr. Harry T. Moore.

The event is free to the public. For additional information call (321) 264-6595.


November 11, 2016

Senior's Thanksgiving Luncheon Nov.13 at Walter Butler Community Center

COCOA (SHARPES), FL. -- North Area Parks Operations and the Cocoa Civic League would like to invite the community to attend a Thanksgiving luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m., at the Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice G. Jackson Park, 4201 North U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa. The event is free to attend.

Call the center at (321) 433-4448 for further information on this and other recreation activities sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation in the Sharpes area. 0


November 11, 2016

23rd Annual Fox Lake Christmas Festival of Crafts to be held Nov. 19

TITUSVILLE, FL. -- The 23rd Annual Fox Lake Christmas Festival of Crafts will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Fox Lake Park in Titusville.

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

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


November 9, 2016

Healthy Living Festival, Nov. 12, at Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park

MIMS, FL. – The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex Inc., is proud host the Healthy Living Festival; Empowering Our Community to Live Well.

The event will be held on the 12 acres of the Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park and Museum, 2180 Freedom Ave., Mims, FL 32754, on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be an offering of various health information tables, health screenings, health safety and wellness presentations, interactive activities, music, dance and spoken word entertainment free to the community of all ages. Attendees will be entered into a chance drawing to win numerous prizes including books, gift cards and bicycles!

Event commitment applications for sponsors, speakers, health, wellness or safety information tables or screenings and entertainment are being accepted. Contact Sonya Mallard for more information Sonya.Mallard@brevardparks.com or 321-264-6595.


November 9, 2016

Thanksgiving Celebration Set For Thursday, Nov. 10, at Cuyler Community Center

MIMS, FL. — Cuyler Community Center, located at 2329 Harry T. Moore Ave. in Mims, will host a Giving Thanks Senior Luncheon.

Come join the festivities on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. This event is free to attend and will include lunch.

Call LaShawn Stevens at (321) 264-5045 for further information on this and other recreation activities sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation in the Mims area.


November 8, 2016

Brevard's 117 Polling Locations are Open for Today's Presidential General Election

Viera, FL – It's Election Day! Brevard's 117 polling locations are open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters are encouraged to visit VoteBrevard.com to review acceptable forms of identification and for directions to polling location.

"We've had a record turnout for this Election's Early Voting," said Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott. "Over 50 percent of Brevard's eligible voters have already voted. I expect today will be no different. Brevard typically has one of the highest turnouts in the state ... we have great voters."

Live Election Day turnout statistics are available at VoteBrevard.com. The first returns will be posted after 7 p.m. and will be results from Early Voting and Vote-by-Mail.

Voters who Vote by Mail have until 7 p.m. to return voted Mail Ballots to one of the four Election Administrative Offices. Voters can track their Mail Ballots online at VoteBrevard.com.

For more information regarding today's Presidential General Election, please visit VoteBrevard.com or call the Supervisor of Elections office at (321) 633-2124.


November 2, 2016

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets Nov. 10

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


November 1, 2016

Disaster Recovery Center Established for Those Impacted by Hurricane Matthew

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – Brevard County residents who suffered losses and damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew can get information about disaster assistance at a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) that opened today, Nov. 1. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays and closed Sundays until further notice.

The Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Harry T. Moore Social Services Center, 725 S. Deleon Street, Titusville, FL 32780. The Titusville location was selected because 70 percent of the homes in Brevard County which incurred major damage or were destroyed due to Hurricane Matthew are in the Titusville area.

Representatives from Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. To register, go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages and phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.

Visiting with a recovery specialist is not a requirement for survivors who want disaster assistance, but the centers are an excellent way for people to get answers to their questions about disaster aid and registration assistance.

Some of the services may include:

  • Status of FEMA application
  • Disaster recovery guidance
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing assistance and rental resources information
  • Answers to questions, resolutions to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs. Low-interest disaster loans from SBA also may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow FEMA on twitter at @femaregion4. Download the FEMA app with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters.

Dial 2-1-1 to speak with a trained call specialist about questions you have regarding Hurricane Matthew; the service is free, confidential and available in any language. They can help direct you to resources.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government's primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA's Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA's Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.


October 31, 2016

UF/Brevard Extension Service to Host Sea Grant Workshop

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Please join us for Sea-Level Rise and Flooding: Planning & Law for Local Governments, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County office in Cocoa. Registration at the event begins at 8 am.

This is the second in a series of workshops Florida Sea Grant is hosting around our state. The workshop will:

  • Provide a brief overview of sea-level rise and flooding projections
  • Outline key infrastructure and financial challenges
  • Show examples of pro-active local government assessment of vulnerabilities through data collection and analysis
  • Outline key legal issues and potential responses
  • Present detailed information on recent state law changes
  • Discuss the importance of engaging the public in decision making
Please register at http://sealevelrisebrevardworkshop.eventbrite.com. The workshop fee is $100 for private sector participants and $75 for public sector and non-profit participants. Lunch and professional credits will be included as part of the fee.


October 31, 2016

Rip Currents, Fewer Manned Lifeguard Towers Prompt Safety Warning on Beaches

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Strong rip currents led to a busy weekend for Brevard County Ocean Rescue, which recorded 25 rescues. The weekend also marked the end of the April to October season in which 25 lifeguard towers are manned on weekends and, during the summer months, throughout the entire week. Five year-round lifeguard towers will continue to be manned, but Ocean Rescue Chief Eisen Witcher is also asking for beachgoers to think safety first.

"We are very proud of the extraordinary work these men and women have done to make sure Brevard County beaches were safe and we look forward to seeing them back in the spring," Witcher said. "Although the 20 seasonal towers will be closing, our five year-round towers will continue to be open to protect residents and tourists throughout the winter and spring. Lifeguards will also continue to perform mobile patrols throughout the area in the event of an emergency."

The five towers that operate year-round have lifeguards on duty 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

North Brevard
South Cocoa Beach Pier
Central Shepard Park
Central Lori Wilson Park
North Minuteman Causeway/Coconuts

South Brevard
Paradise/Futch Park

Due to the erosion and damaging effects of Hurricane Matthew, lifeguards are expecting a busy winter as the rip current threat will continue late into the year. Witcher recommends visitors take appropriate steps to make sure they're safe when at the beach. Bathers and beachgoers are reminded to utilize the 9-1-1 system for any emergency occurring in Brevard County and on the beach when lifeguards are not present. These emergencies will continue to receive an Ocean Rescue response throughout the year.

Safety tips recommended by Ocean Rescue:

  • Never swim alone
  • Swim near a lifeguard on duty
  • Check in with the lifeguard before going into the water for ocean conditions and hazards
  • Practice good judgment
  • Swim and surf within your abilities
  • Listen to all lifeguard warnings and announcements
For more information, visit http://www.brevardcounty.us/FireRescue/BeachSafety.


October 24, 2016

County's Credit Rating Gets Boost to 'AA-Plus'

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Fitch Ratings has upgraded the following ratings for Brevard County with stable outlook:
  • Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to 'AA-plus' from 'AA';
  • $48.4 million outstanding local option fuel tax (LOFT) revenue bonds, series 2007 to 'A-plus' from 'A'.
Brevard County's Issuer Default Rating, more generally thought of as the County's general credit rating, is one notch below the highest possible rating for county and municipal issuers.

"This is great news for the County and to my knowledge the AA-plus rating for the County is the highest we have received," said Brevard County Manager Stockton Whitten. "We are right below the highest rating achievable of AAA."

In its ratings upgrade released Oct. 19th, Fitch cited the county's strong operating performance as a key rating driver, including low combined liability burdens of debt and pensions. Fitch expects the county's debt and pension liabilities to remain low going forward given limited debt plans, rapid amortization of existing debt, and participation in an adequately funded, state-administered pension plan.

The rating upgrade to 'A+' from 'A' on the LOFT bonds reflects improved debt service coverage. The LOFT revenue bonds are secured by a six-cent levy per gallon of motor and other fuels sold in the county. Revenues are collected by the state and distributed to each county and its incorporated municipalities based on a distribution formula formalized in an inter-local agreement.

Fitch noted that County management has demonstrated its ability to adjust both revenues and spending when faced with economically driven downturns in revenues.



October 20, 2016

Update (10/20) on Hurricane Matthew-Related Park Closings in Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The following Brevard County parks will remain closed until further notice due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew.
Athletic Fields:
The tennis courts at Flutie Park in Melbourne Beach
Beach Crossovers:
Bonsteel Park in Melbourne Beach Juan Ponce de Leon in Melbourne Beach
Boat Ramps:
Port St. John Boat Ramp in Port St. John
Campgrounds:
Manatee Hammock Campground in Titusville Scout Island at Long Point Campground in Melbourne Beach (Long Point Campground is open)
Parks/Trails:
Hatbill Park in Mims Intracoastal Waterway Park in Merritt Island


October 20, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Update: Thursday (10/20) Storm Debris Collection Areas Announced

BREVARD COUNTY, FL -- Storm debris collection throughout Brevard County is expected to take another 30 to 45 days, and possibly longer in some areas of the county harder hit by Hurricane Matthew. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about storm debris collection:

Why does yard debris have to be separated from the construction debris?
The yard debris (vegetative waste) and construction debris (fences, docks, roofing shingles, etc.) are disposed of in different ways and in accordance with different regulations. The vegetative debris can be ground into mulch to be recycled, while construction debris must be buried in the landfill.

Why are my containerized materials being collected and not my piles?
Waste Management, Inc., the County's franchised solid waste collector, is still collecting containerized materials (garbage, recyclables, and yard waste) in the unincorporated areas of the County under the terms of their collection agreement.

For large piles of hurricane generated yard trash and construction debris the County has hired special debris removal contractors. In order to recover a portion of the hurricane cleanup costs from FEMA and defray significant costs to residents certain requirements have been placed on the County's cleanup efforts. Principally the County must certify the measurements of every truck and every load, document that the waste was only picked up from the public right-of-way, and maintain a record of the amount and type of debris created by Hurricane Matthew.

Why can't I use my Waste Management carts for my yard waste?
Waste Management cannot see what is in your carts when they pick them up at your curbside. Each waste type is taken to a different disposal or recycling facility. If you put yard waste in your garbage cart it will go to the landfill instead of being mulched (recycled). If you place your yard waste in a recycle cart that yard waste will contaminate the whole recycling load and all of those recyclables will end up in the landfill instead of being recycled.

What does the Interlocal agreement mean?
Through Interlocal Agreements with certain cities, Brevard County is providing hurricane debris cleanup services in accordance all FEMA required contractual and accounting procedures to maximize FEMA reimbursement of cleanup costs from Hurricane Matthew. The County's Solid Waste Management Department is up-fronting the cost of the cleanup effort to the cities and after reimbursement from FEMA will bill the cities their individual share of those costs not covered by FEMA. The County has contracts in place with two debris management firms with experience with disaster cleanup, and with a consulting firm with experience in managing projects for maximum reimbursement from FEMA.

Who is picking up my debris? Why is it taking so long?
We have estimated that Hurricane Matthew generated over 300,000 cubic yards of debris in 24 hours; that is equivalent to almost 3 months of yard trash normally collected in the County. This does not include the large number of fences, docks and other construction debris. It is going to take some time for this to be collected. Waste Management, Inc., your normal waste collector, will pick up all containerized waste as usual. They are a few days behind due to the volume of waste generated over the last couple of weeks. The County's debris contractors are picking up the large piles set out in the public right-of-way. No collection can or will be made from private property. Unfortunately a large number of communities from South Florida to North Carolina suffered the wrath of Matthew and all these communities are hiring debris collection trucks making the market very tight. We currently have over 40 extra trucks and crews on the roads.

The County landfills are open as usual for the public to drop off waste if you choose to do so. There is no charge at the landfill for yard trash from residents.

Why can't the contractors pick up on private property?
The County's solid waste collection ordinance prohibits the County from collecting waste on private property, and FEMA does not reimburse the County or the cities for debris cleanup unless it is picked up from the public right-of-way.

How do I report damage caused by the contractor?
Please call the Solid Waste Management Department at (321) 633-2042 to report any damage done to your property by our contractors.

Is Waste Management operating on a current schedule?
Due to the dangerous conditions the day before Hurricane Matthew and the two days after, Waste Management was unable to make their scheduled collections. According to Waste Management the volume of garbage, recycling and containerized yard waste has been greater than normal over the past two weeks requiring more trips to the landfill and certain routes have not been completed according to the normal schedule. However, they have assured the County that they are making progress and will be back caught up by next week.

How do I report missed pickups?
For regular garbage, recycling, or containerized yard waste please call Waste Management at (321) 636-6894 (North areas) or (321)723-4455 (South Area)

For questions or concerns regarding hurricane debris pickup County residents should call the Solid Waste Management Department (321) 633-2042.

Are the contractors required to cover their loads?
All trucks are required to cover their loads while traversing public roadways.

What about leftover debris after initial pickup?
The County crews will make two passes throughout the county and cities that have entered into Interlocal Agreements for yard waste collection and one pass for construction debris. The County will notify the public when the first pass has been completed.


October 19, 2016

Brevard County Designated by FEMA for Individual Assistance

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard County homeowners, renters and business owners may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damages and losses resulting from Hurricane Matthew.

To be eligible for federal aid under FEMA's Individual Assistance Program, storm damage and losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Matthew, beginning on October 3.

Survivors are encouraged to register with FEMA as soon as possible. If you preregistered with FEMA, you do not have to apply again. If you have phone and/or internet access, you may register:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or
  • On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585.
  • The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.
Don't be discouraged if you do not have access to telephone or internet service. Disaster survivor assistance specialists will soon be helping people register for assistance in their communities. Additionally, disaster recovery centers are planned to open in the near future.

Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs.

Long-term, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

Survivors should contact their insurance company to file their insurance claim. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, those without insurance or those who may be underinsured may still receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

Joint damage assessments with teams comprised of local, state and federal agencies are ongoing. These assessment teams continue to document damages to homes, businesses and public facilities in Northeast and Central Florida to inform determinations for any additional federal disaster assistance that may be warranted.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow FEMA on twitter at @femaregion4. Download the FEMA app with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters.


October 18, 2016

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary to Hold Harvest Festival Oct. 22

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Celebrate autumn at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary during our first Harvest Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22.

During this free event, guests are invited to enjoy guided hikes, hay rides, special presentations, meet birds of prey, bats and other Florida wildlife, explore environmental exhibitors, listen to live music, and much more! Harvest Festival will feature many children's activities, including face painting, hands-on activities exploring forest animals and autumn, pumpkin painting, leaf print making, log dissections, and more.

Enjoy Local Food by Bills Grill on Wheels. Special presentations will include talk about bats with Fly by Night, and birds of prey by Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. Musicians will include Chris Kahl, and Greatliners.

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

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville, FL. 32780. Also find us on Twitter and Facebook!


October 18, 2016

FEMA/FDEM Teams Conduct Hurricane Matthew Damage Assessments in Brevard

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Ten teams of officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management fanned out across Brevard County on Tuesday to assess damages from Hurricane Matthew.

The teams surveyed the worst of the damage from the storm that slammed into Florida's east coast 10 days ago. In Brevard County, 72 miles long and 22 miles wide, damage was widespread and ranged from as severe as demolished homes to roof damages and storm debris piled up curbside throughout the county.

FEMA's assessments will be used in conjunction with the Florida governor's request for federal assistance. A FEMA disaster declaration could make aid available to individuals, state and local governments after natural disasters, like this hurricane.

"This is a critical step," said Kimberly Prosser, director of Brevard County Emergency Management. "The teams are assessing residential damage today and additional teams will assess the damage to public infrastructure on Wednesday and Thursday."

Hurricane Matthew was a Category 3 hurricane as it passed Brevard County Oct. 6 and 7. Debris removal and damage assessments are ongoing. At least 11 parks remain closed. Damage assessments of storm-related beach erosion in the county top $24 million.

In all, more than 1,500 homes and businesses were damaged by Hurricane Matthew's winds, and at least 12 structures were destroyed.

FEMA provides disaster survivor assistance and has a number of tools, teams, and public assistance programs to help during response and recovery operations. FEMA assessments will determine if Brevard County, along with its businesses and residents, qualify for disaster assistance, including:

Individual Assistance provides financial help or direct services to those who have necessary expenses and serious needs. That may include housing assistance (including temporary housing, repair, replacement) and other needs.

Public Assistance Grants, which assists state and local governments with funding for emergency repairs or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

FEMA works alongside the Small Business Administration. An SBA declaration would provide low-interest loans to businesses impacted by the storm in Brevard County.


October 18, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Update: Tuesday (10/18) Storm Debris Collection Areas Announced

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- There are 42 trucks throughout the county working on vegetative debris collection today, Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Crews are continuing work in the following areas:

North County
Canaveral Groves is almost complete; those trucks will work their way east, west of Indian River Boulevard, Cocoa.
Merritt Island (between Pineda and 528).
Port St. John is nearing completion.
Mims, trucks started at Parrish and have been moving north.
Windover Farms, south of Titusville on Wednesday.

South County
Turtle Mound area of Melbourne
Pineapple Avenue area of Melbourne
Valkaria and Micco
Satellite Beach heading south

Crews have finished the first pass:
Great Outdoors
South Tropical Trail south of Pineda Causeway
Indian River Boulevard

The public is asked to be patient. Storm debris collection updates will be posted daily. Landfills are open for contractors from 7 a.m. to 7 .m. Contracting firms collecting storm debris are Ashbritt (Pineda Causeway north) and Crowder-Gulf (Pineda Causeway South and beaches.)

The Interlocal Agreement for debris collection includes:
Melbourne Village, Melbourne, Malabar, Satellite Beach, Indialantic, Cocoa, West Melbourne, Grant-Valkaria, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne Beach


October 18, 2016

Update (10/18) on Hurricane Matthew-Related Park Closings in Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The following Brevard County parks remain closed due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew.
Athletic Fields:
Flutie Park in Melbourne Beach (except authorized use)
Beach Crossovers:
Bonsteel Park in Melbourne Beach
Juan Ponce de Leon in Melbourne Beach
Boat Ramps:
Port St. John Boat Ramp in Port St. John
Campgrounds:
Manatee Hammock Campground in Titusville
Scout Island at Long Point Campground in Melbourne Beach (Long Point Campground is open)
Golf Courses:
Savannahs Golf Course in Merritt Island has 9 holes open
Parks/Trails:
Hatbill Park in Mims
Intracoastal Waterway Park in Merritt Island
Wuesthoff Park and Wuesthoff Trail in Titusville


October 14, 2016

Brevard County to Host Local Coordinating Board Quarterly Meeting and Annual Hearing

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Brevard County Local Coordinating Board for the Transportation Disadvantaged Services, established by Chapter 427 of the Florida Statutes, will be holding its annual Public Hearing immediately following their Quarterly Board Meeting scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the Bill Posey Conference Center located on the back side of the Florida Department of Health at 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.

Questions pertaining to this meeting should be directed to James Liesenfelt at (321) 635-7815 or w-mail at Jim.Liesenfelt@brevardfl.gov.

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

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in the proceeding should notice the Transit Services Department no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting at 635-7815 ext. 601.


October 12, 2016

Update on Debris Removal Efforts Related to Hurricane Matthew

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- There will be 25 debris collection trucks on the road today, Wednesday, Oct. 12, for debris collection from Hurricane Matthew.

Areas of concentration are Micco (Little Hollywood), Melbourne (Lake Washington), and Cocoa (Canaveral Groves and Friday Road).

In addition to the Mockingbird Way Mulch Facility in Titusville, Central Disposal Facility in Cocoa and Sarno Road Landfill in Melbourne, Brevard County Solid Waste will be opening two additional temporary debris storage sites on Thursday to help manage the waste. One site will be located in Valkaria and the other site has not been determined at this time.

Several cities have activated an Interlocal Agreement with Brevard County to have the County's disaster debris contractors pick up debris within their city limits.

The County's disaster debris contractors began collection of loose piles of yard waste and construction debris set out at the curb on Tuesday. PLEASE DO NOT MIX PILES. They will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (during daylight hours) until further notice.

The actual routes and days of this collection do not follow a set schedule, however, all such debris set out in the right-of-way will be collected. These contractors will be making two sweeps through the County at least one week apart to pick up this debris.

Please contact your individual city or regular collector (Waste Management or Waste Pro) if you have questions regarding normal garbage, recycling and containerized yard waste collection service. These services should be operating on their normal schedule.

FDOT will be clearing right-of-ways on all state maintained roads.

For additional updates on the status of cleanup please check back at this site, or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/recyclerightbrevard. Your patience and cooperation during the cleanup is very much appreciated.


October 11, 2016

Hurricane Matthew-related Park Closings Announced

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The following Brevard County parks remain closed due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew.

North Area Parks:

  • Chain of Lakes
  • Fay Lake Wilderness Park
  • Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Park
  • Hatbill Park
  • Holder Park
  • Manatee Hammock Campground
  • Nicol Park
  • Port St. John Community Center
  • Port St. John Boat Ramp
  • Rotary Riverfront Park
  • Sand Point Park
  • Stuart Park
  • Tom Statham Park
  • W.W. James Park
  • William J. Manzo Memorial Park
  • Wuesthoff Park
  • Wuesthoff Trail
  • Veterans Memorial Park

Central Parks:

  • Osteen Park
  • Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary

South Area Parks:

  • Flutie Park is closed except for authorized use
  • Long Point Campground
  • Viera Community park except for authorized use
Golf Courses:
  • Habitat Golf Course in Grant-Valkaria is open
  • Spessard Holland Golf Course in Melbourne Beach is open
  • Savannages Golf Course in merritt Island will open 9 holes on Wednesday, Oct. 12


October 11, 2016

Interlocal Agreement Activated for Countywide Storm Debris Collection Effort

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The following cities have activated an Interlocal Agreement with Brevard County to have the County's disaster debris contractors pick up debris within their city limits: Town of Malabar, Satellite Beach, Town of Indialantic, City of Indian Harbour Beach, City of Cocoa, City of West Melbourne, and the Town of Grant-Valkaria.

The County's disaster debris contractors will begin collection of loose piles of yard waste and construction debris set out at the curb today, Tuesday Oct. 11. PLEASE DO NOT MIX PILES. They will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (during daylight hours) until further notice.

The actual routes and days of this collection do not follow a set schedule, however, all such debris set out in the right-of-way will be collected. These contractors will be making two sweeps through the County at least one week apart to pick up this debris.

Please contact your individual city or regular collector (Waste Management or Waste Pro) if you have questions regarding normal garbage, recycling and containerized yard waste collection service. These services should be operating on their normal schedule.

FDOT will be clearing right-of-ways on all state maintained roads.

For additional updates on the status of cleanup please check back at this site, or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/recyclerightbrevard . Your patience and cooperation during the cleanup is very much appreciated.


October 10, 2016

Important Tips As Solid Waste Clean-Up Phase of Hurricane Matthews Begins

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Solid Waste Management Department is entering into the clean-up phase for debris generated by Hurricane Matthew. Based on windshield surveys conducted by County personnel, it is estimated that Matthew generated up to 300,000 cubic yards of debris, the majority of which is green waste, i.e. yard waste, trees, branches, etc., along with some construction debris, i.e. fences, docks, roofing shingles.

We would like to share the following information to help residents prepare their storm debris for timely pickup and disposal.

As of Monday, Oct. 10, your franchised collector, Waste Management, Inc., will resume a normal collection schedule for household garbage, recycling, and containerized yard waste. The County's disaster debris contractors will begin collection of loose piles of yard waste and construction debris from improved residential property on Tuesday Oct. 11. The actual routes and days of this collection do not follow a set schedule; however, all such debris set out in the right-of-way will be collected. These contractors will be making two sweeps through the County at least one week apart to pick up this debris.

Important things to remember about storm debris collection:

  • Keep your yard waste and construction debris in separate piles at your curb
  • Do not use bags for yard waste (it makes it impossible to recycle/mulch)
  • Cut up trees and branches to 4' foot lengths if possible
  • The County's Central Disposal Facility in Cocoa, the Sarno Road Landfill in Melbourne, and Mockingbird Way Mulching Facility in Titusville are open from 7:30 to 5:30 Monday through Saturday if you choose to deliver your debris to a permitted disposal facility yourself. These facilities will also be open Sunday Oct. 16.
  • White goods (refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, etc) will be picked up by Waste Management. Please call them to schedule special pickup.

For additional updates on the status of cleanup please check back at this site, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/recyclerightbrevard.com. Your patience and cooperation during the cleanup is very much appreciated.


October 10, 2016

Hurricane Matthew: Counseling Help Available for Brevard County Residents

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Stress, anxiety and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after disaster. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Crisis Management team will provide counseling and support to Brevard County residents experiencing emotional distress related to human-caused or natural disasters such as Hurricane Matthew.

Counseling is available through the Disaster Distress Hotline, which is available to everyone. You may call for yourself or on behalf of someone else at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. The Disaster Distress Helpline's number -- 1-800-846-8517 -- is available to all hard of hearing and deaf people.

SAMHSA also has an interpretation service that connects callers with counselors in more than 150 languages. Call 1-800-985-5990 and press 2. For texting support in Spanish, text Hablanos to 66746.


October 10, 2016

Hurricane Matthew: No Decision Made on FEMA Assistance

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- 2-1-1 Brevard is collecting information to assist in the assessment of damage from Hurricane Matthew in Brevard County.

A decision has not been made on whether FEMA will provide assistance to individuals here.

If assistance becomes available, property owners will need to contact FEMA. Information on how to do that will be provided via Brevard County Emergency Management and 2-1-1 at that time.


October 9, 2016

State/Federal Medical Teams Support Local Hospitals post-Hurricane Matthew

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard County is the recipient of State Medical Response Team (SMRT) and federal resources Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) to support our local hospitals with increased needs while our local hospitals (Cape Canaveral) prepare to re-open.

A Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) is a group of federal medical personnel organized to provide rapid-response medical care during a disaster. This team is being deployed to Holmes Regional Medical.

Florida State Medical Response Team SMRTs is a group of state medical personnel that assists in providing medical care during a disaster. This team is being deployed to Parrish Medical Center in Titusville.

Both of these teams are being deployed for several days to one week to be able to continue to serve the medical needs of citizens of Brevard County.


October 9, 2016

Storm Debris Removal/Regular Solid Waste Collection Schedule Begins Monday

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Curbside storm debris removal begins Monday in Brevard County, but residents are asked to assist in collection efforts.

Residents are urged to bring as much Hurricane Matthew-related debris to the curb as possible, and to separate piles by type. Yard waste, vegetative matter should be in a pile separate from construction and demolition debris, such as fencing , tiles and roofing. Household trash and recyclables should be in Waste Management receptacles. White goods, such as refrigerators, washers and dryers have to be put curbside, and Waste Management must be notified for collection. Call (321) 636-6894 or (321) 723-4455. For more information visit http://www.brevardcounty.us/SolidWaste.

The County currently plans two passes, at least one week apart. So residents will have two opportunities to get storm debris curbside.

In the meantime, the County's landfills will remain open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily until Oct. 22, at which time a decision will be made on whether that schedule will be extended.

Normally scheduled trash and recycling collection resumes Monday.

Also, faith-based recovery teams are assisting with tree/debris removal, roof repairs, tarping. For assistance, call 211.


October 9, 2016

Four Brevard County Libraries Open to the Public Today

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Only four of the five Brevard County libraries normally open on Sunday will open their doors today beginning at 1 p.m.

Opening are Cocoa Beach, Franklin T. DeGroodt, Melbourne and Titusville libraries. Central Brevard Library and Reference Center, normally open on Sundays, will remain closed today.

Internet service has been restored to all libraries opening today, except for Melbourne Public Library, which cannot offer WiFi, Library catalog or Internet services. Checkouts also will be limited until full catalog service is restored.

Preliminary damage reports from most libraries are minor, but assessments continue.


October 8, 2016

Yard Waste Can Be Taken to Designated County Landfills; Regular Collection Schedule Starts Monday

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Residents cleaning up post-Hurricane Matthew can take their yard waste to three County landfills today.

Yard waste facilities opened at 10 a.m. today (Saturday) in Melbourne, Sarno Transfer Station, 3379 Sarno Road; Titusville, Mockingbird Mulching Facility, 3600 South Street; and Cocoa, Central Disposal Facility, 2250 Adamson Road.

Beginning at 1 p.m. today, household garbage will be accepted at two locations: Melbourne - Sarno and Cocoa - Adamson. Landfills will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The County's regular curbside pickup for yard waste, trash and recycling will resume its normal schedule on Monday. Waste Management will work Sunday to resume normal collection in Palm Bay.

Municipalities in Brevard County will resume normal collection schedules on Monday.

Yard waste left at the curb does not need to be bagged, but cut in lengths of four feet or less and in piles of no more than 50 pounds.


October 8, 2016

Florida Wildlife Commission Urges Extreme Caution on Waterways

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is currently in the process of inspecting area waterways for hazards in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

We encourage all boaters to use extreme caution when navigating area waters due to potential damaged navigation markers and aids to navigation, or debris in the waterway.

Please report any hazards in the waterway or damage to navigation markers to FWC at 1-888-404-3922. Cellular phone users may call *FWC #FWC.


October 7, 2016

Florida Department of Health Warns of Carbon Monoxide Dangers

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- As Floridians begin the task of preparing for a tropical storm or hurricane, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is urging the public to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking precautions with gas-powered appliances and charcoal or gas grills.

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas and is highly poisonous. Depending on the level of exposure, CO may cause fatigue, weakness, chest pains for those with heart disease, shortness of breath upon exertion, nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, impaired vision, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death.

DOH recommends the following precautions to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning: Do not burn charcoal or gas grills inside a house, garage, vehicle, tent or fireplace. NEVER use a generator indoors, including in homes, garages, basements, crawlspaces, and other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation. Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO build-up in the home.

ALWAYS locate the unit outdoors on a dry surface, away from doors, windows, vents, and air conditioning equipment that could allow CO to come indoors. Follow the instructions that come with your generator.

Install battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery backup in your home, according to the manufacturer's installation instructions. The CO alarms should be certified to the requirements of the latest safety standards for CO alarms (UL 2034,IAS 6-96, or CSA 6.19.01). Test your CO alarms frequently and replace dead batteries.

Remember that you cannot see or smell CO and portable generators can produce high levels of CO very quickly.

If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHTAWAY. DO NOT DELAY.

If you have a poisoning emergency, call your nearest Florida Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911 immediately.

For more information, please contact The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County or visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.floridadisaster.org.


October 5, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Shelter Sites Announced

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard County will open 8 general population shelters and 3 pet friendly shelters at 4 p.m. today for Brevard County residents needing safe haven from Hurricane Matthew. Shelter locations are as follows:

General Population Shelters

  • Mims Elementary, 2582 U.S. Highway 1, Mims
  • Imperial Estates, 900 Imperial Estates Lane, Titusville
  • Walter Butler Community Center, 4201 U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa
  • Manatee Elementary, 3425 Viera Blvd., Viera
  • Sherwood Elementary, 2541 Post Road, Melbourne
  • Meadowlane Intermediate, 2700 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne
  • Bayside High School, 1901 DeGroodt Road S.W., Palm Bay
  • South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco
Special Need Shelters If you are an individual with special medical needs, contact Brevard County Emergency Management at (321)637-6670, option #2 for assistance.

Pet Friendly Shelters

  • Port St John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John
  • Viera Regional Park, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera
  • Ted Whitlock Community Center at Palm Bay Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Road N.W., Palm Bay
Shelters will be staffed by Brevard County Government and Brevard Public Schools staff, FDOH, and American Red Cross.

Here are important tips for those heading to a shelter:
Citizens going to an evacuation, pet friendly or special needs shelter need to take their own supplies. This list includes:

  • ALL REQUIRED MEDICATIONS AND MEDICAL SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
    • Wheelchair/ walker, oxygen, dressings, feeding and suction equipment, diapers, etc.
    • Any specific medication or care instructions (2-week supply)
    • Name and phone number of physician/home health care agency/ hospital where you receive care
  • DIETARY NEEDS:
    • If you are on a special diet, you need to bring a 3-day supply of nonperishable food, per person.
  • FOOD AND WATER/ LIQUIDS:
    • Snacks, juice, sports drinks, water, fruits, crackers (3-day supply)
  • SLEEPING GEAR:
    • Bring your own pillows, sheets, blankets, portable cot or air mattress, chaise lounge, folding chairs, or sleeping bags for each person. Evacuation shelters tend to be cold so bring a blanket or sweater to keep warm. COTS OR BEDS ARE NOT PROVIDED AT THE SHELTER.
  • IMPORTANT PAPERS:
    • Wills, deeds, licenses, insurance policies, home inventory, doctor's orders, Do Not Resuscitate, Living Will, etc.
  • IDENTIFICATION:
    • ID with photo and current address, and medical identification card
  • CASH:
    • Check cashing / credit card services may not be available for several days after the storm. BUT: don't bring too much! There will be no place to secure money
    • or valuables at the evacuation shelter.
  • COMFORT ITEMS:
    • Small games, cards, books, magazines, etc.
  • PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS:
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, towels, brush/comb, dentures, glasses, eye drops, diapers, etc.
    • EXTRA CLOTHING:
    • A 3-day supply of comfortable clothing with extra sets of underwear and socks


October 5, 2016

Solid Waste Collection to Shut Down Early Thursday

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Brevard County Solid Waste will shut down waste collection operations early on Thursday due to Hurricane Matthew.

"We will start routes, but we will not finish them," said Euri Rodriguez, director of Solid Waste. "We will cut them off at 11 a.m."

Rodriguez said plans are to resume operations on Sunday with a make-up day for citizens of Palm Bay. Also on Sunday, County residents can bring trash to any of the County's solid waste facilities, except Household Hazardous Waste in Cocoa.

"Hopefully by Monday everything will return back to normal as far as collection is concerned," Rodriguez said.


October 5, 2016 Libraries Announce Early Closing Hours in Advance of Hurricane Matthew BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The following Brevard County Libraries CLOSED at noon today: Cape Canaveral Public Library
Cocoa Beach Public Library
Merritt Island Public Library
Satellite Beach Public Library
Melbourne Beach Public Library

The following Brevard County Libraries will close at 5 p.m. today: Mims/Scottsmoor Public Library
Titusville Public Library
Port St John Public Library
Central Brevard Library
Suntree/Viera Public Library
Eau Gallie Public Library
Melbourne Public Library
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library
Palm Bay Public Library
West Melbourne Public Library
Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Public Library
South Mainland Public Library


October 5, 2016

Space Coast Area Transit Schedule Changes Due To Hurricane Matthew

BREVARD COUNTY, FL -- All Space Coast Area Transit Fixed Route Service will cease operations at 6 p.m. today with the exception of Routes 4, 9 and 26, which will operate untilĘ8 p.m.

All Space Coast Area Transit service for Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7, has been canceled.

For service informationĘcall Space Coast Area Transit at (321) 635-7815.


October 4, 2016 Mandatory Evacuations/School and Government Offices to Close for Hurricane Matthew

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Mandatory evacuations will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday for Brevard County residents living on the barrier islands, including Merritt Island, low-lying flood-prone area and in mobile or manufactured homes.

Shelters will also open beginning at 4 p.m. at sites yet to be confirmed. Those locations will be announced early Wednesday.

Brevard County schools, government offices and courthouse will close Thursday and Friday.

Brevard County Emergency Management also announced Tuesday these actions are being taken in response to Hurricane Matthew:

  • The Brevard County Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge will be at Level 1 Full Activation beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. That means all essential personnel and agencies involved in response to pre-storm preparations and impacts from Hurricane Matthew will be activated and on duty.
  • Eastern Florida State College also announced on Tuesday that campuses are closed Thursday through the weekend.
  • Cape Canaveral Hospital has begun moving patients Tuesday to Holmes Regional and Viera Hospital. Gates to Cape Canaveral Hospital will be closed at 9 a.m. Wednesday to new patients. Surgeries for later in the week will be rescheduled. Health Centers are closed Wednesday through the week. To find the location of a patient, call 321-434-7000.
  • All cruise ships and tankers have found safe harbor and will not be conducting operations out of Port Canaveral. Victory Casino cruiseline will seek safe harbor elsewhere. Marinas along the port have also been closed.


October 4, 2016

Sandbags Available to Brevard County Residents at Two Locations on Wednesday

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – Free sandbags will again be available to Brevard County residents at two locations Wednesday. One location has been changed.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office will have supervised inmate work crews filling and loading sandbags for residents from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheriff's Work Farm, 2955 Pluckebaum Road, in Cocoa.

In addition, supervised jail inmate crews will also fill and load sandbags beginning at 8 a.m. at Mitchell Ellington Park, 575 Hall Road, Merritt Island. Sand bags will be available until 6 p.m.

There is a 10-bag limit per visit. The sand is provided by Brevard County Government.

For more information, contact the Brevard County Sheriff's office at (321) 747-0205.


October 4, 2016

Now Is Not The Time To Pile Up Yard Waste; Storm Preps an Ongoing task

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – While monitoring developments of Hurricane Matthew, Brevard County Emergency Management reminds residents that now is not the time to pile lawn debris, tree limbs and other types of yard waste at the curb.

Residents should avoid piling tree limbs up at the curb when it's too late for waste collection to occur. This helps avoid the problem of debris becoming airborne or getting into storm drains and blocking the free flow of runoff.

Residents often wait until storm warnings have been issued to tend to overgrowth and potential storm damage that might result from limbs falling onto their property or homes. As routine preparation for hurricane season, property owners are advised to visually inspect their home and property and to make any repairs necessary. Check the roof for loose shingles; the gutters and drains to ensure proper drainage; and the trees for loose branches.

Now is a good time to store and batten down lawn furniture or other lawn items that might blow around or become potential projectiles in high winds.

Residents are also encouraged to become familiar with the drainage system in their neighborhoods: where the stormwater drains are located, where there could be problems, who is responsible for maintenance, and how to contact them. To help reduce flooding, residents should make sure storm drains are free of debris so water can drain freely.

Blockages should be reported to the appropriate authority: the homeowners' association, the city's Public Works Department or the Brevard County Public Works Department. County contacts are:

  • North area -- from the Volusia County line south to Gus Hipp/Roy Wall Boulevard on the mainland: call (321) 264-5084
  • Central area -- All of Merritt Island and south to the Pineda Causeway on the beaches: call (321) 455-1389
  • South Area -- from Gus Hipp/Roy Wall Boulevard to the Indian River Countyline on the mainland, and from Pineda Causeway south to the Sebastian Inlet on the beaches: call (321) 255-4310.
Brevard County Public Works crews routinely inspect and clear drains, ensure pumps are functional and operational and make sure grates and inlets at major outfalls are free of debris and flowing. They don't wait for storms to appear in the Atlantic Ocean before these efforts are made.

"The truth is we do this stuff all year long," said Public Works Director John Denninghoff.

Other preparations include making sure all machinery, pumps and vehicles are gassed up, barricades are ready for deployment and mowing has ceased to prevent blockage in storm drains.

"Something we always do before every storm, typically, is we go around and check all major outfalls in the county to ensure they are clean enough and to ensure we don't have any blockages," Denninghoff said. "We also look at major subdivisions, big subdivisions that have outfalls that affect thousands of people. Even though it's their obligation to maintain, we go in and clear it.

"There are a whole lot of places we know from experience in the past or from complaints that there's a problem or could be a problem, so we check. Also, there are locations where we know from experience there's a large amount of sedimentation, so we go in and clean those locations."

Public Works crews are involved in training exercises on how to deal with flooding four times a year, Denninghoff said. During those exercises, they practice deploying pumps – an effort that can take as much as 8 hours, but with training and practice can now be completed in as little as an hour.

"We are much more prepared now to deal with these things than ever before, " Denninghoff said. "We have done everything that our experience tells us we should do in advance of a storm and we are prepared to respond with the resources at our disposal. We're doing things the public won't notice, but we're doing things that will improve our effectiveness to our response to flooding that may come about as a result of a major storm event."


September 30, 2016

Brevard County Mourns Death of Former Library Services Director Catherine Rood

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – Former Director of Brevard County Government Library Services Catherine Rood passed away on Thursday, Sept. 29, after a lengthy illness.

Rood, formerly Catherine Schweinsberg, retired in 2012 after 32 years of dedicated service to Brevard County, 14 of those as Library Services Director. Rood began her career with the County in March 1980 as a Children's Specialist, and was soon promoted to Head of Technical Services and Assistant to the Library Coordinator, and by 1982 she was Head of the Reference Department at the Melbourne Public Library. In 1983, Rood was promoted to Director of the Cocoa Public Library, followed by another promotion in 1988 to Library Operations Manager, overseeing the operations of all libraries in Brevard County. She led the effort to create uniform policies and procedures for the Library System, and to integrate new technology, implementing the first online card catalog in 1990, and overseeing construction of four new libraries.

In 1998, Rood was promoted to Library Services Director, leading a system of 17 public libraries.

"She dramatically improved Brevard County Library Services during her tenure. Under Cathy's leadership, Brevard County Libraries matured into a unified, full-service library system that provided service to patrons from Micco to Mims," said Jeff Thompson, who became Brevard County Library Services Director upon Rood's retirement in September 2012. "She led the Library System through some tough economic times, but we not only witnessed how strong she was for the library system and the burdens she carried for us, but also in her personal life. Never one to complain, we watched Cathy fight and vanquish life-threatening illness. Through that experience, she taught us all something about courage, steadfastness and kindness. We're thinking of her family."

During the Sept. 27 Board of County Commissioners meeting, County Manager Stockton Whitten asked commissioners to keep Rood in their thoughts and prayers. "When I came here in 1994, there were some really special people who made me feel at home," Whitten said. "There was a lady who was always nice to me from Day 1, and that was Cathy Schweinsberg."


The Healthy LIving Festival at the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Center has been cancelled because of the weather.

It is rescheduled for November 12


September 29, 2016

Operational Hours Extended at Solid Waste Household Waste Collection Facility

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Effective Monday, Oct. 3, Brevard County's Solid Waste Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection facility at the Sarno Rd. Landfill, 3379 Sarno Road in Melbourne will increase its service hours from Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents of Brevard County can dispose of unwanted or leftover household chemicals and end-of-life electronics during these regular operational days and hours only.

For additional information regarding the Household Hazardous Waste Collection program call (321) 633-1888, (321) 633-2042 or visit our web site at www.brevardcounty.us/swr.


September 26, 2016

Brevard County to Conduct Urban Aerial Spraying to Fight Mosquito Larvae

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- On Thursday morning, Sept. 29, Brevard County Mosquito Control will begin new aerial spraying to pro-actively control Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae in a pre-emptive strike against Zika virus. Aerial application of the larvicide Vectobac WDG will occur in urban areas of the county where the largest populations of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have been found. Not surprisingly, these areas also have many small containers that hold water long enough to produce mosquitoes (buckets, birdbaths, flower pots, trash can lids, toys, tarps, tires, etc).

Low-flying helicopters will treat the target areas from 1 a.m. until sunrise. Treatments will target the numerous small water containers in these areas and the mosquito larvae inside them. Vectobac WDG is a pesticide that is quite specific to mosquito larvae, with very few effects on other insects including honey bees. It is the best and safest pesticide permitted for use in the US by the Environmental Protection Agency and in Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences for treating areas that produce large populations of Aedes aegypti. While it is not necessary to take any special precautions during aerial spraying activities, Brevard County strongly encourages all residents to cover, drain and/or treat standing water in order to stop this mosquito from reproducing where you live or work.

The mosquito control flights will take place in the urban centers of Palm Bay, Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Rockledge, Cocoa, and Titusville. While there have been no locally transmitted Zika virus cases in Brevard, infected people will continue to visit, so aerial applications will pro-actively reduce the risk of Zika taking hold here or spreading locally. More information and frequently asked questions on Bti, the active ingredient in Vectobac WDG, is available at https://www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol/bti-mosquito-control.

Brevard County residents who wish to report a mosquito nuisance should call (321) 264-5032 for North Brevard or (321) 952-4523 for South Brevard. Information on the County's Mosquito Control program is available at http://www.brevardcounty.us/MosquitoControl/Home.


September 26, 2016

North Area Parks Operations Recreation Partner Meeting Set For Oct. 13

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

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

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

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


September 16, 2016

Volunteers Sought for Indian River Lagoon Citizen Oversight Committee

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department (NRM) is seeking citizens with specific expertise and experience to represent the interests of Brevard residents by voluntarily serving on a new Citizen Oversight Committee for the Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan (SOIRLPP).

Appointed members and their alternates will provide public oversight and transparency for annual reviews and updates of the SOIRLPP to ensure implementation of the best, most timely and cost-effective means and methods for restoring the Indian River Lagoon.

Committee Duties:
Members will oversee progress and make recommendations to the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on spending an estimated $303 million from sales tax revenue over a ten year period to Reduce pollution sources to the lagoon; Remove legacy pollution from the lagoon bottom; Restore natural systems within the lagoon; and Respond to new information by recommending annual amendments to the SOIRLPP.

Committee responsibilities include evaluating data to measure progress towards plan implementation and lagoon health, reviewing technology and alternative project proposals for reducing pollutants and improving water quality, assessing the cost-effectiveness of the projects, and recommending plan revisions accordingly.

The Committee will meet several times annually as needed to review progress reports, proposed revisions, and seek consensus on recommendations.The Committee will advise the BOCC on proposed revisions and/or updates to the SOIRLPP. A copy of the SOIRLPP, Referendum Ordinance, and Citizen Oversight Committee application may be obtained from the Natural Resources Management Department website at http://www.brevardcounty.us/NaturalResources/Home.

Applicant Requirements:
Applicants must commit to serving the public interest by providing stewardship over the SOIRLPP and must demonstrate expertise and experience in one or more of the following fields: science, technology, economics/finance, real estate, education/outreach, tourism, or lagoon advocacy. Knowledge of the lagoon's water quality issues and major sources of pollution affecting lagoon health are highly desirable. Basic requirements include:

  • Education and experience in one or more of the specified fields;
  • Community or public service and residence in Brevard County; and
  • Willingness to serve a two-year term and participate in committee meetings, as needed.
To apply, submit an application, resume, and at least one letter of recommendation to NRM by Oct. 1, 2016.
Call (321) 633-2016 or email Marie.Winkler@brevardfl.gov for an application.


September 14, 2016

Public Forum on Indian River Lagoon Restoration set for Sept. 19 in Titusville

TITUSVILLE, FL. -- A public forum on the Save Our Indian River Lagoon project and November sales tax referendum will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, at the City Hall Council Chambers in Titusville.

The Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan is a 10-year strategy to restore lagoon health. The plan is designed to use science and data to achieve regulatory compliance cost-effectively; to maximize benefits; minimize risks; and optimize return on investment while fostering innovation and adaptation. A half-cent sales tax has been proposed to fund the lagoon restoration plan.

The Indian River Lagoon, with its great diversity of plants and animals, is a national treasure that provides unique recreational opportunities and economic benefits to residents and visitors. However, the health and prosperity of this delicate ecosystem is threatened by excessive pollution, harmful muck accumulation, and loss of natural filtration systems. Most of the Indian River Lagoon lies within Brevard County. Local restoration depends on local action, taking responsibility for local sources of pollution and implementing local solutions.

For more information, visit the Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department website: http://www.brevardcounty.us/NaturalResources.


September 9, 2016

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting on Sept. 28

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 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.


September 8, 2016

County Manager Invites Builders/Developers to Roundtable Discussion

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- County Manager Stockton Whitten invites members of the Builders Contractors Advisory Committee and the Development Community to take part in a Developers's Roundtable meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, for discussions on growth issues, land use, development activities and building trends in the county as well as organizational approaches and processes.

The meeting will take place in the Board of County Commissioner's boardroom, Building C, First Floor, of the Government Center, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.

Developer's Roundtables are designed 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 and issues on both sides of the table.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Update on BASS (Brevard's Advanced Service Site,) which provides 24/7 online permit applications
  • Lean Six Sigma evaluation of the Development Application Review process
  • Service Improvements and Proposed Fee Adjustments

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


September 7, 2016

County Manager Invites Builders/Developers to Roundtable Discussion

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- County Manager Stockton Whitten invites members of the Builders Contractors Advisory Committee and the Development Community to take part in a "Developer's Roundtable" meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, for discussions on growth issues, land use, development activities and building trends in the county as well as organizational approaches and processes.

The meeting will take place in the Board of County Commissioner's boardroom, Building C, First Floor, of the Government Center, 2724 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.

Developer's Roundtables are designed 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 and issues on both sides of the table.

Topics of discussion include:

  • BASS update
  • Lean Six Sigma evaluation of the Development Application Review process
  • Service Improvements and Proposed Fee Adjustments
"The emphasis is to share information and obtain external industry input as the County seeks to address potential and appropriate improvements that will reduce misunderstandings, enhance communications and increase efficiencies," Whitten said. "We look forward to hearing from the Builders Contractors Advisory Committee and development industry participants about their experiences with Brevard County as well as their experience in other Florida cities and counties that can help us in performing better service to our customers and residents."


September 7, 2016

Volunteer Scientist Sought for EELs Program Selection/Management Committee

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program is seeing a volunteer to serve on its Selection and Management Advisory Committee.

The committee serves as an expert scientific advisory committee to the County Commission on all issues involving the acquisition and management of environmentally endangered lands acquired under the EEL Program. The EEL program was initially created by Brevard County voters in a 1990 referendum. The program was established to provide a funding mechanism for the acquisition and long-term management of a nature sanctuary network in Brevard County.

Applicant qualifications:

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

Submittal deadline has been extended to Sept. 9.

For additional information on committee responsibilities, see the EEL Land Acquisition Manual at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/EELLAM.


September 7, 2016

EEL Program to hold Selection and Management Committee Meeting Sept. 18

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Kings Park and Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary, Kings Park, 995 Chase Hammock Road, Merritt Island.

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.


September 2, 2016

Food Vendors/Business Sponsor Sought for Fall Festival at Sand Point Park

TITUSVILLE, FL. – Brevard County Parks and Recreation will host a Fall Festival in North Brevard starting at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at Sand Point Park, 101 North Washington Ave., Titusville. Festivities included will be a costume contest, kids games, glitter tattoos, trunk n' treat, and a free movie in the park. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Applications for food vendors are available at North Area Parks Operations 475 N. Williams Ave, Titusville, FL., 32796, or by email at brandi.arroyo@brevardparks.com. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Selected food vendors will be notified by Friday, Sept. 23. 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, Oct. 7.

North Area Parks and Operations are seeking sponsorship from local businesses to take part in the trunk n' treat part of the event. Local businesses will have the opportunity to promote their organization by decorating their vehicle and handing out candy to children participating in the event.

To register your organization to participate in this year's Trunk 'N Treat, contact Brandi Arroyo by email: Brandi.Arroyo@brevardparks.com or by phone at (321) 264-5105.


September 2, 2016

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets Sept. 8

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

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

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

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


September 1, 2016

UCF Plans Permanent Sea Turtle Research Facility at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – The Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Brevard County will soon become home to a permanent University of Central Florida sea turtle research facility now that the university has received backing from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The 20-mile stretch of beach that makes up the Archie Carr Refuge stretches from just south of the town of Melbourne Beach and into Indian River County. The Refuge was established in 1990 and is comprised of over 2,300 acres of conservation lands managed by Brevard County through its Environmentally Endangered Lands program and Parks and Recreation, the Florida State Park system and federal agencies. The Refuge is interspersed with private homes and businesses.

For more than three decades, UCF has utilized facilities at the Refuge while researching and monitoring sea turtle behavior and reproductive habits during prime nesting season, which runs June to November. Dr. Llewellyn Ehrhart, who previously led UCF's Marine Turtle Research program and whose data was instrumental in the formation of the Refuge, provides caretaker services at the EEL program's Maritime Hammock Maintenance facility, which also known as the Yotti House.

UCF's agreement with USFWS allows the university to build research facilities to continue its marine turtle conservation efforts another 40-plus years.

The Brevard County portion of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most significant loggerhead nesting habitats in the Western Hemisphere, according to Dr. Kate Mansfield, who has led UCF Marine Turtle Research since 2013.

According to a UCF news release, the university must raise $5 million within the next five years to construct its new research facilities. In the meantime, UCF will continue to use facilities located across U.S. Highway A1A from the Archie Carr beaches.

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge is home of Brevard County Government's Barrier Island Center, which opened in May 2008. The Barrier Island Center partners with the Sea Turtle Conservancy on operations and educational outreach with the Refuge.

The Barrier Island Center, funded through and managed by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program, provides the primary education facility within the Refuge hosting more than 38,000 visitors annually.


September 1, 2016

SpaceX Anomaly Poses No Threat To The Public

Brevard County, FL -- The general public in Brevard County is not in any danger, and no evacuations have been recommended, as a result of an anomaly involving the Falcon 9 rocket at approximately 9:07 a.m. at Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

"SpaceX can confirm that in preparation for today's standard pre-launch static fire test, there was an anomaly on the pad resulting in the loss of the vehicle and its payload. Per standard procedure, the pad was clear and there were no injuries," states SpaceX spokesperson, Julia Black.

For more information and updates, residents and visitors should monitor local TV, radio, and/or Facebook and Twitter posts from Brevard County Emergency Management. To receive text messages from Brevard County Emergency Management, text FOLLOW BREVARDEOC to 40404.


August 30, 2016

Fox Lake Playground Closed for Repair/Maintenance Beginning Aug.31

TITUSVILLE, FL. – Brevard County Parks and Recreation will close Fox Lake Park Playground for ongoing repairs and renovation effective Wednesday, Aug. 31.

The park is located at 4400 Fox Lake Road in Titusville. The playground will be closed for approximately 10-14 days.

For more information, contact North Area Parks Operations at (321) 264-5105.


August 30, 2016 Brevard County Sheriff's Office Offers Free Sandbags to Residents

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Brevard County Sheriff's Office will distribute free sandbags to area residents from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Sheriff's Work Farm, 2955 Pluckebaum Road, in Cocoa.

The Sheriff's Office will supervise jail inmates who will be on hand to fill and load sandbags into residents' cars with a limit of 10 per vehicle, per visit.

Now is a prime opportunity to ensure you're prepared for the remainder of the Hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30. Know Your Risks; Build a Kit; Make a Plan; and Stay Informed.

For more information, call (321) 747-0205.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Space Coast Area Transit Announces Labor Day Bus Schedule

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- In observance of the Labor Day holiday, Space Coast Area Transit will be operating on a modified schedule on Monday, Sept. 5. The schedule is as follows:
  • Route 1 - Saturday Service Schedule
  • Route 2 - Saturday Service Schedule
  • Route 3 - Saturday Service Schedule
  • Route 4 - Saturday Service Schedule (Shepard Park Ends at 6:00 pm / Cocoa TC Ends at 6:30 pm)
  • Route 5 - Weekday Service Schedule
  • Route 6 - Saturday Service Schedule
  • Route 7 - Weekday Service Schedule
  • Route 8 - Weekday Service Schedule
  • Route 9 - Saturday Service Schedule (Shepard Park Ends at 6:45 pm returns to Cocoa TC)
  • Route 21 - Saturday Service Schedule
  • Route 22 - Saturday Service Schedule
  • Route 23 - Saturday Service Schedule
  • Route 24 - Saturday Service Schedule
  • Route 25 - Saturday Service Schedule
  • Route 26 - Saturday Service Schedule
  • Route 27 - Saturday Service Schedule
  • Route 28 - Saturday Service Schedule
  • Route 33 - Canceled
As the Holiday Service is not a full weekday level of service, customers are reminded to double check the schedules to ensure that they understand the hours fixed routes are operating.

This is the second time this year in which Space Coast Area Transit has been able to offer a higher level of fixed route service on a National Holiday. The service that will operate on Labor Day will be slightly more than a normal Saturday. The Labor Day service is funded through savings in Space Coast Area Transit's fuel budget. Holiday Service will be offered again on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to the Bus Information Line at (321) 633-1878 or online at www.RideSCAT.com.


August 26, 2016

Sanctuary Plans Volunteer Workday for National Public Lands Day

TITUSVILLE, FL. -- Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Sept. 24 by joining Environmentally Endangered Lands program staff for a volunteer workday at the South Lake Conservation Area in Titusville to improve the sanctuary's entrance and parking area.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Please call (321) 264-5185 for information. The sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd. in Titusville, FL, 32780.

Please visit our website www.eelbrevard.com and don't forget to check us out on Facebook


August 25, 2016

Variety of Activities Available at Cuyler Community Learning Center

MIMS, FL. -- Activities that focus on self awareness, employment services, computer training, college and educational enrichment services, music and arts programs are available at Cuyler Community Learning Center, 2329 Harry T. Moore Ave. in Mims, FL, 32754.

These activities are sponsored by Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, Parks and Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations. For more information on these or other activities in the Mims area, please call (321) 264-5121.


August 22, 2016

Volunteer Scientist Sought for EELs Program Selection/Management Committee

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program is seeing a volunteer to serve on its Selection and Management Advisory Committee.

The committee serves as an expert scientific advisory committee to the County Commission on all issues involving the acquisition and management of environmentally endangered lands acquired under the EEL Program. The EEL program was initially created by Brevard County voters in a 1990 referendum. The program was established to provide a funding mechanism for the acquisition and long-term management of a nature sanctuary network in Brevard County.

Applicant qualifications:

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

Submittal deadline is Sept. 1.

For additional information on committee responsibilities, see the EEL Land Acquisition Manual at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/EELLAM.


August 20, 2016

Sign-Up Begins for Fall Adult Sports Leagues in North Brevard

TITUSVILLE/SHARPS, FL.-- Registration is now under way for fall leagues for coed softball teams, flag football and kickball, sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations.

The coed softball league will be held on Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m., at a fee of $342 per team and a $25 USSSA fee. This league will be held at Chain of Lakes, 2111 Chain of Lakes Drive, in Titusville. Registration deadline is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The adult flag football league will be held Sundays, beginning Sept. 25, at 9 a.m., at a fee of $492 per team, at the Space Coast Communities Sports Complex, 662 Canaveral Groves Blvd., in Sharpes. Registration deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

The coed kickball league will be held on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m., at a fee of $200 per team. All kickball leagues will be held at Chain of Lakes, 2111 Chain of Lakes Drive, in Titusville. Registration deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

Register your team online at: https://registration.brevardcounty.us

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


August 19, 2016

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Eco-Adventure to Focus on Scrub Jays

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary will host a free program for pre-schoolers, ages 4-5 years old, that focuses on the the only bird exclusively found in Florida, the scrub jay, with a craft, a short hike and a fun game! The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7.

September's theme at Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is the scrub jay. Spots are limited. Registration is required. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register. A suggested donation of $1 per person to the Friends of the Enchanted Forest. For more information please visit www.eelbrevard.com and don't forget to check us out on Facebook!

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


August 16, 2016

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Schedules Volunteer Open House Aug. 27

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Come learn about the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary volunteer opportunities during our Volunteer Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27. Meet the staff and volunteers.

Join us for snacks and light refreshments, tours of the facility and help with volunteer applications. Future volunteers who turn in a volunteer enrollment form will be entered in a raffle.

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

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

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.


August 11, 2016

Brevard County Lifts Rain-Related Restrictions on Reclaimed Water Usage

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- Recent wet weather conditions have increased the availability of reclaimed water. In order to maximize availability of reclaimed water, Brevard County Utilities will be making reclaimed water available to all customers, east and west of Interstate 95, on a daily basis.

Reclaimed water will be available every day from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., with occasional service interruptions to replenish the reclamation system. On Wednesdays, reclaimed water will be available until noon for maintenance of your irrigation systems. This new schedule will begin on Friday, Aug.12.

Residents in unincorporated areas can return timers to your normal watering schedules. Each zone should be adjusted to irrigate for the shortest period to maintain live lawn conditions. The County will do its best to provide reuse during these times but it is not guaranteed as weather conditions continually change. Regular updates will be given on the Reuse Hotline 321-637-5477. Access of reclaimed water to golf courses is still unavailable.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time. If you have any further questions please call (321) 633-2093 during regular business hours or visit www.brevardcounty.us/utilityservices .


August 8, 2016

EEL's advisory group to review Public Access, Recreation requests Aug. 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, Aug. 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


July 29, 2016

Leaping Lizards, Hikes, and more Free events at the Enchanted Forest!

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. -- An exciting August is planned at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary! Come join us for some 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 five or more.

Every Saturday at 11 a.m. - Tortoise Talks: Learn about, ask questions and meet our education animal, Ashton the gopher tortoise, during this 10-minute talk and feeding.

VolunteerOrientation:
Saturday, Aug. 6, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 10 a.m.
he Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for the environment! Come learn about the various volunteer opportunities.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. – Nature Time for 2- to 3-year-olds: August's theme is spiders! Learn about spiders and other arachnids through hands-on activities and a story. Spots limited. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.

Saturday, Aug. 13, from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Reptile & Snake Presentation Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest's reptile residents and meet a live snake!

Saturday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.– Photography Club All levels of photographers welcome. View photographs and learn helpful tips during this monthly meeting.

Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.– Forest Funday: Leaping Lizards Children and families are invited to learn and explore the amazing world of lizards

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 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.


July 27, 2016

Back to School Events Set for Isaac Campbell Sr. Park and Cuyler Park

TITUSVILLE, MIMS, FL -- Back to School events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Isaac Campbell Sr. Park, 701 South St. in Titusville, and at Cuyler Park, 2329 Harry T. Moore Ave., in Mims.

These events will include distribution of school supplies, backpack giveaways, bounce houses, music, food, games, family entertainment, crafts, and more. Both events are free to attend. Distribution of backpacks and school supplies are until supplies last.

For more information about Isaac Campbell Sr. Park's event, please contact Tommy Myers at (321) 264-5040 or Tommy.Myers@brevardparks.com. For more information about Cuyler Park's event, please contact Sammy Fairclough at (321) 264-5045 or Sammy.Fairclough@brevardparks.com.

These events are sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation. The Campbell Park event is co-sponsored by Fighting Edge, Little Caesars, Pepsico, Lincoln Barber Shop, and Titusville Police Department.


July 11, 2016

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting July 19

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 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.


June 5, 2016

Brevard County Residents Urged to Prepare for Tropical Depression

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County emergency management officials urge residents to prepare their homes today for the impacts of Tropical Depression 3, which is moving rapidly from Mexico's Yucatan peninsula to Florida's northwest coast. The storm may be upgraded to Tropical Storm Colin later today or tomorrow, and Brevard County Emergency Management staff is actively monitoring the storm and its associated threats.

Brevard County will begin feeling its effects Monday morning, with the greatest threat for tornadoes between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. The primary impact will be rainfall, with three to five inches expected on Monday. Some locations may receive twice as much rain. Localized flooding is possible. Residents should stay in place as severe weather arrives.

"The tropical depression is not well-organized," said James Franklin, branch chief for the National Hurricane Center. "It's a messy, sloppy system with impacts that will cover a large area."

According to the National Weather Service- Melbourne, this could be the local impact:

  • The majority of the significant weather will occur to the east of the center/track, affecting central Florida. Residents should not overly focus on the exact track because the storm will affect a widespread area.
  • Heavy rainfall will be the primary threat, with the most widespread coverage and greatest accumulations beginning early Monday, continuing well into the evening.
  • There will be an increased risk for tornadoes across all of east central Florida, with the threat spreading rapidly north through the area Monday morning into the evening. Multiple, brief tornadoes may occur. Storm motion will be fast, and these situations often provide minimal lead time for tornado warnings.
  • Sustained winds will not pose a concern; however, winds will become gusty Monday through the overnight hours. Gusts in heavier squalls could reach 40 to 50 mph briefly in some areas.

Hurricane Season 2016 began June 1 and runs to Nov. 30. Brevard County Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser said the season is already active, which emphasizes the need for residents to be prepared and to have a plan in place to protect themselves and their families.

"Know your risks, have a plan, make a kit and stay informed," Prosser said. "Pay close attention to the weather over the next couple of days especially, but it's always important to know what to do if an emergency occurs."

Residents are encouraged to stay informed. Brevard County Emergency Management is active on social media, providing information and updates about severe weather as well as other incidents which could affect large numbers of people in the county. Residents can follow "Brevard County Emergency Management" on Facebook, following @BrevardEOC on Twitter, or subscribe to text messages by texting FOLLOW BREVARDEOC to telephone number 40404.

Residents can also register their cell phone numbers with the CodeRed Emergency Notification Service. The notification system is able to pinpoint whom to notify of an emergency based on addresses entered into the system, or by an area that is selected on a map. Those who don't have computers or internet access can call 866-484-3264 to register their information.


June 3, 2016

Brevard County Provides Residents Online Access to Transparent Line-Item Budget

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A transparent line-item budget posted online at www.brevardcounty.us provides county residents the ability to compare actual revenues and expenditures to the current budget of departments of Brevard County Government, as approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

The line-item budget is a more detailed format than an annual budget report, and gives residents the opportunity to review and analyze how their tax dollars are being spent and where the county stands financially at particular points in the fiscal year. For each current budget line item, associated actual and committed revenues and expenditures and the available budget are provided.

Residents can get access to the line-item budget, as well as other pertinent budget information, by visiting www.brevardcounty.us and clicking on Budgets located in the "Top 5" menu in the upper right hand corner. Once on the budget page, green tabs on the left hand side of the page include a variety of budget items that can be downloaded. The menu includes history of the adopted budget, a 10-year expenditures analysis and the Budget Dashboard. A few clicks of the mouse will reveal all anyone wants to know about where county dollars are being spent, including department and program expenditures.


June 1, 2016

Start Your Summer With Fun at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary has an exciting summer filled with fun programs and events planned. Kick off your summer by attending some of the activities offered in June.

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, June 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – FNPS Native Plant Sale and Pond Tour: The Florida Native Plant Society Sea Rocket Chapter will be holding a native plant sale overlooking our pond. Purchase native plants to landscape your backyard, view our native plant pond, and learn some tips on how to create a native backyard habitat.
  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Saturday, June 4, 3 p.m. and Wednesday, June 15, 3 p.m.: The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for the environment! Come learn about our various volunteer opportunities.
  • Wednesday, June 8, 10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Nature Time for 2- 3-year-olds: June's theme is Bees! Learn about native bees and the importance of pollinators through hands-on activities and a story. Spots limited. Please call (321) 264-5185 to register.
  • Saturday, June 11, 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Reptile & Snake Presentation: Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest's reptile residents and meet live reptiles.
  • Friday, June 17, 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Summer Science – Owl Pellet Dissection: Soar into the world of ornithology as you investigate owls, what they eat and how they digest their food. Program is recommended for ages 8 and up. Please register by calling (321) 264-5185. Spots limited. $2 suggested donation to the Friends of the Enchanted Forest for supplies.
  • Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Photography Club: All levels of photographers welcome. View photographs and learn helpful tips during their monthly meeting.
  • 8 p.m.– 10 p.m. – Night Voices Night Hike: Look and listen for local frogs and toads on a special summer night hike. Spots limited. Registration required, please call (321) 264-5185. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, mosquito repellant, and bring a flashlight. Being summer, there is a potential for high mosquito levels.
  • Sunday, June 19, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Forest Funday – Wetlands: Meet some wetland critters and create a fun craft. Children and families are invited to explore flowers with hands on experiments and a craft.
***Mark your calendars for our Annual Creepy Crawly Day on July 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. This year's event will be longer, bigger, and even creepier than previous years!***

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!

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


June 1, 2016

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets June 9

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 9 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 Terry Lane 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 Terry Lane at (321) 264-5105.


May 30, 2016

Hurricane Season 2016: 'Know Your Risks, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Stay Informed'

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- As the official start of Hurricane Season 2016 kicks off Wednesday, June 1, Brevard County Emergency Management encourages residents to follow these important steps for preparedness: Know Your Risks; Make a Plan, Build a Kit; and Stay Informed.

"Families, individuals, and businesses who know their vulnerability and what actions to take can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster by taking action to prepare," said Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser. "As Hurricane Season starts, it's time to prepare yourselves, your family and pets, and your home or business." Emergency Management recommends:

Know Your Risks: Understand how hurricanes can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family. Find out whether you live in an evacuation zone (Map available at http://www.brevardcounty.us/EmergencyManagement/Preparedness). Consider whether you live in a mobile or manufactured home, a low-lying flood-prone area, or on a barrier island.

Make a Plan: If you plan to evacuate, decide on a place to go, and include your pet in your plan. Decide whether you'll stay with relatives, at a hotel, whether you'll utilize one of the county's 12 general population shelters or four pet-friendly shelters. If you have certain medical needs, including power-operated medical equipment or have a caregiver, and you plan to use a shelter, you'll need to register for a special-needs shelter at http://web.brevardcounty.us/SpecialNeeds/Registration.aspx.

Build a Kit: You may need to survive on your own for some time after an emergency. This means having non-perishable food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Assemble this kit well in advance, and plan ahead for needed medications, and supplies for pets and infants. Include a cell phone charger for your car, and you'll want to have some cash and a full tank of gas.

Stay Informed: Check weather forecasts regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and sign up for email or text alerts from the National Weather Service or local TV stations.

Brevard County Emergency Management is active on social media, providing information and updates about severe weather as well as other incidents which could affect large numbers of people in the county: space launches, large brush fires, major road closures, as well as preparedness tips and prescribed burn notices. Options include following "Brevard County Emergency Management" on Facebook, following @BrevardEOC on Twitter, or subscribing to text messages by texting FOLLOW BREVARDEOC to telephone number 40404.

Residents are also encouraged to register their cell phone numbers with the CodeRed Emergency Notification Service. The free service offered through Brevard County Emergency Management is something all residents should take advantage of, Prosser said.

"As people transition away from landline telephones to cell phones, we no longer have the ability to contact them via the notification system," Prosser said. "We're encouraging people to go to our website, www.EMBrevard.com, click on 'Alert Signup', and register."

The CodeRed notification system is able to pinpoint whom to notify based on addresses entered into the system, or by an area that is selected on a map. Those who don't have computers or internet access can call 866-484-3264 to register their information.

Prosser said cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses entered into the CodeRed notification system are not considered public records, and are not shared with telemarketers or other entities.

Reminder: A Weather-Ready Expo preparedness event will be held on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rockledge Police Department. Experts from the National Weather Service and Brevard County Emergency Management will share weather preparedness information.


May 29, 2016

Rip Current Threat, Swimming Fatality Prompt Warning to Holiday Beachgoers

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Dangerous rip currents that are expected to prevail through the Memorial Day Holiday have led to more than 40 ocean rescues this weekend, and proved tragic for a 20-year-old swimmer on Sunday.

Just before 4 p.m. Sunday, the beach at North Spessard Holland was cleared due to thunder and lightning in the area. Beachgoers were asked to seek shelter. At about 4:30, Brevard County Ocean Rescue responded to a 53-year-old swimmer in distress. Once the swimmer was brought out of the water, CPR was performed and lifeguards began medical resuscitation and were able to get a pulse. The victim was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center.

At about the same time, a lifeguard went out after two other swimmers who were caught in a rip current, and discovered a third swimmer was submerged. A search and recovery effort ensued involving more than 30 rescuers. Mutual aid was also provided by Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Indialantic Fire Department, Melbourne Beach Fire and the U.S. Coast Guard. At 6:45 p.m., Ocean Rescue recovered a body 35 to 40 yards from the last seen location. The victim was identified as a 20-year-old male from Kissimmee.

Ocean Rescue is asking beachgoers to use extreme caution due to rip currents and rough surf conditions. There were 30 beach rescues on Saturday; 10 on Sunday. The beach is a popular destination on the Memorial Day Holiday. Beachgoers who enter the water are asked to swim near a lifeguard tower.


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.

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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.bnMoore 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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