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October 16, 2014

Fall Festival planned Oct. 25 at Sand Point Park

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Brevard County Parks and Recreation is hosting a Fall Festival in North Brevard beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Sand Point Park, 101 N. Washington Ave., in Titusville. The festival will include a costume contest, children's games, trunk n' treat, hay ride, glitter tattoos and a free movie in the park.

North Area Parks Operations is currently seeking sponsorship from local businesses to take part in the trunk n' treat portion of the event. Local businesses can promote their organization by providing and handing out candy to the children participating in the event. For more information on sponsorship or to pre-register for this event, please contact Mike Herman by email at [email protected] or by phone at (321)264-5105.


October 03, 2014

Pickle Ball for all ages at Walter Butler Community Center

SHARPES, Fla. – North Area Parks Operations is offering Pickle Ball for all ages at Walter Butler Community Center, located at Bernice G. Jackson Park, 4201 North U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa (Sharpes.)

This free event is a great way to exercise and have fun with friends and family. Pickle ball is best described as a combination of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton. This event will be held 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6.

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


October 03, 2014

Rain Barrel Workshops Offered This Fall

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County residents who are interested in putting rainwater to use on their landscapes and gardens will have the opportunity to create their own rain barrels at a workshop in October and November.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center on State Road 406 on Merritt Island, and on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Rockledge Gardens, located at 2153 U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge.

Participants will learn about the benefits of collecting rain while enjoying hands-on construction of 55-gallon rain barrels. The workshops are sponsored by Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department, University of Florida Cooperative Extensive, Marine Resources Council and Community Matters Inc.

The rain barrel kit includes the 55-gallon barrel, hose bib, flexible downspout extender, leaf filter, and a DVD of instructions for building, installing, and painting the barrel. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required to ensure that all materials are available. Open-top or closed-top barrel should be specified.

To pre-register for the workshop, call Elizabeth Melvin at (321) 633-2016 ext 56721, email [email protected], or register online at http://www.brevardcounty.us/NaturalResources/Watershed/RainBarrelWorkshops.


September 30, 2014

Brevard County Offers Free Sandbags to Residents

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- In response to citizen concerns about potential rainfall in the area over the next 24 to 48 hours, Brevard County will be distributing free sandbags to residents today at two locations:
  • Kings Park, 995 Chase Hammock Road, north Merritt Island, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Brevard Sheriff''s Farm, 2955 Pluckebaum Road, Cocoa, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Brevard County 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.

For more information, call Brevard County Public Works at (321) 637-5438.


September 30, 2014

Brevard County 4-H Students Embark on 'Rockets to the Rescue' Mission

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- This fall, Brevard County youth will participate in the 2014 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) experiment, Rockets to the Rescue.

Each year, 4-H designs an experiment for NYSD that provides a hands-on opportunity for young people. The idea is to practice solving a problem similar to one that could occur in the real world by applying skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

This year's experiment focuses on designing a simple rocket to deliver food to a fictional island devastated by a natural disaster. Youth from Golfview Elementary, McNair Magnet School, Stone Magnet School, and Walter Butler Community Center are participating in this year's event. Brevard County 4-H was able to partner with NASA, who graciously helped provide 125 NYSD kits -- enough for at least 1,250 youth to participate!

For more information on 4-H and its programs, contact a 4-H agent at UF/IFAS Extension Brevard at (321) 633-1702.


September 29, 2014

Lifeguard Training Course Offered at McLarty Pool in Rockledge

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. - A lifeguard training course will be held Oct. 4-18 at McLarty Park Pool in Rockledge.

Classes will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 10; and noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 17 1nd 18. The cost is $250 and must be paid upon successful completion of a skills test at 4 p.m. Oct. 4. Preregistration is recommended as class size is limited. A minimum of five participants is required to hold the class. McLarty Park Pool is at 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge.

This course has an online component. In addition, all classes must be attended. Interested candidates must be 15 years of age or older, able to swim 300 yards nonstop doing freestyle or backstroke, complete a timed 10-pound brick retrieval, and tread water for two minutes using legs only.

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

For more information, call Debbie Bowling at (321) 633-1874 or email [email protected]


September 29, 2014

4-H Club Kicks Off Fall Season at Joe Lee Smith Community Center

COCOA, Fla. – Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Central Area, in partnership with The University of Florida IFAS Extension, will be kicking off the fall season of the United Friends 4-H Club at the Joe Lee Smith Community Center. The first meeting of the club will be 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7. The center is located at 419 Washington Street, in Cocoa.

4-H is a national youth development program that teaches youth life skills. Youth learn teamwork, citizenship, and leadership skills while participating in hands-on activities. As part of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Brevard County Extension, 4-H focuses on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, healthy lifestyles, and workforce preparation programs.

The children at the Joe Lee Smith Community Center will be continuing their 4-H gardening club as well. Gardening is an excellent way for youth to learn about agriculture. The hands-on science behind gardening gives youth an opportunity to build their science skills while the healthy eating lessons allow youth to practice cooking and understanding nutrition. Youth are able to grow, harvest, and consume what they garden, all while getting dirty!

For more information, please call (321) 633-1872.


September 28, 2014 Cocoa Beach Library to Host 19th Annual Sea-Bean Symposium

COCOA BEACH, Fla. -- The 19th Annual International Sea-Bean Symposium and Beachcombers' Festival will convene at the Cocoa Beach Public Library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, an 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

Dedicated sea-beaners, amateur and professional driftologists, and beach-lovers hailing from all corners of the world will again descend on the Cocoa Beach Library for two days of fascinating displays and engaging presentations. This is a weekend dedicated to world currents, sea-beans, messages in bottles, spirula, glass fishing floats, rafts, sea pigs, and the famous LEGO toys from a ship spill in the Atlantic.

The two-day festival offers talks on basic beachcombing, how to handle stranded marine animals, sand composition, sea turtles, and a documentary on beachcombing abroad, as well as chances to meet the artists and authors who use the ocean's treasures as inspiration. There will also be a Bean-A-Thon beachcombing bonanza on Saturday morning and an Odd Bean Contest to be judged Saturday afternoon. Curtis Ebbesmeyer will give the keynote speech about "Flotsam in Florida: Arrivals from Around the Atlantic" at 7:45 p.m. Saturday.

The Sea-Bean Symposium is a gathering for novices and professionals, for the curious and the expert, for anyone interested in a fun, inclusive atmosphere for learning about and enjoying our coastal home.

More information about presenters and the schedule of events can be found at the Cocoa Beach Public Library or at the website www.seabean.com/symposium/2014. The library is located at 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. For more information call (321) 868-1104.


September 26, 2014

Community Fun Day this Saturday at Cuyler Park in Mims

MIMS, Fla. — Cuyler Community Center, 2329 Harry T. Moore Ave. in Mims, will be hosting Community Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

Come join the festivities! This free event will include family games, bounce houses, health and wellness village, and free food.

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


September 24, 2014

Brevard County Government Hosts Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Viera, Fla. – Brevard County Government will celebrate the achievements, customs and legacies of Brevard residents with roots in Latin America during a Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Government Center in Viera.

The drop-in event, open to the public, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlights will include cultural displays, artwork, literature, exhibits, live music and dancing and multiple food vendors that specialize in Hispanic cuisine.

Admission is free. This event is presented by Gold sponsors VITAS Innovative Hospice Care and Thrifty Produce & Meat, Silver sponsor Health First and Brevard County Government. Vendor/exhibitor booths are still available. For questions or additional information, please contact Sandy Daughtry at (321) 633-2003, or by email at [email protected]

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


September 24, 2014

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets Oct. 9

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


September 24, 2014 Lifeguard Training Course Offered at McLarty Pool in Rockledge

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. - A lifeguard training course will be held Oct. 4-18 at McLarty Park Pool in Rockledge.

Classes will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 10; and noon to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 17 1nd 18. The cost is $250 and must be paid upon successful completion of a skills test at 4 p.m. Oct. 4. Preregistration is recommended as class size is limited. A minimum of five participants is required to hold the class. McLarty Park Pool is at 790 Barton Blvd., Rockledge.

This course has an online component. In addition, all classes must be attended. Interested candidates must be 15 years of age or older, able to swim 300 yards nonstop doing freestyle or backstroke, complete a timed 10-pound brick retrieval, and tread water for two minutes using legs only.

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

For more information, call Debbie Bowling at (321) 633-1874 or email [email protected]


September 17, 2014

Fall Festival and Free Movie in the Park Oct. 25 at Sand Point Park

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area, will host a fall festival and free Movie In The Park on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Sandpoint Park, 101 N. Washington Ave., in Titusville.

The festival kicks off at 4 p.m. Activities will include a costume contest, children's games, trunk n' treat, hay ride and glitter tattoos. The free movie will be "Hocus Pocus," which is rated PG. The movie will be shown on a giant, 23-foot outdoor movie screen beginning at approximately 8 p.m.

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


September 16, 2014

Celebrate 'Our Wonderful World' at Sams House at Pine Island in October

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. -- Visit Sams House at Pine Island in October and learn the lost art of basketmaking, explore ways that scientists investigate ancient animals that once roamed Florida, examine a massive collection of ancient fossils that contributed to the historic biological diversity of Florida, and take a close look at our magnificent dragonflies and friends through some amazing photography. Events are family friendly and the only cost in October is for the basketmaking class ($30 for materials and personalized instruction).

Sams House is open Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This Environmentally Endangered Lands sanctuary promotes history as well as the conservation of biological diversity. Visit the oldest-standing home in Brevard County (1875) and explore our nature trails.

Sams House at Pine Island is at 6195 N. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island. For more information, call (321) 449-4720 or visit on the web at www.eelbrevard.com or www.facebook.com/samshousepineisland.

Events in October include:

  • Saturday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Lost Art of Basketmaking -- Becky Selman will teach participants how to make a gorgeous melon basket from natural materials in this hands-on, take home your magnificent and functional work-of-art activity. Participants will be working in the screen room. Bring hand garden clippers and a towel and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Class size is limited to 15 participants; $30 will cover cost of materials. Call Sams House to reserve your spot: (321) 449-4720.
  • Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. to noon: Fossil Making Workshop and Megafauna Meander -- Visit the site of ancient animals of the Ice Age and come face to face with the Giant Ground Sloth and Glyptodont. Children will make a fossil replica to take home and explore the ways that scientists investigate the ancient animals that once roamed our area. We will also practice with atlatls, just as the earliest native people did when they hunted Megafauna. Please call to reserve your spot: (321) 449-4720.
  • Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to noon: A Taste of Paleontology -- David Celli will display his impressive collection of fossils and answer questions about the ancient critters that contributed to the historic biological diversity of Florida.
  • Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: The Beauty and Diversity of Dragonflies -- Expert birder, Jim Eager will be presenting a program on dragonflies and damselflies with amazing photography taken in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. Learn about these amazing predators who we often think of as aerial wizards of the insect world, but who actually spend much of their lives in the aquatic environment.
Every Thursday and Saturday at 3 p.m.: Sams House and Cabin Tour -- Tour the inside of regard County's oldest standing home (Sams Cabin, 1875) and the adjacent 1888 Florida vernacular-style home and learn about the Sams Family.



September 15, 2014

4th Annual Edible Garden Festival Offers Yummy Plants

COCOA, Fla. – Autumn gardeners are invited Saturday, Sept. 20, to join University of Florida/IFAS Extension Brevard County Agents, members of the Brevard Botanical Garden, and Brevard County Master Gardeners for the fourth annual Edible Garden Festival.

The event will be held at the extension's Cocoa office, 3695 Lake Drive, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Edible and ornamental plants will be sold, and profits will benefit the Brevard Botanical Garden. Free classes also are offered.

Herbs for sale include two types of basil, borage, dill, and two types of fennel. Gardeners who enjoy growing their own vegetables may also purchase broccoli, broccoli raab, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, Chinese and red cabbage, eggplant, Swiss chard, sweet and hot peppers, and heirloom tomatoes. Edible and sweet-smelling flowers plus a wide variety of ornamentals, succulents, cactus, natives and bog plants have been grown by Brevard County Master Gardeners for the sale as well.

Informative classes such as Growing Vegetables 101 at 9:30 a.m. and Growing Culinary Herbs at 11 a.m. are offered. This year the Edible Garden Festival will feature garden-related vendors, music, and many unique items for several drawings.

The Brevard Botanical Garden (BBG) was formed in May 2010 as a 501 (c)(3) by UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County, 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 learn more about the garden, visit www.brevardbotanicalgarden.org.


September 10, 2014

Open House This Saturday At Isaac Campbell Sr. Community Center

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Isaac Campbell Sr. Community Center, 701 South Street, Titusville.

The community is invited to attend this event to learn about upcoming programs and activities offered at the center. This event is free to attend and refreshments will be provided. Contact Tommy Myers at (321) 264-5040 for more information on this and other recreational activities sponsored by Brevard County Parks and Recreation in the Titusville area.


September 10, 2014

Sponsors Needed for Movies in the Park Series in North Brevard

PORT St. JOHN, MIMS, TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Advertising opportunities are available and sponsors are being sought for Brevard County Parks and Recreation's free movie series in North Brevard.

Movies are shown on a giant, 23-foot, outdoor movie screen beginning at dusk in a selected north area park. The events are for all ages and are free to attend. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and drinks to enjoy during the movie. Concessions are available for purchase.

Advertising opportunities are available as local sponsors will help make this a continual event. We will show a minimum of four movies per year. Sponsors will be advertised prior to the movie on the movie screen. For more information on sponsorships and vending, please contact Mike Herman by email at [email protected] or by phone at (321) 264-5105.


September 09, 2014

Brevard County Government to Host Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Viera, Fla. -- Brevard County Government will celebrate the achievements, customs and legacies of Brevard residents with roots in Latin America during a Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Government Center in Viera.

The drop-in event, open to the public, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlights will include cultural displays, artwork, literature, exhibits, live music and dancing and multiple food vendors that specialize in Hispanic cuisine.

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

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


September 05, 2014

September Hopes to See You In The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The September calendar at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary in Titusville includes activities for young and old alike, and extends an invitation to volunteers with a passion for the outdoors to become part of the Enchanted Forest family.

Activities for the month include:

  • Guided Nature Hikes - 10 a.m. Saturdays: A 45-minute, interpretive hike offered every Saturday on the trails of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Bring hat, water and walking shoes. No reservations needed. Groups of five or more, please RSVP.
  • Volunteer Orientation - 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17: The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for the environment! Come learn about the various volunteer opportunities available.
  • Program for Homeschoolers - Scrub Explorers - 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12: Discover unique scrub habitats through an interactive hike and hands-on activities. Also enjoy a puppet show and fun-filled game or two of Scrub Bingo! Designed for ages 6-10. Adults must accompany child. Registration is required.
  • Reptile & Snake Presentation - 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13: Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest's reptile residents and meet a red rat snake!
  • Photography Club - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20: Program for all levels of photography. View photographs and learn helpful tips. This program is free and reservations are not required.
  • Forest Funday - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21: Nature program for children and their families. Come enjoy a Sanctuary Search and an art project. This program is free and fun for all.
  • Florida Native Plant Society - Sea Rocket Chapter - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24: "Landscaping with Florida Native Plants. Lois Harris, landscape designer, will outline the Do's and Don'ts of using native plants in home landscapes. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. and program begins at 7 p.m.
  • National Public Lands Day - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27: A day to assist staff to remove trash from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; help beautify the garden from 9 a.m. to noon; guided hike from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; native plant sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please wear closed-toed shoes, hat and sunscreen. We hope to see you in the Forest!
Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd., in Titusville. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Closed on Mondays. Join the Friends of the Enchanted Forest, a non-profit volunteer organization committed to assisting the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program with conservation of The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, and educating visitors about the unique biodiversity at the Sanctuary. For more information, call (321) 264-5185, or visit www.eelbrevard.com.


September 05, 2014

Local Business Sponsors Needed For Fall Festival at Sand Point Park

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Brevard County Parks and Recreation is hosting a Fall Festival in North Brevard beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Sand Point Park, 101 N. Washington Ave., in Titusville. The festival will include a costume contest, children's games, trunk n' treat, hay ride, glitter tattoos and a free movie in the park.

North Area Parks Operations is currently seeking sponsorship from local businesses to take part in the trunk n' treat portion of the event. Local businesses can promote their organization by providing and handing out candy to the children participating in the event. For more information on sponsorship or to pre-register for this event, please contact Mike Herman by email at [email protected] or by phone at (321)264-5105.


September 04, 2014

Celebrate National Public Lands Day at the Enchanted Forest

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary will host a series of activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

Activities include:

  • EFS Trash Bash (9 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Explore parts of the Forest that are not usually open to visitors while assisting staff in cleaning the Sanctuary!
  • Garden Workday (9 a.m. - noon) Help the Florida Native Plant Society – Sea Rocket Chapter (FNPS) continue to beautify our butterfly gardens.
  • Native Plant Sale (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) FNPS will be offering a variety of Florida native plants for purchase.
  • Live Music on the Porch (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Enjoy live music highlighting Florida's Flora and Fauna.
  • Snack & Social (11 a.m. - noon) Refreshments provided for volunteers by the Friends of the Enchanted Forest.
Please wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. For more information, visit www.eelbrevard.com, or call (321) 264-5185, and don't forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter! The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is located at 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville.


September 02, 2014

Bidding Underway For Brevard County Surplus Auction

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- From office furniture to utility trucks and trailers to tools and mowers, the bidding is underway during the County Surplus Sale Auction, which ends Monday, Sept. 8.

County surplus is available for sale. Bidders will need to go to Rene Bates Auctioneer's Inc, https://www.renebates.com/a main.php?id=198 in order to bid on the items.

The sale contains miscellaneous items as well as vehicles and heavy equipment. The auction began Aug. 25.

Bidders may inspect the items either by viewing the pictures posted online at the auction website or by going to the respective locations listed for each item. The next inspection date will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. More information can be obtained on the Asset Management website: http://www.brevardcounty.us/CentralServices/AssetManagement, or by going to the Rene Bates Auctioneer's website: https//www.renebates.com/a main.php?id=198.

Among items up for auction: 2000 GMC Lift-All 50' Articulated Aerial Bucket Truck, 4) 2003 J and J 48' Keith Aluminum Walking Floor Trailers, Trolley, 2) Utility Body Pickups, 7) Pickups, SUV, 5 Trailers, 3) ATVs, 4) Utility Carts, Jet Ski, Mowers and Lawn Maintenance Equipment, Generators, OCE TDS 860 Pro Printer/Server, Tools and Shop Related Items, Vehicle and Truck Accessories, Police and Emergency Gear, Office Furniture and Equipment, Computers and Related, Electronics and Related, Phones and Related, Safety Related, Shelving, Sports and Recreational, Heavy Equipment Parts, Tires, Tubes and Rims, Appliances, Musical Instruments and Accessories, Restaurant and Kitchen Equipment, Janitorial Equipment and Supplies, Plumbing Equipment and Supplies, Building and Construction Related, Safe, HVAC Equipment, Gas Industry Related Items, Automotive and Truck Parts, Emergency Vehicles Accessories and Equipment


August 29, 2014

Brevard County Campgrounds Now Offer Online Registration

VIERA, Fla.— The Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce online registration for campsites at Manatee Hammock, 7275 South U.S. Highway 1, Titusville; Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne; and Long Point Park, 700 Long Point Road, Melbourne Beach.

Patrons can register online for stays of two to 29 days. Those wishing to stay longer can register by calling the campground office. Reservation changes and cancellations cannot be done online, and must be handled through the campground office.

To reach a campground by phone, call (321) 264-5083 for Manatee Hammock; (321) 255-4307 for Wickham Park; and (321) 952-4532 for Long Point Park. Please visit https://registration.brevardcounty.us to book campsites online.


August 29, 2014

Spin the Wheel for Reduced Adoption Fees for Dogs and Cats in September

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Are you in the market for adopting a pet? Want a chance to adopt one for free? Brevard County Animal Services is offering the popular "Wheel of Adoption" for the entire month of September.

Those adopting a pet from the County's Animal Care Centers in Melbourne or Titusville can spin the Wheel of Adoption for a chance at winning prizes, reduced adoption fees or to get the adopted pet for free, according to Karla Torpy, director of Animal Services and Enforcement.

Adopters are eligible to spin the wheel after they have been approved for adoption. There are several potential incentives that adopters can land on when they give it a spin. These include adoption fees significantly less than the normal fees of $80 for dogs and $70 for cats. Pets included in this promotion are dogs, puppies, cats under 3 years old and kittens. Adoption fees for cats over 3 years old are $10, which covers the County's annual license fee.

All animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before adoption.

The shelter has plenty of adoptable cats and dogs who are looking for good homes like yours. Check them out by visiting the Brevard County Animal Care Centers at 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne or 2605 Flake Road in Titusville or go to the website at www.brevardcounty.us/AnimalServices. The Animal Care Centers are open from Noon to 6 p.m. every day but Wednesday. Labor Day hours are Noon to 4 p.m.


August 27, 2014

Space Coast Area Transit: No Labor Day Bus Service

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Area Transit has announced there will not be fixed-route bus service on Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day.

All normal bus service will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 2. For more information, call the bus information line at (321) 633-1878 or log onto RideSCAT.com.


August 26, 2014

New Rip Current Signs Give Beachgoers Quick Access to Safety Information

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Beachgoers in Brevard County will have access to important safety information with a simple scan of their cell phones starting Friday, and just in time for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

A press conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Howard E. Futch Memorial Park in Indialantic to unveil the county's new Rip Current Warning Signs. The signs not only display instructions on how to escape a rip current, but also provide computers apps and a telephone number that will allow beach patrons to find out which beaches in Brevard County have lifeguards present. There's information also on a myriad of other beach safety measures including weather updates and text warnings via cell phones of any approaching storms.

With three deaths already this year on Brevard County beaches attributed to rip currents, and with upwards of 24 deaths within the last 10 years, Brevard County – working in conjunction with the private sector and other governmental agencies – has come up with this state-of-the-art warning system that will be posted at 219 public access ways to Brevard County beaches.

Lifeguard stations cover only 7 percent of Brevard County's beaches. With all the rip current drowning deaths in the last 10 years occurring where there are no lifeguards present, using state of the art communication techniques is the only line of defense available to better safeguard our beach going patrons who frequent our beaches where there are no lifeguards presence.

Thanks to funding received from the Tourist Development Council (TDC), Brevard County's cities, along with federally and state controlled beach parks (Canaveral National Seashore, Patrick Air Force Base and Sebastian Inlet State Park), will now post uniform state of the art Rip Current Warning Signs that will help bring beach safety to a new level.

In addition, a push is also being made through the TDC to get as many hotels/motels on the beach to also display these new Rip Current Warning Signs and encourage their guests to heed the warnings and download the sign-provided apps so that their stay in Brevard County will be a safe one.


August 22, 2014

Author Jay Barbree Sets Follow-up Book Signing at Cocoa Beach Library

COCOA BEACH, Fla. -- New York Times bestselling author Jay Barbree will return to the Cocoa Beach Library to sign copies of his new book, Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Copies will be available for sale at the event and a portion of the proceeds will go to the library for books sold at the program.

Barbree introduced his new book at the Cocoa Beach Library on Aug. 2, with his first local appearance in support of Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight. The book sold out at that event, but anyone who missed him has another chance to participate in a brief Q&A with the author and get an autographed copy of the story of Armstrong's remarkable journey as a pilot and an astronaut. This is event is free and open to the public. The library is located at 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach.

Space enthusiasts locally and the world over are familiar with Barbree, the only reporter to cover all 166 American astronaut flights and moon landings. Throughout the course of his 50-plus years of reporting on the space program for NBC, he broke stories such as the cause of the Challenger explosion, he received an Emmy Award for his coverage of the moon landing, and he became close friends with the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

Over the course of their friendship, Barbree repeatedly urged Armstrong to collaborate on a book about the astronaut's flights and experiences until finally Armstrong replied, "You're a pilot, you've covered every flight, you're one of us. You just do it." And so, after Armstrong's death in 2012, Barbree decided that it was time to write.

Barbree, a longtime resident of Brevard County and a New York Times bestselling author, has written nine books and is widely celebrated as an authority in his field. He was lead writer, with Alan Shephard, Deke Slayton, and Neil Armstrong, for the bestseller Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Apollo Moon Landings. Larry King has called Barbree "arguably the best correspondent to ever cover the space program." His expertise on the space program and his skill at writing about it are unsurpassed.

For more information, call (321) 868-1104.


August 22, 2014

"Getting Outside" is the theme for September at Sams House at Pine Island

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. -- September programs at Sams House provide a variety of opportunities to learn about and enjoy the cultural and biological diversity of Brevard County. Join us as we explore hiking and camping, historic uses of natural resources for surviving and thriving, native plant gardening, and the incredible diversity of our little friend, the mosquito. All events are free and family-friendly.

Saturday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Learning to Enjoy Nature -- Outdoor enthusiasts Rex and Colleen Derin will demonstrate how they overcame obstacles and learned to enjoy hiking and camping in our natural areas. This entertaining and informative duo will share practical stories and information that makes the act of getting outside seem less daunting and oh so fun.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: The Diversity of Nature's Toolbox -- Join us for a hands-on program to discover how Native Americans utilized our area's natural resources to make tools and other items necessary for everyday life. David McDonald will bring his collection of replica and authentic tools to demonstrate the resourceful and creative nature of past populations.

Saturday, Sept. 20, 9:30 am to 11 a.m.: What Influences the Biodiversity of Gardens? -- Come and enjoy an interactive morning among the many growing residents of our Flagpole Garden. Wear work clothes, bring gloves, hand tools and enthusiasm as we deadhead and investigate the workings of a native plant garden. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch afterwards under the oaks!

Saturday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: The Surprising Biodiversity of Skeeters in Florida -- Spend National Public Lands Day at Sams House and learn about the mosquitoes that have impacted life around Sams House, the Pine Island Conservation Area, and beyond. Family-friendly, informative fun with a craft and song after the presentation.

Sams House and Cabin Tour is offered every Thursday and Saturday at 3 p.m. This 30 minute tour allows you to explore the inside of Brevard County's oldest standing home (Sams Cabin, 1875) and the adjacent 1888 Florida vernacular-style home. You will also learn about the pioneering family that helped establish the community of Courtenay on North Merritt Island.

Sams House at Pine Island is located at 6195 North Tropical Trail, Merritt Island. Hours are Thursday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (321) 449-4720 or email [email protected]


North Brevard Commission on Parks & Recreation meets Sept. 11

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation will hold its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Avenue in Titusville. The public is invited to attend.

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


August 21, 2014

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting Sept. 25

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 Thursday, Sept. 25, 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 [email protected].


August 15, 2014

BREVARD COUNTY OCEAN RESCUE LAUNCHES BEACH SAFETY MOBILE WEBSITE

Brevard County Ocean Rescue, in cooperation with Brevard County Information Technology, has launched an innovative mobile website that takes ensuring beachgoers' safety to the next level.

Rip current, severe weather, marine life, sun and heat are all factors that visitors to Brevard County beaches need to be educated about and prepared to understand so everyone has an enjoyable visit to the Space Coast. Brevard County Ocean Rescue – named 2013 Beach Patrol of the Year in Florida -- is proud to now offer a beach safety website that is easily accessible from mobile devices.

Visit www.brevardcounty.us/beachsafety to access information on:

  • Surf forecast
  • Rip current warnings
  • Hours and locations of Brevard County's lifeguard towers, with clickable maps
  • Beach safety tips touching on marine life, warning flags, lightning, sun and sand and rip currents
  • Brevard County Fire Rescue and Brevard County Ocean Rescue's social media accounts
"Brevard County Ocean Rescue is excited to launch our new mobile website," said Ocean Rescue Chief Jeff Scabarozi. "This addition to the organization will not only save lives, but give great information to the residents, visitors and tourists who visit Brevard County's beautiful beaches."

One of the most important things beachgoers can do is make sure they swim and play on the beach near a lifeguard. This ensures someone is watching the conditions and the weather and can communicate safety messages. Be sure to check in with lifeguards when you arrive at the beach and ask about conditions before entering the water.


August 14, 2014

Manatee Hammock Campground Now Offering Online Registration

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area, is pleased to announce online registration for camping at Manatee Hammock, 7275 South U.S. Highway 1, Titusville.

Patrons can register online for 2 to 29 days. Any patron who would like to stay longer than 29 days can register by calling the campground office at (321) 264-5083. Cancellations and changes to reservations cannot be done online, you must call the campground office. Patrons can register online at https://registration.brevardcounty.us


August 14, 2014

Kiwanis Island Park Host Site of Stroll-N-Roll Benefit Car Show

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. - Brevard County Parks and Recreation Central Area is hosting "Stroll-N-Roll 1st Annual Benefit Car Show" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Kiwanis Island Park, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, in Merritt Island.

The Karen Rood Memorial Stroll-N-Roll has been a countywide fundraiser for Special Olympics of Brevard for over 10 years. This year, Brevard County Central Area Parks and Recreation is partnering with High Performance Promotions to provide a car show and entertainment. High Performance Promotions will be donating 100 percent of all the car registration and vendors fees to Special Olympics of Brevard County. All monies raised will go to Special Olympics of Brevard. Food will be available for purchase.

The car show starts at 11 a.m. Please show your support by sponsoring an athlete for the stroll around Kiwanis Island at 1:30 p.m. Awards for the cars will be at 3 p.m.

For more information about this event or to sponsor an athlete, please contact Nancy Watkins at (321) 633-1874.


August 12, 2014

Brevard County Government to Host Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Viera, Fla. -- Brevard County Government will celebrate the achievements, customs and legacies of Brevard residents with roots in Latin America, South America and Spain during a Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Government Center in Viera.

The drop-in event, open to the public, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlights will include cultural displays, artwork, literature, exhibits, live music and dancing and multiple food vendors that specialize in Hispanic cuisine.

Admission is free. This event is sponsored by Brevard County Government, but sponsorship packages and vendor/exhibitor booths are still available. For questions or additional information, please contact Sandy Daughtry at (321) 633-2003, or by email at sandy/[email protected].

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


August 05, 2014

BPS Superintendent To Talk Sales Tax at N. Brevard Parks Commission

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Brevard Public Schools Superintendent Brian Binggeli will be guest speaker during the North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation's monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14.

The meeting will be held in the Brevard Room, 518 South Palm Ave., Titusville. Binggeli will speak at 5:30 p.m., time certain, on the proposed sales tax initiative. The public is invited. The Brevard Room is located in a building on the north side of the parking lot behind the Brevard County Government Center–North.

For questions call Terry Lane at (321) 264-5105.

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

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


August 05, 2014

Vendors Sought for 21st Annual Fox Lake Christmas Festival of Crafts

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Registration for crafts vendors for the 21st Annual Fox Lake Christmas Festival of Crafts begins Monday, Aug. 18.

The Fox Lake Christmas Festival of Crafts will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fox Lake Park in Titusville on Saturday, Nov. 15. Only handmade and homemade crafts will be offered for sale at the event, which is sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations. Registration for crafter spots will begin Monday, Aug. 18. Please be advised there has been a fee increase for crafter spots, outside open area is $25 plus tax and under pavilion is $35 plus tax. Concessions will be available for purchase and admission is free.

Office hours for all registrations are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N Singleton Avenue, Titusville. Applications for food vendors will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 15, at Sandrift Community Center, or by email at [email protected].

Selected food vendors will be notified by Friday, Oct. 17. Vendor selection is based on, but not limited to, application submittal date, price of product(s) to the public, proper licensing, and appropriateness of the product(s) to the nature of the event. Special consideration is given to not-for-profit service organizations. The County reserves the right to limit vendors to one or two vendors per product.

There is no cost to submit an application for food vendors. A $50 plus tax, non-refundable, special event fee, is due from food vendors selected by Monday, Nov. 3. For more information about this event, call (321) 264-5037.


July 29, 2014

Get Back To School With Cool Animal Adoptions

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Summer vacation is almost over and school will soon be in session! The Academic Advisors at the Brevard County Animal Care Centers have done the math and will be offering all cats, kittens, dogs and puppies to approved adopters for just $35.

Don't be late for class because the "Cool Back to School" Adoption Promotion takes place starting Friday, Aug. 1, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 31.

Normal adoption fees are $70 for cats/kittens and $80 for dogs/puppies. The entire adoption package is valued at hundreds of dollars and includes initial vaccinations and rabies vaccinations for animals three months and older, spay/neuter surgery, deworming, microchipping with free lifetime registration, and a one year Brevard County Animal License tag.

A new furry friend will teach the entire family lessons that can't be learned in school. To see dogs or cats available for adoption, visit the Brevard County Animal Care Centers at 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne or 2605 Flake Road in Titusville or go to the shelter website at www.brevardcounty.us/AnimalServices. The Animal Care Centers are open from noon to 6 p.m. every day but Wednesday.


July 29, 2014

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

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, Melbourne.

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

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark (321) 255-4466 or [email protected]


July 24, 2014

'Name Your Price' Pet Adoption Continues at Brevard County Shelters

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County's Animal Care Centers are filled with lovable pets of all shapes, colors and sizes. If you're looking for a new pet, Brevard County Animal Services is letting you name your own adoption fee for the shelter's dogs, cats, kittens and puppies during the month of July.

Prospective animal adopters can pay any price they choose for their new pet starting Tuesday at the shelters in Melbourne and Titusville as part of the shelter's "Name Your Price" adoption promotion, which runs July 1 through 31.

All of the dogs and cats housed at the County's animal care centers, which are the only open admissions shelters in Brevard County, are included in the month-long promotion and will come spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Adopters will also need to purchase a County animal license for their new pet, which is $10 per year.

"Adopters are encouraged to make a donation they can afford when adopting a shelter pet," said Karla Torpy, Director of Animal Services & Enforcement. "When you adopt from the County shelters, your pet has already received hundreds of dollars of free pet services, including vaccines, spay/neutering, deworming, flea treatment feline leukemia test, heart worm testing and prevention medication."

To see dogs or cats available for adoption, visit the Brevard County Animal Care Centers at 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne or 2605 Flake Road in Titusville or go to the shelter website at www.brevardcounty.us/AnimalServices. The Animal Care Centers are open from Noon to 6 p.m. every day but Wednesday. Holiday hours for Friday, July 4 are Noon to 4 p.m.


July 09, 2014

Brevard County Recycling Rate Exceeds Milestone Goal Set for 2014

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County has reached a goal of 52 percent recycling, exceeding the 2014 recycling goal set by the state Legislature. The recycling rate puts Brevard County in the top 5 Florida counties with a traditional recycling rate of 50 percent or higher.

According to the latest recycling data (2013) released by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida's official recycling rate is now 49 percent, up one percent from last year. This represents a substantial increase in the amount of solid waste recycled – from 9.7 million tons in 2012 to 11.8 million tons in 2013.

"We have exceeded the goal for 2014 and will continue to work hard to meet further recycling goals" said Hillary Arena, Recycling Coordinator for Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department. "We need to reach out to our commercial businesses to 'step up to the plate' and help us achieve the ultimate goal of recycling 75 percent by 2020."

Residents are encouraged to recycle at home and to find out what recycling efforts are underway at their local schools, their workplace and their community groups. DEP continues to promote its Recycling Recognition Program and is working to raise awareness and interest.

"Thank you" to the citizens of Brevard County, said Euripides Rodriguez, director of the Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department. "We thank them for their efforts and help in achieving this goal; we could not do it without them."

The top 10 counties based on traditional recycling rates are:
1. sarasota, 58 percent
2. alachua, martin, collier, 54 percent (three-way tie)
5. brevard, 52 percent
6. manatee, 48 percent
7. orange, 47 percent
8. lee, 46 percent
9. duval, leon, 45 percent (tie)

To see the complete solid waste management report, visit: 2013 FDEP Recycling Report


July 03, 2014

Enchanted Forest Sanctuary hosts 3rd Annual Creepy Crawly Day, July 12

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Come meet, greet and even eat some creepy crawly critters during the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary's 3rd Annual Creepy Crawly Day on Saturday, July 12.

Bring the whole family and enjoy a fun-filled day discovering some of nature's most unique, spine-tingling, and sometimes misunderstood critters.

Try edible insects, discover the importance of bats, unearth the world of reptiles and amphibians and participate in an insect Olympics on this very special day dedicated to the creepy crawly critters of Central Florida! The day will also feature buggy crafts, insect hikes, hands-on stations, log dissections, and much more.

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

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


July 01, 2014

Tropical Storm Arthur Good Reason to Clear Stormdrains, Debris

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- County residents are encouraged to clear stormwater drains and to clear and remove loose debris from their property -- not only because Tropical Storm Arthur is churning in the Atlantic, just off the East Coast -- but as routine preparation for hurricane season.

Property owners are advised to visually inspect their home and property. Make any repairs necessary. Check the roof for loose shingles; the gutters and drains to ensure proper drainage; the trees for loose branches; the grounds for debris or items such as lawn furniture that could blow away.

Tropical Storm Arthur is making a slow trek northwest along the East Coast, prompting a Tropical Storm Watch for Brevard County. Wind gusts of 25 to 25 mph outside of squalls, 40 to 60 mph inside squalls, are possible. Some areas could receive heavy rain of 1 to 3 inches, and possibly 5 inches along coastal regions, but the storm is expected to remain off shore, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

During hurricane season, 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 prevent flooding, residents should make sure storm drains are free of debris so water can drain freely.

Blockages should be reported to the appropriate authority: their homeowners' association, their 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 County line on the mainland, and from Pineda Causeway south to the Sebastian Inlet on the beaches: call 321-255-4310
Being proactive can reduce potential flooding problems when storm events occur. Stormwater management systems are typically designed for a 25-year storm and extreme events can overwhelm the capacity of any system. Even if the system is operating properly, it may take days to drain, due to inundation of surrounding areas.

Many homeowners have automatic timers on their sprinkler systems. Brevard County residents can help to reduce flooding by installing a rain sensor for their irrigation system or by turning off sprinklers after significant rainfall events. This will avoid adding more water to flood-prone areas. Homeowners associations who receive re-use water and have valves internal to their systems are also requested to cease use until irrigation is needed.


June 27, 2014

July is 'Name Your Price' Pet Adoption Month at Brevard County Shelters

Dog & Cat adoption specials BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- If you're looking for a new pet, Brevard County Animal Services is letting you name your own adoption fee for the shelter's dogs, cats, kittens and puppies during the month of July.

Prospective animal adopters can pay any price they choose for their new pet starting Tuesday at the shelters in Melbourne and Titusville as part of the shelter's "Name Your Price" adoption promotion, which runs July 1 through 31.

All of the dogs and cats housed at the County's animal care centers, which are the only open admissions shelters in Brevard County, are included in the month-long promotion and will come spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Adopters will also need to purchase a County animal license for their new pet, which is $10 per year.

"Adopters are encouraged to make a donation they can afford when adopting a shelter pet," said Karla Torpy, Director of Animal Services & Enforcement. "When you adopt from the County shelters, your pet has already received hundreds of dollars of free pet services, including vaccines, spay/neutering, deworming, flea treatment feline leukemia test, heart worm testing and prevention medication."

To see dogs or cats available for adoption, visit the Brevard County Animal Care Centers at 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne or 2605 Flake Road in Titusville or go to the shelter website at http://www.brevardcounty.us/AnimalServices. The Animal Care Centers are open from Noon to 6 p.m. every day but Wednesday. Holiday hours for Friday, July 4 are Noon to 4 p.m.


June 27, 2014

Space Coast Area Transit Buses Will Not Operate on Independence Day

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Area Transit has announced there will be no bus service on Independence Day, Friday, July 4th.

Regular bus service will resume on Saturday, July 5th. Questions or requests for further information should be directed to the Bus Information Line at (321) 633-1878 or online at www.RideSCAT.com.


June 27, 2014

Brevard County Recycled Paint Giveaway set for Saturday, June 28

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Recycled paint will be available to residents of Brevard County at five Richard Paint stores, two Ace Hardware stores and the South Patrick Hardware & Lumber this Saturday, June 28.

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 and two gallons of floor paint.

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 (Rain Dance) | Gray (Deer Path) | Green (Evening Concert) | Light Beige (Sweet Home) | Dark Beige (Summer Fun) | Texture floor paint (Gray)

Available at the following locations only – Saturday, June 28

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 of Satellite Beach, 1024 Highway A1A | 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


June 20, 2014

North Brevard Commission on Parks & Recreation Cancels July 10 Meeting

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – The North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation has canceled its July 10 meeting.

The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Brevard Room at 518 South Palm Ave., Titusville. The meeting is open to the public.

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


June 19, 2014

Juneteenth Celebration June 28 at Cuyler Park

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — The anniversary of Juneteenth will be celebrated at Cuyler Park, 2329 Harry T. Moore Ave., in Mims from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 28.

The event is for all ages and will include games, fun, music, soul line dancing, live entertainment, softball game, and community service presentations. The festival will offer an array of cultural traditions and diversity through food, arts, and music. Admission is free.

Craft and food vendors can register by visiting Cuyler Community Center. The cost for craft vendors is $25 plus tax and the cost for food vendors is $50 plus tax. For more information, please call LaShawn Stevens (321) 264-5045.


June 13, 2014

BCFR IN-HOUSE BRUSH TRUCK BUILD PROGRAM WINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Brevard County Fire Rescue (BCFR) has received national recognition as a 2014 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award winner for the success of its in-house building of 19 brush trucks. BCFR received recognition in the "Financial Management" category for having built 19 brush trucks in-house, saving Brevard County millions of dollars.

In 2010, BCFR identified the need to replace its aging brush truck fleet. This coincided with a time when the nationwide economic recession caused operating revenues to decline due to depressed property values.

Tasked with managing the brush truck fleet, Wildfire Mitigation Capt. Ryan Sumlin and then Fleet Manager Tom Hare seized the opportunity to expand the use of free military surplus vehicles by having the department's own fleet personnel do the full builds of 14 Type 4 trucks and five Type 6s. At a time when operational efficiencies were critical, the uncommon practice of doing all the work in-house allowed BCFR to custom-build the vehicles to fit their needs while saving the county $3 million.

The program is a model of how a department can manage its resources and personnel to produce quality products customized to its needs all while saving the county a substantial amount of money. BCFR essentially tapped a new revenue source by using its own people.

The leadership of the fleet manager, who transitioned into a role where he led the fabricators in the fleet build, demonstrates how identifying and encouraging the staff to use their talents can lead to proven measureable results. BCFR produced its own fleet of top-quality customized brush trucks that will best serve the community.

ABOUT NACo:
The NACo Achievement Award Program started in 1970 and is a non-competitive awards program that recognizes innovative county government programs. Awards are given in 21 different categories including children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, health, and many more.

Click here for a link to a map showing the location of all the winners nationwide this year.
Click here for a PDF version of this release with before and after photos.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Brevard 2040 Transportation 'VISION' Workshop Set for July 10

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- You participated. We listened. Now, come see the VISION.

The Brevard County Transportation and Planning Organization will hold a Transportation VISION Workshop at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 10, in the Board of County Commissioners boardroom at the Government Center in Viera, 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way.

Topics include:
    • Economic Prosperity
-- Leverage what's uniquely Brevard
    • Invest in ports
    • High tech industries
    • Address population growth and protect environment
-- Find the right balance for growth
    • More compact communities
    • Less reliance on autos
    • Improve the way we live and travel
-- Provide a wider range of community and travel options
    • Wider variety of housing
    • More transportation choices


June 13, 2014

Marina Park to Close for Fourth of July Fireworks

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Marina Park at 501 Marina Road, Titusville, will be closed from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, to accommodate set up for Fourth of July Fireworks. The boat ramp, skate park, dog park and all park facilities will be closed.

The public can view the fireworks display from Sandpoint Park, 101 N. Washington, Ave., Titusville.

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

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


June 12, 2014

Positions Available for Caretakers for North Area Parks Operations

TITUSVILLE, Fla.— Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area Park Operations, has openings for caretakers.

Caretakers are needed at the following locations:

  • Space Coast Communities Sports Complex, 662 Canaveral Groves Blvd., Sharpes
  • Stuart Park, 4260 Stuart Ave., Titusville
  • Holder Park, 2650 Glendale Blvd, Mims
  • Parrish Park Scottsmoor, 4055 Magoon Ave., Scottsmoor
As it is desired to have the presence of law enforcement officers in our parks, interested law enforcement officer may apply. Applications are available at the North Area Parks Operations Office at 475 North Williams Ave., Titusville.

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

Send completed applications to Terry Lane, Operations Manager, 475 N. Williams Ave., Titusville, Fla., 32796, or email to [email protected]. Applications need to be received no later than Monday, June 30. For more information call Terry Lane at (321) 264-5105.


June 06, 2014

Boaters Reminded to Prepare for Hurricane Season

VIERA, Fla. – Brevard County Boating & Waterways Program reminds boaters to prepare for hurricane season by having a plan to secure and protect their vessels. Hurricane season is June 1- Nov. 30.

Boaters should develop a plan for securing their boats; inspect their marinas or docks for stability and piling height; collect vessel records; check lines to ensure no weaknesses have developed; outfit their boats with chafe gear and fenders, extra cleats, appropriate anchors and chains, and exhaust pipe plugs; and check bilge pumps, batteries, exterior lights, and radio.

A guide titled "Your Boat and Hurricanes," provided by the Coast Guard, provides an extensive checklist for protection against hurricane damage. It is available on the Natural Resources Management Office website under the Boating & Waterways section.

For more information, contact Matt Culver at 321-633-2016 or email [email protected].


June 06, 2014

World's Largest Swimming Lesson June 20 at Merritt Island High School Pool

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – On Friday, June 20, tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world unite for a fifth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record.

The global record attempt for The World's Largest Swimming Lesson will take place at 11 a.m. at Merritt Island High School Pool, 100 E. Mustang Way. To learn more about this phenomenal event visit www.worldslargestswimminglesson.org.

Merritt Island High School pool, as operated by the Central Area of Brevard County Parks & Recreation, will be serving as an official Host Location Facility for this record-setting event. This event is free to the public. On-site check-in will begin at 10 a.m. with the event promptly starting at 11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Pre-registration is recommended. To register please call the Central Area Operations Office at (321) 633-1874.


June 06, 2014

Sams House at Pine Island July Events "Explore Your History"

All Events this month are FREE!

Paddles, Sails, and Steam-Early Travels on the Indian River Lagoon
Saturday, July 5th from 11am to noon

Explore the history of water travel on the Lagoon, as well as the impacts on natural and human resources, from the comfort of the air-conditioned cabin. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards.

Searching Sand and Surf: The Origins of Archaeology in Florida (Dr. Rachel Wentz)
Saturday, July 12th from 11am to noon

Archaeology as a discipline is well established in Florida. But that wasn't always the case. Travel back to when archaeological sites were curiosities on the landscape and speculation as to their origins thrived. Searching Sand and Surf explores the roots of modern archaeology in the state, as seen through articles published in the Florida Historical Quarterly. Witness the evolution of contemporary archaeology in Florida and trace the development of the discipline through some of its most influential voices.

The Episcopal Church Comes to Courtenay
Saturday, July 19th from 1pm to 2pm

St. Luke's Episcopal Church was established with the help of local pioneer families that relocated here primarily from South Carolina. Peek back into time to consider the history of the Episcopal Church in Florida prior to the Civil War, and then specifically in the community of Courtenay on North Merritt Island. Learn about the architecture, personalities, and worship preferences reflected by the historic chapel and contemporary church that is located just down the road from Sams House.

Historic Marker Tour Presentation
Saturday, July 26th from 11am to noon

Where are some of the historic places found right in our backyards (Central Brevard)? This informative presentation will be held in the cabin and is based on the route and stops that we have previously visited during our Historic Marker Van Tours.

Sams House and Cabin Tours - Every Thursday and Saturday at 3pm
Tour the inside of Brevard County's oldest standing home (Sams Cabin, 1875) and the adjacent 1888 Florida vernacular-style home and learn about the Sams Family.

Sams House at Pine Island - Open Thursday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm
6195 N Tropical Trail
Merritt Island, FL 32953
321-449-4720
www.eelbrevard.com - www.facebook.com/samshousepineisland


June 06, 2014

Brevard Health Officials Confirm Case of Mosquito-borne Chikungunya Fever

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County today confirmed an imported case (travel associated) of chikungunya (\chik-en-gun-ye) fever, a disease spread by bites from infected mosquitoes. If a person is infected and bitten by a mosquito, that mosquito may later spread the infection by biting another person.

"Avoiding mosquito bites is the key to preventing infection with chikungunya and other mosquito-borne diseases," said Heidar Heshmati, Director, DOH-Brevard. "Floridians and visitors are encouraged to take precautionary measures to help reduce the chance of being bitten. Remember to drain and cover."

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
COVER skin with clothing or repellent.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeves.
  • Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.
  • Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are effective.
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
People at increased risk for severe disease include newborns, older adults (≥65 years), and people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, etc. Symptoms of chikungunya include sudden onset of high fever (>102°F), severe joint pain mainly in the arms and legs, headache, muscle pain, back pain and rash. Symptoms appear on average three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Most patients feel better after a few days or weeks, however, some people may develop long-term effects.

If you experience symptoms of chikungunya fever, consult with your health care provider immediately and protect yourself against further mosquito bites. Avoiding mosquito bites while you are sick will help to protect others from getting infected.

For more information on chikungunya, visit the Florida Department of Health at http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/chikungunya.html or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/chikungunya/.

The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

The Health Department is coordinating with Brevard County Mosquito Control to increase spraying efforts and educational outreach. More information is available at www.brevardcounty.us and chikungunya detailed flyer.


June 05, 2014

State OKs $2M for Commissioner Fisher's Field of Dreams Sports Park Effort

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A mission by Brevard County Commissioner Robin Fisher and other community and business leaders to build a sports park that caters to the needs of children with disabilities has hit a home run, scoring more than $2 million in funds from the state.

The group led by Commissioner Fisher has lobbied for more than two years to fund a 5-acre "Field of Dreams" sporting complex at West Melbourne Community Park, which is located outside of Fisher's Commission District 1 in North Brevard County. State Reps. Tom Goodson and Steve Crisafulli and Sen. Andy Gardiner were instrumental in getting the funding approved through the governor's office, Fisher said Thursday. The project also received widespread support from West Melbourne Mayor Hal Rose and City Manager Scott Morgan, the Economic Development Commission of the Space Coast, and the 14-member Field of Dreams Board of Directors, which is chaired by Fisher and made up of parents of children with disabilities, parks and recreation officials, special needs service advocates, a lawyer, an accountant and other community leaders.

"I believe we achieve our best when we work collaboratively for the good of our entire community," Fisher said. "I knew in these tough economic times the city and county were going to have a difficult time funding this project by themselves. It makes me extremely satisfied to know that this park is being made possible by public/private partnerships and will help fill a gap for this special population."

Brevard County has 108 parks to serve 550,000 residents. There are more than 87,000 adults and children with disabilities.

"As a county we've done a great job creating a world class parks system and, while they are ADA compliant, there isn't one park in our system that is equipped to specifically address the needs of persons with disabilities," Fisher said. The need to have a park of this type was brought to the board's attention by Jim Tapp, who had been working on the concept for several years, Fisher said.

Field of Dreams will cost an estimated $4.2 million, but much of the money is either in hand through corporate contributions or committed through private donors. The City of West Melbourne has a $50 per year 50-year lease on the property through the county, which also contributed funding for engineering survey work. Field of Dreams is currently in the planning/permitting stages and, when built, will feature rubberized playing surfaces for baseball, soccer and basketball. Commissioner Fisher said he is appreciative of Commissioners Bolin Lewis, Nelson, and Anderson for supporting the sale of the park to the City of West Melbourne.

"Facilities will be designed to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility equipment used by these courageous athletes, most of whom have never had the opportunity to participate in organized sports before, and never been on a field before that was designed for them," Fisher said.

As part of his efforts to gain State funding support, Fisher said he highlighted the mission and the statewide economic impact this community park will have.

"Based on other models around the country we expect to become a welcoming destination for families throughout the state," Fisher said. "Field of Dreams is a natural complement to Promise in Brevard less than two miles down the road. Promise in Brevard is Betsy Farmer's dream becoming a reality, an all-inclusive residential/vocational training community providing independent living and on-site vocational training and job opportunities for individuals with varying levels of ability."

For more information on Field of Dreams, visit www.BrevardFieldofDreams.org


June 04, 2014

Space Coast Area Transit Announces Fare Increase

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Area Transit has announced an increase in fares effective July 1.

Full fares for fixed route bus service will increase from $1.25 to $1.50 per ride. Reduced fares will be raised from 60 cents to 75 cents. Monthly passes will be $42 for full fare and $21 for reduced fare. Qualified reduce fare recipients are persons over the age of 60, veterans, active military personnel, students (grades K-12), college students with current ID and disabled citizens. Children under age 5 ride free.

Space Coast Area Transit has not experienced a fare increase since 2006. However, due to the rising operating costs, Brevard County Board of County Commissioners approved the increase on May 13, 2014. Space Coast Area Transit held six public comment sessions and received over 170 customer comments.

For additional fare increase information please visit www.RideSCAT.com or contact a Customer Service Representative at (321) 633-1878.



June 01, 2014

Hurricane Season Reminder: Register for Emergency Alert Notifications

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- As hurricane season begins, Brevard County Emergency Management stresses the three keys to preparedness: build a hurricane preparedness kit, make an evacuation/communication plan, and stay informed.

The "Stay Informed" component is being emphasized this year, and residents are encouraged to register for Emergency Management's new mass notification system.

Cell phone numbers that are registered to the FirstCall Emergency Notification Service will have the ability to receive automated message alerts to brush fires, hazardous material incidents, boil-water notices, flood concerns, or other incidents that would directly affect county residents.

The free service offered through Brevard County Emergency Management is something all residents should take advantage of, said Emergency Management Director Kimberly Prosser.

"We want to get to as many people as we can by using the notification system," Prosser said, "and we're sharing the system with Brevard County Fire Rescue and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, as well."

For years, Brevard County has used an automated emergency notification system that provided alerts by telephone via landlines of natural or man-made emergencies that occurred in their area.

However, both the previous system and the new system have access only to telephone numbers that are assigned to home or business phones, and the previous system had access to only published numbers.

Because many people no longer use landlines, and instead use only cellular phones, the system is not as effective as it could be, Prosser said.

The emergency notification system, which is commonly but incorrectly referred to as a "Reverse 911," does not actually utilize the 911 system; the database contains the telephone numbers and addresses for all landline phones. As cellular and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phones -- such as Vonage -- are not associated with an address, they are not included in that database.

"That's why we're encouraging people to go to our website, www.EMBrevard.com, click on 'Alert Signup', and register," Prosser said. Those who don't use computers or don't have internet access can call FirstCall directly at 866-484-3264 to register their information.

The new system, operated by FirstCall Emergency Notification Service, provides digital emergency notifications via cell phones, text messages or e-mail as well as notifications over landlines. Users also have the ability to select from a variety of weather notifications on the site as well, ranging from severe thunderstorm warnings to tropical storm watches to tornado warnings.

Prosser said cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses entered into the FirstCall database won't be shared with telemarketers or other entities.

"This is not a published list – in fact, Florida Statute explicitly exempts information provided for the purposes of emergency notification from public records," she said.

The emergency 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.

"This is another tool in our toolbox, for us to use in helping to keep our community safe," said Prosser. "We have an automated mass call notification system; we have Twitter and Facebook; we have email and text messaging. We're working to keep people informed, so that they can make good decisions."


May 30, 2014

Brevard County Libraries To Participate In Big Library Read Program

COCOA, Fla. – Brevard County Libraries announced today it will be taking part in the Big Library Read program. Library card holders will be able to borrow and read the mystery eBook, "A Pedigree to Die For," Book 1 of the Melanie Travis Mystery Series by Laurien Berenson, starting June 3 and concluding the morning of June 18 by visiting http://brevard.lib.overdrive.com.

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

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and Kensington Publishing Corp., publisher of Laurien Berenson's unusual and fascinating mystery. To borrow the eBook version of A Pedigree to Die For as part of Big Library Read, patrons can visit http://brevard.lib.overdrive.com.

About OverDrive:
OverDrive is a leading multichannel digital distributor of eBooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. We supply a secure lending platform for 28,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android phones and tablets, and Kindle. OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry and is a member of the 2012 Technology Fast 500. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio. www.overdrive.com


May 29, 2014

EEL Program to hold Selection/Management Committee Meeting on June 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 4 p.m. on Monday, June 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 [email protected]


May 28, 2014

Unincorporated Brevard County Fertilizer Restrictions Take Effect June 1

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- The deadline to apply fertilizer to lawns is fast approaching.

Unincorporated Brevard County and many municipalities ban the application of fertilizer containing nitrogen and phosphorus from June 1 to Sept. 30. Also, most ordinances specify that no phosphorus can be applied unless a soil test indicates a phosphorus deficiency.

To determine if a fertilizer contains phosphorus, simply look for the three numbers on the fertilizer label. If the middle number is zero, the fertilizer contains no phosphorus. The first number is always nitrogen, and the last number is always potassium. For example, a fertilizer labeled 0-0-27 contains no nitrogen or phosphorus.

Many ordinances also require that fertilizers contain at least 50 percent slow-release nitrogen.

Visit http://brevard.ifas.ufl.edu/ordinances.shtml to find your local ordinance. If you need more information on how to select or apply fertilizer, contact the UF/IFAS Extension in Brevard County at 321.633.1702.


May 28, 2014

Brevard County Animal Shelters Showcase Black Dogs, Cats Throughout June

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- "Back in Black" is a monthlong adoption promotion at Brevard County's Animal Care Centers dedicated to increasing awareness and adoptions of black cats and dogs.

"Although they're every bit as adorable and sweet as other animals, pets in black often wait longer for homes than their lighter-colored pals," said Karla Torpy, director of Animal Services and Enforcement. The promotion, which begins June 1 and runs through June 30, is to shine a spotlight on these often-overlooked pets and help them find good homes.

More and more animals are arriving daily in the shelters who need new homes.

"From puppies and kittens to senior dogs, from mutts to purebreds, and everything in between, we have a huge selection of pets who are all waiting for their new home," said Torpy. She urges residents to come in and save a life.

The special adoption in June's promotion is for mostly black dogs and cats. The adoption fee of $30 for cats and $35 for dogs covers all age-appropriate vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, a microchip and a County animal license tag. The normal adoption fee is $70 for cats and $80 for dogs.

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



May 23, 2014

Parent's Night Out Events Scheduled at North Area Brevard Parks

TITUSVILLE, SHARPES, Fla. — Parent's Night Out events are planed at two North area Brevard Parks in June.

Sandrift Community Center, located at 585 N. Singleton Ave., Titusville, will host Parent's Night Out from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 20. There will be games, arts and crafts and pizza for children ages 5-12. Please call (321) 264-5037 for more information. Cost: $12 for first child; $10 for second child.

Walter Butler Community Center, located at 4201 N. Cocoa Blvd. (US Hwy 1) Sharpes, offers a Parent's Night Out from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 27. There will be games, arts and crafts and pizza for children ages 5- 12. Please call (321) 433-4448 for more information. Cost: $12 for first child; $10 for second child.

Parents Night Out is sponsored by Brevard County Parks & Recreation's North Area Parks Operations.


May 23, 2014

Space Coast Area Transit Offers Free Rides on 'Dump the Pump Day,' June 19

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Area Transit will again join public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the 9th annual national "Dump the Pump Day."

Space Coast Area Transit's website, RideSCAT.com, features a printable coupon on its home page, allowing passengers to ride the bus free on Dump the Pump Day, Thursday, June 19.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA,) the one-day even encourages residents to try riding public transportation and save money, instead of driving a car.

"With the high price of gasoline, saving money is on everyone's mind," said Jim Liesenfelt, director of Space Coast Area Transit. "Public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices, and Dump the Pump Day is an excellent opportunity for our residents to try transit for free."

According to the latest APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals who switch from driving to taking public transit can save, on average $9,854. For bus maps and schedules, call the Space Coast Area Transit RideLine at (321)633-1878. Interactive maps and schedules, a Google Transit trip planner, and a new savings calculator are all available on RideSCAT.com desktop and mobile websites.


May 23, 2014

Under 18? Ride The Bus For Free All Summer With A Library Card

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- On May 30, the day after school ends, Space Coast Area Transit will roll out "Read to Ride," a program that offers free bus fare all summer to youth under the age of 18 who show their free-of-charge Brevard County Library Card.

Since its inception in 2001, Read to Ride has provided public transportation to thousands of Brevard County students. Read to Ride, which runs until the day before school begins, emphasizes the importance of using Brevard County Libraries as a resource to enhance reading skills during the summer months, as well as encouraging transit as a choice mode of transportation.

"We want kids to know that they can get to a library – and other locations as well – for free all summer long," said Jim Liesenfelt, director of Space Coast Area Transit. "RideSCAT.com makes it easier than ever to navigate a bus trip to a final destination and back home again."

For many local youth, taking the bus is an alternative to being homebound during the summer. Bikes and surfboards are welcome, based on space availability. Read to Ride participants can speak with a customer service representative regarding bus transportation by calling the RideLine at 321-633-1878. Interactive maps, schedules, and a Google Transit trip planner are also available on-line at RideSCAT.com desktop and mobile websites. To locate the nearest library, log on to MyLibraryWorld.com.


May 21, 2014

Space Coast Area Transit Buses Will Not Operate on Memorial Day

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Space Coast Area Transit has announced there will be no bus service on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.

Regular bus service will resume on Tuesday. 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 online at www.RideSCAT.com


May 19, 2014

Brevard County Animal Services: Orphaned Kittens Need Your Help

VIERA, Fla. -- Brevard County Animal Services is asking residents with time on their hands to lend a helping hand to very young kittens that have come into the shelter without their mother. The youngsters, sometimes only days old, must be bottle fed in order to survive.

"We currently need residents who are able to bottle feed kittens which cannot eat on their own," said Mary Thompson, manager of the County's South Animal Care Center on West Eau Gallie Boulevard in Melbourne. "The kittens must be fed around the clock every two-to-three hours in order to stay healthy and grow."

Animal Care Center staff will teach prospective Foster Parents how to bottle feed. Foster parents typically provide formula and bottles, tubes or eyedroppers that can be purchased from local pet supply stores. Foster parents must be able to commit the time and care to ensure the health and survival of the foster pet. In addition, parents are also required to bring the litter into the shelter's clinic for any scheduled veterinary visits.

Foster Parents who are interested in adopting any of the pets in their care may do so once the foster care process is complete and the kitten is deemed healthy and old enough to be adopted.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and a Brevard County resident to apply to become a Foster Parent. In addition, a Foster Care Parent Application must be completed and approved by Brevard County Animal Services.

To learn more about the Foster Care Program, and to access a copy of the application, visit www.brevardcounty.us/AnimalServices/AdoptablePets/Information.


May 19, 2014

Brevard County North Reach One of America's Best Restored Beaches in 2014

BREVARD COUNTY – The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced today that Brevard County's North Reach beach restoration is a winner of its 2014 Best Restored Beach Award.

"ASBPA created the Best Restored Beach Award in 2001 as a way of highlighting the value of America's restored beaches," said Harry Simmons, mayor of Caswell Beach, N.C., and ASBPA president. "As Americans flock to our coastline during the upcoming beach season, most don't even realize they may be enjoying a restored beach."

Brevard County's North Reach restoration focused on 9.4 miles of shoreline, including Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach. Previous restoration efforts of the once highly eroded beach area exceeded expectations in the face of extraordinary storm events in 2004 and 2012 and helped turn a shoreline lined with seawalls and rock revetments into one of wide beaches and flourishing dunes, drawing tourists and turtles alike to its inviting sandy shores. Recovery projects implemented in 2005 and 2014 have helped sustain the integrity of the project initially begun in the fall of 2000.

"Brevard Beach caught our eye because it established wide dunes and beaches where in previous years erosion had completely eliminated the beaches and dunes," said Lee Weishar, chair of the Best Restored Beach Committee. "The new beach is absolutely fabulous. Additionally, many thousands of people using these beaches most likely have no clue that this is a restored beach. This will provide Brevard a chance to educate the many lucky folks that get to use the beaches."

The 2014 North Reach renourishment placed nearly 1 million cubic yards of sand at a cost of roughly $15 million, which was virtually 100 percent federally funded, though some state dollars and Brevard County bed tax revenues generated by overnight hotel stays were also used. Brevard County officials say the cost for renourishment is balanced by the $1.6 billion estimated economic impact to Brevard's economy each year by beach-related tourism.

"Beach renourishment benefits tourists, residents, business owners, and the environment, I'm proud of the great job our Natural Resources Department has done to build a great relationship with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Canaveral Port Authority in order to construct one of the best beach renourishment projects in the Country," said Rob Varley, director of Brevard County's Space Coast Office of Tourism. "This is one of the top reasons the beaches of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach are so popular with visitors."

Brevard was among four winners recognized nationally by ASBPA. The others were Aquia Landing County Park in Stafford County, Va.; Iroquois Point Beach, Oahu, Hawaii; and North Topsail Beach, N.C.

"I have known for more than 20 years that Brevard's Beach Program was the best in the world, now the rest of the world knows!" said Mary Bolin Lewis, chairman of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners.

Commissioner Chuck Nelson, whose district includes the City of Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, said in a statement: "With the success of the North Reach Project spanning from Cocoa Beach to Cape Canaveral, we have successfully created a way to keep sand on the beach and continue to protect our homes, businesses and communities from the devastating effects of storms. The North Reach Project is a perfect example of a beach nourishment project that has proven its worth over and over again, sustaining our tourism, environment and driving our economy upward year after year."

For the last 40 years, beach restoration has been the preferred method of shore protection in coastal communities. Beach restoration is the process of placing beach-quality sand on dwindling beaches to reverse or offset the effects of erosion.

According to ASBPA, the three main reasons for restoration are:

  • Storm protection – A wide sandy beach helps separate storm waves from upland structures and infrastructure.
  • Habitat restoration – Numerous species rely on wide, healthy beaches as a place to live, feed and nest.
  • Recreation – America's beaches have twice as many visitors annually as all of America's national parks combined.
Every year, there are more than 2 billion visitors to America's beaches. Beaches contribute an estimated $322 billion annually to the America's economy. More importantly, for every dollar the federal government spends on beach nourishment, it gets an estimated $320 back in tax revenues.

Coastal communities have restored more than 370 beaches in the United State, including such iconic beaches as Cocoa Beach, Jones Beach in New York, Ocean City in Maryland, Virginia Beach, Miami Beach, Galveston Island in Texas and Waikiki Beach in Hawaii.

During times of economic hardship, the beach can be an even more desirable vacation destination than other domestic and foreign alternatives, offering families and visitors an accessible and affordable getaway.


May 16, 2014

"Get Outside" in June at Sams House at Pine Island

Summer is here and there are plenty of opportunities to get outside to discover and enjoy Brevard County. Sams House at Pine Island is rich with history and nature. We have something for everyone in June. All events are free unless specified (**)

Next time you visit, please notice the newly planted native garden at our entrance. Keep Brevard Beautiful helped provide funds and volunteers provided labor for that beautification project, which adds color to our entrance as well as cover, a food source and a meeting area for local pollinators!

EVENTS:

Saturday, June 7th - 10am - 11am
Birds of the Indian River Lagoon - Sit in the air-conditioned comfort of the cabin and enjoy photographer Bob Montanaro's highlights of the common birds, wildlife, and scenery of the Indian River Lagoon in a program made up of digital stills and video. Viewers will come away with a better appreciation and understanding of this amazingly diverse and beautiful Florida water body.

Saturday, June 14th - 10am - 1pm
Sams House Nature Trading Post - Bring in an item you found while exploring nature and trade it for another natural item that others found. Be prepared to tell Sams House staff about your item. Nothing living, or purchased or from a protected species. We are looking for shells, rocks, fossils, driftwood, pressed flowers, etc. Check Sams House Facebook Events link for more details.

Sunday, June 15th - 10am - noon
**Paint a Pot for Dad - Personalize a terra cotta pot for Dad and take home a potted herb. $5 donation covers materials. Spaces limited. Call 321-449-4720 to reserve your spot.

Saturday, June 21st, 10am - noon
**Gone Fishing, the Old-Fashioned Way - We will teach children how to craft their own cane poles (to keep), as they did many years ago. This activity helps build self-confidence and teaches a useful skill. Limited to 12 participating children, ages 7-12 years old (one child per family). Siblings are welcome to watch and learn. $4 donation covers materials. Call to reserve your spot at 321-449-4720.

Saturday, June 28th, 10am - 11am
Brevard's Best Hikes - Explore Brevard, via a presentation in the air-conditioned cabin. Miles of trails throughout the county's EEL sanctuaries will be highlighted.

Every Thursday and Saturday at 3pm
Sams Cabin and House Tour - Tour the inside of the oldest standing home in Brevard County, the 1875 Sams Cabin and the 1888 Sams House while learning about the pioneer family.

Sams House at Pine Island
Open Thursday through Sunday, 9am to 5pm
6195 North Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, FL 32953 (off SR 3, north of SR 528)
321-449-4720
www.facebook.com/samshousepineisland and www.eelbrevard.com


May 08, 2014

Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Course Offered at Sandrift, Titusville

TITUSVILLE, Fla -- Come and join us for the Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED course at the Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Avenue, Titusville, on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The fee is $50. Registration deadline is May 15. Maximum class size is 10.

This event is sponsored Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, North Area Parks Operations. For more information, please call Mike Herman (321) 264-5105.


May 06, 2014

Brevard Public Schools Participate in National Bike To School Day

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Brevard County Schools will join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7.

Students, in participating schools, will be riding to school on Wednesday, May 7, along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

In its third year as a national event, Bike to School Day encourages a nationwide bike-focused celebration for students in the month of May and builds on the popularity and success of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. The May date is also significant in that it is National Bicycle Month.

Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, bicycle/pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization promotes Bike to School Day as part of their Safe Routes to School Program and encourages all schools to participate and while some cannot we are excited that Brevard Schools represent about 24 percent of the schools participating in Florida.

Local schools participating in the event are:

Roy Allen Elementary
Johnson Middle
Apollo Elementary
Jupiter Elementary
Atlantis Elementary Manatee Elementary Audubon Elementary Oak Park Elementary
Cape View Elementary Palm Bay Elementary Challenger 7 Elementary Port Malabar Elementary
Columbia Elementary Quest Elementary Croton Elementary Roosevelt Elementary
DeLaura Middle School Sea Park Elementary Discovery Elementary Sherwood Elementary
Endeavor Elementary Stevenson Elementary Enterprise Elementary Suntree Elementary
Fairglen Elementary Surfside Elementary Harbor City Elementary Tropical Elementary
Holland Elementary West Melbourne Elementary Imperial Estates Westside Elementary
Indialantic Elementary Williams Elementary

For additional information, please visit these websites:
Walk and Bike to School Day: www.walkbiketoschool.org
National Center for Safe Routes to School: www.saferoutesinfo.org

About National Bike to School Day:
National Bike to School Day, coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, provides the opportunity for communities across the country to join together to bicycle to school on the same day. The event builds on the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, led by the League of American Bicyclists each May, as well as the popularity of Walk to School Day, coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School every October.

National Bike to School Day is based on the Walk to School Day model. Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to build awareness for communities to be more walkable. The one-day event has now grown to a month-long celebration. In 2011, students and parents from more than 4,000 U.S. schools joined millions of Walk to School Day and Month participants worldwide. The reasons for walking have grown just as quickly as the event itself. For more information on bike and walk to school activities in the United States, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

For more information on activities being planned by each school, contact that school directly.


May 01, 2014

Pet Adoption Promotion Offers Pets Priced According to Day of Month

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Adopt a pet from Brevard County Animal Services today, May 1, and it will cost you just $1. May 2 it will cost you $2. And May 3 ... well, you get the idea.

In addition to the adoption fee, everyone pays $10 for a current Brevard County animal license tag.

Considering regular adoption fees are $70 for cats and $80 for dogs, that's a pretty good deal. There are kittens and puppies available, too.

The promotion is good throughout the month of May and for any animal in either of the two County shelters. The adoption fee includes a microchip, vaccines, and spay or neuter surgery.

"The sooner you come in, the lower the fee," says Karla Torpy, Director of Animal Services & Enforcement. "Our goal is to empty kennels and cages. We hope all the animals that are lost go home, and all of the animals that are homeless find new families."

To see dogs or cats available for adoption, visit the Brevard County Animal Care Centers at 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne or 2605 Flake Road in Titusville or go to the shelter website at www.brevardcounty.us/AnimalServices.

The Animal Care Center hours are 12 pm to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The shelters are closed on Wednesday.


May 01, 2014

Spring Fling this Saturday at Isaac Campbell Sr. Community Center

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Spring Fling will be offered at the Isaac Campbell Sr. Community Center, 701 South Street, Titusville, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

This is an all-inclusive family fun day for Persons with Disabilities co-sponsored by the Women's Round Table. The carnival atmosphere is to promote family time, playing games and spending time together. Activities will include food, music, kickball, basketball soccer, bean bag toss and more.

The event is free to attend. Please call the center for additional information and fees at (321) 264-5040.

This event is sponsored Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, Parks & Recreation Department and North Area Parks Operations.


May 01, 2014

Coed Adult Kickball League Sign-up Underway in North Brevard (corrected)

CANAVERAL GROVES, Fla. — Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, North Area, is hosting an Adult Coed Kickball League beginning on Tuesday, June 3 , at 6:30 p.m., at Chain of Lakes, 2300 Truman Scarborough Way, in Titusville.

The fee of $200 per team is due by 4 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the North Area Parks Operations Office, 475 North Williams Avenue in Titusville.

Call Mike Herman at (3210 264-5105 to register and for information on this and other athletic activities in North Brevard.


May 01, 2014

Fox Lake Park in Titusville Reopens after Brushfire

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — Fox Lake Park, located at 4400 Fox Lake Road, in Titusville reopened this morning, two days after it was closed due to a wild fire.

Brevard County Fire-Rescue temporarily used the site as a command post. The park was closed to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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


May 01, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


April 29, 2014

BCFR PARTNERS TO EDUCATE ON NATIONAL WILDFIRE COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS DAY

Brevard County Fire Rescue, Volusia County Fire Services, Florida Forest Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife fire staff at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge are partnering in a grass-roots effort to spread awareness about wildfire prevention.

It's important for home and business owners to be educated about how to be "Firewise" and how they can play an active role in reducing wildfire threat. While efforts will be ongoing throughout the year, the National Fire Protection Association is launching its inaugural National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 3. Because we currently are in wildfire season, it's the perfect time to remind our communities what they can do to help minimize wildfire risk.

To see what cooperative efforts will be undertaken on May 3, please read this PDF for more information.


April 28, 2014

Brushfire Temporarily Closes Fox Lake Park in Titusville

TITUSVILLE, Fla. -- Fox Lake Park, located at 4400 Fox Lake Road, in Titusville will be closed through Tuesday, April 29, due to a wild fire.

Brevard County Fire-Rescue will be using the site as a command post. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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


April 27, 2014

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course Offered In North Brevard

TITUSVILLE, Fla -- North Area Parks Operations will offer a Lifeguard Training Course starting May 30. The swimming portion of the class will be held at Titusville High School pool and the classroom portion will be held at Sandrift Community Center.

Class dates and times are as follows: May 30, 31, and June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and June 2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $250 and must be paid upon successful completion of a skills test on May 30 at 9 a.m. Class size is limited to 10 and pre-registration is required.

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

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


April 27, 2014

North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation meets May 8

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

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

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


April 22, 2014

Community Campout Scheduled May 3 for F. Burton Smith Regional Park

COCOA, Fla. – The Community Campout is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, through 9 a.m. Sunday, May 4, at F. Burton Smith Regional Park, 7575 West King St., in Cocoa.

The campout will follow the Second Annual My Florida Festival. This is a family friendly event. Patrons need to bring a tent and Brevard County Parks and Recreation staff will provide crafts, hayrides, a campfire, astronomy 101, s' mores and more. A light breakfast will be provided in the morning. The cost of this program is $35 per family and registration is required.

For more information or to register, please call 321-455-1385.


April 22, 2014

Second 'My Florida' Festival to be held May 3 in Cocoa

COCOA, Fla. – Central Brevard County Parks and Recreation is hosting its Second Annual My Florida Festival, a family friendly event with exhibits and activities from the Past, Present, and Future.

The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at F. Burton Smith Regional Park, 7575 W. King St., in Cocoa.

The festival will feature a variety of food trucks including Kona Ice, Mayan Grill, Back en BBQ and Tippy's Hot Dogs, the Dixie Wranglers 4-H line dancers, live music with Wild Cards Band, Safari Todd, Twister Airboat Rides, and the Brevard County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit. Activities will include bounce houses, crafters, exhibitors, hayrides and old fashioned games. Admission and parking to the festival is free.

For information regarding this event visit www.brevardcounty.us/parkscentral or call 321-455-1385.


April 21, 2014

Special Rates Encourage Pet Adoptions for Earth Day

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Celebrate Earth Day the pet-friendly way by adopting a hybrid. Brevard County Animal Services is offering all mixed breed dogs and cats in the shelters for $22.

"In honor of Earth Day, April 22, we're holding an adoption special," said Karla Torpy, director of Animal Services & Enforcement. "Our dogs and cats can be adopted for $22. The special runs through April 27."

The adoption fees cover all age-appropriate vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, a microchip, and a County Animal License Tag. The normal adoption fee is $70 for cats and $80 for dogs.

To see dogs or cats available for adoption, visit the Brevard County Animal Care Centers at 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne or 2605 Flake Road in Titusville or go to the shelter website at www.brevardcounty.us/AnimalServices

The Animal Care Center hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The shelters are closed on Wednesday.


April 21, 2014

Animal Services & Enforcement Launches Online Pet Licensing Service

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Online pet licensing is now available in Brevard County.

Brevard County Animal Services & Enforcement has added a feature to its website so pet owners can purchase new or renew existing licenses for their pets via the internet.

According to County Code, owners of dogs and cats must obtain an animal license tag for each dog or cat annually. The web address is www.brevardcounty.us/AnimalServices/Home

"We are thrilled that this important service is now available online to Brevard County pet owners, " said Karla Torpy, Director of Brevard County Animal Services & Enforcement. "We see many dogs come through the shelters that have clearly been cared for, but arrive here with no identification and no way to return them to their owner."

"If your pet is wearing its license and it shows up at the shelter, we will notify you that your pet is here. Or, if one of our staff finds your licensed pet roaming free, we'll return it to you instead of bringing it to the shelter. And, often an injured animal wearing a license is more likely to receive veterinary care if you're not around," Torpy said.

"Having licensing available online will make it easier for families to keep their pets up to date," Torpy said.

A one-year license for altered cats or dogs is $10. Unaltered cats and dogs are $16. Failure to license or renew your pet's license could result in a $120 citation.

In order to use the online service, dog owners will need a current rabies vaccination certificate, a spay/neuter certificate, if applicable, and a credit card. Once the animal license is processed, it will be mailed to the pet owner's home in approximately two weeks. Dog licenses may be purchased annually. In addition to online, dog licenses can also be purchased by phone (321-633-2024,) mail or in person at the South Brevard County Animal Care Center, 5100 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne or the North Brevard County Animal Care Center, 2605 Flake Road,Titusville, or through many veterinary clinics.


April 06, 2014

EEL's Recreation & Education Advisory Committee meets May 8

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

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


April 04, 2014

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

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 5, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, Melbourne.

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

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark (321) 255-4466 or [email protected]


April 03, 2014

EEL Program to hold Procedures Committee Meeting on May 1

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

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


April 03, 2014

Space Coast Area Transit Plans Public Outreach on Bus Fare Increase

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

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

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

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


April 03, 2014

Brevard County Offers Pet Adoption Special to Sweeten Tax Days

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

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

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


April 03, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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


April 02, 2014

Water Safety Instructor Course offered at McLarty Aquatic Center

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

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

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

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


April 01, 2014

Registration Begins for North Brevard Summer Day Camps

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

Camp registration is being held at the following community centers during operating hours: Cuyler Community Center 2329 Harry T. Moore Avenue, Mims (321) 264-5045, Isaac Campbell, Sr. Community Center, 701 South Street, Titusville, (321) 264-5040, Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John (321) 633-1904, Sandrift Community Center, 585 North Singleton Avenue, Titusville (321) 264-5037, and in Sharpes at the Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice G. Jackson Park, 4201 North US 1, Cocoa (321) 433-4448.

Camp hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The weekly fee is $90 per child or $25 per day. Discounts are available to qualifying families, please call a community center in your area for further information on discounted rates.

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


April 01, 2014

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

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

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

North Area Parks Operations is seeking a non-profit organization to sell concessions in the kitchen. Any interested groups should contact Jill Hill by email [email protected].

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


March 27, 2014

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

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

Events include:

  • The 4th Annual Easter Day of Fun at 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Walter Butler Community Center, located at Bernice G. Jackson Park, 4201 North U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa (Sharpes.) Participants will enjoy a free egg hunt, face painting, crafts and more. Participants should bring egg carriers. This event is co-sponsored with North Cocoa Civic League. Call (321) 433-4448 for more information.
  • There will be two free egg hunts and a movie at Fay Park, 6315 Depot Road in Port St. John, on Saturday, April 12. Children ages 5 and under will hunt at 5 p.m. Children ages 6 through 12 should bring a flashlight for the egg hunt starting at 8:15 p.m., and all participants should being their own egg carrier. Immediately following Brevard County Parks and Recreation would like to welcome everyone to see the movie "Frozen." Call (321) 633-1904 for more information.
  • Isaac Campbell Sr. Park will host a free egg hunt starting at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18. All participants should bring their own egg carrier. This event is co-sponsored by the Isaac Campbell Sr. Group and local Community Churches. Call (321) 264-5040 for more information.
  • Cuyler Park will host a free egg hunt at 4 p.m. Friday, April 18. All participants should bring their own egg carriers. Call (321) 264-5045 for more information.
  • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, for children 10 years of age and under, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Sand Point Park, 101 N. Washington Avenue, Titusville. There will be a pancake breakfast, crafts and egg hunt. Remember to bring your own egg carrier and camera. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $3 for each adult and $5 for each child. Pre-registration is recommended at Sandrift Community Center, 585 N. Singleton Ave., Titusville. Call (321) 264-5037 for more information.


March 26, 2014

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

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

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

The Brevard Room is located in a building on the north side of the parking lot behind the Brevard County Government Center-North.

For questions call Terry Lane at (321) 264-5105.


March 21, 2014

EEL Program Seeks Volunteer for Selection/Management Committee

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

Applicant qualifications:

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

Submittal deadline is April 10.

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


March 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


March 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


March 19, 2014

BREVARD COUNTY OCEAN RESCUE NEEDS TO FILL 35 MORE SEASONAL POSITIONS

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

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

Those hired on will work through October this year.

Those trying out should be at the Rockledge High School swimming pool by 7 a.m. While no lifeguarding experience is necessary, candidates must be over the age of 16 on the day of the tryout and possess strong swimming skills. All candidates must bring a valid driver's License, Social Security card, appropriate swim attire, a towel and running shoes.

To read more detailed press release information, click here.

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


March 18, 2014

Brevard Animal Shelters Extend Discount on Adoption Fees

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

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

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

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


March 14, 2014

Lifeguard Training Course offered at McLarty Pool in Rockledge

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

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

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

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

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


March 11, 2014

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

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

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

The Community Festival is co-sponsored by the Taking Dominion Now and Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, Parks & Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations. For more information, please call Tommy Myers at (321) 264-5040.


March 11, 2014

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

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

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

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


March 11, 2014

Ribbon-Cutting Marks Opening of Solid Waste Vehicle Maintenance Facility

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

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

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

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

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


March 05, 2014

Spring Break Camp Offered at Sandrift Community Center in Titusville

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

The weekly fee is $90 for the first child and $75 for each additional child in the same family. The daily rate is $25 per child when the child is attending three or fewer days during the week. Fees are due at the time of registration or on the first day a child attends.

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


March 05, 2014

Walter Butler Community Center Hosts Spring Break Camp

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

The weekly fee is $90 for the first child and $75 for each additional child in the same family. The daily rate is $25 per child when the child is attending three or fewer days during the week. Fees are due at the time of registration or on the first day a child attends. For more information, call Clifford Lett at (321) 433-4448.

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


March 05, 2014

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

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

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


March 04, 2014

North Area Parks Announce Summer Break Job Opportunities

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

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


March 04, 2014

UF/Brevard Extension Courses Offer Job Search Skills for Youth

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

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

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

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

For more information contact Vanessa Spero-Swingle, 4-H Agent, at (321) 633-1702 ext. 231 or [email protected]


February 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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


February 28, 2014

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

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 21, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, Melbourne.

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

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark (321) 255-4466 or [email protected]


February 27, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


February 25, 2014

TPO Plans Workshop On Brevard County Transportation Needs Through 2040

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

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

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

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


February 25, 2014

Brevard County Government Hosting Black History Month Celebration

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

The drop-in event, open to the public, will include cultural displays, artwork, literature and video presentations that recognize the significant contributions of African Americans. There will also be music and special guests, including artists R.L. Lewis and the Rev. Arthur C. Blatch III. A Soul Food lunch will be available for purchase ($5) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

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


25, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


February 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


February 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


February 20, 2014

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

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


February 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


February 19, 2014

Registration Open for Free Ecology Homeschool Series at Sams House

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


February 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


February 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


February 18, 2014

New Hours Effective March 2 for Sams House at Pine Island

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

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

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


February 17, 2014

TPO Plans Workshop On Brevard County Transportation Needs Through 2040

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

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

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

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


February 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


February 17, 2014

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

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

Friday's activities will include a community meeting and recognition ceremony. Saturday's activities will include music, games and entertainment. This event is free to attend, concessions will be available for purchase.

This event is co-sponsored by the Taking Dominion Now and Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, Parks & Recreation Department, North Area Parks Operations. For more information, please call Tommy Myers at 264-5040.


February 15, 2014

Brevard County Libraries To Participate In Big Library Read Program

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

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

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

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

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February 15, 2014

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

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

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

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


February 13, 2014

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

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

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

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


February 11, 2014

Brevard County Government Hosts Black History Month Celebration

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

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

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

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


February 11, 2014

2014 Water Safety Instructor Course offered at McLarty Aquatic Center

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

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

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

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

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


February 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


February 10, 2014

Animal Services Department Hosts Brevard Teacher In-Service Day

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

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

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

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

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

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



February 06, 2014

Brevard County Libraries Unveils Kid-Friendly Digital Collection Website

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

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

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

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

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


February 05, 2014

2014 Lifeguard Course offered at McLarty Aquatic Center, Rockledge

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

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

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

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

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


February 04, 2014

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

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Recreation & Education Advisory Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, in Melbourne.

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


February 04, 2014

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

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- A meeting of the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Selection and Management Committee, established by the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at the EEL Program Office, 91 East Drive, Melbourne.

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

Any questions regarding this meeting should be directed to Laura Clark (321) 255-4466 or [email protected].


February 04, 2014

Partnership Promotes 'Oyster Gardening' For Indian River Lagoon Restoration

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

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

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

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

Workshops will be held at the following locations:

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

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


February 03, 2014

EEL Program to hold Procedures Committee Meeting on Feb. 6

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

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



January 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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


January 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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


January 28, 2014

Transportation CHOICES Workshop
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  • Future Economic growth scenarios will be presented including:
    • Intermodal Networks
    • Multimodal Connections
    • High Tech Lifestyle
  • Your feedback will shape the economic growth and transportation vision for Brevard, and
  • This vision will be used to identify and fund transportation improvements for the next decade.


January 28, 2014

Brevard County Residents Ride Free on Friday, Jan. 31

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

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

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

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

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


January 24, 2014

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

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

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

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


January 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


January 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

The adult flag football league will be held Sundays, beginning March 16, at 9 a.m., at a fee of $492, at the Space Coast Communities Sports Complex, 662 Canaveral Groves Boulevard in Sharpes. Registration for adult flag football will begin Feb. 24.

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


January 22, 2014

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

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

Only handmade and homemade crafts will be offered for sale at the event, which is sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department's North Area Parks Operations. Registration for crafter spots will begin Jan. 31. Please be advised there has been a fee increase for crafter spots, outside open area is $25 plus tax and under pavilion is $35 plus tax. Concessions will be available for purchase and admission is free.

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

Selected food vendors will be notified by Monday, March 3. Vendor selection is based on, but not limited to, application submittal date, price of product(s) to the public, proper licensing, and appropriateness of the product(s) to the nature of the event. Special consideration is given to not-for-profit service organizations. The County reserves the right to limit vendors to one or two vendors per product.

There is no cost to submit an application for food vendors. A $50 plus tax, non-refundable, special event fee, is due from vendors selected by Friday, March 28. For more information about this and other recreation programs in North Brevard, call (321) 264-5105.


January 22, 2014

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

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

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

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


January 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


January 16, 2014

Brevard County Ocean Rescue hosting tryouts for 50 seasonal lifeguard jobs

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

Those trying out should be at Rockledge High School by 7 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. A second tryout will be on March 22. Candidates must be at the swimming pool by 7 a.m. or they will not be permitted to test. While no lifeguarding experience is necessary, candidates must be over the age of 16 on the day of the tryout and possess strong swimming skills. All candidates must bring a valid driver's License, Social Security card, appropriate swim attire, a towel and running shoes.

Candidates will be required to swim 500 yards (20 lengths of the pool) in less than 10 minutes, complete a 2-mile run on a track in under 20 minutes and perform a physical agility test that includes push-ups. Advanced registration is not required, however applicants are reminded that testing will begin promptly and anyone arriving after testing begins will not be permitted to try out.

If selected, completion of the hiring process is dependent on the candidate's ability to pass a background test and successful completion of Ocean Rescue's paid training academy. The starting pay for ocean lifeguards is $9.46/hour.

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


January 13, 2014

11th Annual Sea Oats Sale Underway; Quantities Limited

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

Liner size sea oats are for sale in trays of 96 for $48 while supplies last. Quantities are limited this year so please order early. Sea oats must be ordered and paid for by Friday, Jan. 31, and will be available for pickup on Saturday, Feb. 8.

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

For more information, call Paula Berntson at (321) 633-2016 ext. 52431, e-mail [email protected] or visit the following link: www.brevardcounty.us/docs/default-source/natural-resources-documents/2014-sea-oats-info.pdf?sfvrsn=4.


January 13, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Event Details:
Sunday, Jan. 26:

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


January 10, 2014

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

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

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

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


January 06, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


January 02, 2014

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

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

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

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

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




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