Melbourne, Fla., Oct. 20, 2014 — Walk, march or drive — All are welcome to join Honor America in the annual parade honoring veterans and those currently fighting abroad.
Applications are now available at Honor America’s office located at 1601 Oak Street, Melbourne. The office is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Fees are $10 for Honor America members and $20 for nonmembers.
The annual Veterans Day Parade will be held on Tuesday, November 11. Line up for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. between the railroad overpass near Melbourne Court and Manatee Park. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and will run from Melbourne Ave. to Melbourne Ct., then from Melbourne Ct. to New Haven Ave., then west on New Haven Ave. through downtown to Oak Street., then North on Oak St. to the Liberty Bell Memorial Museum. The parade will end at entrance to the museum.
For more information, call Honor America at (321) 727-1776.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 20, the main entrance to City Hall will be closed while repairs are made to the building. Visitors may access the building via the north entrance near the Council Chamber. The repairs are expected to be completed by Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Melbourne, Fla., Oct. 15, 2014 — Last night, the Mayor and City Council joined with the Melbourne Fire Department in presenting Certificates of Commendation to Robert Falis, Marcus Hamilton, Jon Grannon and Joseph Feller in recognition of their heroism and bravery in rescuing a man from a submerged vehicle.
On September 23, the men jumped into a deep retention pond at Florida and Babcock Street to pull a man to safety after he had a diabetic emergency. The heroic efforts of these men ultimately saved the man's life.
Melbourne, Fla., Oct. 14, 2014 — The City of Melbourne seeks public input for acquiring replacement playground equipment for Wells Park. Funding would come from the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) grant, if approved.
The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15, at 8:30 a.m. at City Council Chambers located at 900 E. Stawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Staff will be present to accept comments and answer questions.
Citizens are also invited to submit comments via e-mail to Steven Graham, Parks Administrator, at email@example.com.
Looking for a great career in a thriving waterfront community? Come to the Melbourne Police Department Career Expo, and find out what our Law Enforcement & Community Assimilation Program can offer you and your family:
— Exciting career opportunities with the Melbourne Police Department (Police Officer & Dispatcher positions are available).
— Career opportunities for your spouse.
— Information about our exceptional local schools.
— Relocation services, including local law-enforcement friendly realtors, mortgage programs, rental opportunities, and national assistance in home sales.
WHEN: Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9am – 4pm
WHERE: Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront, 3003 North Highway A1A, Melbourne, FL 32903
CONTACT: For more information, call MPD Recruiter Nicole Gould at (321) 608-6321.
Melbourne, Fla., Oct. 10, 2014 — The City of Melbourne will formally rededicate Bennie J. Hopkins Sr. Park on October 18. A program to honor Mr. Hopkins will be held at 10 a.m. at Grant Street Community Center, 2547 S. Grant Street, Melbourne, FL 32901.
The park recently underwent site improvements with the addition of new playground equipment, a sidewalk, a memorial bench and a memorial marker. Funding for the project was provided by private donations, the City of Melbourne, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Melbourne City Council named the park in honor of Bennie J. Hopkins Sr. in the late 1980s to recognize the fine work and lasting contributions he made to the City of Melbourne, both as an employee of the city and as a community volunteer.
Mr. Hopkins died earlier this year after a lifetime of service to his country and community. He served in the U.S. army for 21 years as a registered nurse. During his military service he received numerous medals and awards. He then graduated from the University of Central Florida with a master’s degree in social work. He served as Senior Recreation Supervisor at Grant Street Community Center for 10 years, implementing and leading numerous programs that benefited neighborhood residents.
He was a family man, a community activist, a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8116. Mr. Hopkins was affiliated with many community, civic, church, and city organizations, where he generously gave of his time and talents.
Immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a reception will be held at Grant Street Community Center. All are welcome to attend this rededication ceremony.
In addition to receiving a $50 rebate check, participating homeowners will also save money on their water bills. By using rainwater captured in rain barrels for routine water uses such as washing cars, filling ponds and fountains, and watering plants, the average homeowner can expect to save about 500 gallons of water per month with one rain barrel. Savings are even greater for homeowners who have more than one rain barrel and use the harvested rainwater for watering large yards/landscaped areas and other purposes.
"People don't typically realize how much water they are actually using for these activities," said Environmental Community Outreach Manager Jennifer Wilster. "If we had 1,000 55-gallon rain barrels being used in Melbourne, and there were just 10 half-inch rain events in a year, 550,000 gallons of drinking water would be saved."
In addition to helping homeowners conserve water, rain barrels also help protect the Indian River Lagoon by reducing the amount of rainwater entering the stormwater system. During storms, rain barrels capture rainwater that otherwise would have rushed off of roofs, onto paved areas and into storm drains. This water can then be released more slowly, which in turn decreases pollutant loads and increases absorption by plants.
Residential City of Melbourne water customers within Melbourne's city limits are eligible to participate. An application and an original sales receipt dated between Oct. 1, 2014, and Sept. 30, 2015, are required. Only one rebate will be provided per residential account, and rebates will be fulfilled on a first-come, first served basis until funds are depleted.
For details about program requirements and to download the application form, please visit: http://www.melbourneflorida.org/ watercon/rainbarrel.htm
Rebate application packets are also available by calling the Environmental Community Outreach (ECO) Division at (321) 608-5080 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melbourne, Fla., Oct. 8, 2014 — Keep Brevard Beautiful’s (KBB) South Chapter presented a "We Noticed" award to Revolution Technologies, located at 1000 Revolution Technologies Way in Melbourne, on September 23. The South Chapter recognizes properties throughout the southern part of Brevard County throughout the year for their efforts to beautify the area.
Attending the "We Noticed" presentation were Brigid Carr, KBB South Chapter President; Ted Parker, Founder and CEO of Revolution Technologies; Kent Smith, COO and President of Revolution Technologies; KBB Board, staff and South Chapter members; other Revolution Technologies employees; and Holeman Group Inc. employees, the architects that designed the building and landscaping.
Revolution Technologies was founded in 1993 and now has 15 national offices in nine different states, with its headquarters in Melbourne. They are a nationwide staffing and solutions firm serving middle market to Fortune 1000 clients and the U.S. Government.
The mission of Keep Brevard Beautiful is to motivate and educate business, school, group and individual partnerships to reduce litter, recycle, landscape, and beautify for the environmental and economic benefit of Brevard County.
Oct. 3 is Local Works Day in Florida, when we take time to recognize the hard work that local government employees do for millions of Floridians each day. It's about the public works that are easy to take for granted, but which knit our communities together.
Watch a video about Local Works Day here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avmHjIapdwk#t=95
Melbourne, Fla., Sept. 29, 2014 — The City of Melbourne has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The Certificate is GFOA’s highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
The GFOA also recognized Melbourne’s Director of Financial Services Michele Ennis with an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement for her leadership of the Financial Services Department’s work in preparing the City’s comprehensive annual financial report.
The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to municipalities for producing annual financial reports that meet the association’s high standards, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the city’s financial story.
GFOA established the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles. The City of Melbourne has received this award each time it has applied for it in the past 26 years.
“These annual awards demonstrate the City’s commitment to proper stewardship of public funds, as well as the high quality work of Michele Ennis and her entire department,” said Melbourne City Manager Mike McNees.
The City of Melbourne is seeking applicants to serve on the City’s Code Enforcement Board.
The Code Enforcement Board promotes, protects and improves the health, safety and welfare of the citizens and enhances property values by enforcing City codes; applies appropriate remedies; and promotes compliance. Activities include the imposition of fines and other non-criminal penalties where a pending or repeated violation continues to exist.
All members must be residents of Melbourne. Completion of Financial Disclosure Form is required following appointment (annual requirement).
The board meets approximately every six weeks at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber.
For more information and to apply, please e-mail email@example.com.
The National Drug Take-Back Day provides a needed and valued service to the public, while also reducing prescription drug abuse and trafficking. Residents are provided an opportunity to dispose of all expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications during the event: no questions asked. Proper disposal of prescription medications helps to keep medications out of our sewage, reclaimed water and ultimately the Indian River Lagoon, St. Johns River and other waterways. Proper disposal also keeps medications out of the wrong hands.
Residents cannot drop off hypodermic needles or injectable drugs. You may contact the solid waste or the public health department for instructions on how to dispose of those items. Illicit drugs such as marijuana or methamphetamines will also not be accepted.
The success of our last event shows just how important it is to dispose of the medications properly. During April's National Drug Take-Back event, over 2,300 pounds of medication were collected in Brevard County for destruction. "It is startling the amount of medication collected during these events," said Community Resource Officer Nicole Chapman.
The Melbourne Police Department is located at 650 N. Apollo Blvd. For additional information, contact Community Resource Officer Nicole Chapman at 321-608-6623 or on the web: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/
Learn what it's like to "drive electric" at the first "National Drive Electric Week" event to be held in Brevard County.
Members of the Space Coast EV Drivers club, sustainability experts from the City of Melbourne, electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts, as well as exhibitors from organizations including FPL, Blue Life Florida, Keep Brevard Beautiful, and the Florida Clean Cities Coalition, will be on hand to share information about the current benefits and future promise of electric vehicles in our community. Music to be provided by WA1A Morning Show Host Timmy Vee.
This event is part of National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21), a nationwide celebration to highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles and more.
Date: Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Melbourne City Hall front parking lot, 900 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne
For more information: http://www.spacecoastevdrivers.com/ndew-melbourne/.
Melbourne, Fla., Sept. 12, 2014 — Last night the City Council approved changes to strengthen the ordinance regulating fertilizer use within the City of Melbourne.
The City’s fertilizer ordinance now includes the following restrictions:
1) A ban on fertilizer application during the summer rainy season (June 1 to September 30).
2) A ban on the use of fertilizer within 15 feet of any surface waters, including, ponds, streams, watercourses, lakes, canals, or wetlands (the previous fertilizer-free zone was 10 feet).
3) The percentage of slow release nitrogen content in any fertilizer used must be at least 50%.
4) Only phosphate-free fertilizer may be used (with certain exceptions).
In addition, the ordinance calls for a low-maintenance zone of 25 feet adjacent to surface waters that is planted and managed in order to minimize the need for fertilization, watering and mowing.
Fertilizer nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen, have been identified as one of the most harmful sources of pollution in the Indian River Lagoon. In March 2013, the City’s adopted an ordinance regulating fertilizer use that was based on a model ordinance issued by the State of Florida. However, since it was enacted additional studies have demonstrated the need for more stringent regulations in order to improve the health of the lagoon.
All municipalities in Brevard County have enacted similar restrictions on fertilizer use. In addition, several municipalities along the Indian River Lagoon in Volusia, Indian River, Martin, and St. Lucie counties have adopted stricter ordinances.
“Taking a regional approach to polluted runoff affecting the 156-mile-long Indian River Lagoon with uniform ordinances will go a long way in protecting the water from nutrient runoff,” said Melbourne City Engineer Jenni Lamb.
Adoption of a strong fertilizer ordinance is part of the City of Melbourne’s comprehensive plan for reducing nutrient loading into the Indian River Lagoon. The plan also includes improvements to the City’s stormwater drainage system; treating runoff through a system of retention facilities, baffle boxes, wetlands, rain gardens, and exfiltration systems; collecting stormwater fees to finance the program; cooperating with the St. Johns River Water Management District in regulating stormwater discharge; and working with Brevard County on stormwater treatment and public education projects.
Artists should submit a design no later than October 15, 2014, in order to be considered for pre-selection. All submissions will be evaluated on their artistic merit and messaging. A selection committee will choose five designs that best fit the spirit of the contest, and these artists will then have an opportunity to complete their designs in chalk at full scale during Artworks of Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival on November 22-23, 2014. During this event, the public will select the winning design and two runners up. The three winning designs will be featured in media distributions, newsletters on the web and in social media. Prizes will be awarded.
For more information contact Elizabeth Melvin, Brevard County Natural Resources Management, at 321-633-2014 ext. 56721, or Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download a registration form here: http://www.brevardcounty.us/docs/default-source/natural-resources-documents/drain-chalk-art-application.pdf?sfvrsn=0.
- Turtle Krawl 5K Run/Walk – September 13, 2014 – Nance Park Indialantic.
- Prescription Drug Take Back – September 27, 2014 – Melbourne Police Department - 650 N. Apollo Blvd.
- Operation Shred – October 3, 2014 – Melbourne Auditorium - 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd.
- Senior Fest – October 3, 2014 - Melbourne Auditorium - 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd.
- Melbourne Police Department Career Expo – October 11, 2014 – Melbourne Beach Hilton, 3003 N. Hwy A1A.
- Bicycle Helmet Giveaway – October 18, 2014 – AMSCOT, 1515 Palm Bay Road
The City of Melbourne is seeking a volunteer interested in serving on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization. The TPO is a regional, multi-jurisdictional agency tasked with transportation planning and programming for the expenditure of state and federal transportation funds. The Citizens Advisory Committee meets on the Monday prior to the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the Space Coast Room on the second floor of Building C at the Brevard County Government Center.
If you are interested in representing the City of Melbourne on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the TPO, please send a letter of interest to City Clerk Cathy Wysor at email@example.com.
Melbourne, Fla., August 26, 2014 — Seven outstanding science teachers received the distinguished Exemplary Science Teacher Award from the Space Coast Science Education Alliance (SCSEA) on August 21. The awards recognized Brevard County teachers who went above normal class standards to educate their students in science.
The SCSEA is an affiliation of organizations and individuals, including the City of Melbourne, who work together to improve scientific education provided to students and adults throughout Brevard County. Through the Exemplary Science Teacher Award, the SCSEA hopes to encourage and reward those outstanding teachers who demonstrate best teaching practices.
The awards were presented at the organization’s annual banquet held at the Eastern Florida State College (EFSC), Cocoa campus. Roger Cohen (West Melbourne School for Science), Loren Kerschensteiner (Madison Middle School), Irene Martine (Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School), Anna Mika (Endeavor Elementary School), Shelley Ruiz (Cambridge Elementary School), Sara Wyrick (Cocoa High School), and LeeAnne Herold (Enterprise Elementary School) were all awarded for their efforts last school year to further the scientific minds of our children. This was Ms. Herold’s second time chosen in five years, which gains her the prestigious “Hall of Fame” status, earning her an invitation to the banquet as long as she continues teaching in Brevard County. In addition, her picture will be placed in the Brevard Public Schools administrative building’s hallway along with the other “Hall of Fame” recipients. All winners receive an award, stipend check to utilize for future classroom projects, and dinner, this year provided by Renaissance Catering, at the EFSC Planetarium and Observatory. Others in attendance included Brevard Public School administrators ranging from the superintendent to the principals of the award winners, SCSEA members, and sponsors.
Numerous sponsors from across Brevard County made this banquet possible. These include platinum sponsors Harris Corporation and Discovery Education, gold sponsors American Society of Mechanical Engineers-Canaveral Section, Canaveral Council of Technical Societies, Florida Institute of Technology, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Satcom Direct, and United Launch Alliance, silver sponsors Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant, Keiser University, National Geographic Learning, Publix, Society of American Military Engineers-Space Coast Post, University of Central Florida-Cocoa campus, Waste Management, and Women in Defense-STEM Council, and others.
Melbourne, Fla., August 22, 2014 — Melbourne Police Officers Hintz's and Koubek's quick actions and calmness under pressure are being credited with saving the life of a baby girl. While patrolling in the Shull Manor Apartments, the officers were alerted to an infant not breathing in a nearby apartment. They acted quickly to provide chest compressions and infant breathing until the arrival of fire rescue. She began breathing after they started CPR and was transported by ambulance to the hospital and flown to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando in guarded condition. Last check there was no change in the infant's condition.
Melbourne, Fla., August 21, 2014 — During last night’s Sixth Annual Valor Awards Banquet, the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce recognized several members of the City of Melbourne’s police and fire departments for their heroic efforts in saving lives. The Valor Awards honor local police, fire, military and rescue personnel for acts of heroism in putting themselves in harm's way to protect the citizens of our community.
Melbourne Police Officers Tyler Davenport and Brian Helms were each awarded a Life Saving Medal for saving the life of a gunshot victim in August 2013 by administering first aid and CPR and working with Melbourne Fire Department rescue medics until he could be transported to the hospital. Officers Kevin Cincimino and Kenneth Holsworth were also awarded Life Saving Medals for their quick response and skills that prevented a man from jumping off of an eighth-floor balcony in July 2013. Melbourne Police Sergeant Blake Lanza was recognized with a Life Saving Medal for saving the life of an unconscious woman by performing CPR on her for 22 minutes until she could be transported to the hospital.
Melbourne Fire Department Lieutenant Roger Van Kramer and Lieutenant Dan Morton received Awards of Merit for their response to a townhouse fire last February. Firefighter Kevin Hardy received a Life Saving Medal for rescuing a disabled man from the burning building.
Melbourne, Fla., August 15, 2014 — In a move to increase and diversify economic activity in the Historic Downtown Community Redevelopment Area (CRA), the Melbourne City Council approved two measures this week that will remove impediments and provide new incentives to encourage mixed-use development in the historic downtown district.
Mixed-use developments are typically found in prosperous downtowns. They combine two or more uses, such as residences and retail, into one building. “Bringing more of this type of development to the Historic Downtown District is part of an overall strategy to create a vibrant 24/7 community in Melbourne’s urban core,” said Community Development Director Cindy Dittmer. “Successful downtowns are places where people can live, shop, dine and work all in one location.”
Parking requirements, setback minimums and other restrictions had made mixed-use developments economically impractical in the Historic Downtown CRA. To eliminate these barriers, the Council voted to establish a Central Business Overlay Zone within which these types of regulations will be relaxed in order to accommodate compact development and assist in the design of projects with limited availability of land.
To further facilitate the construction of mixed-use developments, the Council also approved the establishment of the Downtown Melbourne Public-Private Development Program. Modeled after successful programs in cities like Clearwater, Tallahassee and Delray Beach, the Public-Private Program will provide incentives to developers of mixed-use residential, office or hotel projects with a minimum of $5 million in capital real estate investment. The program provides flexibility in determining the type of incentives and the amount necessary to achieve the unique development goals of each project and may include assistance with land costs, impact fees, infrastructure, parking, demolition, environmental remediation or right-of-way enhancements.
These new initiatives are the latest in a series of economic development programs approved by the City Council to encourage economic growth and job creation in the City of Melbourne. This spring, the Council also approved the creation of an investment refund program in the Olde Eau Gallie Riverfront CRA designed to attract new private investment as a tool for redevelopment. The City will offer incentive grants for projects that provide substantial investment in the community by creating jobs, improving public infrastructure, supporting existing businesses, or by attracting new businesses and visitors to the area. The award will be an annual refund on a portion of the new property taxes paid into the CRA trust fund.
For more information about these or other economic development incentives in the City of Melbourne, please contact the Community Development Department at 321-608-7500.
Melbourne, Fla., August 14, 2014 — A new volleyball program for youth will begin this September at the Eau Gallie Civic Center.
Sessions will include skills training and play time. The program will be led by Coach Coco Wood, a former collegiate head coach and Director of Sand Crabs Volleyball. Coach Wood is USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program Level I and Level II Certified Instructor.
• September 27, October 25 & December 6
— Ages 8-11: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (check-in: 9:45 a.m.)
— Ages 12-15 (through 8th grade): noon - 2 p.m. (check in: 11:45 a.m.)
• $60/player for all three dates.
• $20/player for one date.
• Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne, FL 32935
• Registration begins on September 2.
• You may register at the Eau Gallie Civic Center or online at http://melbourneflorida.org/leisure/
• For assistance call 321-255-4608.
For more information:
• To learn more about the program, contact Coach Wood at 321-432-6615 or visit http://www.sandcrabsvolleyball.com
• For questions about registration and the Eau Gallie Civic Center, call 321-255-4608.
The Melbourne Police Department is now accepting applications for its Volunteer Citizens Observer Patrol (V-COP) training program. V-COPs assist the police with essential public services, including vacation home checks, traffic safety, homeland security checks, special events, patrols and parking enforcement.
V-COPs are well-trained and well-prepared for their duties. All V-COPs must complete a 40-hour training course which includes CPR and First Aid, observation techniques, police procedures, traffic control, safe driving techniques, basic law enforcement rules and regulations, and how to effectively interact and communicate with the public.
The next session will start on Wednesday, September 10, and will run until November 5, 2014. Classes will be held each Wednesday evening from 6-10 p.m.
Interested volunteers should apply by September 3.
Applicants must process a valid Florida driver license, be a U.S. citizen or registered alien, be at least 21 years of age, complete a background check, and be willing to volunteer at least 12 hours a month.
Applications are available at the Melbourne Police Department (650 N. Apollo Blvd.), the Community Relations Office located in the Melbourne Square Mall (across from Macy’s), and online at http://melbournepolice.org/volunteer.htm. For more information call 321-608-6336.
Melbourne, Fla., August 12, 2014 — Beginning August 18, the Eau Gallie Civic Center will be offering a new class designed specifically for seniors. “Bone Builders” is a strength training, balance exercise and health education program offered through Aging Matters in Brevard/Retired & Senior Volunteer Program.
During the 1-hour class, participants will lift weights to strengthen bones and muscles and to improve balance. Instructors will also discuss topics related to bone health and nutrition.
Classes begin August 18 and will be held twice a week through December 31 (no class will be held on Dec. 24). All classes will be held free of charge, but participants are asked to register in advance by calling 321-631-2749.
Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Location: Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Avenue, Melbourne
Registration required: Call 321-631-2749.
Melbourne, Fla., August 7, 2014 — City Attorney Paul Gougelman has announced his resignation from the City of Melbourne, effective November 1.
"It has truly been an honor to work with Mr. Gougelman for the past 10 years," said Melbourne Mayor Kathy Meehan. "He has been an outstanding leader, attorney and adviser for many working in the City."
Gougelman has served the City of Melbourne for 27 years and has been its City Attorney since 1996. He created an in-house City Attorney’s Office, which greatly reduced costs for taxpayers.
"The opportunity to serve has been incredible,” Gougelman said. “I think good things for the community have been accomplished during my time here, the most important of which was to avoid the expense of litigation and to keep the City out of court."
Gougelman also serves as Town Attorney for Indialantic and Melbourne Beach, and he is general counsel for the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization, Space Coast League of Cities, and Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council. In 2004, he was named “City Attorney of the Year” by the Florida League of Cities in recognition of his accomplishments in representing local government.
Gougelman has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years. Before coming to Melbourne, he worked as a private practitioner, representing both local governments trying to deal with the impacts of rapid development as well as property owners and developers in real estate development matters. He will be returning to work in the private sector in Ft. Lauderdale.“Mr. Gougelman is a gifted attorney and a dedicated public servant. He has always been guided by what he believes is best for our community and the City,” said Mayor Meehan. “We will miss him greatly. I wish him much success as he returns to private law.” During his tenure at the City of Melbourne, Gougelman served on several local boards and commissions. In 1994, he chaired the Brevard County Charter Commission to increase home rule for citizens. Several charter proposals had been defeated by Brevard County voters, but the 1994 effort that he chaired passed with over 60% of the vote countywide. He also chaired the Brevard County Planning and Zoning Board in the early 1990s and served as a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of the Harbor City Volunteer Ambulance Squad. He was appointed by three governors (Graham, Martinez, and Chiles) to serve on the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council from 1986 until 1997.
Melbourne, Fla., August 5, 2014 — The City of Melbourne has hired Shannon Lewis as its new Deputy City Manager. Lewis was selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates from around the country.
“Shannon Lewis will make a great addition to the leadership team at the City of Melbourne,” said Melbourne City Manager Mike McNees. “She is highly regarded by her peers, and she represents the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct.”
Lewis brings solid leadership and economic development experience to her new role, having served as a leader in municipal government for more than 16 years. Most recently, she was the Assistant City Manager for the City of Port Orange where she served on the senior management team and had direct oversight of the Community Development, Finance, Public Utilities, IT, Human Resources and City Clerk functions.
"I am appreciative and excited about the opportunity to join the team in Melbourne,” she said. “I am impressed with the community, the staff and the proactive nature of the City and look forward to helping advance the City's priorities, goals and economic development efforts.”
During her tenure as Assistant City Manager, Lewis led several projects that spurred economic growth and development in the City of Port Orange. She led negotiations that recruited Raydon Corporation to the city, resulting in $20 million in new capital investment and high-wage jobs. She also managed the design, construction and marketing of a 41-acre pre-permitted business park that increased economic development opportunities for new and expanding businesses.
Prior to her work in Port Orange, Lewis served as the Business Development and Governmental Affairs Director for the City of New Smyrna Beach. Lewis holds a Master of Public Administration from University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of North Carolina-Wilmington. She begins her service to the City of Melbourne in mid-September.
Start time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Fee Avenue Tennis Complex, 114 East Fee Ave., Melbourne Fl 32935
Age: 18 and Under
For more information and to register:
Learn how to reduce your footprint, increase your handprint, and make connections for a better Brevard County! The mission of the Sustainable Floridians Program is to guide Floridians on how to take individual responsibility for protecting Earth's limited resources. Through a discussion-to-action format, the program educates participants about making wise use of resources, making households and communities more resilient and financially sound, and understanding the impact of individual lifestyle choices.
University of Florida/IFAS Extension Brevard County
Holly Abeels, Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent, University of Florida/IFAS Extension Brevard County; 321-633-1702 x 235; firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesdays, Aug. 20 through Oct. 8, at 3-5:30 p.m. (with one Field Trip on Saturday, Sept. 20—details to be provided in class.)
8/20--Lagoon House, (The Ted Moorhead Lagoon House, 3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, Florida 32905; 321-725-7775)
9/3 -- Melbourne Public Library (540 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne 32901; 321-952-4514)
9/10 -- Melbourne Public Library
9/17 -- Melbourne Public Library
9/20 -- Field Trip (Details will be provided in class.)
9/24 -- Lagoon House
10/1 -- Melbourne Public Library
10/8 -- Melbourne Public Library
$30 (This is the total cost for the 8-week course and it includes all resource materials such as the book "Discussion Course on Choices for Sustainable Living.")
When you register, you are committing to attend all of the classes.
To register, go to:
Topics for Discussion:
Group discussions and weekly action exercises will occur for each of the following topics:
Why Should You Care?
Water: Florida's Lifeblood
Community Leadership and Engaging Others
Melbourne, Fla., July 24, 2014 — Registration is now open for the Eau Gallie Civic Center’s Adult Basketball League.
START DATE: Season begins August 13, 2014.
SCHEDULE: 10 games plus a single-elimination tournament. Tournament champions and runners up will receive t-shirts.
DIVISIONS: Adults age 18 and over will play on Wednesday nights; 35 and over will play on Friday nights.
LOCATION: Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne
- Fee: $375 per team. Make check or money order payable to City of Melbourne. Cash and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) are also accepted.
- Location: Teams may register at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
- Deadline: Registration and full payment are due by August 8, 2014. Registration is limited to the first 6 paid teams.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 321-255-4608.
Cities in Brevard County are joining forces with the Space Coast League of Cities and the Florida League of Cities Inc. to host a Candidate Forum for candidates seeking offices as State Representatives or State Senators to discuss priority issues facing Florida's cities today.
"We are proud to partner with the Florida League of Cities in hosting this event to ensure our residents are not only aware of the issues facing our community but also the views of the candidates running for the legislative offices," said Space Coast League of Cities President and City of Cape Canaveral Council Member Betty Walsh.
The Candidate Forum will focus on the most pressing issues facing cities throughout Florida, and specifically in the central Florida area. The public is encouraged to attend and talk one-on-one with the candidates before and after the forum.
Date: August 4, 2014
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: Cocoa Civic Center, 430 Delannoy Ave., Cocoa, Florida>
For more information: Contact Kathy Till, Event Coordinator at 407-484-3597 or email@example.com
The annual conference brings together neighborhood leaders, city and county officials, and citizens representing communities and neighborhood organizations from all over the state of Florida. The event provides an opportunity to attend 28 workshops, listen to speakers, view an array of exhibitions, and go on neighborhood bus tours.
"This statewide conference provides valuable training for members of neighborhood and homeowner associations that helps them strengthen their communities and make their neighborhoods safer and more sustainable," said Carter. "We encourage anyone who is involved in neighborhood and homeowner associations to attend this conference to gain valuable skills, including how to conduct meetings, the ABCs of Homeowner Associations (HOAs), how to raise money, how to partner with city government officials, and how to establish a neighborhood watch program."
Carter serves on the board of the Florida Neighborhoods Conference Inc. Her workshop on fundraising will cover a range of topics, including simple ways to raise money, how to organize for grant writing, and how to secure sponsorships.
For more information about the Florida Neighborhoods Conference, visit: http://www.floridaneighborhoodsconference.org/.
Firecracker 5K Run The race starts at 7 a.m., and road closures will begin at 6 a.m., and roads are expected to be reopened by 8:15 a.m. The run will begin and end on Hickory Street, south of Hibiscus Boulevard.
Fourth of July Parade This annual parade will feature floats, classic cars, and music by the Melbourne Municipal Band. The parade will stage at 9 a.m. on Melbourne Avenue between the railroad overpass and Melbourne Court, travel west on New Haven, north on Oak Street and disband at Honor America at approximately 11 a.m.
Fireworks Display Colorful fireworks will light up the night sky over the Indian River Lagoon from Front Street Park beginning at 9 p.m.
The following roads will be closed from approximately 8 p.m. until 10:15 p.m. to safeguard pedestrians from vehicular traffic and debris from fireworks:
- State Road 500 (Melbourne Causeway) from U.S. 1 to Riverside Drive in
- New Haven Ave. from U.S.1 to Front Street
- Portions of Melbourne Avenue
- Front Street
Click here for more information about the fireworks, parking, bus schedules and road closures.
Co-Sponsors Who Gave $1,000
Melbourne Greyhound Park, LLC
Co-Sponsors Who Gave $500 or More
Ammen Family Cremation & Funeral Care
Bussen-Mayer Engineering Group, Inc.
Dean, Ringers, Morgan & Lawton, P.A.
Florida Bank of Commerce
ICC Capital Management, Inc.
Southeast Aerospace, Inc.
Ira D. & Dorothy L. Adams
Eric R. & Alice Griggs
Sidney Scott Lillycrop
Kathy & Dennis Meehan
William & Debora Palmer
Lorraine M. Proulx
Businesses & Organizations
Ascension Catholic Church
Axis Data Solutions
Data Flow Systems
Henderson Southeast Corp
Modus Operandi, Inc.
Morse Communications, Inc.
Prudential Sterling Properties
Town of Malabar
Town of Melbourne Beach
Melbourne, Fla., June 27, 2014 —Today at the Florida Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Challenge Awards Ceremony in Orlando, the Melbourne Police Department took second place in the category for law enforcement agencies with 151-250 sworn officers. The Florida Law Enforcement Challenge recognizes the best overall traffic safety programs in Florida. The areas of concentration include efforts to enforce laws and educate the public about occupant protection, impaired driving, speeding and other areas of traffic safety. Departments submit an application that documents their agency's efforts and effectiveness in these areas. The Melbourne Police Department came in second behind the Leon County Sheriff's Office.
In addition to the recognition they received at the ceremony, the Melbourne Police Department will also be awarded $12,000 to purchase new traffic safety equipment to help further their efforts to save lives and prevent traffic injuries in the community. "The Melbourne Police Department has, and will continue to, proactively address traffic safety concerns within the city," said Melbourne Police Traffic Unit Sergeant Marty Miller. "The safety of our traveling public is a priority."The Florida Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Program is a grant funded program sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The goal of the LEL program is to reduce traffic related fatalities and injuries by working with law enforcement agencies across the state to boost safety belt use, reduce drunk driving and encourage traffic safety initiatives.
Melbourne is a key employment center within Florida's Space Coast, which has been ranked 3rd of the top 100 metro areas in the country for science, technology engineering and math jobs by the Brookings Institute. Beyond the 300 days of sunshine, 72 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches, abundant arts and cultural amenities, historical attractions, year-round outdoor activities, and thriving nightlife, Space Coast residents experience an unparalleled lifestyle; state-of-the-art healthcare; and abundant, affordable housing options — all within a welcoming atmosphere.
Examples of duties:
- Manages, oversees, and improves operations of assigned departments and directs and evaluates the work of staff. Consults with assigned staff to review work requirements, status of work, and problems; assists with complex or problem situations; provides direction, advice, and technical expertise.
- Reviews and/or prepares various forms, reports, correspondence, draft correspondence, technical study reports, agenda item requests, draft legislation, developer plans/applications, citizen inquiries, job applications, invoices, budget reports, grant documents, contracts, codes, rules, regulations, statutes, policies, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards, or retains as appropriate.
- Communicates with City Manager, city officials, employees, city departments, government agencies, engineers, developers, contractors, consultants, vendors, Chamber of Commerce, applicants, customers, the public, the media, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, resolve problems, or give/receive direction.
- Responds to complaints and questions related to city/department operations. Provides information, researches problems, and initiates problem resolution.
- Assists the City Manager with the overall management of City programs, projects, and policy adherence or modification as needed.
- Serves as Acting City Manager as required.
For more information or to apply, go to http://www.melbourneflorida.org/employ/
"Amy Elliott has been a vital part of the City of Melbourne's leadership team," said City Manager Mike McNees. "City taxpayers will continue to benefit from her shrewd management of the city's finances, as well as from the high degree of professionalism and dedication to customer service that she brought to departments citywide."
Elliott has served the City of Melbourne since 1981, overseeing almost every aspect of city operations, including finance, budget, grants administration, personnel, IT, facilities, fleet management, risk management, and internal audit.
Elliott joined the City of Melbourne's Finance Department in 1981, which she led from 1982-2002. Under her leadership, the city saw improved financial and internal controls, closed numerous successful bond issues, and effectively competed for grants. She also instituted the one-stop occupational license process.
She was appointed Assistant City Manager in 2002 and promoted to Deputy City Manager in 2005. She served on many task forces for the implementation of new programs; handled negotiations with police, fire and public works unions; and helped see the city through multiple hurricanes.
Elliott's last day will be July 3, 2014. The City is currently recruiting for a new deputy city manager.
Representatives from PMAM Corporation have been contacting alarm system owners to inform them of the new program and any steps they need to take to ensure the information that the MPD has about their systems is up-to-date.
Alarm system owners with questions about the new program may contact PMAM at 877-624-5046, or the Melbourne Police firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alarm owners may also choose to update their information online at:https://www.cityalarmpermit.com/fams/citizen/city/melbourne
The following streets are scheduled to be resurfaced June 24-25:
- Michigan Avenue
- Valentine Street
- Eber Road and Babcock Street
- University Boulevard and Babcock Street
Paving and milling will occur between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Drivers may encounter periodic lane closures and detours. This work is being done at night to help alleviate parking issues around the hospital during the day and to minimize traffic disturbances at the intersections. An Engineering Inspector will be on site during paving operations to minimize any disruptions.
During this time, drivers are asked to refrain from parking on the street during nighttime hours. At the discretion of the Inspector vehicles left unattended on the street may be towed. As soon as the asphalt is placed drivers may resume normal activities. All cleanup should be completed within 48 hours of asphalt placement.
Work on these streets is part of a larger project to resurface a total of 8.34 miles of streets in the city this year. The Melbourne City Council voted to increase the millage rate for this fiscal year in order to put more money toward road resurfacing projects. Because it is far less expensive to maintain roads through resurfacing than to rebuild them, the Melbourne City Council has been proactive on road maintenance and has each year dedicated any possible additional funding to paving projects.
Firecracker 5K Run The day kicks off with an Independence Day-themed run that starts with the ringing of the Liberty Bell at Honor America.
- Time: 7 a.m. (Road closures will begin at 6 a.m.)
- Location: The run will begin and end on Hickory Street, south of Hibiscus Boulevard.
- For more information: This event is put on annually by the Running Zone. Visit http://www.runningzone.com/series/index.php/news/364 for details.
This annual parade will feature floats, classic cars, and music by the Melbourne Municipal Band. This event is co-sponsored by the City of Melbourne and Honor America.
- Time: 10 a.m. (Staging begins at 9 a.m.)
- Location: The parade will stage on Melbourne Avenue between the railroad overpass and Melbourne Court, travel west on New Haven, north on Oak Street and disband at the Honor America Liberty Bell Museum on Hickory Street.
- For more information: Call 321-727-1776.
Colorful fireworks will light up the night sky over the Indian River Lagoon!
- Time: 9 p.m.
- Location: Claude Edge Front Street Park, 2210 Front Street, just north of the Melbourne Causeway.
- Parking: Attendees are encouraged to park at Melbourne Auditorium (at 625 Hibiscus Boulevard) and use a free shuttle service to Front Street Park
- Times for bus departure FROM THE AUDITORIUM to Front Street Park: 7:10 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 8:10 p.m.
- Times for bus departure FROM FRONT STREET PARK to the Auditorium: 7:30 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 8:50 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:10 p.m.
- Limited handicapped parking spaces will be available at the Front Street boat ramp.
- No parking is allowed on the portion of the causeway that is in the City of Melbourne.
- Please note that some businesses do not allow public parking. Those businesses may have your vehicle towed from their private properties at your expense even if they are not open for business on July 4.
- Boat Ramp: The boat ramp at Front Street Park will be closed at 5 p.m. on July 3 and will reopen at 9 a.m. on July 5.
- Rain Date: In the event of rain, the fireworks display will be rescheduled to July 5.
- For more information: Call 321-608-7260.
Mr. Vaughn has led an exemplary life of service to his community, to his profession, and to his family. He served with distinction as the City Attorney for the City of Melbourne from 1950 to 1969, and played an instrumental role in the merger of Eau Gallie and Melbourne in 1969. He also served as attorney for the Melbourne Airport Authority and was responsible for designing the legal framework of the Authority that is still in place today. He was responsible for securing additional land for the expansion of runways at the Melbourne Airport, allowing true commercial service at the Airport.
Mr. Vaughn was the attorney for the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Melbourne, which was the principal lender in South Brevard County for home construction. He was also responsible for obtaining donations of land on Brevard County's South Beaches for construction of State Road A-1-A.
Jackson Vaughn was born in Vienna, Georgia, on June 11, 1914, just prior to the start of World War I. He graduated from Melbourne High School in 1932. He attended University of Florida where he earned his B. A. in 1938 and his Juris Doctorate in 1939. He entered the practice of law on July 24, 1939. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy from January 1942 until 1946 aboard several vessels in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He returned to Melbourne after World War II and married Elaine Waring. They had six children: Elise, Cynthia, Jack Vaughn Jr., Curtiss, Lane and Louis.
Melbourne, Fla., June 9, 2014 — The City of Melbourne is recruiting for its next Information Technology Manager.
Consider if your IT talents would be well spent in a public service career to support a community like this:"Ranked 3rd of Top 100 metro areas in the country for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs."
- Brookings Institute, Orlando Sentinel, 2013
"Ranked 11th US City for high-tech GDP Growth, 2011-2012."
- 2013 Best Performing Cities, Milken Institute
"Ranked 9th US City for number of high-tech industries."
- 2013 Best Performing Cities, Milken Institute
- Economic Development Commissions of Florida's Space Coast
Under the administrative direction of the Director of Management Services, the IT Manager is responsible for the technological direction of the City of Melbourne. He or she proposes budgets for technology programs, projects, purchases and/or upgrades to equipment; supervises all IT-related staff; and presides over IT-related projects.
Work is performed with considerable independence within general policy guidelines. Examples of expected job duties include:
- Provide technological leadership within the City. Prepare and maintain a Master IT Plan for the City to document its "as is" status; create and maintain an IT Strategic Plan to chart the IT future of the City; and implement a citywide IT Governance policy, along with Service Level Agreements and a citywide Acceptable Use Policy, by which to allocate and manage limited resources.
- Supervise design and deployment of information systems and communications network.
- Develop and implement a highly responsive customer service platform to serve the entire organization in every aspect.
- Design, establish, and maintain a network infrastructure for local and wide area connectivity, remote access and delivery of Internet connectivity.
If you have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Information Technology or a related field, and 5 years of progressive experience in the management of IT departments, please consider this opportunity.
We’re looking for the person with the right energy, enthusiasm, leadership vision and get it done attitude to join us. Will that be you?
The hiring range is up to $112,540 depending on experience, education and demonstrated success in the field. In addition, the City of Melbourne participates in the Florida State Retirement System and has a generous compensation package.
For more information or to apply, go to http://www.melbourneflorida.org/employ/
The City of Melbourne is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Harak Rubio also selected for international sculpture event in July; sees bright future for the arts in Melbourne.
Melbourne, Fla., June 5, 2014 — June 6th's First Friday Art Walk in the Eau Gallie Arts District ( http://www.eaugalliearts.com/ ) will feature an opening reception showcasing the first local exhibition of paintings by internationally recognized, locally based artist Harak Rubio ( http://www.harakrubio.com/ ). The exhibit, "Ocean, Memories and Symbols," combines Rubio's new works with a selection of paintings he's created over the past four years representing his travels in places as diverse as Germany and Mexico.
Though Rubio has clients all around the world, he chooses to locate his studio in Melbourne because "sometimes artists need their space where they can work in harmony with nature and without interruptions," he said. "It is more quiet here than in New York or Puerto Rico. I have a big lake behind my studio and wide open spaces. I'm in heaven here."
Last year Rubio created the City of Melbourne's first public art display, located in downtown's Campell Park. Rubio's design "Vision of the Harbor Guardian" was selected after a nationwide call for entries. The sculpture was donated by Melbourne residents Jim and Jacie Stivers who initiated the project after their construction company, Certified General Contractors Inc., built the City Hall building on Strawbridge Avenue in 2009. "Public art enhances a community and is a visual indicator to visitors and newcomers," said Jacie Stivers. "It is a statement about the culture in our community, and we hope that our donation will encourage others to follow."
"The Stivers and the City of Melbourne were the best clients I've had," Rubio said. "I wish all of my clients believed in art and understood the language of artists the way that they do."
Rubio is one of 11 out of 250 artists worldwide chosen to participate in the 2014 Bienal Del Chaco ( http://bienaldelchaco.com.ar/ ), a sculpture event held every other year in Chaco, Argentina, in which artists create sculptures out in the open over a seven-day (July 12-19) period as spectators watch. After the event, the sculptures will remain in the plaza for one month and then will be installed at locations around the city. Rubio will create a 12-foot sculpture named "El Despertar de mi Eterno Guardián"/"The Awakening of the Eternal Guardian" with a design similar to the City of Melbourne's "Vision of the Harbor Guardian" that is geometric and also partly inspired by nature. Once the event is over, he will go to Cordoba, Argentina, for that city's first bienal where he and his fellow artists will create new works inspired by the theme "The Dance."
As other cities like Cordoba seek to expand their public arts programs, Rubio likewise sees similar opportunities for Melbourne. "I believe in this town and hope one day we can start holding bienals and international events here," he said. "If other cities in other countries do this without big budgets, we can do it, too. The future of art in Melbourne is gong to be great."
About the Exhibit & Reception:
"Ocean, Memories and Symbols" will run through August 9, at Foosaner Art Museum, 1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32935. The public is invited to attend a free opening reception on Friday, June 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m ( http://www.foosanerartmuseum.org/v/?type=event&id=626#.U5DO-_ldV8E ).
About the "Vision of the Harbor Guardian":
Rubio's sculpture "Vision of the Harbor Guardian" was donated in 2013 by Melbourne residents Jim and Jacie Stivers. Each segment of the sculpture is symbolic of life in Melbourne and represents the city's natural resources and historical ties with a nod to its high-technology economy. It is located in Campbell Park, 929 New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901.
The facility will allow residents to drop off the following items without leaving their car:
- household hazardous chemicals (i.e. paint, fertilizers, solvents, used motor oil, antifreeze),
- vehicle batteries and rechargeable batteries (NiCad, Lithium-ion), and
- unwanted electronics (TV's, computers and cell phones, etc.)
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 3379 Sarno Road, Melbourne. All visitors must stop at the Sarno Scalehouse before proceeding to the HHW Collection Center.
For information about the Drop & Swap Shop or disposal of household hazardous waste, visit www.brevardcounty.us/SolidWaste/HouseholdHazardousWaste or call (321) 633-1888.
"Last summer I noticed that many children who came to play at the community center were showing up hungry," said Kris Long, Recreation Supervisor for the City of Melbourne. "I wanted to do something for the kids who were not getting school lunches during the summer break to make sure they got at least one good meal a day."
Kris worked with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to set up the program at the Grant Street Community Center. The center has also scheduled open gym time for the kids who come for lunch so that they can play basketball and other games inside during the hot summer months.
Grant Street Community Center will also be continuing its "Ice Cream Wednesday" program for the fourth year this summer. Each Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. kids (ages 8-17 years old) can come and enjoy a free bowl of ice cream. The program will begin on June 4 and will run through August 6.
The Grant Street Community Center is located at 2547 S. Grant Street in Melbourne. For more information about these programs and other activities happening this summer at the center, please call (321) 674-5723.
Melbourne, Fla., May 23, 2014 — This year's National Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from May 25 through May 31. During this time, the City of Melbourne would like to remind all of residents to start preparing for hurricane season, which begins on June 1.
Start by creating a plan for you, your family and your business. Helpful tools to create a plan, including a checklist to guide you through the process, can be found on the Florida Division of Emergency Management's website: http://www.floridadisaster.org/family/.
Now is perfect time to check your hurricane supplies and replenish any needed items. The State of Florida will be exempting sales tax from certain hurricane supplies during the 2014 Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins next Saturday, May 31, and goes through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Details on what qualifies can be found on the Department of Revenue's website: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/tips/tip14a01-03.pdf.
For more information about hurricanes and what do to before during and after a storm, please visit http://www.ready.gov/
Melbourne, Fla., May 22, 2014 — A final vote will come before the Melbourne City Council on Tuesday, May 27, to revoke ad valorem tax exemptions for four businesses that have not created proposed new jobs or made promised capital investments. The Council voted unanimously to revoke the exemptions upon first reading at the May 13 City Council Meeting.
As part of its Ad Valorem Tax Program, the City of Melbourne offers certain ad valorem tax exemptions to attract new and expanding businesses and spur economic development. The businesses receive exemptions on new capital investments in return for committing to create an agreed-upon number of jobs and to make significant capital investments.
Granting ad valorem tax exemptions has helped attract and keep many high performing businesses in the City of Melbourne, which have created more than 2,000 jobs over the past 12 years. Additionally, these companies have invested over $125 million in the Melbourne community. Melbourne's citizens are asked to vote to approve the Ad Valorem Tax Program every 10 years. They voted in 2010 to extend the program through 2020.
In order to ensure that businesses receiving exemptions fulfill their obligations, city staff completes a thorough review of each company's progress annually and presents its findings to the Melbourne City Council. The council has the authority to revoke exemptions of any non-performing company.
Three of the companies who stand to lose their exemptions after the vote on Tuesday — Cabolosic Corporation, Xun Energy Inc., and Satcom Direct Inc. — had sent voluntary withdrawal letters to city staff acknowledging that they were not going to move forward with their business plans at the proposed locations. One company, DRS Sensors and Targeting Systems Inc., was found to have failed to bring in and retain an agreed-upon number of jobs.
For more information about the City of Melbourne's economic development initiatives, including the Ad Valorem Tax Program, visit http://www.melbourneflorida.org/ecdev/ or call (321) 608-7500.
Melbourne, Fla., May 19, 2014 — Last month the Melbourne Police Department began implementing a new program to reduce the number of false alarm calls and to improve service to alarm system owners in the City of Melbourne. As part of this effort, the city has also hired PMAM Corporation to manage alarm permitting and renewals and false alarm tracking and billing.
This week representatives from PMAM Corporation will begin contacting alarm system owners to inform them of the new program and any steps they need to take to ensure the information that the MPD has about their systems is up-to-date. Alarm owners may also choose to update their information online at: https://www.cityalarmpermit.com/fams/citizen/city/melbourne
Alarm system owners with questions about the new program may contact PMAM at 877-624-5046, or the Melbourne Police Department at email@example.com.
During its next regularly scheduled meeting, the City of Melbourne Historic Preservation Board will hold its Historic Preservation Board Quarterly Lecture Series with a presentation by City of Melbourne Planner Kelly Delmonico, AICP, entitled "The Power to Preserve: Examining Local Historic Designation in Melbourne.” This presentation will examine the local historic designation process in the City of Melbourne. The audience will learn about the benefits and outcome of historic preservation, eligibility requirements to apply, which properties are already locally designated and how the application process works.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
WHO: Anyone interested in learning more about the local historic designation process should attend.
WHERE: Melbourne City Hall Council Chamber, 900 E. Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Kelly Delmonico, AICP, City of Melbourne Planner, at (321) 608-7511 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bogle brings more than 30 years of experience to the Melbourne Fire Department, including prior years of service as fire chief in Fernandina Beach and Titusville.
"I am confident that Chuck Bogle will do an exceptional job for the City of Melbourne," said City Manager Mike McNees. "He brings extensive experience to the position, and he received widespread support during his time as interim chief of the Melbourne Fire Department."
Bogle has served as acting chief of the Melbourne Fire Department since February 28, 2014, when former fire chief Paul Forsberg retired. Bogle has served with the Melbourne Fire Department since July 2013, when he was appointed deputy chief of operations.
"I am excited about this opportunity and happy to be a part of the City of Melbourne's management team," Bogle said. "I look forward to working with everyone to ensure we provide the citizens of Melbourne with best emergency services possible."
Melbourne, Fla., May 9, 2014 — Water sports and fun abound this summer in the City of Melbourne! Classes and pool schedules are listed below. For more information please call Pat Love at 321-255-4638.
City of Melbourne Pools Open For Swimming & Recreation on May 24
Fee Avenue, Sherwood, and Lipscomb pools open on May 24. These pools offer a cool and refreshing way to spend the summer days. All pools feature a large tube slide, and the Fee Avenue pool has a zero depth entry that provides a great area for little children to play.
Pool Locations & Hours:
Fee Avenue Park Pool
114 E. Fee Avenue
Monday-Friday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.; Weekends: Noon – 5 p.m.
Sherwood Park Pool
2479 Post Road
Monday-Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
3400 Monroe Street
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: Noon – 6 p.m.
Lap swimming is great exercise that can increase both strength and endurance. Special times will be set aside for lap swimming at Sherwood and Fee Avenue pools, and lanes will be provided. Lap swimming will begin on June 2, and will be available each morning, 6:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.
Water Aerobics Classes
Water aerobics is fun aquatic exercise that can improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, balance and strength. The water creates a low impact environment, which helps to support the body and decreases stress on joints. The water also provides resistance equal to the force you exert, enabling you to expend more energy and get a better workout.
Classes begin on June 2 and will be held at the Fee Avenue pool from 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m., Monday through Thursday. The last class will be held on July 31. Cost is $3 per class for city residents and $4 per class for non-residents.
Swim Lessons and Swim Team
American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors teach lessons at Fee Avenue Pool and Sherwood Pool. Lessons are for children and adults of all ages and skill levels.
Classes will be offered at a variety of times, both morning and evening. Each session lasts for two weeks. Session start dates are: 6/2, 6/16, 7/7, and 7/21. The cost for city residents is $41 per session; non-residents will pay $49 per session. Registration for sessions one and two begins on May 17 and is ongoing. Registration for sessions three and four will begin on June 28.
Swim team begins on June 2. Practices will be held Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. The cost is $80 for city residents; $96 for non-residents.
For more information please call Pat Love at 321-255-4638.
Melbourne, Fla., May 5, 2014 — Work is set to continue today on important road resurfacing projects in the City of Melbourne.
The following streets are scheduled to be resurfaced May 5-7, 2014:
- Lake Street
- Oak Street (Hibiscus Boulevard to New Haven Avenue)
- Lipscomb (North of University)
- Country Club (University Boulevard to New Haven Avenue)
During this time, drivers are asked to refrain from parking on the street during daylight hours. At the discretion of the Inspector vehicles left unattended on the street may be towed. As soon as the asphalt is placed drivers may resume normal activities, and all cleanup should be completed within 48 hours of asphalt placement.
Work on these streets is part of a larger project to resurface a total of 8.34 miles of streets in the city this year. (See attached map.) Four streets were resurfaced in early April.
The Melbourne City Council voted to increase the millage rate for this fiscal year in order to put more money toward road resurfacing projects. Because it is far less expensive to maintain roads through resurfacing than to rebuild them, the Melbourne City Council has been proactive on road maintenance and has each year dedicated any possible additional funding to paving projects.
Help the MPD keep our children safe by serving as a school crossing guard.
For more information about these part-time positions, and how you can apply, visit the city's employment webpage: http://www.melbourneflorida.org/employ/jobsout.htm
Application deadline is May 2.
Melbourne, Fla., Apr. 23, 2014 — The City of Melbourne's newest electric vehicle (EV) charging station is now open to the public. The new station is located in the front parking lot of Melbourne City Hall (900 E. Strawbridge Ave.). It will be available for public use 24 hours a day/seven days a week.
The City Hall station is a Level 3, 480 Volt direct current fast charger. Several electric vehicles are capable of accepting the Level 3 charge, including Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi I MiEV and Tesla.
The time to charge will depend on the individual car, but on average approximately 80% of a battery can be charged in 20 minutes using the Level 3 station (the remaining 20% of the battery charges at a slower pace to prevent overheating).
According to both ChargePoint.com and PlugShare.com (two websites that keep a database of EV charging stations), Melbourne's City Hall station is the first Level 3 station in Brevard County. There are currently only a few other Level 3 stations in Florida, a majority of which are proprietary to individual car dealership locations.
The cost to charge is $0.13 per kWh. At this price it will cost $3.12 to fully charge a Nissan LEAF's 24 kWh battery, which can travel up to 80-100 miles on a single charge. Drivers can pay with a credit card or through a smart phone app available from ChargePoint.com.
This is the second charging station to be installed by the city. The first is a dual Level 2 station that was installed in April 2013 in front of the Eau Gallie Library.
"For motorists, the emergence of vehicles that avoid or minimize the use of gasoline can greatly reduce costs of operation, not to mention the significant maintenance savings," said Julie Foster, Sustainability Program Manager for the City of Melbourne. "Vehicle purchase costs are now competitive with prices of many traditional vehicles, especially with the $7,500 income tax credit offered by the Federal Government."
The city aims to add one public station each year. Future stations will also be located near activities of interest so that drivers using the station will be able to enjoy city amenities while their vehicles charge up.
Photos from the April 22, 2014, opening event can be found on the city's Facebook page.
The 2014 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run will be held on Friday, April 25. Please join
fellow law enforcement officers, as we run (or bike) together for a great cause. The public is welcome to
join in the run as well. Law Enforcement Torch Run hats and t-shirts commemorating the event will be on
sale at each leg of the race with all proceeds from the event going to Special Olympics Florida. We hope
you can join us for this worthy cause!
Below is a schedule for each leg of the run (you can also view a map of the legs here).
--Palm Bay Leg- Starting at 7:00 am, in the front parking lot of Palm Bay City Hall located at 120
--Malabar Road, Palm Bay and running to the Publix, located at 1150 Malabar Road (2 miles).
--West Melbourne Leg- Starting at 8:30 am, at Calvary Chapel located at 2955 Minton Road, and
running to the West Melbourne Police Department located at 2290 Minton Road, West
Melbourne (1 mile).
--Melbourne Leg- Starting at 9:30 am, at the Brevard County Sheriff's Office South Precinct
located at 1515 Sarno Road and running to Apollo Boulevard, then Babcock, and ending at the
--Melbourne Publix located at 1411 S. Babcock Street (3 miles).
--Cocoa Beach Leg- Starting at 11:30 am, at McDonald's located at 3920 N. Atlantic Avenue, and
ending at Publix, located at 2007 N. Atlantic Avenue (1 mile).
--Rockledge Leg- Starting at 12:30 pm, at Publix, located at 1880 U.S. 1, Rockledge and running to
--Springwood Estates in Rockledge, located at 951 Eyster Boulevard (2 miles).
--Titusville Leg- Starting at 2:30 pm, at Publix located at 3265 Garden Street, and end Sand Point
Park located at 101 N. Washington Avenue (2 miles).
--Jail Leg- Starting at 3:30 pm, at the Parrish Medical Center located at 5005 Port St. John Parkway and end at the Jail Complex parking lot located at 860 Camp Road (2 miles)
If you have any questions regarding this news release, or anyone interested in purchasing torch run merchandise can contact Deputy Maria Fernez at the Brevard County Sheriff's Office 321-636-4665.
Free breakfast will be provided by our generous sponsors:
--Croissant Chateau Bakery at 817 E. New Haven Ave.
--Dunkin Donuts at 1500 S. Harbor City Blvd
--Krispy Kreme at 2040 N. Wickham Rd
--Love Bugs Donuts and Bakery at 1609 S. Wickham Rd.
--Publix national office (for granola bars and snacks)
--McDonalds at 1005 E. Eau Gallie Blvd, 25 W. Hibiscus Blvd, and 445 S. Wickham Rd. (donating Sausage Egg McMuffins and Sausage Biscuits)
--Sonic at 4011 N. Wickham Rd and 555 S. Babcock St. (donating sausage and sausage/bacon burritos)
--TooJays at 1700 W. New Haven Ave (black and white cookies)
--Walmart at 1001 E. Eau Gallie Blvd, 3950 N. Wickham Rd., 1000 N. Wickham Rd., and 3550 S. Babcock St. (fruit and snacks)
--Winn Dixie at 961 E. Eau Gallie Blvd (fruit)
A few t-shirts are still available, too.
Register today! Call 321-608-5082 or e-mail email@example.com.
Visit http://www.melbourneflorida.org/solid/bash.htm for a map of check-in locations in the City of Melbourne.
To volunteer in other cities in Brevard County, visit KBB's website: www.keepbrevardbeautiful.org.
Melbourne Police, in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be hosting a pharmaceutical take-back event this Saturday, April 26th, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Melbourne Police Department. This is an anonymous event; therefore officers will not be gathering anyone’s information. Members of the community are encouraged to bring in all expired or unused prescription medications before they end up in the wrong hands. Proper disposal of prescription medications also helps keep them out of our waste and water supplies. Illicit drugs such as marijuana or methamphetamine; and any intra-venous solutions, injectable medications, or syringes will not be accepted.
The Melbourne Police Department is located at 650 N. Apollo Blvd. For additional information, contact Community Resource Officer Nicole Chapman at 321-608-6623.
The precautionary boil water notice issued on April 15 is hereby lifted following work to repair a broken water main in the area and the satisfactory completion of the state-required two days of bacteriological testing showing that the water is safe to drink.
If you have any questions, please call City of Melbourne Public Works & Utilities Administration office at (321) 608-5000, or the after-hours emergency number of (321) 255-4622.
View official notice RESCISSION OF PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE
The public is invited to attend the opening of the City of Melbourne's newest electric car charging station.
April 22, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Melbourne City Hall, 900 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne, FL 32901
The event will take place in the front parking lot. Attendees may park in the garage.
The mayor will deliver opening remarks, and a Melbourne resident will be the first to "plug in" his electric vehicle. City engineering and sustainability staff will be on hand for questions.
Update on Water Main Break & Associated Precautionary Boil Water Notice for Water Customers Beachside from Pineda Causeway South To E. Eau Gallie Blvd.
Melbourne, Fla., April 17, 2014 — Last night City of Melbourne Water Distribution Crews completed repairs to a water main break that had disrupted service to approximately 12,000 customers beachside from Pineda Causeway to E. Eau Gallie Blvd.
All customers should now have water service; however, the precautionary boil water advisory remains in effect until Friday, April 18. It will be lifted when the required bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink. You will be provided with a notification at that time.
As a precaution, we advise that all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, or washing dishes, be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative, bottled water may be used.
The City of Melbourne is encouraging all water customers to sign up for the Code Red alert system to be sure that you receive prompt notice of interruptions to service. You may sign up with a cell phone or land line. A link to the service is on the city's home page (melbourneflorida.org). Or may be accessed directly at: http://www.melbourneflorida.org/news/callout.htm.
Melbourne, Fla., April 14, 2014 — The City of Melbourne is pleased to honor and recognize the professionalism and commitment to caring for others demonstrated by the men and women of the Melbourne Police Department (MPD) Communications Center. Every employee in the MPD Communications Center has exhibited compassion, understanding and professionalism during the performance of their job in the past year, and all citizens owe a debt of gratitude to these unseen emergency responders for their speed, tireless professionalism and commitment to caring for others.
The MPD Communications Center serves a critical function, handling 130,000 911 calls and 1 million push to talk radio calls each year. "They are fantastic at what they do," said Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs. "They are the first point of contact for a person in crisis."
Melbourne, Fla., April 15, 2014 — Registration is now open for the City of Melbourne’s Adult Softball Leagues.
SCHEDULE: 14 games, plus double-elimination tournament.
START DATE: May 12, 2014
DIVISIONS: Adult Men’s- Monday, Open Tuesday, One Pitch and Women’s Wednesday, Co- Ed Thursday, and Corporate Friday.
LOCATION: Southwest Park, 470 West Florida Ave., Melbourne
TEAM FEE: $311.00- Make checks payable to City of Melbourne
REGISTRATION: Teams may register at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Deadline for all registration is May 2, 2014.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Pat Love at (321) 757-7149.
Melbourne, Fla., April 11, 2014 — Drivers are asked to slow down and use extra caution when approaching the intersection of NASA Boulevard and Evans Road.
Sandhill cranes have nested close to the intersection and are darting in and out of the roadway in an attempt to guard their nest.
Do not disturb, feed or harass the birds. Sandhill cranes are protected under state law. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers will be on the scene and will issue citations to anyone they observe interfering with the birds.
This is only a temporary situation while the birds are nesting. Please call the FWC at 352-732-1225 if you have any questions about the cranes, or visit their website at: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/imperiled/profiles/birds/florida-sandhill-crane/.
Melbourne, Fla., April 11, 2014 — Security systems are great tools to protect residents and business owners, but they can be costly when triggered without an emergency. This month the Melbourne Police Department will begin implementing a new service that will reduce the costs and staff time once devoted to responding to false alarm calls and will improve service to alarm system owners in the City of Melbourne.
The Melbourne Police Department annually responds to approximately 1,900 false alarms. This not only interferes with the critical work of officers on patrol, it also creates a large burden of administrative work for department staff.
To address this problem, the City of Melbourne has updated its alarm ordinance to make the registration, permitting and false alarm fee schedule more clear to owners. The city has also hired PMAM Corporation to manage alarm permitting and renewals and false alarm tracking and billing.
PMAM operates and maintains false alarm tracking and billing systems for jurisdictions throughout North America. The City is expected to save significant staff time and resources by outsourcing these tasks to PMAM. The company will be paid based on a percentage of the revenue it collects.
Beginning April 14, PMAM representatives will be contacting alarm system owners and alarm installation and monitoring companies operating within Melbourne to inform them of the new program and any steps they need to take ensure their systems are up to date. PMAM will also handle education and outreach to help owners understand how to better prevent false alarms. Most false alarms are caused by human error, such as forgetting to turn off the system, entering through the wrong door, or accidentally pushing the panic button. The goal is to reduce the number of false alarm activations requiring a response by the Melbourne Police Department in order to free up police resources and reduce the fines levied on alarm customers.
On April 14, an online portal will be available to enable citizens to update their information at their convenience: https://www.cityalarmpermit.com/fams/citizen/city/melbourne
Alarm system owners with questions about the new programs may contact PMAM at 877-624-5046, or the Melbourne Police Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Teen Extreme summer camp is a great opportunity for kids ages 12* -15 years old to experience 9 weeks of non-stop fun summer activities. The camp includes field trips, games, arts & crafts, and much more.
Click here to view field trip and activities schedule!
June 2, 2014 - August 1, 2014, Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
$133 per week for City of Melbourne residents; $160 per week for non-residents. Cost includes all activities. A one-time T-shirt fee of $10 is due at registration. 20% discount for each additional family member. Financial assistance is available for City of Melbourne residents.
You may register in person at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, or online (online user ID & password required). Bring your child’s birth certificate and parent/guardian proof of residency and ID. All camps are on first come, first served basis. If the week you desire is full, you may be put on a waiting list. You may pay with cash, check, Discover, Visa or MasterCard.
City Residents may register beginning Saturday, April 12, 2014, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Non-residents may register beginning Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:00 AM
For more information:
Please call the Eau Gallie Civic Center at 321-255-4608.
*Must be 12 by 12/31/14
Melbourne, Fla., March 31, 2014 — Volunteer registration is now open for the annual Trash Bash event, which will be held April 26, 8 a.m. – noon, at locations across Brevard County. The first 400 volunteers to pre-register in the City of Melbourne will receive a free T-shirt.
Each year hundreds of Trash Bash volunteers remove thousands of pounds of litter from the City. During the 2013 event alone 524 volunteers collected 11,431 pounds of litter, earning Melbourne the Large City Award through Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB).
Local businesses support the event, and volunteers will receive all needed supplies, breakfast, water, and snacks. Participants can also receive community service hours for their efforts (required forms will be available at each site on the event day).
“This annual cleanup event is a hands-on opportunity to instill a sense of individual responsibility to the environment and community in which we live,” said Jennifer Thompson, environmental programs coordinator with the City’s Environmental Community Outreach Division. “It continues a tradition that has been sponsored nationally by Keep America Beautiful for a half-century as the Great American Cleanup, encouraging efforts to clean roadways, waterways, and parks.”
This year event organizers have targeted 13 areas in Melbourne with a goal of collecting at least 350 bags of litter. Melbourne check-in points include:
- Florida Avenue locations at the Melbourne Central Catholic football field and at Southwest Park;
- Palm Bay High School;
- Lipscomb Park Community Center;
- Grant Street Community Center off of University Boulevard;
- Nieman Avenue at the Elks Lodge;
- McGrath Field on Stewart Road;
- Carver Park Community Center on Swan Street;
- Eastern Florida State College at Wickham Road and Post Road;
- North pavilion of Futch Memorial Park at Paradise Beach;
- Ascension Catholic School located at 2950 N. Harbor City Blvd;
- Southern-most parking lot of Rockwell Collins at Hibiscus Boulevard and Woody Burke Boulevard; and
- Apollo Surgery Center on Wickham Road, just north of NASA Boulevard.
For More Information & To Register
- Visit http://www.melbourneflorida.org/solid/bash.htm for a map of check-in locations in the City of Melbourne.
- To pre-register to volunteer in the City of Melbourne call 321-608-5080 or e-mail email@example.com.
- To volunteer in other cities in Brevard County, visit KBB’s website: www.keepbrevardbeautiful.org.
The following streets are scheduled to be resurfaced March 28 through April 4, 2014:
- Espanola Way (Airport Boulevard to Dairy Road)
- Country Club Road (University Boulevard to US 192)
- Edgewood Drive (east of Ruffner Drive)
- Airport Boulevard (US 192 to Apollo Boulevard
The City’s contractor, VA Paving Inc., will be starting work on Espanola Way. Paving and milling will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Drivers may encounter periodic lane closures and detours. An Engineering Inspector will be on site during paving operations to minimize any disruptions.
During this time, drivers are asked to refrain from parking on the street during daylight hours. At the discretion of the Inspector vehicles left unattended on the street may be towed. As soon as the asphalt is placed drivers may resume normal activities, and all cleanup should be completed within 48 hours of asphalt placement.
Work on these streets is part of a larger project to resurface a total of 8.34 miles of streets in the city this year. (See attached map.) The entire project will be completed within 120 days.
The Melbourne City Council voted to increase the millage rate for this fiscal year in order to put more money toward road resurfacing projects. Because it is far less expensive to maintain roads through resurfacing than to rebuild them, the Melbourne City Council has been proactive on road maintenance and has each year dedicated any possible additional funding to paving projects.
Melbourne, Fla., March 20, 2014 — Drivers should expect possible delays near Wickham Park during the “Runaway Country” event, which begins the afternoon of March 21 and ends the evening of March 23.
Event traffic will be routed in a clockwise direction around Wickham Park to allow for right turns into the parking area and to help keep traffic moving smoothly.
While no streets will be closed, the following traffic movements will not be allowed during portions of each day of the event:
• Wickham Road from Post Road to Parkway Drive – No southbound left turns.
• Parkway Drive – No eastbound left turns.
• Croton Road – No parking along roadway..
Melbourne, Fla., Mar. 18, 2014 — A 19-year Melbourne Police veteran, who was called upon to go undercover as a "hitman," has been named the department's 2013 Officer of the Year.
In January 2013, the Melbourne Police Criminal Investigations Unit and Special Operations Unit conducted an intense and in-depth "murder for hire" investigation. When the Melbourne Police Department learned that the suspect was looking to hire someone to kill the friend of a family member and dispose of the body, an investigation was immediately launched. Detective Rondey Anderson was placed in contact with the suspect. Detective Anderson was introduced to the suspect as having the capability to perform the murder and the means to dispose of the body. Detective Anderson met with the suspect numerous times and had telephone contacts with him to gain his confidence and prove he could be trusted to perform the deed. These meetings placed Detective Anderson in dangerous situations.
When the intended victim was informed of what was transpiring, he was placed in a confined location appearing to be "missing." Detective Anderson now notified the suspect that the murder had been carried out. During the last meeting Detective Anderson had with the suspect, he was to be paid the rest of the money owed for the murder. At that meeting, the suspect was placed into custody. If not for the role performed by Detective Anderson and his quick decision making in his responses to the suspect, the victim's safety would have remained in peril.
"Detective Anderson's overall performance is outstanding," said Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs. "The dedication, persistence and commitment demonstrated by Detective Anderson exemplify the distinctive qualities and accomplishments of an outstanding police officer and reflect highly upon the law enforcement profession."
Detective Anderson will now be an eligible nominee for the 2013 Brevard County Officer of the Year. He was honored at an awards ceremony on Monday, March 17, along with Melbourne Police Employee of the Year, Jeff Blohm. Communications Supervisor Blohm received this recognition for his exceptional ability to provide officers with the accurate, timely information they need to safely do their jobs in the field. In January 2013, Blohm relayed suspect descriptions and important officer safety issues that assisted with the apprehension of a bank robbery suspect that fled the crime scene in a taxi cab.
On March 10, the Melbourne Police Department and Charlie and Jake's teamed up to raise funds for Special Olympics Florida. Through Special Olympics Torch Run merchandise sales, donations, tips earned by police personnel and a percentage of Charlie and Jake's food sales, a total of $1,552 was raised in four hours.
The Melbourne Police Department is planning to work with other community businesses in the near future to raise additional funds for Special Olympics Florida and will also participate in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run on April 25.
For more information, please contact Sergeant Sheridan Shelley at 321-608-6519.
Melbourne, Fla., March 10, 2014 — State-required testing of the deep well that receives much of Melbourne's treated wastewater is planned to begin on March 17 and may necessitate the temporary discharge of treated effluent into Crane Creek.
Both state and federal environmental agencies require testing every five years to confirm that the disposal well that extends 2,500 feet into the ground is functioning properly. The city's two wastewater reclamation facilities send effluent to the well, which is located just south of Crane Creek.
Water Reclamation Superintendent Eric Blankman said that during the test period, which can extend to five days, efforts will be made to minimize discharges into the creek. Storage facilities will be utilized, and the amount of reclaimed water sent into the community for irrigation will be maximized.
Blankman said that extra treatment measures will be taken to ensure that water going into the creek poses no risk to human health or to marine organisms.
We have to meet very stringent water quality criteria during this planned, mandated event, and we will be continuously monitoring all parameters of the effluent to ensure compliance," Blankman said. The effluent going into the creek will be odorless and will appear cleaner than the dark-colored water that naturally occurs in the waterway.
Additional information is available from Eric Blankman at 321-255-4617.
On March 6 eight citizens officially became the newest members of the Volunteer Citizens Observer Patrol (VCOP) during a graduation ceremony at the Melbourne Police Department.
VCOPs assist the police with essential public services, including vacation home checks, traffic safety, homeland security checks, special events, and patrols and parking. Each of the volunteers completed a 40-hour course that included instruction in CPR, traffic control, defensive driving, and school crossing guard training along with a variety of other patrol procedures.
The Melbourne Police Department is currently accepting applications for new VCOPs. Applicants must process a valid Florida driver's license, be U.S. citizens at least 21 years of age, complete a background check, and be willing to volunteer at least 12 hours a month. The next training session will be announced later this year. For more information call 321-608-6336.
On Monday, March 10, a group of Melbourne Police officers will be protecting and "serving" in an entirely different fashion when they bus tables, fill drinks and help carry food to customers from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Charlie and Jake's Bar-B-Que, 445 E. Eau Gallie Boulevard. In return, the officers are seeking donations, in the form of tips, to benefit Special Olympics Florida and the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Torch Run is part of a year-round fundraising campaign by law enforcement agencies to benefit their local Special Olympics Program. In addition to the donations made by diners, Charlie and Jake's Bar-B-Que will be contributing 10 percent of the proceeds earned during the event.
The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
• What: Melbourne Police "Tip-A-Cop" event
• When: March 10th – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Where: Charlie and Jake's Bar-B-Que – 445 E. Eau Gallie Blvd., Indian Harbour Beach
• Why: To raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics
Future "Tip-a-Cop" events will be held at local Starbucks cafes. (Dates to be announced soon.)
Anyone wishing to receive more information about this event may contact Sergeant Sheridan Shelley at 321-608-6519. For more information on Special Olympics Florida, please visit specialolympicsflorida.org.
Melbourne, Fla., Feb. 26, 2014 — Residents of the Pebble Creek, Arbors at Longleaf, and Preserve at Longleaf neighborhoods along Wickham Road in Melbourne will soon have an easier time entering and exiting their subdivisions thanks to a new traffic signal that will be installed this year. The Wickham Forest neighborhood and nearby commercial properties will also benefit from the new traffic signal.
The Melbourne City Council agreed last night to approve an interlocal agreement between the City and Brevard County to fund the construction of the signal at the intersection of Wickham Road and Pebble Creek/Preserve Drive. The Council approved funding $402,316 toward the construction of the signal and also approved the transfer of $160,215 from Transportation Impact Fees to fund the project. Brevard County will install and maintain the signal.
A disproportionate number of car accidents in the City of Melbourne occur along the Wickham Road corridor. Adding a signal here will help prevent accidents by making it easier and safer for drivers to enter and exit these neighborhoods. This will become even more important as more homes are constructed in the Pineda Springs Subdivision.
Melbourne, Fla., February 25, 2014 — The City of Melbourne will be hosting a new one pitch adult softball league on Wednesday nights beginning April 2, 2014. Games will be held at Southwest Park on Florida Avenue.
Cost is $250 per team and includes a 10-game season (two games per night), one umpire and one scorekeeper. There will be a single elimination tournament at the end of the season, and trophies will be provided.
Teams may register at Eau Gallie Civic Center March 3 – March 21. There will be a coaches meeting on March 26 at 7 p.m.
For more information, please contact Pat Love at (321) 255-4608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melbourne, Fla., Feb. 20, 2014 — The Eau Gallie Civic Center will be offering free classes during the first week of March to anyone interested in trying Zumba or Gymboree.
Zumba: Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Classes are held on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The regular price is $5 per class with some discount rates available for class packages.
— Free Zumba classes will be held March 4 at 9 a.m. and March 5 at 6 p.m.
Gymboree: The Eau Gallie Civic Center will begin holding Gymboree classes in March. Gymboree is designed for young children (18 months – 5 years) and features hands-on art activities including painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, dramatic play and more, to encourage confidence and support artistic potential. Parents participate with their children. Classes will be held Mondays in March from 2:45 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. Regular rates for a 4-week session are $70 per child with a $50 per child rate for siblings. Drop-in rates are $15/class and $12/class for siblings (RSVP required one day prior to class).
— A free Gymboree preview class will be held on Monday, March 3, at 2:45 p.m.
Location: Both Zumba and Gymboree classes will be held at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Avenue, Melbourne.
For more information call 321-255-4608.
Melbourne, Fla., Feb. 18, 2014 — Chuck Bogle, the Melbourne Fire Department's assistant chief of operations, will serve as acting chief of the Melbourne Fire Department when Chief Paul Forsberg retires on February 28, 2014, at 5 p.m. City Manager Mike McNees made the appointment today.
"We are fortunate to have someone with Assistant Chief Bogle's experience to take on the role of Acting Fire Chief during this period of transition," said McNees. "With his leadership, and the experienced assistance of Marty Rethwisch, Assistant Chief of Administration, the Melbourne Fire Department will be in good hands."
Bogle has served as assistant chief of the Melbourne Fire Department since July 2013. Before coming to Melbourne, he was chief of fire departments in Fernandina Beach and Titusville. He has served in fire service for more than 30 years.
Assistant Chief Bogle will work with Chief Forsberg through the end of the month on the transition. Forsberg announced his retirement on Feb. 5, 2014.
Melbourne, Fla., Feb. 17, 2014 — Although the swimming season is still a couple of months away, the City of Melbourne is currently searching for summer staff to help operate the city's three municipal pools May 24 – September 1, 2014.
The city is currently accepting applications for the following positions: pool supervisor, pool manager, lifeguard, swim instructor and head swim instructor. Hiring will begin this month and will continue until the positions are filled.
"These are great seasonal jobs for high school and college students," said Recreation Superintendent Pat Love. "The jobs provide good work experience in positions of responsibility, and you get to be outdoors around people who are enjoying their recreation time." Love also anticipates also hiring some parents and teachers who are looking for summer work.
Positions vary in job requirements and pay levels. Lifeguards must be at least 15 years of age and must have Red Cross certification. Swim instructors must be at least 16 years old and must have completed the Red Cross water safety instructor course. Lifeguard pay starts at $8.35 per hour, and swim instructor pay starts at $8.50 per hour.
To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Pat Love at 757-7149. A complete job listing is available at www.melbourneflorida.org/employ/jobsout.htm.
Melbourne, Fla., Feb. 13, 2014 — In recognition for their exceptional work and heroism in saving the life of a disabled man from a January fire, the Melbourne Fire Department presented a Unit Citation to the Station 75 Engine Crew of Lieutenant Roger Van Kramer, Lt. Dan Morton, Firefighter Jeff Marcan and Firefighter Kevin Hardy during the Melbourne City Council Meeting on February 11, 2014. A Unit Citation is awarded for a team effort under combat conditions including all participating staff members who, in support of departmental operations, distinguish themselves to protect life and property.
In addition, a Life Saving Award was presented to Jeff Marcan and Kevin Hardy, the two firefighters who rescued the man from the burning building. "Lifesaving awards are rare," said Melbourne Fire Chief Paul Forsberg." I have only presented the award one other time in my 9 years with the Melbourne Fire Department. For a firefighter, this is a once in a lifetime type of call." A Life Saving award is given in recognition of an act performed in the line of duty, which through disregard of personal safety or prompt and alert reaction, results in saving a life.
On Jan. 4, Lt. Morton* noticed smoke coming from 200 E. University Blvd. The crew of Lt. Van Kramer, Lt. Morton, and Firefighters Marcan and Hardy called in the fire and responded. Marcan and Hardy entered the 2-story townhouse, while Van Kramer set up command of the fire and Morton secured a water supply for the entry team.
An occupant told the crew that there was a disabled man trapped on the 2nd floor outside of the room that was on fire. Firefighters Marcan and Hardy entered the townhouse and rescued the man. Without the quick actions of the crew in responding to the fire and rescuing the man inside, he may not be alive today.
"The whole reason the Fire Department exists is to respond to emergencies and to save lives," Forsberg said. "While we accomplish these goals on a daily basis in numerous ways, rarely does it take heroic efforts such as these."
*Dan Morton was a Driver Engineer when the incident occurred on January 4, 2014. He was promoted to Lieutenant on February 1, 2014.
The Melbourne Police Department would like to warn the public about a phone scam that could cost victim's thousands of dollars.
On Wednesday, two separate restaurants in Melbourne received calls from a male who stated he was a bill collector for FPL. In the first incident, the suspect told an employee of a local diner that the business owed $1,983.00 for service that had not been paid. He then went on to say that if this payment was not made via a Green Dot Money Pak card (prepaid cash card) within 45 minutes, all power service to the business would be turned off. As a diner employee drove to a local Walmart to purchase a Green Dot card, the suspect called back and was able to obtain banking information from the restaurant. Once this phone call was complete, the business owner contacted FPL and was informed that the phone calls did not originate from FPL or anyone that represents them. The restaurant's bank was notified before any monetary loss occurred.
During the second incident, the suspect called another local restaurant and also informed them that they owed money for FPL services in the sum of $1,489.23. Again, the caller instructed the business to purchase Green Dot Money Pak cards and supply him with the payment information within 45 minutes. Unfortunately in this case, the restaurant manager complied. Once the transaction was complete, the business discovered it was the victim of a scam.
"If you receive an unsolicited phone call from anyone that is telling you that you owe money, do not give them payment until you can verify their claim," says Melbourne Police Community Services Sergeant, Luis Lopez.
According to the their website, FPL will never call and ask for credit card information or take prepaid cards as payment, nor do they ask for any personal information from customers unless the customer initiates the contact.
Anyone who feels they may have fallen victim to a similar scam is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency.
Get gardening tips from the experts at the Florida Friendly Landscaping Seminar. This free event will feature a presentation by Tom MacCubbin, author, television personality and host of the Better Lawns and Gardens radio show.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a soil sample that they would like to have tested (for free). Every attendee will go home with a goodie bag filled with gardening supplies, like rain gages, hose nozzles, and mud gloves, and an understanding of how to intertwine gardening practices with our unique environment. Coffee and breakfast will be provided.
Admission is FREE.
Advanced registration is required:
- Register online: MyBrevardYard.eventbrite.com
- Or call UF/IFAS Brevard County Extension: (321) 633-1702, ext. 224
WHERE: Eau Gallie High School Performing Arts Center, 1400 Commodore Blvd., Melbourne, 32935
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
AGENDA8:30 a.m. Check-in, Display Viewing and Plant Sale
9:00 a.m. Introduction and Welcome
Jennifer Wilster, Environmental Community Outreach Manager, City of Melbourne
9:15 a.m. The Indian River Lagoon Begins in Your Backyard
Kathy Hill, Education Coordinator, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program
10:00 a.m. Gardeners' To-do List to Help Protect the Indian River Lagoon
Sally Scalera, Horticulture Agent, UF/IFAS - Brevard County Extension Office
10:45 a.m. Display Viewing and Plant Sale
11 a.m. Florida's 20 Most Unwanted Invasive Species
Linda Seals, Director, UF/IFAS - Brevard County Extension Office
11:45 a.m. Right Plant, Right Place
Featured Speaker Tom MacCubbin, Host of the Better Lawns and Gardens Radio
12:45 p.m. Closing Remarks and Door Prize Drawing
Jennifer Wilster, Environmental Community Outreach Manager, City of Melbourne
1:30 pm. Exhibits and Plant Sale Close
WHY: The goal of this annual event is to show homeowners how they can help address the environmental problems that plague our natural areas. Participants will learn best practices in landscaping that help reduce runoff and pollution of the Indian River Lagoon, save water, and eliminate invasive plants. The event is a collaboration of the cities of Melbourne and Palm Bay, Brevard County Natural Resource Management Department, Brevard County Utilities Department, University of Florida Extension Office - Brevard County, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, Keep Brevard Beautiful, and Blue Life.
A new segment of Turtle Mound Road connecting Eau Gallie Boulevard to Aurora Road will open by noon on February 7. This road extension will alleviate traffic congestion on Wickham Road and John Rodes Boulevard and will improve north/south traffic in this area.
The right-of-way for the Turtle Mound Road extension was dedicated as public roadway as part of the Veranda Place Subdivision platting process. The extension of Turtle Mound Road was a long-range project identified in both the City of Melbourne Comprehensive Plan and the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization's Long Range Transportation Plan.
The scope of work consists of constructing approximately 2,100 ft. of two-lane, curbed roadway with bike lanes and sidewalk.
The Melbourne Fire Department has acquired a new aerial platform truck that will increase service levels and improve fire ground operations. The truck, a Sutphen SP-95, was delivered on January 26, 2014. Fire staff began training exercises this week. The truck will be placed in service in March 2014 once training is complete and all equipment is installed.
The new truck's 95' platform ladder will enable the Melbourne Fire Department to reach up two floors higher than it could with its 75' ladder truck. The new truck will be kept at Station 74 (1500 Hickory St., Melbourne), which is close to the hospital, Historic Downtown Melbourne, and most of the high-rise buildings in the city.
"The platform on the end of the ladder will make elevated rescues easier, faster and safer," said Melbourne Fire Chief Paul Forsberg. "Firefighters will not have to rely on ropes and knots to rescue people from the roofs of shorter buildings, and rescues will be faster because less set-up time will be required."
The new truck also weighs 18,000 pounds less than the existing 75' truck, and will therefore be less expensive to operate and service.
City of Melbourne Now Accepting Applications for New Advisory Board Members
The City of Melbourne is actively seeking volunteers to serve on volunteer advisory boards that help guide the city in the areas of affordable housing and community redevelopment.
Serving on a city board is a great way to directly impact issues in the city that you care about. Board service also gives you the opportunity to build new skills, gain leadership experience, and expand your professional and personal network.
The city currently has openings on the boards listed below. To find out how you can get involved, call the City Clerk's Office at 321-608-7220 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee: There is one vacancy on this committee. To qualify, you must be a registered voter who is actively engaged in the residential home building industry in connection with affordable housing. Residency in the City of Melbourne is not required. The Affordable Housing Committee reviews established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations and the Comprehensive Plan of the City and recommends specific actions or initiatives to encourage or facilitate affordable housing. The board meets quarterly (March, June, September, and December) at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.
Citizens' Advisory Board: There are two vacancies on this board for citizens who want to help preserve and increase the supply of affordable housing in the City of Melbourne. The Citizens' Advisory Board aids in the planning, oversight and evaluation of federal- and state-funded housing and community development programs and advises the City Council on ways to improve the quality of life in the city's low-income neighborhoods. Applicants must be registered voters who live inside the Melbourne city limits. The board meets the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber.
Babcock Street Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee: The city is seeking two new members to serve on this committee. Applicants must be registered voters who live in Melbourne or work in the redevelopment district. The committee acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council and prepares recommended plans and modifications for redevelopment projects in the Babcock Street Redevelopment Area. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October and December at 8:00 a.m. in the Council Chamber.
Building Board of Adjustment and Appeals: This board considers appeals of decisions and interpretations made by the city's building official. The board meets on request – about once every 12 to 18 months. The city is looking for two new members – one with expertise in engineering and one to serve as an alternate. Applicants must be registered voters who live in Melbourne.
Historic Preservation Board: This board is vested with the power, authority and jurisdiction to recommend local historic designations and to regulate and administer historical, cultural, archaeological and architectural resources in the City of Melbourne. There is currently one vacancy on this board. Interested applicants must be registered voters and should have an expertise or interest in the field of historic restoration and preservation. Melbourne residency is preferred but not required. The board meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber.