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The Weekly Update
Issue 41.20
December 21, 2020
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THE WEEKLY UPDATE


December 21, 2020
***There will be no Weekly Updates on 12/28/2020 + 1/04/2021.***

COVID-19

Florida received its first deliveries of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines last week. Due to ultra-cold storage requirements of this specific vaccine, initial deliveries were given to major hospitals in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and South Florida. Supplies for now remain limited, and only residents of long term care facilities and frontline healthcare workers are eligible to be vaccinated. The City will continue to provide COVID-19 vaccine updates as they become available. Please continue to practice CDC recommendations as vaccine dissemination begins, and remain vigilant this holiday season.

Community Events

Please note: The City of Cape Canaveral, in a proactive attempt to encourage social distancing, will continue to evaluate the cancellation or postponement of future events on a case-by-case basis. Please check our website or Facebook for cancellations. 

Cape Canaveral Public Library

  • The Cape Canaveral Public Library is open for business!
  • Curbside pick-up is available at all Brevard County Public Library locations. When you are ready to pick up a book hold, just give the Library a call and let them know you’re on the way! 
  • For more information on any Library activities, booking the activity space for private events and meetings, or to find out how you can get involved with your local Library, call (321) 868-1101.

Capital Projects

Current Projects: Please visit www.cityofcapecanaveral.org/projects for information on current City projects.

  • Major Water Reclamation Facility (WRF)/Collections System Improvement Projects
  • Estuary Property Activities 
  • West Central Boulevard Improvements Project
    The City’s contractor initiated work to include the replacement of a sanitary sewer line and construction of a pedway along the northern side of West Central Boulevard. The initial phase of work includes closing the westbound lane to traffic; the eastbound lane will be two-way traffic for the foreseeable future. The work area includes West Central Boulevard from SR A1A to Thurm Boulevard and will include the construction of streetscape amenities similar to Ridgewood and North Atlantic Avenues.
Installation of new sewer line on West Central Boulevard - looking east.
Installation of new sewer line on West Central Boulevard - looking east.
  • Baffle Box Cleaning
    The three nutrient separating baffle boxes located in the Central Ditch along the northern side of West Central Boulevard were cleaned of debris by the City’s contractor. These three baffle boxes collect the most sediment of all the baffle boxes located in the City. Approximately 20 cubic yards of debris were vacuumed from the baffle boxes.
Vacuum truck at West Central Boulevard baffle boxes – looking east.

Vacuum truck at West Central Boulevard baffle boxes – looking east.

City Clerk's Office

City Council

  • Prepared for, hosted virtual portion for and attended December 15, 2020 Regular Meeting.
  • Processed items approved and/or authorized by Council.
  • Continued preparing and reviewing agenda and items for January 19, 2021 Regular Meeting.

BID #2020-03 – HEADWORKS AND FILTER IMPROVEMENTS

  • Attended December 15, 2020 Bid Opening, where 15 submittals were received, and processed minutes.

RFP #2020‑01 – COMMERCIAL SURF SCHOOL FRANCHISE

  • The due date/location for RFP packet submittals and the RFP Opening will be at City Hall on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. and 3:05 p.m., respectively.

COVID-19, Hybrid (in-person & remote), Staff Meetings and other items

  • City Clerk’s Office Staff are staggering working remotely and on-site, in an effort to continue following federal, state and local social-distancing, stay-at-home, PPE and phased return‑to‑work guidelines.
  • Attended Florida League of Cities monthly webinar.
  • In coordination with the City Manager’s Office, distributed new agenda process SOP.
  • Finalized and submitted Departmental section for annual State of the City.
Happy Holidays! City offices closed December 24-15. All City offices closed New Year's Day Friday, January 1st. Code Enforcement Hearing. Watch online Cityofcapecanaveral.org. Follow us on Twitter @CityofcapecanaveralFL

City Manager's Office

  • Met with Council members to review and discuss agenda items for the December 15, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting.
  • Met with Mayor Hoog and District 2 County Commissioner Lober to discuss the Cherie Down Park Interlocal Agreement.
  • Attended the City Council Meeting on December 15, 2020.
  • Held in-person/virtual monthly Directors/Staff Meeting.
  • Communicated with Council Members and the Mayor regarding various items and initiatives.
  • Participated in the “Here to Help: Improving your Government’s Customer Service” ICMA Webinar.
  • Attended conference calls with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and City Manager/County Manager teams.
  • Actively monitoring COVID-19 activity; evaluating and communicating information as needed.

Community + Economic Development

Small business sign grants. Apply starting january 4 - learn more at https://www.cityofcapecanaveral.org/government/sign_program.php
CAPE CANAVERAL COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY TO OFFER SIGN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES

Small business success is a key component of a successful and vibrant community. Therefore, in an effort to increase local business awareness, economic productivity, and aesthetics within the City, the Cape Canaveral Community Redevelopment Agency is launching a Small Business Sign Assistance program to incentivize certain small business owners to improve business signage by replacing existing older and outdated signage that is not only more aesthetically attractive for the residents and visitors, but to increase their brand exposure and improve the chances of attracting new and repeat clientle.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the Program, Grant awards will be considered on a first come, first served basis - based on a completed application, with reimbursement up to 50% of the cost of the new signage, and a maximum allocation up to $5,000 per applicant and property.

The City will begin accepting applications for this program on Monday, January 4, 2021.

For more information on eligibility, available funds and the application process, visit: www.cityofcapecanaveral.org/sign_program.

Cultural + Community Affairs

Staff Activities
  • Attended Brevard County Emergency Management and Public Information meetings for COVID-19.
  • Assisted with remote operations technology and ADA accessible broadcasting of the City Council meeting.
  • Attended monthly Director's Staff meeting.
  • Continued work on the 2020 State of the City report.
woman with roomful of wrapped presents
Giving Tree Program Wraps Up
The Giving Tree brought out the absolute best in our community! The outpouring of gifts and support for families in need this year was the most we've ever seen. So many Christmas mornings will be absolutely magical due to this wonderful program. THANK YOU to everyone who participated + the Staff and Council Members who made this magic happen.

Financial Services

Finance Award Presentation at the December 15 Regular City Council Meeting to Administrative & Financial Services Director John DeLeo.
Two men, inside, one holding award, other holding paper.

Human Resources/Risk Management

Come join our team! Current Vacancy:
CENSUS.GOV/SCHOOLS Fun Facts: The 2020 Holiday Season Holiday Helpers In 2018, 9.8 million workers aged 16 and over were employed as full-time, year-around retail workers. Together, these three detailed occupations accounted for 6.3 percent of the total labor force: • Retail salespersons—more than 3.3 million with median earnings of $35,301. • Cashiers—more than 3.3 million with median earnings of $22,109. • First-line supervisors of retail sales workers— approximately 3.1 million with earnings of $42,421. Holiday Celebrations This festive, holiday season is a time for celebrating, gift giving, reflection, and thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its collection of statistics. Word Scramble Answers: Sources: Data on this page come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 County Business Patterns, USA Trade Online, Vintage 2019 Population Estimates, and American Community Survey Report, Retail Workers: 2018. Word Scramble Unscramble the holiday words below. rtenpsse koicose sophgipn yfilam dsifren blcreteae ordsecitnao wson rrdeiene hsilgt The Spirit of Giving In the United States in 2018, there were approximately: • 3,000 baked goods stores. • 3,000 candy and nut stores. • 4,000 department stores. • 8,000 toy stores. • 21,000 jewelry stores. Holiday Decorations China led the way with approximately— • 9 out of 10, or 92 percent ($2.2 billion) of U.S. imports of ornaments in 2019. Cambodia led the way with approximately— • 5 out of 10, or 47 percent ($485 million) of U.S. imports of Christmas tree lights in 2019. Vietnam led the way with approximately— • 5 out of 10, or 47 percent ($256 million) of U.S. imports of candles in 2019. lights, reindeer, snow, decorations, celebrate, friends, family, shopping, cookies, presents Did you know there are two places in the United States named Santa Claus? Santa Claus, Indiana – population 2,411 and Santa Claus, Georgia – population 159.

Holiday Safety

The holidays are a great time for family and friends to create many memories together. Safety when you leave the house and travel is an obvious concern at FLHSMV, but please remember, safety begins with you.

Leisure Services

Top tier runners take off the start the 25th Annual Reindeer Run.
Runners gather for the 25th Annual Reindeer Run.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Santa Claus at the 25th Annual Reindeer Run.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Junny with YDS PAL Director Mary Jane Binney at the 25th Annual Reindeer Run.

REINDEER RUN RE-CAP
The 25th Annual Reindeer Run was a huge success this past Saturday, December 12 at Cherie Down Park. Over 500 runners gathered to run/walk in this Cape Canaveral holiday tradition. Runners were split into timed tiers to promote social distancing and many participants wore masks until race time. Race participants were entered in a raffle to win many great prizes donated by local community sponsors and 57 randomly selected racers went home with prizes such as restaurant gift cards, hotel stays, Universal Studios tickets and much more. The race’s top finishers, as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female for each age division, received trophies and medals designed by local artist, Hassan Patterson.

ATHLETIC LEAGUES
Access up-to-date scores, schedules and standings for all City Athletic Leagues

Pickleball: The inaugural season mixed doubles pickleball gathered at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex last Monday afternoon for its Week 5 matches. Kimble and Christine are leading the way with a perfect 5-0 record. Come Playoff time, the top four teams will make up Division 1 and the bottom four teams will make up Division 2. Teams will compete within their division for a chance to become Cape Canaveral’s first Mixed Doubles Pickleball Champions. 
The Ladies Pickleball League continued its season this week with 32 ladies meeting at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex on Thursday night. Linda and Kathy lead the way at 4-0 and look to take the top seed going into the Playoff Tournament for the 3.0+ Division. Luna and Nicole currently sit at 4-0 in the 3.0- Division and look to stay undefeated after the holiday break.

Racquetball: The Fall Racquetball League session came to an end this past week with Roger retaining his title as the Cape Canaveral Champion! Roger beat Tim in a very competitive final match. We will see both players back in January 2021 when the new season kicks off!

Tennis: Monday and Wednesday Tennis continued their seasons last week as both leagues inch closer to the Playoff Tournaments. Gary is leading the Monday League with an undefeated record while Chad and Thorpe are battling for the top spot in the Wednesday Night League. Both Leagues will take two weeks off for the holidays and return to play in January for the final stretch of this season before the Playoffs begin. Both Leagues are currently registering players for the next season beginning in early February. 

Kickball: Adult Co-ed Kickball took the field Wednesday night for a fun-filled evening. B.O.A.F. won the first game against Coaster’s Taphouse by a score of 15-4. JT’s defeated W.S. in the second game 6-2. Players will return to the field on January 6th for the final games of the regular season. 

Outfielder tracks down a fly ball during Wednesday night kickball

Public Works Services

  • Harbor Heights entryway median is complete. Staff installed a triple Christmas palm and some crotons in the median island to give the area a brighter, more colorful look and finished it off with some trim and river rock.
  • Staff cleaned beach end access points with Mobi-mats, removing the sand overburden to allow continual ease of access for residents and visitors.
  • Center Street and SR A1A received a much needed makeover. Staff removed all invasive species of plants that were choking out the existing landscaping and refreshed the look of the entire area. This is part of the beautification plans that the Infrastructure Maintenance Team are implementing throughout the City.
man bending over doing landscaping with plants and grass
palms in medium along roadway
two men pushing wheelbarrows of mulch, outside
new mulch in bed along road

Sustainability

Be sure to join the City on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. at Cherie Down Park (8330 Ridgewood Ave, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920) to help plant 20,000 sea oats! This is the most amount of sea oats ever planted in one event by the City. These plants, which can be found across the southeast and gulf coasts, are extremely important to the health of beach habitats and the City’s coastal resilience. Their massive root systems that grow down into the dunes are capable of holding sand and soil in place during severe weather events like hurricanes and tropical storms, acting like rebar would in a concrete building. 

The event will run from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. or until all plants have been planted. You are encouraged to wear sunscreen, bring a hat, bring your own trowel for digging, and have plenty of water to stay hydrated. Also, due to COVID-19 it is encouraged that you wear a mask when in close proximity to others and practice appropriate social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be provided onsite. Wooden dowels will also be provided for digging, but free hands will also work well!

https://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_unpa.pdf

Since 2005 the City has planted over 100,000 sea oats. Hope to see you there! 

BCSO

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
Canaveral Precinct
 
Here at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, we are very proud to be serving the residents, business owners and visitors of the City of Cape Canaveral. We all have a responsibility in keeping our City safe and we continue to need your partnership to ensure we continue to do the best job possible.
 
The following numbers will assist us all in our common goals:
 
To Report an Emergency:                  911
Non-Emergency Dispatch:                (321) 633-7162             
Cape Canaveral Precinct:                  (321) 868-1113
 
Everyone has a different vantage point and please never assume we already know what you know. Also, it is very important that you report any suspicious behavior, as it is occurring – please do not delay. 
 
Please refer to our website for the many additional services we offer to our community from fingerprinting, notary services, to arranging a house check www.brevardsheriff.com/home/how-do-i/request/ 

Thank you for your continued support of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office!  

Below are samplings of the actions taken by Canaveral deputies during this reporting period. 
Please note: All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.  
Beach Patrol Several beach patrols and beach access patrols conducted throughout this reporting period.
2020-00430491
Arrest
Sharon Nicole Kirk, age 23, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for domestic violence.
2020-00430851
Trespass
Steven Antwan Jackson, age 31, Brevard County resident, was trespassed from 151 Center Street, Enviro-USA.
2020-00430904
Arrest
John James Young, age 29, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.
2020-00431536 Trespass Megan Elizabeth Teminsky, age 39, Cape Canaveral resident, was trespassed from Kennedy’s Lamp Post, 7822 N. Atlantic Avenue.
2020-00431150
Trespass
Susan Fairfield King, age 67, Cape Canaveral resident, was trespassed from 1000 Shorewood Drive, Holiday Inn Club Vacation.
2020-00433102
Arrest
Jagger Hardy, age 49, out of county resident, was arrested for DUI.
2020-00433325
Arrest
Stephan Paul Winter, age 49, Brevard County resident, was arrested for DUI.
2020-00433260
Arrest
Phillip Muntaz Osman, age 58, out of County resident, was arrested for DUI.
2020-00433052
Arrest
Robert Schaffer, age 31, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for battery.
2020-00434032
Arrest
Luis Beltran Perdomo Ventura, age 27, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for DUI.
2020-00434287
Arrest
Clayton Mitchell Greene, age 32, Brevard County resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia/equipment.
2020-00434337
Arrest
Salvatore Joseph Lamastra, age 35, out of county resident, was arrested on an active out of county warrant.
2020-00435666
Arrest
Joshua Dewayne Fay, age 29, Brevard County resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession/use of drug paraphernalia

Need to Report-a-Concern?

Residents who wish to report anonymous concerns may do so:
As a member of the Cape Canaveral Community, you are our eyes and ears. You can easily report a concern by submitting the info via the City website portal Cape Connect. The message will be automatically routed to the appropriate department. We need as much information as possible to address your concern quickly and efficiently. Don’t hold back when it comes to details! Let us know the time, date, exact location and anything else you think is important.
Visit the Report a Concern page for more information.
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