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The Weekly Update
Issue 2.21
January 18, 2021
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THE WEEKLY UPDATE


January 18, 2021

COVID-19

Important Vaccine Updates from Brevard County
Brevard County hosted an informational session regarding COVID-19 and the vaccination efforts in our County. This video contains important information and the answers to many common questions around vaccine distribution in our area.
Need help signing up for text alerts from Brevard EOC? Watch their latest video to walk through the process.

Florida Coronavirus Vaccine Program Information:

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed Executive Order 20-315 which outlines that providers can only administer the COVID-19 vaccine to the following groups:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff.
  • Persons 65 years of age and older.
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
  • Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in Florida.


Local Coronavirus Vaccine Program Information:

Community Events

city offices closed 1/18/2021 Martin Luther King Jr Day
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 
  • Central Ditch Dredging
    The City’s contractor is currently dredging a portion of the Central Ditch just south of West Central Boulevard. This area acts as a sump and collects a significant amount of sediment from the northern portion of the ditch. The dredging activities are performed as needed – typically every three years.
  • West Central Boulevard Improvements Project
    The City’s contractor continues the work including the rebuilding of the westbound lane of West Central Boulevard. The work also includes the replacement of a sanitary sewer line and construction of a pedway along the northern side of the roadway. 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.
     
    A number of residents have contacted the City regarding groundwater being discharged to the stormwater system by the dewatering system. Due to high sulfur and organic contents, the groundwater has an odor similar to “rotten eggs”. A sample of the discharge water was collected and analyzed at the City’s WRF Laboratory. Results indicated no fecal coliforms above laboratory detection limits. A high fecal coliform count would indicate a sewer leak. However, the City’s contractor made a number of changes to the dewatering system to address this issue; City Staff will monitor the situation and make further improvements as necessary to control the odor.

City Clerk's Office

City Council

  • Finalized and distributed agenda and packet for January 19, 2021 Regular Meeting.
  • Began preparing and reviewing agenda and items for February 16, 2021 Regular Meeting.

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.
  • Assisted Community and Economic Development Staff with noticing and preparing documents for January 23, 2021 Green Stormwater Solutions Open House at Manatee Sanctuary Park.
  • Coordinated with Human Resources/Risk Management Director to evaluate status of hand sanitizer stations throughout City Hall.
  • Along with City Manager’s Office Staff, tested revisions to Council Chambers A/V equipment.
  • Met with City Manager to further discuss potential Strategic Planning Retreat consulting options and other City business.
  • Continued following up with Council Members, Board Members and City Staff regarding Parliamentary Procedures training.
  • Assisted Mayor Emeritus Randels in participating/attending the Space Coast League of Cities Board of Directors Virtual Meeting.
  • Assisted other City Staff with digital records management questions and guidance.
  • Emergency Ops Staff meeting.

City Manager's Office

  • Reviewed and approved Agenda Items for the January 19, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting.
  • Communicated with Mayor and Council Members regarding various items and initiatives.
  • Met with Council Members to review and discuss Agenda Items for the January 19, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting.
  • Actively monitoring COVID-19 pandemic and communicating information as needed.
  • Met with City Clerk to review the City’s upcoming Resiliency Plan, which is an anticipated item for City Council’s 2021 Strategic Planning Retreat. Due to the large scope of the document, Staff is recommending a preliminary Workshop Meeting with City Council on the topic prior to the Strategic Planning Retreat.
  • Continued to review draft of Personnel Manual with HR Director.
  • Met with City Clerk to review credentials and speak with potential Facilitators, details and logistics in preparation for the 2021 Strategic Planning Retreat, tentatively planned for late March.
  • Met with Public Works Services, Cultural + Community Affairs, Leisure Services, and Human Resources Directors, and other City Staff to discuss the logistics of the Coast Guard City program.
  • Continuing to work with W+J Construction and Leisure Services Director on the site work being done for the Multi-Generational Facility project.
  • Working closely with Staff on final preparation of the 2020 State of the City Report.

Cultural + Community Affairs

Staff Activities
  • Attended Brevard County Emergency Management and Public Information meetings for COVID-19.
  • Continued work on the 2020 State of the City report.
  • Staff Historian began cataloging a collection newspaper of clippings, gathered from the Brevard County Archives, relating to both City and Port Canaveral history. The primary source documents range in dates from the 1960s to the mid-1990s and once reviewed, will become part of the City's historical collection.   
labeled envelopes containing news clippings from 1960s-70s
Envelopes containing newspaper clippings representing decades of Cape Canaveral history. 
Know the code. Stat + local fire prevention lawas
Local Fire Codes: Beach Fires
Open, uncontained fires, of any kind, are prohibited in all city parks, including but not limited to city beaches. Cooking fires are permitted on city beaches provided that they are confined within a self-contained UL-listed contain
er. Notwithstanding the foregoing, lighting a fire for the purpose of cooking is permitted provided such fire is contained wholly within a container or device manufactured for cooking purposes and approved by the City’s Fire Chief or his designee.

Florida State Fire Prevention Code: Cooking on Balcony
For other than one- and two-family dwellings, no hibachi, grill, or other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purpose shall be used or kindled on any balcony, under any overhanging portion, or within 10 ft (3 m) of any structure.

Florida State Fire Prevention Code:Storage of L.P. Gas + Grills
The Florida Fire Prevention Code prohibits the storage or use of L.P. gas in quantities greater than 1 pound above the first floor in any apartment or condominium. Therefore, L.P. gas grills cannot be stored on a balcony. It is important to note that L.P. gas cylinders cannot be stored inside the residential unit or anywhere above the first floor.
photos of three rockets.

2021’s Launch Cadence
In the year 2020 there were 31 launches from the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. In 2021, there could be significantly more, some involving brand new state-of-the-art rockets. This year could see first time launches of United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Vulcan Centaur Rocket, Blue Origin’s massive New Glenn rocket, and NASA’s even larger Space Launch System (SLS) Rocket. 

Public and private launchers estimate there could be over 50 launches in 2021 from the Cape should schedules hold and quick turnaround times be maintained. SpaceX has stated it is pursuing close to 48 launch attempts, including a launch of its Falcon Heavy Rocket. ULA has stated it will undergo 10 launch attempts, with Blue Origin and NASA also both attempting to launch their own new rockets with at least one test flight. 

The City will provide regular launch coverage on its media channels to ensure residents and visitors are aware of each launch, share traffic alerts for high profile lift offs, and issue sonic boom notices when necessary.

Human Resources/Risk Management

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Fits your child. Fits your car. Used correctly, every time. A child should remain in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly, the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember, a child should ride in the back seat if younger than 13 years old. A seat belt will restrain a child safely in a crash once they are big enough for the lap belt and shoulder belt to fit properly. In Florida, children ages 4 and 5 must be in a separate carrier, integrated child seat, or booster seat. Once a child outgrows the forward-facing car seat, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, and should always be in the back seat. If the vehicle does not have a backseat, the booster seat should be used with the air bag turned off. A booster seat positions the seat belt properly so that the lap belt lies snugly across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt lies across the shoulder and chest. A child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer. Keep a child rear-facing as long as possible. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe. If the vehicle does not have a backseat, the forward-facing car seat should be used with the air bag turned off. A forward-facing car seat has a five-point harness and tether that limits a child’s forward movement during a crash. A rear-facing car seat is the best seat for a child under age 2 to use. Infant-only seats can only be used rearfacing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing a child to be rear-facing for a longer period of time. If the vehicle does not have a backseat, the rear-facing car seat should be used with the air bag turned off. A rear-facing car seat has a harness and, in a crash, cradles and moves with a child to reduce the stress to the child’s fragile neck and spinal cord. To set an appointment at a local FHP station and have a certified Trooper help inspect a seat, visit flhsmv.gov/childsafety. REAR-FACING CAR SEAT FORWARD-FACING CAR SEAT BOOSTER SEAT SEAT BELT REAR-FACING CAR SEAT FORWARD-FACING CAR SEAT BOOSTER SEAT SEAT BELT REAR-FACING CAR SEAT FORWARD-FACING CAR SEAT BOOSTER SEAT SEAT BELT REAR-FACING CAR SEAT FORWARD-FACING CAR SEAT BOOSTER SEAT SEAT BELT Seat Belt BOOSTER SEAT forward-facing car seat rear-facing car seat 13 YEARS 12 YEARS 11 YEARS 10 YEARS 9 YEARS 8 YEARS 7 YEARS 6 YEARS 5 YEARS 4 YEARS 3 YEARS 2 YEARS 1 YEAR BIRTH booster seat forward-facing car seat rear-facing car seat SEAT BELT Teach your CHILDREN TO BE Car and Driveway Tips School Bus and School Zone Safety Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety • Never leave a child unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle. It can be extremely hot year-round in  Florida and can result in the child’s injury or death. A car’s temperature can rise by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. • When getting out of the vehicle, check to make sure all children are out and safe. Put a purse or other important  item in the backseat with the child as a reminder. • Keep vehicles locked in driveways or garages and store keys out of the reach of children to avoid the chance of  becoming trapped in a vehicle. • Teach children to never play in, on, around, or under vehicles. Keep toys or bicycles off of the driveway. When  backing out of a driveway or parked spot, make sure all children are accounted for and look twice before moving. • Parents and children should watch for and obey signals from school crossing guards. • Only drive or park in authorized areas to drop o or pick up children at school. • When waiting for the school bus, children should stay back from the road and never sit  on the road or curb. When the bus stops, children should wait for the driver to tell them  that it is safe to board. • Children should sit properly in the seat facing the front and use an “inside” voice to  always hear and listen to the driver. • Teach children to never speak to strangers at the bus stop or get into a car with a  stranger. Make sure they tell the bus driver, a teacher, and parents if a stranger tries to  talk to them or pick them up. • All bicycle riders and passengers under age 16 are required by Florida Law to wear  a helmet. Always wear a properly fitted helmet and securely fasten the strap. • Be seen. Wear neon, fluorescent, or bright colors and something that reflects light  when riding or walking at night. • Obey all traic laws. Cross at intersections and never pull out into the roadway from  between parked cars. Use bike lanes whenever possible. • Always walk on the sidewalk if there is one and always cross at corners or in crosswalks.  Do not cross if the crosswalk signal is red or displaying “Don’t Walk.” For more materials, please go to: flhsmv.gov/childsafety

Leisure Services

Construction site with bobcat loading cut trees into semi-truck trailer
Construction site with small bobcat removing concrete pad
  • Multi-Generational Facility (MGF) – Weekly updates of construction progress and significant milestones will be outlined here. Information will also be posted on the City's Projects page, under MGF.
    • Clearing and grubbing were the main accomplishments this week.
    • Demarcation of building with stakes and locations of utilities.
    • Meetings with utility companies.
    • No active Osprey nests were observed on site.
    • Anticipated work through the end of January:
      • Prepping building pad area.
      • Prepping/installing storm drains in preparation for building.
      • Forming for building pad.
  • The first round of playoffs for Adult Co-ed Kickball was postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions and unplayable field conditions. The Playoffs will resume as scheduled next week beginning at 6:15 p.m. at Canaveral City Park. If you’re interested in registering for next season, registration is open. Sign up online to reserve your spot in the upcoming season of Adult Co-ed Kickball!
  • A new season of Racquetball kicked off with 10 players registered. Matches are played every Wednesday evening at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex. The defending Champion, Roger, has jumped out to an early lead by winning his first two matches against Gail and Greg.
  • The Mixed Doubles Pickleball season finished up and Playoffs will take place next Monday afternoon. All eight teams will play in the Tournament, competing within their bracket until we crown a Champion. Teams that finished 1-4 in the standings make up Division 1, while 5-8 make up Division 2. The split Division will allow teams to compete within their skill level players and still have a chance to win it.
  • The next season of Wednesday Tennis is now full! Eleven players are registered and waiting to begin matches in early February. There’s still room for Monday Night Tennis, so if you want to play tennis, don’t wait. The new season is scheduled to begin February 8. Sign up online to reserve your spot in the upcoming season of Tennis!
  • Pickleball is registering new leagues at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex. The Ladies Singles League is now full with eight players waiting to begin matches on Friday mornings starting February 5. Men’s singles and doubles are still looking for teams to register for leagues beginning in early February. Sign up online to register for upcoming Pickleball programs!
  • The 2nd Annual Space Coast Paddle Battle is set to take place on Saturday, January 30. Both the Ladies bracket and Mixed Doubles bracket are full with eight teams in each. All tournament players will receive a commemorative tournament t-shirt, lunch and many great promotional items as a part of the player packet.
Space Coast Paddle Battle January 30, 2021 Cape Canaveral, FL
www.cityofcapecanaveral.org ADULT SINGLES TENNIS CITY OF CAPE CANAVERAL ATHLETICS FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE CITY OF CAPE CANAVERAL LEISURE SERVICES DEPARTMENT @ (321) 868-1226 Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex Mondays @ 6:00pm (intermediate) Wednesdays @ 6:00pm (intermediate) 10 matches + playoffs • $3 per match Must be 18+ to play SCAN THE CODE TO REGISTER! https://capecanaveral.recdesk.com

Sustainability

GREEN STORMWATER SOLUTIONS OPEN HOUSE J A N U A R Y 2 3 , 2 0 2 1 | M A N A TEE P A R K 1 0 A M - 2 P M Join us to examine "green" flood solutions for Thurm Blvd. and resilience policies for the City's Comprehensive Plan. HELP US CREATE A BETTER AND MORE RESILIENT FUTURE FOR CAPE CANAVERAL As per CDC guidelines, masks and social distancing will be required. If you have any questions, please contact the City at (321) 868-1220 x139 GIVEAWAY PLANT
Green Infrastructure Open House
Join us to examine "green" flood solutions for Thurm Blvd. and resilience policies for the City's Comprehensive Plan.
HELP US CREATE A BETTER AND MORE RESILIENT FUTURE FOR CAPE CANAVERAL!
As per CDC guidelines, masks and social distancing will be required.
If you have any questions, please contact the City at (321) 868-1220 x139
***Plant Giveaway*** 
2020 was another warm year. Chart showing trend of much above normal warmth has persisted since 2015. from Melbourne weather forecast office

2020 Continued Above Normal Warmth
According to the National Weather Service office in Melbourne, 2020 continued an overall trend of well above normal warmth across East Central Florida that has persisted since 2015. Average temperatures for the year all ranked within the Top 5 warmest for sites across the area.

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Melbourne is the local weather office in charge of issuing all official daily forecasts and severe weather warnings for several East Central Florida counties, including Brevard, as well as 60 miles out into our coastal waters.

The NWS is a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which itself falls under the U.S. Department of Commerce. According to its mission statement, “...the National Weather Service provides weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.” There are 122 forecast offices situated throughout the U.S. Each one is staffed 24/7, 365 days a year.

photo of juvenile potted mangrove plants
Adopt-A-Mangrove Program
The City of Cape Canaveral has established the Adopt-A-Mangrove Program to provide interested property owners with the opportunity to “adopt” Mangroves. This is a voluntary program that will assist with the planting and care of these important plants, which serve a critical role in the health and well-being of the Indian and Banana River Lagoon systems. Rules and guidelines must be met and followed by interested Mangrove “Adopters” who wish to partake in this volunteer community outreach initiative before planting on one’s property can begin. These guidelines are meant to ensure resident safety, City Code and state compliance and local environmental. Not meeting any one of the following can result in the refusal of participation by City Staff. Please read the Adopt-A-Mangrove Program Guide for further information. Only those with properties that directly border the lagoon or a waterway connected to the lagoon are eligible for this program.
The registration period to receive a Mangrove will end Friday, March 26. City of Cape Canaveral Adopt-A-Mangrove Packet Mangroves are a critical aspect of Florida’s marine ecosystems. Sometimes called the “kidneys of the coast,” Mangroves filter water they are situated in and can maintain water quality that helps coral reefs and near shore seagrasses grow. Due to their dense root structures, Mangroves also help to stabilize coastlines by reducing shoreline erosion, decreasing incoming wave energy, minimizing storm surge heights and potentially providing a wind break. This program falls in line with the City’s goal of planting 300 new Mangroves on its lagoon shoreline within five years.
Volunteers needed, sea oat planting, Jan 30, 8a-12 p Cherie Down Park. Photos of people planting on beach and City seal

Community Sea Oat Planting
The humble and unassuming sea oat is arguably one of the most important plants on the barrier island as they are critical to the wellbeing and stability of our vital sand dunes. Once mature, the root structures of these plants act as rebar would in a concrete building, stabilizing dunes and holding them in place during storm surge and coastal flooding events. They also help to catch wind driven sand, building the dune system higher over time. Since 2005, volunteers and City Staff have planted over 100,000 sea oats on Cape Canaveral beaches. 

On Saturday, January 30 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. the City will take delivery of and plant an incredible 20,000 sea oats; doubling last year's count. We need all the volunteers we can get to help. Plats of sea oats will be divided up evenly across all 17 public beach accesses for planting. 

Hope to see you then! More info on the event can be found on the City's Facebook event.

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 were conducted throughout this reporting period.
2021-00006788
Trespass
Jeremy Michael Locicero, age 24, homeless, was trespassed from 202 Pierce Avenue.
2021-00007019
Trespass
Christopher D. Olinger, age 35, out of state resident, and Rachel Marie Harrison, age 37, out of state resident, were trespassed from 300 Arthur Avenue.
2021-00009706
Arrest
Courtney Jean Fettig, age 32, Brevard County resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia/equipment.
2021-00010220
Arrest
Kortell Jones, age 26, out of county resident, was arrested for violation of probation, driving while license suspended and reckless driving.
2021-00011198
Arrest
Patrick W. Welke, age 52, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for battery and burglary of unoccupied dwelling.
2021-0011525
Arrest
Jennifer Leigh Duke, age 44, Brevard County resident, was arrested for DUI.
2021-0012343
Battery
Conrad Mark Green, age 49, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for battery.
2021-00012475
Arrest
Josue Vicente Martinez, age 23, out of state resident, was arrested for no driver’s license.
2021-00012673
Arrest
Gavin Eugene Shelton, age 22, Brevard County resident, was arrested for resisting an officer without violence; burglary of unoccupied dwelling and threat with serious bodily injury.
2021-00013333
Arrest
John Samuel Bode, age 19, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for an active warrant for failure to appear.
2021-00014411
Arrest
Allen Williams, age 26, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for possession of cocaine w/possible intent to sell.
2021-00016464
Arrest
Angela Marie Michlin, age 37, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell/manufacture and possession of controlled substance without a prescription.

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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