The Weekly Update
Issue 2.21
January 11, 2021


January 11, 2021


Sign Up for Brevard County Text Alerts

Brevard County Emergency Management will use the Nixle Alert emergency notification system to announce appointment opportunities as they arise, and based on supply availability, for COVID-19 vaccinations.  

Currently, there are no appointments available for vaccines administered by the Florida Department of Health-Brevard. However, when supplies are available, residents will be notified by press release, on social media and via alerts that you can receive on your mobile phone from the Nixle notification system. To register for text alerts, simply create a new text message on your mobile phone to 888777 and in the text message body write Brevardeoc, and hit send.

Picture of woman with bicep curled and man with arms crossed. "We can do it" we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, wear a mask, avoid crowds, wash hands."

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 for information on current City projects.

  • Major Water Reclamation Facility (WRF)/Collections System Improvement Projects
  • Estuary Property Activities 
  • Roadway Restriping
  • West Central Boulevard Improvements Project
    The City’s contractor continues to 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.

construction scene: Installation of base material for new westbound lane (looking west).
Installation of base material for new westbound lane (looking west).
construction scene: Installation of new sewer line (looking east).
Installation of new sewer line (looking east).

City Clerk's Office

City Council

  • Continued preparing and reviewing agenda and items for January 19, 2021 Regular Meeting.


  • Attended December 22, 2020 Packet Opening, where one submittal was received, and processed minutes.

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 ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Multi-Generational Facility.
  • Shared memorial service information with Elected Officials and Staff and arranged for flowers to be delivered from the City of Cape Canaveral. in honor of former Cocoa Mayor Jake Williams, Jr.
  • Met with City Manager regarding potential Strategic Planning Retreat consulting options and other business.
  • Followed-up with Board Members regarding Parliamentary Procedures training.
All City offices closed Martin Luther King Jr Day, Monday, January 18, 2021. Sea Oats Planting at Cherie Down Park Saturday, Jan 30 at 8am, Volunteers Needed

City Manager's Office

  • Attended Multi-Generational Facility Pre-Construction meeting with W+J Construction, Architects RZK, Canaveral Fire Rescue, BCSO, City Engineer, City Building Official, MGF Project Manager, as well as team members from Finance and other City Staff.
  • Reviewing Agenda Items for the January 19, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting.
  • Actively monitoring COVID-19 and communicating information as needed.
  • Met with City Attorney, BCSO Commander and Community + Economic Development Director regarding:
    • Upcoming Short-Term Rentals Ordinance
    • Recurring BCSO nuisance calls/complaints on Ocean Garden Lane
    • Florida Statutes pertaining to Motorized Vehicles on sidewalks
  • Communicated with Mayor and Council Members regarding various items and initiatives.
  • Met with Community + Economic Development Director and Sustainability Manager to review the City’s upcoming Resiliency Plan. This is an anticipated item for City Council’s 2021 Strategic Planning Retreat. Staff is currently working toward a preliminary Workshop Meeting with City Council on the topic.
  • Met with City Clerk to review potential Facilitators, details and logistics in preparation for the 2021 Strategic Planning Retreat, tentatively planned for late March.
  • Participated in the Space Coast County City and Town Managers COVID-19 Conference Call.
  • Attended conference calls with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team as needed.

Community + Economic Development

Sign Assistance Program for 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 clientele.

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 has begun accepting applications for this program.

For more information on eligibility, available funds and the application process, visit:
Resilient Cape Canaveral Open House
Join us on Saturday, January 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. @ Manatee Sanctuary Park Pavilion to examine "green" flood solutions for Thurm Blvd. and resilience policies for the City's Comprehensive Plan.


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***

Florida Department of Transportation Tentative Five-Year Work Program
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) invites you to a virtual public hearing regarding the Tentative Five-Year Work Program for fiscal years 2021/2022 through 2025/2026, beginning Monday, January 11, 2021 and ending Friday, January 15, 2021 for 24 hours each day.

The purpose of the tentative work program is to provide direction on where and when to build transportation system improvements, and is used to forecast funds needed for improvements across all modes of transportation including: roadway, bicycle, pedestrian, freight, trails, transit, aviation, seaports and spaceports. This tentative work program provides proposed transportation projects for the nine (9) counties that form FDOT District Five: which includes Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties and includes Florida's Turnpike Enterprise projects in these counties. The public hearing is being held to present information and receive community feedback.

The Department is offering multiple ways for the community to participate in the hearing. All participants, regardless of the platform they choose, will be presented with the same information as seen on the website.

  • Virtual Option: Interested persons may join the Virtual Public Hearing (VPH) from a computer, tablet or mobile device. A VPH is a free live presentation or webinar over the internet. This online hearing will be open and available 24 hours a day for citizens to view and comment on project information at
  • In-Person Appointment: FDOT representatives are available during this week at the FDOT District Five Office, located at the address below. You can schedule a meeting at the district office by calling (386) 943-5499 or by email to
  • In-Person Open House Option: Participants may attend an in-person open house on Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. by going to the FDOT District Five Office, located at 719 South Woodland Boulevard, DeLand, FL 32720. The Department requests advance registration for this option to ensure all attendees are accommodated safely and according to social distancing guidelines. To register for the in-person option, please call (386) 943-5499 or email Attendees will be asked to follow all safety and sanitation guidelines as well as adhere to any local ordinances. Potential attendees who are not feeling well should not attend the in-person hearing.

Comments can be made through the website at by clicking the “Comment” button and submitting a comment or participants may submit comments by calling (386) 943-5499 or emailing While comments about the tentative work program are accepted at any time, please send your comments by January 29, 2021 to be included in the records for this public hearing.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator at

Persons who require accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should call (386) 943-5499 or email at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).

If you have any questions or comments about the tentative work program, please contact (386) 943-5499, email at, or U.S. mail at Florida Department of Transportation, 719 S. Woodland Boulevard, MS 501, DeLand, Florida 32720.

Cultural + Community Affairs

Florida, do I need to stop? The penalty for illegally passing a stopped school bus while displaying a stop signal is $200. Illegally passing on the side children enter/exit is $400. Your license can be suspended for a 2nd violation within a 5 yr period. Divided roadway: On a highway divided by a media, cars traveling in the opposite direction are not required to stop but should proceed with caution. Multilane paved across: Vehicles traveling in both directions MUST stop. Two Lane: Vehicles traveling in both directions MUST stop.
Heads-up Brevard! As of January 1, 2021, penalties have doubled for motorists who fail to stop for a school bus or who pass on the side that children enter/exit when the school bus displays a STOP sign signal. Take a moment to refresh yourself on school bus arm laws.

#ZeroIn and follow the rules of the road to ensure the safety of yourself and others. #StopForSchoolBuses 🚌🛑
Staff Activities
  • Attended Brevard County Emergency Management and Public Information meetings for COVID-19.
  • Continued work on the 2020 State of the City report.
  • Developed press materials for February publications. 
  • Coordinated outreach plan for "SustainaWhat?" webisode series.

Financial Services

The November Financials are now available online

Human Resources/Risk Management

Come join our team! Current Vacancy:
Heating Fire Safety Follow these heating tips to help maintain a fire-safe home this winter. Space Heater • Keep anything that can burn, such as bedding, clothing and curtains, at least 3 feet away from the heater. • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off. • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room. • Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip. • Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory. Fireplace • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks jumping out. • Do not burn paper in your fireplace. • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home. • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 3 feet from your home. Wood Stove • Make sure your wood stove is 3 feet from anything that can burn. • Do not burn paper in your wood stove. • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home. • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional. Furnace • Have your furnace inspected each year. • Keep anything that can burn away from the furnace. Kerosene Heater • Only use kerosene heaters from a recognized testing laboratory. • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off. • Refuel your cooled heater For more information and free resources, visit outside.

Leisure Services

  • Multi-Generational Facility (MGF) – Weekly updates of construction progress and significant milestones will be outlined here. Information will also be posted on the MGF specific page on the City webpage  and can be viewed on the City's Projects page.
    • W+J secured footprint of area that will first be addressed during construction.
    • Trees specified for removal were tagged.
    • Staff removed basketball hoops, benches and trashcans from construction area as well as located and painted reuse, sewer and electrical located underground throughout the park.
    • Preconstruction meeting took place on January 8, 2021 discussing all aspects of the project.
  • Staff replenished the clay at Canaveral City Park’s Little League field. Running lanes and infield were cut and the field was refreshed for the upcoming Little League season. It was a lot of work, but the field looks amazing.
  • Staff repainted the lines on the Pickleball courts over the holiday break. All Leagues took two weeks off to celebrate the holidays, so Staff got busy in making huge improvements to the courts. Players have shown great appreciation for the new bright colored lines and enjoy playing at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex! Looking to learn how to play Pickleball? Join a group of Pickleballers on Monday and Wednesday mornings at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex. No need to bring equipment!
  • Mixed Doubles Pickleball resumed its season after having the past two weeks off. Teams will play one more regular season match before entering the Playoff Tournament. The top four teams from the regular season will make up Division 1 in the Playoff Tournament, while the bottom four teams make up Division 2. Teams will compete within their division for a chance at winning the Championship for the inaugural season of Mixed Doubles Pickleball in Cape Canaveral.
  • Kickball players returned to the field Wednesday night for the final matchups of the regular season. All five teams will make the playoff bracket with a chance to move their way into the Championship match. Playoffs will take place over the next two weeks at Canaveral City Park. Currently B.O.A.F. leads all teams with an undefeated 8-0 record. They have locked up the number one seed in the playoffs.
  • Monday Night Tennis is nearing the end of the season. Gary leads all players with an 7-0 record. Players will have one week to make up any matches before beginning the Playoff Tournament.
  • Registration is open for many Cape Canaveral athletic leagues! Sign up online to reserve your spot in the upcoming season!
  • The new year activity schedule is now available at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex! This is a perfect way to keep your New Year’s resolution and have a blast while doing it. Join one of our many group fitness classes today! See the online activities schedule online!
Local players, Janie and Joe, show their gratitude for the newly painted line by presenting staff with a signed thank you card by all the regular pickleball players.
Freshly painted pickleball lines at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex
Staff removing basketball hoops
recently cut running lanes on baseball field.


Volunteers Needed. Sea Oats Planting Jan 30, 8am - 12pm, Cherie Down Park. Photos of people planting sea oats and city seal.

Annual Community Sea Oats 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 + volunteers will plant an incredible 20,000 sea oats; doubling last year's count. We need all the volunteers we can get to help, no sign-up necessary, just show up! Hope to see you then!

Go online for more info on the event

Brevard County Launches 'Resilient Brevard' Project on Climate Change
The Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department has launched “Resilient Brevard,” a project to develop proactive strategies, policies, and a plan of action to increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. “Resilient Brevard” seeks to identify coastal vulnerabilities and provide local policy recommendations to minimize and mitigate the effects of flooding, storm surge, and sea level rise. The project, launched by Brevard County and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC), is focused on five general areas:

  • Economic resilience
  • Public services & safety
  • Resilient development
  • Public health and equity
  • Resilient nature-base practices

The County would like your input on creating an economically and environmentally resilient community!

  • What about the quality of life in Brevard County matters most to you?
  • What are the impacts of climate on your quality of life?
  • What are the vulnerabilities we need to prepare for over the next 50-75 years?
  • What are the most appropriate proactive strategies to make our community more resilient?
  • Where would you apply those strategies in the unincorporated areas of Brevard County?

Please take their short survey to help assist with the scope of the project by visiting

The survey will be available through Friday, January 22, 2021. Two virtual public workshops will be held to discuss the survey findings and to update the community on strategy development and policy recommendations.

Please email to sign up for email notifications of upcoming public workshops. For more information on “Resilient Brevard” please visit, or call Lori Cox, ECFRPC, at (407) 245-0300.

2021 SustainaWhat? Series
Throughout the 2021 calendar year, the City will be releasing monthly community outreach sessions in a virtual webisode series called, SustainaWhat? This series will mostly explore environmental, resilience, and sustainability-based topics relating to the City of Cape Canaveral, as well as other important issues such as hurricane preparedness and the latest happenings involving the revitalized space program. Each webisode will be facilitated by either a City Staff member or a guest speaker relevant to the webisode’s topic.

Each webisode session will be one-hour long, and will be posted for public viewing on the City’s website and other media channels the last Thursday of every month. Should any of the sessions be cancelled or their topics changed a new flyer will be made available as soon as possible with up-to-date information.

The first webisode will be released on Thursday, January 28. It is called, A Look Ahead: 2021 Rocket Launches and Milestones. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified of webisode releases! 

A Look Ahead: 2021 Rocket Launches and Milestones Online Release: January 28 Community Gardening and Native Planting Online Release: February 25 Sea Turtles Showcase Online Release: March 25 Urban Forestry Info Session Online Release: April 29 Hurricane Season Info Session Online Release: May 27 The Brightline Railway Online Release: June 24 Water Reclamation Facility, Stormwater, and the IRL Online Release: July 29 A Discussion on Solar Energy Online Release: August 26 National Drive Electric Week EV Expo Online Release: September 23 Brevard Zoo and Oyster Info Session Online Release: October 28 Trash Talk III: Alternatives Online Release: November 25 Summary of 2021 City Sustainability Projects Online Release: December 30 SustainaWhat? The ongoing City webisode series for fun, knowledge, and everything cool...

Lagoon Update
According to the Save Our Indian River Lagoon (SOIRL) Program, 37 projects have been completed as of 2020 in the Save Our Lagoon Plan. These projects have reduced/removed over 39,000 pounds of excess nitrogen annually from the Indian River Lagoon system. One such project was even in the City, a new and improved second generation baffle box completed in December 2017 on West Central Blvd that helps to remove debris from stormwater runoff.

There are 15 projects currently under construction that will reduce over 135,000 pounds of nitrogen. Additionally, there are 35 projects under design and permitting that will reduce over 393,000 pounds of nitrogen annually. This year's Save Our Lagoon Plan update, which is expected to go before the Board of County Commissioners for approval in February, is recommending adding an additional 35 projects totaling over 32,000 pounds of annual nitrogen removal. When complete the plan will reduce over 1.2 million pounds of nitrogen annually.

For more information on how you can help the lagoon check out for easy ideas to incorporate around your home or business. Also be sure to check out the City’s new Indian + Banana River Lagoon Stewardship webpage.

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 linked below. Only those with properties that directly border the lagoon or a waterway connected to the lagoon are eligible for this program. Registration to receive a Mangrove begins today, Monday, January 11 and ends 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.
photo of potted baby mangroves


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 

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.
Lance Deloreon Jenkins, age 33, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for possession of cocaine w/intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia/equipment.
Nicholas Andrew Morales, age 29, out of state resident, was arrested for an active out of state warrant. 
Wanda Sue Naylor, age 51, Cape Canaveral resident, was trespassed from 211 Circle Drive, Apt. 11.
Alexis Alvarado, age 60, Brevard County resident, was arrested for DUI.
John Vestel Hutcheson, age 25, Brevard County resident, was arrested for driving while license suspended w/knowledge.
Neil Jenkins, age 35, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for battery
Joyce A. Reed, age 52, Brevard County resident, was arrested for DUI.
Leslie Ann Maki, age 47, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for violation of probation and battery.
Lisa Louise Eddy, age 58, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for DUI.
Timothy Childers, age 23, homeless, was arrested on an active felony warrant for petit theft. 
Amy Renee Skinner, age 46, unknown residence, was arrested for trespass and open container.
Timothy Scott Childers, age 23, homeless, was arrested for trespass.
Lisa Belflower, age 53, unknown address, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and violation of probation.
Summer Brook Gunn, age 27, Brevard County resident, was trespassed from Banyan Cove Town Home on Riverside Drive.
Jade Dyan Lawhon, age 30, Brevard County resident, was arrested for battery.

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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