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The Weekly Update
Issue 4.21
February 8, 2021
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THE WEEKLY UPDATE


February 8, 2021

COVID-19

Vaccine Update
The state has launched a statewide pre-registration system for individuals 65 and older and frontline health care workers. Individuals may now pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available by visiting myvaccine.fl.gov or by calling 866-201-5420 or TTY (TeleTYpewriter) 833-476-1525.

The following populations of Florida Residents are currently eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine:

  • Individuals 65 years of age and older
  • Long-term facility residents and staff
  • Healthcare personnel with direct patient contact
  • Individuals deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19
Local Agencies Issuing Vaccines:

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in Florida.

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. 
  • City Offices Closed - President's Day (Monday, February 15)
  • City Council Meeting (6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 16)
  • Code Enforcement Hearing (6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 23) 
  • Planning + Zoning Board Meeting (6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 24) 

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 contractor is continuing with hook-ups of laterals to the new sewer main pipe and grading the new roadway/pedway base material.
construction equipment with dirt and a man and trailer
Connection of sewer laterals to sewer main - looking west.

City Clerk's Office

City Council

  • Prepared for, hosted virtual portion for and attended February 2, 2021 City Council Workshop.
  • Continued preparing and reviewing agenda and items for February 16, 2021 City Council Regular Meeting.

BID #2021-01 – SCADA IMPROVEMENTS

  • Continued distributing Bid/Project information and documents to interested parties.
  • The due date/location for the Bid packet submittals and the Bid Opening will be at City Hall on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. and 2:05 p.m., respectively, with a Mandatory Pre‑Bid Meeting for prospective bidders being held at the Public Works Services Training Room, 601 Thurm Boulevard, on February 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

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.
  • Continued researching and meeting with potential Strategic Planning consultants in preparation for the annual Strategic Planning Retreat tentatively scheduled for March 31, 2021.
for covid-19 vaccine appt pre-registration: myvaccine.fl.gov 1-866-201-5420
all city offices closed Presidents Day Monday, February 15

City Manager's Office

  • Attended the February 2, 2021 City Council “Resiliency Action Plan” Workshop.
  • Met with Waste Pro’s Government Affairs Director to develop a sustainability-based public education outreach initiative for waste and recycling.
  • Communicated with Mayor and Council Members regarding various items and initiatives.
  • Actively monitoring COVID-19 pandemic and communicating information as needed.
  • Attended the Multi-Generational Facility Progress Meeting along with City Staff, W+J Construction, Architects RZK, BCSO and CFR.
  • Continuing to work with W+J Construction and Leisure Services Director on the Multi-Generational Facility project.
  • Reviewed and approved Agenda Items for the February 16, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting.
  • Continued review of draft 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 March 31, 2021.
  • Working closely with Staff on final preparation of the 2020 State of the City Report.
  • Attended EDC’s virtual Board of Directors meeting.

Cultural + Community Affairs

Staff Activities
  • Attended Brevard County Emergency Management and Public Information meetings for COVID-19.
  • Finalized 2020 State of the City Report.
  • Assisted with the Annual Sea Oats Planting event.
  • Issued press release "City of Cape Canaveral Joins Climate Cohort Initiative to Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions."
  • Met with a representative from the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council to discuss items for the Strategic Planning Retreat.
  • Developed logistical plan for the 2021 Virtual Student Art Show. 
  • Submitted final draft of revised City Communications Policy + Style Guide. 
volunteers planting sea oats

Human Resources/Risk Management

Come join our team! Current Vacancies:
Social Security Matters          Unemployment Insurance Fraud and Social Security  02/04/2021 03:00 PM EST     Scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to file fraudulent unemployment claims, often using someone else’s identity. Scammers may even use the identity of someone who is receiving or applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. SSI applicants and recipients who begin to receive—or seemingly begin to receive—State Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits could […]  Social Security Matters

Leisure Services

photo of field cleared and staked
  • 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.
    • Week ending 2/6/21
      • Monthly construction meeting took place between City, Contractor and Architects – work is on schedule.
      • Surveying for building location and installation of batter boards occurred.
      • Digging of footers for the building, as well as installation of underground utilities, commenced and is ongoing through next week.
    • Week of 2/8/21
      • The playground at Sandpiper Park will be temporarily closed for approximately three months on Wednesday, February 10 while construction on Harrison Avenue takes place. The fencing along the playground will be removed and replaced with temporary construction fencing.
      • Construction fencing will be erected in the area until work is complete.
      • The playgrounds at Patriots Park, Manatee Sanctuary Park and Banana River Park remain open for public use.
    • Week of 2/15/21
      • Traffic on Harrison Avenue will be diverted to one way, heading east, between Orange and Magnolia Avenues. The west bound side of the road will be closed for construction for approximately 45 days commencing the week of February 15 and lasting through April.
  • Eight teams for the Adult CO-ED Kickball League are registered and awaiting the season’s first games on February 17, at 6:15 p.m. All five teams from last season are returning to play this season, as well as 3 new teams. Games will be held at Canaveral City Park on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. B.O.A.F. has achieved a “three-peat”, winning the Championship for the past three seasons. The seven other teams are looking to knock them out of position this season so we can have a new Champion.
  • Wednesday Night Tennis wrapped up its season with Andreas and Andre competing in the Championship Match. Andre defeated Andreas in two straight sets. Eleven players are registered and awaiting the next season to begin the week of February 10. The Monday League will come to a close next week with a match between Gary and Chad. There are still a few available spots in the Monday Night League if you are interested in registering. Register online for Monday Night Tennis!
  • Men’s and Ladies Singles Pickleball Leagues are both fully registered and ready to start the inaugural season of Singles Pickleball in Cape Canaveral. Ten players in each League will gather at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex on Fridays for what should be a competitive League. The Ladies will play their matches at 11:00 a.m. followed by the men’s league at 1:00 p.m. Scores, schedules and standings for these leagues are available online!
  • The Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex is adding a Guided Meditation class to the weekly activity schedule, beginning February 10 at 6:30 p.m. The guided meditation class is a six-week program offering a one-hour class every Wednesday evening. This is a perfect way to escape all of life’s stressors and focus on your mental wellness. This class is being offered by licensed Clinical Hypnotherapist and certified CrossFit Coach, Wendie Phillips. The cost to attend is $10 per class or $50 for the entire 6-week session. Register online for Guided Meditation!
  • Saturday, January 30 was a perfect day for the 2nd Annual Space Coast Paddle Battle! Eight Ladies Teams competed in a Double Elimination Tournament at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex for a chance to win the tournament and take home the 1st Place trophy - a signed pickle! After a catered lunch to refuel the players, the Mixed Doubles Bracket played in what was a highly competitive showcase of our local pickleballers. Pickleball local Janie took home 1st Place trophies in both Brackets. Janie and Nancy beat Jan and Mary in two straight sets in the Ladies Bracket, while in the Mixed Bracket Janie and her partner Gregg went to three sets against Tom and Lori. All teams had a great time at the Tournament and are already eagerly awaiting the 3rd Annual Space Coast Paddle Battle, happening in early 2022.
Lori looking to strike down the opponent during the 2nd Annual Space Coast Paddle Battle
Nancy and Janie competing in the ladies bracket at the 2nd Annual Space Coast Paddle Battle
Mixed doubles medalist at the 2nd Annual Space Coast Paddle Battle
Ladies medalist at the 2nd Annual Space Coast Paddle Battle
Guided Meditation. Need a mid-week detox? Try a meditation class. Instructed by licensed Clinical Hypnotherapist and certified CrossFit Coach, Wendie Phillips. Classes begin on Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30pm at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex. Register online at https://capecanaveral.recdesk.com. Registration costs $10 per class or $50 for the entire 6-week session. For more information please contact the Leisure Services Department at (321) 868-1226.

Sustainability

Cordgrasses Added to Riverfront
In line with the City’s ongoing green infrastructure initiatives, last week a series of 40 native sand cordgrasses were planted along the shoreline of Banana River Park in an effort to strengthen the park’s coquina seawall and enhance shoreline stability. Once mature, these cordgrasses will grow extensive root systems that burrow down several feet into the soil, holding it in place and reducing the risk of erosion. Sand cordgrasses are salt tolerant, drought tolerant and can survive extended periods of inundation. 

This section of the park saw significant shoreline erosion after 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. Even though the seawall was repaired after the storm, this simple addition will only serve to increase the seawall’s effectiveness. The City will continue to use green infrastructure where appropriate and feasible to naturally increase the built environment’s resilience. 

This project coincides with another planting initiative that happened the same week on the opposite coast of the City where volunteers helped to plant 20,000 sea oats in the beach dunes. 

photos of new grass plants along the banana river
Sea Oats Planting a Huge Success
Wherever possible, the City of Cape Canaveral utilizes green infrastructure to increase its resilience against climate hazards such as coastal flooding and sea level rise. Being a barrier island municipality, the City regularly contends with powerful tropical cyclones and king tides. The City’s beach and its vegetated dune system are the first line of defense when it comes to mitigating the impacts of these hazards.
 
In order to maintain and continually strengthen its dune system, the City hosts an Annual Sea Oats Planting event. Sea oats are a perennial grass native to the US southeast, being found anywhere from Texas to Virginia. As they grow, the roots of the plants will burrow down several feet and form complex webs, which act to stabilize sand dunes and hold them in place. Above ground, the sea oats long wispy reeds serve to catch wind blow sand, often leading to a buildup of material at the base of the plants. Over time, this build up will cause the sand dunes to increase in height. This height buildup adds to the overall resilience of the beach by allowing it to be able to stop higher tides and storm surges from overtopping the dunes.
 
In January 2021, the City held its largest planting event ever, managing to plant 20,000 sea oats across nearly 2 miles of beach with the help of roughly 400 dedicated volunteers. This green infrastructure initiative is arguably one of the City’s greatest environmental outreach programs, routinely attracting eager volunteers. Years of education and excellent program results (i.e. one of the best vegetative dune systems in Brevard County) have reinforced the success of this program.
 
In 2019 the City of Cape Canaveral released its Vulnerability Assessment, completed after months of analysis and outreach by City Staff and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC), highlighting the threat of rising sea levels and coastal storms in our area. Funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) through their Florida Resilient Coastlines Program (FRCP) — a NOAA approved program — the report created by the ECFRPC examines the impacts of sea level rise and flooding specifically within Cape Canaveral. The report employs several models developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and NOAA to project possible sea level rise scenarios and the respective socio-economic impacts on the City. Timeframes evaluated as part of the report include 2040, 2070 and 2100.
 
According to the report findings the City can expect and should accordingly plan for 5.15 to 8.48 feet of sea level rise by 2100 with the possibility of increasing beach erosion and hurricane activity. In light of these issues, the planting of sea oats is one of the easiest and most economically feasible coastal protection projects presently available. Therefore, the City intends to keep this annual tradition in order to increase beach habitat, coastal resiliency and overall sustainability.
ocean sunrise with city logo and text: Draft Resilient Cape Canaveral Action Plan (2021). City of cape canaveral. Community and economic development department. 100 Polk Ave, Cape Canaveral, FL. 32920. 321-868-1220, cityofcapecanaveral.org

City Council Moves Forward with Resiliency Action Plan
Last week, the City of Cape Canaveral took a historic step in officially unveiling a working draft of its first ever Resiliency Action Plan at a public City Council workshop. This action plan sets forth a series of 56 Preparedness Targets that are intended to be researched and implemented across a 30-year timeline that serve to enhance the safety, readiness, and overall resilience of City operations, facilities, and producers while empowering residents through education and leadership.
 
As the community grows in tandem with the revitalized Space Program and Port Canaveral, the City must also proactively prepare for increasing instances of flooding, the annual threat of damaging tropical cyclones, and sea level rise. Last year, the Atlantic saw its most active hurricane season on record with 30 named storms, 12 of which made landfall in the United States, and resulting in over $50 billion in damages. With this living document, Cape Canaveral sets a course to become a future ready-city that is prepared to handle the effects of a wide range of economic and climatic-related events through the use of sustainable, resilient and forward thinking infrastructure and policies.
 
This Plan was developed over a multi-year, step-by-step process, starting back in 2018 when the City was awarded a grant to develop its first ever Vulnerability Assessment. Funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection through their Florida Resilient Coastlines Program — a NOAA approved program — and created in conjunction with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council, this assessment examines the impacts of sea-level rise and flooding in Cape Canaveral. The report employs several models developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and NOAA to project possible sea-level rise scenarios and the respective impacts on the City. Timeframes evaluated as part of the assessment include 2040, 2070 and 2100. The report also models future sea-level rise and its effect on storm surge.
 
The development of this assessment involved public meetings, public outreach via the City’s social media channels, and an online survey, and took the better part of a year to complete from start to finish. In August 2019 this assessment, its results, and its recommendations were unanimously accepted by the City Council. That same summer - using the extensive body of research from the City’s Vulnerability Assessment - Staff began researching and developing a resiliency action plan that would turn this assessment’s recommendations into actionable targets the City could employ to mitigate and better prepare for current and future threats. According to a report by the National Institute of Building Sciences, for every $1 spent on disaster mitigation projects, such as improving stormwater management systems or strengthening buildings against hurricanes, an average of $6 is saved on future relief costs.
 
The action plan’s Preparedness Targets are to be assessed every five years This five-year review is also an opportunity to remove or change Preparedness Targets as needed for whatever reason. The Plan’s targets are set out across eight Action Categories, which include in order: (1) Green Economy, (2) Natural Systems, (3) Transportation, (4) Energy, (5) Built Environment, (6) Equity and Quality of Life, (7) Waste and Consumption, and (8) Storm Readiness and Sea Level Rise. The action plan’s Preparedness Targets will undergo a Staff review every five years to ensure targets are met, gauge the success of their implementation and provide an opportunity to remove or change objectives as needed. Following this review, Staff will publish a status report to showcase where each Preparedness Target is in terms of implementation and/or success and provide recommendations for changes. All proposed updates would be made public, and there would be a public comment period to seek community input.

Council Members enthusiastically and unanimously supported the development and eventual implementation of the City’s Resiliency Action Plan that was presented at the workshop, citing the very real need for such a document to be in place given the vulnerabilities and risk the City faces. The plan is currently undergoing a council review period, at which point a second draft that incorporates Council Member comments will be presented at the March 31 Council Retreat. After this, the action plan will undergo a period of public comment for community feedback and input. It is Staff and the Council’s goal to formally adopt and begin implementation of the action plan no later than June 2021.

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.
2021-00035654
Arrest
Shawn David Wilbanks, age 40, Brevard County resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance while in physical control of a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia/equipment with residue.
2021-00036367
Arrest
Brittany Nicole Messineo, age 31, Brevard County resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia/equipment with residue.
2021-00036969
Arrest
Melody Angelyca Mendez, age 26, Brevard County resident, was arrested for DUI.
2021-00037381
Arrest
Jorge Lozada, age 55, homeless, was arrested for grand theft other larceny and burglary of an unoccupied structure, unarmed.
2021-00038625
Trespass
Andrew Sean Rigby, age 33, Cape Canaveral resident, was trespassed from 214 Pierce Avenue.
2021-00040843
Arrest
James Ladwig, age 35, Cape Canaveral resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia/equipment with residue.
2021-00041065
Trespass
Catherine Jordan, age 51, Cape Canaveral resident, was trespassed from 236 Canaveral Beach Boulevard.
2021-00041252
Arrest
Luiz Carlos Duarte, age 34, Brevard County resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia/equipment with residue and failure to register motor vehicle.
2021-00042114
Arrest
Angela Chere, age 44, out of state resident, was arrested for failure to appear.

Need to Report-a-Concern?

Residents who wish to report anonymous concerns may do so:
City seal, with graphics of boat, pelican, water and land. Sun space and sea. City of Cape Canaveral.
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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