Items of Interest

2021 NMI Citizen Survey Results

From time to time, the NMIHOA has conducted surveys to better understand the opinions of the North Merritt Island residents. For this 2021 survey, included in the May issue of Courtenay Notes, NMIHOA partnered with Merritt Island Redevelopment Agency (MIRA) which is updating a community area plan. Below is a graphical summary of the results, as they were presented at our July 5, 2021 meeting by Larry Lallo, MIRA Director.

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06/01/2021-Waste Management collection guidelines

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Find Site – Dredged Material Management Area (DMMA)

The permanent DMMA will serve Reach III of the
Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) in Brevard County during
channel maintenance operations.
The DMMA will provide sufficient capacity to dewater and
store 514,000 CY of dredged material

For Find Site Plans, Click:

03/01/2021-FindSite-HOA Meeting

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Templatelogo Brevard County Emergency Management

1746 Cedar Street
Rockledge, Florida 32955-3133

www.embrevard.com

Office: (321) 633-6670
Fax: (321) 633-1738

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE
Don Walker
Communications Director
(321) 690-6843
don.walker@brevardfl.gov
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

12/29/2020 10:35:24 AM

FDOH-Brevard to Schedule Appointments for Moderna COVID-19 Vaccination Series

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. — The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County (DOH-Brevard) will offer free, appointment-only COVID-19 vaccinations of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, January 4, 2021.

Appointments are available to:

  • Those ages 65 and older
  • Healthcare workers who provide direct patient care but who are not associated with a hospital system. 

The appointment line, 321-454-7141, will be available to make COVID-19 vaccination appointments starting today (Tuesday, December 29, 2020) for the drive-through vaccination clinic at 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera. Appointments will be scheduled beginning Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Vaccinations will be administered Monday through Friday, between 1:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., until further notice. A driver’s license or healthcare badge is required at time of appointment.

Please review the COVID Vaccine Fact Sheet and screening questions on the COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form prior to your appointment. If you answer ‘yes’ to any screening questions, you will need to bring a doctor’s note to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Print and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form to bring to the appointment for more efficient service.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccination series is two doses, given one month apart. If you receive one dose of the Moderna vaccine, you should receive a second dose of the same vaccine one month later to complete the vaccination series. After vaccination, you will be asked to park nearby for 15 minutes to be monitored for adverse reactions. Please visit d “Moderna Facts and Privacy” at (LINK) for additional information on what to expect during and after the vaccination.

More information about the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine can be found at https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua/recipients/.

 

For the COVID-19 Vaccine consent form and for the Moderna Facts and Privacy form visit FDOH Brevard’s COVID-19 Testing Information at http://brevard.floridahealth.gov/events/2021/01/covid19-vaccination.html

Everyone, including those who have received both doses of vaccine, should continue to follow CDC recommendations on wearing face coverings, social distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene.

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Re: “Public Hearing – Amendments to Chapter 62, Article VI, Zoning Regulations, Relating to Vacation Rental as a Permitted Use in Certain Zoning Classifications” 

This county-wide ordinance change (not just one zoning change), authored by District 3/Palm Bay Commissioner John Tobia, will allow
        short-term vacation rentals (such as AirBNB or VRBO) inside
         ALL residential areas/neighborhoods of Brevard County –  regardless of zoning.
There is no mention of regulating possible noise, privacy and safety violations and who would pay to enforce them
public hearings:
Wed Nov 18 2020, 1PM 
  Building Construction Advisory Committee
Mon Nov. 23 2020, 3PM
  Planning and Zoning Board/Local Planning Agency (LPA)
Will be DECIDED by the Brevard County Board of Commissioners
    Both Dec BCC public meetings –
Tues December 8, 2020,  
Board of County Commissioners Meeting, 5pm
and
Tues December 22, 2020, 
Board of County Commissioners Meeting, 9am
All meetings will take place at the Brevard County Government Center,
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. C, Viera, FL 32940
Interested citizens can go to the Brevard County website
     then click on   “11-23-20 LPA Agenda Packet”  (blue link), scroll to pg. 150 to read Dist 3. Comm Tobia’s changes to county residential communities to allow transient rentals in county neighborhoods; can read current public concerns at end.
Citizens must attend meetings and/or email/contact commissioners to comment.
The NMIHOA can only publicize info to NMI (or other interested) residents and when it is up for decision by the commissioners.
But only residents can decide to participate in these meetings where the commissioners vote to change or preserve their neighborhoods.
Only citizens can tell the commissioners whether or not to change the law.
If residents have concerns or comments about this proposed (probable) change in the county codes they need to –
1. Gather/cite specific, credible evidence of impacts
2. WRITE/EMAIL (and call or visit) their county commissioner with succinct, specific concerns regarding the proposal, before the meetings when it will be discussed.
3. At least WRITE/EMAIL the other commissioners before meetings (an appointment and visit would be great!)
4 ATTEND and SPEAK at the meetings, especially at the commissioners’ meetings regarding the proposed change.
If people think that a proposed change will be good – or bad – for them/their community they must not sit by but
   MUST PARTICIPATE   to get results.

brevardfl.gov   – search county commissioners – the five districts are listed separately.  It’s good to look them up and address them respectfully.

D2.Commissioner@brevardfl.gov         our dist. commissioner
frank.abbate@brevardfl.gov        our county manager
  How are other communities dealing with this?
A good article with overviews of 13 states’ regulations.  Scroll to read New York City’s.
Oxnard CA just voted to regulate these rentals in neighborhoods to try to curb some of the problems they were creating:

IntelTransport_Project_Flyer_pdf

Waste Management Contract For Unincorporated Brevard County: News You Can Use…

BREVARD COUNTY, FL — Following a competitive bid process, and opting to continue same-service twice-a-week solid waste collection, once-a-week recycling collection and once-a-week yard waste collection, the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners awarded Waste Management a new seven-year contract. The new contract will increase residential garbage and recycling collection from $139.70 a year to $194.28. The increase will be reflected as a separate charge on property tax bills beginning in November 2020. As part of its contract with the County, Waste Management faces fines for missed pickups on scheduled pickup days. Information on how to file a complaint or to report a missed scheduled pickup is included below.

Unincorporated Curbside Residential Collection

Brevard County’s Unincorporated areas are provided curbside collection of garbage, recycling and yard by Waste Management.

If you live within City or Town limits please contact them for information on your collection services.

Residents of Unincorporated Brevard County have three collections per week.

Garbage is collected twice per week. Occasionally you may have excess garbage that will not fit in your cart. In such cases, the waste must be bagged (no garbage cans) and set beside the cart so as not to interfere with the arms of the autoloader.

Recycling and Yard waste are collected one day each week.

Place garbage and recycle carts; yard waste and yard waste cans within 5 feet of the curb the night before your collection day or before 6:00 a.m. Residential collection begins at 6:00 a.m. and runs through 8:00 p.m.

Special Collection Solid Waste

Any type of solid waste not reasonably capable of being place in an automated collection cart or any item not reasonably capable of being reduced in size not exceeding four (4) feet in length, twenty-four (24) inches in diameter and fifty pounds (50) in weight.

Examples include:

  • household furnishings
  • appliances
  • electronics
  • bicycles and other bulk items
  • each household shall be entitled to set out up to four (4) automobile tires with or without rims for collection per year

Please call Waste Management Customer Service at the numbers listed below for “special collection solid waste” or if you have questions concerning your service or collection days.

North Brevard – (321) 636-6894

South Brevard – (321) 723-4455

Holiday Schedule for curbside collection of unincorporated areas

The collector shall not be required to furnish collection services on the following specified Holidays:

  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

There will be no make-up days.

The Collector shall notify all customers whose normal collection day falls upon such holidays that no collection service will be provided on such day and the date of the next normal collection day at least ten (10) days and not more than thirty (30) days prior to said holiday.

Said notice shall be in the form of an advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation published within the County and published on the Collector’s website.

Brevard County residents can use any of our Disposal Facility locations during normal operational hours.

To File a Complaint:

Solid Waste Collection must be completed by 8 p.m. on designated collection days. If your solid waste has not been collected by 8 p.m. and you want to file a complaint, visit: http://sites.brevardcounty.us/sct#/

Your request will be sent to the Brevard County Solid Waste Department.

If you have questions please contact the Solid Waste Department at 321-633-2042.

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Video: Norman “Toppy” Feil… Tropical fruit on N. Merritt Island

Don’t Forget To See:

2019 Pioneer day Feb. 9 – Images

2018 Christmas Golf Cart Parade Images

2018 NMIHOA Community Picnic – Images

2019 Christmas Golf Cart Parade Images

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SAS (Small Area Study) Update: Completed!

On Nov. 1, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. Board of County Commissioners in Viera.

The Commissioners decided to postpone the acceptance of the study “as is” for further study of Flooding and …

More info to come…

Please continue to contact the Commissioners to accept the North Merritt Island “Small Area Study” as is and amend in the future if necessary!

It will SHAPE the FUTURE of North Merritt Island

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March 15, 2018, 11:45 AM EDT

The Demucking Sykes Creek or Muck Removal To N. Merritt Isl.

Back story: This de-mucking is one of the 42 projects designed to clean up the Indian River Lagoon, originally from the unanimous recommendations made in January and February 2017 by the “Save Our Indian River Lagoon Project Plan Citizen Oversight Committee” and brought  to the Brevard County commissioners.

In March 2017, The Brevard County commissioners unanimously approved those projects, allocating a total of $25.87 million from the special half-cent-per-dollar sales tax to be used for lagoon cleanup efforts. Total cost of these projects which will affect areas from Mims to Micco, is $68.77 million. The balance will come from other funding sources. $10 million has been allocated  for the Sykes Creek muck dredging project.

Now: The winning proposal to remove the muck (from the Kiwanis Island area) of Sykes Creek will pump 642,000 cubic yards of muck  8.5 miles through 16-20” pipes with the assistance of 5 large diesel booster pumps to a 65 acre site on E. Crisafulli Rd. on N. Merritt Isl.This site will be bermed 10-15 ft. on its’ perimeter and there is no requirement to remove any material.The pumping will be ongoing for approximately 2 years.

From Chris Cook – I briefly attended the end of a meeting in Jim Barfields office Tuesday.  Mr. Barfield is solidly opposed to pumping water and Muck to the Crisafulli Rd site as recommended by the selection committee (it was the low bid). County Staff from Legal, Procurement, Environmental, Roads and Bridges and zoning were all in agreement that this was not a good thing to do for the County and NMI.  Nobody was in favor of it.

What Mr. Barfield is planning to do is request that the current procurement be cancelled, and a new RFP be written up with more specific options of what would be acceptable methods and outcomes for demucking Sykes Creek.   Mr. Barfield requested 3-4 alternatives be developed.

These would be reviewed by us and we could input our preferred options. – This proposal will be presented to the Commission on April 24th.

We will need folks to contact and speak with the Southern Commissioners (and Pritchet) to let them know our opinions as this whole idea could be voted down 3-2 and the current route move forward.  However… County staff is doubtful that the current proposal is feasible or permitable.   In any event, we need to keep pressure on the other Commissioners.

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March 12, 2018, 10:17:51 AM EDT

From Waste Management Inc. of Florida:

Florida Greenways and Trails Dale Allen, President of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation, was our guest speaker at the February 2018 meeting.

To find out more Go To: http://fgtf.org/

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Feb. 27, 2018 – Attention:

In case you were unaware, there are many plans for cruise parking lots in our area.  The latest is a 700 space lot off of Smith Road on the barge canal.

 Currently anyone with a BU-1, BU-2  PBP, PIP, IU-1 or IU-2 can put a cruise parking lot on the property (administrative approval) without any community input or requirements such as traffic study, setbacks, surface water plan, etc.   Another concern is that these parking lots will not generate significant public revenue to offset impacts to the local area and decreasing adjacent property values.
Please see the attached notice of the proposed commercial overnight parking ordnance by Jim Barfield. This proposal will allow those zonings to have cruise parking, but as a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), which will require those items and allow community input.   This does not infringe on property owners rights to utilize their property as a parking lot, but does require they go through appropriate review and provide for community input.
This proposed ordnance will go before the County Commission on the March 1 meeting at 5 pm in Viera.  It would be helpful if representatives in our community would attend and support this important ordnance.    It is not safe to assume that since the other District Commissioners are not affected by this ordnance that they would support our District, which will see the brunt of the impacts if this is not approved.
Thank you.
Christopher A. Cook, CEM

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View:

Current Zoning/Land Use page

And Some Archives To View:

Pioneer Day Feb. 10, 2018 Images

2017 Christmas Golf Cart Parade Images

2017 NMIHOA Community Picnic – Images

MIRA Economic Impact-ClosewatersLLC

Pioneer Day 2017 Images

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 Note:  After reading the below information about your lagoon, if you are concerned about the diesel, heavy cargo freight train being proposed by the Canaveral Port Authority to be built through our Indian River Lagoon, Wetlands and National Wildlife Refuge, you may register your opinion through a Merritt Island Citizen generated site:

http://stopportcanaveralrailextension.com/   or

http://www.noportrail.com/

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Lawn Watering Restrictions

The most current lawn watering restrictions can be found at the St. Johns Water Management site http://www.sjrwmd.com.  They have changed with daylight savings time to one day per week, no more than one hour per Zone excluding the hours of 10 am to 4 pm.  For odd number addresses the days are Wednesday and Saturday.  For even number addresses Thursday and Sunday.

Restrictions apply to private wells and pumps, ground or surface water and water from public and private utilities.

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Fertilizer Use in the Watershed

A Fertilizer Ban is governed by an ordinace which states: “No fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus shall be applied during the ban from June 1 to September 30.” Residents may be fined up to $500 for non-compliance.

The watering restrictions and fertilizer ban are measures being taken to improve the water quality of the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Johns River. This is one way everyone can take part in restoring our waterways.

https://sites.google.com/site/fertilizeruseintheirlwatershed/

This Google Sites website is for anyone needing information about the new fertilizer use regulations.  Both administrators who need to educate and constituents who need to learn will benefit from the information on the website.  All material on this website is available for your use. Link to the website or any page that serves your needs.

In addition, the UF Extension has posted a simple chart for Brevard County to check their area for each part of the ordinance: <ahref=”http: brevard.ifas.ufl.edu=”” ordinances.shtml”=””>http://brevard.ifas.ufl.edu/ordinances.shtml

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