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February 8, 2020 – Celebrating the birthday of Pioneer John Sams
Video: Norman “Toppy” Feil… Tropical fruit on N. Merritt Island
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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
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.
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/
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.
Current Zoning/Land Use page
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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:
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.
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.
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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