District 17 Highlights
Melbourne Orlando International Airport Marks Terminal Expansion with Topping Out Ceremony
Airport officials, construction teams and community leaders celebrated the progress of Melbourne Orlando International Airport’s Terminal Renovation & Expansion Project with a Topping Out Ceremony on Wednesday. MLB’s $72 million Terminal Renovation and Expansion Project includes the addition of 86,000 square feet of new facilities, featuring a new security checkpoint, an expanded departure area with new gates, restaurants, retail options and furniture, an expanded international baggage claim, a new welcome center, and four sets of new restroom facilities.
District Football Championship Winners
Two teams claimed district championships in Brevard County high school football on Friday. The Melbourne High School Bulldogs beat the Viera High School Hawks by 10 points earning the team a District 7-7A title. The Merritt Island High School Mustangs played the Satellite High School Scorpions. The Mustangs beat the Scorpions ending the game with a 20 to 7 score. The Merritt Island Mustangs earned a District 8-5A title.
Indian River County
Annual 2021 Industry Appreciation Awards
On Thursday, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual 2021 Industry Appreciation Awards highlighting local companies and non-profit organizations that powered through the pandemic in remarkable ways. Congratulations to the following companies and individuals on all of their hard work!
Companies of the Year
Quail Valley Golf Club, River Club and The Point (75+ employees)
Molinari Pools (25-75 employees)
Lulich & Attorneys (under 25 employees)
Veteran-owned Business of the Year
Postal Connections – Marc J. Richard, Owner
Minority Business of the Year
KSM Engineering & Testing – Ms. Julie Keller, President of KSM
Entrepreneur of the Year
Janice and Steve Milesic, owners of Mattress Market
New World War I Memorial in Vero Beach
A monument to honor World War I Veterans is being established on Vero Beach’s Veterans Memorial Island. The monument will feature a statue of a World War 1 “doughboy” mounted on a four-foot pedestal. “Doughboy” is the nickname given to American soldiers in WW1. The monument will be dedicated in a ceremony on November 11th, exactly 103 years after the official end of World War 1.
The project is being led by John Michael Matthews, a member of the Marine Corps League, retired Air Force Colonel Carlos Halcomb, and retired Marine Corps Colonel Michael DiScipio. Both leaders are members of the Indian River Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.
The monument was funded entirely with private donations. After the dedication, ownership of and responsibility for the monument will be turned over to the city.
The public is invited to the monument dedication ceremony on November 11th at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary located at 100 Dahlia Lane, Vero Beach.
IRC Redistricting Meeting
Indian River County will hold a redistricting workshop on Monday, November 1, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in room #1 of the Cis & Bill Glavin Educational Center, which is located adjacent to the Gifford Youth Achievement Center at 4889 43rd Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32967.
During the meeting, IRC staff will provide a presentation on the three redistricting map proposals that were presented to the IRC Board of County Commissioners at their recent meeting on October 19, 2021. Staff will also share the revised map proposal based on feedback received at the October 19th meeting. During the meeting, members of the public will have an opportunity to provide input on the proposed maps and the redistricting process.
To view the three proposed redistricting maps, click here.
The redistricting meeting is available for participants to attend in person or via Zoom:
- PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android:
- Click here (Password: 863673)
- 888-204-5987 (Conference code: 548660)
IRC Beach Closure
The Indian River County (IRC) Public Works Coastal Engineering Division announced that construction for the Sector 3 Phase 2 Beach and Dune Restoration Project will begin on November 1, 2021, and run through April 30, 2022.
For more information, click here.