Keep Brevard Beautiful announces new anti-littering initiative along State Road 528
Keep Brevard Beautiful announced a new anti-littering initiative along State Road 528 to help alleviate the littering problem in the area. The “Pick it up, Pack it out” campaign is a joint effort between KBB, Brevard County, Florida Department of Transportation, Port Canaveral and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
Money provided by Brevard County helped KBB allocate a new trailer and dumpster to use in the area. Volunteers will now have easier access to popular spots where litter can accumulate and keep those areas litter-free. Florida Department of Transportation helped secure additional funds to add 36 signs warning of a minimum $150 fine for littering. Additionally, a grant from the Space Coast Office of Tourism will allow KBB to conduct more frequent trash pick-ups in the area.
Save Our Indian River Lagoon (SOIRL) Program Reaches Historic Milestone After Completing 50 Restoration Projects
Five years after Brevard County voters approved a half-cent sales tax to clean up the Indian River Lagoon, county, state, and municipal officials have officially marked the completion of the 50th restoration project and announced another 50-plus projects. In 2016, Brevard County voters passed a half-cent sales tax to benefit lagoon health and restoration from Mims to Micco, and including the mainland, Merritt Island, and the Barrier Island.
The SOIRL Program prioritizes and implements projects to improve the health, productivity, aesthetic appeal, and economic value of the lagoon. Projects are designed to reduce pollution and nutrient loading to the lagoon, remove accumulated muck, restore key points of the lagoon ecosystem and respond to changing conditions and information.
Since its inception, SOIRL projects have included 43 septic upgrades, septic tanks (32 quick connects and 360 through septic to sewer projects,) and shoreline protection that includes 27,290 square feet with oysters and 3,753 linear feet of planted vegetation.
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Indian River County Parks & Recreation to Host Third Live Well! Speaker Series Event on Physical and Mental Wellness
The Indian River County Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with the Senior Collaborative of IRC and the Florida Blue Foundation, will host its third Live Well! Speaker Series for active adults on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Intergenerational (iG) Center, located at 1590 9th Street SW Vero Beach, FL 32962.
The Live Well! Speaker Series is a FREE six-part series focusing on important health and wellness topics for residents ages 55 and older. The December 8th event will feature information concerning physical and mental wellness. Guest speakers include Brett Hall, Executive Director of the Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County, and Vicki Soule, Director of Treasure Coast Community Health.
The meeting is available for participants to attend in person or virtually via Zoom:
- To join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android, click here. (Password: 614047)
888-204-5987 (US Toll Free)
Conference code: 122065
Elite Airways to Resume Flights from Vero Beach in 2022
Elite Airways will resume flights into the Vero Beach Regional Airport in 2022. The airline temporarily moved services to the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in September when the Vero Beach airport began improvements. The improvements include repaving the runway and replacing signs, edge lights and other navigational aids. Elite has provided service at the airport since December 2015 and was the first to provide commercial flights through Vero Beach since American Eagle in the mid-1990s. Elite provides flights to Newark, New Jersey; White Plains, New York; and Portland, Maine. The airline will offer flights to Newark starting March 25th.