Viera High School Girls Soccer and Boys Soccer Teams are District Champs
The Viera High School girls’ soccer team won the 7-6A district championship title after defeating Melbourne High School, 2-1. Melbourne ends the regular season with a record of 8-5-2, while Viera ends the regular season with a record of 9-4-3.
Also, the Viera High School boys’ soccer team defeated Heritage High School on a penalty kick to win a hard fought game, 1-0. The Heritage Panthers end their regular season with a record of 12-4-1 while the Viera Hawks finish with 16 wins and one tie.
Congratulations to all of the athletes, coaches, and the entire Viera Hawks campus community for well-earned championships.
The next stop for both Viera soccer teams will be the regional tournament. For schedule updates, please visit the Viera High School Athletics website.
Brevard County Receives Nearly $20 Million for the IRL
More than 30 storm water related projects will receive federal dollars to mitigate the flow of dangerous nutrients into the Indian River Lagoon.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been distributing grant money to municipal governments for projects that curb the flow of nitrogen and phosphorous into intracoastal waterways. The $19.5 million will be disbursed across the county for 33 projects tackling nutrient mitigation and lagoon protection, with several Brevard County cities and the county government receiving millions for filtration projects.
Mitigating nutrients is key to blocking algae blooms which can deprive the water’s oxygen supply and ultimately become fatal for fish, manatees, and dolphins.
“Storm water projects are some of the most cost-effective ways to reduce pollutants int he lagoon,” said Virginia Barker, director of natural resources for Brevard County. “Compared to septic-to-sewer or dredging or other projects, the benefits outweigh the costs by a significant margin.”
Satellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach received over $2.8 million in grants for exfiltration pipes and storm water basins. Melbourne, Titusville, and Cocoa received $1.2 million, $1.6 million, and $888,000 respectively to improve the IRL.
“Decades of human impacts have resulted in impaired water quality in the Indian River Lagoon, specifically from nutrients,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Shawn Hamilton in a release announcing the funding.
Brevard County received over $4.6 million in funding alone for projects such as gabion-based denitrification systems, meaning wirework walls filled with concrete, rock and other materials will create natural filters for storm water headed toward the lagoon.
To review the news release in full, click here.
Groundbreaking of New Viera Middle School
Last week, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Viera Middle School which is adjacent, and just to the north of Viera High School on Stadium Parkway. The project is a public and private sector partnership.
As a master-planned community, Viera Company anticipated the need for a conveniently located middle school for the area’s growing population. The new Viera Middle School is mostly funded through educational impact fees paid when new homes are built.
The Viera Middle School, projected to open in the Fall of 2024, provides an opportunity for families with young students to remain close to home. The new campus will include a main building, secondary classroom building, and a gymnasium.
To follow the development progress, click here.
Indian River and Brevard Counties Receive First Awards from Governor DeSantis’ Broadband Opportunity Program
Last week, Governor DeSantis announced the first awards released through the Broadband Opportunity Grant Program which is designed to expand access to broadband internet for Florida’s underserved communities. More than $144 million was awarded for 58 projects in 41 Florida counties for broadband internet expansion that will impact nearly 160,000 unserved residential, educational, business, and community locations.
Governor DeSantis said, “Broadband internet access creates jobs and enhances educational opportunities for Floridians. I look forward to continued investments through this program to ensure Florida families have access to important resources no matter where they live.”
The cities of Palm Bay, West Melbourne, Titusville, Mims and Unincorporated Brevard County will receive $573,788 to provide “Fiber to the Home” (FTTH) services to 443 unserved and underserved locations within Brevard County, with minimum download speeds of 300 MBPS and upload speeds of 10 MBPS.
Unincorporated Indian River County will receive $532,147 for fiber optic cable internet service to 674 unserved households in the unincorporated areas of Indian River County with download and upload speeds of up to 1 GBPS.
For additional information about your specific area of service, please contact the Office of Broadband here.