Canaveral City Park Exfiltration Project
The City’s contractor completed a majority of the work located at the eastern end of Canaveral City Park. The only remaining construction activity is to install a specialty valve within the main valve box; the valve should be delivered to the site in late July. The telemetry system will then be connected to the City’s SCADA for operation from the WRF. The purpose of this Project is to connect the City’s reclaimed water system to the exfiltration system beneath the Park. This will allow for the discharge of excess reclaimed water to the exfiltration system instead of the Banana River.
Ocean Woods Buffer Zone Project Maintenance Project
Work will be commencing soon on the clearing of an overgrowth of rank vegetation from the Ocean Woods North Buffer Zone adjacent to the Harbor Heights neighborhood. Once the overgrowth of rank vegetation is removed, the HOA will obtain permitting for stormwater/drainage improvements. Replanting of appropriate trees will then take place. As part of a cooperative agreement, Ocean Woods will provide a mail-out to adjacent Harbor Heights Property Owners.
Please contact Todd Morley, Economic Development Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (321) 868-1220 for more information.
- Removing and repaving International Dr.
- Removing and repaving International Dr. Curbing
- Removing and repaving Lindsey Ct.
- Repaving Harbor Heights Beach access parking lot
Polk Avenue Drainage Improvements
Surveying and other field investigations continue in the work area for this Project. The drainage improvements include the installation of larger stormwater manholes and pipes on Polk and Orange Avenues in an area that has experienced extensive flooding.
WRF Improvement Projects
WRF/Collections System Improvement Projects
Staff continues to meet with selected firms to assist in the engineering design for several future projects (some funded by the SRF Program) as follows:
- WRF SCADA System – Stantec, Inc.
- Consultant is investigating various supplier’s systems that could meet the City’s needs.
- Lift Station #3 Rebuild (West Central Blvd.) – Mead and Hunt
- Design of replacement lift station located adjacent to the Central Ditch along West Central Blvd. is nearing completion.
- Lift Station #5 Rebuild (Treasure Island Condominium) – Jones Edmunds
- Staff is scheduling a meeting with the Board of Directors from Treasure Island Condominium to obtain consensus for completion of this lift station replacement project.
- WRF Intermediate Lift Station Rehab – Infrastructure Solution Services
- Design of a replacement lift station located within the WRF is nearing completion.
- WRF Disk/Drum Filters/Tertiary Filters Installation – Kimley-Horn
- Staff met with personnel from Fred Fox Enterprises, a firm that specializes in the preparation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications. Staff will further investigate if a CDBG funding request is appropriate.
- Force Main #7 Replacement (Thurm Blvd.) – Bowman Engineering
- City’s consultant is investigating potential directional drilling firms to construct the replacement force main. The use of directional drilling will eliminate the need for large excavations at Manatee Sanctuary Park.
- Polk Avenue Drainage Improvements (300 Block) – John Pekar
- A survey of stormwater pipes in the area was completed. Staff is currently investigating appropriate types of replacement piping.
- West Central/Thurm Blvd. Streetscape Project – John Pekar
- Staff is investigating possible solutions for stormwater management along the southern side of Thurm Blvd., which frequently floods.
- Exfiltration System Improvements at Canaveral City Park – Geosyntec
- Construction of underground structures is complete. Contractor is currently waiting on specialty valves for installation in the underground vault – the system will then be connected to the City’s SCADA.
- WRF Consent Order Compliance – Tetra Tech
- A Third Quarterly Report was submitted to Florida Department of Environmental Protection. No WRF effluent permit exceedances were recorded during the three-month reporting period.
- City Council approved the final design and approved the project to go out to bid.
- 100% plans are under Staff review. Once complete, review comments will be forwarded to Architect, revisions will be made and the Bid Set will be published. A bid schedule will be developed and the Formal Bid Announcement will be made.
- Met with Sustainability Manager and Leisure Services Director to scope potential rooftop solar program. Looked at mockup design and overviewed the system (e.g. roof loading psf/no penetrations/ballasted system/rain water flow underneath panels/panels easily removable/panels withstand 160 mph wind loads). Forwarded all information to Architects RZK for analysis with the goal to make the solar roof part of the initial construction.
- The Planning and Zoning Board approved the Canaveral City Park Phase 1 redevelopment plans at their June meeting.
- Plans can be found here: www.cityofcapecanaveral.org/MGF%20proposed%20design.pdf
Long Point Road Estuary Park Project - In Progress
Removal of Brazilian Pepper Trees and other invasives across the property is nearly complete. Future project tasks at the site include:
- July 2019
- Inspect for Brazilian Pepper Tree regrowth.
- Treat with herbicide (if necessary).
- Remove concrete/asphalt debris piles.
- Obtain approval for Planting Plan.
- Replant site with 381 native tree species (the type of tree planted at each location will be determined by land elevation, presence of surface water, location of future boardwalk, etc.).
- August 2019
- Install fence along northern property line.
- Monitor condition of newly-planted trees.
Staff continues to work with St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) to obtain the two wetlands properties to the south of the City-owned site. The City would accept title to the properties from SJRWMD and perform the same scope of work as on the City-owned site. All three properties together would provide over 14 acres of protected wetlands along the Banana River. The mosquito ditches will also be reopened to allow for the unimpeded flow of surface water. The majority of these projects are funded by SJRWMD. Project updates are available in The Weekly Update, on the City web page and on City social media platforms.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) issued an Environmental Resource Permit for the City’s Estuary Property at the western end of Long Point Road. The contractor is mobilizing to the site and work began April 15th. The scope of work includes the cutting of Brazilian Pepper trees and other invasives and replanting with native species. The removal of invasives should take approximately two-to-three weeks; replanting is typically performed one-to-two months after removal. Site activities are being funded primarily by St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD). Staff forwarded a letter to area residents informing them of the site activities and project schedule. Project updates are available in The Weekly Update, on the City web page and on City social media posts.
Overview: Since 2007 the City had been exploring a 35% matching grant with the Department of the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to fund environmental restoration of the Long Point Road site. From 2007 to 2016 minimal City funds were expended to complete initial reporting requirements, define the scope of work, conduct site visits, develop management plans or interview contractors. In 2017 however, an opportunity allowed the City to work with a local developer and the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) — both of whom were seeking mitigation credits for various projects — to pursue a management plan.
This 7.9 acres of riverfront, City owned land located on the western end of Long Point Road consists of mixed wetland/exotic hardwoods, mangroves, fresh/salt water marsh, and the invasive species known as the Brazilian Pepper tree. Even in its current state, the Long Point Road property represents one of the last conservation habitats in Cape Canaveral. The City’s goal is to turn this space into a passive conservation area for current and future generations of the Community to enjoy. The project segments are as follows:
- Segment 1 (200± feet): Eastern end of the property already mostly cleared of vegetation as part of past Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts in 2016;
- Segment 2 (4± acres): Middle portion of the property, where all activities will be funded by a local developer, entered into a Conservation Agreement on August 21, 2018; and
- Segment 3 (3.88± acres): Western portion (waterfront) of the property, where all activities will be funded by SJRWMD, entered into a Conservation Agreement on October 16, 2018.
Timeline: This project will be completed using a phased approach based on the SJRWMD permit and 5-year Management Plan (Participation Agreement) which requires: a vegetative survey; planting plan specifications; invasive species removal/monitoring; on-site inspections and an 80% natural plant survival rate.
- Phase I: Removal of all invasive species by various appropriate methods on Segment 1, 2 and 3 will take place in FY19/20.
- Phase II: The construction of passive park amenities such as but not limited to: bat/bird houses, prefabricated restroom, a riverfront elevated boardwalk and kayak landing, nature center/pavilion, educational kiosks, benches, gazebos and limited on-site parking will likely occur in FY21/22.
Funding: All initial tasks will be funded by the City with later reimbursement from SJRWMD ($54,910) upon completion of all activities pursuant to the Participation Agreement. Funding for work performed on Phase I (clearing/replanting) Segment 2 will be provided by the local developer, and Segment 3 will be provided by SJRWMD. All mitigation credits will be split between Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for the future widening of SR 528 and the local developer. Funding of the Phase II park amenity development tasks (estimated $865,000) will be pursued through various organizations in FY20/21 including the Brevard County Tourist Development Council and Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND).
Please contact Jeff Ratliff, Capital Projects Director at email@example.com or (321) 868-1220 or Joshua Surprenant, Community Services Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org (321) 868-1240 for more information.
Stormwater Inlet Replacements
The City’s contractor continues to replace 15 stormwater inlets throughout the City. Open-throat inlets are being replaced with Type “C” inlets which trap more debris and are less susceptible to damage from vehicles. This is part of a long-term maintenance project to replace all open-throat inlets in the City, where practical. Twenty inlets are replaced each fiscal year.
The City’s contractor replaced stormwater inlets with Type ‘C’ inlets at the following locations:
- Taylor and Magnolia Avenue intersection – NW, SW and SE corners
- 200 block of Harrison Avenue (2)
This is part of the City’s long-term project to replace all stormwater inlets with Type ‘C‘ inlets since they trap much more debris than open throat inlets.
Central Ditch Mangrove Trimming
UPDATE 6/20/19:Trimming of the mangroves along a portion of the Central Ditch is complete. Per the permit from Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), mangroves could only be trimmed 25% of the total width.
UPDATE 6/10/19: Trimming of the mangroves along the Central Ditch from West Central Boulevard to SR A1A continues. Per the permit from Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), mangroves can only be trimmed 25% of the total height/width. Work should be completed by the end of June.
UPDATE 5/17/19 Staff met with FDEP personnel to finalize the permit for trimming the mangroves located along the Central Ditch. The project area is from the Central Ditch on West Central Boulevard to SR A1A. The work is currently being scheduled with the contractor.
Bids were received on April 12th for the removal of invasives and trimming of mangroves along the Central Ditch; bids are currently under review by City Staff. The work area will be from West Central Boulevard to the “bend” in the ditch located east of Wendy’s Restaurant. Additional areas along the ditch west of the “bend” (including west of SR A1A) will be trimmed in FY19/20. Invasives and mangroves have encroached on the Central Ditch waterway and are inhibiting surface water flow.
Please contact Jeff Ratliff, Capital Projects Director at email@example.com or (321) 868-1220 for more information.
City of Cape Canaveral Rezoning Project
UPDATE 5/24/19: https://www.cityofcapecanaveral.org/city_code_changes
On May 9th, City Staff and the Planning & Zoning Board met to discuss the more than 700 properties within the City that are improved with a residential structure, but are zoned commercial. City Code prohibits residential structures in commercial zoning districts. These structures are considered nonconforming and should one of them be destroyed, restrictions associated with non-conforming properties would apply. For this reason, a long-term, comprehensive solution is proposed that will reclassify these structures as conforming so they are no longer subject to restrictions associated with non-conformities. The rezoning process is not uncommon for most cities and typically occurs when development patterns or trends emerge within a community. Historically, the City of Cape Canaveral has updated its zoning map every few years, but has not updated the current zoning map since 2008. Visit https://youtu.be/QY93h_f_e4Qto view the meeting on the City’s YouTube page and see below for a series of maps depicting the City's current, proposed and historical zoning maps.
The next meeting on this rezoning initiative will take place at at future Planning & Zoning Board Meeting, where the board will make a formal recommendation to the City Council. For updates on this project visit this page or one of the City's social media platforms.
- To access the full meeting agenda, visit the Public Records page by navigating to the Planning and Zoning Board folder and navigating to the meeting date.
UPDATE: Planning & Zoning Board Workshop/Meeting
May 9, 2019 (6:00 p.m.)
City Hall (100 Polk Avenue)
City Staff and the Planning & Zoning Board will meet for a discussion on the more than 700 properties within the City that are improved with a residential structure, but are zoned commercial. City Code prohibits residential structures in commercial zoning districts. These structures are considered non-conforming and should one of them be destroyed, restrictions associated with non-conforming properties would apply. For this reason, a long-term, comprehensive solution is proposed that will reclassify these structures as conforming and will no longer be subject to restrictions associated with non-conformities. To learn more about the project visit: www.cityofcapecanaveral.org/city_code_changes
Proposed Code Changes Coming — #HeresTheDeal
Requirements of City Code Section 110-28 include: signs posted at the subject properties, notices posted at City Hall and mailed notification of property owners within 500 feet of the subject property. There are proposed City Code changes coming in an effort to implement a cost-savings measure to tax payers + property owners. The City is proposing that notification methods to affected property owners change with the times. Please note, the REQUIREMENTS are not changing just the mailing method of communication to the property owners within 500 feet of the subject property. The City currently sends United States Postal Service (USPS) Certified Letters (which costs the City approximately $7.50 a letter) as a courtesy notification method, but is proposing to mail all courtesy notices via USPS First Class regular mail in order to notify property owners within 500 feet of subject property. It is important to note that the City’s process exceeds the notice standards required by the State of Florida (link below). As always, the City will continue to go above and beyond by posting information in The Weekly Update and on our website and social media platforms. For more information visit: (http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0100-0199/0166/Sections/0166.041.html).
Watch this (https://youtu.be/zA0rR5xTNEg) explainer video for a 55 second breakdown of the proposed changes.
To read more about state initiatives for alternative methods regarding legal notices, check out:
The City hosted a workshop on January 8, 2019, at 6:00 PM to discuss a proposed master rezoning project along the N. Atlantic Avenue corridor. The workshop was held at City Hall (100 Polk Avenue) and was open to the public. As discussed, there are approximately 750 properties that have been built with a residential structure but are commercially zoned. City Code prohibits this and should one of these nonconforming structures be destroyed, they may not be able to be rebuilt. Staff is working with the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council to develop a comprehensive zoning solution. Next steps generally include: further review of the selected properties; additional public hearings; and a coordinated review with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO).
- Please click here for a list of proposed affected properties.
SR A1A Mast Arm Construction Project
New traffic signal mast arms were installed at the following intersections with SR A1A:
- Holman Road
- Center Street
- North Atlantic Avenue
The new traffic and pedestrian crossing signals are now operational. Paving of intersections and re-striping of cross walks/stop bars are also complete. Remaining activities include landscaping and general cleanup. The project completion date has been extended to the end of July 2019.
Please contact Jeff Ratliff, Capital Projects Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (321) 868-1220 for more information.
SR A1A Corridor Improvements
FDOT contractors continue performing surveying activities along SR A1A from Long Point Road to the northern City limits. Extensive MOT will be in-place and lanes on both SR A1A and City-owned side streets may be intermittently closed to vehicular traffic.
Please contact Jeff Ratliff, Capital Projects Director at email@example.com or (321) 868-1220 for more information.
Website Accessibility + ADA Projects
The City’s goal is to ensure our website is compliant with WCAG 2.0 AA but we recognize that alternatives should be available in the event that an individual with a disability encounters a problem.
Accessibility concerns should be brought to the attention of ADA Coordinator Mia Goforth. We will respond within one business day of receipt and will provide an alternative means of quickly obtaining the information you are seeking.
Phone: (321) 868-1220
Mail: ADA Coordinator Mia Goforth
City of Cape Canaveral
P.O. Box 326
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Ocean Woods Homeowners Association (OWHOA).
A City of Cape Canaveral Permit will be issued for the purposes of maintaining the Ocean Woods North Buffer Zone:
- The clearing of overgrowth of rank vegetation in the “North Buffer Zone”, an area of the subdivision, in order to:
- Prepare for a method to repair/reconstruct a damaged stormwater drainage system,
- Provide for the re-establishment of the Buffer Zone as an area of natural growth which provides an attractive screen for visual enjoyment and physical separation between the Ocean Woods community and the neighboring Harbor Heights properties, and
- Facilitate the perpetual maintenance of the Ocean Woods North Buffer Zone.
The northern boundary of the OWHOA subdivision in an area known as the “North Buffer Zone”, situated just south of and abutting the Harbor Heights neighborhood; further described in City Records and additionally acknowledged as:
- The subject property of a survey submitted by Allen Engineering, dated December 7, 2018 (amended April 4, 2019), (“Survey”). This survey has been relied on by the City and OWHOA as evidence of proof of OWHOA’s ownership of the subject property and as the basis of the permit.
- A geographic area wholly contained within the property limits of the Ocean Woods Subdivision lying north of residences situated in the subdivision, but south of the northern property limits, currently delineated by an existing chain-link fence, as identified on the Survey.
- An area required to be maintained by the OWHOA as an attractive screen for visual enjoyment and physical separation between the Ocean Woods community and the neighboring Harbor Heights properties.
Anticipated start date is July 29, 2019. Invasive species removal work is expected to take approximately 5 weeks.
The Stormwater Drainage System serving many of the homes in the Ocean Woods subdivision is located in the North Buffer Zone area and is not functioning properly due to years of unchecked overgrowth of rank vegetation. Ditches and swales have been overtaken by Brazilian Pepper Trees and roots, changing the shape and topography of the drainage-ways. Stormwater backs up quickly. The area is impassable and the stormwater system is inaccessible. The stormwater drainage system needs to be reconstructed. The only way to get to it is to remove the overgrowth.
- How will abutting property owners be protected?
- Adequate safeguards shall be employed by OWHOA and its contractors to protect the adjacent property owners in the Harbor Heights Subdivision from negative effects of the permitted land clearing activities such as noise, dust and fallen/removed tree limbs.
- Contractor is required to maintain liability insurance.
- Where possible and as soon as possible, OWHOA will install a temporary fencing fabric on the OWHOA side of the fence to minimize visual impact and retain privacy. The temporary fencing fabric will be removed when the buffer zone reaches 80% opacity, but not to exceed two years.
- The work will be subject to daily inspections by City officials to ensure compliance with the permit requirements and to evaluate the progress of the work. Ocean Woods and its contractor will take adequate precautions not to interfere with or damage City property and/or facilities.
- Isn’t the North Buffer Zone an area that has to be protected?
- Yes. The original approval of the Ocean Woods Site Plan requires the north buffer zone to be maintained as an area of “natural growth which provides an attractive screen for visual enjoyment and physical separation”. However, the overgrowth has had a damaging effect on the stormwater drainage system which needs to be remedied.
- I understand that OWHOA will be removing Brazilian Pepper Trees – how will that be done?
- Yes. OWHOA, has hired a Contractor to clear the entire buffer zone of invasive species; trash and deadwood. Good Forestry Practice recommends that Brazilian Pepper trees and any other invasive species are to be eradicated by removal of the whole tree, root system and all, or if root removal is not achievable, cut and grind the stump to below grade and treat with an appropriate herbicide. Contractor will appropriately dispose of cut branches to ensure berries and seeds are removed and/or destroyed and do not spread.
- What about the “good” trees that are in there?
- Native trees and shrubs, if any, will be maintained to the maximum extent feasible outside of the drainage swale area. Native trees and shrubs may be removed from the Ocean Woods' drainage swale area to the extent necessary to repair the drainage system.
- When will the buffer zone be re-established as an area of "natural growth which provides an attractive screen for visual enjoyment and physical separation” between the Ocean Woods community and the neighboring Harbor Heights properties?
- Two (2) years. The Buffer Zone Re-establishment work shall commence as soon as practical, but be complete within two (2) years of the date of the Buffer Zone Maintenance Permit, notwithstanding the status of any additional work required in the buffer zone area, including but not limited to stormwater system maintenance and/or improvements. In furtherance of all of the rights and protections afforded by and to the North Buffer Zone, OWHOA, through its contractor, will re-establish and permanently maintain the area with native trees and shrubs of sufficient number, size and density to serve as a "natural growth which provides an attractive screen for visual enjoyment and physical separation” between the Ocean Woods community and the neighboring Harbor Heights properties.
- Why two years to re-establish?
- The north buffer zone is required to provide visual separation. It is reasonable to expect that trees and foliage take time to establish and “fill-out”.
- How soon will the stormwater drainage system improvements be started?
- As soon as practicable. After the overgrowth work is completed, the North Buffer Zone stormwater drainage system shall be evaluated by a qualified Engineering Services Firm under the employ of OWHOA. An engineered plan shall be created to effectuate any and all needed stormwater repairs, as determined by OWHOA’s Engineering Firm. OWHOA, through an appropriately licensed stormwater utility contractor shall file a corresponding permit application with the City. The City Engineer will review the application. Upon satisfaction of all review comments, the City will issue the Stormwater Engineering Permit. Upon issuance of the Stormwater Engineering Permit, the stormwater system repairs shall begin. The Applicant shall schedule City inspections for the work performed. The two-year buffer zone re-establishment timeframe will not be stopped or re-set for this work.
- What will be done to ensure this doesn’t happen again?
- Perpetual maintenance. The original approval of the Ocean Woods Subdivision contains a provision for Owner’s (OWHOA) ongoing maintenance of the North Buffer Zone as an area of natural growth which provides an attractive screen for visual enjoyment and physical separation between the Ocean Woods subdivision and abutting Harbor Heights properties. This requirement is reestablished and not abrogated by the issuance of the permit(s).
- Aren’t Brazilian Pepper Trees supposed to be removed anyway?
- Removal of Invasive Species is strongly encouraged. However, that does not relieve the obligation for OWHOA to maintain the buffer zone as an area of “natural growth which provides an attractive screen for visual enjoyment and physical separation” between the Ocean Woods community and the neighboring Harbor Heights properties.
- I'm concerned about the noise. What days/times will the activity take place?
- City code limits noise to between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
- Who can I contact for any further information?
- Should you have any questions, please contact Todd Morley at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (321) 868-1205.