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Backpack Jamboree Returns August 6

The Backpack Jamboree is Back August 6!

The 2021 Backpack Jamboree is now registering kids, kindergarten through 12th grade, to receive a free backpack filled with school supplies. In order to receive a backpack you must either be registered at Cape View Elementary School or a Cape Canaveral resident with proof of registration at a different school. Backpack pick-up will be during Friday Fest on August 6, from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Register for your FREE backpack today!

With the help of the VFW Post #10131 Auxiliary, St. David's by the Sea Episcopal and new sponsors CB Waxing, Lifestyle Realty and Riverside Presbyterian, we are able to keep our Backpack Jamboree tradition alive; providing local children with the school supplies they need to succeed in the new school year. The event will provide hundreds of local kids with grade-specific school supplies and provides a much needed relief for families.

Advanced registration is required and pick-up this year is in conjunction with Friday Fest, and is rain or shine. It will be at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex on August 6 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. 

Any backpacks not picked up can be collected on Monday, August 9 at the Nancy Hanson Recreation Complex from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Brevard County Public Schools start back on Tuesday, August 10 so look out for children walking, biking and riding the bus to and from school.

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Stormwater Pump Implemented

Due to concerns regarding recent heavy rainfall events and a related stormwater drainage issue at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Orange Avenue, the City Manager worked with Directors to proactively implement a temporary solution as well as a long-term permanent solution to reduce impacts from additional possible heavy rainfall events. As a result, Public Works Services Staff has provided a temporary pump to assist outfall flow rates in the associated stormwater basin. This will help reduce the potential for all impacts in the basin until a permanent solution is achieved.

The Capital Projects department is working with a Stormwater Engineering Consulting Firm tasked to study and recommend a long-term resolution. City Staff will be monitoring storm conditions and will be on call 24/7 to clear storm drains and to activate the pump as needed. Report flooding or storm draining issues: text/call (321) 474-5728 or via email

A questionnaire has also been developed to help Staff promptly evaluate and respond to flood situations within the City of Cape Canaveral. For the purposes of this form, a flood situation should be considered an abnormal rise in water either on a street or on a property that is either caused by a natural rainfall or a storm surge event. Up-to-date and detailed information is critical to the City’s response. Please fill out the questions via the link below to the best of your ability with as much detail as needed when a flood situation is occurring. Thank you for your outreach. 

Do not utilize this form for emergency flood situations. If a flood situation is life threatening to you and your family please call 911 immediately.

City of Cape Canaveral Floodwater Questionnaire 

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What You Need to Know About Flood Insurance

Located on a barrier island, the City of Cape Canaveral can experience heavy rainfall events, hurricanes and coastal flooding. Property owners must be aware of the associated risks as floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Staff have developed a web page to serve as a guide for property owners to better understand their risk and to showcase other helpful resources.

You can also call our certified on-staff floodplain manager (321) 868-1220 ext. 114 at the City of Cape Canaveral Building Department, located at 100 Polk Ave., to assist you in determining your property's risk and your specific flood zone. Check the current version of the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) by clicking the link below.

Learn more about local flood information + review the FAQs at Read More

Fertilizer Ban Starts June 1

From June 1 to September 30, there is a ban on the application of fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus throughout the City of Cape Canaveral + Brevard County. 

These months are Florida’s rainy season when afternoon thundershowers can wash fertilizer off lawns into stormwater systems or groundwater that carries it to nearby lakes, streams, rivers or the Indian River Lagoon. 

When fertilizer reaches open waters, it can feed harmful and sometimes toxic algae blooms. Algae blooms make the water murky, block sunlight needed by seagrass, and contribute to low oxygen + fish kills. Learn more at Read More

Code Enforcement Complaint Changes

Beginning July 1, 2021, the City of Cape Canaveral may no longer investigate or initiate code enforcement action from anonymous complaints, pursuant to Florida law, and except as provided below.

CS/SB 60 amends the county and municipal code enforcement statutes to prohibit county and municipal code inspectors and code enforcement officers from initiating an investigation into violations of city or county codes or ordinances based upon an anonymous complaint. It also requires that an individual making a complaint of a potential violation provide his or her name and address to the local government body before an investigation may occur.

The prohibition does not apply if the code enforcement officer has reason to believe the alleged violation presents an imminent threat to public health, safety, or welfare or imminent destruction of habitat or sensitive resources.

The same requirements apply to complaints submitted online, in-person, by phone, mail, or other means of submission. 

Please contact the City of Cape Canaveral Code Enforcement Staff with questions at (321) 868-1220. Read More

Share the Beach with Sea Turtles

The City of Cape Canaveral is home to an abundance of wildlife, including three native species of sea turtles: the loggerhead, the leatherback and the green turtle. All three of these species are endangered or threatened, which is why we ask residents and visitors to take special precautions during sea turtle nesting season, which began on March 1 and runs to October 31.

There are plenty of ways you can help save the sea turtles all year long whether or not you’re at the beach!

  • Level sandcastles and fill in holes before you head home – little flippers cannot overcome these obstacles!
  • Take all your trash from the beach before you leave.
  • Do not disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings or sea turtle eggs. 
  • Skip the straw at restaurants or bars.
  • Never deliberately release balloons, especially near coastal regions or other bodies of water.
  • Pack groceries in reusable bags, and bypass plastic carryout bags whenever possible.
  • Invest in a reusable water bottle.
  • Adhere to local beach-facing light ordinances – in Cape Canaveral: Lights Out @ 9 p.m. May 1 – Oct 31

For more information about sea turtles please visit the City’s sea turtle webpage.

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USCG Confidence Crewmembers Volunteer for Community Service

USCG Confidence Crewmembers Volunteer for Community Service 

Local Coast Guard representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Confidence were in attendance at the April 20, 2021 City Council Meeting to officially embrace providing community service opportunities for interested crewmembers. Crewmembers can sign-up for ongoing beach clean-up responsibilities in Cape Canaveral.

This partnership is intended to provide a coordinated, consistent community service opportunity for crewmembers, to provide assistance to projects of interest to the city, and provide both parties with an opportunity to demonstrate capacity for partnership.

We are so proud to partner with such a great crew! Please give them a giant THANK YOU if you see them around town or on the beach! Read More

Building Resilience, Part 1: The Water Reclamation Facility

In order to highlight ongoing preparedness activities leading up to the 2021 hurricane season, the City of Cape Canaveral is releasing a four-part article series titled: Building Resilience. Each article will take an in-depth look at the City’s efforts to not only have more environmentally friendly operations but also enhance its overall resilience against natural disasters like heavy rainstorms and hurricanes. Part 1 explores recent upgrades and improvements made at the City’s Water Reclamation Facility.

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What’s the Difference? “Golf Carts” + “Low Speed Vehicles”

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Cape Canaveral Precinct has received many inquiries about the use of “Golf Carts” vs “Low Speed Vehicles” on City roads and sidewalks.

Please remember there is a significant difference between a “Golf Cart” and a “Low Speed Vehicle”.

What’s the Difference? “Golf Carts” + “Low Speed Vehicles”

Golf Carts
  • The operation of a Golf Cart upon the public roads and streets of Florida is prohibited except as provided in: Florida Statute 316.212, whereas Golf Carts may only be operated on roads that have been specifically approved by the state, the county or municipality.
  • At this time, there are NO municipal or state roads in the City of Cape Canaveral that have been approved for the operation of Golf Carts. 
  • Golf Carts have a maximum speed of 15-20 miles per hour.
  • Golf Carts are not allowed on the streets in the City of Cape Canaveral.
  • Golf Carts in Florida are not required to be registered/titled or insured (although insurance is highly recommended).
  • A person must be 14 years or older to operate a golf cart.
Low Speed Vehicles
  • According to Florida Statute 316.2122, a Low Speed Vehicle may only be operated on streets where the speed limit is 35 mph or less. All the rules and laws that apply to the family car also apply to the Low Speed Vehicle.
  • May be operated on municipal or state streets/roads in the City of Cape Canaveral where the speed limit is posted 35 miles per hour or less. 
  • Low Speed Vehicles have a top speed greater than 20 miles per hour, but not greater 25 miles per hour.
  • Must be equipped with headlamps, stop lamps, turn signals, tail lamps, reflex reflectors, parking brakes, rearview mirror, windshield, seatbelts, and a vehicle identification number.
  • Must be registered and insured in accordance with Florida Statute 320.02 and titled in accordance with Chapter 319 of the Florida Statues. 
  • Operators must have in their possession a valid driver license.
Neither “Golf Carts” nor “Low Speed Vehicles” are allowed to operate on sidewalks in the City of Cape Canaveral, as the sidewalks are not designed to support this type of traffic.

Moving forward, these laws will be strictly enforced, so please take the time to understand the difference and the laws for each.

Commander Andrew M. Walters
Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
Cape Canaveral Precinct

If you have questions, or need assistance in determining if your vehicle meets the “Low Speed Vehicle” requirements, we will be happy to help you. Please call the Sheriff’s Cape Canaveral Precinct at: (321) 868-1113 Read More

Building Resilience, Part 2: Powering the Future with Sunlight

In terms of resilience (where the City seeks to become as self-sufficient as possible should a hazardous situation require), renewables offer greater opportunities than fossil fuels since they can be better distributed and scalable for onsite power generation. Coal, petroleum, and natural gas facilities are large and centralized. A renewable system, such as a solar array for example, can be built to any size and can fit in numerous locations, even in confined urban environments. When combined with a battery storage system, renewables can partially or completely power operations (depending on installation size) for extended periods of time; ensuring continuity of operations, a reduced loss of critical services and quicker recovery times. These systems can also save money on energy costs since the City would need to take less energy from the grid that it would otherwise need to pay for. Read More

The Latest Episode of SustainaWhat? Talks Hurricanes

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1. For 2021, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher).

In the latest webisode of the City’s ongoing educational SustainaWhat? Series, Staff sat down with Scott Spratt, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Melbourne, to discuss what can be anticipated this season, tropical cyclone science and safety tips.

Check out this informative presentation so you can be weather ready when the time comes:
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Clams in the City

Scientists visited the City from the Brevard Zoo, scouting appropriate sites for the potential future hosting of clams. By the summer of 2022, the Brevard Zoo plans to strategically plant 3 million adult clams and 5 million “seed clams” throughout the Brevard County portion of the Indian River Lagoon system, including in the Banana River. These filter feeders can greatly improve water quality by reducing excess nutrients and help restore overall areas of habitat. Sites reviewed today were areas of shoreline along the City’s Water Reclamation Facility and Manatee Sanctuary Park.

If you would like to volunteer your shoreline for this program or have other questions, visit the Restore Our Shores webpage to find out more. The Brevard Zoo is still actively looking for host sites. Clam hosting would begin in November 2021.
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Local State of Emergency Rescinded

City Council rescinded the local State of Emergency at its meeting on June 15, 2021. Accordingly, effective June 15, 2021, building permit and various zoning application fee reductions are no longer in effect. City Council had temporarily reduced these fees by 50 percent to assist residents and business owners during COVID-19, with a return-to-normal date tied to the end of the local COVID-19 Emergency Order.

Additionally, with the rescinding of the local Emergency Order, the limited authorization for businesses to use one feather flag and a snipe sign was temporarily extended for one month (to July 20, 2021), to allow businesses a 30-day transition/grace period before these types of temporary signs must be removed (these signs are normally prohibited). City Council will consider the feather flag and snipe sign prohibition at their July 20, 2021 City Council Meeting. Read More

Canaveral Fire Rescue Saves the Day at the VFW!

Our hometown heroes at Canaveral Fire Rescue helped our local VFW Post 10131 repair their flag pole from the sky. Displaying the flag at their Post is a continuous commitment, one they own with great honor and respect.  

Huge kudos to our local Fire Department for helping keep the flag flying at the VFW and always stepping up to help our community when needed!  
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Scholarship Available from the Space Coast League of Cities

Scholarship Available from the Space Coast League of Cities!
AMOUNT: Up to $2,500 scholarships (to be awarded on September 13, 2021)
  1. Be a permanent resident of Brevard County
  2. Be pursuing a declared major in Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Human Resources, Accounting, Finance, Urban planning, Environmental Engineering, Leisure Services, (graduate or undergraduate level) or enrolled in the CFLGE Certification in Florida City and County Management at Florida State University.
  3. Pursuing a skills/trade program in any of the following: Water Distribution, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators, Building Inspector, Plans Examiner, Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB), Certified Public Procurement Officer, IT Support Specialist/Computer Technician, IT Network Administrator/Senior Network Administrator, HVAC, Plumbing, or Electrical, Dispatchers, Police Officers, Firefighter/EMTs
  4. Submit a copy of current voter registration or preregistration.
  5. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), officially verified by the school. A legible copy of your GPA printout must accompany your application. A sealed copy may be requested if you are selected for final consideration.
  6. At least one letter of reference from a faculty member.
Award recipients are determined by rating applicants on the seven elements shown below.

  1. GPA
  2. Need or Reason for Wanting Scholarship
  3. Career Goals
  4. Elected and Appointed Leadership Positions
  5. Work Experience
  6. Extracurricular Activities
  7. Permanent residency within one of Brevard County’s municipalities:
  • Cape Canaveral
  • Indian Harbour Beach
  • Palm Bay
  • Cocoa
  • Malabar
  • Palm Shores
  • Cocoa Beach
  • Melbourne
  • Rockledge
  • Grant - Valkaria
  • Melbourne Beach
  • Satellite Beach
  • Indialantic
  • Melbourne Village
  • Titusville
  • West Melbourne
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be received by NOON August 6, 2021.

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2021 City of Cape Canaveral Resiliency Action Plan is Adopted by Council

At the June 15, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting, the City of Cape Canaveral took a historic step in officially adopting its first ever resiliency action plan. This action plan sets forth a series of 56 Preparedness Targets that are intended to be researched and implemented across a 30-year timeline that serve to enhance the safety, readiness, and overall resilience of City operations, facilities, and procedures while empowering residents through education and leadership. With this living document, Cape Canaveral seeks to become a future ready-municipality that is prepared to handle various shocks and stressors across a wide range of economic and climate-related events through the use of sustainable, resilient and forward thinking infrastructure and policies. 

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CRA to Offer Sign Assistance Program for Local Small Businesses

Small business success is a key component of a successful and vibrant community. Therefore, in an effort to increase local business awareness, economic productivity, and aesthetics within the City, the Cape Canaveral Community Redevelopment Agency is launching a Small Business Sign Assistance program to incentivize certain small business owners to improve business signage by replacing existing older and outdated signage that is not only more aesthetically attractive for the residents and visitors, but to increase their brand exposure and improve the chances of attracting new and repeat clientele.
Subject to the terms and conditions of the Program, Grant awards will be considered on a first come, first served basis - based on a completed application, with reimbursement up to 50% of the cost of the new signage, and a maximum allocation up to $5,000 per applicant and property.
The City will begin accepting applications for this program on Monday, January 4, 2021.
For more information on eligibility, available funds and the application process, visit:

Zachary Eichholz, Sustainability Program Manager + Resilience Planner
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