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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

City Highlighted at Resilience Summit

On Friday, May 7, 2021, Mayor Pro Tem Angela Raymond represented the City of Cape Canaveral at the first ever East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative (R2C) Summit, a half-day long virtual event that explored the integration of planning and action, inclusive governance and forward-looking, risk-based approaches that work to increase resilience across the region. The event was hosted by the City’s long standing partner, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC), which now comprises nearly 40 local municipal, county, university and nonprofit entities. 

Mayor Pro Tem Raymond spoke in a session called, Integrated Planning & Action – People. Places. Prosperity., and highlighted some of Cape Canaveral’s ongoing sustainability and resilience-based initiatives. Discussion items included the electrification of the City’s vehicle fleet, hardening of municipal infrastructure against storm systems, the upcoming Multi-Generational Facility rooftop solar array and the City’s draft Resiliency Action Plan. Attendees praised Cape Canaveral’s efforts and quick advancement of initiatives over the past several years. Other speakers within the session were Commissioner Tony Ortiz from the City of Orlando, Commissioner Christine Moore of Orange County, Commissioner Cheryl Grieb of Osceola County and Councilmember Billie Wheeler of Volusia County. Each elected official stressed the need for continued investment in climate-ready designs, environmentally friendly low-impact development and the continued collaboration among local governments in regards to building and enhancing regional risk mitigation. 

Keep up with the City's sustainability progress online: cityofcapecanaveral.org/government/sustainability.php

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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 cityofcapecanaveral.org/flood Read More

Virtual Student Art Show Winners Announced!

Virtual Student Art Show

For more than two decades, the Cape Canaveral Student Art Show has been a springtime cultural staple for students throughout Brevard County. In the last few years, it has expanded exponentially and now features the artwork from as many as 16 schools — to include a mix of public, private and charter institutions as well as those enrolled in home school programs.

The public can still experience and share the artwork of the Cape Canaveral Virtual Student Art Show in three online 3-D galleries, via links on the City’s website. These galleries will remain open until June 15, 2021 — and our students will be able to share their art with friends and family around the world.

This year, the City incorporated an optional theme into the show, encouraging students to create works that illustrate the spirit of "Resiliency"... the result was overwhelming! While the different works and approaches serve to emphasize the diversity of the word, it has reinforced the global nature of the myriad of challenges being faced right now by individuals and communities around the world.

To see the list of winners and to experience the Virtual Student Art Show, please visit: cityofcapecanaveral.org/student_art 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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Resiliency Action Plan Public Comment Period Begins

The action plan is viewable and downloadable as a PDF below, and also now has a dedicated web page within the City’s website. Comments may be directed to the City’s Community and Economic Development Department via Buildingforms@cityofcapecanaveral.org for review. Please title the header of your emailed comments “2021 City of Cape Canaveral Resiliency Action Plan Comments”.   

2021 City of Cape Canaveral Resiliency Action Plan Draft

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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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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:
www.cityofcapecanaveral.org/sign_program.

CONTACT
Zachary Eichholz, Sustainability Program Manager + Resilience Planner
(321) 868-1220 x219
buildingforms@cityofcapecanaveral.org Read More

Cape Canaveral Keeps Title of MOST FIT CITY!

Leisure Services Director Gustavo Vergara and Mayor Pro Tem Angela Raymond accepted the trophy for “Most Fit City” in Brevard County this week. This is the third time in five years that Cape Canaveral has won this honor, and #TeamCapeCanaveral will be looking to defend the title in 2022.

THANK YOU + CONGRATULATIONS to all the residents who made this happen! #TeamCapeCanaveral rocks! Read More
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