Showing posts with label Cocoa Beach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cocoa Beach. Show all posts

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cocoa Beach Police Officer-Involved Shooting At Royal Colonial Condominiums

Royal Colonial Condominiums in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

COCOA BEACH, Florida – A man was killed during an officer-involved shooting that occurred Friday night at the The Royal Colonial Condominiums in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Just after 10:15 p.m. on February 17, 2018, Cocoa Beach Police received a 911 call from a woman who stated that her husband, 59-year-old Tim Berger of Cocoa Beach, Florida, was under the influence and that he had shot through a window in a second-floor condo unit located at 2001 South Banana River Boulevard.

The suspect was reportedly on a second-floor balcony when police arrived seconds after receiving the 911 call.

The man was shot by Cocoa Beach Police Officers James Scheiner and Taylor Payne during the incident. Neither officer was injured during the encounter.

Officer Scheiner has been with the Cocoa Beach Police Department since June 2015 and Officer Payne since May 2016. 

Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave until further notice, as is standard protocol.

Cocoa Beach Fire Department and Brevard County Fire Rescue crews were then called to the scene.  

When paramedics examined the 59-year-old man around 10:30 p.m., they determined that he was deceased.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is handling the investigation with assistance of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit. 

Image credit: Google

Monday, February 12, 2018

Great White Shark ‘Miss Costa’ Tracked Off Cocoa Beach

Great White Shark Off Cocoa Beach

COCOA BEACH, Florida – A great white shark weighing over 1,600 pounds that was tagged with a radio transponder has had its latest ping location off of Cocoa Beach, Florida on February 11, 2018.

The 12-foot, 5-inch great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), named Miss Costa, that was tagged off  of Nantucket, Massachusetts in 2016, has quickly been making her way southward along Florida’s east coast.

The great white shark was just off the Florida Keys as late as February 5, 2018, but then swam over 200 miles north to Florida’s Space Coast in less than a week.

Great White Shark Tracking Map Florida

The great white shark population has been growing along the U.S. East Coast, according to a study by NOAA Fisheries.

The study also found that great white sharks occur primarily between Massachusetts and New Jersey during the summer, off Florida during winter, and with a broad distribution along the U.S. East Coast during spring and fall.

Female great white sharks are believed to be mature when they are about 13-14 feet and can reach sizes up to about 21 feet in length.

To follow the Miss Costa’s latest location, visit the Ocearch tracking map.

Image credits: Ocearch, Google

Blue Buttons Wash Up On Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral

Blue Button (Porpita porpita)

CAPE CANAVERAL and COCOA BEACH, Florida – Small, circular sea creatures with ‘spokes’ extending outwardly are washing ashore on Brevard County beaches.

Blue Buttons (Porpita porpita) are catching the prevailing southeasterly winds that have already blown ashore Portuguese Man-o-War, Blue Dragon Sea Slugs, and By-the-Wind Sailors onto Florida’s east coast.

Blue Buttons aren’t jellyfish. They are Chondrophores – a colony of colony of hydrozoan polyps that only appear to be one marine animal. 

Although they are similar to Portuguese Man-o-War, Blue Buttons do not have a powerful sting to humans. Instead, their venom produces a slight itchiness to people who are not allergic to the toxin.

Blue Buttons feed on crustacean larvae. Their natural predators are Blue Sea Dragons.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

VIDEO: Sharks Spotted At Jetty Park In Cape Canaveral

Three Sharks At Jetty Park

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – Three sharks were swimming in just inches of water around 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2018, off of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The trio of sharks were approximately 3-feet-long and swimming just off of Jetty Park, a popular weekend destination for tourists and Orlando-area day-trippers.

All three sharks were yellow in color and appeared to have dorsal fins similar to the lemon shark species Negaprion brevirostris.

Their yellow coloring helps to camouflage the aquatic predator when seeking out prey along the Atlantic Ocean’s sandy bottom.

Lemon sharks can grow up to 8 to 10 feet once they reach maturity.

According to the International Shark Attack File, lemon sharks were responsible for 10 unprovoked attacks in Florida and the Caribbean, a relatively low amount compared to other shark species.

Brevard County has the second-most number of shark attacks in Florida while neighboring Volusia County has the most.

By-the-Wind Sailor wash up on Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach

By-the-Wind Sailors

CAPE CANAVERAL and COCOA BEACH, Florida – Small, oval sea creatures with a transparent sail and blue bottom are washing ashore on Brevard County beaches. 

By-the-Wind Sailors, also called sea rafts or Velella velella, are catching the prevailing southeasterly winds that have already blown ashore Portuguese Man-o-War on Florida’s east coast.

By-the-Wind Sailors aren’t jellyfish. They are siphonophores – a colony of separate specialized organisms that only appear to be one marine animal.  

Although they are related to Portuguese Man-o-War, Velella do not have a powerful sting to humans. Instead, their venom produces a slight itchiness to people who are not allergic to the toxin.

Velella feed on plankton. Their natural predators are Blue Sea Dragons which have also been spotted on Florida’s east coast this month.

Velella usually remain far out in the open sea and are not often seen on Florida’s beaches unless a persistent wind blows these natural tiny blue sailboats onto the beach.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Cocoa Beach Shark and Jellyfish Report For February 10, 2018

Cocoa Beach Shark

COCOA BEACH, Florida – It won’t be a good week to go swimming off of Cocoa Beach, Florida due to the presence of Portuguese Man of War.

SHARKS: Small Bonnethead sharks (also known as Shovelhead sharks) 2 to 3-feet-long that resemble Hammerhead sharks are present in the surf zone.

Spinner sharks 2 to 4-feet-long are present off of Cocoa Beach, primarily around, and just beyond, the wave break. Spinner sharks (Carcharhinus brevipinna) can grow up to 9 feet long and have a unique feeding technique of leaping into the air while spinning.

Blacktip sharks 2 to 4-feet-long are also present in the surf zone and shallow waters. Blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) are the number one species responsible for biting humans along the U.S. East Coast.  The shark has black tips on its pectoral fins and grows to no more than about six feet.

Blacktip sharks can swim in just inches of water where toddlers often play.

Portuguese Man-of-War On Cocoa Beach

JELLYFISH: Recent easterly winds have been blowing Portuguese Man-of-War (technically, Portuguese Man-of-War aren’t jellyfish but are instead a colony of small organisms called Siphonophorae) along with heavy amounts of seaweed onto the popular tourist beaches.

Often, the Portuguese Man-of-War are entangled in the seaweed which makes it harder for beachgoers to see the stinging marine life before it is too late.

According to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, prevailing southeasterly winds will continue through the week. So, there will be a good chance that Portuguese Man-of-War will remain along Florida’s Space Coast beaches through at least Friday.

The Portuguese Man-of-War can be identified from other jellyfish in Florida by its translucent blue and purple gas-filled air sac that helps them travel long distances across the ocean by acting as a wind-driven sail.

A violet-colored stinging tentacle cluster mass under the body can have tentacles that may extend up to ten or fifteen feet. These stinging, venom-filled tentacles are designed to paralyze small fish but can also deliver a powerful sting to humans who wade into the water or play on the beach.

Seaweed: A small amount of golden Sargassum seaweed is present along Brevard County beaches and in the surf zone which will make it harder to spot sharks and jellyfish in the water.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

33rd Annual Cocoa Beach Chamber Chowder Cook-Off Winners

People’s Choice Winners

PORT CANAVERAL, Florida – The people have spoken! Fun was had by all last Friday night at the 33rd Annual Chowder Cook-Off with a Twist and the results are in from both the judges and attendees naming the “Best Chowder” and “Best Twist” on the Space Coast.

Seven judges, including Colonel Walt Jackim, Vice Commander 45th Space Wing; Port Commissioner Micah Loyd; Mindy from Lite Rock 99.3; Brice Wilkerson from Lite Rock 99.3; “Wingnut” from KISS 95; Suzy Leonard Florida Today food writer and Space Coast food expert and Ashley Nolan CBS Survivor finalist and Satellite Beach native, deliberated for nearly two hours while they personally taste tested each item.

The winners broken down by category are:

People’s Choice Twist:

1st – Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex 
2nd – Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill
3rd – Rising Tide tap and table

People’s Choice Chowder:

1st – Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex 
2nd – Coconuts on the Beach
3rd – Grills Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar

Judge’s Choice Twist:

1st – Coasters Taphouse
2nd – Mambo’s Beachside Bar & Grill
3rd –  Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Judges Choice Chowder:

1st – Kennedy Space Center-New England Clam Chowder
2nd – Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill
3rd – Rising Tide tap & table

The event, hosted by the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), was held on Friday, February 2nd in Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminal 1. This year’s event was chaired by CVB Chair, Amanda Tynan of the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront and Past Chair, John Belden of Space Coast Fun Guide.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WATCH LIVE: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Countdown and Launch

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Demonstration Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – SpaceX is poised to make space history once again with the launch its Falcon 9 Heavy rocket carrying a midnight cherry Tesla roadster into a Martian solar orbit.

The most powerful rocket since the Saturn V lunar missions is scheduled to liftoff at 2:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The launch was pushed back from 1:30 p.m. due to high winds.

The launch window remains open until 4 p.m.

Launch Weather 80% ‘GO’

According to the latest forecast from the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is an 80% chance of favorable weather for the launch. The primary concerns are liftoff winds and thick clouds.

Booster Rockets Ground Landing, Double Sonic Booms

After first booster separation from the core, SpaceX will attempt to land two Falcon Heavy booster rockets on land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Landing Zones 1 and 2.

Landing Zones 1 and 2 are built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 13, a Cold War-Era U.S. Air Force rocket and missile testing range last used in 1978.

Residents of the communities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Mims, Port Canaveral, Port St. John, Rockledge, Scottsmoor, Sharpes, and Titusville, Florida, are most likely to hear a sonic boom, although what Brevard County residents experience will depend on weather conditions and other factors.

Attempted Core Rocket Landing On Drone Ship

Following stage separation, the core rocket of the Falcon Heavy will attempt a landing on the Of Course I Still Love You autonomous drone ship downrange in the Atlantic Ocean.

Image and video credit: SpaceX


Monday, February 5, 2018

35% of 2017 Worldwide Shark Attacks Happened In Florida

COCOA BEACH, Florida – Florida accounted for 58% of all shark attacks in the U.S. and 35% of the world’s total in 2017, according to the University of Florida International Shark Attack File (ISAF) 2017 Worldwide Shark Attack Summary.

Both percentages are higher than the recent (2011-2015) averages of 49.2%, and 29.0% respectively.

The 31 unprovoked shark attacks in Florida are slightly higher than the most recent five-year annual average of 29 incidents, but lower than 2016’s annual total of 35.

Shark Attacks Highest In East Central Florida 

Volusia County (Daytona Beach area) had the most shark attacks (9) representing 29% of the Florida total, but lower than the 2016 total of 15 cases. The remaining incidents occurred in Brevard (Cocoa Beach area)  (7), Palm Beach (5), Duval (3), and Martin (2) counties, with single incidents occurring in Indian River, Okaloosa, St. Johns, St. Lucie, and Miami-Dade counties.

Researchers say that the higher number of shark bites in Florida waters closest to Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando is attributable to high aquatic recreational use by both Florida residents and tourists, including large numbers of surfers, and to the rich nature of its marine fauna.

Shark Attacks By Water Activity

Following recent trends, surfers and those participating in board sports accounted for most incidents (59% of the total cases). This group spends a large amount of time in the surf zone, an area commonly frequented by sharks, and may unintentionally attract sharks by splashing, paddling, and “wiping out.” 

Swimmers and waders accounted for 22% of incidents, snorkelers/free divers 9%, Scuba divers 2%, body-surfers and those playing in the wave zone (3%), and those participating in other shallow water activities (5%).

U.S. Shark Attacks In 2017

The United States experienced the most unprovoked shark attacks in 2017 (53 cases). This represents 60.2% of the worldwide total. This is a slight decline from 2016 which saw 56 unprovoked attacks, but on par with the most recent five-year annual average of 54. Significantly, the United States did not have any shark attacks that resulted in a fatality.

Outside of Florida, U.S. attacks were recorded in South Carolina (10), Hawaii (6), and California (2) with single incidents in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Significantly, South Carolina’s ten incidents were higher than its annual average of five incidents. 

Image: Great White Shark. Credit: Greg Skomal / Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries

Monday, January 22, 2018

VIDEO: Surfers Save Pelican At Cocoa Beach Pier

Surfer saves pelican

COCOA BEACH, Florida – Surfers saved a Florida Brown Pelican that was entangled in fishing line near the Cocoa Beach Pier on Sunday.

One surfer attempted to bite the fishing line in order to free the sea bird without success.

A few moments later, another surfer paddled up to aid in the animal rescue and successfully broke the strong monofilament as onlookers watched the scene unfold from a tiki bar at the end of the Cocoa Beach Pier.

Tourists at Cocoa Beach Pier Tiki Bar

The surfer was able to untangle the pelican from the fishing line.  After taking a few minutes to realize that it was free, the pelican flew away.

The pelicans themselves are a tourist attraction, gracing thousands of selfies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram that are taken by people visiting Cocoa Beach, Florida.

The brown pelican was removed from the Endangers Species List in 1985.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Florida Surfers Brave Winter Storm Grayson 2018

Surfer Braves Winter Storm Grayson 2018 In Cocoa Beach, Florida

COCOA BEACH, Florida – 20-degree wind chills, freeze warnings, and high surf advisories generated by Winter Storm Grayson didn’t stop a group of surfers catching clean breaks off the coast of Cocoa Beach, Florida.

While most Floridians were testing out space heaters and prepare firewood for their fireplaces, about a dozen surfers donned wet suits to catch sets of waves breaking just south of the Cocoa Beach Pier despite the gusty winds in excess of 30 mph and a 20 degree drop in temperatures in Brevard County, Florida on Wednesday, January 3, 2017.

Although the high westerly winds created wind chill factors into the high-20’s, those same westerly winds generated clean breaking waves off of the East Coast Surfing Capitol.

Most of the daring surfers remained in the chilly water for hours to catch as many waves as possible before the Sun set as Winter Storm 2018 grips the U.S. east coast. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Great White Shark ‘Savannah’ Tracked Between Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach

COCOA BEACH, Florida – A great white shark weighing over 450 pounds that was tagged with a radio transponder to be tracked by satellite has had its latest ping location off of Florida’s Space Coast between Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach on January 1, 2018.

The 8-foot, 6-inch great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), named Savannah, that was tagged off  Hilton Head, South Carolina in March 2017, has quickly been making her way southward along Florida’s coast.

Savannah had remained just off the South Carolina coast as late as December 22, 2017, but then swam over 200 miles south to Florida’s Space Coast in just ten days.

The great white shark population has been growing along the U.S. East Coast, according to a study by NOAA Fisheries.

The study also found that great white sharks occur primarily between Massachusetts and New Jersey during the summer, off Florida during winter, and with a broad distribution along the U.S. East Coast during spring and fall.

Female great white sharks are believed to be mature when they are about 13-14 feet and can reach sizes up to about 21 feet in length.

To follow the Savannah’s latest location, visit the Ocearch tracking map.

Image credit: Google

Monday, January 1, 2018

Man Charged With Pushing Woman Off Cocoa Beach Balcony

COCOA BEACH, Florida – A man was arrested on New Years Eve after he allegedly pushed a woman off of a balcony in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017, Cocoa Beach police and fire rescue crews responded to a report of a woman in her fifties who fell off of a balcony on California Avenue.

After interviewing witnesses, police determined that the woman was pushed off a second-story balcony by 62-year-old William James Lewis of Cocoa Beach, Florida.

The woman was transported to Cape Canaveral Hospital as a trauma alert where she was airlifted to a trauma center.

Williams was arrested and charged with domestic violence battery by strangulation, a third-degree felony.

He was booked into the Brevard County Jail where his bond was set at $100,000.

As of Tuesday, the woman is listed in stable condition.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Mia Thomson, 20, Killed In Cocoa Beach Rollover Crash On State Road A1A

Mia Thomson

COCOA BEACH, Florida – 20-year-old Mia Thomson of Melbourne, Florida died as a result of injuries that she sustained in a rollover crash that occurred early Friday morning on State Road A1A just south of Cocoa Beach, Florida.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Thomson was driving a 2000 Jeep southbound around 2 a.m. on State Road A1A (South Atlantic Avenue) when, for an unknown reason, the Jeep left the roadway to the right and Thomson over-corrected.

FHP investigators were able to determine that Thomson locked up the Jeep’s brakes and the front two tires blew out as the Jeep continued in a southeastern direction.

The Jeep then overturned multiple times and came to final rest on its roof.

Thomson was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and a toxicology report is pending.

A Go Fund Me page has been started to help with funeral expenses.

Troopers are asking for any witnesses to the crash to come forward. If you have any information regarding this traffic crash, FHP asks that you call 407-737-2213.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Brevard County Optician, Missionary Charged With Child Porn Possession

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office arrested 56-year-old David Allen Bressette, of Satellite Beach, Florida, on Wednesday and charged him with felony possession of child pornography.

Bressette is an optician at Seacreast Optical in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Bressette used his optician skills in missionary work for children in Nicaragua.

In March 2015, Bressette traveled to Nicaragua with several other members of the First Christian Church of Cocoa Beach organization, “Through Eyes of Children.”

The trip was headed by FLORIDA TODAY north Brevard County watchdog reporter R. Norman Moody.

According to police reports, Bressette was in possession of five images and five videos depicting prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts.

Bressette was booked into the Brevard County Jail under a $350,000 bond.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2017 Cocoa Beach 5k Turkey Trot On Thanksgiving

COCOA BEACH, Florida – The 2017 Cocoa Beach 5k Turkey Trot will place Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m.  

The event consists of a Cocoa Beach road race for runners and walkers through the residential Cocoa Isles neighborhoods.  The race starts and ends at the Baliwick Mall, located just north of Minuteman Causeway on Brevard Avenue.

The Turkey Trot also includes youth runs of 1/4, 1/2, and 1 mile for the young gobblers.

The 5k Turkey Trot kicks off the 2017 Cocoa Beach Art Show and Music Festival which also takes place Thanksgiving weekend.

For more information, visit

Photo credit: Brevard Times / file.

2017 Cocoa Beach Art Show and Music Festival

COCOA BEACH, Florida – The 2017 Cocoa Beach Art Show and Music Festival is taking place on Florida’s Space Coast in Cocoa Beach during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The art show will feature over 100 artists, live music from eight different bands, a children’s arts and crafts tent, and over a dozen food vendors.

The art show is located in downtown Cocoa Beach on Minuteman Causeway next to City Hall and Coconuts on the Beach. The show hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017.

2017 Cocoa Beach Art Show and Block Party Event Schedule

Friday, November 24th – 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Live band, street party & food!

Saturday, November 25th
Art Show 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Music continues until 11 p.m.

Sunday, November 26th
Art Show and Music 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information, visit

Image Credit: Cocoa Beach Art Show / Paintings by Richard J. Ficker

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach Stormwater Unable To Drain Due To High Banana River Levels

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – High water levels in the Banana River portion of the Indian River Lagoon is preventing stormwater drainage in Cape Canaveral and north Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Record rainfall from Hurricane Irma and subsequent record rain events in September and October 2017, coupled by the release of millions of gallons of water from the St. John’s River through the C-54 canal have raised water levels throughout the Indian River Lagoon.

Both Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach rely on the Banana River basin for natural and stormwater drainage. But the already high levels in the Banana River is causing standing water to be present in all of the storm water lines in Cape Canaveral and areas of Cocoa Beach north of State Road 520.

The City of Cocoa Beach is asking residents, especially north of State Road 520, to conserve water usage to decrease the amount of sewer and stormwater.

“The lift stations are taxed and water has nowhere to go,” said Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik.

The City of Cape Canaveral advised resident that the stormwater cannot completely drain until the water level in the Banana River recedes.

Photo credit: City of Cape Canaveral

Monday, October 9, 2017

Boil Water Notice Rescinded For All Of Cocoa Beach

UPDATE: The Boil Water Notice has been rescinded for all of Cocoa Beach.

COCOA BEACH, Florida – Due to a water main break at 4700 Ocean Beach Blvd., Cocoa Beach, several addresses are under a “Boil Water Notice.”

Due to a water main break at 4700 Ocean Beach Blvd in Cocoa Beach, the City of Cocoa Utilities Department is notifying residents to boil their drinking water. 

Therefore, as a precaution, the City of Cocoa advises that all water used for consumption (i.e. drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, etc.) be boiled. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an alternative bottled water may be used. The water is safe for bathing, laundering, and other non-consumptive uses.

This notice affects the following areas: 4615, 4650, 4700, 4705, 4715, 4800, 4805, 4815, 4850, 4913, 5000, 5005, 5050, 5100 Ocean Beach Blvd; 104-147 E. Pasco Lane; 104-157 E. Park Lane; 104-147 E. Osceola Lane; 103-145 E. Alachua Lane; 104-145 E. Leon Lane

During natural or man-made disasters the boiling of water may not be possible due to the lack of power within the water system’s service area. If power is not available, residents and businesses are instructed to disinfect their drinking water as follows:

Tap water can be disinfected by adding eight (8) drops of unscented household bleach (4-6% active ingredients) to each gallon of water, then mixing the water and allowing it to stand for a minimum period of 30 minutes. Note: Cloudy water requires 16 drops of bleach and a 30 minute contact time. Also, other approved chemical disinfectants are available at stores that sell camping and hiking supplies.

This “Precautionary Boil Water Notice” will remain in effect for a minimum of 2 days until the problem has been resolved, and a bacteriological survey indicates the water is safe to drink. The bacteriological survey will be performed after the repair has been made, and will be in compliance with Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Health regulations. A rescission notice will be posted once the bacteriological survey is complete.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Brevard County Hurricane Shelter Locations For Irma

Hurricane Irma


Two Brevard County evacuation shelters that opened in advance of Hurricane Irma’s arrival closed Monday.

Those that closed Monday were:

Space Coast Junior/Senior High, which closed due to low census. Anyone seeking shelter there will be redirected to Imperial Elementary School, 900 Imperial Estates Lane, Titusville.

Heritage High School also closed due to low census. Anyone seeking shelter there will be redirected to Bayside High School, 1901 DeGroodt Road, Palm Bay.

Previous Story:

BREVARD COUNTY, FL. — Brevard County has announced a mandatory evacuation order starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017 in advance of approaching Hurricane Irma. This order is for Evacuation Zone A which includes the barrier islands, Merritt Island and some mainland low-lying areas along the Indian River Lagoon.

Also, those who live in mobile or manufactured homes or in other flood-prone areas are vulnerable and should evacuate, whether on the mainland or the barrier islands.

The evacuation order is effective at 3 p.m. on Friday so that residents and visitors have a minimum of 24 hours in which to prepare their homes and take shelter before the arrival of tropical storm-force winds, which are expected overnight Saturday night.

The following shelters will open at 3 p.m. on Friday:

Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John
Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera
Wickham Park Community Center, 2815 Leisure Way, Melbourne
Ted Whitlock Community Center at Fred Poppe Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Rd NW, Palm Bay

General Population

Apollo Elementary School, 3085 Knox McRae Dr., Titusville
Imperial Estates Elementary School, 900 Imperial Estates Lane, Titusville
Space Coast Junior/Senior High, 6150 Banyan Street, Port St John
Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice Jackson Park, 4201 US Highway 1, Cocoa
Manatee Elementary School, 3425 Viera Blvd., Viera
Sherwood Elementary School, 2541 Post Road, Melbourne
Melbourne High School, 74 Bulldog Blvd., Melbourne
Meadowlane Intermediate Elementary, 2700 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne
Heritage High School 2351 Malabar Rd., Palm Bay
Bayside High School, 1901 DeGroodt Rd. S.W. Palm Bay
South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco

Special needs shelters will also open on Friday; telephone calls to registered clients will begin today, as County staffers determine which residents will require transportation via Space Coast Area Transit buses.

Although shelters will provide food, residents going to shelters will need to take their own supplies, including bedding, folding chairs or sleeping bags; any needed medications; multiple changes of clothing and sturdy shoes; personal hygiene items; and entertainment items, like games, cards, books, or magazines.

Residents who do not plan to stay in public shelters are encouraged to stay with family or friends on the mainland, and to evacuate tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles, as traffic on highways and interstates is likely to be heavier.

For information about this and other Hurricane Irma questions, call the Community Information Hotline at 2-1-1.