The 5-acre property between Surf Lane and Pebble Beach Villas: At its meeting May 8, the Council agreed to accept the offer of $4.4 million for the 5.38 acre parcel that was auctioned Saturday. While the $4.4 million offer seemed low to some and was less than the appraised value, it is important to know that the appraisal value assumed that the property was oceanfront and would be developed to the maximum density under the Town’s building codes. In fact the property isoceanview, and the view is currently obstructed by tall sea grape trees that require a special permit from Indian River County to be trimmed back.The adjacent Tracking Station Park oceanfront parcel, which was Federal property that was deeded to the County years ago with restrictions about development and public access, traverses the entire ocean frontage and comes to a point at the northeast edge of the property. Recently the County Commissioners were reluctant to allow the sea grapes on the dunes to be cut back, at least at this point in time. In addition, the Town agreed to provide a five-foot right-of-way on the southern boundary for public beach access to the neighboring communities, which further reduced the value of the property.
The winning bidder, Lutgert Companies, parent company of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and Premier Commercial, builds luxury communities and is planning on 2,600 - 3,400 square-foot custom homes inside a gated community on this site. It has not yet been decided whether the homes will be single family or multi-family homes, but they will likely be an enhancement to our community. We welcome the Lutgert organization to our community and look forward to working with them.
The County commissioners determined on May 16 not to exercise their right of first refusal, therefore the sale was completed.
Turtle nesting season runs from March 1 and continues through October 31. Please see this page with details. Turtle walks are led in June and July - click here for information!
Watering restrictions using City water (non-reuse) limits lawn sprinklers based on Daylight Savings Time changes. Please find detailed information on the Utility Information page of our website.
Indian River Shores is the SAFEST city in Florida! This article in the TC Palm on May 4, 2016 shows the results by Alarm System Reviews, a Virginia-based security industry website. Another study by a company that reports burgular alarm statistics names the Town as #2 safest from burglaries in the state. Our residents are safe, well cared for and well protected thanks to the Town's Public Safety Department's triple-certified police, fire and paramedic/EMT staff.
Preliminary work to site thecell tower in the Town is proceeding. Datapath Communications and their engineer came and pinpointed the 50' x 50' area just northeast of the Town's Maintenance/Garage building, and the tower will be on the southeast quarter of that plot. All surveys are complete. Please see the page on this website devoted solely to this matter.
Many calls have been received regarding vacation or short term rentals, which the Town is largely prohibited from regulating by the State. In 2011, the State lawmakers passed a law that "A local law,ordinance or regulation may not prohibit vacation rentals or regulate the duration or frequency of vacation rentals." This has resulted in many municipalities receiving complaints about short term rentals. An ordinance was discussed in August 2016, which was tabled indefinitely. Complaints received by the Town have been minimal.
Remember to check for information about the electric utility rate relief issue with the City of Vero Beach on this page. Our residents north of Old Winter Beach Road are served by FPL, and the other two thirds are served by the City of Vero Beach Electric.
Did you know that the Town's ad valorem tax rate of 1.7186 is in the lowest 10% of rates in the State, of 412 municipalities. Only 10% of your total tax bill comes to the Town; roughly 50% goes towards schools, and 20% towards the County.
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