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Friday, December 7, 2018

Written by Laura Aldrich

News from the Town

Dear Residents and Interested Parties,

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  • The Town Council preliminary election results this morning are that Brian Foley and Sam Carroll will be sworn
    in on November 19th at 8:30 as your newly elected council members, serving a 4 year term. Please
    congratulate them when you see them! Former Vice Mayor Mike Ochsner and former Councilman Dick
    Haverland will be recognized for their dedicated service at the Regular Council meeting at 9 am on the 19th.
  • The East sidewalk on A1A will only be installed between Beachcomber Lane and the Northern end of the
    Village Shops, and bike lanes will be wider following public input at the November 1st meetings. The speed
    limits remained as they are.
  • RECYCLING 1: The reason we have gone to the new large recycling carts is this: The State of Florida
    mandated that recycling be increased to 75% for all counties over 100,000 in population. The Town, to help
    the County meet this goal, instituted a mandatory recycling ordinance this summer. Your cooperation and
    understanding are greatly appreciated.
  • RECYCLING 2: Rumors that the TRUCK is the side-loader that will break branches in our beautiful tree canopy
    is false. The same back-load trucks that have been servicing your neighborhood for recycling will continue to
  • We have volunteer opportunities! The Police-Fire Pension Board (Council-appointed position), Finance Committee
    (alternate position) and Code Enforcement Board (3 positions) all have openings. Please check the Boards &
    Committees page on the Town’s website.
  • This Saturday the Indian River Land Trust and Pelican Island Audubon Society will host the first Birding Tour of the
    season at Bee Gum Point at the bend on Fred Tuerk Drive at 7 am. This 111 acre wetland features a 1.5
    mile sandy trail that touches the Lagoon and interior wetlands, most enjoyable with binoculars, cameras and zoom lens.
  • RED Tide is gone from our area! The total poundage of dead fish removed in Indian River County was over 160,000
    pounds, the grant the County received for the cleanup was over $500,000, the economic impact of three weeks of
    closed beaches – over $1 million. Please see the attached flyer if you have a business that was financially impacted and
    are interested in assistance.
  • If your AT&T wireless service still has not improved and you have already tried rebooting your phone (off/wait
    60 seconds/on), you may want to contact customer support with your account or device information ready
    before being connected to a live representative at 800-331-0500 and keep pressing 0.
  • TOYS FOR TOTS collection is being held by the Indian River Shores Public Safety Department from now until December
    15th. Please bring unwrapped toys to the collection bins at the Postal Center or the Public Safety Department at the
    Indian River Shores Municipal Complex.

Laura Aldrich, MMC Town Clerk, Indian River Shores 6001 N. State Road A1A

  • Beware of phishing! Please read this article from your Chief of Public Safety.
  • Three candidates qualified for Town Council Elections on November 6, with 2 open seats currently held by Vice Mayor Mike Ochsner and Councilman Dick Haverland. Mike Ochsner, Brian Foley, and Jessie "Sam" Carroll have all qualified to run for Town Council.
  • Voting for the General Election on November 6th will be held at Christ by the Sea Methodist Church South of Town on A1A.

Sidewalk & A1A

  • FDoT has scheduled a second public update and input meeting on Thursday, November 1 at the Holiday Inn Oceanside. Two meeting times are offered, 10-noon or 4:30-6:30. Please see this link for a great amount of detail including graphics.
  • The Council wrote a letter to Florida Department of Transportation (FDoT) in response to resident outcry against the planned sidewalk on the East side of A1A. This link is to the letter, mailed August 24, 2018.
  • An FDoT meeting was held to discuss the A1A milling & resurfacing project on July 10, 2018.
    • The East-side sidewalk was an item of concern by a few residents, partly due to a false rumor that it was the Town's idea, rather than an FDoT policy requirement. Also the neighborhoods that have landscaping or ground-level lighting in the right of way will be required to remove them to prevent damage and obtain an FDoT permit to replace them.
    • The bike paths were another concern, with assurance that they will continue to be 4' wide. Flashing beacons for crosswalks at Sea Grape and Turtle Trail access crossings will be installed.
    • Timing of paving, which will be accomplished at night or off-peak hours to minimize disruption to traffic for our convenience. It is the smaller part of the project compared to the sidewalks.
    • The project is in the design stage. Plans will be reviewed and finalized by October. E-mail FDoT Project Manager Donovan Pessoa at or call (954) 777-4442.
    • Separate from this project is the fully actuated (weight-tripped or pedestrian button) traffic light at Fred Tuerk Drive/ Beachcomber Lane as recommended for safe crossing by the Florida Dept. of Transportation. It is expected to be functional by the end of 2018.
  • The recycling services was awarded for contract beginning November 1. Some changes to expect: no more 18-gallon bins, but a rolling cart system will be used with a 2-cart maximum for single family homes. Anything that doesn't fit inside the cart will incur an extra fee (amount TBD). Cardboard boxes will likely fit inside, but may need to be cut or flattened first. You may begin using your new cart November 7. Put your old recycle bin out on that day if you do not wish to keep it.
  • The Community Center has been demolished, and will be rebuilt over the next several months. Construction is underway, with exterior walls going up as of October 24.
  • FEMA has released the preliminary new Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The local risk of flooding has changed and there are steps you can take to protect your home from extensive damage often caused by flooding. The 90 day appeal process begins around late April / early May, which is followed by a 6-month adoption/compliance period. The FEMA website has the preliminary maps. The Town maps are in 0232J, 0234J, 0242J, 0253J, and 0261J.
  • The AT&T array for the second tier on the tower is installed and functional. Residents are encouraged to submit a work order with their carrier if the signal is not better. It's up to Verizon to schedule their staff to place their equipment at this point. Please see the page on this website devoted solely to this matter.
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  • We are pleased to report that the Town successfully competed for and was awarded two grants that will cover roughly 75% of the $1.4 million project to correct flooding and drainage issues along Old Winter Beach Road. Construction on the improvement began early April. Click on this link for project information.
  • Watering restrictions using City water (non-reuse) limits lawn sprinklers based on Daylight Savings Time changes, twice a week in spring/summer, once a week in fall/winter. Please find detailed information on the Utility Information page of our website.
  • Indian River Shores is a SAFE city in Florida, according to articles in TC Palm in May 2016 and in October 2017. 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.
  • Turtle nesting season runs from March 1 and continues through October 31. Please see this page with details.
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