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FDoT A1A Resurfacing Sidewalk Bike Project

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Florida Department of Transportation
3400 West Commercial Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
October 16, 2018

Dear Agency:
Public Information Notice SR A1A Resurfacing Project Indian River County, Florida Financial Project ID Number: 438042-1-52-01

On behalf of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Four, you and your staff are invited to the 2nd Public Information Workshop to learn about the proposed improvements for the above referenced project.

The Public Information Workshop is scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Holiday Inn Oceanside Vero Beach located at 3384 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963. The workshop will have an open house format and staff will be available to answer questions and provide assistance at any time during the workshop.

Notices are being sent to all property owners and tenants located within 300 feet of the project and to other public officials, regulatory agencies, organizations, and individuals interested in the project. Attached is a copy of the Public Information Workshop Flyer, which includes a project location map and other important information about the project.

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at (954) 777-4442, or toll free at (866) 336-8435, ext. 4442, or via email at


Donovan Pessoa, P.E. Project Manager
Attachment: Public Information Workshop Flyer


From Tides Road to Coco Plum Lane / Indian River County Financial Project ID: 438042-1-52-01
The Florida Department of Transporta on (FDOT), District Four, will conduct a Public Informa on Workshop regarding the Resurfacing, Rehabilita on, and Restora on (RRR) Project along SR A1A. This workshop will have an open house format, with representa ves available to answer ques ons. Please stop by at your convenience.

PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS The Project is located in Indian River County within the Cites of Vero Beach and Indian River Shores as well as unincorporated Indian River County. This RRR project will include:

  • Widening to provide 7 ft. shoulders in each direction to accommodate bicycles
  • Removing existing asphalt and resurfacing
  • Installing signalization improvements
  • Constructing drainage improvements
  • Installing new signs and pavement markings
  • Constructing a sidewalk on the east side. Input regarding the limits to be discussed at the meeting


  • Construction Start Date: Winter 2020
  • Construction Completion: Winter 2021
  • Construction cost estimate: $7.3 million

Donovan Pessoa, P.E. - FDOT Project Manager Florida Department of Transportation, District Four 3400 West Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Phone: (954) 777-4442 or Toll Free: (866) 336-4468 Ext. 4442 E-mail:


The Department will provide a safe transportation system that ensures the mobility of people and goods, enhances economic prosperity and preserves the quality of our environment and communities.


Thursday, November 1, 2018 – 10 am to 12 pm and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Holiday Inn Oceanside Vero Beach 3384 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, 32963

  • 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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