Photos, Facts and Miscellany
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(Scroll down for a photo slideshow of Town scenery at the bottom of this page)
- Did you know since 1998 it’s been officially correct to use Indian River Shores for your city on your mailing address? We still see many using Vero Beach! If writing Indian River Shores is too long, try abbreviating it as IR Shores. It’s the Zip Code that gets it here correctly, and the Post Office mail carriers and sorters know where we are. By the way, the "official USPS" abbreviation is Indn Riv Shrs ... would you have ever guessed that? Feel free to use that if you prefer.
- Click here for the Anchor Story
- Small Print. If the print on the computer screen is too small, press the plus sign while holding the CTRL key repeatedly until it is comfortably large.
Florida traffic law reminders:
- When driving, keep yourself and other drivers safe! In Florida, headlights are required to be on from sunset to sunrise, and in conditions of insufficient light/adverse weather (rain, smoke, fog). So if your wipers are on, so should your lights be on!
- If an emergency vehicle has someone pulled over, it's mandatory to move to the other lane on a 4-lane road or slow down 20 mph below the posted speed limit when passing. Failure to do so could result in a fine and points on your license.
- Pedestrians walk on the left facing traffic (if no sidewalk)- bicycles ride on the right (with traffic).
- You may turn right on red at a signal light after a complete stop if the traffic permits and it is not otherwise posted.
Why is the ocean highway called A-1-A? Florida A1A is a state road that runs from Callahan, just south of the Florida/Georgia state line, to Key West. The state named the north-south road State Road 1 in 1945, but because it was often confused with U.S. 1 west of the Intracoastal Waterway, the State Road Board changed the name to State Road A1A on Nov. 25, 1946. The two A's in the name are believed to stand for Atlantic (1) Alternate.
Information from Florida Shore & Beach Preservation
Sea Turtle FAQ's from Indian River County website.
Town Council Biographies
Cemetery Information. The tiny 2-acre John's Island Cemetery was deeded to the Town in 1972. The opportunities for burial here often depend on plots being sold back to the Town. Only residents of the Town may purchase a deed when they are available directly from the Town Clerk's office; however, a private transfer of deed between a resident and others who may not be Town residents is allowed.
Census Bureau Statistics
Historical list of Elected and Appointed Officials
Town History (written in 1989, edited 2004 for clarity).
Recycling Information for residents in Indian River County, including the Town of Indian River Shores.
About cities in Florida (Florida Civics 101).
- How Big is Florida? The Town of Indian River Shores is located almost in the center of the East coast, 248 miles south of Fernandina Beach, the northernmost city at the Georgia border, and 198 miles north of Key Largo, first city on the Overseas Highway to Key West. To cross the state to the West coast, it is 168 miles to Clearwater. The Capitol, Tallahassee, is 360 miles northwest, and Pensacola, the westernmost city, is 560 miles.
- Compared to California's Long Coastline. To travel by road from Pensacola to Key West is 832 miles, while the State of California is 884 miles from Border Field State Park at Mexico's border to Pelican State Beach at Oregon's border! That's very close in length.
Rules for Watering lawns. The Town falls under the management of the St. Johns River Water Management District, www.sjrwmd.com. Some neighborhoods use reclaimed water for lawn irrigation, which is an exception to the restrictions. In Indian River County, the following rules generally apply. Please call 800-232-0904 for more detailed information.
- Odd-number addresses: Wednesday & Saturday (only Saturday from Nov. 1 - DST)
- Even-number addresses: Thursday and Sunday (only Sunday from Nov. 1 - DST)
- Non-residential (commercial) addresses: Tuesdays (same day all year)
- No watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Rules apply to water utility providers, private wells, lakes, canals, ponds (see exceptions)
- During non-daylight savings time (fall/winter), watering is only allowed once a week.
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