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Titusville Talking Points
January 2019
Front Cover of January 2019 Titusville Talking Points Magazine, showing a man in a kayak as he paddles through the Indian River Lagoon at sunset
In this issue... Cover Photo: A Day Away Kayak Tours in Titusville, just one of many popular attractions here on the Space Coast.
(Photo: VisitFlorida.com)
 
Dan Diesel, Robert Jordan, and Jo Lynn Nelson being sworn in to the Titusville City Council by City Attorney Richard Broome

On November 27, 2018, City Attorney Richard Broome administered the oath of office to returning Titusville City Council members Dan Diesel and Jo Lynn Nelson, along with new member Robert Jordan. Dan Diesel was then appointed as the city’s new Vice Mayor, replacing outgoing Vice Mayor Matt Barringer.
New & Continued Projects Talked About in This Issue:  Feature Stories in this Issue: City Gov News in this Issue: Completed & Open Also... Talking Points Staff
Where Adventures Converge - #LaunchFromHere. Blazing Trails in Titusville. Florida Department of Environmental Protection TRAIL TOWN from Florida Greenways & Trails system
 

Discover outdoor recreation and wild nature experiences - on foot, by kayak, on horseback, on a bicycle, on a fishing expedition, or with your camera. 
Start at the Welcome Center in Downtown Titusville. Get a map and hiking and kayaking tips for Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore. Discover equestrian trails at Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary and Fox Lake Sanctuary. Ride our expanding cycling trails to Sand Point Park, Marina Park, Draa Park, Chain of Lakes and beyond. Check out the space launch schedule and be here for the roar of a rocket launch. Adventures big and small launch from here.
 

Horse Riding, Roller Skating, Bike Riding and Jogging
Map depicting the location of the Welcome Center, where cycle trail maps are available for pickup. Another map depicting the bike trails throughout Florida


Ride the Trails!
Converging Trails: Three major trails converge in Titusville, which was officially designated a Florida Trail Town in 2018. The Coast-to-Coast trail is part of a 250-mile trail that will link Titusville with St. Petersburg. Titusville is the southern tip of the 260-mile St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop. This merges with the East Coast Greenway that is one-third complete along its 2,900-mile route between Maine and Florida.
A Group of Birds. The A. Max Brewer Bridge. A Rocket Launch at Night. The Titusville Marina.

Save the Dates:

Mayor Walt Johnson receives a Greenways & Trails sign for Titusville
Learn more and share your adventure at LaunchFromHere.com. Launch From Here is a local campaign created by the people who love to live here for the people who will love to visit here.

Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/LaunchFromHere
Follow us on Twitter at @LaunchFromHere

Relocation Information: Titusville.com & EconomicDevelopment@Titusville.com
Vacation Information: Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, Titusville.org & info@Titusville.org

New & Continued Projects

Aero Electronics Building

Aero Electronics - Site plans are under review for a 10,000-square-foot addition 
to the existing building located at 411 S. Park Avenue.

Aerial Photo of the Area Being Used for Upcoming Titusville Point Cumberland Farms
Cumberland Farms @ Titusville Point - Site plans have been approved for a retail gasoline store located at the corner of S.R. 405 and S.R. 50 as part of the Titusville Point project.
Aerial Photo of Construction Work for Extended Stay America Hotel
Extended Stay America Hotel -  Site and building plans have been approved for a 124-unit, 4-story hotel located at the southern terminus of Helen Hauser Boulevard, adjacent to the new Durango’s restaurant.
Aerial Illustration Showing Intended Location for Fox Lake Hammock Subdivision
Fox Lake Hammock -  Engineering plans have been approved for a 62-lot, single-family home subdivision located east of South Street, north of Fox Lake Road.
"Coming Soon" sign for Brookshire Subdivision
Brookshire Subdivision -   Preliminary Plat/Engineering plans are under review for a 
170-lot, single-family home subdivision located at the northwest
corner of Garden Street and I-95, across from South Lake Elementary. 
Aerial View of Construction on Luna Trails apartment complex ​
Luna Trails - Site construction continues and the structure is taking shape for an 84-unit, 3-story apartment complex located at the southeast corner of Sycamore Street and Deleon Avenue.
Engineering Plans for Willow Creek Subdivision
Willow Creek - Preliminary Plat/Engineering plans are under review for a 
70-lot, single-family home subdivision located west of Grissom
Parkway, south of Shepard Drive.
Aerial Photo of Ground Clearing at South Carpenter Estates
South Carpenter Estates - Site construction continues on a 70-lot, single-family home 
subdivision located west of I-95, north of Fox Lake Road.
Site Work at Woodgrain Distribution
Woodgrain Distribution -  Site construction continues on an 80,000-square-foot expansion
to an existing business located at 1450 Shepard Drive.
Ground Clearing at location of upcoming Hyatt HotelRender of Upcoming Hyatt Hotel
Hyatt Hotel - Site construction has begun on a 119-unit hotel, and a 2-story office/retail building at the corner of US 1 and Riverfront Center Boulevard (formerly Vectorspace Boulevard).  
Construction on Durango's Restaurant
Durango's - Site construction is nearing completion on the new 6,600-square-foot home of Durango’s Steak House located along
Helen Hauser Boulevard, south of S.R. 50. 
Location of Upcoming Courtyard by Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott - A proposal has been submitted for a limited service hotel with a pool, restaurant and bar, to be built on the 18.3-acre parcel of land in Riverfront Center (formerly Vectorspace), the location of the former U.S. Space Camp and Astronaut Hall of Fame.  The hotel will consist of 152 rooms and five floors, with an open deck on the roof. 
Aerial of Location for Upcoming Beachwave DevelopmentRender of Upcoming Beachwave Development
Beachwave Development - Mr. Oshri “Mosh” Gal of O Wave, Inc. is proposing to construct 
a $3 million (approx.), 16,800-square-foot commercial building on the vacant property at the southwest corner of Garden Street and Indian River Avenue, behind Burger King. The building will have a 13,000-square-foot Beachwave retail store, a 3,800-square-foot restaurant, and a second floor open-air tiki bar and observation deck. The Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has approved a $50,000 Permit & Impact Fee Grant to be paid after the building is constructed and occupied, that will assist the developer in offsetting the costs of building permits and impact fees to construct
the building.
Aerial of Harley Davidson Building at Titus LandingSpace Coast Harley Davidson logo
Harley Davidson @ Titus Landing -  Construction is nearing completion on the new 10,000-square-foot Harley Davidson retail and service center. Work has now moved to the interior of the building which will be used for selling Harley Davidson brand motorcycle apparel and accessories, but will also house a small sales center for motorcycles. 
The dealership is an extension of Space Coast Harley Davidson,
located in Palm Bay.
Metal Bollard on Downtown Bicycle Trail
Trail & Courtyard Improvement -  A total of 19 removable metal bollards have been installed on the downtown connector trail at intersections along Main Street and Indian River Avenue, and between Mariners Way and Nevins & Julia Court Yards. The bollards will be used to limit vehicles from driving on the trail and accessing the court yards making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists using these downtown areas.
Traffic Signal BoxArt of a Sea Turtle, to be applied as a wrap to the downtown Traffic Signal boxes
Traffic Signal Box Art Update -   The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has given approval for the wrapping of eight traffic signal boxes located on U.S. 1
between Grace Street and Garden Street. The wraps will be installed on the signal boxes between December and January. The art wraps are the result of a partnership between the CRA, the Greater Titusville Renaissance, and the North Brevard Art League.
Plans Showing Location of Brooks Landing development
Brooks Landing -   Brooks Landing is a proposed planned development that consists of 71.7 acres. The proposed plan calls for 168 residential units along with some associated areas of open space and is located east of U.S. 1 on Jay Jay Road.  Comprehensive Plan Amendment (CPA) #2018-1 is a petition to change the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use from Planned Unit Development (PUD) to Residential 
Low Density to allow for this subdivision.
Plans for Riverwalk Apartments
Riverwalk Apartments - A rezoning request is proposing a 213-unit apartment complex with a clubhouse and pool and other associated amenities along U.S. 1 about 1/2-mile south of Riveredge Drive. The proposed project includes multistory apartment buildings not to exceed 35’ in height. Rezoning request #4-2018 asks to replace the existing Multifamily Medium Density Residential R-2 zoning with the Planned Development (PD) zoning district. This is to increase the allowable density to 10 units per acre as allowed in multifamily medium density residential future land use. 
 
 
Light Poles in the Downtown Area

Titusville Commons Lighting - Fourteen new LED decorative light poles that are 34 feet in height have replaced the over 20-year-old light poles that were damaged by Hurricanes Matthew and Irma in the Commons parking lot.  The LEDs will provide more light and will use less electricity than the previous light poles, making the Commons parking area safer for downtown visitors and more efficient for the City to operate. Chrome Electric of Titusville was the contractor for the project.
Plans for a New Apartment Complex
New Apartment Complex - A new apartment complex is being proposed for construction along U.S. 1 across from Parrish Medical Center. The proposed project
will consist of 2- and/or 3-story, multi-family apartment buildings with a maximum height of 35 feet. There will be a mix of 1, 2, and 3 
bedroom units. The site will include parking, utilities, stormwater
management and comply with the Area of Critical Concern.
   CPA #2018-4 is a petition to change the Comprehensive Plan Future 
Land Use from Commercial Low Intensity to High Density Residential 
and Rezone it from HM (Hospital Medical) to R-3 (Multifamily High Density Residential). Public hearings are scheduled before the Planning 
and Zoning Commission and City Council in January 2019.
Site of Upcoming River Palms Condos
River Palms Condomoniums - Site plans are under review for a 100-unit condominium project consisting of two condo buildings and a recreation building to be 
located on South Washington Avenue, home of the 
former Howard Johnson hotel.
Plans for Antiqua Bay project
Antiqua Bay -   A sketch plat for Phase 1 of Antigua Bay (formerly Sandy Pointe) was approved in November 13, 2018 by City Council for the planned community to be located along the east side of  U.S. 1, north of Columbia Blvd (S.R. 405). Phase 1 is a proposed 100-lot subdivision on approximately 62 acres of the overall project, which consists of approximately 345 acres and no more than 2,404 residential units, according to
the Antigua Bay Development Agreement. The Developmental Agreement and Master Plan were approved on October 24, 2017.
Aerial View of Forest Trace Subdivision Still in Development
Forest Trace - Construction continues on this 133-lot subdivision located on Sisson Road just south of San Mateo Blvd. The southern road of the development is almost completely lined with houses, and residents have already begun moving in.
Aerial View of Indian River Landings
Indian River Landings -  Eight homes have already been completed, and several more are
under construction in this 22-lot, single-family home subdivision 
located on Riveredge Drive.
Titusville Mall Auto Center
Titusville Mall Auto Center - Titusville Mall Auto Center is slated to open in February 2019 at the former Searstown Mall, in the location of the former Sears Auto Center.
Feature Story - CNN Picks Space Coast as One of Their "Top 19 Places to Visit in 2019"
The Space Coast has long been a travel destination like no other, with its impressive waterways, beautiful beaches, and booming aerospace industry. This year, Florida’s Space Coast joins the likes of New York City and Lima, Peru on CNN’s “Top 19 Places to Visit in 2019.” Titusville, the Gateway to Nature & Space, sits proudly at the North end of the Space Coast. 

Nestled between the St. Johns River and the Indian River Lagoon, Titusville is just a stones throw from other major tourist destinations such as Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Port Canaveral.

Titusville is home to Playalinda Beach along the Canaveral National Seashore. With its designation as a national seashore, this graceful expanse of sand and waves remains unscathed by development and exists in a spectacular, pure state with 24 miles of undeveloped, white-sand beach.

The Indian River Lagoon provides nature enthusiasts and eco-tourists with wonderful sights to behold, as well as a terrific place to kayak and enjoy all that nature has to offer.  We also offer picturesque views of the Kennedy Space Center from across the lagoon, where thousands gather along the shore to view the awe inspiring rocket launches that you can’t see anywhere else.

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge houses some of Florida’s most delightful creatures. Each year, hundreds of birdwatchers and nature lovers migrate to the area to get a glimpse at Titusville’s wildlife population.

Three major multi-use trails converge in Titusville, which was officially designated a Florida Trail Town in 2018. The Coast-to-Coast Trail is part of a 250-mile trail linking Titusville with St. Petersburg. Titusville is also the southern tip of the 260-mile St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop. This merges with the East Coast Greenway that is one-third complete along its 2,900-mile route between Maine and Florida.

With such easy access to the Kennedy Space Center and Florida’s wildlife, Titusville really is the Gateway to Nature & Space. Come see why it attracts so many visitors each year, and why CNN picked Florida’s Space Coast as one of the best places to visit in the world.

Feature Story - A Brand New Waterfront Dining Experience | Pier 220 opens its doors to hungry customers
Pier 220 Restaurant
Seafood enthusiasts and casual diners alike have begun flocking to the new Pier 220 Seafood & Grill, which recently opened its doors New Year’s Eve at Veteran’s Memorial Pier, the former home of Crackerjack’s. Located below the A. Max Brewer Bridge, the restaurant is operated by local neurologist Dr. Sachin Shenoy, who also owns Orleans Bistro and Bar on U.S. 1 in Titusville. 

    The venue underwent extensive remodeling, removing the old tiki bar outside and replacing it with a more solid, covered eating area and bar. Inside, everything down to the plates and silverware is brand new. On the menu are such delicacies as Ahi tuna and 
coconut shrimp, or for land-lubbers, burgers, chicken and much more. There are also vegan offerings such as vegan tacos, veggie burgers and salads, and meal options for kids.
 
    One local resident was glowing about the blackened salmon dinner saying, “My meal was prepared perfectly with the salmon flaking off, not overcooked, and just enough blackening.”

    With regards to the service, the resident was equally glowing. “The service was very good. The owner was circulating around checking on patrons. Ally, our server, did have menu recommendations for us and was very prompt and courteous,” they said.
    Online, the restaurant has received a score of 4.9 out of 5, and has garnered the recommendation of over 70 people on Facebook alone. Patrons have also taken to social media touting the quality of the establishment, with Leisha Stewart saying, “Awesome 
service! Great food and loved the view and water!”

  Besides having a great view of the Indian River Lagoon, Pier 220 features live music for your dining pleasure. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with inside dining as well as the casual outside tables and bar seating. With the positive reviews on social media, Pier 220 is sure to become a local staple of dining and entertainment in no time.

Feature Story - A Sonic Boom for Space Coast Hospitality | Growth in local tourism and business brings new hotels to Titusville
The new Towneplace Suites by Marriott after completionA room inside the marriott hotel
Tourism has been a major part of the Space Coast’s — and in particular Titusville’s — economy for many years, with tens of thousands of people flocking to our community annually. They come here not only to experience the rumble of rockets catapulting
toward the heavens, but also to enjoy the wonders that nature has to offer at several wildlife sanctuaries that are all around us.

   Since the early 2000s, hospitality chains have begun to realize the potential that our town has to offer and have begun building hotels here. There was a surge of construction along the I-95 corridor starting in 2004 with the Hampton Inn, then in 2008 with the Fairfield Inn & Suites, and in 2010 with the Holiday Inn — all located on Helen
Hauser Blvd, off of S.R. 50. Now with the renewed focus on the space industry, increased investment in the area by private space contractors, the expansion of Orlando-area theme parks and the need for more hotels, as well as increased interest in ecotourism and bike trails, it is easy to see why Titusville is on the hospitality industry’s radar once more.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott® - The first of this new string of hotel construction began in 2017 when Hotel Development and Management Group (HDG) of Ocala, 
Florida laid the ground work for a TownePlace Suites hotel, part of the Marriott Hotel family. HDG saw the increasing growth of Titusville as the perfect opportunity to expand their business, and a groundbreaking was held on November 9, 2017.

    “People are coming to Titusville to do business with the growing aerospace industry, out of town [patients] are coming to visit the Mayo Clinic, and out of town visitors come to experience all the ecotourism in this area,” said Navroz Saju, CEO and President of HDG at the groundbreaking. “They now have a place where they can spread out, cook their own meal, and see all the attractions and businesses in Titusville.”

   Located on the part of Helen Hauser Blvd on the south side of S.R. 50, construction moved quickly on the 15,000-sqaure-foot, 112-room hotel. Less than a year later, it is complete and open for business, providing comfortable rooms, a gym, pool, outdoor grill area, an outdoor fire pit, and complimentary breakfast. Inside, the rooms come equipped with kitchens, desks, and pet friendly options to cater to the needs of those who here for a short visit, or will be away from home for a while.

A Road Less Traveled - Before TownePlace Suites could even turn a shovel, the road leading to the developments had to be brought up to city standards. The street was originally much shorter — ending at the two existing hotels, the Quality Inn and the Days Inn — and was in much need of repair. As a condition to get approval for their development plans, the property owners agreed to the city’s requirements and invested 
in a complete renovation of the existing road, and then extended it further south. This extension allows for the development of other businesses, including a new Durango’s restaurant and a new extended-stay hotel.
An aerial view of Helen Hauser Blvd., south of S.R. 50. The entire street was completely redone and extended to make way for the new hotels.
Extended Stay America - Another extended-stay hotel has broken ground in Titusville, right next door to the Marriott property on Helen Hauser Boulevard. The obvious-named Extended Stay America Hotel is part of a chain of hotels based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, which operates over 600 properties across the United States, consisting of over 69,000 rooms. This new hotel will be four stories tall and consist of 124 rooms, and feature the standard amenities.

But wait, there’s more…
   This latest hotel boom isn’t over yet, because there are now two new hotels coming to Titusville. The first was announced soon after construction commenced at Helen Hauser Blvd. — a new hotel in the Hyatt family of properties. In January of 2018, BBL Hospitality 
announced they would be opening a new 118-room Hyatt Place hotel along U.S. 1 at the entrance to Riverfront Center Blvd. (formerly Vectorspace Blvd.), adjacent to the Boeing Facility.

   BBL executives and city officials gathered on December 6, 2018 for the official groundbreaking, stating they were ecstatic to pick Titusville as the site of their next hotel because of its close proximity to Kennedy Space Center just a few miles away. As part of their plan and in keeping with the unique location, the hotel will feature a launch-viewing lounge where guests could gather and watch the rockets’ red glare.
Members of loca lgovernment join Hyatt executives in breaking ground on the new Hyatt Place hotel

  Company executive weren’t the only ones enthusiastic about  the development.

   “We’re excited about having this project happen here, as it’s an opportunity here in our city that will benefit both our businesses and our citizens alike,” said Mayor Walt Johnson. “We look forward to you being here and we know you will prosper in our community.”

  The developers plan to open doors within the year, but as with any project, noted that setbacks happen. The finished project will include a pool and gym, along with free breakfast and the much-anticipated launch-viewing lounge.

   There are also proposals for a new Courtyard by Marriott to move into the area. The location being looked at is the site of the former U.S. Space Camp and Astronaut Hall of Fame, positioned along S.R. 405 at the gateweay to the Kennedy Space Center. The proposal is calling for redeveloping the two parcels of land that make up the 
18-acre site.

  The future of Titusville’s tourism and hospitality industry looks bright. With more and more development coming to the area, you can bet there will be more news to come.A Hotel room bed
Places to Stay in Titusville:
  • Budget Motel – 612 S. Washington Ave.
  • Three Oaks Motel – 707 S. Hopkins Ave.
  • Twin Palms Motel – 1301 S. Washington Ave.
  • Executive Garden Hotel – 3480 Garden Street
  • Wade’s Motor Inn – 1540 S. Washington Ave.
  • Siesta Motor Inn – 2006 S. Washington Ave.
  • Days Inn by Wyndham – 3755 Cheney Hwy (S.R. 50)
  •  Hampton Inn – 4760 Helen Hauser Blvd. (north side of S.R. 50 near I-95)
  • Travel Inn of Titusville – 7503 U.S. 1 (south of Space Coast Regional Airport)
  • Casa Coquina del Mar Bed & Breakfast – 4010 Coquina Ave.
  • Best Western Space Shuttle Inn – 3455 Cheney Hwy (S.R. 50)
  • Ramada by Wyndham – 3500 Cheney Hwy (S.R. 50)
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott – 4735 Helen Hauser Blvd. (north side of S.R. 50 near I-95)
  • Holiday Inn Titusville – 4715 Helen Hauser Blvd. (north side of S.R. 50 near I-95)
  • Quality Inn Kennedy Space Center – 3655 Cheney Hwy (S.R. 50)
  • TownePlace Suites by Marriott – 4815 Helen Hauser Blvd. (south side of S.R. 50 near I-95)
 
Featured Article - Like a Phoenix | Oft-Troubled towers to see new life as luxury apartments
Bay Towers building
Bay Towers — a name linked with devastation and hardship after damage from two hurricanes left residents homeless and in despair — looks to be rising again like the mythical phoenix from its own ashes. Signs placed on the fences surrounding the 
property give a new name and glimmer of hope to these buildings which have stood for over five  decades: DREAM Space Coast, part of a conglomerate of real estate companies  called Dream-Live-Prosper.
 
    According to the website DreamSpaceCoast.com, the buildings are undergoing major renovations to return them to not only a livable status, but to increase their quality to be luxury homes for renters. The plan includes updating all the amenities and offering contemporary, resort-style living.
 
A Long and Unfortunate History - The towers were built in 1965 and have operated under many names like Blue Beach Club, Imperial Towers and Bay Towers. It has been the home to many families over the years and has seen its share of problems. In 2008, a fire in the south tower caused significant damage to the building, leaving many residents without homes and embroiled in legal issues with the homeowners’ association.
 
      For the next eight years, only the north tower had residents, until 2016 when Hurricane Matthew caused significant roof and other damage, making it necessary for residents to find move out. Code enforcement issues would ensue as the owners tried to comply with Titusville ​buidling requirements and make repairs so that residents could return. Seven months after Matthew, the property was sold from the Bay Towers Condominium Association to Everest Properties Capital Management, LLC, and repairs were made.
 
    In the summer of 2017, the north tower was once again reopened to residents, but that wouldn’t last long — Hurricane Irma would land yet another blow on the beleaguered residents of the building in September, leading the city to condemn the property.
 
    Problems have continued to plague the property and the future of the towers has been up in the air for quite some time. However, according to the Brevard County Property Appraiser website, the buildings once again changed hands in August 2018, this time purchased by two entities: Delaware-based Charal Titusville, LLC at 65% ownership, and Florida-based Prosper Titusville, LLC at 35% ownership, for a price of $14-million. 
Damage to Bay Towers as a result of Hurricane Irma


 (Photo Source: Florida Today)





What’s New for the Future? According to the company’s website and social media, considerable investment is being made into the renovations. Prospective residents
will have the choice of four floorplans available: studio one-bathroom, one-bedroom/one bathroom, two-bedroom/one bathroom, and two-bedroom/two bathroom apartments.
Dream Space Coast Apartments logo

Apartment Home Finishings:
  • Large Balcony/Patios Perfect for Watching the Sunset
  • Dark Wooden Cabinets in North Tower
  • Granite Countertops in North Tower
  • Stainless Steel Appliances in North Tower
  • Smart Home Central Art Conditioning
  • Large 18x18 Designer Floor Tile Throughout in Both Towers
  • Designer Shower Tile in North Tower
  • Spacious Living Room
  • Washer/Dryer Hookups
Interior of apartment, including kitchen bar, living room, and bedroom
   Residents will also have access to poolside cabanas; where an indoor-outdoor connection creates a seamless transition between the resident lounge, alfresco gathering spaces and poolside retreat. There will also be a state-of-the-art fitness center for residents to keep fit and stay healthy. Also planned for residents is a theater room, that will give residents the chance to kick back on reclining chairs, unwind from reality, and enjoy movies and other entertainment.
Studio Apartment model1-bedroom Apartment modelTwo-bedroom apartment model
   
Some of the other amenities include:
  • Gourmet Outdoor Kitchenette
  • FirePit Lounge
  • Water/Rock Features
  • Tranquility Garden
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Concierge Services
  • Valet Laundering & Dry Cleaning
  • Water Front Living
Pool
Featured Centerfold Article: Save The Clock | Local Group Works to Get the Chimes Back in Time for New Year's 2020

For two decades, Westminster chimes rang out every hour from the McClintock clock anchored to the corner of the old Titusville Bank and Trust in the heart of the city’s Historic Downtown. The sounds would echo for miles around, with a full melody played at noon. Then, 30 years ago, the clock fell silent — never to be heard again. However, that will all change if the aptly named local group Save the Clock is successful in their quest.

    The group, led by Steven Human, is working with Greater Titusville Renaissance (GTR) to raise funds to restore the four-sided timepiece located at the corner of Washington
Avenue and Main Street.

   “As a child growing up in Titusville, the clock was an important part of our youth,” said Human. “My Mother worked at the bank and we as kids would ride skate boards to downtown and spend our days at the shops. The clock let us know when Mom was going to lunch and when we had to be home.”

   The clock’s restoration would be in conjunction with the work going on inside the bank building and adjacent Walker Hotel, where aerospace company Red Canyon is redeveloping the historic properties as part of their LaunchNow Titusville project.  Red Canyon is supportive of the group’s efforts to restore the clock.

    Support for the restoration of the clock has also been building through social media, with posts to the group’s Facebook page including positive comments from locals like Margaret Vessels, posting, “Growing up off Garden Street, our family could faintly hear the beautiful chimes on a daily bases [sic]. And when I was older and worked at the Historical Courthouse, this clock would always be the ‘audible’ beacon in my daily routine!”

“It’s the heart of downtown Titusville,” was Rick Roberts’ sentiment on the group’s page, “Save the Clock!” 
The McClintock Clock on the corner of the First Federal Savings Bank  building, circa 1970s.

Manufactured by the O.B. McClintock Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the clock was installed on the corner of the then First Federal Bank building in the late 1960s.  The McClintock-Loomis Company (1908 - 1917), succeeded by the O. B. McClintock Company (1917 - 1949), made large clocks for banks and other financial institutions.  Typically, the clocks were mounted to the side of a bank building and often displayed the name of the institution.  Many of these clocks had systems where a master clock inside the bank building controlled the outside clocks and chimes.  There are several clocks similar to ours in cities throughout the nation including Ocala, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Angola, Indiana; Bar Harbor, Maine; and many more.

   The original manufacturing date of the clock and the cost to restore it will only be determined once a clock expert conducts a full inspection. In order to facilitate the restoration, Save the Clock — in partnership with GTR and Playalinda Brewery — will hold several fundraising events throughout 2019 to bring people out in support of their efforts. 
Ultimately, the group hopes to ring in 2020 with a dedication ceremony featuring the chimes of the refurbished clock.
The McClintock Clock as it is today.

    “Bringing this clock back to life would help bring the historic downtown back to life and start a new generation of memories,” said Human. “We are hoping after completion we will start a new Titusville downtown tradition by having a family-style New Year’s street party with the clock chiming at midnight."

    For more information, or to donate to the project, visit their website at SaveTheClock.org.  You can also learn more by going to their Facebook page at Facebook.com/SaveTheClock.

Feature Article: KAC Wins $16M Army Contract for More M110 Sniper Rifles
(article by Chris Eger, Courtesy of Guns.com | Photos courtesy of the Department of Defense)
A U.S. soldier with a KAC M110 Sniper Rifle
The Army announced [Dec 2018] that Knights Armaments Co. was awarded a contract to continue to supply their M110 rifle to the service. The Titusville, Florida-based company was awarded a $16.5 million firm-fixed-price contract through the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Michigan with an expected completion date of Nov. 2024.

The KAC M110 was adopted more than a decade ago and the Army just awarded a contract to acquire up to another $16.5 million worth of the rifles by 2024.

    KAC introduced the 7.62x51mm NATO-caliber system in 2007 complete with a 20-inch chromoly 5R cut rifled barrel and it has gone on to see extensive use primarily with the Army but also the Marines and Coast Guard, though it is set to be augmented in coming years by the more compact Heckler & Koch G28.
 
The M110 sans its distinctive 14-inch suppressor.

    Adopted by the Army as the Semi-Automatic Sniper System, or SASS, the M110 features ambidextrous surface controls, MIL-STD-1913 rails, and a two-stage match trigger. A companion suppressor system, which mates with the M110 flash hider and connects to the SR-25 gas block, is 14-inches long and gives the platform a distinctive profile.

   The Marine Corps uses the M110 to replace some M14-based M39 and Mk 11 mod 1 rifles (older KAC SR-25s) as well as to complement the bolt-action M40A5.
 
US Soldier with an M110 Sniper Rifle

     The M110 SASS was adopted a decade ago to replace the Remington Model 700-based M24 Sniper Weapon System in U.S. Army service and is used by both snipers/spotters and designated/advanced marksmen.

    The Coast Guard uses the M110 in counter-terror maritime security units.
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Feature Story: LaunchNow Titusville
The former Walker Hotel building

Construction work is resuming at the old Walker Hotel in Downtown Titusville as crews from Loyd Contracting enter phase 1 of the building’s renovation.

    Phase 1 consists of structural rehabilitation, where work is done to shore up load-bearing walls and struts to facilitate the interior upgrades planned for the near-century old property. Work had been going on since Summer 2018, but time was needed to secure 
the necessary federal grants from the Department of the Interior as well as the North Brevard Economic Development Zone.
LaunchNow Titusville logo

    Now that financing is in place and work is moving forward, construction fencing will be going up soon around the property. Within the coming months, the new elevator shaft will be installed in the back of the building to provide easier access to the upper floors.

    Micah Loyd, the lead contractor on the project, says the project is expected to be completed by early 2020.
Government News: TitusvilleTomorrow
TitusvilleTomorrow 2040 comprehensive plan - to view the draft plan, visit www.TitusvilleTomorrow.com
Cover of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan
The plan incorporates the ideas generated during the Visioning workshops held in 2017. The plan addresses three key areas of the City: the downtown, the waterfront, and the commercial gateways. Strategies include opportunities to redevelop the downtown, enhancements along the waterfront, and urban design strategies along our commercial gateways.
Government News: Resilient Titusville
Resilient Titusville workshop hosted at the City Hall council chambers
Thank you to our residents who took part in the Resilient Titusville workshop on November 15th. Staff from the City of Titusville and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council worked with residents to identify and better understand the potential shocks and stresses facing the City in planning for coastal resilience due to sea level rise.
Citizens Attending Resilient Titusville Workshop Examine a Map
Additional opportunities for public input into the project will include an online MetroQuest survey (website below) and a final community workshop taking place on March 28, 2019.

Survey Available Online at Titusville.com/ResilientTitusville

Resilient Titusville funded by a grant awarded to the City of Titusville by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the lead agency for the Florida Coastal Management Program with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Government News: Backflow Prevention and Cross Connection Control
A garden hose

You play an important role in ensuring the safety of your drinking water. Whether you are a property owner or a tenant, you need to recognize things that you may be doing that can adversely affect the safety or quality of your drinking water. Eliminating cross connections and opportunities for backflow events is one way to help ensure that safety.

    A cross connection is a connection between the City’s drinking water system and any other system or source. A cross connection is the physical connection that is like a doorway into the City’s water system. An example of a cross connection is a customer connecting their well to their city water line in order to increase their irrigation system pressure.

  Your drinking water flows from Titusville’s Mourning Dove Water production plant to your home or business. When flow is reversed so that it comes from your home or business
into the water system, backflow is created. Backflow is the undesirable reversal flow of a substance through a cross connection and into the piping of the City’s water system.

   If backflow is created and a contaminant enters the drinking water distribution system through a cross-connection, not only can the quality of water at that specific residence or business be affected, but also the water of all the consumers on the distribution system.. To prevent contamination from backflow, all single-family residential meters are installed with a residential dual check valve assembly. Commercial and multi-family properties have commercial grade backflow prevention assemblies. Whenever you attach a hose to an outside spigot or modify plumbing you need to be aware of how you may be affecting the quality of your drinking water. Connecting a hose to an outside faucet and any other system or reservoir, creates an opportunity for contamination to backflow into yours and your neighbor’s drinking water. 

   Priming your well by leaving a hose connected between a hose bib and your well; connecting fertilizer or chemical sprayers to a hose end; and turning off a hose spray nozzle, while leaving the faucet open are all ways you can create a situation that has the potential for contaminants to backflow into your home and the water system.

   Backflow can occur due to siphoning or back pressure. If the water system pressure suddenly drops, as can happen when there is a nearby main break or a fire hydrant is used, the vacuum created can pull the water from the hose along with any of the contaminants or chemicals you have connected to the hose into your home and into the water system. This is siphoning. If, for example, a hose is left connected to an open spigot, the pressure in the hose will equal the water supply pressure. If a large volume of water is used in the house, the pressure drops and the hose will contract, forcing water from the hose along with any contaminants into the house. This is back pressure.
   
Don’t risk your or your family’s safety. Avoid connecting contaminants to hose ends. Always turn off the water at the faucet, not the hose end. Never connect any 
other water source to your drinking water system. 
Government News: Multimodal Plan
Mobile Titusville logo

The City of Titusville has kicked-off a Multimodal Master Plan to help promote connectivity and improve overall safety. Our goal is to identify several bicycle, pedestrian, and transit improvements within the City. Much of the plan will be influenced by input from citizens, business owners, and community representatives. 

Take the survey at www.titusville.com/mobility and tell us what you think.

The Community Development staff and representatives from Kimley-Horn and Associates of Orlando want to hear from you! For your information, visit www.titusville.com/mobility to sign up for the Community Development Department contact list to receive updates on this project. Scan the QR code below to be taken directly to the online survey.
QR Code (goes to survey)

Visit Titusville.com/mobility and sign up for email notifications about project updates, upcoming events, and to read and comment on draft documents as they are prepared.

Attend a workshop or community event. City staff and representativs from Kimley-Horn of Orlando will be present at the events and meetings below. Come share your input!
  • Let it Snow! - Friday, January 11, 2019 from 6pm - 9pm (Downtown Titusville)
  • Gear Up. Ride it Down. - Saturday, February 23, 2019, sunrise to sunset (Titusville Welcome Center)
  • Public Presentation - Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6pm (Titusville City Hall)
Help spread the word on social media and invite your friends and neighbors to speak out and support the Multimodal Plan
Bicyclists at a downtown event


 


Government News - Titusville Police | Promoting Teamwork Within Our Community
1100 John Glenn Blvd. Titusville, FL 32780 (Phone 321-264-7800)
 

A School bus with the TPD logo and the words "School Safety" next to it

The Titusville Police Department is continuing its dedication to the upmost safety for children coming to and from school by enforcing a “no tolerance” yearlong proactive 
enforcement detail in school zones, issuing educational public service announcements and disseminating social media informational posts.  

    Officers are highly visible in school zones and motorists will be issued a citation when speeding in a designated school zone. This proactive citywide enforcement will help ensure that motorists slow down to the posted reduced speed limits in school zones,
put down distracting devices and be aware that students are walking and biking to school, as well as entering and exiting school busses. 

    Additionally, traffic officers have coordinated with the Brevard Public School Transportation Services to combat the occurrence of noncompliant drivers passing a school bus while picking up and dropping off children. Officers are riding on school busses and when a vehicle is observed passing the bus during that time, additional officers stop the driver and issue a citation.  For the safety of children, it is crucial that every single driver, whether traveling toward or behind a school bus, must stop when the bus has the “Stop” sign extended and red lights flashing.  

Police officer using a radar gun to detect speed of cars


 Public outreach through a “School Safety” public service announcement (PSA) was produced by the Titusville Police Department early in the school year that included several safety tips for motorists and pedestrians. Also, social media advisories and informational posts, which include reminders to motorists to slow down for children and remain vigilant in school zones, will continue to be issued through multiple outlets.

  Keeping our children and students safe is a community responsibility. The Titusville Police Department will continue this multifaceted enforcement detail throughout the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year.

    DRIVE SAFE TITUSVILLE!
 

A police officer asking a driver to slow down

City Government News - New recruiting videos aid in search for qualified Officers, Dispatchers​
Titusville Police Department logo with the words "Be the Shield"

In an effort to find new qualified and professional police officers and 9-1-1 dispatchers, Titusville Police Department — in collaboration with the city’s Community Relations Department — recently created two recruiting videos and uploaded them to the city’s YouTube channel.

    To watch these videos, visit YouTube.com/CityofTitusville.
City Government News - Titusville Fire Department New vehicle will bolster Fire Department’s emergency response capabilities.
A titusville fire truck

Titusville Fire Department recently acquired the Rescue Squad Vehicle.  This advanced life support capable vehicle will be utilized for EMS response and as a support apparatus on fire scenes. We are working to complete the compliment of equipment and add the final touches before placing the vehicle in service in the near future.

 Special thanks to the Mayor, Council and City Manager for supporting the Department’s goal of continuing to be the leading provider of emergency services to the visitors and residents of our community.
Feature Article - Titusville Fire Department prepares to implement new technical rescue program.

Rope rescue — just one of several specialized disciplines within the area of “Technical Rescue” — will soon be implemented by the city’s fire department, and rescue personnel are excited about the opportunity. After providing over 80 hours of training for each member of the department, and securing the necessary equipment, we will be developing standard operating guidelines to finalize the development of our rope rescue program.

   Typically, having a Technical Rescue Team can be very expensive for smaller departments to maintain training and equipment.   Rope rescue is an umbrella term that includes different capabilities such as high-angle rescue, and low-angle rescue. These types of operations include patient packaging in a specialized litter, rappelling, rigging of rope systems to move persons from elevated platforms, and crane operations with an aerial device, to name a few. With the ongoing development in our area, and an increase in the number of buildings three-stories or greater in height, the chance of utilizing this training and rescue capability has grown.

   In the past few years, there have been more than a few situations when we could have utilized our aerial device to hoist someone from a rooftop down to the ground.  Unfortunately, at the time  we did not have the training or the equipment mandated
to be able to do such a rescue safely and effectively. That is now changing.

  The department is proud of our members who have stepped forward to take on the additional responsibility and training to make this program possible. The men and women of the Titusville Fire Department remain committed to service excellence through recurring training, in order to ensure operational readiness when called upon, as no two
 emergencies are alike.
Titusville Fire Department Statistics

    Over the past five years our call volume has increased by 13% due to our expanded call area and growth & development in Titusville.
 
    During the last 5 years the Fire Department has had three civilian fire fatalities.  In the last three of those five years there have been no fatalities due to our continued Fire Prevention and Public Education outreach initiatives to our citizens.
 
Titusville Fire Department Statistics 
Operations  Prevention & Public Education
Year Fire Calls Medical  Calls Other Calls  Total Calls Average  Response Time Slip & Fall Citizen's Contacted Bicycle Helmets Distributed Car Seats Inspected (upon request) Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector Installs (upon request)
2018 173 6,666 2,870 9,709 4:40 1,225 120 96 6
2017 195 6,569 2,815 9,579 4:38 1238 185 62 8
2016 203 6,738 2,601 9,542 4:33 2,405 206 50 22
2015 203 6,283 2,350 8,836 4:29 1,604 220 31 66
2014 176 6,171 2,219 8,566 4:40 1,607 24 33 85
Total Calls 950 32,427 12,855 46,232 4:36 8,079 755 272 187
2013 = 7742 calls                
 

Completed Projects
Murphy Oil - Open for Business
Murphy Oil has opened for business in the Wal-Mart parking lot area off of SR-50 and 405.
Murphy Oil gas station

 Towneplace Suites by Marriott - Open for Business 
 TownePlace Suites, a Marriott hotel located on Helen Hauser Boulevard, is now open for business.
Towneplace Suites hotel by Marriott

Le Crave - Open for Business
Le Crave cafe is now open for business at Titus Landing, serving American and French cuisine..
Le Crave cafe


Curaleaf - Open for Business
Curaleaf is now open for business in the downtown area at 200 South Washington Avenue.
Curaleaf marijuana dispensery

Pier 220 - Open for Business
Pier 220 is now open for business at the site of the former Crackerjack’s Restaurant under the A. Max Brewer Bridge.
Pier 220 Restaurant


Optical Outlet - Open for Business
Optical Outlet, a new eye glasses and vision store, is open for business at Titus Landing.
Optical Outlet store


Big Joe’s BBQ Rib Shack - Open for Business
Big Joe’s BBQ Rib Shack has now opened at 425 Garden Street, serving lunch and dinner.
Big Joe's BBQ Rib Shack restaurant


Titusville Mall Cinema - Open for Business
Titusville Mall Cinema is now open in the former Searstown Mall, in the location of the former Satellite Cinemas. The theater features $5 movies and is a Sub Run theater, playing films that have already been out for a few weeks.
Titusville Mall Cinema theater

Hopkins Avenue Street Paving - Completed
Street paving has been completed on Hopkins Avenue.
Aerial photo of Hopkins Avenue

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The application and detailed information on each of the City’s boards, appointments, and vacancies can be viewed by visiting Titusville.com, the City Clerk’s Office, or by calling 321-567-3686.
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