Work is continuing to take place on the interior of the Launch Now project at 300 – 310 S. Washington Avenue. This is the redevelopment of the old First Federal Savings bank and the Walker Hotel buildings into the Launch Now project consisting of a co-working office, retail space on the ground floor, and 20 boutique apartments. Recent interior work has included the installation of steel beams and supports to shore the second and third floors. Framing of the apartments has also begun per the approved historical site plans. A soft opening for the co-working space is expected in late 2019, with the apartments opening in the first half of 2020.
Featured Article - Titusville Community Service Award Recipient 2019
On June 14th, Barry Russell was named the 2019 Titusville Community Service Award recipient at a ceremony held in conjunction with the City’s annual Flag Day Celebration.
Mr. Russell is incredibly involved with Jackson Middle School, along with the surrounding Titusville community. He is an integral part of Jackson’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, during which he develops mentor relationships with students as he teaches them morals and decision making. He also provides religious guidance to a group of at risk students by leading them in a Bible study throughout the school year. As a member of the Grove Church, he spearheads efforts to donate backpacks and other school supplies to Jackson Middle School students. Also in his capacity with the Grove Church, they have donated money to support Gradventure trips, which is a reward for graduating eighth graders. In his efforts with Titusville, Mr. Russell works with students from Devereaux, a group home; is the Chaplain for the Titusville Fire and Rescue; and works with the Camp Road Campus of the Grove Church for at risk students.
The Community Service Award was established in memory of Reverend Harry R. Lee who served the City and community in many different capacities. Through his words & actions, he set an example for encouraging service and unity. Annually, nominations for the award are solicited from area schools, churches, and civic organizations as well as from the community at large. Those nominated are recognized at the award ceremony and each receive a framed certificate. This year’s nominees for exceptional service to the community in addition to Barry Russell were Dylan Benson, Edelmira Carrasco Brissette, Sam DiBlasio, Peter Lord, Brad Parsons, Elana Pitcher, Ed Rodriguez, Hollie Anderson, Janet Romer, and Cheryl Thornton.
Featured Article - "Titusville Mall's New Lease on Life"
Rebranded, refurbished and for sale — our long-standing mall is making a comeback
for the modern day.
Entering through the doors of the former Searstown Mall, it is hard to imagine that a year has passed since the anchor store, Sears, closed up shop after more than 50 years in business. Despite the unfortunate changes that have occurred, several long-standing businesses remain open, and the ubiquitous mall walkers still show up to do their laps every day. There have been many positive changes and much progress in the past
year in bringing this staple of our community back to life.
The road to now…
When the mall’s owner Jesse Wright, a commercial real estate broker in Torrence, California purchased the property in February of 2018, he faced the sizeable task of revitalizing the shopping center in an age where indoor malls have become passé, and outdoor shopping venues are all the rage. To turn things around and bring back stores and customers, renovations began and a rebranding initiative was undertaken, turning the plaza into Titusville Mall. To oversee everything, Wright
brought on Lisa McCotter as the General Manager.
The mall hired two full-time maintenance employees in order to have someone on hand for tenants. Under previous ownership, stores typically had to handle their own repairs; a practice the new owner did not believe in. As renovations commenced, it was discovered that many of the empty spaces had become storage rooms for the mall and some were without power for so long that FPL did not have an address to use for meters. In many instances, workers had to start from scratch to
bring the spaces up to code for new tenants to occupy.
There were several phases of work that went into revitalizing what Lisa McCotter likes to call a “mid-century mall,” including new roadside signage and HVAC systems, as well as flooring and paint throughout the building. Part of the renovations included turning one of the larger storefronts into an event center that is available to rent for parties, baby showers, weddings, conferences, retreats, and more. Currently, a small local church has been holding Sunday services in the center while they work on finding a permanent home.
All the hard work has paid off as multiple businesses have chosen to relocate there, including
Kathy’s Quilt Studio, Tea World, and Nails 1st.
“One thing we have is parking,” said Ms. McCotter, noting that the expansive parking lot surrounding the building has been a key motivator for stores who have outgrown their former locations. They join longtime tenants such as Valentino’s Pizza (open more than 30 years), and Titusville Ballet and Jazz Center (open for over 20 years). New businesses have set up shop like Brevard Solar, a solar panel sales and installation company.
A fun, new future…
Entertainment is something Wright and McCotter are working diligently to bring more of to the mall, particularly for youth in the community. Over the past several months, the movie theater has reopened under a new name, and soon there will be an escape
room opening in the former Hallmark store nearby.
“I think it’s something our community has always lacked,” she says, noting the perception for many years that there’s nothing to do in Titusville. “We are looking for new ways to meet the needs of the community as far as
entertainment goes. I think the escape room changes that.”
With the number of escape rooms in the U.S. growing from 22 in 2014, to over 2300 in 2018, the forthcoming Beat the Clock Escape Rooms is looking to tap into that growing popularity and create a great experience for people in Titusville. Locals Dawn Convey and Mark White have been working for over two months to bring their idea to life which will house five rooms featuring themes like wizardry and magic (inspired by Harry Potter), a heist, a room based on the Hangover series of movies, and dual assassin rooms. The owners have brought in escape room artist Larry “Doc” Volz from Richmond, Virginia to install
the rooms, and they plan to open by the end of July.
The Titusville Mall Cinema recently finished their
renovation after Satellite Cinemas closed last year. The theater not only offers $5.00 movie tickets on second-run showings of current films, they are also ramping up video game tournaments and live stage shows. The two front theaters have been converted into stages for live performances like magic shows and big-band music concerts, and of the remaining theater rooms, four show films and the remaining rooms will be used for films or converted for game tournaments. One big hurdle during renovation has been replacing equipment as funds became available, because Satellite Cinema removed all of the projection systems when they left. The only thing remaining were two original film reel
projectors that have been sitting upstairs for decades.
Titusville Mall has positioned itself to be a versatile community centerpiece, able to support myriad events, and housing retail shopping, dining, and entertainment for everyone. Some of the events they host include collaborating with the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce for the annual Taste of Titusville community event, the annual College Night for area high school students, and the election-year forum called Meet the Candidate.
“We don’t have another space like this in town,” Ms. McCotter said. “It’s a place where the
community can come and be out of the elements.”
McCotter says they are currently working with several interested parties to bring new businesses to the mall, including possible restaurants and other entertainment
and lifestyle venues. As of now, they are at almost full capacity for tenants, with only three vacant suites available for rent. Concerning the future of the former Sears store, she was unable to comment on any plans for the space since
discussions are still in progress.
However...BIG THINGS are coming… Two big national businesses reportedly have signed letters of intent to lease out portions of the former Sears location. These businesses are Planet Fitness — who has over 1,800 locations nationwide — and Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline — who has 10 locations across the country. According to commercial property website LoopNet.com, Planet Fitness intends to occupy 20,000 sq. ft., and Rebounderz will take up 40,000 sq. ft. It is important to note that leases haven’t been
signed as of this date, and circumstances may change.
Although management could not comment on these reports, it is worthwhile to note that at a Titusville Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on February 20, 2018, a conditional use permit was issued for the entire mall complex to allow for indoor recreational-commercial amusement activities. At this meeting, Mark Gurley, the founder and owner of Rebounderz expressed his intent to open a location at Titusville Mall, and the company website currently has Titusville identified as a future location.
Wait, it’s for sale?
In June of this year, Wright listed Titusville Mall for sale at a price of $10.5-million. According to him and Ms. McCotter, if a sale does occur, all leases will continue to be honored and all stores and businesses will be able to remain open. This should come as good news to the 25 businesses that are presently open in storefronts and kiosks throughout the mall, and to citizens who enjoy having an indoor place to shop, dine and spend their time.
The 25 Businesses located at the mall are:
• Wildwood Antique Mall
• Tea World
• Onyxx Express Tees
• New Beginning Christian Book Store
• East Coast Contract Industries
• Kathy’s Quilt Studio
• Titusville Ballet & Jazz
• United National Travel
• Hae Yon Sewing
• Robin’s Styles Unlimited
• Double Portion
• Little House of Treasures
• Bealls Outlet
• Valentino’s Pizza &
• Diverse Fashions
• Grace’s Closet
• Avid/Budget Rental
• Nails 1st
• Nikki’s Attic
• Titusville Mall Event Center
• Titusville Mall Auto Center
• Hers Salon
• Male Image
• Green Screen TV
• Beat the Clock Escape
Featured Article - "Honoring the Thin Blue Line"
The American Police Hall of Fame is more than a museum; it’s a support network for law enforcement and their families.
Located right off of SR 405 in Titusville, just west of the bridge to Kennedy Space Center, the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum (APHF) sits as a stalwart reminder of the sacrifice that everyday citizens make when they choose to wear a badge and protect their local communities. Founded in 1960, it soon became the nation’s first national law enforcement museum and memorial dedicated to officers killed in the line of duty. However, today it is much more than a museum; it provides support to the families left behind when an officer gives their last, full measure of devotion.
The Early Years
Originally, APHF was located in a 3,500-square-foot building in North Port, Florida (Sarasota County), and was called the National Police Hall of Fame. In 1988, AHPF — in coordination with the National Association of Chiefs of Police — purchased a three-story building in Miami, Florida that once served as an FBI complex. A few years later, the move was made to its permanent home here in Titusville where the current 50,000-square-foot building stands today.
Over the years, the collection of artifacts has increased to include vehicles from all over the country, weapons and law enforcement tools from throughout history, and unfortunately, more names on the memorial wall.
A Hall of Honor
The centerpiece of the museum facility is the 2,000-square-foot Memorial, which features marble panels inscribed with the names of law enforcement officers from around the nation who were killed in the line of duty. Presently, there are more than 10,000 names dating back to 1961, when the museum first starting tracking and memorializing fallen officers.
In the center of the room, an American Flag rests over a large marble block dedicated to unknown peace officers. This reverent display is encircled by flowers and wreaths, and is watched over by a bronze statue depicting a police officer with two small children,
illustrating a police officer’s connection to the community.
To Serve, To Protect, To Educate
APHF has drawn countless visitors to its exhibits, which includes not only artifacts, but also demonstrations and training classes for both police officers and citizens, and an indoor shooting range. They regularly hold concealed weapons and self-defense classes, bringing in local and national experts in those fields. The museum also hosts the annual Police Week, bringing in thousands of law enforcement officers, surviving family members, and dignitaries; serving as a reminder that somewhere in America
every 57 hours, a police officer is killed in the line of duty.
The artifacts and exhibits on display include a large collection of firearms, which highlights the evolution of weapons used on both sides of the law. There are also different types of actual police vehicles and motorcycles ranging from early automobiles circa 1950s, to four-wheelers and jet skis used for off-road operations and
Also on display is a patrol car from Fort Worth, Texas that belonged to an officer killed in the line of duty; written on it are hundreds of signatures from members of that community who left messages of thanks and support in honor of the officer.
A replica jail cell and other devices of punishment from throughout history — including a mockup electric chair and guillotine — help tell the story of how people have kept law and order since time immemorial. A simulated crime scene exhibit demonstrates how forensics is used to solve crimes, and displays on the walls depict some of the more notorious figures ever to be encountered my American police officers.
Also on display are pieces of aircraft wreckage and building girders from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City.
The museum’s dedication to educating the public continues to grow, and earlier this year they expanded their programs with the hiring of Chrissy Sokol, Director of Museum Education, to oversee field trips, educational activities and exhibits, outreach and interaction with teachers, parents and museum visitors. Working directly with Tara Dixon Engel, Vice President of Training & Strategic Development, Sokol has been instrumental in the development of future exhibits — to include STEM-based learning programs and partnerships with schools and other organizations.
Current Growth and Future Expansion
APHF is continuing to grow, and there are exciting things on the horizon. One of the newer items at the museum is a virtual shooting range that allows guests to try their hand at shooting virtual paper targets or engaging criminals in simulated life-or-death scenarios — all without the need for live ammunition. For a nominal fee, guests can see if they have what it takes to be a police officer, but more importantly, they can get an understanding of the stressful situations officers encounter, and the split-second decision-making they have to perform.
New this year is a program geared toward the students entering 3rd through 5th grades. Working in conjunction with Titusville Fire Department and the American Space Museum & Walk of Fame, Sokol helped to establish a new three-day summer program called Heroes of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).
This program enabled local children to learn about different career paths as they relate to Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, and Space Exploration — apropos for us on the Space Coast. Throughout the camp, students toured the facilities of each organization, and learned with a hands-on approach to solve real world problem. The camp’s next session is coming up from July 29 – 31.
Another of the museum’s future plans is the creation of the 21st Century Crime Lab, which will be a free-standing lab/classroom environment that will allow students to enter the world of forensic science. In this experience, students will participate in real-world, hands-on experiments and activities focused on solving crimes and seeking answers
through the application of STEM/STEAM disciplines, including DNA and fiber analysis, as well as ballistics.
The major announcement from APHF this year is the expansion of the museum building, increasing its size by 50,000 square feet; and the construction of the large Law enforcement Eternal Flame. This project will feature a 10-story tall infinity symbol with an adjustable 20-foot flame. This enormous memorial will be located adjacent to the
museum, and visible from U.S. 1 and SR 405.
(For more information, see the Eternal Flame article on the next page.)
Helping Hands, Caring Hearts
One of the least-highlighted programs — but arguably the most important — is the support APHF provides to the families of disabled and fallen officers. Year after year, the organization serves the families of fallen and disabled officers, working to make their lives better and to show them love and appreciation for their sacrifice.
The programs include funding to reimburse families for medical needs relating to line-of-duty injuries of a paralyzed or disabled officer, holiday and birthday gifts for disabled/fallen officers’ children under age 18, educational scholarships, grief counseling, emergency assistance, mother’s/father’s day gifts and cards for parents of fallen officers, gifts of remembrance, and more.
For more information on the museum, its exhibits its future, or if you want to donate to the families left behind, visit www.APHF.org.
Feature Article: Announcing the Law Enforcement Eternal Flame
The American Police Hall of Fame in Titusville, FL announced a significant new law enforcement tribute on on May 15, Peace Officer’s Memorial Day. The United States Law Enforcement Eternal Flame will be a ten-story tall infinity symbol burning an adjustable flame of up to twenty feet tall that blazes from a blue ‘memory rose’ petal. The flame will burn twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This tribute monument has been hailed as the single most significant monument to law enforcement since President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago signed into law a proclamation naming May 15 as National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day.
Rush Construction, a premier Space Coast contractor, is in charge of the overall project, with the architectural and engineering services provided by Eleven 18 Architecture and Honeycutt & Associates. The selection for the contractor tasked to build the Eternal Flame tribute has been narrowed down to two major contractors out of Orlando, both of whom do special projects for the Disney parks.
Barry Shepherd, CEO at the American Police Hall of Fame said, “The sheer size and significance of this beautiful work of art will definitely make a statement, and will represent all law enforcement: past, present, and future. It has been on the drawing board for a couple of years but has been a company vision for a long time. We have already made a commitment to this project by purchasing five acres of vacant land directly adjacent to the Hall of Fame facility and we plan on breaking ground in January of next year, 2020. We plan on holding our dedication ceremony in October of 2020, which is also the 60th anniversary of the Hall of Fame.”
The United States Law Enforcement Eternal Flame is the first of several projects planned by the Hall of Fame over the next three years. A few of the projects include a heliport, pavilions, mini golf course and a 30,000 square foot expansion of the existing facility. The expansion will house a dynamic new educational area, already under development, focusing on forensics and STEM education. “Not only will the Flame be a lasting tribute to our men and women in blue, but it will draw attention to our many other programs currently serving law enforcement nationwide,” Shepherd explained. “We will also give law enforcement supporters across America the chance to make their own personal statement of gratitude through a stunning commemorative brick pathway leading up to the flame. The Walk of Heroes will personalize and breath life into the flame for all who visit and all who passionately support those who serve.”
For more information on the United States Law Enforcement Eternal Flame please go to www.leflame.org and for more information on the American Police Hall of Fame please go to www.APHF.org.
Government News: Resilient Titusville Completed
On May 28, 2019 the City Council approved the Resilient Titusville final report marking the completion of the Resilient Titusville project. Staff from the City of Titusville and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council gave an overview of the project goals, public outreach components, and highlighted portions of the Resilient Titusville final report.
The report will be used as a monitoring tool for tracking progress towards improving community resilience and is planned to be updated with the next Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) Comprehensive Plan update cycle. These regular updates will be very important as the information, science, and technology used in planning for hazards like sea level rise continues to improve.
Resilient Titusville is funded in part, through a grant agreement from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Coastal Management Program, by a grant provided by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA16NOS4190120. The views, statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the State of Florida, NOAA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, or any of their subagencies.
Government News: Mobile Titusville
Kimley-Horn and Associates of Orlando assisted the City in the creation of a city-wide multimodal (mobility) master plan. The plan addresses transportation issues with a primary focus on trails, on-street bicycle lanes and sidewalks. Kimley-Horn and the Community Development staff obtained public input through an online survey and participation in the January 11th Let it Snow event and Gear up Ride it down event on February 23rd. Several interviews were conducted with key community stakeholders. The project concluded with a presentation at the June 11th City Council meeting. The plan will help the City accommodate the three regional trails that are planned to converge in our downtown. The City of Titusville is becoming the hub of three converging multi-use trails: the Coast-to-Coast Trail a 250-mile 12 foot wide multi-purpose trail running from St. Petersburg through downtown Titusville. Eventually this trail will continue from Titusville through the Canaveral National Seashore to the beautiful natural Atlantic Ocean beaches; the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop a 260-mile loop encompasses five counties Volusia, Putnam, St. Johns, Flagler and Brevard that when complete runs from Titusville to St. Augustine along the Atlantic Coast and St. Johns River corridor; the East Coast Greenway connecting Calais, Maine to Key West Florida that when complete, the 3,000-mile trail will become the nation’s longest connecting protected biking and walking route.
For more information, visit Titusville.com/Mobility
Government News: Eastern Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative
On May 28, the City of Titusville became the first local government in the East Central Florida Region to sign onto the newly formed East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative (ECFR2C).
In 2018, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council recommitting to regionalism and launched a program to convene stakeholders across our 8 county, 78 city region with the intent to develop a structure and framework for a regional resilience collaborative.
Three pillars were identified under the resilience umbrella; (people) Health + Equity, (places) Build Infrastructure + Natural Environment, and (prosperity) economic resilience. Woven throughout those pillars will be a reduction of the carbon footprint, risks and vulnerabilities utilizing emergency management, and increasing efforts toward sustainability, region wide.
It is illegal to drive with your hazard lights flashing. According to Florida law, drivers must only turn on their hazard lights if they are stationary. Hazard lights may
seem like the right idea during blinding storms, but they are not!
“Hazard lights are just that — the signal of a hazard, and you use them when you have pulled over to the side of the road or are disabled or in an accident,” said Matt Nasworthy, American Automobile Association public affairs director for Florida. “You cannot use them when you’re moving. It only causes confusion. Other drivers have no idea what you’re doing.”
Government News: The Water We Drink 2018
The City of Titusville Water Resources Department’s staff of water professionals is committed to ensuring the reliability and safety of your drinking water every hour, every day. We value our water consumers and the trust they place in us to provide them with high-quality, great-tasting drinking water. As part of that trust, we publish an annual water quality report, The Water We Drink.
Both federal and state law requires all community water systems to publish an annual water quality report in order to make consumers aware of the quality of their drinking water and the analyses and monitoring performed by their drinking water provider. The 2019 edition of Titusville’s drinking water quality report shows the results of water quality monitoring from the previous calendar year, January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.
Water Resources uses the publication of its annual report as an opportunity to include information that we feel our customers can use and will find valuable, in addition to the required information. We work to produce a publication that is attractive and easy to read and understand. Residents with questions about water quality or the data presented in the report, can contact Titusville’s Water Production Superintendent at (321) 567-3877.
The 2019 edition of The Water We Drink 2018, is available online at www.titusville.com/ccr or at the Water Resources Department’s main page on titusville.com. A certified ADA compliant version is also available on the departmental page. Hard copies of the report are available from the Water Conservation Office at (321) 567-3865 and are mailed upon request. Braille copies of the report are available at the Mourning Dove facility and the City Clerk’s Office.
Government News - Upcoming Street Paving
- Dixon Avenue
- Violet Avenue
- Sherwood Court
- Warren Court
- Whispering Hills Road
- Blue Bird Circle
- Guava Avenue
- Indian Oaks Court
- Nottingham Street
- Oracle Street
- Prescott Street
- Ranger Street
- Valley Forge Drive
- Valley Forge Drive
- Fife Court
- Privateer Drive
- Ticonderoga Court
- Saratoga Drive
- Militia Drive
- Privateer Drive
- Bunker Hill Court
- Liberty Tree Road
- Von Stuben Court
- Lafayette Avenue
- Powder Horn Road East
- White Drive
- Quill Court
- Yorktown Avenue
- Park Lane
- Pinecrest Street
- Jackson Street
- Kirby Drive
- Justin Court
- Wakefield Terrace
- Palm Avenue
- Olympus Court
- Canon Court
- Leica Court
- Minolta Court
- Nikon Court
- Kodak Drive
- Chaffee Drive
Government News - Titusville Police | Promoting Teamwork Within Our Community
The Titusville Police Department offers a KIDS IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (K.I.D.S.). The K.I.D.S. envelope contains a Biological Information Form, a DNA swab and a disc to store the most up-to-date pictures of a child. This kit holds valuable information that can be immediately handed to law enforcement if a child goes missing. Titusville Police Explorers will be handing out the kits at upcoming “Back to School” Events in August. If you would like a K.I.D.S. kit at any time, please call Amy Matthews at the Titusville Police Department @ (321) 567-3921.
On July 1st 2019, Florida made texting while driving a primary traffic offense, meaning law enforcement can stop motorists for just that offense. Florida Statue 316.395 is known as the “Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law”. Additionally, the law bans the use of any handheld wireless communications devices in school and construction zones. This is a moving violation, motorist may receive a fine and up to 3 points on their license.
Texting While Driving – enforceable as a primary offense beginning July 1, 2019. NO TOLERANCE.
Did you know? –
Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. (NHTSA, 2018) Texting while driving increases the risk of crashing by 23 times. (NHTSA, 2018)
Titusville Police Department Community Watch (CW) Program offers multiple services for Titusville Citizens, including a vacation home check. CW members patrol residential neighborhoods and business parking lots while paying close attention to suspicious and unusual activities. CW provides a visible presence in our neighborhoods and in the City’s business areas.
In addition, they provide valuable assistance to our officers on the street. The vacation home check is a free service performed by CW members. If requested, your home is checked periodically while you are away. If you would like this service or would like information on how to join the CW team, please call 321-567-3913 or email Todd.StLouis@Titusville.com.