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Titusville Police CSI Unit Educating a Future Generation
The Titusville Police Department Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) and Evidence Unit team members have taken the initiative to educate local children about the techniques, procedures, and science of their chosen profession.
CSI manager Amanda Wright, and CSI technicians Stephanie McGowan and Caitlyn Moore were approached by several local groups in reference to creating an educational experience for students interested in pursuing a career in their field.
Without hesitation, the team worked over the summer of 2019 with educators at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in an effort to enhance the Heroes of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) camp, which focuses on educating youth on different career paths in law enforcement, public safety, and space exploration.
More recently, the CSI Unit created a classroom experience for local students. Students had the opportunity to partake in a presentation and a question and answer session with CSI team members. In addition, students learned specific CSI applications, including a hands-on latent print experiment with balloons and finger print ink.
In addition, Titusville Police Explorers were provided intensive forensic chemical evidence training which included the use of Luminol.
Did You Know?
• The police department’s top traffic complaint area is the A Max Brewer Causeway. However, when officers do enforcement there, they are often criticized for not being elsewhere doing some other type of law enforcement.
- The City of Titusville Florida does not set the speed limits. They are set by the state and county but it is the city’s responsibility to enforce.
- Four top locations for vehicle accidents are:
• The Titusville Police Department’ dispatch center receives over 100,000 calls per year for police and fire calls.
• The Titusville Police Department attends, participates in, or hosts over 200 community outreach events per year.
• The Code Enforcement Division performs field inspections on a proactive and reactive basis for site, utility, landscaping, and public nuisances. This division utilizes the International Property Maintenance Code, City of Titusville Code of Ordinances, and the City of Titusville Land Development Regulations. Year to date stats are:
Complaints Received : 6283
Violations Recorded: 1118
Signs Collected: 1581
Parking Enforcement: 25
- Cheney Hwy and 405
- US 1 and Olmstead
- Garden St and Park Ave
- Garden St and S. Hopkins Ave (US1)
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Mopeds, Go-Peds, Pocket Bikes & Scooters
What You Should Know
Motorized Scooters, Go-Peds & Pocket Bikes
Motorized scooters and go-peds are small two or three-wheelvehicles that a person may standor sit upon to operate or ride. Some have electric motors, andsome have gas engines. The steering is managed by use of a T-shaped handlebar.
Pocket bikes are miniature motorcycles with 50 cc or less gas engines that have automatic transmissions.
Motorized scooters, go-peds, and pocket bikes cannot be legally operated on public roadways, sidewalks, or bicycle paths.
Mopeds and Motorized Bicycles
Mopeds have 50 cc or less engines with two wheels and can travel a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour. Motorized bicycles have electric helper motors and can travel a maximum of 20 miles per hour. Both mopeds and motorized bicycles have pedals and may be operated solely by human power.
A driver must have at least a Class E driver licenseand tag registration to legally operate a moped. The operator of a motorized bicycle does not require a driver license.
Persons 16 and older may operate a moped or amotorized bicycle on public roadways. Mopeds and motorized bicycles can be operated on sidewalks and bike paths only if operated solely by human power. Persons under 16 may only operate mopeds on private property and must wear protective headgearsecurely fastened upon their heads.
Where can my child ride a motorized scooter, go-ped, or pocket bike?
Motorized scooters, go-peds, and pocket bikes can only be ridden on private property with permission from the owner of the property (e.g., driveway, yard). A person may not ride motorized scooters and pocket bikes on sidewalks, bike paths, or roadways.
If motorized scooters, go-peds, or pocket bikes are illegal to ride on the roadways and sidewalks, then why are businesses allowed to sell them?
It is not against the law to possess, use, or operate a motorized scooter, go-ped, or pocket bike as long as you are on private property. Therefore, it is not against the law for businesses to sell them.
What are the consequences should my child be stopped by a law enforcement officer while riding his motorized scooter, go-ped, pocket bike, moped, or motorized bike?
A person who operates or allows a juvenile to operate any motorized scooter, go-ped, pocket bike, moped, or motorized bicycle in violation of the law may be subject to the following:
If caught operating a moped or motorized bicycle using engine power, or a motorized scooter, go-ped, or pocket bike on a sidewalk, the operator will be issued a moving traffic citation for operating a motorized vehicle on a sidewalk. Florida Statute 316.1995.
The operator is also eligible to receive a criminal citation for operating an unregistered motor vehicle. This is a criminal violation which requires a mandatory court date, and the operator is subject to arrest. Florida Statute 320.02.
To operate a motor vehicle in the State of Florida, the operator must possess a valid driver license. If the operator is caught operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, he or she is subject to a criminal citation, mandatory court appearance, and/or arrest. Florida Statute 322.03.
Parents who knowingly allow a juvenile who has no driver license to operate a motor vehicle on public streets may be cited for a violation of Florida Statute 322.35, “Permitting an Unauthorized Minor to Drive.” This is an arrestable misdemeanor.
Why You Should Know
Children and young teenagers have likely neverdriven a vehicle before and are not familiar withtraffic laws. They are often unaware of the trafficaround them as well as traffic hazards that exist (e.g. blind spots, other vehicles, pedestrians, lightingconditions).
We have all seen it - a young child riding a mopedor motorized scooter down the street or sidewalk, whizzing by, not paying attention to the traffic on the roads and not obeying stop signs or traffic lights. It’s just a matter of time before someone gets hurt. Florida has several traffic laws in place for this very reason.
*According to Florida law, motorized scooters, go-peds, and pocket bikes are considered motor vehicles. However,because motorized scooters, go-peds, and pocket bikes are not manufactured to meet the required federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act, they cannot be registered for operation on public roadways, even if the operator has a valid driver license. Mopeds can be registered for operation on public roadways, but an operator must have a valid driver license to operate one. Operators of motorized bicycles do not need a valid driver license and are not required to register them in order to operate them on public roadways.
Table showing the requirements and permissions of each type of small, single-person motor vehicle.
|Motorized Scooter/Go Ped (Gas or Electric)
|Moped (Gas or Electric)
|Motorized Bike (electric)
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Completed & Opened
Construction is complete on the expansion to Woodgrain Distribution.
The Mad Utter Ice Cream
The Mad Utter is open for business at 322-A South Washington Ave.
Beat the Clock Escape Rooms
Beat the Clock Escape Rooms opened their doors on Friday, October 4 inside the Titusville Mall.
Pier 13 Coffee
Pier 13 Coffee is open for business at 322-B South Washington Ave.
OhVino is open for business at 319 South Washington Ave.
Titusville Needs You!
Help guide our city into the future. Volunteer and serve on a board of commission.
Information on board vacancies can be found at Titusville.com, or by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 321-567-3686.
- Historic Preservation Board
- Municipal Code Enforcement Board
- Titusville Environmental Commission
- North Brevard County Hospital District Board
- North Brevard Economic Development
- Zone Dependent Special District Board
- Planning & Zoning Commission
- Board of Adjustments & Appeals
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Fredrick A. Losley, an immigrant from Switzerland came to Titusville in 1882 by way of New Orleans and Cedar Key. He established Losley’s Saloon, one of the city’s first saloons, which was located on east Main Street.
In 1888, he began construction of a new two-story brick building on the west side of South Washington Avenue. The brick was purchased in Jacksonville, shipped by steamer to Sanford, and then to Salt Lake Landing. From there, ox-drawn wagon transported it to Pace’s Landing on the Indian River and then finally delivered it to the building site. The first floor housed Losley’s Saloon and Billiard Hall, two additional stores, plus a nine-foot alley. The second floor consisted of 10 rooms - 5 on each side of a center hall - which were used as boarding rooms.
When the Brevard County Anti-Saloon League organized in 1906 and vowed to make Brevard “dry”, Losley closed the saloon. He persuaded his sister-in-law, Kate Myers, to open a restaurant in its place. “The City Restaurant” became a popular eating spot because of Kate’s established reputation as a good cook. He named the upstairs the “Alpine Hotel”. Some say this is because Losley came from Switzerland, and others say it’s because the stairs were so steep.
After a lengthy bout with tuberculosis, Fredrick died in 1915 leaving the Losley building to his only surviving children, Leah and Leland. Leland later enclosed the nine foot alleyway and it became the location of Losley Electric from 1921 to 1928. The property remained in family ownership until it was sold in 1972. Today, Aker Eye Vision Source and Playalinda Sunglass Company occupy the building’s first floor.
Important City Numbers
Building Department 321.567.3760
Business Tax Receipts (Occupational Licenses) 321.567.3758
City Clerk 321.567.3686
City Hall Main Number 321.567.3775
City Hall FAX Number 321.383.5704
City Manager’s Office 321.567.3702
Code Enforcement 321.567.3770
Community Advocate 321.567.3689
Customer Service (Utility Billing) 321.383.5791
Economic Development 321.567.3774
Fire Department (Non-Emergency) 321.567.3800
Fire Public Education 321.567.3804
Human Resources 321.567.3728
Neighborhood Services 321.567.3784
Municipal Marina 321.383.5600
Planning Department 321.567.3782
Police (Non-Emergency) 321.264.7800
Police / Fire Rescue (Emergency) 911
Solid Waste 321.383.5755
Stormwater (After Hours Emergency) 888.399.1327
Streets Maintenance 321.567.3832
Water Field Operations (Water Main Break) 321.567.3883
Water Main Break (After Hours Emergency) 321.383.5657
Water Resources Conservation Program 321.567.3865
LED Sign Information 321.567.3689
Important Community Numbers
Brevard County Auto Tags 321.264.5224
Chamber of Commerce 321.267.3036
Department of Motor Vehicles 321.264.5224
Florida Power and Light 800.577.1156
City Gas Co of Florida 321.636.4644
Social Security Office 321.633.8100
Canaveral National Seashore 321.267.1110
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge 321.861.0667
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City of Titusville
555 South Washington Ave
Titusville, FL 32796