Friday, March 9, 2018

Free Recycled Paint In Brevard County March 31

Paint can

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Recycled paint will be available to residents of Brevard County at five Richard Paint stores and one Ace Hardware store beginning Saturday, March 31, 2018.

The paint is free to homeowners in limited quantities only. Homeowners will be able to receive up to 10 gallons of one color for the shell of the house, up to three gallons of a second color for trim.

Paint will be available on a first come first served basis only. Proof of home ownership will be required in order to obtain paint (i.e. valid driver’s license with the current residential address or property tax notice). The recycled paint is available in five colors and one floor paint.

COLORS

Off white
Gray
Green
Light Beige
Dark Beige
Texture floor paint

Available at the following locations only – Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Richard’s Paint

2900 Post Road, Melbourne
1510 Cheney Highway, Titusville
1950 Viera Boulevard, Viera
5000 Stack Road, Suite A-1, Palm Bay
230 East Merritt Island Causeway (520) Merritt Island

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware/Beach Discount Plumbing/Supply, 866 North Highway A1A, Indialantic

For more information regarding the recycled paint call 633-1888, 633-2042 or visit www.brevardcounty.us/swr

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Daylight Savings Time 2018: Spring Forward Time Change

Change Clockds During Daylight Savings Time 2018

If you are asking, "When does Daylights Savings time start in 2018 in the U.S.A.?" The answer is the date that Daylight Savings Time (DST) will begin for Florida is at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Daylight Savings Time 2017 begins before Easter (or Resurrection Sunday) when days become longer and longer heading closer to the Spring Equinox.

The rest of the United States will also turn their clocks forward on March 11, 2017 with the exception of Hawaii and Arizona because those states do not practice Daylight Savings Time.

This means that we lose (not gain) an hour when we turn our clocks ahead an hour to 3:00 a.m. when our clocks reach 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.

A helpful way to remember whether to set our clocks ahead or behind one hour during the Daylight Saving Time change for Spring 2018 is to "Fall Back" and "Spring Ahead."

Daylight Saving Time will end again on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

Why was Daylight Saving Time Created?

Benjamin Franklin did not propose Daylight Saving Time. This misconception grew out of the  proverb "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" that was published in Franklin's Poor Richards' Alamanac.

Daylight Savings Time actually started in Europe during World War I as a way to economize fuel usage. The United States started Daylight Savings Time a year after WWI in 1918.

What was the first country to institute Daylight Saving Time?

Germany and Austria-Hungary, also known as the Axis Powers in World War I, first instituted Daylight Saving Time nationwide in 1916 in order to economize energy usage during the war.

Correct Spelling of Daylight Savings Time

Is it "Daylight Savings Time 2018" or "Daylight Saving Time 2018"?  The correct term is without the "s" but the added "s" has become widely used in the United States.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

$103,000 Fantasy Five Ticket Sold On Merritt Island


MERRITT ISLAND, Florida -- The Florida Lottery announced that one of two winning tickets which matched all five numbers drawn in last night's Fantasy 5 game was sold on Merritt Island, Florida.

The winning ticket worth $103,970.74 was sold at a Publix supermarket located at 1850 North Courtenay Parkway. 

The winning Fantasy 5 numbers for Tuesday, March 6, 2018, are: 02-04-13-19-33.

The odds of picking all five winning Fantasy Five numbers are 1 in 376,992.

There were also 277 players who picked four out of five numbers to win $121.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Year-Round Daylight Saving Time Bill Heads To Florida Governor's Desk


TALLAHASSEE, Florida -  Daylight Saving Time may soon be observed throughout the year in the Sunshine State after the Florida Senate passed legislation to put an end to the practice of setting clocks back and forward every six months.

Unlike northern states in the continental U.S. that only experience around 9 hours of daylight during the shortest days of Winter, Florida has over 10 hours of daylight during the shortest day of the year - the Winter Solstice.

Florida Senate Bill 858 passed by an overwhelming majority of 103-11.  Its companion Florida House Bill 1013 also overwhelmingly passed in the Florida House of Representatives in February. The proposed law now heads to Governor Rick Scott's desk to be signed into law.

If Governor Rick Scott signs 'The Sunshine Protection Act' into law, Florida would then ask the U.S. Congress for an exemption to stay on Daylight Savings Time throughout the year.

History of Daylight Saving Time


Daylight Savings Time started in Europe during World War I as a way to economize fuel usage. The United States started Daylight Savings Time a year after WWI ended in 1918.

Benjamin Franklin did not propose Daylight Saving Time. This misconception grew out of the proverb "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" that was published in Franklin's Poor Richards' Almanac.

How to Correctly Spell and Say Daylight Saving Time

Is it "Daylight Savings Time" or "Daylight Saving Time"?  The correct term is without the "s" but the added "s" has become widely used in the United States.

Daylight Saving Time Bad For Your Health

Losing an hour of sleep is bad for your health, studies find. The overall rate for stroke was 8% higher and heart attacks 10% higher in the days following the daylight saving time change.

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Two Winning Fantasy 5 Tickets Sold In Titusville


TITUSVILLE, Florida -- The Florida Lottery announced that two winning tickets which matched all of the numbers drawn in last night's Fantasy 5 jackpot were sold in Titusville, Florida.

One of the winning tickets worth $29,252.08 each was sold at a Publix supermarket located at 2000 Cheney Highway.

The other the winning ticket was a Quick Pick sold at a Winn-Dixie supermarket located at 1564 Harrison Street.

Five more winning tickets were sold in Sebastian, Palm Harbor, Sebring, Jacksonville, and Fort Lauderdale.

The winning Fantasy 5 numbers for Monday, March 5, 2018 are: 05-13-18-25-35.

The odds of picking all five winning Fantasy Five numbers are 1 in 376,992.

There were also 307 tickets that matched 4 of 5 numbers for a payout of $107.50.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Pedestrian Struck By Cocoa Police Car


COCOA, Florida - A woman is in serious condition after she was struck by a Cocoa Police Department patrol car Friday night.

Around 9:18 p.m., a Cocoa police officer was responding to a  report of a suicide attempt in progress when the patrol car struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Clearlake Road and Lake Drive.

The woman was walking eastbound on Lake Drive to cross Clearlake Road when she was hit. She was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the officer involved crash.

The Cocoa police officer is on paid administrative leave per department policy while the initial investigation is ongoing.

The officer was not injured.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018 Florida Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins


March 1 is the official start of the sea turtle nesting season.
 
From now through the end of October, three different species of sea turtle will land on Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coast beaches to lay their eggs. 

MARCH - JULY: Leatherback sea turtles begin to come ashore from March through July to lay their eggs. Florida is the only state in the continental U.S. where leatherback sea turtles regularly nest. With the exception of a few nests on the west coast, leatherbacks nest almost exclusively on the east coast of Florida. In fact, about 50 percent of leatherback nesting occurs in Palm Beach County.

APRIL - SEPTEMBER: Loggerhead sea turtles typically nest in Florida from April through September. In the United States, 90 percent of all loggerhead nesting occurs in Florida. The majority of this nesting takes place on the east coast of Florida. In fact, in Brevard County there were 23,457 loggerhead nests in 2014.

JUNE - SEPTEMBER: Green sea turtle nesting in Florida occurs from June through late September with the highest concentration of nests along Florida's east coast - but green turtle nests have been found in every coastal county of the Sunshine State. 

People can help sea turtles that nest on Florida’s beaches at night by leaving the beach as natural as possible. To do this, beachgoers should remove beach furniture and other obstacles before sunset each day.

“Anyone spending time on Florida’s beaches can do something to help save Florida’s threatened and endangered sea turtles. People’s actions on the beach can have a positive impact on whether our loggerhead, leatherback and green sea turtles nest successfully,” said Dr. Robbin Trindell, who leads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sea turtle management program.


Trenches and holes left by a sand artist celebrating Earth Day created a hazard for endangered nesting sea turtles in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
“Whether you are a resident or a visitor, remember to take beach furniture, boats and canopies off Florida’s sandy beaches at night so these items won’t block sea turtles attempting to nest,” Trindell said. “When departing at the end of the day, beach visitors should fill any holes dug in the sand so nesting and hatchling turtles don’t become trapped. Please be careful not to disturb nesting sea turtles by getting too close, shining lights on them or taking flash photos.”

Exactly when sea turtle nesting season starts depends on where you are in Florida. While it begins in March on the Atlantic coast, it starts later in the spring in late April or May along the Gulf coast. Yet wherever you are in the Sunshine State, what you do on the beach can make a significant difference on whether sea turtles nest successfully.

Florida hosts nearly 90 percent of loggerhead nests within this species’ northern Atlantic Ocean population, the state plays an important role in its conservation.

Report sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline, 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC).

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

$51,000 Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold In Palm Bay


PALM BAY, Florida -- The Florida Lottery announced that four tickets matched all of the numbers drawn in Tuesday night's Fantasy 5 jackpot. 

One of the winning tickets worth $51,126.13 each was sold at a Country Farms convenience store located at 2140 Port Malabar Road Northeast in Palm Bay, Florida.

The other winning tickets were sold at:

Publix located at 19390 Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville.

Publix located at 23965 US Highway 27 in Lake Wales.

7-Eleven located at 4048 Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

The winning Fantasy 5 numbers for Tuesday, February 27, 2018 are: 01-04-05-11-14.

The odds of picking all five winning Fantasy Five numbers are 1 in 376,992.

There were also 453 tickets that matched 4 of 5 numbers for a payout of $72.50.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Titusville Man Seriously Injured In Hit-and-Run Crash


TITUSVILLE, Florida - A Brevard County man is is hospitalized in serious condition due to injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run crash that occurred Sunday night in Titusville, Florida.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two white males were driving a stolen 2015 Nissan west on Cuyler Street around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Eric Spears, of Titusville, Florida, was driving a 2018 Chevy pickup truck northbound on U.S. Highway 1.

According to FHP, the Nissan pulled out into the direct of of the Chevy. Spears swerved in an attempt to avoid the crash but the front of the Ford struck the front of the Nissan.

The occupants of the stolen Nissan then fled on foot after the crash.

Spears was later transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. 

He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, according to FHP reports.

$64,000 Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold In West Melbourne


WEST MELBOURNE, Florida -- The Florida Lottery announced that three tickets matched all of the numbers drawn in last night's Fantasy 5 jackpot. One of those tickets was sold in West Melbourne, Florida.

The winning ticket worth $64,397.85 was sold at Publix supermarket located at 145 Palm Bay Road Northeast in West Melbourne

The other two winning tickets were sold in Jacksonville and Port Richey, Florida.

The winning Fantasy 5 numbers for Sunday, February 25, 2018, are: 04-13-17-22-30.

The odds of picking all five winning Fantasy Five numbers are 1 in 376,992.

There were also 284 tickets that matched 4 of 5 numbers for a payout of $109.50.

Image credit: Florida Lottery

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Students Hold Gun Control Protest At Heritage High School


PALM BAY, Florida - Heritage High School students were marked 'tardy' for missing class in order to participate in a gun control protest that took place on Wednesday at the school's campus in Palm Bay, Florida.

The Brevard County protest, organized by Heritage High School students Amya Mclean and Aniyah Smith, was held at the same time as other student protests took place across Florida following the Valentine's Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The Heritage High School protest lasted for 17 minutes to symbolize the 17 people killed in the Broward County, Florida school shooting. 

The students left during lunch period to gather on a plaza in front of the school's administration building in the southeastern corner of the Palm Bay campus where they chanted, "Stop the violence." 

"Today as a school we decided to walked out of class for 17 minutes," said one Heritage High student. 

"We wanted one thing to be heard. We want the violence to stop and we want change. There is no reason 17 students should be dead. We need need gun control now not tomorrow."

Heritage High School Student Protesters Disciplined

Although the protest took place on campus during school hours, the Brevard Public Schools' administration characterized the gun-control rally as non-disruptive to the other students who did not participate in the walk-out.

A few hundred of the 1,800 students who attend Heritage High School participated in the protest. The students who did participate in the protest and arrived late at their next period received an unexcused tardy.

"Principals have discretion under our discipline plan to impose a range of discipline that’s appropriate for the situation," said Brevard County Public Schools spokesman Matt Reed. 

"The students behaved peacefully without disrupting classes or anyone else’s education. An unexcused tardy seems like an appropriate sanction."

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Paul Cadieux of Titusville, Florida Killed In Clearlake Road Crash


COCOA, Florida - 34-year-old Paul Cadieux of Titusville, Florida, did not survive the injuries he sustained after being struck by a vehicle on Clearlake Road in Cocoa, Florida.
21-year-old Luis Osoria of Opa Locka, Florida, was driving a 20014 GMC pickup truck northbound on Clearlake Road in the right, through lane near the intersection of Lake Road around 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2018.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Cadieux attempted to cross Clearlake Road from west to east and walked into the direct path of the GMC pickup truck. 

The front of the pickup then struck Cadieux. He was transported to Wuestoff Hospital in Rockledge, Florida where he was pronounced deceased.

Osoria was wearing his seat belt and was not under the influence of alcohol, according to FHP reports.

A toxicology report for Cadieux is pending.

The crash remains under investigation.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Trump, Florida Governor Slam FBI Over Parkland School Shooting


U.S. President Donald Trump ridiculed the Federal Bureau of Investigation's failure to act on tips the agency received about Nikolas Cruz leading up to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

On Friday, the FBI revealed that it received a call on January 5, 2018, from a person close to Nikolas Cruz who warned of Cruz's "gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting."

However, the FBI failed to forward the tip to its Miami Field Office for investigation.

"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable," President Trump tweeted on Saturday.

"They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!"

Florida Governor Rick Scott was even more scornful of the FBI than Trump, and called for the resignation of FBI Director Christopher Wray.

“Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it," said Governor Scott.

"An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain. The families will spend a lifetime wondering how this could happen, and an apology will never give them the answers they desperately need."

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cocoa Beach Police Officer-Involved Shooting At Royal Colonial Condominiums

Royal Colonial Condominiums in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

COCOA BEACH, Florida - A man was killed during an officer-involved shooting that occurred Friday night at the The Royal Colonial Condominiums in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Just after 10:15 p.m. on February 17, 2018, Cocoa Beach Police received a 911 call from a woman who stated that her husband, 59-year-old Tim Berger of Cocoa Beach, Florida, was under the influence and that he had shot through a window in a second-floor condo unit located at 2001 South Banana River Boulevard.

The suspect was reportedly on a second-floor balcony when police arrived seconds after receiving the 911 call.

The man was shot by Cocoa Beach Police Officers James Scheiner and Taylor Payne during the incident. Neither officer was injured during the encounter.

Officer Scheiner has been with the Cocoa Beach Police Department since June 2015 and Officer Payne since May 2016. 

Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave until further notice, as is standard protocol.

Cocoa Beach Fire Department and Brevard County Fire Rescue crews were then called to the scene.  

When paramedics examined the 59-year-old man around 10:30 p.m., they determined that he was deceased.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is handling the investigation with assistance of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit. 

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Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy Dies In I-95 Crash Near Titusville


TITUSVILLE, Florida - A Brevard County Sheriff's Office deputy died as a result of injuries he sustained in a crash with his marked patrol car and a semi truck on I-95 just after 5 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Leo Smith, Jr. of Orlando, Florida, was driving a semi-truck partially loaded with car parts southbound on I-95 in the center lane near mile marker 217 just north of State Road 50.

Meanwhile, the deputy was driving his 2013 Ford Taurus patrol car southbound on I-95 in the left lane.

The semi-truck suffered tire separation to its front, left tire which caused the semi-truck to pull to the left and into the direct path of the patrol car. The left, front of the patrol car then collided with the right, rear of the semi-truck.

The truck driver was not injured in the crash.

The deputy has been identified by Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey as 32-year-old Field Training Officer Kevin Stanton.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash and alcohol was not a factor.



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