Hurricane Matthew caused significant damage to the Boardwalk at Jaycee Park and on A1A to about a mile of sidewalk and shoulder at the extreme north end of the County. Many beach dune crossover access points were damaged, and there were some trees downed. In Indian River Shores, the beach accesses at Seagrape Trail and Beachcomber are closed until repairs can be completed. Please see the photo slideshow of the beaches in Town here. Please read this important information regarding debris removal for the residents from the Town Manager.
There will not be an election in November for Town Council members as there were three seats available and only three candidates running. Mayor Brian Barefoot will serve another term and our new Council members will be Robert F. (Bob) Auwaerter and Deborah H. (Debbi) Peniston. The General Election will be held on November 8, with the Community Center as the voting location for all of the Town residents. Absentee (Vote By Mail) ballots may be requested here until November 2. You must be a registered Florida voter before October 11th to participate. Early Voting is October 24 - November 5 at locations other than Town Hall.
The final budget for FY16-17 was approved on September 22nd.
Two Ordinances were approved at second reading in September regarding Commercial Vehicle Parking and Election Signs. A minor change to the Police-Fire Pension Plan by ordinance passed first reading on September 22, which implements aneffective date of October 1, 2015 to enter the DROP program as recently negotiated in the 2015-18 union contract.
The Town's 5-acre property between Surf Lane and Pebble Beach Villas was rezoned by Ordinance No. 528 to allow for possible future development should the Council decide to do so. There are no plans being considered at this time, but should there be, it will be slowly and carefully. Please request to be added to our News Alert distribution or read minutes if this is of interest to you.
Indian River Shores is the SAFEST city in Florida! This article in the TC Palm on May 4, 2016 shows the results by Alarm System Reviews, a Virginia-based security industry website. Another study by a company that reports burgular alarm statistics names the Town as #2 safest from burglaries in the state. Our residents are safe, well cared for and well protected thanks to the Town's Public Safety Department's triple-certified police, fire and paramedic/EMT staff.
Preliminary work to site the cell tower in the Town is proceeding. Datapath Communications and their engineer came and pinpointed the 50' x 50' area just northeast of the Town's Maintenance/Garage building, and the tower will be on the southeast quarter of that plot. The survey and other studies have been completed, and the full environmental is underway. Residents from Bermuda Bay are observing and participating in the process. Please see the page on this website devoted solely to this matter.
Each governmental entity including the Town of Indian River Shores, Indian River County, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Fellsmere and Orchid have resolved to support the extension of the one cent sales tax in the County. This will be on the ballot for voter approval in 2016, and is the most effective way to provide funds for county-wide infrastructure needs, such as roads and bridges, and takes some of the property tax burden off the residents and shares it with all consumers including visitors from outside the Town and the State of Florida who purchase goods and services within the county.
Many calls have been received regarding vacation or short term rentals, which the Town is largely prohibited from regulating by the State. In 2011, the State lawmakers passed a law that "A local law,ordinance or regulation may not prohibit vacation rentals or regulate the duration or frequency of vacation rentals." This has resulted in many municipalities receiving complaints about short term rentals. An ordinance was discussed in August 2016, which was tabled indefinitely.
Turtle nesting season began on March 1 and continues through October 31. There are many marked nests and hatching nests on the beach! Please see this page with details.
Watering restrictions using City water (non-reuse) limiting lawn sprinklers to once weekly went into effect March 13, when Daylight Savings Time changed. Please also find this information on the Utility Information page of our website.
Remember to check for information about the electric utility rate relief issue with the City of Vero Beach on this page. Our residents north of Old Winter Beach Road are served by FPL, and the other two thirds are served by the City of Vero Beach Electric.
Did you know that the Town's ad valorem tax rate of 1.6786 is the 30th lowest in the State, of 388 municipalities? Only 10% of your total tax bill comes to the Town; roughly 50% goes towards schools, 20% towards the County. This is as of October 2015. In 2016-17, the minor increase to 1.7186 keeps the Town in the lower 10%.
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