An annexation of part of the Town's 5-acre property between Surf Lane and Pebble Beach Villas was approved by Ordinance No. 526 which was passed and adopted upon second and final reading at the Town Council meeting on May 25th. The County only allowed part of the parcel to be annexed when we purchased it from them in 1993. See the Notice that was published on May 11th and 18th here.
Preliminary work to site the much needed cell tower in the Town is proceeding with Datapath Communications as the provider to advise on location, manage it and secure tenants. At the Town Council meeting on April 22, the Council approved to have the Tower located somewhere on Town Hall property following the additional research by CityScape. About a dozen residents from Bermuda Bay met with the Town Manager on April 28th to view potential sites. Please see the page on this website devoted solely to this matter, along with the photo of the computer-generated selected site.
With Town elections now moved to November effective in 2016, we will have three Town Council positions open: Vice Mayor Jerry Weick has served two consecutive terms and is not eligible to run this year; Mayor Brian Barefoot and Councilman Tom Slater are both eligible for another term. For anyone interested in running for Town Council, the qualifying period is August 25 - September 9. Election packets will be available in August.
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 who purchase goods and services within the county.
Turtle nesting season began on March 1 and continues through October 31. There are already marked nests on the beach! Please see our new 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.
If you missed the news about changes to weekly recycling on Wednesdays for everyone and solid waste (household garbage) pickup to Monday-Thursday for some residents, here's the recap: 1) We will notbe using wheeled recycle bins. Keep your tubs and continue placing them as you have been. 2) You do not need to sort plastic from paper in the recycle bin. Other questions? Check When's My Pickup Day, or call Treasure Coast Refuse/Republic Services at 562-6620 (press 3, then wait to hear "republicservices.com" before you press 2 ).This page for Household, Yard Waste & Recycling Information on the Town’s website has links to help you find out about the County landfill sites, how and what to bundle in yard waste (and if your neighborhood has that service) and how and what to recycle, your personal schedule for all solid waste disposal, and much more.
Remember to check for information about the electric utility rate relief issue with the City of Vero Beach on this page.
A site plan variance was approved by the Council for a gourmet pizza restaurant in the Village Shops in the southern section.
Council approved the same millage rate for FY 15-16 of 1.6786. The final budget is posted on the Financial Page.Did you know that the 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.
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.
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.
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