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UPDATED 9-12-14
  • Please click here for the recap of the August 29 Council meeting and news tips that were sent out September 11. These updates are e-mailed upon request as part of a regular News Alert.  A notebook is available to peruse in the Town Clerk's office with past alerts. Click here to sign up!
  • Rezoning Request - Please click here for an important statement regarding the request we received to rezone one parcel from residential to commercial at the corner of A1A and Beachcomber Lane.
  • We are saddened by the passing of former Mayor Fritz Gierhart on August 3.  He served the Town well for 16 years as an elected official,1977-1993 (Councilman from 1977-1981, Vice Mayor from 1981-1983, and Mayor from 1983-1993).
  • The information on the lawsuit filed by the Town for electric rate relief is found on this page.  Please click here for a statement from Mayor Barefoot regarding the 8-21-14 Assessment meeting.
  • Meetings - The Final Budget Public Hearing will be held at 5:01 p.m. on September 25.  The Council meeting on 9-25 will be at 3:30 p.m. rather than 9 a.m. A second conflict assessment meeting has been scheduled for Friday, September 26th at 9 a.m. in the Town's Community Center.
  • The Town has officially obtained a Class 6 CRS rating, saving our residents 20% on flood insurance policies written in SFHA (special flood hazard areas).  Other areas that were receiving a 5% discount now will receive 10% discount (highest available to them).
  • Cemetery – The Town owns the cemetery in John’s Island, and reminds those who visit loved ones to remember that Ordinance 93.05 prohibits planted flowers, bushes and flower pots, which could be subject to removal by Public Works.  They are kept at the Town’s Maintenance Building for a short time before disposal.  Call 231-1771 for more information.
  • There is an abundance of activity regarding the All Aboard Florida passenger rail project. This information link on the Indian River County website includes the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council timeline information.  
  • Pension Liability has dramatic decrease - The latest Police-Fire Defined Benefit Plan actuarial review revealed that the unfunded liability dropped almost $2 million in two years, and the plan is now 85% funded. This was largely due to market gains.
  • No summer lawn fertilizing - The Town's Ordinance 513 about fertilizers is explained in this flyer.
  • WE CARE about the Lagoon!  Many of our residents and staff are involved in protecting our Indian River Lagoon, and find that nearby Harbor Branch FAU Oceanographic Institute has many related events that are both educational and helpful in this effort.
  • A tax comparision showing how much less you pay in Indian River Shores for your homeowner taxes from the Indian River County Budget for FY13-14 is located here.  It describes why our combined millage rate in Indian River Shores is the lowest in the County.
  • The updated 2014 Treasure Coast Refuse pick up schedule for solid waste, yard waste and recycling is available here.
  • The FY 13-14 Budget was approved last September with a static millage rate of 1.4731. What's a "rolled-back rate?" Florida's Truth In Millage (TRIM) regulations require us to notify the taxpayers how much more or less tax revenue it takes to generate the same amount of income that the Town received last year plus new construction or minus properties removed from our tax roll.  
  • Did you know you can take outdated or unwanted medicines, prescription or non-prescription, to the Sheriff's Office at 4055 41st Avenue M-F, 8-5?  It's the safest way to dispose of them!  They should never be thrown in the trash or toilet.
  • VIVA 500!  Even though 2013 was the 500th anniversary of Florida's founding, the celebrations have not yet ended! We are participating in a wonderful website to help everyone become familiar with the histories of communities and the state. Photos, events, and much more await a few minutes of your time!
  • On Guard for Seniors is a website provided by the Florida Department of Financial Services that has an abundance of information about financial transactions and insurance concerns that may be of use to you or your family.
  • Major Florida Building Code Changes went into effect on March 15, 2012 that impact roofs, doors, windows, shutters, garage doors, and much more.  Please see the new forms under the Building Department tab, and contact them for current requirements before renovating or construction.
  • Watering schedule of once or twice per week for non-reuse water for residents and businesses follows Daylight Savings Time, with once weekly permissible November through March, and twice weekly in the warmer months. The St. Johns River Water Management District advises that the use of reclaimed water is exempt from restrictions.
  • Go-Line public transportation stops at the Village Beach Market as a Special Stop. To arrange for pick-up from the Village Beach Market, please call 569-0903 at least 1 hour ahead. There is no set fee to ride; donations to support this bus system are welcomed. For more information on routes & times, visit http://www.GolineIRT.com. 
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