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PALM BAY ― On Aug. 20, Palm Bay City Council passed an ordinance reducing the permitting requirements for fences accessory to single-family dwellings located in residential districts. This change becomes effective on Sept. 19.

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BREVARD COUNTY — With a matter of weeks until the General Election is held, the Hometown News aims to provide our readers with candidate profiles to help them make an informed decision.

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PALM BAY ― Palm Bay Police and Fire Departments are working the scene of an explosion in the area of US 1 and RJ Conlan Boulevard in NE Palm Bay. The explosion occurred shortly before 11:00 a.m.

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PALM BAY ― The City of Palm Bay has implemented a series of changes to the City's Code of Ordinances in order to enhance quality of life and facilitate economic opportunities for residents and businesses. The new amendments, developed and administered by the City's Growth Management Departme…

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PALM BAY ― The City of Palm Bay Parks & Recreation Department will host their annual Fall Golf Classic on Saturday, September 19 at The Majors Golf Club, 3425 Bayside Lakes Blvd SE, in Palm Bay. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 8 a.m.

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PALM BAY ― On August 6, Palm Bay City Council voted to accept an additional allocation of $342,255 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to assist qualified residents with rent and utility payment assistance. The last day to submit an application for funding as…

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PALM BAY ― The City of Palm Bay Utilities Department (PBUD) is currently accepting participants for the 2020 Lead and Copper Testing Program. While PBUD service lines do not contain lead or copper, the plumbing materials used in some homes can slowly leach metals into water through corrosion…

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PALM BAY ― On August 6, Palm Bay City Council voted to accept an additional allocation of $342,255 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to assist qualified residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible uses for the funding inc…

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PALM BAY ― The Palm Bay Parks & Recreation Department has rescheduled the two Drive-Up Movies showings of National Treasure (PG) that were canceled Independence Day weekend due to rain.

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PALM BAY ― The City of Palm Bay will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11 to celebrate the completion of the new segment of the St. Johns Heritage Parkway and southern I-95 interchange. The Parkway and interchange will be opened to drivers Tuesday afternoon.

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PALM BAY ― Effective Monday, August 3, the Palm Bay Utilities Department will resume normal operations, which will include service shutoffs due to non-payment. Customers experiencing a financial hardship must contact Customer Service at (321) 952-3420 or ucs@palmbayflorida.org to discuss opt…

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Florida Power & Light Company continue to strengthen and modernize energy grids in light of COVID-19 pandemic

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BREVARD COUNTY — When schools closed down in March and the public was forced into lockdown, a dedicated group of students from Odyssey Charter Jr./Sr. High School sprang into action.

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PALM BAY ― Work is underway on the concrete demolition and dewatering phase of the pool rehabilitation project at the Palm Bay Aquatic Center. The official start date for the repair project for the Palm Bay Aquatic Center pool was July 20 and work is scheduled to last 8 weeks. The rehabilita…

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PALM BAY ― Work is underway on the concrete demolition and dewatering phase of the pool rehabilitation project at the Palm Bay Aquatic Center. The official start date for the repair project for the Palm Bay Aquatic Center pool is July 20 and work is scheduled to last 8 weeks. The rehabilitat…

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PALM BAY ― City of Palm Bay leadership received an update from Central Square on the possible security breach involving the Click2Gov online payment platform used by the Palm Bay Utilities Department and the City's Building Division for credit card processing. Central Square has identified a…

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PALM BAY - At the June 18th, 2020 Regular Council Meeting, Palm Bay City Council voted to award the contract for the construction of the Babcock Street southbound left turn lane and connection to the St. Johns Heritage Parkway to MJC Land Development LLC. A pre-construction meeting with the …

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PALM BAY ― On Monday, June 29, 2020, the City of Palm Bay learned of a possible security breach involving the Click2Gov online payment platform. The system is used by the Palm Bay Utilities Department and the City's Building Division to process credit card payments. The City of Palm Bay Info…

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BREVARD COUNTY — A new competition series recently premiered on HBO Max, a subscription-based streaming service, that features a local teenager whose skills are put to the test.

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PALM BAY ― This summer, Palm Bay Parks & Recreation will host the Palm Bay Kidz Club for four weeks from Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 31. The Palm Bay Kidz Club will operate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. Activities will vary daily and include a variety of outdoor game…

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PALM BAY― Beginning June 15, the City of Palm Bay Procurement Department will utilize VendorLink to manage bid solicitations, contract administration, and vendor relations to facilitate the purchase of goods and services to provide competitively priced, high quality services to the public.

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PALM BAY ―Palm Bay Parks & Recreation will host a free, socially distant outdoor movie event on June 13 at 8:30 p.m. behind the Ted Whitlock Community Center inside Fred Poppe Regional Park located at 1951 Malabar Road NW. The movie will be Finding Nemo (Rated G). Attendance is free, but…

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PALM BAY ― At the May 28, Special Council Meeting, Palm Bay City Council voted to award the City's 10-year Solid Waste and Recycling Services contract to Republic Services of Florida. The award is the result of an extensive and competitive procurement solicitation process that was initiated …

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PALM BAY ― Space Coast Harley-Davidson announced the participation of Congressman, Bill Posey and Senator Tom A. Wright at the Trump Ride and Rally in honor of President Donald Trump. The event will begin at The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville and end at Space Coast Har…

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PALM BAY ― In order to adhere to the guidelines in Governor DeSantis' multi-phase Plan for Florida's Recovery, the City of Palm Bay has decided to cancel the annual Independence Day Celebration event scheduled for July 4, 2020 at the Palm Bay campus of Eastern Florida State College.

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PALM BAY ― The City of Palm Bay will reopen city facilities to the public beginning June 1 with the exception of the Palm Bay Senior Center, Ted Whitlock Community Center, Tony Rosa Community Center, and the Margaret Hames Nature Center. While the City's community centers and outdoor rental …

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PALM BAY ― In response to the challenges that Palm Bay residents are facing during COVID-19, the City has implemented an Eviction Prevention/Rental and Utility Assistance Program. The program is designed to provide temporary assistance to eligible Palm Bay residents who have become delinquen…

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PALM BAY ― The City of Palm Bay will postpone the COVID-19 testing at City Hall scheduled for May 15, 16 and 18, following the Florida Department of Emergency Management's (FDEM) decision to temporarily close drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites beginning Friday, May 15 through the weekend due …

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PALM BAY ― At the Thursday, May 14 Special Council Meeting, Palm Bay City Council will discuss several items intended to aid businesses and residents affected by COVID-19. As part of the the Palm Bay initiative, the proposed waivers and accommodations will provide temporary relief as the com…

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PALM BAY ― The City of Palm Bay will postpone the COVID-19 testing at City Hall scheduled for May 15, 16 and 18, following the Florida Department of Emergency Management's (FDEM) decision to temporarily close drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites beginning Friday, May 15 through the weekend due …

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PALM BAY ― In accordance with Governor DeSantis' Plan for Florida's Recovery, the City of Palm Bay will launch a phased re-opening of City facilities. Beginning with a soft re-opening on Monday, May 18th, public access to City facilities will be available by appointment only, where necessary…

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PALM BAY ― Beginning on Friday, May 15, 2020, the City of Palm Bay will operate a COVID-19 testing site at Palm Bay City Hall, located at 120 Malabar Road SE and accessible through the northwest entrance of the City Hall parking lot. Through a partnership with Brevard County Emergency Manage…

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PALM BAY ― The City of Palm Bay will host a National Day of Prayer event on Thursday, May 7. Due to social distancing guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's National Day of Prayer gathering will be held virtually with livestreams available on the City of Palm Bay's webs…

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PALM BAY ― Residents idled in their vehicles on Palm Bay Road early Saturday, April 25 awaiting police who guided the lengthy queue into the first of six planned food distribution events.

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PALM BAY ― The City of Palm Bay's Community & Economic Development Department is following all COVID-19 updates closely to identify resources for local businesses impacted by the pandemic. Businesses can find helpful information on financial resources and webinars from the U.S. Small Bus…

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PALM BAY ― Effective immediately, all City of Palm Bay playgrounds and the McGriff Park skatepark will be closed to public access until further notice. The temporary closures are intended to protect the health of the citizens of Palm Bay by reducing the chance of COVID-19 exposure.

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PALM BAY ― The City of Palm Bay Parks & Recreation Department has announced the closing of the following city or community partner locations beginning on Monday, March 23:

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PALM BAY ― On Monday, March 16, Brevard County and the Florida Department of Health announced the first presumptive positive test for COVID-19 locally. Considered by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic, COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, now affects 155 countries with mor…

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BREVARD COUNTY — There’s nothing like a good, old fashioned fish fry to get the community to bring a community together.

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PALM PAY ― The Palm Bay Police Department will partner with 12 other law enforcement agencies across Orange, Seminole, Volusia and Brevard counties on a mission to save lives with the launch of Operation Vision Zero, a high visibility enforcement and public awareness campaign calling on driv…

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BREVARD COUNTY — Traffic fatalities are more than just a statistic. The sad reality is drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians overlook the increasing number of injuries and fatalities while families mourn their lost loved ones.

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BREVARD COUNTY — Before Palm Bay Mayor William Capote ends his second term as mayor, he will be sure to celebrate among friends and residents “Big Easy” style.

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