Coronavirus (COVID-19) City Updates

Latest Update:  Friday, May 8, 2020; 4:00 p.m.

CITY SERVICES AND OPERATIONS

All City facilities are now closed to the public. City employees will continue to satisfy requests for services by phone or through online services. Following is a list of phone numbers for the departments.
 
City Hall Main Number (321) 773-4407
Community Development/Building (321) 773-4409
Fire Department non-emergency (321) 773-4405
Police Department non-emergency (321) 773-4400
Recreation Department (321) 773-6458
Building Permits:
Please utilize the online permitting services for all Building Permit applications.  To submit Building or Engineering Plans, please call the Building Department at (321) 773-4409 and make arrangements for drop off.

City Meetings:
All advisory board and committee meetings have been cancelled until May 15.

CITY FACILITIES REOPENING PLAN:

In accordance with Phase 1 of the Governor’s Re-Opening Florida plan, the City of Satellite Beach is re-opening most of our Recreation Facilities.  Please see the facilities, dates and times that include safety guidelines on future operations.

ATHLETIC FIELDS, including baseball fields, soccer fields and football field will reopen from dawn to dusk on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 with limitations.  Parking for these facilities will re-open for practices and exercise only and MUST be limited to groups of people of 10 or less.  Individuals should use best practices for hygiene, such as not touching faces, frequent hand washing, and hand sanitizer use.  Restroom facilities at any athletic fields will be available and staff will be present at these facilities to ensure social distancing measures are being followed. 

THE SB SKATEPARK will reopen from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 with limitations.  No more than 20 skaters allowed inside the skate park at a time.  Skaters should keep 6 feet from each other at all times and should not loiter within the park.  Loitering near the park or near the hut will be prohibited and if these measures are not respected, the City may have to re-close the facility.  Use best practices for hygiene, such as not touching faces, frequent hand washing, and hand sanitizer use. Staff will be present at the facility to ensure social distancing measures are being followed. 

The SB DOG PARK will reopen from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 with limitations.  Groups of 10 people or less are allowed at the large dog park and groups of 10 people or less are allowed at the small dog park at a time.  Use best practices for hygiene, such as not touching faces, frequent hand washing, and hand sanitizer use. Staff will be present at the facility to ensure social distancing measures are being followed. 

SB TENNIS COURTS AND RACKETBALL COURTS will reopen from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and then 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020 with limitations.  All games will be limited to single players.  It is required to make reservations for games, please call the Tennis attendant at the Tennis Hut at 321-773-3313.  Restroom facilities at the Tennis Courts and Racquetball Courts will be available and staff will be present at these facilities to ensure social distancing measures are being followed. Use best practices for hygiene, such as not touching faces, frequent hand washing, and hand sanitizer use.

The Recreation Department will be taking limited reservations for PELICAN BEACH PAVILIONS for an anticipated opening of May 15, 2020.  Please call 773-6458 for reservations and is limited at this time to groups of 10 people or less.  This is subject to change if Brevard County or surrounding counties experiences an increase COVID-19 positivity rate. 

UPDATED!  PLAYGROUNDS
The playground equipment at Cinnamon Park, Olsen Field, the Sports Park, and the DeSoto Park will remain CLOSED, but the exercise equipment at DeSoto Park will reopen on Saturday, May 9, 2020.  Groups of 10 people or less with the understanding that our staff can only sanitize this equipment every evening and that residents should take precautions for their own safety.  These precautions should include using hand sanitizer before and after every use and wiping down equipment with sanitizer wipes. Please do not use this equipment if you feel uncomfortable.  If you choose to use this equipment, please understand that there are inherent risks in doing so.  

UPDATED!  BEACH PARKING
The City will begin opening our parking areas today and will be finished with all lots by tomorrow morning, with the exception of Hightower Beach Park. Hightower Beach Park will remain closed until the repairs to the boardwalk are completed, which will be finished Saturday morning. Bathrooms for the beaches will be open. Our staff will be sanitizing the bathroom facilities regularly; however, please understand that these cleanings will only address the potential virus presence on the surfaces of our facilities for the moment we clean them.  As such, residents should remain vigilant while using these facilities.

The David R. Schechter Center will remain closed until summer camps start in June 2020.

The Pelican Beach Clubhouse and Civic Center will remain closed until June 2020. 

Please note that just as residents are experiencing difficulty in obtaining sanitary supplies such as toilet paper, soap, and hand sanitizer, so are we. As such, we are opening facilities in a phased approach to ensure that we have enough supplies for public restrooms, and we secure enough staff to ensure social distancing and disinfecting. 

Please note that the CDC recommendations for recreation are to visit parks and facilities NEAR YOUR HOME, and that the Governor’s Order still requires people to travel for ONLY essential needs as stated in the ORDER.  These facilities should ONLY be accessed by beachside residents.  Thank you for assisting us in the soft opening of these facilities and please help us by abiding by these rules and keeping our residents safe. 

Please also note that SBPD cannot be everywhere all of the time. If the violations and complaints become overwhelming, we will be forced to close these facilities. 

This is subject to change if Brevard County or surrounding counties experience an increase COVID-19 positivity rate.

Trash Pick-Up
Waste Management has suspended its call center, and will only take electronic work requests on their websiteIf any residents have issues with this service, call City Hall and we can assist you with a service request.  This will not impact or interrupt trash pick-up service for residents. 

Waste Management Residential Collection Times

Waste Management is experiencing higher than normal volumes of yard, trash, and recycling during this COVID-19 Health Emergency.  As a result, they are consistently experiencing full truck loads prior to routes being completed and are unable to unload the trucks at the facilities and return to the City in time to complete their routes.

As such, the City is allowing them to start their collection times in the morning at 6:00 a.m.   Thursday will be the first day of these new times (bulk service) with these new times.   Friday will be the first day of regular service with these new times.  Residents with normal early morning collections should now be prepared for 6:00 a.m. collections instead of 7:00 a.m. collections.  Collection dates have not changed. End of the day collection times of 7:00 p.m. have not changed.

UPDATED!  Yard Waste Pickup
Please be advised that Waste Management is currently collecting an extraordinary volume of curbside yard waste, most likely as a result of continued stay-at-home guidance related to COVID-19.  Clam yard waste collection is running up to several days behind in many areas. 

To better serve our residents, we strongly encourage residents to contact Waste Management’s Customer Service Department to schedule collection for large, loose yard waste piles, which requires a specific collection truck.  Regularly scheduled weekly yard waste collection is only for containerized yard waste and small piles.  Residents can connect with Waste Management in a variety of ways:     

Central and South Brevard: (321) 723-4455
Email: centralfloridaservice@wm.com
Customer Service Chat: https://www.wm.com/us/en/support

Volumes continue to be extremely high across all residential waste streams, including bulky waste.  If residents are not serviced for carted garbage or recycling on their designated service day, we ask that residents please leave their carts curbside for service first thing the following morning.  We thank residents in advance for their understanding and patience. 

Virtual Recreation:
Until Friday, May 15, Satellite Beach Recreation is offering virtual programming on Facebook. Our City thrives on community involvement and our instructors, locals and City Government have come together to offer a sense of structure and familiarity during these unprecedented times. Classes, events and updates will be posted on our  Facebook Page - Play Satellite Beach

If your child is interested in submitting a video to participate in our For Kids By Kids series, please contact apazderak@satellitebeach.org.


ASSISTANCE FOR RESIDENTS

  • CDC Website for COVID-19:  www.coronavirus.gov 
  • For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov connects residents to financial, mental health and crisis assistance.
  • United Way of Brevard's COVID-19 Community Resources website contains frequently-updated information on resources available for residents, families and small businesses being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The list of resources includes the sites for distribution for free meals for students.  United Way is launching the Brevard COVID-19 Response Fund. United Way of Brevard has authorized $50,000 from our emergency fund to aid in recovery efforts. This fund will be activated the week of March 23rd, and 211 Brevard will be taking calls from those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
  • Residents whose employment has been negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19 can apply for reemployment assistance benefits (formerly known as unemployment compensation) through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.  
  • The City of Melbourne has temporarily suspended water shut-offs for non-payment. Customers needing to discuss their specific situation should call Melbourne Utility Billing at 321-608-7100.
  • DONATIONS NEEDED:  The Fire Department is collecting non-perishable, non-expired food items, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels), and personal hygiene items, for our community paramedic patients and other residents that are confined to their homes due to age or medical reasons. Donations can be dropped off at Publix in Satellite Beach or outside the lobbies of the Satellite Beach City Hall, Fire Department, Police Department and DRS Community Center.
  • Brevard County Chambers of Commerce and several other community business leaders have partnered to provide local businesses with up-to-date, timely and relevant information through a series of webinars.  Brevard Business Support Webinar
COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU TESTING IN BREVARD COUNTY
  • OMNI Healthcare at 1344 S. Apollo Blvd in Melbourne is designated as a drive-through test collection site for COVID-19. Patients can be pre-screened and pre-register by calling (321) 802-5515 or (321) 727-1973 for additional information. Those patients meeting eligibility criteria based on OMNI Healthcare’s guidelines are eligible for a nasopharyngeal swab collection at OMNI’s facility in Melbourne. Eligibility requirements include first responders, anyone with minimal symptoms of a cough or low grade fever, age over 45 with one chronic illness or anyone over the age of 60.  PRE-QUALIFICATION IS REQUIRED. To register for a COVID-19 nasal swab test, call (321) 802-5515 to be screened and potentially qualified.  Once registered and authorized for collection, patients will retrieve their nasal swab kit at the Melbourne drive-through location. Physicians will be on-hand to administer the test. Once the administration of the test is complete, it will be processed using the RT-PCR test approved by the FDA. An OMNI Healthcare physician will review the results with each patient via Telehealth (virtual) services and provide next steps.  The Melbourne test collecting facility will begin operating on Tuesday, April 7th and run daily from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Insurances will be billed for testing.  For more information about OMNI Healthcare’s drive-through test collection facility in Melbourne and possible other sites, please refer to www.COVID19testbrevard.com.
  • UPDATED! Florida Department of Health (FDOH) will be offering Drive-thru testing at its North, Central (2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, FL 32940) and South (601 East University Boulevard, Melbourne, FL 32901) locations.  Effective Monday, May 11, the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County will offer appointment-only COVID-19 testing to asymptomatic individuals. This is viral testing; not antibody testing. Call 321-454-7141 for an appointment.

REDUCE RISK OF EXPOSURE
CDC’s recommendations to reduce your risk of exposure: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Brevard County Emergency Management COVID-19 website
Brevard County Schools COVID-19 Updates
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Data Dashboard
World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 website
Florida Governor's Executive Orders

PRESS RELEASES
03-26-2020 Beach Closures March 27-29, 2020
04-02-2020 Beach Closures