New Restaurants that have opened in Brevard County

• Awesome Jamaican Jerk & Thing in Palm Bay

More: Awesome Jamaican Jerk restaurant brings island spice to Palm Bay

• Me-N-Tito’s in Melbourne

More: Me-n-Tito’s brings a fresh taken on Mexican food to Melbourne

• That Cozy Restaurant in Suntree

More: That Cozy Restaurant brings a homey dining experience to Suntree

• Snug Pub in Cocoa

More: Review: Snug Pub brings a touch of the Irish to Cocoa

• Von Stephan Village German Bier Garden in Cocoa

Related: Restaurants in Brevard that have closed in 2018

Manderville is a community content specialist at FLORIDA TODAYContact Manderville at 321-242-3614


Brevard County Free School Supplies Giveaway July 28

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida – The Brevard Schools Foundation’s Back-to-School Supplies Giveaway for low-income families will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Clearlake Education Center Gym located at 1225 Clearlake Road in Cocoa, Florida.

Over 2,000 children enrolled in the Free or Reduced Lunch program will receive new backpacks filled with school supplies.

They will also be given hot lunches, books, brief dental screenings, eye and diabetes screenings, gift certificates for haircuts, and other benefits.

Additionally, there will be fun STEM activities for children to participate in, provided by Northrop Grumman and NASA’s Launch Services Program. Families must have pre-registered for the event in order to participate.

In Brevard County more than 39,000 students qualified for Free or Reduced Lunch during the 2016/2017 school year, and nearly 2,400 students were registered as homeless.

Due to financial hardship, many of these children come to school without any supplies of their own. As a result, they may struggle to perform at the same level as their peers.

Organizers say that the Back to School Giveaway exists to help level the playing field by providing these children with the tools they need to succeed in school.

This event is a community endeavor and is made possible through the cooperation of many groups and individuals. Businesses including Parrish Healthcare, MC Assembly, PNC Bank, JACOBS Technology, and others have donated funds or collected school supplies for the giveaway.

Any supplies leftover from the Back to School Giveaway will be distributed throughout the year from the Supply Zone for Teachers.

The Supply Zone is an educational resource center that gives free school supplies to teachers from high-poverty schools.

Supplies are either used in the classroom or given directly to students who cannot afford their own.

Individuals interested in learning more about the Supply Zone or the Back to School Giveaway Event should visit the Brevard Schools Foundation website at

Image credit: Brevard Public Schools

Happy Birthday, Jenna!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our beautiful #EscrowCloser Jenna Webb! Your knowledge and personality make Title Solutions Closings the best in #Brevard. We hope you have a wonderful day!

Top Ten Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

#July4th is here! Don’t forget that #PetAwareness is so important today!#BeSafe and have the very best Holiday. petMD #Top10 pet safety tips for the #4thofJuly:

Like many Americans, you may be planning to have a festive Fourth of July. Along with barbeques and day at the beach, no July holiday celebration would be complete without enjoying the fireworks that celebrate the birth of our nation.

Perhaps you are considering staying at home and planning a get-together with friends and family. Or, you may want to go check out your local professional fireworks display. While putting the finishing touches on your planned celebration, take a moment to consider your pets.


Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce.

Because of this, the American Humane Association reports that July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Why? In a 2005 press release the Indiana Proactive Animal Welfare, Inc. (PAW) stated that animal shelters the day after Fourth of July are “inundated with pets that panicked at the noise of firecrackers and fled into the night, winding up lost, injured or killed.”

Both the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and PAW have listed ways you can prevent your holiday celebration from turning into a tragedy. Here are 10 tips on how to keep your pet from panicking this Fourth of July weekend.

On to the tips:

Brevard County Receives $35 Million Federal Funding For Beaches

Brevard County Receives $35 Million Federal Funding For Beach Restoration, Protection. RESTORATION WILL TAKE PLACE IN DECEMBER 2019 AND MAY 2020.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – More than $35 million has been earmarked for beach restoration in Brevard County under a 2018 Work Plan funding list released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Work Plan includes approximately $28.4 million for initial construction of the Mid-Reach segment of the Brevard County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project.

The restoration is expected to take place between December 2019 and May 2020.

The Mid-Reach project was specifically designed to provide storm protection benefits while, at the same time, minimize impacts to the nearshore rock reef habitat.

The Mid-Reach Project will provide continued maintenance of Brevard County’s shoreline which will sustain healthy beaches for the enjoyment of residents and visitors and furnish habitat for endangered species, including thousands of sea turtles that nest along the Mid-Reach each year. Sand placement along this shoreline is essential in order to avoid coastal armoring.

In some Florida communities armoring has narrowed the public beach and reduced sea turtle nesting habitat.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has also committed an additional $7 million in Flood Control Coastal Emergency funding to repair hurricane Irma damage in the South Reach of the federal project. This work is expected in early 2020 in the towns of Indialantic and Melbourne Beach.

For more information about the Mid Reach Project, contact Mike McGarry at or 321-372-5194. Source:

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