natural gas leak on Merritt Island Cswy

At 6:50 today, BCFR units including HazMat 48 onscene of a natural gas leak on Merritt Island Cswy (520) between Sykes Creek and Plumosa. The incident is in front of Merritt Sq Mall. No immediate evacs as of now. Roadway is shut down between the two roads mentioned. Waiting on gas company.

Whats going on in the river?

What’s that barge doing in the River?

Update –

We reached out to some city officals that disclosed the following –

Thanks for the photo and location. I found out that it is an FPL mitigation project. They are capping a dredge pit that had accumulated muck.

The latest viral postings on the Titusville groups want to know what that barge is doing in the river. There have been some far fetched ideas on this. We discovered a company called AEI is in charge of the project. We reached out to a few Brevard County contacts to see if they can enlighten us on exactly what is going on in the River. Hopefuly we will have an update early in the week.

As you can see, they are indeed moving sand. AEI is known for post storm cleanup along with Sea Grass Restoration, and a host of other services that could assist Brevard in restoring the river. Although there was no one I could confirm this with on a Sunday, I am pretty sure they are preforming some sort of environmental improvement project or research.

From AEI

Seagrasses are flowering plants that commonly grow in large “meadows” in the marine environment; these seagrass meadows are a vital component to the health and function of the marine environment.

Seagrasses serve as habitat to a wide variety of juvenile and adult marine species, food for many aquatic creatures, erosion control and submerged substrate stabilization; seagrass meadows also capture and sequester more carbon from the atmosphere than any other eco-system.

Unfortunately due to a variety of man- made causes seagrass meadows have been on the decline worldwide for a long time and environmental professionals across the globe have been on the task of trying to halt the decline and restore damaged seagrass communities.

Adventure Environmental, Inc. (AEI) has been on the fore front of this restoration since 1998 performing and planning more seagrass restoration than any other firm in the country.

Car sought after fatal Beachline crash not involved, video shows

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – The driver of the car authorities have been searching for in connection with what Florida Highway Patrol troopers were investigating as a fatal hit-and-run crash possibly triggered by road rage, has come forward with evidence that they were not involved, officials with the FHP said.

Troopers originally said a Ford Mustang and a red Chevy Malibu were traveling eastbound Saturday on State Road 528 in Merritt Island and the front of the Malibu struck the rear of the Mustang. The Mustang traveled into the westbound lanes and was struck by an SUV, the FHP said.

However, after the Chevy driver’s lawyer showed investigators video evidence that the Malibu did not hit the Mustang. The video showed the driver of the Mustang losing control and crossing into the westbound lanes, troopers said.

The driver did not provide a statement to troopers.

FHP Sgt. Kim Montes said the driver of the Chevy is not under investigation and the crash is no longer considered a hit-and-run.

Witnesses told News 6 they saw the Chevy Malibu and the Mustang brake-checking each other and other aggressive driving behaviors.

The investigation is ongoing and troopers couldn’t release the video to the public.

Source: Car sought after fatal Beachline crash not involved, video shows

Why do I hear dispatch calling for 10-13’s all the time?

You will hear our local dispatchers constantly calling out a unit number and 10-13. What is it you ask?

10-13 Existing Conditions

Officers out on a call will get a 10-13 check from dispatch after a certain amount of time, this is basically a well-being check for the officer. Tonight we had a bit of a scare. Dispatch will call the 10-13 usually 3 times, If there is no response, EVERYONE drops what they are doing and responds to the last known location. Tonight, 3 calls were made for a female officer that didn’t respond, needless to say, 3 units started responding, sirens blaring!

Fortunately,  the officer was fine and just didn’t hear the radio.

Move Over, Florida!

Move Over or slow down for emergency and services vehicles stopped along the roadway so everyone can Arrive Alive!

Florida law requires you to Move Over a lane — when you can safely do so — for stopped law enforcement, emergency, sanitation, utility service vehicles and tow trucks or wreckers.

  • If you can’t move over — or when on a two-lane road — slow to a speed that is 20 mph less than the posted speed limit.
  • Slow down to 5 mph when the posted speed limit is 20 mph or less.

When you fail to Move Over, you put yourself and others at risk; you could crash into a vehicle or worker.

Violating the Move Over law will result in a fine, fees, and points on your driving record.  For more information, see section 316.126, Florida Statutes.

Source: Move Over, Florida!