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The City has, for years, published a weekly "Friday Memo" to share notable activities from the week and provide information on upcoming events. We love sharing information about the City, however we're trying something new! The traditional "Friday Memo" has transitioned into the West Melbourne Weekly Roundup. We'll continue providing a weekly summary of activities and upcoming events, but in a new, more mobile-friendly format. We hope you enjoy the fresh new look of our weekly publication!

This week in West Melbourne...

Christmas Tree Lighting


The Christmas Tree lighting last week was a great success, featuring such festive elements as a visit by Santa Claus, hot chocolate and cookies were served, and there were performances by the Central Middle School Band. A special thank you to the Mayor and City Council for lighting the tree! The community came out to celebrate the start of the holiday season with us and enjoy the festivities.

Municipal Maintenance

The Streets and Drainage Department worked in the Clement Woods neighborhood trimming trees to raise the low hanging limbs for a better line of sight for the traveling public.


Facilities Technician Thomas Harvey and Maintenance Worker John Keable installed new safety toppers on the soccer field fence at the Field of Dreams this week. The Parks crew continued with their tree trimming projects at Tallwood Park and Jan Lieson Crossroads Park, hauling a total of 22,400 pounds of brush and trees to the Sarno Road landfill.

Water and Sewer Work

The Public Works Water Department completed 176 work orders, serviced 20 fire hydrants, and exercised 38 in-line gate valves. The Water Department also responded to multiple leaks this week. The crew had to replace a one-inch service line under the road on Sorrento Circle, and a contractor hit a water main on Stephenson Drive. The repair was made and the water was quickly restored.

The Jacobs team completed 131 work orders, 19 sewer inspections, and 44 sewer/ reuse locates this week. The maintenance crew responded to a call at Kaley Place to repair a 4-inch reuse main that developed a break. A new section of pipe was installed, and two services lines were re-tapped into the new section of pipe to restore service to two customers. The maintenance crew also replaced two belts on the east belt filter press after power washing.

Heritage Day Celebration


The Heritage Day Celebration was a huge success. The City had several food options, a DJ, various vendors and a “Touch-a-Truck” area displaying vehicles from the Police Department, Public Works Department, Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department. The Police Department K-9 and Special Response Teams provided demonstrations and the skate park featured a skate exhibition presented by area professionals. Bounce houses were packed and transportation from the parking area was provided by golf carts and our City’s Public Works Department provided hay rides. The City is looking forward to planning next year’s event!

New Officer

This week, the department welcomed our newest officer, Todd Shumate. Officer Shumate joins us from the Panama City Police Department, after serving over 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. Officer Shumate will enter the Field Training and Evaluation Program for the next several weeks before being released as a solo patrol officer.  

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Notable Incidents and Activities

Traffic Crash

Patrol units assisted Melbourne PD with a traffic crash in the 300 block of Dairy Road where a mother and toddler were struck by a vehicle. The toddler was taken from the scene via helicopter and was later pronounced deceased.  

Property Damage

Patrol responded to the Westside Sports Bar for a report that a patron had removed and damaged a photograph of Governor DeSantis that was hanging on the wall. The incident had occurred the day prior. Officers worked with the bar owner to attempt to identify a suspect, who was later charged and given a court date to appear.  

Building Damage

Units responded to the Chase Bank on Palm Bay Road in reference to a vehicle that struck the front of the building. The elderly driver was checked out by BCFR and refused medical treatment. The damage to the building was minor but a call was placed to the City Building Official to follow-up and confirm.

Brush Fire

Patrol units assisted BCFR in the woods west of Minton Road between Flanagan Avenue and Eber Boulevard with a brush fire. The fire took several hours to extinguish and periodic road closures were needed to allow for BCFR to manage the incident.

Public Safety Teamwork

A great job was done this week by both our Police and Public Works Departments for helping coordinate with Brevard County Fire Rescue to extinguish a brush fire in the City. Overall, it is estimated that 8 acres of mostly scrub brush/tree along Minton Road between Flanagan Avenue and the Crystal Lakes subdivision were burned. While the fire did not get to any homes in the area, the challenge was getting the fire equipment into the wooded area to extinguish the fire. 

We had excellent coordination from the Police Chief, Public Works Director, and BCF Chief Voltaire during the event.

Crews have monitored the site to deal with small hot spots and ensure we do not have any flair-ups.

Vision Zero

The holidays are a great time for family and friends to create memories together. When you leave your home, please keep in the forefront of your mind, and remember safety begins with you.



Follow these tips to help ensure we all remain safe this holiday season:

  • Never drive impaired. Celebrate responsibly and do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking or took drugs that cause impairment. Plan ahead and find a safe way home every time – designate a driver or use a ride service.
  • Check your tires. Tires are a vehicle’s first line of defense on the road. Check your tire pressure, tread depth and spare tire especially before long trips. Do not over load your vehicle, it can result in premature wear and tire blowouts.
  • Buckle up. A seat belt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature. Florida law requires that all drivers, all front seat passengers and all passengers under the age of 18 wear seat belts or the appropriate child restraints. Seat belts save lives, so buckle up every trip, every time.
  • Register or update your Emergency Contact Information (ECI). ECI is a secure system allowing law enforcement, nationwide, to contact designated family or friends in response to an emergency situation.
  • Observe and obey all speed limits. Speed limits may change as you drive through different types of roadways, so make sure you adjust your speed accordingly. In Florida, the limit will never be over 70 mph.

Community Development

West Melbourne remains one of the fastest growing communities in Brevard County. To keep up with that development, our Planners, Plans Examiners and Building Inspectors keep a busy schedule!

Permits Issued: 67

Inspections Completed: 345

Significant New Projects

  • Eden at Heritage Lakes, 72 Individual Apartment Structures
  • Integra Heritage Apartments, St. Johns Heritage Parkway
  • Another Broken Egg, Palm Bay Road
  • Town Place Suites hotel, Norfolk Parkway
  • Banfield Pet Hospital, West New Haven Avenue
  • Epoch West Melbourne, Minton Road
  • Take 5 Car Wash, West New Haven Avenue
  • Chick-fil-A restaurant, Palm Bay Road
  • Spring Hill Suites hotel, Hollywood Boulevard

Financial Award

For the tenth consecutive year, the City of West Melbourne has received the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting! For its Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, the City has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). 

Join Our Team

The City of West Melbourne is committed to being a vibrant, growing, and caring community that continually seeks excellence for residents. Our vision is to grow West Melbourne into the Space Coast’s premier location for homes, careers, and families.

We are looking for bright, motivated people who want to work in a challenging and dynamic environment while contributing to the success of their local government.

Positions Currently Available:

Utility Billing & Customer Service Coordinator

Police Officer in Training

Police Officer

Public Service Aide

Apply Now!





Planning & Zoning Board Meeting

Council Chambers, VMC | 2285 Minton Road | 6:30pm



CRA & Regular City Council Meeting

Council Chambers, VMC | 2285 Minton Road | 5:30pm



Christmas Holiday - City Hall Offices Closed



Christmas Holiday - City Hall Offices Closed

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