Former Vero Beach Police Chief James Gabbard was inducted into the 2020 Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame this past Saturday in Tallahassee. Chief Gabbard served as police chief in Vero Beach for 19 years before becoming the city manager until retiring in 2010.
Congratulations Chief Gabbard!
To improve the safety for pedestrian traffic across A1A, FDOT Southeast Florida has recently installed and activated a crosswalk at Greytwig Rd. and A1A.
When a pedestrian activates this crosswalk, flashing lights will alert drivers to STOP allowing the pedestrians to cross A1A.
Over the next couple of weeks officers from the Vero Beach Police Department will increase our patrols of this area to make sure that drivers are following the law in relation to this new crosswalk.
Per F.S.S. 316.130(7)(b): The driver of a vehicle at any crosswalk where signage so indicates shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
Beginning on Oct. 26 2020 construction will begin on the 17th St. Bridge at the intersection of 17th St & Indian River Blvd. This will result in each direction reduced to ONE lane.
On or around Nov. 2 2020 through Feb. 5 2021 the ENTIRE Westbound side of the bridge will be CLOSED. This will result in ALL traffic traveling on the EASTBOUND side, one lane for each direction.
On or around Feb. 5 2021 through April 5 2021 the ENTIRE Eastbound side of the bridge will be CLOSED. This will result in ALL traffic traveling on the WESTBOUND side, one lane for each direction.
This schedule is dependent on no delays caused by weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Please adjust your traveling plans as needed.
Any questions in regards to this project should be directed to
DBi Services - www.dbiservices.com
8:00am - 4:00pm
A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will be conducting a full assessment to examine all aspects of the Vero Beach Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, from November 3-5, 2020 Chief David E. Currey announced today. The Vero Beach Police Department has to comply with approximately 239 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.
As part of the virtual assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards are available through The Vero Beach Police Department’s Public Information Officer at 772-978-4649.
For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Vero Beach Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Accreditation Program Manager for the Vero Beach Police Department is Lt. Phil Huddy. He said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals and ask questions to verify compliance with standards. The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Master Police Officer Eric Wells from the Altamonte Springs Police Department. Other team members include Sgt. Shane Strickland from the Clermont Police Department and Loren Rellah from Atlantic Beach Police Department.
Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status. The Vero Beach Police Department’s accreditation is for 3 years. Verification by the team that the Vero Beach Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Chief David E. Currey said.
In March, homes across the country received invitations to complete the 2020 Census. We strongly encourage our communities to respond to the 2020 Census online using a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet today if you haven’t done so already. Safe, healthy neighborhoods remain our top priority. Completing the Census without having to leave your home is crucial to maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak. And with an online option now available, we can safely fulfill our civic responsibility easier than ever.
lease be advised that beginning this month, Census takers will begin interviewing homes that haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help ensure everyone is counted. The health and safety of the public and Bureau employees remains a top priority. Census taker activities will incorporate the most current guidance from federal, state and local officials.
To complete the Census, please copy and paste this link in a new tab: https://go.usa.gov/xdK58 and remember that your response will help shape public services like healthcare clinics, emergency response preparedness and education programs. For more information about the 2020 U.S. Census, please visit www.2020census.gov.
New update from the EOC. 8:00 PM 7/31
One particular note is that shelters will be opening up tomorrow:
As a last resort for evacuees, we will be ordering a voluntary evacuation for mobile/manufactured home residents, low lying areas, and the barrier island. We will be opening the following shelters at 2:00 p.m. Saturday
• Special Needs Shelter – Treasure Coast Elementary – 8955 85th Street, Sebastian
• Pet-Friendly Shelter – Liberty Magnet School – 6580 81st Street, Vero Beach
• General Population – Freshman Learning Center – 1507 19th Street, Vero Beach
Read ENTIRE update here: https://bit.ly/3hVfHEX
#Hurricane Isaias update for the City of Vero Beach 7/31/2020 3:15PM.
City operated beaches will be CLOSED beginning 8/1(Saturday) @ 5:00pm and they will reopen, weather permitting, at 12:00pm 8/2 (Sunday).
On July 23, 2020, at 9:36 PM, the Vero Beach Police Department received a 911 call regarding a shooting at 1228 24th Street, Lot 12. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and located the victim, Samuel Foster, age 29, of Vero Beach. Foster advised officers that he had been shot in the abdomen by Michael Lloyd during a domestic argument inside Lot 12. Foster was subsequently transported by paramedics to an area hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Officers issued a “be on the lookout” for Lloyd after learning that he had fled the scene in a white van immediately after the shooting.
Detectives responded to the scene, interviewed witnesses, and secured Lot 12 pending a search warrant. Through investigative means, Detectives learned that Michael Lloyd was currently at a residence in the 4900 block of 65th Street in Vero Beach. With assistance from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, officers were able to confirm that Michael Lloyd was at the aforementioned residence. On July 24, 2020, at 0240 hours, Lloyd was taken into custody by the IRCSO and turned over to VBPD Detectives. A firearm matching the description of the firearm utilized in the shooting was secured as evidence. Lloyd’s van was secured and towed to the Vero Beach Police Department pending a search warrant.
Michael Odis Lloyd, DOB 12/24/1980, of 1228 24th Street, Lot 12, Vero Beach, FL was arrested by Vero Beach Police Detectives and charged with the following offenses:
· Attempted First Degree Murder
· Felon in Possession of a Firearm
The recently passed law allows the legal use of fireworks on the following holidays:
New Year's Eve - December 31
New Year's Day - January 1
Independence Day - July 4
Please review the attached info-graphics regarding firework safety for yourself, and for your pets!
Also attached is the full text of the law.
CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF VERO BEACH, FLORIDA EMERGENCY ORDER JUNE 30, 2020, REQUIRING THE WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS OR FACE SHIELDS
1. All persons working in restaurants, grocery stores, food service, salons, gyms, and retail establishments, or businesses open to the public OR any other indoor facility visited by the public where social distancing is not possible within the incorporated area of the City of Vero Beach are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings or face shields.
2. All persons entering an indoor City facility including, but not limited to City Hall, the Police Station, Public Works facilities, Airport facilities, Recreation facilities, City Marina, etc. where social distancing is not possible shall wear face coverings or face shields.
3. All persons utilizing public transit and transportation m City of Vero Beach shall wear face coverings or face shields.
4. All other persons physically present in any public place, including beaches and parks, where social distancing is not possible are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings or face shields.
5. A face covering includes face shields and coverings, which snugly covers the nose and mouth, whether store bought or homemade, which is secured in place. Persons who wear masks should review the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines regarding properly and safely applying, removing and cleaning masks.
6. Medical and surgical masks, such as N95 masks or other similar medical surgical masks, should be reserved for health care personnel, police, fire fighters, emergency management and other first responders engaged in life/safety activities.
7. A face covering shall not be required for the following persons:
A. Persons under the age of two years;
B. Persons observing social distancing m accordance with CDC guidelines;
C. Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition or disability;
D. Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other persons;
E. Persons working in a business or profession who maintain social distancing from another person;
F. Persons working in a business or profession where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession;
G. Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing;
H. Persons eating or drinking;
I. Public safety, fire and other life, safety and health care personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies; or
J. The requirement shall not apply when a person, who is hearingimpaired, needs to see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering in order to communicate.
8. This emergency order is intended as a measure to seek voluntary compliance with the provisions contained herein and to educate and warn of the dangers of noncompliance. This order may be enforced pursuant to Sections 252.47 and 252.50, Florida Statutes, at the discretion of law enforcement personnel.
9. The City Manager is hereby delegated the power and authority as provided under the City ordinances and the emergency management plans, and all other applicable laws, to implement and enforce this emergency order and to take such action as he deems necessary for public health, safety, and welfare purposes. The City Manager shall make a public announcement that access to all City beaches shall be restricted to City and Indian River County residents only, from 7:00 A.M. Friday, July 3, 2020 to 10:00 P.M. Sunday, July 5, 2020.
10. This emergency order shall be in effect in City of Vero Beach beginning at 12:00 P.M. noon on June 30, 2020, and will expire as provided by law unless extended by executive order issued by the City Manager.
Our PIO Officer is responsible for providing information to the public through various outlets.