October 2021 Titusville Talking Points — ADA Version

[Front Cover – Aerial photo of a skydiver parachuting over Titusville at sunrise with a rocket launch in the background; with City Seal, text, and graphics superimposed: Titusville Talking Points – October 2021; The Sky’s the Limit — Experience the exhilaration of free fall over the Space Coast, Page 9; Image of a bag of coffee beans in a circle: Black Cat Coffee brings international flavors to Titusville, Page 11.]


[Aerial photo of two people tandem skydiving] Caption — ABOVE: Jim Thomas, of the Titusville Community Relations Department, takes a leap of faith and skydives from 18,000 feet with Instructor Chris Parente from Skydive Space Center. Read about it on page 9. (Photo: Chris Parente/Skydive Space Center)


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[Graphic depicting the home page of Titusville.com, showing people doing recreational activities along the river, under a bridge.]

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[Aerial photo of a skydiver parachuting over Titusville at sunrise with a rocket launch in the background.]

ON THE COVER: A skydiver sails over Titusville during a majestic early morning shuttle launch. (Photo courtesy of Dean O’Flaherty)


Inside Cover                       Talking Points / October 2021

What’s Happening in Titusville

Here are the Newest Updates for What’s Going On in Town

Summer is over, fall is here, and we’re moving right along toward the end of the year. It’s hard to believe 2021 is almost over and that the holidays will soon be upon us. As we approach the end of the year, multiple projects continue to move forward in various stages, while new and exciting things emerge on the horizon.

Chipotle is quickly taking shape at Titus Landing, Lockheed Martin is constructing new facilities to support their space and ballistic missile programs — which will provide numerous new jobs, several new home developments are in the works, and the city’s jobs numbers are steadily improving. Things are definitely looking good for Titusville.

New & Continued Projects — pg. 1

Feature Stories — pg. 6

B2B in the Community — pg 6

Quality comes from local businesses shopping local, supporting each other.

North Brevard Economic Report — pg 7

New companies are coming to the area as existing ones continue to grow.

Titusville Employment Numbers — pg. 8

Resilient workforce continues to improve despite COVID-19.

The Cat’s Outta’ the Bag — pg. 11

New local coffee shop brings exotic, international flavors to the Space Coast.

New Tree Ordinance Adopted — pg. 15

After two years of work by citizens and city staff, a new ordinance is here.

The Exhilaration of Free Fall — pg. 9

Skydive Space Center offers thrill-seekers a chance to fly.

City Gov News — pg. 13

Completed & Open — pg. 19


Table of Contents            Talking Points  / October 2021

New & Continued Projects

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

[Photo of former car dealership.]

A site plan has been submitted for site-related changes to the property located at 1026 S. Hopkins Avenue for a car rental business.

Brookshire Subdivision

[Photo of cleared land with heavy equipment.]

Site construction continues for a 166-lot single-family home subdivision located north of Garden Street, east of N. Carpenter Avenue.

Kayaks by Bo

[Photo of three people in front of a store with a sign reading “Kayaks by Bo.”]

A site plan is under review for a 1,500-square-foot retail building located at 3405 S. Washington Avenue.

Comfort Suites

[Aerial photo of empty lot that will eventually become a hotel.]

A site plan has been approved for a 68,922-square-foot, 122-room hotel located at 4830 Helen Hauser Boulevard.

SNJ Townhomes

[Photo of a stop sign in front of the woods at the corner of East Whispering Hills Road and Elizabeth Avenue.]

A preliminary plat/site plan is under review for 28 two-story townhome units located south of E. Whispering Hills Road and east of Elizabeth Avenue.

Parrish Park

[Photo of the Parrish Park sign at the river.]

A site plan has been approved for improvements including a new parking lot, drive aisles, access ramps, and stormwater and landscape, located on A Max Brewer Memorial Parkway.


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New & Continued Projects


[Aerial photo of Chipotle restaurant under construction at Titus Landing, with Hobby Lobby in the distance.]

Site and building construction continues for a 6,475-square-foot restaurant building consisting of a 2,400-square-foot Chipotle, and another 3,750-square-foot restaurant space, located at 2560 South Washington Avenue.

MJW Consolidated

[Photo of cleared land with heavy equipment.]

Site construction continues for a 13,400-square-foot office and fabrication shop/warehouse at 1825 Shepard Drive.

Mutter Office

[Photo of a building under construction in Downtown Titusville.]

Site and building construction continues for a 2,316-square-foot office building located at 346 S. Washington Avenue.

AOTC Office Building

[Photo of excavator behind trees.]

Site and building permits have been issued for a 9,600-square-foot office and storage building located at 1540 Armstrong Drive.

Lockheed Martin

[Image of site plan.]

Site construction continues for site improvements to an existing facility and a 46,601-square-foot industrial building located at 1400 White Drive.

Courtyard by Marriott

[Photo of a hotel under construction.]

Construction continues on the 152-room, five-story hotel that will also feature a rocket launch observation deck on the roof. The new hotel is located adjacent to the Lockheed Martin STAR Center (former US Astronaut Hall of Fame).


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New & Continued Projects

Verona Subdivision

[Photo of houses under construction.]

Phase 1 – Site work is complete and construction continues on the single-family homes.

Village D – A site permit has been issued for the second phase of the Verona Subdivision (formerly Willow Creek) which consists of 79 single-family homes on 121 acres.

Village B – A sketch plat has been approved for the third phase of the Verona Subdivision (formerly Willow Creek) which consists of 174 single-family homes on 117 acres.

Home Depot Outparcel

[Aerial image of parking lot with specific area outlined in red.]

A site plan has been approved for a 4,200-square-foot retail/restaurant & new parking lot located at 3363 Columbia Boulevard.

Fox Lake Hammock

[Photo of cleared land with a frontend loader driving.]

Site construction is nearing completion for a 61 single-family home subdivision located east of South Street.

Titusville Medical Office

[Aerial photo of a construction lot along the river.]

A site permit has been issued for a 5,285-square-foot medical office located at 2335 S. Washington Avenue.

Vystar Credit Union

[Aerial photo of a bank under construction.]

Site and building construction continues for a new credit union and demolition of the former Eckerd’s located at 1809 Cheney Highway.

Brooks Landing Subdivision

[Image of a site plan.]

A preliminary plat/site plan has been approved for a 143 single-family home subdivision located north of Jay Jay Road.


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New & Continued Projects

Launch Federal Credit Union

[Photo of a construction lot.]

Site construction has begun for a 3,796-square-foot credit union located west of Singleton Avenue and South of Garden Street.

Riverwalk Apartments

[Photo of land being cleared by heavy equipment, with “Sold” signs in foreground.]

A site plan has been approved for a 210-unit apartment complex located east of S. Washington Avenue and west of Riveredge Drive.

DREAM Space Coast Apartments

[Photo of the DREAM Space Coast building.]

Site construction continues for changes to the property including: dumpster enclosure, parking re-striping, additional landscaping and an expanded parking lot located at the existing apartment complex at 2825 S. Washington Avenue.

Nu-Vision Professional Office

[Photo of a construction lot, with NuVision Builders sign.]

Site and building permits have been issued for a 3,965-square-foot office building located at 105 Pinedo Drive.


[Photo of a building under construction.]

Site and building construction have commenced on a new 9,221-square-foot warehouse and office located along Chaffee Drive.

Shepard Drive Warehouse Expansion

[Photo of an industrial building.]

Site and building construction continues for a 9,800-square-foot warehouse expansion to an existing 10,150- square-foot building located at 1500 Shepard Drive.


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New & Continued Projects

Shores at Tranquility – Phase 1

[Photo of Mayor Diesel and other people at a ribbon cutting.]

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on October 6 for the first phase of a planned development, consisting of 99 single-family home lots located at the northeast corner of US 1 and SR 405.

River Palms Condominiums

[Aerial photo of condos under construction along the river.]

Work continues on the two towers which will comprise the 100-unit River Palms condos. Other ground work is also underway, and the center clubhouse is nearing completion as well.

The Canopy at Hickory Creek

[Aerial photo of an assisted living facility under construction.]

The building structure is almost complete and other site work continues at the site of a new 49,913-square-foot assisted living facility located at 2805 Cheney Highway.

Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Downtown Updates

[Aerial photo of A. Max Brewer bridge.]

The CRA has funded $295,000 for the slip lining of some of the oldest sewer lines in the downtown within the CRA district to extend the life of the sewer pipes and to help prevent sewer line breaks, thus helping to protect the Indian River Lagoon due to the lines being near the Lagoon. A total of 34 lines and 6,915 feet of pipe have been slip lined.

[Photo of building in Downtown Titusville.]

The Historic Preservation Board approved a Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior alterations to the Morgan & Morgan building located at 407 S. Washington Avenue. The modifications include new awnings, an ADA ramp and ADA entrance/exit, new windows, and the closure of an entrance/exit.

[Aerial photo of Julia Street.]

Sidewalk infill will take place in Broad Street area near Palm Avenue. The work will be done in-house and paid for by the CRA. The CRA FY2022 Budget includes funding for the street resurfacing of Julia Street west of Hopkins Avenue, Palmetto Street west of Hopkins Avenue and concrete street repair work on Wilson Avenue.


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Feature Stories

[Aerial photo of Titus Landing.]

Businesses Supporting Businesses

Local shops work together to bring quality to customers in Titusville.

For several years the mantra pervading throughout many towns and communities has been to “shop local,” as people strived to champion their hometown, homegrown businesses and support the local economy. Especially during economic hard times where “mom-and-pop-shops” often struggle, the notion was that people should try to spend their money with those businesses rather that at the corporate “big-box stores.”

In Titusville, this sentiment hasn’t been limited to people and families; more and more, we have seen local businesses working to support each other, purchasing materials, goods, and services.

Some examples of businesses supporting businesses can be found right in Downtown Titusville, where The Daley Trade — a pasta and bread company that recently opened (see TTP Jan. 2021) — uses eggs, produce and other ingredients sourced from local Florida farmers. For instance, their sacchetti is made using roasted summer corn from 321Produce located along US1 in Titusville.

Along the waterfront, when Pier 220 Seafood & Grill was first opening in 2018, all of the work done to rehab the aging building was completed by local contractors and artisans, and the restaurant strives to use local suppliers for many of their menu items.

Sunrise Bread Company, a staple in Downtown Titusville with its signature two-story storefront, has partnered with several local businesses to provide their products to. The list includes Lloyd Have Mercy, Black Willow Ranch (Mims), local historic landmark Pritchard House, Olive You, and Wild Ocean. The owners state that the list was longer, but has since slimmed down as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Such support can come in many different forms, for instance when the Hoffman family was putting finishing touches on their new restaurant in downtown — The Hoffman’s Table — they looked to local photographers-extraordinaire Jeff and Heidi Thamert of the Downtown Gallery to provide the beautiful scenic images to adorn the walls of their establishment. As a special gift to the Hoffman’s, one of the photos was of Nancy Hoffman’s late father’s hands, which now hangs in a place of honor in the restaurant.

One thing that is of great import to many people is coffee, and when it comes to local businesses partnering, coffee is a prime example. Pier 13 Coffee, located along US1 in Downtown Titusville, has provided their freshly-ground artisan coffees to Third Culture Kitchen on Cheney Hwy to serve to their customers. Black Cat Coffee, located on Foley Road near Ron Norris Ford, provides roasted coffees not only at their own coffee shop, but also at Sunrise Bread Company, Playalinda Brewing Company Brix, Erb’s Produce Market, Sunshine Health Foods, One Black Sheep micro-roasters, the new Down Home Christmas Shoppe in Titus Landing, and other businesses outside of Titusville. Rearview Coffee on Singleton Ave. often showcases desert delicacies from Caribbean Delight Express on Knox McRae Dr., and they source their coffees from local roasters as well.

There are many more examples of businesses supporting businesses here in the Titusville area, and it is partly because of this cooperation and “shop local” spirit that our local economy has been able to withstand the economic hardships of the past 18 months.

[Shop Local Titusville logo.]


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North Brevard Economic Report

[Photo of Troy Post, North Brevard Economic Development Zone Director.]

GenH2 to locate manufacturing center at former Eckler property.

[Artist rendering of a manufacturing complex, as seen from the air.]

GenH2, a company that manufactures infrastructure components and fueling stations for liquid hydrogen systems, has purchased the 10-acre former Eckler Industries property along U.S. Highway 1 in Titusville, for conversion into a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing center, headquarters, and research lab. GenH2 plans to spend approximately $35 million to completely redevelop the buildings and the property.

Financial assistance for the project was provided by the North Brevard Economic Development Zone (NBEDZ), with technical assistance provided by the Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida’s Space Coast. The real estate deal was brokered by Rocket City Real Estate; Rush Construction will serve as general contractor.

The company anticipates serving a growing demand in the electric car and truck industry, utilizing liquified hydrogen to charge fuel cell batteries in these vehicles. In California alone, the company anticipates the placement of more than 2,000 charging stations. According to company president Cody Bateman, that trend is expected to continue in 15 additional states over the next five to ten years.

GenH2, which also has offices in Arizona and Texas, anticipates hiring 35 to 40 employees over the next two years, and eventually reaching 100 employees at the Titusville site; the average wage for these jobs is forecast to be $50,000.

[Artist rendering of industrial complex as seen from the air.]

Major developments coming to Spaceport Commerce Park

[Spaceport Commerce Park logo.]

The industrial and commercial region located along Grissom Parkway in south Titusville is the destination for numerous companies’ expansions and new developments slated for the coming months.

PharmCo Labs to expand to Spaceport Commerce Park.

[Pharmco Labs logo.]

Pharmco Laboratories, a manufacturer of skincare products, has announced plans to acquire a 15-acre industrial complex in the Spaceport Commerce Park, as part of a $6.1 million expansion project; the company currently utilizes a 15,000 sq. ft. building near South Street in Titusville for a production facility, and leases additional space for warehousing in the Titusville Logistics Center, located on U.S. 1. The project was made possible with financial assistance from the North Brevard Economic Development Zone.

In business for more than forty years, the company has grown from a four-person venture to an operation that now employs over 70 people (including seasonal workers and technicians). Pharmco Laboratories makes a variety of skin and toilet preparation products (such as perfumes and shaving cream), including the preparing, blending, compounding, and packaging of those products. To learn more about this Titusville-based company, visit www.pharmcolabs.com.

Raider Outboards acquires new manufacturing center in Titusville.

[Photo of a Raider Outboards boat engine.]

Raider Outboards, a manufacturer of high-performance outboard engines, has acquired a 20,000 sq. ft. industrial building in the Spaceport Commerce Park, for use as its primary manufacturing center; the expansion project, which will include renovations to the structure, is expected to total more than $2 million in capital investment, and create an additional 25 jobs for the company. The company won state accolades last year as a top Florida “Company to Watch” in the annual recognition program sponsored by GrowFL and the Edward Lowe Foundation.


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GO2 Weapons, Inc. expanding its manufacturing capability in Titusville.

[GO2 logo with image of soldier.]

GO2 Weapons, Inc., a high-precision machining company and gun manufacturer, has expanded into a 15,000 sq. ft. industrial building in Titusville’s Spaceport Commerce Park, a structure that formally housed the firm Intelli-Fuels. GO2 makes a variety of machining parts and semi-automatic rifles for civilian and military use (primarily for Special Forces units – the company routinely displays its wares at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference), distributing its products through a dealer network that consists of retail sites across the southeast U.S., and in Utah.

The company also offers original equipment manufacturing (OEM) services to other industry partners. Go2 Weapons employs approximately 15 people at its Titusville facility. To learn more, visit www.Go2weapons.com.

Real estate sales remains strong amidst dwindling supply.

According the Space Coast Board of REALTORS, “Closed Home Sales” for November 2020 were up 10.8%, with 892 units closed, compared to 805 units a year prior, in November 2019. “New Pending Sales” also remained up, 10.1% over the previous year, although “New Listings” – an indication of available housing stock – was down -7.4%. The median sales price for a Brevard single family home rose 14.6.2% (at $275,000), compared to last year during the same month, which saw the median sales price at $240,000. “Months’ Supply of Inventory” of homes for sale was also down, by -46.4% to 1.5 months, a decrease from 2.8 months in November of 2019. For additional information on key economic statistics for the North Brevard area, please visit www.NBEDZ.org and www.SpaceCoastMLS.com.

Amazon set to build distribution center in Titusville-Cocoa area.

[Photo of an Amazon distribution center.]

Seefried Industrial Properties, an Atlanta-based real estate development group that has constructed a number of Amazon distribution centers in the past few years, is preparing to build a new $13 million distribution facility in nearby Cocoa that could serve as a “last-mile” distribution center for Amazon, according to recent media reports in the Orlando Business Journal. The project site, which encompasses over 28 acres, is located near Grissom Parkway, along the southern boundary line of the North Brevard Economic Development Zone. If the project goes forward, the initial facility would likely contain approximately 200,000 sq. ft., and employ more than 300 people. Additional information on the developer can be found at www.seefriedproperties.com.

Amazon’s Last Mile team is the division responsible for getting packages from delivery stations to a customer’s doorstep. The company has been growing its last-mile delivery activities in recent years, in an effort to increase delivery speeds for Amazon-shipped products and packages. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal highlighted the company’s efforts to multiply the number of fulfillment, sorting, and other delivery facilities across the U.S. in the coming years.

Employment numbers for Titusville show marked improvement over past year of COVID-19.

The table below shows the latest economic statistics for the northern part of Brevard County, Florida (principally the communities of Mims, Port St. John, Scottsmoor, and Titusville), according to seasonally unadjusted figures from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Current Year (July 2021)Previous Year (July 2020)Percentage Change

Titusville Unemployment Rate




Titusville Labor Force Size




County Unemployment Rate




County Labor Force Size




State Unemployment Rate




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Feature Stories

[Close-up photo of a woman skydiving with an instructor.]

Drop Zone

Getting out and about in Titusville, you might have noticed several colorful canopies unfurling overhead, followed by an exuberant howl of “Yeehaw!”

For Titusville residents living around Dunn Airpark, this is a common sight. Most mornings, weather permitting, an international group of skydiving instructors strap themselves to tourists and daredevils alike who want to experience the thrill of falling 120 mph from 18,000 feet.

Located on the east side of Dunn Airpark, in a large metal hanger, Skydive Space Center is open to inexperienced and seasoned jumpers who travel from as far as Miami to participate in the sport. The company also has special permission from NASA which allows them to fly directly over the shuttle launch pads, the Vehicle Assembly Building and the Shuttle Landing Facility runway on their way to jump altitude.

Skydive Space Center offers several unique experiences: jumps from 11,000 feet to 18,000 feet (the world’s highest tandem jump) as well as accelerated freefall (AAF) certified instruction to become a licensed skydiver.

Senior Skydive Instructor and former paratrooper in his native country of Italy, Cristofer Parente, has logged more than 24,000 jumps over the last 25 years.

For Parente, skydiving is also a family affair, his oldest son had 200 jumps before he was even born — Parente’s wife was still jumping as a videographer when she was six months pregnant.

“If I could describe free-falling, it’s like floating in a swimming pool.” says Parente. “It is very instinctive, you move by pushing the air one way or the other.”

[Photo of skydive instructor teaching student.]

Parente is one of several international skydivers working at the skydive center. Other nations represented by this intrepid group of trained instructors includes Brazil and Russia, to name a few. This includes the company’s photographer / videographer Anastasia, who heralds from Sochi, Russia.

“The hardest part, is teaching the student to relax,” says Parente. “I ask them to trust me, and tell them the worst part is from here to the door. Two or three seconds later you’re going to love it.”

The school is able to offer the country’s highest jump due to its use of the Beechcraft Turbo King Air B90; ascending above 10,000 feet, the aircraft maintains performance to quickly reach the jump altitude of 18,000 feet. Slowing the aircraft, the students — along with their instructors — exit the plane and quickly accelerate to 120 mph in free-fall.

“When you are free-falling, it’s like a rocket, but when you’re next to someone you feel like you are flying,” says Parente.

“You can adjust your speed, you can get closer, you can speed up, slowdown or spin around.”

[Photo of photographer in skydive suit with a GoPro on her helmet.] Caption: Skydive Space Center’s photographer/videographer Anastasia, from Sochi, Russia.

After free-falling for 90 seconds, the parachute is deployed, and the remaining ride lasts approximately three-to-four minutes, before touching down safely.

“Parachutes are like cars. You get the one that suits your size, skill and style. Some people want to get down faster, others want to land slow. A student canopy can be upwards


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of 300 sq. ft. and the parachute that I jump with as an instructor is less than 100 sq. ft.” says Parente.

Once guests arrive at the skydive center, they are given some cursory instruction on what to expect. They meet their instructor who helps them don their tandem harness, and briefs them on the jump.

Jumpers must be 18 years old, however there is no maximum age. The current world record for the oldest tandem sky dive is held by a 101-year-old. On the day we visited the Skydive Space Center facility in September 2021, most of the participants were in their 20’s.

[Photo of a woman getting fitted with a parachute harness, wearing a banner that says “It’s My Birthday!”]

Why would someone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, you may ask? Many people find themselves taking the leap on their birthday. For some it is a rite of passage, marking a turning point in their lives. Others are adrenaline junkies looking for their next big challenge.

Whatever the reason, Skydive Space Center is ready and waiting for you.

Parente’s passion for what he does — a sentiment shared by all the instructors at Skydive Space Center — is part of what makes the experience so spectacular. It was that exuberance which brought Talking Points back for a second time in October when Titusville Community Relations Department’s very own Jim Thomas decided to take a leap of faith of his own.

Partnered with Parente, Thomas chose to tandem jump at the 18,000-foot-level.

Immediately out the door, they were doing spins and flips and rolls for almost the entire free fall period — an option you can ask for if you’re really feeling adventurous. Once the canopy opened, they were gliding in and out of clouds, taking in the incredible view.

“Once up there, it was very exhilarating,” said Thomas, “I thought there would be a lot more tug when the chute deployed, but it was pretty smooth as we went from falling to floating. And it’s one of the best views the entire east coast has to offer.”

If you are interested in making the big jump, you can contact Skydive Space Center via their website at skydivespacecenter.com, or call toll free at 1-800-823-0016.

[Photo from the ground, looking up at a skydiver and their tandem trainee floating under a parachute.] Caption: Jim Thomas, Titusville Community Relations Deptartment, glides through the air with Instructer Chris Parente.

[Photo of a man walking across a field wearing a harness.] Caption: Jim on the ground after a successful jump.

[Photo of skydivers boarding an airplane.] Caption: Skydivers boarding the Beechcraft King Air B90 aircraft at Dunn Airpark.

[Photo of a skydiver and their tandem trainee coming in for a landing.]


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Feature Stories

[Photo of hands in coffee beans.]

Roasted to Purrrrrrfection

[Graphic of a black cat.]

New coffee shop brings exotic, international blends to Titusville.

For many, coffee is more than just a drink – it’s a passion. Whether it’s an appreciation for finer blends or the excitement of roasting it by hand, some coffee lovers take their game to the next level – and that is definitely the case at Black Cat Coffee in Titusville.

Black Cat Coffee is a local batch, craft coffee bean roaster located on Foley Road off of Cheney Highway. Owned and operated by Mindy Elfand, the café specializes in hand-roasted coffee blends from


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Roasted to Purrrrrrfection


all over the world, and is committed to delivering those flavors in the freshest way possible.

“We specialize in single-origin, fresh roasted coffee,” says Mindy. “We’re very passionate about our coffee and love sharing it with others. I’m sure we have something for every coffee lover!”

With over seven years of roasting experience, Mindy is an avid coffee lover and served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a paralegal with the Judge Advocate Generals Corps. She began roasting her own handcrafted blends at farmers markets all over the area before deciding to open her own shop.

[Photo of two bags of Black Cat Coffee on a shelf.]

The shop uses beans from a multitude of different countries, including Jamaica, Peru, Guatemala, Brazil, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Mexico, Africa, and Indonesia.  For new customers, Mindy recommends two of her favorite specialty blends - Rocket Fuel and Alley Cat, both blended from Honduran and Brazilian beans.

Named after the owner’s cat, George, Black Cat Coffee features a very unique “Industrial Whimsey” feel and has a charming, cozy decor for its visitors.  A large emphasis is placed on being environmentally friendly, this includes their deliberate use of biodegradable materials.

[Photo of the main counter inside the shop.]

[Photo of coffee mugs for sale on a shelf.]

One of the driving forces behind Black Cat Coffee is community. Along with their location on Foley Road, the café also sells their blends at several other Titusville stores, such as Sunrise Bread Company, Sunshine Health Foods and Wellness, Brix, and Erb’s Produce Market. The restaurant also buys many of its materials from other local businesses in support of each other, such as local honey and pottery.

“There’s so many wonderful people in Titusville,” says Mindy.

Black Cat Coffee has been open for almost four months, and while it has already garnered a large following, they’re eagerly looking forward to sharing their unique blends with more customers and enthusiasts in the future!

[Photo of a coffee drink decorated for Halloween.]


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City Gov News

[Close-up photo of the water in the Indian River Lagoon, with the Titusville Sustainability Action Plan logo superimposed.]

Titusville Sustainability Action Plan

The City of Titusville is proud to begin working on creating the city’s first sustainability plan to help promote environmental stewardship, economic resiliency, and social equity. In the coming months, City staff with the help of S&ME of Orlando will be conducting multiple forms of public engagement to gather public input to guide the creation of the plan. The Community Development staff and representatives from S&ME look forward to hearing and learning from you!

Looking to get involved?

  • Attend the public workshop on December 9 at 6:00 PM in the City Hall Council Chambers.
  • Visit www.titusville.com/sustainability and sign up for the Planning Newsletter to get notifications for project updates, upcoming events, and learn how you can help create a Sustainable Titusville.
  • Meet us at a community event! Information about community events will be available on the City’s
  • website, Facebook, and Instagram. Come share your input!
  • Spread the word! Use the hashtag #sustainabletitusville on social media and invite your family, friends and neighbors to support the Sustainability Plan.

[Circle Diagram depicting the intersection between social, economic, and environmental factors, and being sustainable.]

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability can be an ambiguous word and is often used out of context. The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development defines Sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” For Titusville, that means doing our part to clean the Indian River Lagoon, restore historic and underserved neighborhoods, and promote the thriving local and small business community that calls Titusville home. We look forward to hearing what Sustainability means to you at the next public workshop.


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Explore Historic Titusville

[Explore Historic Titusville Florida logo.]

[Old postcard dated early 1900s depicting the river.] Caption: Scobie Fish & Oyster Company.

[Modern photo of and old building in Downtown Titusville.] Caption: Hill Hotel.

On Florida’s Famous Space Coast

Discover Titusville history, alive with stories of our places and our people. Find special tours, interactive maps and plenty of virtual fun at history.titusville.com

Choose from curated trips back in time or head to infinity and beyond with the folks who had The Right Stuff.

Selections Include:

  • The first 12,000 Years — Native Life and Culture
  • River Commerce in the 1800’s
  • 100 Years of the Military in the Air — at the Warbird Museum
  • Our Civil Rights and the role of Harry T. and Harriet V. Moore
  • The Legacy of Commercial Fishing since 1885
  • The Right Stuff — Walk in the Footsteps of our Space Pioneers
  • Architecture of Houses and Stores with Stories
  • Steamboat Disasters, Archeological Gems, and so much more! 


[Photo of a model space shuttle and launch pad.] Caption: American Space Museum

[Photo of an old house.] Caption: The Pritchard House


Adventures include walking tours, historic happenings, stories of enterprise, storekeepers and city fathers, families that made significant contributions, legendary leaders, city milestones, and secrets that just can’t stay hidden.

Get Insider Tips and Touring Information:

  • What to do and see at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • Best places to Get Outside and Explore — Parks, Canals and Historic Cemeteries
  • How to get acquainted with A Downtown Full of Memories
  • Explore STORY MAPS at www.titusville.com/historicgismaps

[Photo of a bronze plaque with embossed handprints.] Caption: Space Walk of Fame, Buzz Aldrin’s handprints.

Get the App!

Use the app to find the sites (walk or drive) where fascinating people built Titusville from the ground up. It’s free and you can use the QR code to download the app for your device right now. Let’s make history together!

  • Scan the QR Code to get App from Apple or Google
  • Or search your App Store for “Explore Historic Titusville, FL”


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[City of Titusville, Florida graphic.]


Brought to you by the

Titusville Historic Preservation Board

Learn More at Titusville.com/Historic-Preservation-Board


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Titusville Needs City Residents

Help guide our city into the future. Volunteer and serve on a board or commission.

[Photo of City Hall.]

  • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee
  • Board of Adjustments and Appeals
  • Board of Trustees of the General Employees’ Pension Plan
  • Community Redevelopment Agency
  • Historic Preservation Board
  • North Brevard Commission on Parks and Recreation
  • North Brevard County Hospital District Board
  • North Brevard Economic Development Zone Dependent Special District Board
  • North Brevard Library District Board
  • Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Titusville Environmental Commission
  • Titusville Housing Authority

The City of Titusville has a variety of boards, committees, and commissions that discuss and make important recommendations or undertake special activities specific to the purpose of each board.  The City’s boards and volunteer board members serve a critical role to the community and the function of city government.

For more information, please contact the Titusville City Clerk’s Office at Ph. 321-567-3686

Titusville Tree Ordinance

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2021) — Titusville City Council voted to approve a new tree ordinance at their regular council meeting, bringing to head more than two years of discussion, and debate. In the end, the ordinance approved was the one presented by staff, including a few last-minute adjustments recommended by members of the community.

In a unanimous roll-call vote, Titusville’s elected officials decided to require that new developments coming in to the city would have to either keep or plant more trees in order to meet approval. The new ordinance does provide a grandfathering of existing projects already in development to get by under the previous regulations.

On hand at the council meeting were dozens of Titusville residents, including tree experts, arborists, members of the Titusville Environmental Commission, prominent local business owners, and developers; many of whom have been involved with the process since its inception. While everyone agreed it was important to adopt protections for trees, ideas of how to accomplish the goal were varied. The hard part for staff and council was to find the middle ground between developers and environmental groups; how to protect trees and not stifle economic growth. A daunting task to say the least, but one the council ultimately felt they accomplished.

“[City Staff] have done a very good job, I think, in putting something like this in a nice package,” stated Council Member Joe Robinson.

“This has been a good compromise,” said Mayor Dan Diesel, noting that many people in the community have worked hard to get an ordinance passed even though they may not have gotten everything they wanted.

Top Five Things to Know About the new Tree Ordinance:

(The following information is generalized; for specific details, please contact the Planning Department at 321-567-3756.)

  1. Establishes minimum canopy requirements for residential subdivision development;
  2. Residential not in subdivisions, commercial and industrial tree protection standards remain the same, with canopy requirements and associated tree mitigation standards optional;
  3. Provides increased protection for “heritage trees” – defined as Florida-friendly tree species with diameter at breast height of 46 inches and larger, excluding palms;
  4. Provides incentives for canopy requirements included within the ordinance;
  5. Includes the following Grandfathering Provisions:
    1. Building permits approved as of the effective date of this ordinance, which remains valid consistent with the Florida Building Code and requirements of this Code.
    2. Development that has received final plat approval, site plan approval, sketch plat, preliminary plat approval which remains valid consistent with all Code requirements.
    3. Development that has on file with the City a completed application for a building permit, site plan, sketch plat, preliminary plat or final plat, including acceptance of all required exhibits and payment of all applicable fees and the application continues to remain active and processed consistent with the requirements of the Code. Issuance of a permit from an outside agency is not required for compliance with this grandfathering provision.


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City Gov News

See You At The Markey

[Photo of fruits and vegetables.]

[Titusville Token Program logo.]

The City is using American Rescue Plan Act funding to provide a Farmers Market Token Program that provides $50 worth of food items to qualified households. The markets are held from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the second and fourth Fridays of the month and are located at Stephen House Way, and the south end of Mariner’s Way in the downtown. Here are a couple videos that we put together to help explain parts of the program.

Do I Qualify? https://youtu.be/HUfvORAhUyE

How do I Register? https://youtu.be/Qz8Vf2w5A_s


Tell Transit Survey

[Photo of people disembarking a bus.]

Tell us how to improve:

  • 321 Transit App
  • Route Service
  • Wait Times
  • And more

What would make you ride transit? www.321transit.com


Celebrate Florida’s Fall with Smart Irrigation

Yes, Florida does have a fall and a winter and during these seasons we experience reduced sunlight, cooler temperatures, and reduced rainfall. Fall is also when we return to Eastern Standard Time.

When you turn back your clock on November 7, you also need to turn your irrigation controller to its fall and winter irrigation schedule. The fall and winter schedule (November 7 through March 13) restricts outside irrigation to one day a week. Odd-numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Saturdays; even-numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Sundays; and commercial and non-residential properties may irrigate on Tuesdays. In Titusville, well water, city water, and reclaimed water all fall under the irrigation restrictions.

Irrigation is reduced during the fall and winter because the growth of both plants and grasses slows down, reducing their need for food; which then reduces their need for irrigation. Watering your yard more than is needed encourages fungal growth, disturbs the plant’s normal growth cycle causing stress and increasing susceptibility to disease and pests, and leads to increased runoff.

So celebrate Florida’s fall weather and the beginning of the holiday season by giving your lawn the gift of smart irrigation. Don’t turn on the sprinklers unless your lawn tells you it is ready for water: leaf blades are folded in half, color turns a bluish-gray, and footprints stay visible. And remember, established trees and shrubs need less water than turf.

To learn more about the irrigation restrictions and Florida-Friendly landscaping contact Titusville’s Water Resources Conservation Office at 321-567-3865 or visit the Water Resources Conservation Program’s pages at www.titusville.com/irrigation.

Fall & Winter Irrigation Schedule:

November 7, 2021 — March 13, 2022

Only Once A Week - Before 10 a.m. After 4 p.m.

Odd-Numbered Residential Addresses Saturday Only

Even-Numbered Residential Addresses Sunday Only

All Commercial & Non-Residential Addresses Tuesday Only

Irrigation restrictions apply to the use of city water, well water, & reclaimed water.


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City Gov News

Titusville Police Department

[Titusville Police logo.]

Promoting Teamwork within our community – 1100 John Glenn Blvd., Titusville, FL  32780 — PH 321-264-7800

Help Titusville Police Deliver Holiday Cheer to Local Seniors

[Photo of police employees and volunteers with gift bags.]

Brevard County Triad and the Titusville Police Department’s North Brevard Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) volunteers are collecting and delivering holiday gifts for local seniors residing in assisted living, rehabilitation and nursing facilities.

Christmas is the season of giving and for nearly 22 years, Titusville seniors will be surprised with the delivery of gifts donated by the community. The “Senior Santa” program is sponsored by Brevard County Triad and North Brevard SALT, and is a special holiday giving event specifically for local seniors in need or alone for the holidays.

Senior Santa wishing ornaments will be available for adoption on November, 15, 2021 at the Titusville Police Department located at 1100 John Glenn Blvd. and Parrish Senior Solution Center located at 805-B Century Medical Dr.

Please return gifts to the Titusville Police Department or the Senior Solutions Center by December 6, 2021, so they may be packaged and delivered with each senior’s individual wish on December 14, 2021.

If you would like to reserve an adopted senior’s wish before November 15, 2021, or would like more information on bringing holiday cheer to our local seniors in need, please contact Angela.Spangler@Titusville.com.

[Graphic of Titusville Police badge.]

Titusville Police Continue Citywide Traffic Enforcement

[Photo of unmarked police SUV.]

Titusville Police remain vigilant in keeping the city roadways safe for motorists and pedestrians by continuing high visible traffic enforcement details. Direct complaints from concerned citizens reveal the highest concerns are aggressive and distracted driving and speeding. These proactive citywide enforcement details will continue to ensure that motorists are compliant and obey the posted reduced speed limits and put down distracting devices.

Drive Safe Titusville!

Titusville Police Continue Citywide Traffic Enforcement

[Photo of police SUV outside of Target.]

Titusville Police will be working overtime during the quickly approaching holiday season protecting shoppers with proactive crime prevention initiatives. These law enforcement details specifically target venues with additional security. Officers will be highly visible and shoppers can expect to see an increased law enforcement presence patrolling targeted areas on foot, in marked police vehicles, and in unmarked vehicles. Shoppers, please remember to lock your vehicles and make sure that valuables are out of plain view.


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City Gov News

[Titusville Fire Department logo.]

Titusville Fire Department

550 S. Washington Ave. — Titusville, FL  32796 — 321.567.3800


The LUCAS CPR Device has made it to Titusville Fire unit Rescue 13! Rescue 13 is capable and willing to provide emergency transport of patients to the hospital system similar to Brevard County Fire Rescue (BCFR) units. We can now provide an even higher level of service when called upon. Our citizens expect a level of care, professionalism, and quality no matter who or what is providing life-saving efforts. We believe this LUCAS CPR unit will increase our abilities resulting in better outcomes for the citizens we come in contact with. The ability to have a mechanical device producing high quality chest compressions for the entire duration of an emergent life-saving event assures our citizens we are using every possible effort in an attempt to save their loved one’s life. We have come a long way in our emergency medical training, technology, and services in order to provide a standard second to none.

[Graphic of young African-American girl thinking; Text: Is there a beep or a chirp coming from your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? What does it mean? Knowing the difference can save you, your family, and your home! Learn the sounds of fire safety at fpw.org.]

Farewell to Fire Chief Woodward!

On September 17 we commemorated the end of a career for our Fire Chief Mike Woodward. After serving our community faithfully for over 26 years, the last 9 years as Fire Chief, Chief Woodward is moving on. He has accepted the position of Fire Chief with the City of Oviedo Fire Rescue Department. We are thankful for the leadership and accomplishments we have made as a department under his watch. New apparatus purchases, bailout kits, rope rescue, new staff vehicles, training facility, ISO Class 2 rating, and much more. Congratulations on your retirement Chief!

[Photo of Fire Chief Michael Woodward.]

[Photo of Chief Woodward driving the 1925 LaFrance fire engine in a Christmas Parade.]


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Completed & Open

Aspen Dental

[Photo of Aspen Dental office, with “Open for Business Stamp” superimposed.]

The new Aspen Dental office is now open at Titusville Point, at the intersection of SR 405 and Cheney Highway.

ATX Redevelopment — Lockheed Martin STAR Center

[Aerial photo of the Lockheed Martin building, with “Open for Business Stamp” superimposed.]

Lockheed Martin opened its Spacecraft Test, Assembly and Resource (STAR) Center on July 15, 2021, at the site of the former US Astronaut Hall of Fame.


[Photo of Popeyes Chicken restaurant, with “Open for Business Stamp” superimposed.]

Popeyes recently opened their doors at the corner of Cheney Hwy and S. Helen Hauser Blvd.

Indian Sizzler

[Photo of restaurant, with “Open for Business Stamp” superimposed.]

A new restaurant serving Indian food has now opened at 3520 S. Washington Ave., across from Titusville Mall.

Black Cat Coffee

[Photo of business storefront, with “Open for Business Stamp” superimposed.]

The new coffee roastery opened its doors in June, 2021, at 3355 Foley Drive, near Ron Norris Ford.

Economic Development

Say Yes to Titusville, Florida

From the desk of the Office of Economic Development

Did you know? The Titusville Office of Economic Development can…

  • Provide assistance and support for existing businesses;
  • Offer a single point of contact for businesses concerning City matters;
  • Introduce other regional economic development personnel;
  • Fulfill requests for demographic & regional info for site-selection practitioners;
  • Assist with locating available vacant property or existing structures;
  • Help with ad valorem tax abatement application (if eligible);
  • Help to determine appropriate zoning districts.

City of Titusville – Office of Economic Development

555 S. Washington Ave.

Titusville, FL  32796






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Historic Spotlight

Dr. Benjamin Rush Wilson — Titusville’s First Resident Physician — Oldest House in Titusville, circa 1887

Dr. Benjamin Rush Wilson was born in Bainstown, Alabama in 1837, was a surgeon in the Confederate Army in the Civil War and had served two terms in the Alabama Legislature before moving to Florida. He came to this area in the early 1870s seeking a warmer climate for his tuberculosis.  Dr. Wilson first settled in LaGrange where he meant and married his second wife, Ethland B. Feaster in July 1876. To this union 10 children were born.

[Old black and white photo of Dr. Benjamin Rush Wilson, circa late-1800s.]

The family moved from LaGrange to Titusville in 1887 and built this Queen Anne style two-story house on the corner of Orange Street and Hopkins Avenue. It has a steep-pitched roof with cross-gabled extensions on the east and west sides and the south façade. All of the extensions have fish scale wood shingle siding in the gables and triangle brackets in open eaves. There is a prominent chimney with a corbeled brick cap located on the east ridge of the roof and a shed roof one story bay projection on the east side of the building. Windows are wood frame narrow, rectangular double-hung sash with 1/1 panes and 2/2 panes. There is a hip roof entrance porch at the south west corner where the front gable projection intersects with the main block of the house. The building sits on a brick pier foundation with lattice infill. Alterations include the enclosure of the front porch with metal jalousie windows and a green metal roof. Original exterior paint color has been changed from all white to cream trimmed in green.

The property remained in the Wilson family until Ledonia Losley & daughter, Leah Losley Evans purchased it in 1925.  The house was moved from the corner of Orange Street and Hopkins Avenue to its present location at 312 Orange Street, on the corner of Orange Street and Palm Avenue and was turned facing south.

[Black and white phot of an old two-story house.]

Important City Numbers

Building Department


Business Tax Receipts (Occupational Licenses)


City Clerk


City Hall Main Number


City Hall FAX Number


City Manager’s Office


Code Enforcement


Community Advocate


Customer Service (Utility Billing)


Economic Development


Fire Department (Non-Emergency)


Fire Public Education


Human Resources




Neighborhood Services


Municipal Marina




Planning Department


Police (Non-Emergency)


Police / Fire Rescue (Emergency)


Solid Waste




Stormwater (After Hours Emergency)


Streets Maintenance


Water Field Operations (Water Main Break)


Water Main Break (After Hours Emergency)


Water Resources Conservation Program


LED Sign Information



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[Back Cover – Looking east from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Blackpoint Drive at sunset.] Caption: City of Titusville, 555 South Washington Avenue, 321-567-3775.; Titusville.com.