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Brackett lauded as ‘excellent choice’ as Vero Beach mayor

It was no shock when the Vero Beach City Council elected Robbie Brackett mayor Monday to lead meetin

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As families ponder how to safely celebrate Thanksgiving and get back to something resembling a “normal” life, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported here this week crept closer to the level experienced during the July peak. In the seven days leading up to Monday press time, 332 Indian River County residents were infected with the virus, according to state reports. The daily average of 47 cases was closing in on the peak July average of 55 new daily cases. Thirty-three of those testing positive in the past week were island residents. That makes 54 island residents diagnosed with COVID-19 thus far in November – a 30 percent increase over the total for the first eight months of the pandemic. Two people have been reported dead of COVID-19 complications so far this month, and 38 people have been admitted to the hospital with the virus. As of Monday evening, 14 people were hospitalized, and 50 percent of the county’s 28 staffed intensive care beds were available. Nursing homes and large events are no longer the source of major outbreaks inflating case numbers here, but long-term care facilities still have isolated cases in residents and staff. The guidance being pushed out now by public health officials is that the virus is mostly spreading at smaller social gatherings with friends and family, and in situations where people let their guard down and are in close contact – such as kids’ sleepovers or carpooling to after-school sports. 

As families ponder how to safely celebrate Thanksgiving and get back to something resembling a “no

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Many barrier island septic systems found to be leaking waste into the groundwater

As 500 barrier island homeowners rush to comply with a City of Vero Beach code requirement to have t

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Troubling surge occurring here in COVID-19 cases

The highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases since the summer surge was reported this past Sunday

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Repairs to 17th Street bridge now won’t start until December

Structural repairs to the 17th Street bridge that were set to begin on Nov. 2, rerouting traffic for

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Island would have elected Cotugno to Vero council

Councilman Robbie Brackett will return to the Vero Beach City Council at its organizational meeting

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Brian Foley new Shores Mayor

The newly sworn-in Indian River Shores Town Council has chosen Mayor Brian Foley and Vice Mayor Jess

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Indian River Shores swears in new council Thursday

Regardless of what might be going on in national politics, the Town of Indian River Shores was plann

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Snowbirds may be fueling island COVID-19 surge

In most years, the return of snowbirds to their barrier island homes is marked by sightings of car t

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North of bridge, dismantle Big Blue or turn it into riverfront centerpiece?

Of all the decisions the City of Vero Beach must make before its 38 acres of prime riverfront utilit

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Vero City Council shelves stormwater utility vote until its Nov. 17 meeting

With two members not seeking re-election, the Vero Beach City Council postponed a vote on establishi

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17th Street bridge to be partially closed all winter for repairs

Starting Monday, island drivers who use the 17th Street bridge may hit a traffic snag as the Florida