Brevard reopens three county-operated campgrounds, first of its 17 libraries

All libraries expected to open by May 18

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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard County this week reopened its three county-operated campgrounds in Melbourne, Melbourne Beach and Titusville, after they had been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

Additionally, the first of 17 county libraries reopened Tuesday, with the goal of having all 17 libraries reopened by May 18.

The county campgrounds will accept reservations, as long as they do not exceed 50% of occupancy capacity to help with social distancing.

The county said existing booked reservations will be honored, providing they do not exceed 50% occupancy. If an existing booked reservation makes the campground exceed 50% occupancy, booked reservations will be honored based on the date they were booked.

New reservations then will be accepted only if the reservation does not make the campground exceed 50% of occupancy.

Reservations of campers currently in the campground will be honored.

Any canceled reservations will be refunded with no penalty fees.

Day use will be limited to current passholders.

New reservations will be accepted via telephone only.

For more information or to request a reservation, call:

  • Long Point Park Campground in Melbourne Beach at 321-952-4532
  • Manatee Hammock Campground in Titusville at 321-264-5083
  • Wickham Park Campground in Melbourne at 321-255-4307

Meanwhile, another popular local campground, Port Canaveral-operated Jetty Park, remains closed.

Other developments

Libraries start to reopen: The county's libraries have started to reopen, with the first one being the Titusville Public Library, which reopened Tuesday, according to Jim Liesenfelt, assistant county manager for community services.

Liesenfelt said the county is taking steps to maintain the state requirements that libraries keep occupancy at no more than 25% of capacity, as well as to maintain other distancing guidelines.

That includes moving furniture and installing Plexiglas at checkout areas.

Liesenfelt said the next two libraries that are likely to reopen are the Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library in Cocoa and Franklin T. DeGroodt Public Library in Palm Bay.

The goal is to have all 17 county libraries open by May 18.

The county says library employees are working on sanitizing returned items, the buildings and library furniture.

All libraries still offer curbside pickup for library holds, even if the library is open to the public. Patrons can place a reserve in the computer, or call their local library, and library staff will contact them as soon as the items are ready to be picked up.

All items currently are being checked out until June 1.

Library staff members also are available to answer reference and other questions by phone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Park playgrounds off-limits: Playgrounds at county parks remain off-limits, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

The parks themselves are open for walking, jogging and other recreational activities, as long as social distancing guidelines are maintained, Liesenfelt said.

Community centers remain closed.

Viera Wetlands still closed: The Viera Wetlands — formally known as Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands — remains closed. It is a popular spot for hiking, bicycle riding and bird-watching.

The county has said it relies heavily on volunteers, many of which are retirees, to operate the Viera Wetlands. Many of these volunteers fall into the "higher-risk" category, and should limit interaction with other people.

Brevard County Farmers Market open: Liesenfelt said the Brevard County Farmers Market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Wickham Park Pavilion in Melbourne.

Pre-orders are recommended, but not required. Details are available on the Brevard County Farmers Market Facebook page.

County drops to Level 2 activation: Brevard County's Emergency Management Department has reduced its emergency activation from Level 1 to Level 2 for the coronavirus pandemic.

Level 1 involves a full-scale activation of the county Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge. Level 2 is a partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center.

Brevard County Communications Director Don Walker said the change means fewer officials will be staffing the EOC from departments other than emergency management, and that there will be reduced activity there on weekends.