Important Visitor Updates

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(UPDATED 4/12/2021)

Upcoming Road Closures 

 

Brightline Construction Advisory
Lane Closure and Work Zone

ORLANDO, Fl. (April 4, 2021) – Brightline announces lane closures, work zone, railroad crossing and bridge work information for Phase 2 construction from Orlando to West Palm Beach, connecting Orlando to South Florida. Motorists and watercraft should proceed with extra caution through work zones and adhere to posted detour signs, speed limits and other signage. Railroad construction information can also be found online at https://www.gobrightline.com/railroad-construction.

Brevard County

Beachline Expressway/SR 528

Eastbound Beachline Expressway/SR 528 (milepost 34-40)

Day-time single lane closure, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, April 30.

Eastbound Beachline Expressway/SR 528 (milepost 32-36)

Day-time and night-time single lane closure through Friday, April 30.

  • 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday
  • 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday through Sunday

Northbound and southbound SR 520 at the Beachline Expressway/SR 528 interchange:

Day-time, weekday single lane closure, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Friday, April 30.

Eastbound Beachline Expressway/SR 528 exit ramp to southbound I-95 (Exit 42A):

Night-time full ramp closure, 10 p.m., Thursday, April 15 to 5 a.m., Friday, April 16.

Detour Information:

  • Eastbound SR-528 traffic wishing to access southbound I-95 will be directed to exit to northbound I-95 northbound (Exit 42B), stay right to access westbound SR 52Exit (205B) and then stay right to access southbound I-95 (Exit 42A).

Railroad Crossings

Brevard County – Railroad Crossing at Suntree Blvd.

Full road closure:

  • 7 a.m., Monday, April 19 to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 24 and
  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday May 8.

Detour Information

  • Eastbound Suntree Blvd. traffic will be directed to travel south on N. Wickham Rd. to Pineda Cswy., travel east on Pineda Cswy. to US-1 and travel north on US-1 to access Suntree Blvd.
  • Westbound Suntree Blvd. traffic will be directed to travel south on US-1 to Pineda Cswy., travel west on Pineda Cswy. to N. Wickham Rd. and travel north on N. Wickham Rd. to Suntree Blvd.

Melbourne - Railroad Crossing at Lincoln Ave.

Full road closure, 7 a.m., Thursday, April 22 through 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 28.

Detour Information:

  • Eastbound Lincoln Ave. traffic will be directed to travel north or south on Waverly Pl. to access Fee Ave. or Palmetto Ave. From Fee Ave. then travel east to US-1 and travel south on US-1 to access Lincoln Ave. From Palmetto Ave. travel east to US-1 and travel north on US-1 to access Lincoln Ave.
  • Westbound Lincoln Ave. traffic will be directed to travel north or south on US-1 to access Fee Ave. or Palmetto Ave. From Fee Ave. travel west to Waverly Pl. and travel south on Waverly Pl. to access Lincoln Ave. From Palmetto Ave. travel west to Waverly Pl. and travel north on Waverly Pl. to access Lincoln Ave.

Melbourne – Railroad Crossing at Prospect Ave. (LONGTERM CLOSURE)

Full road closure through May 2022 for bridge work at Crane Creek. Crossing will be fully closed until completion of work.

Detour Information:

  • Eastbound Prospect Ave. traffic will be directed to Stone St., travel south on Stone St. to WH Jackson St., travel east on WH Jackson St. to US-1 and travel north on US-1 to access Prospect Ave.
  • Westbound Prospect Ave. traffic will be directed to US-1, travel south on US-1 to WH Jackson St., travel west on WH Jackson St. to Stone St. and travel north on Stone St. to access Prospect Ave.

 

COVID-19

Please refer to the following information and links to guide your decisions as you safely plan your stay on the Space Coast.

Visitors can expect:
•    Hotels, motels, and vacation rentals are available to leisure travelers with normal operating procedures. 
•    Pubs, bars, and nightclubs can operate at full capacity.
•    Restaurants and food service establishments may operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols. We encourage you to call ahead, as some locations may still be closed to indoor dining with delivery and curbside pickup available.
•    Recreation: State parks, public beaches, and large venues (movie theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses, etc) are open with limited social distancing protocols.
•    Large sporting events consider reducing capacity with limited social distancing protocols
•    Large attractions have returned to normal operations with limited social distancing protocols.
•    On-site sale and retail businesses are allowed to operate at full occupancy, with social distancing and safety protocols in place. 
•    Museums and libraries have resumed operations at full capacity with appropriate sanitation and social distancing procedures.
•    Personal services such as massage, tanning, tattoo, body piercing, and acupuncture operations are open at full capacity with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health.

Currently, the state of Florida has no travel restrictions in place.
 

Face Coverings 

The CDC encourages the wearing of face masks in areas where social distancing is not possible. While on the Space Coast, it’s a good idea to be prepared to wear a face mask inside essential and non-essential businesses. While face coverings are not mandated on the Space Coast at this time, several cities have adopted guidelines for essential business and some private businesses. Some attractions require the use of face coverings in their establishments. Private businesses will indicate the necessity of a face mask with clearly marked signage outside of their businesses. 

Check city guidelines, attraction, and private business policies at their website to better understand individual face mask requirements. 

City Guidelines:

•    Cocoa
•    Cocoa Beach (City Facilities)

Attraction Guidelines: 

•    The Brevard Zoo
•    Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
•    Ron Jon Surf Shop
 

Public Guidelines:

Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Florida's Plan for Recovery

•    Current recommendations include avoiding groups of 10 or more and social distancing at 6 feet.
•    You may call 211 Brevard by simply dialing 2-1-1 on your phone between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for any COVID-19 questions or assistance you may need.
•    Florida Department of Health has set up a statewide call center for any questions. You can reach them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 866-779-6121 or email at
covid-19@flhealth.gov
•    World Health Organization COVID-19 update
•    CDC Situation Summary
 

Brevard County Government Resources 

•    The Visitor Information Center operated by the Space Coast Office of Tourism in Cocoa Village is currently open for walk-in traffic. Additionally, we are available to assist visitors through phone or email. 
•    Brevard County government offices are open with social distancing measures in place. Some offices will operate by appointment only.
 

Information Regarding Beach Access

•    Brevard County beaches are currently open in accordance with CDC social distancing of 6 feet between individuals. For County COVID-19 updates, visit BrevardFL.Gov.
•    Jetty Park is open, visitors must purchase entrance fees online. 
•    Please check with the individual locations for more details on their current beach guidelines.

o    Titusville
o    Cape Canaveral
o    Cocoa Beach
o    Satellite Beach
o    Melbourne Beach
o    Indialantic
o    Indian Harbor Beach

Information Regarding National and State Park Openings

Canaveral National Seashore has resumed normal operating hours from 6 am to 6 pm.  This includes access to Apollo Beach and Playalinda Beach districts.  Seminole Rest Historic Site is open sunrise to sunset. The Apollo Visitor Center will return to operating hours of 9 am to 5 pm daily, and Backcountry Island Campsites will reopen with reservations and use.  Special Use Permits may be issued with possible group size limitations, this includes Backcountry Hiking permits into Klondike Beach. There may be limits on parking and restroom access.  

The seashore plans to remain open for Kennedy Space Center launches that are within park operating hours of 6 AM - 6 PM. Incoming traffic may close for park safety/capacity. NASA has the authority to close part of the seashore for space center operations.
 
In addition, the following spaces continue to be available:

  • Beach parking and access points in Playalinda and Apollo Districts
    • Playalinda Beach Parking Area 1 is temporarily closed for boardwalk replacement
  • Park roads and trails in all districts
  • Park docks, piers, boat ramps, and kayak/canoe launches in all districts
    • Apollo Boat Ramp is closed for construction (2/6/21)

For more information please read the official Press Release.

State Parks

  • Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park
    • Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is now federal law that all persons on a tour boat, ferry or other park-provided watercraft within Florida State Parks are required to wear a mask. Florida State Parks will comply with this order and continue efforts to provide for staff and visitor safety. Please review individual park pages for specific information for each location.
    • Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park is open (see hours of operation and fee information on website). Restroom availability may be limited, all other park facilities are closed. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart.
  • Sebastian Inlet State Park
    • Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is now federal law that all persons on a tour boat, ferry or other park-provided watercraft within Florida State Parks are required to wear a mask. Florida State Parks will comply with this order and continue efforts to provide for staff and visitor safety. Please review individual park pages for specific information for each location.
    • Sebastian Inlet State Park is now open, including the jetties, restaurant, beaches, and campground. The tip of the north jetty will remain closed until further notice due to storm damage. Due to local orders, facial coverings or masks are required inside buildings for staff and visitor safety. Due to limited visitation, the park may be closed early and may remain closed for several hours. Exact change is necessary when paying with cash. Credit cards are accepted. Visitors are expected to maintain distances of at least six feet apart.
       

Information Regarding Brevard County Parks and Campgrounds 

Brevard County Campgrounds: Manatee Hammock, Titusville; Wickham Park, Melbourne; and Long Point, just north of Sebastian; are open at 100% capacity.  
 

Special Consideration for Airline Passengers:

Special Consideration for Cruise Ship Passengers:

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