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County Services and Education

County Services and Education

ELECTRICITY

Florida Power & Light Company serves all of Brevard County. All deposits for Florida Power & Light Company vary according to credit report. Contact Florida Power & Light Company for deposit information. A service charge is included with the first bill. For service, call (321) 723-7795 (available 24 hours a day). www.FPL.com

GAS

The City Gas Company of Florida supplies natural gas to Brevard County. A variable meter deposit is required, refundable after 24 months to customers with good payment records. Call (800) 993-7546 for service for existing homes and (321) 632-1734 for newly constructed homes. www.floridacitygas.com

TELEPHONE

AT&T provides phone service to the area and can be reached at (800) 288-2020 (available 24 hours a day).

BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS – Television, Cable, Internet and telephone provider. For service, call (321) 254-3326.

WATER

Melbourne supplies water to its residents and those of Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village and parts of West Melbourne. Residents wanting service must go to Melbourne City Hall, 900 E. Strawbridge Avenue between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Call (321) 727-2900. Suntree, Baytree and Viera’s water is supplied by the city of Cocoa. Residents are required to apply in person at city hall, 603 Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village. Call (321) 639-7500.

Rates vary for water, sewer and deposits. Contact the following offices: Cocoa & Central Brevard: Cocoa City Hall, 603 Brevard Avenue, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call (321) 639-7500. Melbourne: Melbourne City Hall, 900 E. Strawbridge Avenue, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call (321) 727-2900. Palm Bay: City Hall, 120 Malabar Road, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call (321) 952-3400.

AUTOMOBILE TAGS

All new residents must apply for Florida tags and titles within 10 days after they begin work, enroll children in school or apply for a homestead exemption. Florida insurance is required prior to applying for tags and titles. MELBOURNE - South Brevard Service Complex, 1515 Sarno Road. Call (321) 255-4410. PALM BAY - Interchange Square, 1155 Malabar Road, N.E. Call (321) 952-4540.

DRIVER’S LICENSES

A driver’s license is required within 30 days after establishing residency, claiming homestead exemption, beginning employment, enrolling a child in school or registering to vote. Driver’s licenses are issued between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at Driver’s Licenses offices. Appointments can be made by calling (321) 984-4930. For a list of locations, visit www.flhsmv.gov.

VOTER REGISTRATION

Permanent Brevard residents who are U.S. citizens over 18 years old can register to vote. Required documents are proof of residency with a Florida driver’s license or I.D. card or two utilities receipts. Call (321) 255-4455. Residents can register at any of the government centers listed on the official website at www.votebrevard.com.

EDUCATION

Brevard Public Schools - 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, FL 32940. Call (321) 633-1000, ext. 500. http://www.brevard.k12.fl.us/

Education

Brevard Public Schools (BPS) strives to serve every student with excellence as the standard. BPS, an A-rated school district for seven consecutive years, serves approximately 73,000 students making it the 10th largest of 67 school districts in Florida and the 47th largest district in the United States. The single-largest employer in Brevard County, the district employs more than 9,000 people, including more than 5,000 instructional personnel. With 123 schools, 17 special centers and nine charter schools, the district serves students in 17 different municipalities across the Space Coast.

The District’s website has all of the information that the parent of a new or returning student could require. Try the following links:

To find which school to attend: http://edulog.brevard.k12.fl.us/edulog/webquery/

For a list of all schools: http://www.brevardschools.org/schools/schools/schools.html

To find out how each of the schools did in key performance indicators for the last three years: http://www.brevard.k12.fl.us/ScoreCard/main.html.

There are a number of private schools in Brevard County, both faith-based and secular. For a comprehensive list, check out: http://www.floridasmart.com/local/counties/brevard/education_ private.htm.

BREVARD COUNTY LIBRARIES

Brevard County Libraries

Brevard County Libraries currently has over 1.2 million volumes in the collection. The libraries also own over 112,000 video recordings and more than 61,900 sound recordings. Library cards are valid at all locations. Special genealogy collections are located at the Central, Melbourne and North Brevard libraries. Each library maintains special collections for the physically and visually handicapped. Brevard County Libraries make the Internet available to all library users. Every library has computers with Internet access that patrons may use at no charge. Free public Internet access is offered for persons with wireless-enabled portable computers or PDAs. http://www.brev.org/

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