Publix to build new prototype grocery store in Indialantic on State Road A1A

The mystery Indialantic grocery store has been identified: Publix will build a concept store on State Road A1A alongside the Indialantic Center shopping plaza, across the highway from Sunrise Park.

“No it’s not a Greenwise, it is a Publix but nothing like anywhere around here (literally). They call it a Prototype or Concept Store, the design and products are designed around the special communities they support,” Indialantic Mayor Dave Berkman posted Tuesday night on Facebook.

“Someone mentioned they had recently been to one in Gainesville, ours will be similar but not exactly like it. I expect it will have fresh prepared foods, specialty meats/cheeses, organic, cafe seating inside and outside, etc.,” he wrote.

The prototype Publix may open by the end of 2019 or early 2020, said Matt Williams, partner with Matthew Development.

“We’re very excited to bring this level of tenant to a smaller town who we think could really use another grocery use. We’re excited — and we hope the residents are as well,” Williams said.

Berkman made the Publix announcement after the Indialantic Zoning and Planning Board approved the site plan Tuesday night.

Additional permits and approvals are required to make the store a reality. For example, Town Council must approve a stormwater maintenance agreement, Town Manager Chris Chinault wrote in a memo to Zoning and Planning Board members.

The 2.9-acre site is located at the northwest corner of SR A1A and Watson Drive. The proposal surfaced at Town Hall back in August — but the grocery store company remained unidentified, sparking social media speculation.

Hairteck and Sun Clean Dry Cleaners will be razed to clear room for the 27,251-square-foot grocery store with 110 parking spaces. Both businesses will move elsewhere, Berkman announced in August.

Messages seeking comment were left for a Publix media spokesman Wednesday morning.

Source: Florida Today

Welcome back, Snowbirds; here is what you’ve missed since Easter

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Hey Snowbirds.

Welcome back to the Space Coast. You’re probably just returning from places like Greece, New York or Upper Arlington, Ohio, all ready to bask in the mild temperatures and send beach-and-flip-flop photos to your neighbors back home shoveling snow.

You may have noticed that restaurants — some of which weren’t here when you left — are revving up for more customers now that you’re here.

Golf courses may be a little more crowded now as you hit the links. Doctors soon will be seeing more patients because, obviously, this is where your favorite physicians are.

Specific data is hard to come by. We really can’t say how many of you visit Brevard County each year, or Florida, for that matter. We do know you pour millions into the local economy, and for that we’re grateful.

FLORIDA TODAY figured you might have missed a few things while you were gone. So as a service to our seasonal residents, we’ve put together a list of what’s happened here since last Easter.

An irascible Irma

When Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel visits your state, it ain’t a good thing.

Cantore was in Florida in September, and he wasn’t on vacation. That was because of Hurricane Irma.

You probably were at your summer residence saying, “Whew, those poor suckers,” as Irma made one weekend a bit hellish on the Space Coast in September.

The local toll, at last count, totaled more than $37 million from damage to at least 7,131 residences and businesses during the storm. That figure is more than four times the 1,651 homes and businesses affected by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

The storm also exposed problems with the infrastructure of the Cocoa Water System and Brevard County’s sewage system.

Adios Wuesthoff

Let’s start with the health concern formerly known as Wuesthoff Health System. In February, Steward Health Care LLC acquired Wuesthoff, and last month, Steward renamed the two local hospitals.

Gone were Wuesthoff Medical Center-Rockledge, and in its place is Rockledge Medical Center. Same with Wuesthoff Medical Center-Melbourne. It’s not Melbourne Medical Center.

Palm Bay perplexities

It’s a little hard to keep it straight but it seems to come down to this: Palm Bay Mayor William Capote got angry with the city manager Gregg Lynk and asked for his resignation. A majority of the City Council decided the mayor overstepped his authority and censured him. A censure, by the way, is something less than a wrist slap and more or less having nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah placed in your mayoral file.

And tendering their resignations were the city’s growth management director, Stuart Buchanan and then-deputy city manager, Dave Isnardi.

On an unrelated and costlier note, the same people who censured the mayor also pushed through a new storm water assessment in Palm Bay that clocks in at $123.99 for small houses and $247.98 for large houses.

Strap on the feed bag

Restaurants come and go and some places are ubiquitous, meaning your favorite Pizza Hut probably is still here. As far as you’re favorite mom-and-pop business, check. Running a restaurant is a tough, tough business.

Here are few new places to chew on while you’re back.

On the chain side, a place specializing in breakfast and brunch called First Watch opened in Viera, and a barbecue eatery called Charlie Graingers opened in Suntree.

Speaking of barbecue. there’s a new place in Cocoa Village called Cryderman’s Barbecue that’s only open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. “Or Until Sold Out.” That should tell you something.

And if you’re looking for a view, Rising Tide Tap & Table is now open at Port Canaveral, The “gastro-pub” has 60 craft beers on tap, craft cocktails, scratch cooking and a panoramic view of the port.

Surf no more

The old Bernard’s Surf restaurant has been closed for years. Now, its landmark building in Downtown Cocoa Beach is no more.

The Fischer family sold the iconic restaurant in 2006, but the new owners had a hard time making a go of it and closed its doors in 2010. In 2012, British entrepreneur Luke Johnson, who originally had planned on a new restaurant for the site.

Eventually, though, he decided the land was worth more vacant and demolished the nearly 70-year-old building. The property is now for sale.

Speaking of Cocoa Beach, the supermarket scene has changed since you headed back north. The totally made over Winn-Dixie reopened in July. In September, the Publix at Banana River Square (the one south of State Road 520) was demolished. A completely new and larger Publix is now being built on the site and is expected to open late next summer or early next fall.

Get good and tanked

You ever get in the mood where you feel like you want — no, you need — to crush something? Well, how about a car?

Tank America, a state-of-the-art, 6,000-square-foot tactical laser tag arena opened last week and visitors can try their hand at driving an Abbot FV433 tank or FV432 armored personnel carrier.

As a bonus, vehicles are on the site as so much chum for the monstrous vehicles to crush.

Tank America is headquartered at a former National Guard armory on Ellis Road. The wooded property stretches across 33 wooded acres near John Rodes Boulevard.

Here’s a thought, or two, or three

In August, Isadora Rangel became FLORIDA TODAY’s public affairs and engagement editor.  Matt Reedleft for a job at the Brevard Public Schools.

You’ll agree or disagree with her at various times. Full-time residents already have.

Rangel writes opinion pieces, provides video commentary and has been on a tear meeting with different civic leaders and organizations.

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