April was a month full of follow up work and steadfast progress that was achieved. The sidewalk project is almost complete and residents have been enjoying this infrastructure improvement. There was a community meeting for Wabasso on April 3rd at which was discussed the subject of a 5 year plan for Wabasso. The idea was well received and the two issues identified that will impact the community the most in the next five years were high-scaled proposed developments encroaching on the community and also the need for a health assessment.
On April 17th, the recently formed 5 Year Plan Committee, comprised of community leaders from Wabasso, met and discussed the 11 proposed developments that are to be built within a one year radius of Wabasso. I invited the Indian River County Planning Assistant Director, Stan Boling, to attend to educate us all on the proposed developments and he attended graciously with satellite maps in hand. He answered all of our questions and asked what we thought would help ease the transition of the developments into Wabasso. Members of the Committee unanimously said extending sewer lines, sidewalks, and paving roads would be appreciated.
Other significant events occurring in April included the bid closing for the water project, a multi-agency sweep of Wabasso, a PACE presentation in St. Augustine, FL, and a miraculous commitment from the affiliates of the World Changers and Regatta Homes to take over building a home for a Wabasso resident, Mrs. Brown. On July 11th, 200-300 people will come to build Mrs. Browns home and I was assigned to coordinate the community side of this undertaking. Two other homes should be constructed in the next three months, also, so Wabasso will be full of people and lots of joyous residents and family members who have been waiting over 18 months for these events to take place.
Nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will
not; nothing is more common that unsuccessful men with talent. Genius
will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the
world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are
omnipotent.- Calvin Coolidge
Past Indian River County Updates
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May 6, 2006 - County: West Wabasso Will Say Goodbye to 'Brown Water'
April 13, 2006 - West Wabasso's long road to county water about to end
February 18, 2006 - West Wabasso finds success in long quest for county water
January 23, 2006 - Gospel Fest to raise money for hurricane repairs in Wabasso
December, 2005 - In My Opinion: West Wabasso Assessment Project Update (From the Florida Journal of Environmental Health)
October 10, 2005 - West Wabasso residents rejoice over water project
October 7, 2005 - West Wabasso to get county water
September 20, 2005 - Indian River County replaces septic tanks for 10 families in west Wabasso
July 8, 2005 - Indian River health officials receive national award
June, 2005 - Spring 2005 PACE Progress Report for the Wabasso Environmental Assessment (380 kb) (From the Florida Journal of Environmental Health)
June 17, 2005 - World Changers group fixes homes in West Wabasso
June 15, 2005 - Impoverished area to get waterlines
June 12, 2005 - World Changers redo Wabasso
May 1, 2005 - Water System on its way to Wabasso
December 25, 2004 - Woman's work aids west Wabasso residents
October 18, 2004 - Storms stall Wabasso help
September, 2004 - PACE Progress Report for the Wabasso Environmental Assessment (620 kb) (From the Florida Journal of Environmental Health)
September 28, 2004 - Storms run Wabasso family out of own, borrowed homes
August 28, 2004 - Families get new homes
August 11, 2004 - Draft Brochure, Bringing Basic Needs to a Forgotten Community (1.4 meg file)
July 30, 2004 - Kindness rules in Wabasso (109 kb)
July 28, 2004 - Teens team up to build man's house
June 2, 2004 - Indian River seeks aid for water
May 26, 2004 - Groups enlist residents to help revive Wabasso
May 11, 2004 - Wabasso may have to wait a year for street lights to come on
May 9, 2004 - Town hall meeting to address Wabasso's needs