“Insure that all active members and their children execute a waiver which shall meet the form required by Section 316.0085, Florida Statutes, and the Florida Mutual Insurance Trust to be provided by, returned to and kept by the City of Palm Bay’s Park and Recreation Department. All persons to whom waivers are issued can obtain a card signifying that they have a waiver in their possession.”
What this means in plain language:
If you, or your kids get hurt at the Grapefruit trails, you won’t sue the City of Palm Bay.
The waiver is required to invoke a new Florida state law (316.0085, Florida Statutes), that helps cities provide mountain bike trails to their citizens, without fear of being sued.
The waivers must be notarized, and give to the City of Palm Bay, instructions are outlined below. Waiver links are located to the right.
Cyclists using the Grapefruit Trail must obtain a Parks & Recreation Identification Card from the City of Palm Bay. Cyclists must provide a signed and notarized waiver in order to obtain the free identification card. Cyclists under 18 must have the form completed, signed by a parent or guardian and notarized.
Return completed forms to the Parks Administrative offices located at 1150 DeGroodt Rd SW from 9:00am until 4:30pm Monday through Friday or the Palm Bay Community Center at 1502 Port Malabar Blvd NE Monday through Friday 9:30am - 8:30pm and Saturday from 9:00am – 4:30pm to get your Identification Card. Forms are also available at either location.
Yes, this “waiver” process is an inconvenience, but it is the price we pay for the City to take a risk on keeping the GFT open, and letting us ride there. Every BMBA member needs to “get it done”!
Both the youth and adult waiver PDF's can be downloaded below.
Thank you for helping keep BMBA's relationship with the City of Palm Bay a success.