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Cocoa’s Community Newsletter

Issue 137 - 3rd Quarter 2020

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City offices are closed on the following dates:

Independence Day

Friday, July 3, 2020

Labor Day

Monday, September 7, 2020

Veteran’s Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

General Election Information

The City of Cocoa’s General Election will be held on November 3, 2020. The following seats are up for election:

  • Mayor
  • District 2
  • District 3

The qualification period for these seats is from August 4, 2020 at 12:00pm until August 18, 2020 at 12:00pm.

Election packets can be picked up in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall (65 Stone St.). For more information, call 321‐433‐8484 or visit the election website.

Upcoming Town Halls

Mayor’s Town Hall

August 18, 2020-Cocoa City Hall, 65 Stone Street, 6 pm

District 4 Town Hall

October 20, 2020-Brevard Museum of Natural History, 2201 Michigan Avenue, 6 pm

Cocoa Board/Committee Feature:

Board of Adjustment

The City of Cocoa has a number of various boards and committees comprised of residents, business owners and others to assist City Council in their decision making processes. It is also a great way for residents to engage with and learn more about their local government.

The Board of Adjustment was established in 1980 to hear and decide special exceptions and variances to the zoning ordinance, as well as appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the Building Official in the enforcement of the zoning and sign ordinance. The Board of Adjustment has two members who have been a part of the board for more than 20 years. There are currently no vacancies on this board. The Board of Adjustment meets monthly at Cocoa City Hall on the third Wednesday at 6pm. For more information, visit the Board of Adjustment website.

Utilities News

2019 Water Quality Report Now Available Online & By Mail

The 2019 Water Quality Report (the latest report) is now available. In the event you do not have access to the internet or you would like a hard copy of the report, please call the Cocoa Utilities Department Conservation Specialist at (321) 433‐8705 and provide your name and address. The report will be available for mailing in July and hard copies will also be available at Cocoa City Hall (65 Stone St.) and the public library. Cocoa’s Water Quality Report covers test results during the 2019 calendar year.

Summer Fertilizer Ban in Effect through September 30

The City of Cocoa has a summer fertilizer ban in effect from June 1st through September 30th each year. The ban is in effect to help preserve the Indian River Lagoon by reducing nutrient laden runoff during the summer months. This means NO phosphorus and NO nitrogen fertilizer application during this period. 

Summer rains wash fertilizers and pollutants from our yards into our lagoon, which can cause harmful algae blooms, killing aquatic life. 

Things you can do to keep your lawn strong and growing over summer months include: adding compost to improve your soil and give your garden a boost; use Florida‐friendly plants which are adapted to Florida and need less fertilizer, water, pesticides, and overall care; mow your grass higher to avoid vulnerability to disease, pests, and drought.

You can also reach out to the UF/IFAS Extension in Brevard County to have a My Brevard Yard site visit. Experts will come out to your yard and help you with your gardening and insect/disease questions, problem areas, identify plants, etc. Visit UF/IFAS Extension website for more information on this service.

The City of Cocoa is committed to the summer fertilizer ban and to preserving the Indian River Lagoon. Please join us.

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Cocoa Council Meetings

Cocoa City Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm at City Hall located at 65 Stone Street.

Cocoa City Council

Cocoa City Council, Deputy Mayor Brenda Warner, Councilman Alex Goins, Mayor Jake Williams, Jr., Coi
  1. Brenda Warner

    Councilmember - District 2
    Phone: 321-543-6609

  2. Alex Goins

    Deputy Mayor - District 1
    Phone: 321-474-4923

  3. Jake Williams, Jr.

    Phone: 321-474-6789

  4. Don Boisvert

    Councilman - District 3
    Phone: 321-403-9173

  5. Lorraine Koss

    Councilwoman - District 4
    Phone: 321-474-8445

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Flyer saying Summer Fertilization Ban June 1-September 30. Help us preserve the Indian River Lagoon