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Cocoa’s Community Newsletter

Issue 144 - 2nd Quarter 2022

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City offices are closed on the following dates:

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30, 2022

Independence Day

Monday, July 4, 2022

Labor Day

Monday, September 5, 2022

City Manager's Corner

We Are Cocoa

Budget season is upon us. Staff and Council are hard at work identifying challenges and priorities that we must face as a community this upcoming year. We will be hosting a number of goal setting and budget priority workshops and we encourage all residents to be engaged in the process and provide input to City Council. A list of the upcoming budget and priority setting workshops are listed in this newsletter and I encourage all residents to come out and participate in the process.

Cocoa City Council approved the redrawn district lines in February. This process is required per city charter every ten years after the Census is complete. District lines are redrawn after every Census to ensure equal population amongst the districts within a 5% variance. Thanks to the citizen volunteer committee that took time to assist us in completing this process. You can read more about the process and the committee in this newsletter.

Citizens can now get more news from the City of Cocoa delivered right to their email inbox. We have begun a monthly e-newsletter, called the FYMI, that will provide news and features to residents on a more frequent basis. This monthly e-newsletter will have the latest news and include features such as a monthly survey and employee spotlight. You can register your email address by visiting https://www.cocoafl.org/list.aspx and get this new monthly feature.

The City of Cocoa has over 450 dedicated employees that work hard every day and take PRIDE in the services they provide to the citizens of Cocoa. That is why I thought it was important to start a new feature in our monthly e-newsletter and in our quarterly mailed newsletter spotlighting the fabulous employees of the City of Cocoa, which you can read more about on the cover this issue of the FYI newsletter. These features will not only spotlight what they do for the City of Cocoa but what these great individuals contribute to our community. Keep an eye out for this great new feature with our first spotlight featuring NeoDasha Harris, Leisure Services Coordinator. NeoDasha has served the citizens of Cocoa for nearly 16 years but also owns her own fashion design and event planning business. She is a doing mother to her son Dalyn, who is a freshman at Bethune Cookman University, and mentor to youth in our community.

As always, I want to thank each of our residents and business owners that work with us day in and day out to continually improve our services. Staff alongside City Council works hard everyday for all of our residents and as always, we won’t be deterred by the loud voice of one or two from our mission of providing exemplary services to all of our residents. Together, we will continue to make Cocoa a great place to live, work and play. Because together, we are Cocoa.

Stockton Whitten

-Stockton Whitten, Cocoa City Manager

Upcoming Special Events:

Juneteenth Celebration

The City of Cocoa in partnership with the NAACP Youth Council is hosting the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Riverfront Park on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 11am-3pm. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Celebrating Excellence, Freedom, and Legacy’. 

Stephon Williams will be a guest speaker at the event. Mr. Williams is a leadership development trainer who is an exceptional communicator with an uncanny ability to make immediate emotional and mental connections with his audience.

The event will include a variety of entertainment on the main stage of Riverfront Park, interactive art demonstrations for participants to create pieces for their personal collection, literature readings and author meet and greets, a spotlight of local legends, food vendors, local business spotlights and more. A schedule of events will continue to be updated leading up to the event and can be found on our calendar.

Trash Bash

The City of Cocoa in conjunction with Keep Brevard Beautiful will be hosting their annual Trash Bash community cleanup event on Saturday, April 9, 2022. Volunteers can register to participate in this community-wide clean-up event by contacting our Leisure Services Division at (321) 635-7702 or nharris@cocoafl.org. Clean-up supplies will be provided as well as lunch after the cleanup is completed. Help #TeamCocoa become the cleanest city in Brevard.

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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 members: LaVander Hearn, Lorraine Koss, Mike Blake, Alex Goins, Rip Dyal
  1. Lavander Hearn

    Deputy Mayor - District 2
    Phone: 321-474-1189

  2. Lorraine Koss

    Council Member - District 4
    Phone: 321-474-8445

  3. Michael C. Blake

    Phone: 321-474-1758

  4. Alex Goins

    Council Member - District 1
    Phone: 321-474-4923

  5. Rip Dyal

    Council Member - District 3
    Phone: 321-474-4924

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