Cocoa’s Community Newsletter
Issue 140 - 2nd Quarter 2021
City offices are closed on the following dates:
Monday, May 31, 2021
Monday, July 5, 2021
Monday, September 6, 2021
Online Building Permits
In order to make doing business with the City quicker and easier, Cocoa is now offering online permitting for 25 different permits including things such a window replacements, plumbing and electrical work, fences, HVAC replacement, sheds and more. Through a new online portal, residents and business owners are able to apply for a permit pay fees, view policies, view submittal requirements and schedule inspections.
The new system which went live on March 1, 2021 allows our residents to submit permit requests from the comfort of their own home an track the permit through the approval process. Permits will be accepted in-person at the Building and Permitting office, Monday through Friday 8 am-5 pm at City Hall. Same day and over the counter permits will also continue every Wednesday from 8 am-11 am in the Building and Permitting office at City Hall.
"By offering this new online permitting portal, doing business with the City of Cocoa will now be easier than ever. We are continually looking for ways to make accessing the city services easier and more convenient for our residents and business owners,' said Cocoa Mayor Michael C. Blake.
Visit the City of Cocoa's building and permitting division website for a complete list of permits available through the new online portal or for any questions or additional information about the building and permitting division.
City Manager's Corner
I am getting acclimated as Cocoa's new City Manager and along with City Council and staff, we are moving our community in the right direction. Over the last few months, we successfully negotiated our waste services contract with Waste Management to minimize the financial impact to our residents, approved a development agreement with Framework Group to redevelop the old abandoned Winn-Dixie Shopping Center off SR 524 for new high-end apartments, officially announced the arrival of a brand new Amazon Last-mile Distribution facility in District 3 by the end of 2021 that will bring hundreds of jobs to our community, unveiled our new online building permit portal to make doing business with the City of Cocoa easier than ever, and announced two grants awarded to the City from Firehouse Subs for new extrication equipment for the Fire Department and a FEMA Hazard Mitigation grant that will allow us to add improved drainage along Fiske Blvd. In the coming months we will be hiring a new Police Chief and updating the City's Strategic Plan, which expires in 2021.
We are also in the beginning stages of building the City's 2021/22 Budget. This process begins in April with Council Budget Priorities workshops and runs through September when Council approves a final budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2021. There are a number of priorities that need to be discussed and there will be opportunities for residents to engage in discussions with Council and staff about the budget at our public hearings leading up to the final adoption in September. You will be hearing about these opportunities in the weeks ahead and we encourage all of our residents to learn about and get involved in the budget process.
Thank you for your support and encouragement as we continue to work together to move Cocoa forward.
-Stockton Whitten, Cocoa City Manager
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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.
Lavander HearnCouncilmember - District 2Phone: 321-474-1189
Lorraine KossCouncilwoman - District 4Phone: 321-474-8445
Mike BlakeMayorPhone: 321-474-1758
Alex GoinsDeputy Mayor - District 1Phone: 321-474-4923
Rip DyalCouncilman - District 3Phone: 321-474-4924