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Jul 28

Cocoa Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)

Posted to Board/Committee Feature by Lauri Thompson

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 Cocoa Community Redevelopment Agency was established in 1985 for the purposes of carrying out redevelopment projects and activities for the historic Cocoa Village community. The board consists of seven members, five of which are filled by the current

Cocoa City Council members and the other two positions are residents or business owners in the redevelopment area that are appointed by members of the Cocoa City Council.

There is one vacancy on this board, that will be filled by an appointee at a June or July Council meeting. For more information on this board, its members and activities, please visit our Cocoa CRA website. 

Jul 07

Replacement of Lift Station 1 Near Indian River Lagoon

Posted to Capital Improvement Projects by Rachel Horst

Lift Station 1 is located just feet from the Indian River Lagoon with finished elevations well below the lagoon and flood surface, serving approximately 700 customers. During Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, influent flooded the dry well which housed electronics, pumps and associated equipment required for normal operations. This lift station does not have a generator and during relief efforts a portable generator has to be parked on the street to provide power.

This project includes demolition and replacement of the station with a submersible pumping system incorporated in the wet well, which will eliminate the need for confined space entry and improve worker safety as the pumps will be accessible via a slide rail system. The scope also includes the addition of an emergency generator.

The design for this project was completed in May 2021 and construction began earlier this year with a scheduled completion date this summer. The total budget for this project is $768,016. For more information on this project and other Utilities Department Capital Projects, visit the Utilities Capital Improvement Projects page.

Jul 15

Cocoa Business Community

Posted to Cocoa's Hometown Heroes by Samantha Senger

group photo of Pebbles catering, food distribution, face mask assembly at Cocoa Village Playhouse, PThe past few months have been some challenging times, not only for our community but for our nation. Many members of our community lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown of several businesses in our community due to the stay at home order. Several of the businesses and nonprofit associations in the Cocoa community stepped up to the challenge and made sure our citizens were taken care of. 

The Cocoa Police Department and Community First Charity partnered with local Cocoa business, Time Out Sports Bar Plus in their efforts to feed the community, “ Time Out for Humanity”. Members of Community First Charity such as David Lightholder were instrumental in gathering sponsors to help Time Out buy and prepare over 8,000 free meals for the community. Mayor Jake Williams, Jr., who also helped sponsor one of the meals, Councilwoman Brenda Warner (District 2) and Councilwoman Lorraine Koss (District 4) were all on hand to assist in Time Out's efforts to feed our community. Also a special thanks to the staff at Jacob's Engineering for raising $2,000 to assist with the meals on Mother's Day. Also, local Chef and Business Owner of Q's Crackin' Crab and Seafood stepped up in this effort to assist our community.

With the assistance of The REAL Church and Celebration Tabernacle, local business Pebbles Catering and Event Design also offered free meals to the community. Volunteers even helped bring the meals to those that weren’t able to come out to their location. Other businesses and organizations throughout our community also supported those in need. While employees at the City of Cocoa continued to work to provide core municipal services to our residents, protective equipment and supplies were hard to come by. West Cocoa Pharmacy made their own hand
sanitizer and made it available to the City of Cocoa when supplies elsewhere were non-existent. The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse used old costumes to make face masks and donated them to the City of Cocoa and others throughout the community. 

Non-profit associations such as Cocoa Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Boys and Girls Club of Cocoa also continued to feed members of our community during the pandemic. The Cocoa PAL Youth Leaders volunteered over 60 hours to serve meals to students and the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

All of these acts of kindness as well as others, show how amazing the Cocoa community really is. We stand together, united to make sure that our community rises above adversity.