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Mar 22

Pension Boards

Posted to Board/Committee Feature by Rachel Horst

The City of Cocoa has a number of 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 City of Cocoa has three Pension Boards: Fire, General Employees and Police. Each board consists of 5 members that are assigned to administer and advise the City Council on each of the respective retirement systems for City of Cocoa employees. These boards meet quarterly or as needed. Each of these boards are currently full with dedicated volunteers that have served on each of the boards for several years.

For more information on these boards, the members and activities, please visit our Boards & Committees webpage

Mar 23

Lee Wenner Park Boat Ramp Restoration and Dredging

Posted to Capital Improvement Projects by Rachel Horst

Beginning late February 2022 the boat ramps, Captain Ed Lanni T-Dock, day slips and boat parking at Lee Wenner Park in Cocoa Village were closed for the boat ramp dredging and restoration project which is expected to be complete by the end of May. This project, which was funded through grants from the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND), will dredge and restore the boat ramps to allow for larger vessels to access the basin.

The FIND grants valued at over $500,000 included a match from the City of Cocoa in partnership with the Cocoa Community Redevelopment Agency. The project includes restoration of the boat ramps including new aluminum finger piers and dredging of the entire basin to include areas near the Captain Ed Lanni T-Dock and near the boat ramps. Currently the basin is about 5 and ½ to 6 feet deep and this project will bring areas of the basin to about 7 feet deep. This will allow larger vessels such as Intracoastal Cruisers to access portions of the waterfront at Lee Wenner Park and enjoy Historic Cocoa Village.

Public boat ramps to access the Indian River Lagoon while Lee Wenner Park is closed are available to the north of Cocoa in Port St. John and to the south of Cocoa near Pineda Causeway. Vehicle parking areas will still be available and accessible.

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.