Dec 15

Cocoa Police Athletic League - Youth Development Council

Posted on December 15, 2023 at 9:08 AM by Tiffany Bonadio

The Cocoa PCocoa Police Athletic League - Youth Development Council Standing togetherolice Athletic League began in 1995 but shut down shortly after. Cocoa’s Mayor Michael C. Blake worked to reestablish this much needed community program, which services mainly the Diamond Square community, and approached local non-profit agency Alliance for Neighborhood Restoration to help revive the program. Under the leadership of Delores McLaughlin, the program was reestablished in 2009 in partnership with the Cocoa Police Department. The program serves approximately 125 students, ranging in age from 6-18, in the local community through various programs. The Cocoa PAL Youth Directors Council (YDC), comprised of about 20 students, is their signature youth leadership program with a focus on leadership development and volunteering. The YDC plans an annual volunteer calendar to include projects they find important for the community. Projects include their annual holiday project for the elderly and homeless students as well as assisting the City of Cocoa with multiple annual events. Each year the YDC assists the City of Cocoa with special events. They pick up trash at the annual Trash Bash event and partner to host the annual Juneteenth celebration and National Night Out. Alliance for Neighborhood Restoration runs the Cocoa PAL program with two staff members, Delores McLaughlin and Sonja Mitchell along with a great group of community volunteers.

Jun 14

Katie Jones - Brevard Museum

Posted on June 14, 2023 at 1:22 PM by Samantha Senger

Katie Jones Brevard Museum volunteer at the museum with her grandparentsKatie Jones just recently graduated Rockledge High School with honors. In her free-time, Katie has been a dedicated volunteer with the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science. Katie has assisted the Museum by helping as a docent, working in collections, helping with exhibits and assisting at the front desk.

Katie has been volunteering at the Museum since she was 14 years old and has accumulated hundreds of hours of volunteer time there. She began volunteering with the Museum to earn Bright Future Scholarship hours. 

She enjoys looking through the archives and giving tours the most. 

“I really like to interact with the public and hear everyone’s view of the Museum,” said Katie. She also likes to practice her cataloging skills. 

Katie will be starting at Florida State University in the fall where she plans on studying to be a Biological Anthropologist. She hopes to come back to Brevard in the summers and help out again at the Museum.  

Apr 05

Tony Stoltz

Posted on April 5, 2023 at 3:22 PM by Tiffany Bonadio

Tony Stoltz, aka Santa, with Mayor BlakeTony Stoltz is one of our fabulous volunteers with the Leisure Services division. Tony is a former City of Cocoa employee where he spent 17 years serving the citizens of Cocoa in our Public Works Department before he retired in January of 2018. Tony was a Maintenance Worker III/ Locksmith when he retired from the City of Cocoa.

Tony, also known at times as Santa or St. Nick, is always willing to step up and assist when needed. He has helped fill in for the Cocoa Santa on several occasions serving in that role for the Cocoa/Rockledge Holiday parade and the City of Cocoa’s Holiday Tree Lighting event. 

Originally from Indiana, Tony lives in Cocoa with his lovely wife Claudia, where he has five kids, 24 grand kids and 7 great grandchildren.

The City of Cocoa Leisure Services team is very grateful to Tony for always willing to step up and help for our special events.