Apr 05

FEMA Grant Awarded for Fiske Blvd. Drainage Improvements

Posted on April 5, 2023 at 3:52 PM by Tiffany Bonadio

FEMA has approved a grant of $2,319,585 to help the City of Cocoa improve drainage along Fiske Boulevard and the Broadmoor Acres Subdivision during a storm. Thestorm drain with water flowing down proposal was submitted to FEMA after Hurricane Irma in 2017 as part of their Hazard

Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and will fund the installation of 12,625 linear feet of roadside swales to improve drainage and street runoff. It will add 5,520 cubic feet of water storage and 2,617 linear feet of drainage pipe along Fiske Blvd., which will help

reduce flooding by capturing and conveying stormwater along that corridor including the Broadmoor Acres community. The drainage project runs from Peachtree Street on the north to Highland Drive and then over to Bracco stormwater treatment area

and includes streets in the Broadmoor Acres community.

“The Fiske Blvd. drainage project will help to reduce future vulnerabilities and will provide long-term solutions to help strengthen that entire corridor,” said Deputy Mayor and District 1 Councilman, Alex Goins.

“This grant funding will allow us the opportunity to improve a flooding issue that has been plaguing this area for many years. I am

grateful that staff worked so hard to find solutions to make this project a priority,” said District 2 Councilman Lavander Hearn.

Jul 07

Replacement of Lift Station 1 Near Indian River Lagoon

Posted on July 7, 2022 at 12:56 PM 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.

Mar 23

Lee Wenner Park Boat Ramp Restoration and Dredging

Posted on March 23, 2022 at 10:15 AM 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.