Dec 30

Your Storm Water Dollars at Work

Posted on December 30, 2019 at 3:33 PM by Rachel Horst

In October 2019, Cocoa City Council approved a new Stormwater Assessment and Stormwater Capital Plan for the City of Cocoa’s Stormwater System. Projects included in the approved plan are already well underway. In December, the Stormwater Division installed floating wetlands at the Pineda Street Stormwater Pond, near the intersection of Duke Way and Pineda Street. The contractor installing these floating wetlands is Beemats, and they have completed similar projects around the County. These harvestable floating wetlands will help to remove nutrients from the stormwater pond and help to prevent the migration of these nutrients into the Indian River Lagoon. All of the plants and materials used for this project are either reusable or recyclable.

The City of Cocoa also recently purchased an additional street sweeper. The street sweeper helps clear trash and debris from entering the storm drains and then eventually making way to the Indian River Lagoon.

To view the Stormwater Capital Plan, visit our Stormwater Assessment website.

floating wetlands and streetsweeper.
Oct 11

Dr. Joe Lee Smith Community Center

Posted on October 11, 2019 at 2:12 PM by Rachel Horst

The Dr. Joe Lee Smith Community Center, located in the heart of the Diamond Square Community along Stone Street, has been in dire need of replacement, as the existing building is outdated, functionally obsolescent, and lacks the space required for the types of services that have been identified as needed in the community. Cocoa City Council prioritized the need for a new center at the existing site, which will be a gathering hub for community activities such as events, sports, senior and after school programs, workshops, healthcare services and more.

The new facility will be approximately 16,000 square feet, substantially larger than the existing center and will be located on the corner of Stone Street and Washington Avenue, a main focal point to the entrance of the Diamond Square Community. Site work for the new facility began in the Spring of 2019 and the new facility is scheduled to be completed by May 2020.

For a complete list of Capital Improvement Projects, visit

Collage, photo of current Dr. Joe Lee Smith community center and rendering of new Dr. Joe Lee Smith