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Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Schedule

In an effort to continually enhance our budget process, the City of Cocoa is offering many opportunities for citizens to get involved in the budget process.  The first Budget Kickoff Workshop scheduled for Monday, April 23, 2018 at 5:30pm will feature a mid-year update and analysis, general information and budgetary issues to potentially be anticipated, and a preliminary estimate of FY19s revenue projections.  Please note that the dates below are tentative and subject to change, visit for the latest calendar.  All meetings are open to the public.  

Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Workshop Calendar

April 23, 2018; 5:30pm - FY19 Budget Kickoff Workshop
June 28, 2018; 5:30pm - Fiscal Sustainability Update/Budget Priority Workshop
July 10, 2018; 6:00pm - Tentative Millage Agenda to Council (TRIM)
August 8, 2018; 5:30pm - City Council Budget/CIP Workshop
August 28, 2018; 6:00pm - Preliminary Fire Assessment/Utility Rates
September 5, 2018; 5:30pm - First Public Budget Hearing/Final Fire Assessment
September 13, 2018; 5:30pm - Final Public Budget Hearing

FY19 Budget Process
Cocoa Works Program

Applications Now Being Accepted

Summer Youth Employment Program engages youth in their local government

Cocoa is once again partnering with CareerSource Brevard to offer the Cocoa Works Summer Youth Employment Program to all eligible Cocoa High Juniors and Seniors that reside in the City of Cocoa city limits.  For more information on this paid employment program and how to apply, visit

Juneteenth Festival scheduled for 6/16th

The 2018 Juneteenth Festival will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Moore Center (307 Blake Ave.) in Cocoa from 11am-6pm.  This free event is open to the public and includes live entertainment, community organizations, food, fun activities for kids, and much more.  Juneteenth is a nationally celebrated event marking the official ending of slavery dating back to June 19, 1865.  For more information on this event and to learn how you can participate, contact the Alliance for Neighborhood Restoration at (321) 504-9595. 

Juneteenth Festival
Connie Harvey

Volunteer Spotlight - Paul Kamus

Retired Cocoa Firefighter Paul Kamus is a dedicated resident and volunteer for the City of Cocoa.  After dedicating 25 years serving the residents of Cocoa as a Cocoa Firefighter, Paul retired in 2011.  Even though he retired from his employment, he did not retire from his dedication and service to the residents and to the City of Cocoa.    

Paul was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Police Officer’s Retirement Plan in 2009 and has served in that capacity ever since, being unanimously reappointed each term.  

Most days you will see Paul picking up trash around his neighborhood, keeping his community beautiful.  You may even notice him riding his bike around town picking up trash throughout the City.  He has also been a dedicated participant of the Health First Mayor’s Fitness Challenge each year, attending all of the community events and logging in his fitness hours.

Paul also attends most community events and participates in any way he can along with his wife Kathy.  The City of Cocoa thanks our great volunteers like Paul Kamus for his dedication and commitment to the community.       

Hurricane Season

Be Prepared as Hurricane Season Begins this June

Are you prepared for Hurricane Season?  The City of Cocoa along with Brevard County Emergency Mgmt. want to make sure you have the tools you need to be prepared.  Brevard County Emergency Management encourages residents to follow these important steps for preparedness:

  • Know your risks:  Preparedness can reduce fear and increase resiliency from the impacts of disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do during an emergency situation.  
  • Build a kit: A disaster supply kit is a collection of essential items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Assemble your kit, and review it annually. 
  • Have a plan: Having a plan for what to do in the event of an emergency is the most important step you can take. Think about the situations which can affect our community and how that would affect your household or business. 
  • Stay informed: Information is critical before, during and after a disaster or emergency. There are several tools available in Brevard County to stay informed during an emergency situation or disaster.  Visit for the many ways you can stay informed before, during and after a storm and download our mobile app, Cocoa Connect to receive the latest push notifications delivered right to your mobile device.
  • Get involved: A trained, informed, and engaged public is the best way to empower individuals to lend support. There are many ways to get involved so you can make a positive difference.

You can visit for more information on Brevard County’s Emergency Management information and how you can be fully prepared this storm season.

Cocoa Village Gateway Entry Feature

Design Contest Underway for Cocoa Village Gateway Entry Feature

The Cocoa Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in partnership with Cocoa Main Street and ArtBeatz Cocoa has announced a design contest for a Cocoa Village gateway entry feature at the property located at 6 Forrest Ave.  The contest is open now through June 1, 2018 and is open to anyone who would like to submit a design.  The chosen design will be engineered and constructed on the triangle piece of property located along Forrest Avenue and State Road 520. 

The Cocoa CRA purchased the piece of property in 2016 with the intent to redevelop the site into a greenspace with a gateway entry feature that is also referenced in the Cocoa CRA Waterfront Master Plan.  The contest will be open for eight weeks and is open to everyone.  All designs must be submitted to Cocoa Main Street no later than Friday, June 1, 2018 at
Once all entries have been submitted, a committee of Cocoa Village Association and City of Cocoa representatives will choose three (3) designs to present to the Cocoa CRA Board on June 12, 2018 at the regularly scheduled Cocoa CRA meeting, where one design will be selected.  The chosen design will then be engineer-designed and constructed at the 6 Forrest Ave. location in the coming months.

Design criteria and information:

  • Lot Size: 0.13 Acres, 5,662.8 Sq. Ft.
  • Lot Dimensions: The north side of the triangle is 96.07'; The east side of the triangle is 127.18'; The west side of the triangle is 159.39'
  • Design will not fill the entire lot space
  • Design must be historical in nature and complimentary to Historic Cocoa Village
  • Design must be iconic
  • Design must incorporate the phrase “Historic Cocoa Village”
  • Design must be visible from 520 and Forrest Avenue
  • Water features must not be included in the design

For more information or questions about the contest, please contact Cocoa Main Street at (321) 636-8878 or e-mail at

Hometown Heroes

Cocoa's Hometown Heroes - Amy Dunegan

A city employee was recognized for her good deed in saving a 3-year-old child from wandering into traffic. On March 30th, Amy Dunegan, Customer Service Representative for the City of Cocoa was on her way to work and saw a 3-year-old boy on the edge of the road in the 1900 block of Michigan Avenue.  To read all about Amy's heroic efforts and to see past Hometown Heroes, visit  

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