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Oct 07

Planning and Zoning Board

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 Planning and Zoning Board acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council relating to zoning and land use matters. This board can conduct investigations on matters or proposals to change zoning regulations and report its findings and recommendations on such proposals to the City Council. There are nine members on the board and two alternate members and they meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm in Council Chambers.

There is currently one vacancy on this board. For more information on this board, its members and activities, please visit the Planning and Zoning Board webpage.

Oct 07

Pineda Causeway Water Transmission Main Project

Posted to Capital Improvement Projects by Rachel Horst

PIneda Causeway map The Pineda Causeway Water Transmission Main Project is a joint project between the City of Cocoa and the City of Melbourne and was designed by Reiss Engineering (now rebranded as CHA). This project serves to improve water quality and pressure, and provide redundancy in the south end of Cocoa's distribution system. Cocoa's portion of the project includes approximately 20,000 feet of 16inch water main. The new water main will be installed along the Pineda Causeway and will cross beneath the Indian and Banana rivers. The span beneath the Indian River will be an incredible 6,200 feet long, and will get as deep as 90 feet below the riverbed. It will be installed entirely by horizontal directional drilling.

This project requires advanced pipe installation methods and highly specialized equipment and machinery. Only a select few contractors from across the nation are qualified to perform the work. The construction contract was recently awarded to Quality Enterprises USA and construction will begin in October 2021. Construction is expected to be complete by March, 2023. By partnering with the City of Melbourne, expenses are shared, keeping the cost for the project to a minimum.

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.