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Cocoa Beach, Florida
—  City  —
An empty Cocoa Beach on a cloudy day
Location in Brevard County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°19′52″N 80°36′47″W / 28.33111°N 80.61306°W / 28.33111; -80.61306Coordinates: 28°19′52″N 80°36′47″W / 28.33111°N 80.61306°W / 28.33111; -80.61306
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Brevard
Established June 5, 1925
Incorporated (city) June 29, 1957
 - Type Council-Manager
 - Mayor Dr. Leon "Skip" Beeler
 - City Manager Charles Billias
 - Vice Mayor Kevin S. Pruett
 - Total 15 sq mi (39 km2)
 - Land 4.9 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 - Water 10.1 sq mi (26.3 km2)
Elevation 0 ft (0 m)
Population (1 July 2008)[1][2]
 - Total 11,920
 - Density 2,432.7/sq mi (938.6/km2)
  Census Bureau estimate
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 32931-32932
Area code(s) 321
FIPS code 12-13175[3]
GNIS feature ID 0280609[4]

Cocoa Beach is a city in Brevard County, Florida, United States. The population was 12,482 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S. Census Bureau estimates of 2008, the city had a population of 11,920.[5] It is part of the Palm BayMelbourneTitusville Metropolitan Statistical Area.



The first non-native settlement in the area was by a family of freed slaves following the Civil War. In 1888, a group of men from Cocoa bought the entire tract of land, which went undeveloped until it was bought out in 1923 by a member of the group—Gus Edwards, Cocoa's city attorney. At that time, Edwards' total holdings included approximately 600 acres and he had stopped practicing law to devote all his efforts to developing the area.[6][7][8]

The Town of Cocoa Beach was established on June 5, 1925. Gus C. Edwards was elected as mayor and served as a commissioner along with J.A. Haisten, and R.Z. Grabel. On July 27, 1925, Cocoa Beach held its first official meeting at the Cocoa Beach Casino, and adopted the City Seal.[9] A little less than a month later, plans for a pier became official. By 1939, the town had 49 residents.

During World War II, Cocoa Beach experienced money shortages for employees, and money to fix roads. On June 29, 1957, the town of Cocoa Beach incorporated into a city. In September, 1959, the city voted to add more sidewalks, improve the streets in residential areas and the main streets, and to pave more roads.[10]

In 1965, Cocoa Beach High School requested that Cocoa Avenue, the street that the school was located on, be changed to Minutemen Blvd., in honour of the school's mascot, the Minuteman. Over the next couple decades, the school would come to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, and was ranked the 46th best high school in America in 2006.

Cocoa Beach started its major growth during the 1960s (1000% population increase from 1950 to 1960)[7] due to America's space program. NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center is located approximately 15 miles north of the town. Many people moved to Cocoa Beach due to their jobs involving the space program, and in search of new opportunity.

After manned space flights, the town held parades in honor of the astronauts.

Many of the homes in Cocoa Beach are built on dredged mud and sand from the Banana River. After NASA's Apollo program came to an end, and before the Shuttle program was in full swing, the town suffered from layoffs. At one point, in 1975, unemployment was 14.3%.[8] Many families lost their jobs or simply moved away. People could not sell their homes and some walked away from them.

Cocoa Beach was the setting for the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, although only one episode was actually filmed there (Jeannie's wedding). Also, Cocoa Beach High School was used as the school in the 2000 movie Race to Space.[11]


Cocoa Beach run by a Commission-Manager government, agreed to by its citizens in 1958. The City Commission acts as the legislative branch of the city government, guided by the provisions of the Charter of the City of Cocoa Beach. The City Commission enacts ordinances and resolution that the City Manager administers as the appointed executive officer of the city government.[12]

The city owns and runs a golf course on the Banana River.[13]

In 2007, the city had a taxable real estate base of $2.09 billion.[14]

City Commission

The City Commission is made up of five members, one of which is the Mayor. The commissioners are elected at-large to three-year terms. A Vice Mayor is then selected from among them at an organizational meeting held after the election. The Mayor presides over all meetings and performs duties as delegated to the Mayor by the City Commission.[12]

  • Mayor/Commissioner, Seat #1 - Dr. Leon "Skip" Beeler (term expires 2011)
  • Commissioner, Seat #2 - Kenneth Griffin (term expires 2009)
  • Vice Mayor/Commissioner, Seat #3 - Kevin S. Pruett (term expires 2009)
  • Commissioner, Seat #4 - Skip William (term expires 2010)
  • Commissioner, Seat #5 - Don John (term expires 2010)

City Manager

The City Manager is appointed by the City Commission and is responsible for the city's day-to-day operation. The city's charter has established a separation of powers and responsibility between the Commission and the Manager: The elected Commission establishes policy that the Manager and staff carry out. The City Manager conducts day-to-day operations through four city departments: Administrative, Public Safety, Utilities, and Recreation.[15] Charles Billias has filled this office since 1998.[16]

Public transportation

Public transportation in Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, and surrounding Brevard County is provided by Space Coast Area Transit.


Cocoa Beach Pier built in 1962 extends into the Atlantic Ocean

Cocoa Beach is located at 28°19′52″N 80°36′47″W / 28.331035°N 80.613035°W / 28.331035; -80.613035.[17]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 39.0 km² (15.0 mi²). 12.7 km² (4.9 mi²) of it is land and 26.3 km² (10.1 mi²) of it (67.49%) is water. Bordered on the north is Cape Canaveral; on the south is Cresent Beach; on the east is the Atlantic Ocean (5.6 miles of oceanfront); on the west is the Banana River.

Propelled by a powerful hurricane, the ocean pushed its way through the barrier islands centuries ago and formed the Thousand Islands in the Indian River.[18][19]

Surrounding areas


Cocoa Beach's climate can be classified as subtropical.

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 89 92 93 97 97 101 102 101 98 96 91 89
Norm High °F 72 73 77 81 85 89 91 90 88 83 78 73
Norm Low °F 50 51 55 60 66 71 72 73 72 67 60 53
Rec Low °F 17 27 25 35 47 55 60 60 58 41 30 21
Precip (in) 2.48 2.49 2.92 2.08 3.94 5.83 5.38 5.78 7.20 4.76 3.12 2.31
Source: The Weather Channel [6]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 12,482 people, 6,529 households, and 3,532 families residing in the city. The population density was 985.5/km² (2,552.1/mi²). There were 8,709 housing units at an average density of 687.6/km² (1,780.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.64% White, 0.62% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.07% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.52% of the population.

There were 6,529 households out of which 12.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.9% were non-families. 38.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.91 and the average family size was 2.47.

In the city the population was spread out with 12.2% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 34.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.


Personal income

The median income for a household in the city was $42,372, and the median income for a family was $51,795. Males had a median income of $39,418 versus $27,113 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,968. About 3.7% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.

Cocoa Beach is a retirement area, with the average age being 54.[20]


Surfing manufacture and tourism add to Cocoa Beach's economy.

Ron Jon's, a surf shop, receives 2 million visitors a year.[21] Cocoa Beach is home to the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame.[22]

The Cocoa Beach Pier, formerly known as the Cape Canaveral Pier, was built in 1962. An annual Easter Surfing Festival began in 1964. An estimated 100,000 spectators watch.[23] An annual Beach Fest is held in May.

An annual art festival has been drawing tourists since its start in 1963.[24]

An air show in 2009 drew a crowd estimated at 30,000.[25]


In 2007, the average size of Cocoa's labor force was 6,344. Of that group, 6,006 were employed and 338 were unemployed, for an unemployment rate of 5.3%.[26]


In 2008, 6 building permits were issued. This was down from 9 permits for 11 units in 2007, which was down from 20 permits for 34 units in 2006.[27]

The median home price in 2007 was $409,000.[26]


The city has three public schools:

94% of all residents 25 years or older are high school graduates. 38.6% have a Bachelor's Degree or higher.[26]


A store sells dinosaur and other fossils.[28][29]

  • Space Coast Art Festival

Points of interest

  • Cocoa Beach Pier
  • Alan Shepard Beachfront Park
  • Cocoa Beach Golf Course (27 holes)
  • Thousand Islands Conservation Area
  • Cocoa Beach Aquatic Center and Pool Complex
  • I Dream of Jeannie Lane
  • A structure on A1A once contained a bank. It is glass and stood on spindly legs. It is still called the "Glass Bank" by locals. It was damaged by Hurricane Francis.[30]

Notable residents

Sister cities

See also


  1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the population for the Incorporated Places of Florida" (CSV). US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-06-24.  
  2. ^ "Annual Estimates of the population for Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas" (CSV). US Census Bureau. Retrieved 2009-06-24.  
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ 2007 Population Estimates United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2009-06-26
  6. ^ Biography of Gus C. Edwards City of Cocoa Beach - Official Site. Retrieved on 2009-06-26.
  7. ^ a b City History City of Cocoa Beach - Official Site. Retrieved on 2009-06-26.
  8. ^ a b History at a Glance City of Cocoa Beach - Official Site. Retrieved on 2009-06-26.
  9. ^ Meeting Minutes for July 27, 1925 City of Cocoa Beach - Official Site. Retrieved on 2009-06-26.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ a b Elected Officials City of Cocoa Beach - Official Site. Retrieved on 2009-06-26.
  13. ^ Cocoa Beach golf course accessed March 18, 2008
  14. ^ Dean, James (April 26, 2008). More taxes or fewer services. Florida Today.  
  15. ^ City Departments City of Cocoa Beach - Official Site. Retrieved on 2009-06-26.
  16. ^ City Officials City of Cocoa Beach - Official Site. Retrieved on 2009-06-26.
  17. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  18. ^ Kridler, Chris (April 20, 2007). Paddle a watery wilderness. Florida Today.  
  19. ^ The Thousand Islands are really but "a few hundred,ibid"
  20. ^
  21. ^ Travel Writer'S Magazine - Space Coast Is Great Place For Families To Commune With Nature
  22. ^ East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame
  23. ^ Moody, R. Norman and Best, Keilani (March 22, 2008). Surf's i[ fpr economy. Florida Today.  
  24. ^ [3] retrieved November 30, 2008
  25. ^ [4] retrieved 4 October 2009
  26. ^ a b c Cocoa Beach Community Data Sheet Economic Development Council of Florida's Space Coast. Retrieved on 2009-06-26.
  27. ^ Building Permits United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2009-06-24.
  28. ^ Waymer, Jim (29 December 2009). "Rarity on display". Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today. pp. 1A.  
  29. ^ "The Dinosaur Store". 2009-12-29.  
  30. ^ Amy Shepherd Nance (2009-12-05). "A Vintage Cape Canaveral Tour".  
  31. ^ Records, Clerk of the Courts
  32. ^ Freedom Forum retrieved April 8, 2008
  33. ^ Online World of retrieved April 8, 2008
  34. ^ John Wooden: UCLA Coaching Legend
  35. ^ [5]

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Travel guide

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From Wikitravel


Cocoa Beach is a city in Florida. It is a favorite vacation spot for American and International travelers. The city is famous as the setting of the popular 1960s TV show I Dream of Jeannie.

Get in

Cocoa Beach can be accessed by several roads: Florida routes 520 & 528 cross the Indian River and Merritt Island from Interstate 95; A1A parallels the coast and provides access from the south. Cocoa Beach is on the water, so access by water is also possible.

  • Space Coast Area Transit [1] is the name of the local Brevard County bus service. It is a cheap way to get around and is handicap accessible. The website provides maps and timetables. Buses travel to most sites and places of interest. $1.25 per ride, or $35 for a monthly pass.
  • Many bike lanes are available along major roads.
  • The area is very pedestrian-friendly, with good sidewalks.
  • Cocoa Beach - A justifiably famous stretch of Atlantic beach. Activities include beach volleyball, surfing, sunbathing, surf fishing.
  • Sterling Casino Lines, 180 Jetty Drive, Ph: (800) 765-5711. Go out for night on the water on Sterling. Ages 18+.
  • Schooner Sails, Inc., 670 Glen Cheek Dr., +1 321-783-5274. This is a kind of tourist attraction, but it's nice. It's like a historic sail around the Space Coast, and you can get special reserved rides for weddings, birthdays, etc.
  • The Corner, Inc., 112 Dixie Ln, +1 321-783-8287. One of a kind piercing parlor, exceeds OSHA standards, open till 12AM on weekdays, wonderful reputation, amazing artwork by Michelle and Rob.
  • Cocoa Beach Pier, 401 Meade Ave, [2]. Restaurants, Bars, Gift Shops, and Fishing. Sport equipment can be rented here, as well.
  • Cocoa Beach Sportfishing Charters, 800 Scallop Dr, 1-321-848-2662. [3]. Deep Sea Fishing Charters, Sportfishing, Trolling and Bottom Fishing. Children Welcome.
  • Fairvilla Megastore, 500 Thurm Blvd (just South of Port Canaveral on A1A / N. Atlantic Ave.), +1 321-799-9961, [4]. M-Sa 9AM-2AM & Su 10AM-2AM. Intimate apparel, exotic fashions, sensual accessories, romantic gifts, playful novelties, passionate books and tantalizing movies!
  • Ron Jon's Surf Shop, 4151 N. Atlantic Ave., +1 321-799-8888, [5]. "One of a kind!" This is the place to be to meet some locals, check out a few boards, and even get some clothes and keepsakes for others.
  • Cocoa Beach Concierge, 321-302-8582, [6]. Cocoa Beach & Canaveral Hotels for Less. Vacation and Save!  edit
  • Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty, 2200 South Orlando Avenue, +1 407-783-1350. The best seafood place in Cocoa Beach!! Really good food, decent service, moderately priced food ($12-$20) Make sure to sit by the windows, to get the view.
  • Tokyo Japanese Steak House, 5840 North Atlantic Avenue, +1 407-799-0058. This is a fantastic Japanese steak house.. it's family owned and operated, and the family has a lot of personality. Each cook comes out and cooks in front of you, doing tricks like making volcanoes out of onions, and fire tricks and what not. Choose two meats from: shrimp, steak, and chicken, comes with rice and sauces. :)
  • Abitino's Italian. This is a fabulous restaurant right off the beach! Come in any time for some pizza, and pasta. Moderately priced, pizza by the slice.
  • Barrier Jacks, 410 N Atlantic Ave, +1 321-784-8590 Quite a surprising little restaurant, serving a variety of great food at reasonable prices. Seafood, Mexican, BBQ, and more.
  • Azteca two Mexican rest, 1600 n atlantic ave cocoa beach (Inside the resort on cocoa beach), 321-784-1188. Mexican food  edit
  • Time Out Sports Bar, 1275 N Atlantic Ave, +1 321-783-2252.
  • Paddy Cassidy's Irish Pub, 2011 N Atlantic Ave, +1 321-783-0810.
  • Lido Cabaret, 104 Cleveland Ave, +1 321-784-1022.
  • Azteca two, 1600 n Atlantic ave, 321-784-1188. Mexican food and best margaritas  edit
  • Azteca two Mexican rest, 1600 n Atlantic ave, 321-784-1188. Mexican food  edit
  • Roberto's Little Havana (Yumm, Yumm Good), 26 N Orlando Ave Cocoa Beach, FL 32931-2911 (On A!A just north of downtown Cocoa Beach), [7]. onday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.. We have had the pleasure of dining at Robertos Little Havana in Cocoa Beach quite a few times and we have never been let down. The staff is friendly, the seating is open and comfortable and the service is lightning quick...most important, the food is GREAT. Recommend Bistec a la Milanesa, Tres Leches, Tropical Cerveza (brewed in Melbourne) and the maduros are nice. Prices are very reasonable and kids are welcome and treated well. Kids menu is good. Love it. reasonable.  edit
  • Doubletree Cocoa Beach Ocean Front Hotel, 2080 N Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL 32831, 321-783-9222, [8].  edit Situated along a gleaming stretch of white-sand Atlantic beach, the Doubletree Hotel Cocoa Beach Oceanfront is an oasis of luxury and comfort in the Sunshine State. This enchanting Cocoa Beach Florida hotel features newly renovated guest rooms and suites - each with an ocean view.
  • Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, 1550 N Atlantic Avenue, 800-526-2609, [9].  edit
  • Holiday Inn, 1300 N Atlantic Ave, +1 321-783-227, [10].  edit
  • Ramada Inn, 900 Friday Rd, [11].  edit
  • Cape Canaveral is home to Kennedy Space Center and Patrick Air Force Base.
  • Port Canaveral is the home base to many cruise ships, including ships of the Disney, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival Cruise lines. There are also seafood restaurants at the port. Nice place to watch the giant ships, smaller craft, and sea birds.
  • The Canaveral Lock allows boats to travel from the Atlantic/Port Canaveral to the Indian River. It's a little hard to locate, but visitors can watch small boats as they are lifted a small amount to compensate for tidal differences between ocean and river. Free.
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Cocoa Beach, Florida
—  City  —
Coordinates: 28°19′52″N 80°36′47″W / 28.33111°N 80.61306°W / 28.33111; -80.61306
Country  United States
State  Florida
County Brevard
 - Total 15 sq mi (39 km2)
 - Land 4.9 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 - Water 10.1 sq mi (26.3 km2)
Elevation 0 ft (0 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 12,482
 Density 832.1/sq mi (320.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 32931-32932
Area code(s) 321
FIPS code 12-13175[1]
GNIS feature ID 0280609[2]

Cocoa Beach is a city in Brevard County, Florida, United States. The population was 12,482 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2005, the city had a population of 12,435. [1].


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