The History of Cocoa Beach,
- Cocoa Beach Casino - Noon
City Seal Adopted
Considered the construction of a Pier
Hired Mr. Joseph E. Graig, Consulting
Engineer, to build the pier
Motion adopted in order to encourage building
in Cocoa Beach, no taxes, would be levied on improvements on any lots, and
that all business be exempt from taxes for the ensuing two years, 1925 &
Plans & Specifications drawn up for " white
way" (Street Lights)
The Mabel Cody Flying Circus & Auto Racing
Association approved to hold a function on
Birthday, with ten events, three
with Mabel Cody, all at a cost of $150 paid by the Town.
Leave of Absence granted to City Clerk - July
through October. She would attend to all matters that may come up by
correspondence. (This leave was granted every summer to Eva O. Pulsipher)
Mayor Gus Edwards allowed $10.00 per month
rent for the use of the Town Hall, from July 1, 1928, this amount to be
applied on town taxes as he may direct.
Commission purchased a large Marvin safe from
Gus C. Edwards, at $150.00, this amount to be applied on his taxes due to
Mr. Jack DeLysle, Chairman of Traffic &
Publicity of the Atlantic Coastal Highway Association, with headquarters
in Norfolk, Va. addressed the Commissioners that his Association would
assist the City in
opening the Atlantic Coastal Highway down the Peninsula
near the ocean and via Cocoa Beach.
Authority given to hire an Attorney for the
Municipality, provided the Attorney fees can be paid by delinquent taxes
on lots purchased by or through him, but not to be paid in cash from other
Gus C. Edwards requested the City to secure a
sum of money from the Federal Government for the erection of 100 houses
for superannuated Industrial Workers.
Thanked Mr. Treadway, Chairman of the Department
Of Transportation (DOT) for his
help in opening State Rd. No. 140 from Cocoa Beach to Eau Gallie Beach and
asked the DOT to send equipment to double track the road and place a hard
substance in the ruts where needed.
Gus C. Edwards meets with Commissioners
asking that the City secure Government aid for projects: mosquito and sandfly eradication and control and certain cleanup jobs.
Glen Lanson appointed Deputy Marshall to act
in emergencies at night or at other times to be paid at the rate of $.25
First initial steps established to contact
Suit entered against the Town by Ocean Beach
Improvement Co & the Peninsula Land Company (owned by Gus Edwards) for the
withdrawal of certain lands (Snug Harbour) from the corporate limits,
Chancery Suit No. 4261.
Letter read by Mayor Pulsipher from Southern
Bell Telephone & Telegraph Company, indicating that they are contemplating
extending their line to and through Cocoa Beach. They would like to
meet with the City Commission to review this proposal.
Further endorsing the building of a harbor at
Canaveral and disapproving such construction in the vicinity of Eau Gallie,
manifestly in opposition to the Canaveral project.
Asking that State Road No. 140 be permanently
routed through Orlando Avenue of said Town, instead of Atlantic Avenue.
A tree fund was started for the planting of
Australian Pines along Atlantic Avenue. Plantings to start in October
after the hot and dry summer season.
The Commission discussed the matter of
proposed erection of 50 houses under the Defense Housing Authority and the
Federal Works Administration. Many questions: mainly trying to obtain a
water works grant from the State for $5,000.00.
Messrs Paul R. Thomas & J. F. Canaday,
representing the Cocoa Beach Improvement Co. addressed the City Commission
on their option on blocks of property West side of Atlantic Ave at the South
End for the construction of fifty houses for renting to officers and
employees at the Naval Air Base. It was noted that these plans should not
interfere with the plans of Messrs Trafford and Kenney and their proposal
to construct housing.
Engineer Michael presented detailed plans for
the proposed projects: waterworks - $22,250, paving - $5,500. and town hall
Letter from Gus Edwards to City Commission:
That the "Lion and the Lamb lie down together" and make peace that Mr.
Edwards has and will later pay considerable sums of money in taxes and
wished to advise with the Commission as to the spending of this money. In
exchange for this, he proposes to have dismissed the suit now pending for
removal of certain lands from the corporate limits. Reply: The Commission
desires to be fair toward all taxpayers. It has no friends to reward or
"enemies to punish and reserves the right to spend money paid in where
they deem it most advisable and to the best advantage of Cocoa Beach."
Approved the purchase of a second hand filing
cabinet for $27.50. Commission taking cognizant of the fact that such
furniture is growing scarce due to the war.
Discussion as to the feasibility of procuring
a truck for hauling garbage or the purchase of or leasing of a mule and
wagon for such use also as to whether a contract could be made with the
party handling garbage from the Naval Air Station for collection of
Possible fees discussed for garbage removal:
$15.00 per year, in advance or $1.50 per month or $.50 per week. Pickup 3
days a week.
Discussion that the Town's application for a
grant of 70% of the cost of a waterworks system had been denied at the
Department and since, if this was correct, a grave injustice would have
been done the Town, since the trouble and expense had been taken, incident
to providing a bond issue, it was thought best to see if Col. N. B. Butt,
employed by the Canaveral Harbor District to enlist the support of Senator
Problems with getting roads cut, due to war,
road oil for top dressing of streets could not be obtained.
Mayor Pulsipher reported that he was
experiencing great difficulty in securing necessary hand labor to remove
weeds and undergrowth in streets, that they had many promises but no men
Commission passed an Emergency Ordinance
granted the U. S. Coast Guard permission to install a U. S. Government
Telephone Line through the town. It was recognized that the request was an
emergency based upon the need of said telephone line for use in connection
with the protection of the coast line from invasion and the entry of spies
and saboteurs, that a grave emergency existed, resulting from war,
requiring the immediate passage of the ordinance.
Proposed annulment of the municipal
government of the Town, as proposed by Gus G. Edwards, was discussed. A mail
out drive to citizens to ask their support and cooperation in efforts to
prevent the passage of this proposed Bill to be presented to the
Gus Edwards approached the City asking
permission to install a telephone franchise for local telephone service in
Mr. Carl Schnable, Civil Engineer was given
authority to go ahead with a preliminary survey upon which calculations
could be based for sewage system and paving.
C. W. Monts De Oca appointed part time police
officer (Mr. Monts De Oca was past Secretary for the Florida State DOT).
Rehired Mr. Monts De Oca as police officer
$1.00 per hour.
Monts De Oca Resigned.
Mayor secured a $2,000.00 check for the
Treasurer of United States for possible presentation as binder on the
purchase price of the Monorville & Gotha Utilities.
Robert Michael, representing A. P. Michael
signed a Contract relative to the engineering for the waterworks system.
The removal of Fire Protection, incident to
the closing of the Naval Air Station was reviewed and an investigation of
what equipment they might have available and what would be best suited for
the needs of the town.
Commission reviewed the first sketch of a plan
for a town hall to be erected and asked the architect to make several
corrections and go out for bids.
Gus Edwards offered the City 150 to 200
Brazilian Oak seedlings for use in the town streets. As this type of
seedling is sensitive to salt water, the Commission declined Mr. Edwards'
offer with thanks.
Sidney Fischer, owner of the Surf Cocktail
Lounge, appeared before the Commission and requested that the alcoholic
beverage ordinance be amended to
allow establishments to stay open to 1:00
A.M. Saturdays and not close at midnight. 11-15-48 discussion continued
and a Public Hearing called for 12-2-48.
The matter of organizing a volunteer fire
department was discussed and Mr. Wayne C. Headley was designated to
contact all persons likely to join the organization.
Purchased a 1943 Chevrolet 1 & ½ Ton Fire
Chaise Fire Truck for $2,800.00 plus $200.00 to cover some additional
equipment from H. B. Craven, Jr. Lakeland Florida.
A proposed Ordinance to prohibit driving of
vehicles on the Atlantic Ocean Beach in certain portions of the Town was
defeated due to the overwhelming opposition by the public.
The advisability of a phone being located in
Town Hall was discussed and decided by all of the Commissioners that this
phone was necessary.
Mayor authorized to contact State DOT about a
permit to place a signal light at the intersection of Cocoa Avenue and
Special Meeting to Appoint Engineer Carl
Schnabel to do a survey of the water system of the Town so that concrete
facts could be filed with the H.H.F.A. in Washington and the F.H.A. in
Washington and Miami. Due to the erroneous report that had been started
regarding the Town's water supply, the town could be left out of the
designated Critical Defense Area. The only way to convince the proper
authorities controlling the critical defense set up that the Town of Cocoa
Beach did have adequate water supply, both now and for the future, was to
appoint a reliable engineer.
Mayor announced that the Town of Cocoa Beach
had issued building permits during the year 1951 in the amount of a
County Commission addressed the County's
distance problems with mosquito control by plane spraying, since the City
of Cocoa had sold their airport. The County would be able to purchase 136
acres of land on south end of Merritt Island at a cost of $8,000.00 to be
used as an airport. The City of Cocoa pledged $3,000.00, the City of
Rockledge pledged $1,500 and the City of Cocoa Beach pledged $600.00.
The Cocoa Beach Volunteer Fire Dept., Cocoa
Beach Woman's Club and the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce requested the
use of land owned by the Town to erect a building for use as a recreation
center. This request was granted.
No Improvements Bonds were outstanding and a
levy for Debt Service was not necessary. All improvement bonds were
retired on July 1, 1952.
Mr. Thomas F. Kenney donated 100 feet of his
property on N. Orlando Avenue, in block 100, Lots 28 & 29 for the purpose
erecting a municipal building for a recreation center. He also donated
all the light fixtures and plumbing facilities.
Donations for Construction of Recreation
Center Chamber of Commerce $500., Volunteer Fire Dept. $300. Women's Club
Recreation Center: Purchased Lot 13, Block
33, for $1,000.00 from Gus Edwards
Street markers at the intersections of all
streets in the Town deemed a necessity and Commissioner Godke would
investigate cost and have them installed.
Petition by parents requesting an area
providing a playground and ball field was submitted. The tract of land on
lot 2 was to be surveyed and appropriate markers installed so it could be
cleared for a playground site.
Petition by parents requested the City to
place the proposed Recreation Building on property owned by the City in
Government #2, Section 15.
Thomas Caldwell, Waste Water Superintendent
reported that he could not use his vehicle after the end of the Fiscal
Year, due to the fact that the operation costs exceed the present
allowance for operation 7.5 cents per mile.
Gus C. Edwards in a letter stated that it was
his desire to give to the Town a park of suitable size, whenever the Town
is in a position to accept and maintain the same as a park.
Charter Amendment- These items removed,
authorize the Town to appropriate money and levy taxes for the purpose of
supporting and maintaining hospitals, clinics or other facilities for the
care of humans or animals, either within or without the Town and to
provide for the expenditure of said money, either directly or through
other bodies organized for said purpose.
Gus C. Edwards: City made the following
proposal to Gus Edwards. That all blocks on both sides of Orlando Ave.
which are not now in the Town and presently owned by Mr. Edwards, be
incorporated into the Town and that Blocks 17B and 18A remain in the Town
on condition that the Town immediately begin all necessary proceedings for
the paving of Orlando Avenue from Cocoa Avenue to the south Town limits, all of
Cocoa Avenue lying inside the Town limits and those parts of South 5th, 11th,
and 16th Streets lying between S. Orlando & S. Atlantic Avenue, with the
stipulation to be included that should the Town fail to do this within one
year, Mr. Edwards would then be allowed to take back out of the Town
limits all of the above mentioned blocks and be refunded all taxes paid
for that year on said blocks. Cost of paving - one third by Town, and
abutting property owners.
Speed Limit: The Kiwanis Club requested Town
Commission to increase the speed limit within the Town to 35 mph from 25
mph. Commission approved leaving it at 25 mph.
Planning Commission: First meeting December
Town received $2,314.70 from Electrical
Franchise Fla. Power & Light per Ordinance No. 41. This check showed a
9.5% increase over 1953.
The Garden Club members volunteered to
landscape around City Hall property and requested $150.00 for this
Streets: Streets named after Thomas F. Kenney
and Mr. Pulsipher.
Mayor LaRoche was relieved of the police
commissioner position and the responsibility of the police department was
placed on the shoulders of the entire Commission.
Beginning July 1st the Town contributes $5.00
per month to Cocoa USO.
A conditional contract worked out with Gus
Edwards and others that some eight blocks along Orlando Avenue be brought
into the Town if the Bond Issue is passed and the paving program is
The Volunteer Fire Department "Chuck Wagon"
was discontinued from operation on the beach within the limits of the Town
as it would affect the business as well as others and it would also cause
concessions of that type to come onto the beach.
Recreation Center: The proposed building is
approximately 5,080 sq. ft. and including the parking area for 100 cars,
kitchen equipment, grading and planting and the folding chairs for the
auditorium, the estimated cost would be $36,000.00.
Cocoa Beach Garden Club requested and
received permission to install a new sign at the north entrance into Cocoa
Beach stating "Cocoa Beach. Pleasant Living, Pleasant Folks." They would
landscape it also. The cost to the City would be $62.40.
Bids opened to paint the Fire Truck and
awarded to Hooper Motor Company in the amount of $190.00.
Cocoa Beach Women's Club requested and
received permission to use the Fire Department Garage as a Library.
Mrs. Herman Gaertner, County Library Board,
explained to the Commission that County funds were available to the Cocoa
Beach Library but in order to get this money the Library had to be under
the jurisdiction of the Town. Commissioners Fischer and Smith were
appointed to work with the present Library Board to formulate an
Ordinance to make the present Library a Public Library to be under the
jurisdiction of the Town.
Upon Motion by Commissioner Minella and
Seconded by Commissioner Fischer the speed limit in the Town was raised to
35 miles per hour except one block North of Cocoa Avenue and one block South
of Cocoa Avenue.
Legislature Bill Support: A bill showing that
$30.00 or over will have to be put on bids for purchases of buildings: A
bill whereby the people will elect a Mayor with referendum attached and
that the Town haa a right to place a lien on property for clearing lots.
Mr. B. G. McNabb, Convair Area Representative,
urged the Commission and the citizens of Cocoa Beach to get behind
the expansion of this area to take care of the needs and facilities required
by incoming personnel at PAFB. Mr. McNabb stated that this area is well on
its way toward becoming the guided missile test center of the world and
estimated that his own company is planning to bring in between 300 and 400
families by December 1956. This would represent a minimum of 1.8 million
dollars annually. Mr. McNabb spoke at great length on why Cocoa Beach had
to do something about bringing water into the area before someone else
did, and invited Commissioners Kistler and Jones to discuss this subject
further with him.
The City of Cocoa, Mr. Dyal and Mr. Nesbit
stated to the Commission that the City wants a 30-year franchise with the
Town of Cocoa Beach with which they will purchase outright the complete
water department of Cocoa Beach and furnish to Cocoa Beach residents water
service comparable to the service rendered the residents of Cocoa
property. They recommended that water rates for residents outside the City
limits be slightly higher.
Attorney Meadows briefed the Commission on
his recent trip to Miami and advised the Commissioners to expect Negroes
on the beach this year. Attorney Meadows suggested that if the problem
does arise, that police officers clear the beach of all people regardless
of color. This according to Meadows, is the only solution and at best, it
is only a stalling devise.
Brevard County Board of Commissioners
requested the Town to join in a VHF Sheriff's Radio System. This request
Two Commissioners tried to get the question
of Liquor Sales on Sunday on the ballot this was defeated 2 to 3. Then the
adoption of an Ordinance to allow Sunday sales passed 4 to 1.
The Commission agreed to retain the water plant,
and purchase water at a wholesale rate, should the Cocoa water proposal
Discussion on steps necessary for annexation
of the area being from the North gate of PAFB to the South limits of the
Mr. Jack Davis appeared before the Commission
representing the Volunteer Fire Department. They were facing disbandment
and requested the Commission's help. Nine items were listed. Mr. Davis was
informed that a key to Town Hall was placed in the Surf Club some time ago
and it is always available to firemen.
City Manager Ketcham requested the hiring of
a professional appraiser to do a re-assessment of the City.
Police Chief Brady requested two more men for
busy weekend traffic. Request denied - no money. Maybe we should ban
driving on the beach.
Mr. Henderson & Mr. Steward Clark from the
County School Board addressed the Commission to discuss a proposed Jr. High
School in the City. There are approximately 260 students from Cocoa Beach
attending Merritt Island Schools. A site in this City would generally be
acceptable to the State Dept. of Education. They are planning a 720 pupil
school and their only snag was a site on which to build. A motion was
introduced that the Town sell 3.25 acres of the area presently being used
as a dump, for $1.00 and other valuable consideration to the School Board
for a school site and if not used, the property shall revert back to the
Town. This motion carried unanimously.
Motion passed authorizing Engineer Bostwick
to proceed with a long-range survey (cost not to exceed $500.00) to
provide a sewerage system for the Town of Cocoa Beach, which could be
expanded to serve any anticipated houses (referring to the Jones
Authorized the Town Manager to be relieved of
past Commission action and he may close the City Hall on Saturdays.
Mr. Dayal, City Manager of Cocoa,
water service to every customer within Cocoa Beach, if the town would sell
our water system to Cocoa at a price of $54,000.00.
Mr. Bostwick submitted his final survey
necessary for application and the Town Clerk was authorized to execute and
file with the State Board of Health the application for federal
grant-in-aid under P.L. 660 and that a copy of Mr. Bostwick's report be
forwarded to the State Board of Health for review.
The water extension agreement between Whitmor
Homebuilders, Inc. and the Town of Cocoa Beach was discussed with Mr.
MacNabb of Convair. Mr. MacNabb advised the Commission that unless this
contract was agreed to, he would exert his efforts to prevent annexation
of Convair Cove. After considering the pros and cons of the problem, a
motion was approved to accept the terms as laid out in the contract, with a
provision that seven years be granted for repayment and that the
annexation petition be effective seven years - be inserted.
Created the Cocoa Beach Development Board to:
Investigate the feasibility of bringing light industry to the area. Study
the feasibility of expanding corporate limits and coordinate various functions
of existing advisory boards.
The Recreation Committee submitted its
program and requested permission to proceed with the projects as outlined.
The construction of the Community Building should be started as soon as
possible. The lack of sufficient land for both the swimming pool and the
building presented a major problem. It was moved to accept the
recreational program and proceed with the construction of all projects
except the basketball courts, tennis courts and swimming pool, and that a
decision on the exceptions will be rendered within 45 days.
LaFrance Fire Equipment Company submitted a
bid to furnish a Ford Truck for $10,800.00.
Special Meeting with Appraiser Jack Lietz to
analyze his report on consolidation.
The Town Manager advised the Commission of
the possibility of obtaining State Land in Section 16 as a treatment site
and also reported that the Federal House and Home Finance Agency could buy
our bonds at 4.5%. The location of the new site necessitated changing the
engineering plans and Bostwick was instructed to proceed with a master
plan for sewage coverage extending to the causeway.
City Attorney reported to the Commission
that, in his opinion, Senate Bill #1378 as passed the 1957 Legislature, was
unconstitutional. In view of this opinion, it was unanimously agreed that
the election scheduled for August 3, 1957 be called off.
The purpose of meeting was to execute documents
necessary to complete the sale of the Water System to the City of Cocoa.
The Bill of Sale was executed and an Easement Deed was granted to the
With the acceptance of the Federal Grant
approved, the Commission approved the letter from Mr. Bostwick, outlining
the engineering fees and authorized him to proceed with the contract plans and
specifications for the proposed sewage system.
Mayor of Satellite Beach submitted a bid of
$50.00 for the City's old Fire Truck.
The Commission approved the agreement of lease
and easement for the Convair Cove Annexation and a new Resolution of
Annexation was prepared deleting the date of delivery of this easement
Mr. Harry Pfeiffer, representing the Cocoa
Beach Recreation Board presented plans to the Commission for a proposed
Community Center, a basic building 81' x 90' at an approximate cost of
$45,000.00. Commissioner O'Connor stated that he felt the Commission
should approve these plans and " get the center started."
At the request of the City of Cocoa, the City
of Cocoa Beach's citizens can pay their water bills at Cocoa Beach City
The Commission reviewed the feasibility of
purchasing land and making a municipal parking lot and
meters thereon and throughout the City as a means of revenue.
Purchased 5th Street Right-of-Way between
Orlando and Brevard Avenues for $2,200.00.
Commission Tinker requested that the City
institute preparations for a master zoning plan for the City.
The City rented to the Cocoa Beach Community
Church, for $1.00 a year, the addressograph machine.
Tabled the Beach Ordinance, Closing the Beach
to vehicle traffic, pending the end-streets be opened.
Accepted the offer of Leedy, Wheeler and Alleman
Investment Bankers to purchase the $500.000 issue of Utilities Revenue
The Commission agreed, as a matter of policy,
that all Department Heads, except City Attorney and City Judge, would be
directly responsible to the City Manager in the performance of their
assigned duties. The City Manager would in turn be directly responsible
to the City Commission, as a collective body, for the proper
administration of all City Departments. A Resolution was proposed for a
City Manger Form of Government.
Mr. Porter of Cocoa TV Cable appeared before
the Commission to explain the proposed TV Cable Franchise desired by his
Gasoline Bid approved for
.237 cents per
Public Hearing - Closing the Beach to Vehicle
Traffic - 35 residents want it closed and the merchants being allowed to
express their view point on the subject. The Commission seemed concerned for
both sides of this issue. Several comments regarding mosquotes in the
newspaper. Concerns over possible annexation of more beach property.
Due to a lack of control in issuing building
permits, the Commission adopted by motion a building moratorium until the
building permits can be reviewed by the City Commission.
Chairman of the Planning Board, Col. Jordan,
resigned because the Commission would not establish any authority for the
Planning Board and he stated that with this, he could not work with the
Commission in harmony.
Mr. Tuttle hired to appraise new buildings
additions to the tax rolls.
The Commission decided to open the beach from
1st Street South, North to the City limits. This was done in consort with the
County's action to budget $18,000.00 for the coming fiscal year for
lifeguards and the policing of beach areas North of Cocoa Beach. The
Commission felt that
this would be in accordance with the policy of cooperation with County
Officials and general purpose for the beach area as a whole.
Bid awarded for Garbage & Trash at $8,485.00
Commission established the policy that the
cost of mailing notices for hearings on Zoning Variances would be borne by
Mrs. Gammage outlined library problems. She
reported that the City needs to get with County Officials for a more fair
distribution of library funds. She pointed out that Cocoa is receiving
one-half the funds entitled to Cocoa Beach.
City Attorney Irvin reported the restrictions
required by Mr. Gus Edwards for the deeding of the ball field property to
the City. (300 x 450) Mr. Edwards did not want to consider the deeding of
the Library site until satisfactory arrangements could be worked out on
the ball field.
Commission approved the installation of a
cigarette vending machine at City Hall, as long as the City received a
profit from the machine.
Mr. Burton Smith was retained as the City's
Fiscal Agent on the Sewer Bond Issue.
The City Manager reported that the proposed
fire station site owned by the Cocoa Water Department was unobtainable, but
that Mr. Jake Brodsky has offered to sublease a plot of ground in excess
of 100 x 50 feet at $1.00 per year with the understanding that Mr. Brodsky
would not be liable for any taxes on same.
General Dynamics Corp (Convair) dedicated
Lots 16, 45 thru 48 and 76 in Convair Cove to the City for park and
Approved the street lighting plan as
presented by the Florida Power and Light Company for the Cocoa Isles and
Cocoa Ocean Beach area to Volusia Lane.
Commission considered the resignation under
pressure of Mr. Delaire from Cocoa Beach Elementary School. The School
Board asked Mr. Delaire, under pressure to resign due to the fact that he
allowed his children to attend St. Mary's Parochial School in Rockledge
while serving as principal of a public school.
Mr. Gest requested the Commission to reopen
Cocoa Ocean Boulevard between St. Lucie and Flagler Streets.
Mr. Archer, City Sales, requested permission
to operate his beach wagon on the beach at least on holidays and weekends.
After testimony from several businesses, this request was denied.
The City Manager recommended that the voter
registration books be purged and that the City establish a modern voter
registration system which would provide for lasting the address of the
voter as well as whether or not they are freeholders.
Purchased for $500.00 a conference table and
ten chairs for sale by the Anchorage Mortgage Company.
Mr. Beasley, representing the residents of
River Isles, presented the protestation of the trespassing of commercial
fisherman on their properties, seining the canals and taking large amounts
City Attorney Will Irvin presented a proposed
deed from Gus Edwards, conveying to the City a plat of ground 50 x 150
feet, to be described as " part of left field" bordering the present ball
diamond and field. It was agreed by the members of the Commission to
accept the proposed deed, if certain deed restrictions were released.
The grand opening of the Burris Building was
approved with the appearance of the Cisco Kid and a carousel being brought
Mr. Bud Boyson, representative for Canaveral
Builders, presented a request to annex his new development, Harbor View, a
19 acre tract of land, which lies east of the Banana River, bordered on
the south by 11th Street and on the North by 8th Street, together with the
property on which Mr. Boyson lives.
A letter from the President of the Surf Side
Players, was requesting support and endorsement for their
endeavor in bringing to the beach a social and recreational activity,
together with the privilege of having a play on the beach at some future
Letters received from Satellite Beach
requesting the four laning of A1A and letters to the State making such a
request from the City.
Authorized the expenditure of $600.00 to
support C.B. Business Association celebration call "Rocket Day."
Authorized the purchase of a Drew Permanent
Registration System with forms to be in a quantity not to exceed 2,500 as
the permanent record system for Voters Registration.
Approved a New Library Contract between
Brevard County and the City.
Special Conference with City Commission and
City Library Board. Meeting called to discuss the Library plans as
submitted by Mr. Gus Edwards. Mrs. Ruby Gammage of the Library Board
presented criteria regarding space and location requirements of public
libraries. The building proposed to be donated by Mr. Edwards for location
on City property on Brevard and the Fifth St. S. extension would
reportedly cost $18,000 and be named the Clara M. Edwards Library. It
was decided that the plans submitted would be inadequate. In addition the
proposed location was questioned by the Library Board. It was suggested
that possibly Mr. Edwards would put the money in Trust toward the City
building a larger Library than what Mr. Edwards has proposed. The Library Board
was presently renting quarters in the Kenney Building on North Orlando
Authorized contract for the extension of the
Cocoa Beach Sewer System to Cambron Construction Co. for $375,525.65.
Commission stated that it would consider a
part-time salaried Recreation Director at such time the cost were
The City Manager read letters from the Greyhound
Bus Company and Western Union, regarding local service for Cocoa Beach.
The Greyhound Company considered it not feasible to provide local service
and Western Union replied that it would investigate.
Mr. Jay Shoff, Radio Station WEZY, Cocoa,
requested that the name of Cocoa Beach be changed to Cape Canaveral Beach
or Canaveral Beach and requested an election guide the Commission. Upon
Motion by Tinker this referendum question to change the City's name would
be placed on the next election ballot.
Tree removal along South Atlantic Avenue - that
all property owners effected by the removal of Australian pine trees which
are subject to private ownership in whole or part shall be reimbursed with
cabbage palms on a reasonable basis within the ability of the City.
Funding Goals discussed by the Commission to
be financed by a General Obligation Bond Issue.
- Long list of sidewalks to be installed
- Long list of Street paving especially
Ocean Beach Blvd
- Beautification of main Streets in
General Obligation Bond
- Parks neighborhood in uptown and downtown
area and a public picnic area on ocean
- Purchase 300 ft. of ocean front to river
property for City Hall Recreation Center and Library and Marina to be
financed by GO Bonds and on the ocean side a bathhouse, parking area,
- Fire Stations - for uptown and down town
(Lease option on Brodsky offered site)
- Storm Drainage
- Parking area for uptown and down town -
- Oceanfront land for bathhouse and Parking
- Golf Course - possibly could be financed
by revenue bonds by pledging and increase in occupational licenses of
motels. Could apply for submerged lands from State Internal Improvement
Board. Land located at end of Cocoa Avenue could be considered if
hospital does not use same
- Street lights from downtown to uptown -
Lease from FPL
- Master lifeguard tower - capital outlay -
President of Little League requested
improvements on the Little League field. City Attorney was instructed to
confer with James Edward, attorney for Gus Edwards, on when the lease will
be forthcoming on the field, so the City can have title to the land before
permanent improvements are made.
Approved the request of the Committee for a
Junior College for a donation of $4,500.00 to be used toward the purchase
price of a site for the Brevard County Junior College, said site to be
purchased from the City of Cocoa Water Department and to be situated on
Clear Lake, Cocoa Florida.
Established the Recreation Board of Seven
Members and the Teen Advisory Group.
Roland Meyer offered to sell a 200 ft. strip
from A1A to Ocean for $525, front foot and offered part of cost to trade
for present City Hall property. Offered accepted pending Bond Election.
Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Gralla offer of lots 8,
Block 41, Cocoa Ocean Beach Subdivision for $2,850.00 plus two new fire
hats was accepted by Commission -
North end Fire Station location.
Mr. Saul Feldman representing the Surfside
Players requested permission to construct a theater building for their use
on City owned property, with a site near the elementary school requested.
It was suggested that the Players give the building to the City, and the
City would then lease it to the Players. The Commission instructed the
Citizen survey results: 241 interviews from
adults in parked cars on beach.
Q. Would you prefer a beach closed to traffic?
A. Yes (142-59%); No (89-37%); No answer (10-4%)
Q. Would you use off beach parking, bath house and sanitary facilities?
A. Yes (181-75%); No (54-22%); No answer (6-3%)
Q. Would you be willing to pay a charge to park on a closed beach?
A. Yes (166-68%); No (64-26%); No answer (11-6%)
Q. What would you consider a nominal fee?
A. .25 & under 24 (10%) (Would pay but no fee suggested 12%) .35 8 (3%)
.25 each person (2 responses) .50 76 (32%) .05 hour (1 response) .75 24
(10%) 1.00 29 (12%) don't know 67 (27%)
Survey was approved by Jim Doyle, City
Manager, plus Steering Committee of Citizen's for Better Gov't.
Respondents were from:
Cocoa Beach 15 (6%)
Brevard County 13 (5%)
Florida 112 (46%)
Out of State 24 (10%)
Rockledge, Cocoa, MI 75 (31%)
No answer 2 (2%)
Refreshments - 114 (46%)
Food - 49 (20%)
Gas - 31 (12%)
Lodging - 9 (4%)
None - 63 (26%)
Other - 39 (12%)
City Commission Regular Meeting Ordinance #99
granting franchise to Jaycees for benches in the City to be used as
advertising media passed unanimously at first reading.
Attorney Russell Snow presented Resolution
for a loan from Cocoa Beach State Bank of $25,000 for six months, to be
repaid by sewer assessment Rolls 1 and 2, passed by all present. Load to
be used to complete sewer system in Loveridge.
Jimmy Moore of Eau Gallie, was awarded the contract
for paving 3rd. Street North on low bid of $8,127.70 for soil cement paving.
City to designate lab for testing. Work estimate to be complete in 60
days. Passed by all present.
Brevard Tractor Co. was awarded the bid for
Massey-Ferguson Industrial tractor, model 204, at a cost of $4,175.
Approved by all.
Request by Motel & Restaurant Assoc. for an
ordinance requiring registration of certain persons was passed on first
reading. To be amended so that professional entertainers would not be
Resolution annexing Block A, Venetian Way at
request of owners, Causeway Beach Co., Pine Grove Homes, Robert & Urda
Edgar and Hans & Norma Bruckner; and Lots 1 & 2, Block 104-A, Amended Plat
5th Addition to Cocoa Beach, adopted on motion of Commissioner Spencer.
Ayes, all present.
Ordinance accepting gift of tract of land
from Gus Edwards passed on first reading on motion by Commissioner
Spencer. Ayes, all present. Gift previously accepted by resolution.
Ordinance accepting gift of tract of land
from Graehme Howard passed first reading on motion of Commissioner
O'Connor. Ayes, all present. Gift previously accepted by resolution.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
Ordinance #100 requiring registration, fingerprinting, and photographing
of felons and other persons, etc., passed second reading after amending
registration fee of $3.00 to $1.50.
Ordinance #99, Beach Franchise, granting
Cocoa Beach Jaycees the franchise for public benches with advertising
passed on second reading.
Ordinance #98, Accepting Certain Lands as
gift from Gus and Clara Edwards was read and adopted.
Ordinance #97, Accepting Certain Lands as
gift from Graema K. Howard and wife read and adopted. (98 and 97 corrected
legal error in accepting properties by resolution rather than by
Letter requesting annexation of Sunset
Islands by certain residents living on that Street taken under advisement.
City Attorney mentioned need for assistant
Judge and Commissioner Spencer moved that Leon Stromire, attorney, be
appointed, contingent upon acceptance, as acting Judge during times of
absence of the Municipal Judge.
Authorized loan from Sewer System Revenue
Fund to General Fund in amount of $6,000.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
County Commission is now franchising garbage collection and sanitary
landfills under the jurisdiction of the County Health Dept. effective
9/26. City needs response from contractors regarding possible increase in
cost to city due to increase in transport costs.
Discussion of possible dump sites within
Cocoa Beach. County to help pay extra charges, depending on County's
continued around recent proposal for one-way traffic system, with Cocoa
Avenue one-way east between Atlantic and Orlando and First Street North
one-way west. Police Chief instructed to try out one-way system on or
City Manager reported on sidewalk plans for
Atlantic & Orlando Avenues from First Street North to First Street South.
Building Inspector reported Cocoa Beach came
through Hurricane Donna with no real structural damages to buildings. He
also stated licensing examinations for building contractors would be
coordinated with the County so that City could license contractors already
licensed by County without further examinations. City Commission voted to
grant authority for Building Inspector to coordinate with County in this
Ed Sprow appointed assistant Building
Ordinance #101 - Occupational license
revision passed on first reading.
City Commission Special Meeting
Cocoa Isles Third Addition, Section A accepted after recommendation by the Planning & Zoning Board. Cashier's check $5,339.90 held by
the City covering
estimated cost of street, drainage, sewerage, and water improvements.
Levied Special Assessment for sewer system
for Projects 3B & 3C (Loveridge) setting Public hearing for October 13,
1960 with legal advertisement September 29, and October 6, adopted.
Ordinance #101 - Occupational License Taxes;
read, amended and adopted on second reading.
Resolution petitioning the Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Fund of the State of Florida to transfer title to
certain described land to the City of Cocoa Beach, Florida, for Public
Interceptor sewer and sewerage collection
system, Project 3-B and 3-C authorized by City Commission resolution,
adopted July 13, 1959, completed at a cost of $139,748.15; special
assessment of $3.00 per front foot levied against lots and lands
described, which have benefited from the new system; expected total
revenue $24,236.38 front feet, adjoining and contiguous or abound and abut
upon one of the streets, avenues, etc. (Special assessment Roll #3, less
names and addresses of owners
City Commission Regular Meeting:
City Attorney instructed to set up election, acknowledging the petition on
Sunset Island residents requesting annexation.
Resolution annexing Cape Canaveral Hospital
Site (approx.49 acres) on State Road right-of-way was adopted.
Emergency Ordinance amending Ordinance #93 by
changing date to 12/30/60 by which persons, firms, or companies owning
occupied buildings or structures within the City of Cocoa Beach which
front or abut on the sanitary sewer system shall have to connect such
facilities to the sanitary sewer system was adopted and passed by all
City Commission Special Meeting: Public
hearing on Sewer Assessment Roll #3 covering "Loveridge" area.
Mr. Ed Lauden,
104 W. Suwannee Lane objected that he would have to pay twice for pipe
since stated sewer hook up does not meet full length of his property.
Mayor Kenney said City would meet his line and take care of his problem.
No other objections being made, Public Hearing was closed.
Discussion regarding conflict between Cocoa
Beach Cab Co. Attorney, and Attorney for James Hodges, over formers
objection to the issuance of permit for latter to operate a cab company.
Attorney for Cocoa Beach Cab stated it was against government code for any
military personnel to go into business in competition against a resident of
the Community in which the personnel are attached. Attorney for Mr. Hodges
claimed Cocoa Beach Cab failed to comply with City Ordinance in licensing
permit in purchase of Missile Cab Co. unintentionally creating a monopoly
not in the best interest of the public. A decision was postponed pending
further investigation of the allegations.
City Commission Special Meeting:
A decision was made to stencil "anti-litter" slogans on sidewalks
throughout the City. The City of Public Works to be involved in the
City Manager reported County Recreation
Director, Ralph Carter, advised that County would contribute $1,500 for
Little League Field lighting, thereby helping the City obtain mercury
lights. Money provided on the basis of the field being used for softball
and hard ball, and that the City should not expect another like sum next
year from the County.
City Attorney read an Ordinance setting up
procedures for holding elections for areas wishing to be annexed. Passed
on first reading.
It was reported the trial plan for one-way
Cocoa Avenue and 1st Street North would be in effect Monday.
Ordinance #102 establishing procedures for
Annexation Elections passed on second reading. Discussion of controversy
over plan for a new Teen Center. Can the City give up City property to a civic
organization? Can it be used only by teens? How to control costs? Another
meeting to be set up to clarify misunderstandings.
Ordinance #104 establishing the qualifying fee
for Candidates for Mayor-Commissioner or City Commissioner adopted after
Ordinance #105 accepting dedication of
certain streets, avenues, boulevards, drives alleys, parks, promenades,
beaches, easements and other public ways or thoroughfares adopted after
the second reading.
Resolution requesting Brevard County pave,
resurface certain roads serving Cocoa Beach Elementary School was adopted.
Resolution accepting paving and sanitary and
drainage Sewer Lines and utility Easements for all portions of Cocoa Isles
4th addition were adopted.
Attorney Robert McGregor stated that his client,
Mr. Hodges dba Canaveral Cabs had to withdraw his application since he is
a serviceman and a letter objecting to his operation of the taxi firm had
been sent to the military.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
City Attorney instructed to draw up a resolution to purchase and install
the traffic light (estimated cost $4,000), which would probably be approved by
the State Road Dept. For intersections of Orlando and Cocoa Avenue and
Atlantic and Cocoa Ave.
Tally of votes of Sunset Island Annexation
Referendum of December 13th was read with 11 for and `10 against, and the
one absentee ballot was opened which tied the vote. Election declared a
Bud Boysen, President of Canaveral Builders,
stated his company had received approval of the plat of Section 3 of
Harbor View before the City adopted subdivision or new zoning regulations.
His company had worked with the City Engineer in installing sanitary
facilities to meet City requirements. He is now caught in the middle of
Chairman of the Zoning Board, E.P. Bertram,
gave the reasons for the decision to deny a variance stating they did not
feel they could pass on the City's moral obligation.
Commissioner Spencer stated he felt City had
a moral obligation in this case since the builder had attempted to work
with City long before the subdivision was platted. Commissioner Spencer moved an
exception be granted. Motions approved.
Ordinance #59 B amending ordinance #59
regulating the operation of taxicabs in Cocoa Beach was adopted as amended
after second reading. Adopted.
General discussion on applications for City
taxi permit: One from Mr. Fred Osborn, owner of Brevard Taxi of Melbourne,
and Mr. Ed Kowal of Brevard Transit. Commissioner O'Connor moved the
second taxi permit be awarded at the next meeting between the two filed
applicants. 4 Ayes; Commissioner Ballentine abstained.
Reginald Knight, Architect, showed plans and
presented copies of specifications for the Branch Public Safety Bldg. #1,
and explained alternate bids called for with a rough estimate of cost at
$20,000. Bid notice advertised, bid opening date 1/25/61.
Resolution requesting State Road Dept. do a
traffic study for intersections of Cocoa and Atlantic and Cocoa and
Orlando Avenues, was adopted.
Resolution extending corporate limits of
Cocoa Beach by Annexing South Orlando Ave. Road and right of way only,
between center line 11th St. South and North line of lot 6 block 17B, 3d
addition to Cocoa Beach, adopted.
Invitation to attend Open House of Teen
Center January 7th.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
Notice to be given regarding permit holders that City plans to draw up an
require metered cabs.
City Commission Regular Meeting (continued)
Reggie Berkowitz, building contractor for an apartment house on Flagler
Lane and Ocean Beach Blvd. stated he had been denied a building permit to
construct an apartment building. His property is zoned C-1, however, the
building inspector interpreted a required zoning of R-2. City
Attorney's opinion as to land use is that only Section VII, C-1
classification could be used, and as long as parking spaces and setback
requirements are met, the building permit could not be denied. The
Commission instructed the Building Inspector to issue same.
Mr. Teghtmeyer requested interpretation of
zoning ordinance relative to auto sales in C-2 general commercial
district. He wants to open an auto sales lot with display room and
servicing area in Block 105, North Orlando Ave. Between 2d & 3d St. N.
Present ordinance does not permit car sales in C-2.
Commissioner Spencer moved to suggest
Planning & Zoning Board review C-2 Classification with the possibility of
amending the ordinance. Motion passed.
Motion adopted to authorize a loan up to
$29,000 with Cocoa Beach State Bank to pay for paving of Loveridge
Streets. Sewer assessment receipts to be applied to repay the loan.
Paving project progressing with 11th, 13th, &
15th Streets South finished; 14th and16th Streets South in progress. County
District #2 had helped with two streets in Loveridge.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
Ordinance #108 - Taxicab rates within Corporate Limits of City: 35 cents
minimum fare 10 cents each quarter mile. Adopted.
City Commission Special Meeting:
City Attorney Irvin read the Bill amending City Charter that the City is
requesting our Representative to introduce in the coming session of the
State Legislature, explaining The previous Commission approved them.
Amendment reads (summarized) - ...the word "Commissioner" in Charter shall
include the Mayor-Commissioner; Authority for city police to make arrests
within 2 miles of City limits when in "pursuit" of alleged violator; power
to issue bonds payable from certain proceeds; Power to issue negotiable
bonds to finance or refinance construction or Acquisition of property;
authority to annex by resolution areas completely Surrounded by city
limits; authority to annex by resolution upon written petition By a
majority of registered resident freeholders contiguous to city limits; all
Official acts, ordinances, and resolutions passed by City Commission since
Adoption of Charter are made legal.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
Agreed consideration be given to the downtown and uptown future parking; to
locating the library building in the downtown area; to the possibility of
tying parking land in with the library location; and of separating fire
hall from City hall since the fire underwriters state the fire station
must be within the mercantile area.
Chairman of Recreation Board presented
drawings for improvements to beach park in front of Vanguard and
Astrocraft Motels. The Board is requesting the City name this park after
Mr. Louis Scalzo and Mr. B.C. Wyatt of the
County USO Committee requested City to help USO establish a facility,
primarily for sailors who have been arriving at the Port in increasing
numbers. They were asking Cocoa Beach to provide a facility or contribute
toward renting of one. (Request to be considered in new budget.)
Discussion on problem of minors having BB
guns and air rifles in their possession. City Attorney directed to draw up
ordinance prohibiting sale or possession of same.
Ordinance prohibiting sale to or possession
by a minor of BB guns adopted.
Request of USO for $1,800 was cut from budget
since Commission did not feel the
City was in a position to subsidize the USO, and facilities were available
at Patrick AFB for servicemen coming into the area.
Ordinance #112 - prohibiting sale to a minor
or possession by a minor of any air rifle BB gun, slingshot, or
switchblade knife read on second reading. Age of minor amended from 21 to
18 years. Motion for #112 as amended adopted.
Letter read from Cocoa Beach Library Board
asking to be included in the bond issue as a single item. Board
recommended approximately 5000 sq. ft. of floor space as a minimum to
serve population of 20,000. The City Manager is to respond saying all
consideration would be given to their request.
Letter read from Planning & Zoning Board
stating they voted to deny petition of Sandspur Food & Drink Bar, 4301
Ocean Beach Blvd, for variance to permit dancing on a covered, ocean front
pavilion, as not in the best interest of the City.
City Commission Regular Meeting: Ordinance
#91, amending exhibit A (zoning map)
Changing zoning of Lots 1, 2, and east 42.5ft of Lot 3, Block 27, Cocoa
Ocean Beach subdivision from R-1 (single family dwelling district) to R-2
(multiple family dwelling district) read second time; motion adopted.
Motion on second reading to require
applicants for City Occupational Licenses as Building Contractors or
subcontractor to have competency certificate from Brevard County. Motion
City Commission Regular Meeting: City Manager
explain a letter from "Florida Free
Highways, Inc." requesting resolution opposing validating proceedings on
the Sunshine State Parkway Extension from Fort Pierce to Orlando, due to
the fact that federal funds may be lost for that portion for I95 that parallels
the toll turnpike. After discussion, a motion to authorize City Manager to
draft such a resolution was adopted.
A vote to provide $1,700 to decorate downtown
and causeway for Christmas was passed.
Resolution annexing lots one through seven in
block 53 and that part of block 58 of Escambia Lane extended west of and
between the center line of the Banana River and the south line of lot 7,
block 53, extended west to and into the waters of Banana River in Cocoa
Ocean Beach subdivision, according to the plat of said subdivision recorded
in Plat Book 10, page 16 of the Public Records of Brevard County.
City Manager Doyle suggested the City
authorize tax exemption on fallout shelters, such as the County Tax Assessor
has done, to encourage construction. Such shelters could be incorporated
as multipurpose rooms in homes being built. City Attorney requested to
write a legal opinion from the Florida Attorney General to determine if
such tax exemption can be granted, and directed a resolution be drawn if
no objection is found.
City Manager brought up the need for a Civil
Defense plan, to be worked out with the local Civil Defense & Military
authorities, along with the updating of the City's blackout ordinance.
City Commission Regular Meeting: Resolution
authorizing the City
Manager to file an Application for Federal Grant for Sewage Treatment
Works to be constructed by the City of Cocoa Beach. Grant request in
amount of $107,100 would enable the City to begin some of the needed
expansion to the sewer plant and system. Resolution adopted.
City Commission Special Meeting:
Called a public hearing on extension of sanitary sewer system to Sunset
Drive, to Surf Drive and Wavecrest Drive and to that portion not
previously served or assessed on the east side of Atlantic Ave., and on
Orange Ave. and on Ocean Beach Blvd. City Manager Doyle read the
Resolution adopted 8/17/61, calling for the public hearing. No written
objections were received and there was one present at the public hearing
Robert Lockrow of Bee Line Helicopter of
Orlando was present and stated his firm is contemplating a shuttle service
between Cocoa Beach and Orlando and Melbourne Airports. He has permission
Holiday Inn for a heli-stop behind the hotel. He assured the
Commission his helicopters met all FAA requirements, which the site would
be acceptable to the FAA and that noise would not be a problem since his
copters are muffled and are smaller than military copters flying over the
area. The Commission expressed interest in encouraging the service to the
area. The City Attorney cited difficulty in permitting such in a C-1 zoned
area and it would require an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
Letter from Planning and Zoning Board requesting construction of Bar-VIN
apartments on North Atlantic Avenue be stopped until a permit is secured, and
that a fine be imposed for not securing the permit before construction.
Commission consensus reached that if the lot does not front for at least 25'
on a public dedicated street, then it must be accessible by a dedicated
access street of at least 30' width, and building plans must show such
frontage before permit is issued. City Attorney felt there was not
sufficient justification to cite the builder for violation of the
ordinance, as the City has some responsibility, if there was verbal
permission from a city official.
Ordinance 4-61 levying taxes for the year
1961 on real and personal property at assessed valuation of $31,215,999
less exemptions, at eight mills, was passed on first reading.
Henry Landwirth, on behalf of Chamber of
Commerce, requested a letter to State Road Board, stating the City is
willing to take over the wayside park on Route 520, and then to turn over
part of the park to Jaycees to build a welcome station for the Chamber of
Commerce. Motion to accept the request passed by all present.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
Ordinance 4-61 levying taxes for 1961 adopted on second reading.
City Attorney read ordinance regulating the
beach for first reading. Passed as amended.
Mayor Kenny read a letter of resignation from
James Doyle, City Manager, requesting he be relieved of his duties after
October 5, 1961. The Mayor expressed appreciation for the work done by
City Attorney Irvin thanked Doyle saying "his
time and talent (were given) without regard for his personal life and his
devotion to the City has left it a better place."
City Manager's resignation accepted with
City Commission Regular Meeting: Meeting
recessed at 7:50 p.m. and resumed 8:00 p.m. at Cocoa Beach Elementary
School, where a Public Meeting was held on the proposed general obligation
Item #1 - New library building estimated at
$50,000 for 5,000 sq. ft. Lots to be purchased from Gus Edwards for
$5,000, who requests the library be named after his wife. The Library
Board wishes the library to remain in the downtown area.
Item #2 - Municipal Building, which would
include City Hall, Fire Station, and Police Station. Jay Davis has offered
his services to City at no charge (accepted) with City paying costs for
drafting and blue- printing directly to draftsman and printer. Cost
Item#3 - Option secured on 200 ft. south of
City Hall on Orlando and for another 75 ft. to the west on Cocoa Avenue
for about $50.000 to be used for off-street parking.
Item#4 - City to secure oceanfront property
for parking, recreation, and bathhouses, since the price is getting very
high. (Show of hands -- the majority present favored some oceanfront land
Item#5 - Commission considering about $50,000
Item #6 - $400,000 would be needed for
street, sidewalk and drainage construction to improve downtown and uptown
Second public hearing set for October 12,
Public Hearing on General Obligation Bond
issue. Sidewalks would be assessed on front foot basis. $1 per ft. with
assessment at 100% of cost in commercial zones, and 50% in residential
zones, no assessment where abut on side of lots.
Fiscal agent BJ Van Ingen & Co: 1 million
dollars for 22 years, 27 years and 30 years bonds. He compared estimate
growth curve of city over past 3 years with actual growth showing greater
increasing of taxable value over that anticipated.
George King reported on recreation board
Mayor Kenny reported no oceanfront property
has as yet been located.
Report on Daytona Beach's bathhouse was
given. Meeting adjourned. Third Public Meeting to be held in November.
City Commission Regular Meeting: David Porter
attorney for Walter Harrell & Assoc. Presented a 3-year contract for
supplying Xmas decorations at a cost of $5,100 ($800 first year; $2375
second and third years). Number of decorations increased from 34 to 41
with the City paying for three and Harrell supplying an additional four. City
Attorney stated public liability insurance in amount of $100,000 and
$300,000 should be secured by the contractor. (Porter said that was
agreeable) Contracted adopted with clause for insurance.
Resolution calling for Special Election for
submission to the Freeholders who are qualified Electors residing in the
City of Cocoa Beach the question of the Issuance of $60,000 Library Bonds;
$130,000 Municipal Building Bonds; $400,000 Street Improvement Bonds;
$55,000 Public Park Improvement Bonds; $230,000 Municipal Land Bonds; to
be held November 28, 1961 was read by City Attorney. Resolution also
established registration dates. Adopted.
Regular Meeting (continued) City Attorney
Irvin reported a letter from the State Attorney General indicated he
believes fallout shelters can be exempted from taxes.
City Commission Regular Meeting: Instructed
the City Attorney to draw up an ordinance vacating and closing that portion of
Banks Street between Holly and Tulip Avenues to remain in full force and
effect for one year from date of passage and thereafter only if within one
year period a 100-unit motel or other similar improvement has been
Authorization to install storm drain from
northwest corner of Volusia Lane and Banana River Blvd. to the 24" drain
one-half block north of Volusia was approved. Cost estimate $500.
A letter was read from the Cocoa Beach
Chamber of Commerce conveying Gus Edward's offer to begin a fund to
investigate David Brinkley for his recent TV program on Cocoa Beach. No
Public Hearing at Cocoa Beach Elementary
School: Bond proposal presented by Commissioner Ketcham on streets,
drainage, and sidewalks through map display. Recreation Board Chairman
King presented the proposal.
Ben Ricker, President Jaycees, presented
slides of Vero Beach oceanfront park improved by Jaycees and turned over
to City of Vero Beach.
Mayor Kenney explained average cost per year
to homeowner for proposed $930,000 would be 1 and ½ mills.
City Clerk Kay Wright reported on absentee ballots. Unofficial returns on
bond issue showed passage of all six items on the ballot.
Special Meeting Ballots and returns of
Special Bond Election were reviewed. Resolution adopted for bonds.
Jerry Singer formally appointed City Manager
effective December, 1961.
Contract awarded Albert J. Tuttle to appraise
properties within the City for the 1962 tax rolls.
City Commission Regular Meeting: City
Attorney directed to draw up an ordinance making the City a bird
Mayor Kenny reported the City had received a
contract for purchase of 300 ft. of ocean-front land at $600 front foot
located 420 ft. North of Satellite Motel. City Attorney discussed contract
and agreed to closing sale within 15 days after receipt of proceeds of GO
bond. Authorization to proceed passed.
Regular meeting (continued) Approval of 22
year maturity schedule for GO bonds adopted.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
Ordinance closing, vacating, and abandoning part of Banks Street, and
renouncing, disclaiming and discontinuing all right, title, and interest
therein of the city was read on first reading by City Attorney. Title to
same to revert to City if within 6 months construction on a 100 unit motel
has not begun.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
Discussion on Ordinance closing, vacating and abandoning part of Banks
Street, and Renouncing, disclaiming and discontinuing all rights, etc. of
the City read a second time. It was stated there was still a "for sale"
sign posted on the property and that it remains on the local market. The
Commission indicated it did not favor closing the street for speculation
purposes. Vote on the second reading of Ordinance was tabled.
City Attorney Irvin reported requesting bond
attorneys to have a resolution on the GOB ready for next week. It would
probably be February 1 before the City would get petition for validation and
near end of March before the bonds could be sold.
Estimate received of $1800 for paving Banana
River Blvd for the Venetian Way Developers to pave the City's 10 ft.
Portion. Estimate only about $180 more than City Engineer estimate.
City Manager Singer recommended Acting Police
Chief William Walker be appointed as Chief, with a salary increase to $110
per week. Appointment approved.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
Ordinance #115 establishing Lands Within the City of Cocoa Beach as a Bird
Sanctuary and Prohibiting the Intentional Killing or Injuring of any Bird
within the corporate limits of the City was read on second reading.
Mayor Kenney read letters from the Planning
and Zoning Board advising of following actions:
Granting of conditional use for a nursing
home on the west portion of parcel 14 of Young & Metzner subdivision.
Disapproval of request for variances on rear
and side yard setbacks on Lot 3 Block A Parsons addition.
Recommendation zoning change from R1 (single)
to R2 (multiple) for Lot 14 Block 35 Cocoa Beach subdivision.
Results of discussion on possibility of
infringement of zoning ordinance at Jake's Bowlarama.
Requested clarification of Zoning Board's
authority if it is felt they have acted In excess of authority.
Meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. February 1
between City Manager and Zoning Board to clarify understanding of
City Attorney requested adoption of a
resolution calling for submitting the $930,000 General Obligation Bond for
validation. Resolution passed.
Letter from City Engineer Bostwick, stated
Bahama Road in Cocoa Isles 5th addition, Samar Road in Cocoa Isles 4th
addition had been completed in accordance with specifications of the
City's subdivision ordinance and recommended acceptance upon receipt of 12
months maintenance bonds. Maintenance bonds were shown and $10,000
mortgage deed was released upon motion by Commissioner Spencer. Motion
City Commission Regular Meeting: City
Attorney reported petition for validation of General Obligation Bonds had
been received which he will file with the Court and the City could expect
to know by the end of next week when it will be on the Court Docket.
An amendment to Ordinance #91 (Zoning
Ordinance) changing classification of Lot 14 block 35 Cocoa Beach
subdivision from R-1 to R-2, adopted.
City Commission Special Meeting:
Proclamation declaring week of February 7-13 as Boy Scout Week adopted.
Ordinance #116 closing, vacating, abandoning,
etc. part of Alley located between lots 20 & 21 and lots 22 & 23, block
100 plat of first addition to Cocoa Beach, subject to certain conditions
adopted on second reading.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
City Attorney Irvin on second reading of Ordinance #114, prohibiting a
person from maintaining certain nuisances as herein defined on any real
property located within The City of Cocoa Beach. Adopted.
Second reading of Ordinance #91 (Zoning
Ordinance) for changing classifications from R-1 to R-2 adopted.
City Attorney read Ordinance establishing a
free Public Library in the City of Cocoa Beach providing for the
administration and operation of said Library. First reading. Passed by all
City Commission Regular Meeting:
Ordinance #117 establishing a Free Public Library adopted on second
Planning & Zoning Board's recommendations:
Annex tract of land being purchased by Aerospace Corp for an office
building As C-1.
Approve request of First Christian Church for
construction of a church building on a parcel of land fronting South
Brevard Avenue, north of 5th Street and east Of Sunset drive.
Request to Brevard County Zoning Board to
zone area north of Sunset Garage C-1 for the first 400 ft. From A1A
westerly and the remaining property to west As R-2.
City Attorney reported General Obligation
Bond Issue was validated at 2:45 today. Now follows the 20 day appeal
City Manager requested authority to negotiate
borrowing funds to purchase oceanfront land, since option is up, until the
bond money becomes available. Commission agreed but requested further
explanation why it would take so long to secure money from bonds.
City Commission Special Meeting:
City Attorney Irvin read, for the record, the completed Resolution on
Assignment of $180,000 from the GOB to the Cocoa Beach State Bank for
advance cash to purchase oceanfront land under option. Resolution adopted.
City Commission Organizational Meeting:
Commissioner Ketcham appointed Mayor Pro-tem. He then asked for
nominations for Municipal Judge. Commissioner Irvin moved Robert McGregor
be appointed to continue as Municipal Judge. Ayes: all present.
Frank Wolfe then appointed City Prosecutor;
Leon Stromire appointed City Attorney; Ayes: all present.
Jerry Singer appointed City Manager; Kathleen
Wright to continue City Treasurer and Tax Assessor.
Various names appointed to Recreation Board,
Library Board, and Zoning Board.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
Status of police boat: patrolling past two weekends - no arrests made.
Plans underway for school of handling boats.
Commissioner Irvin advised he had reviewed
provisions of proposed deed for gift purchase of land from Gus Edwards for
new library. Under proposed deed, city cannot ever sell the land, city can
breach the deed and then turn around and buy it back, but must do so at
value then placed on property. City is talking about putting $50,000
building on this land and therefore deed should be much simpler and maybe
the city should just purchase the land outright.
Commissioner Irvin requested to contact James
Edwards on basis the City will be glad to take title, give mortgage, name
wing after Clara Edwards, but wants deed without restrictions.
Ordinance #91A providing for mobile food and
drink concessions in ocean beach district presented. Further amended to
include sale of cigarettes and tobacco products. Motion seconded for
purposes of discussion. Further amended to include sun tan lotions and sun
glasses. Ordinance #91A as amended adopted.
Bid accepted for mobile-marine
transmitter-receivers for GE equipment to be used for lifeguard vehicle,
public works superintendent truck and sewer superintendent's truck.
George King on behalf of Recreation Board,
recommended appointment of City Commission member to meet with Surfside
Players and discuss ways in which City may assist in building a theater
within the City.
City Manager reported bids are out on
concrete slabs and tennis courts lighting of Edwards field, fencing, etc.
City Manager Singer reported the bids for
construction of the municipal building and library had been tabulated and
the low bidder was Innanen Bros. from Orlando, with a base bid of $190,381
for the building with the substitution of stucco in lieu of facing panels
on west walls of the municipal building. Bid awarded to Innanen Bros.
based on bid.
Commissioner Irvin advised he reviewed the
provisions of proposed deed for gift-purchase of land from Gus Edwards for
new library, as requested by Commission. Under proposed deed, the City
cannot ever sell the land, that the City can breach the deed and then turn
around and buy it back but must do so at value then placed on property. He
suggested the City should purchase property outright, or remove deed
restrictions from sale.
Commissioner Irvin presented amendments to
Library Land deed provisions received from Attorney James Edwards on
behalf of Gus Edwards who is donating the land. Discussion followed with
Commissioner Irvin favoring acceptance since if the City did default it
could then purchase the land for $10,000 plus cost-of living index; Mayor
pro-tem Ketcham stated he would accept the land from Mr. Edwards without
all the other deed restrictions on the basis the City would name a wing
after Mrs. Edwards. City Attorney Stromire pointed out default could cost
the City money in legal fees, etc., in addition to the land value, stating
he felt the land could be acquired without all the more objectionable
items in the restrictions. After further discussion, adoption of the
Ordinance on the first reading passed.
Ordinance #123 accepting deed of land from
Gus C. Edwards and Clara M. Edwards was adopted on second reading.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
City Attorney Wolfe read Ordinance amending Ordinance #89 as to fill and
canals regulations on 2nd reading. Commissioner Davis requested this be
broadened so that canals would be dredged to meet requirements if done
prior subdividing land. City Attorney felt such problems could be
controlled by adopting an ordinance on dredging and excavating and use of
land in other than subdivisions. Commission instructed City Attorney to
draw an ordinance covering this issue and to involve City Engineer.
Special Meeting: Ordinance 135 amending
Ordinance 91 permitting Theaters in C-1 areas adopted on second reading.
Special Meeting: Recreation Board recommended
new Teen Center to include: basketball court, lounge, ping-pong, arts &
crafts, dressing rooms, to hold over 300. Estimated cost $25,000. Plan
approved by all present. 04/18/63 General discussion on a proposal by
Cocoa Beach Commission to meet with the City Commission of Cape Canaveral
on the issue of creating one city between Patrick AFB and Cape Canaveral.
A bold move seen as a progressive step to make the "beach" an area all
could be proud of. A suggestion to get the media involved in asking voters
to contact their councilman or commissioner to test feelings about such a
Mayor Murkshe stated the City Commission of
Cocoa Beach and the cooperating Cape Canaveral Commissioners had worked
very hard and spent many long hours writing a Charter and reaching an
agreement for the
Consolidated City of Canaveral Beach, and that it was
unfortunate that it apparently could not be salvaged at this late date. He
further stated that the need for the amendments to the City Charter were
very great, And he called upon the citizens who were present to support
the Charter Amendment by advising their Legislators of their concern for
Commissioner Irvin moved the developers Yacht
Haven Subdivision Unit II be required to construct a bridge having a
clearance of 8' above mean high tide and having an open span of a minimum
of 30' on 4th Street south over the north-south inland waterway. Motion
Commissioner Irvin moved Mark Mahannah be
appointed architect for construction of the golf course and recreational
complex at a fee not to exceed $19,200 and the Mayor and City Clerk be
authorized to execute contract. Passed by all present.
Resolution requesting State Road Department
initiate a study to redesign A1A from SR520 to 4th Street North: adopted
Resolution to SRD requesting traffic signal survey at intersection A1A and
Holly Ave. did not pass.
Recreation Board recommended denial of
franchise on Beach Food Concessions stating it would not add to the attraction
of the beach; would cause traffic problems; and be an expense keeping
beach clean. Recommendation unanimously upheld by Commission.
Mr. Charles Long appointed the first
full-time Fire Chief of the City of Cocoa Beach.
Ordinance amending Ordinance #72, commonly
known as Morals Offenses Ordinance, making peeping or loitering an
offense. Ayes: All.
City Commission Regular Meeting: serious
traffic condition exists and it looks like two people may die as a result.
State Road Department has not acted on request to put traffic light in
front of Holiday Inn, and an objection was made that they did not request
one at Cocoa Isles Blvd. as well. State Road Department said they were
waiting for a Resolution from City of Cocoa Beach. Suggestion made to
compile statistics re injuries; Commissioner Moline stated police summary
already submitted; question of should we have more patrolmen in area; City
Manager said Police Chief would have to make such a request. Suggestion
made to pass a Resolution; City Manager asked to coordinate the problem and
look at correspondence and if necessary, ask the Mayor to call a special
meeting to adopt "whatever". Further lengthy discussion on whether there
should be another survey done.
City Commission Regular Meeting: Whether
there should be one light, two, or five; how much it would cost and who
would pay for it; and could Federal help be obtained to finance project.
Resolution to do [something] was read and passed. (No details on
City Commission Regular Meeting: Discussion
and vote on Ordinance for levying a mandatory fine of $300 for speeding on
the beach. Tie vote: ordinance failed. Citizens petition opposing amending
the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance was submitted to the City Commission;
signed by 202 residents. (Note: petitioners designated not registered to
vote were not counted as opposition.)
City Commission Regular Meeting:
Discussion of Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance allowing package goods to be
sold on Sundays between the hours of l p.m. and 2 a.m. Several citizens
spoke for and against the ordinance. An amendment was moved to allow sales
between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Ordinance as amended passed by a 3 to 2
Due to the increasing number of business
enterprises moving into the City of Cocoa Beach, a recommendation was
made by the City Clerk/Treasurer Kay Wright to change the fee structure
for Occupational Licenses. The City was losing revenue, since many start up
businesses had no classification and were therefore paying the minimum
$25. After lengthy discussion, motion passed to change fee structure.
Special City Commission Meeting: Subject:
Occupational License Ordinance - A motion passed changing fees as follows to
become effective 8/1/64: Real Estate Salesman - $10; Stock Broker - $50;
Registered Representative of Stock Broker - $10; Banks - $100 (if not
exempt); Aero Space Industries - $100; Gas Stations - $75 plus fee for
more than 4 pumps; Funeral classifications grouped into one
Motion to purchase land (two lots adjacent to
Library) for $18,000. Unanimously adopted.
Motion on resolution to have four lanes on
bridges on RT520 passed unanimously.
City Commission Regular Meeting: Motion to
accept low bid of $24,893 from Childre Construction for Fire Station
City Commission Regular Meeting: Discussion
of preliminary plans for the Cocoa Beach Recreation Complex to be funded
by revenue bonds in amount of $1,548,000.
City Commission Special Meeting: Second
reading of Ordinance #194. An ordinance repealing Ordinance #91 of the
City of Cocoa Beach, as amended and known as the Zoning Ordinance, and
adopting a new ordinance regulating the number of stories and size of
buildings and other structures, the percentage of lots that may be
occupied, the size of yards, courts and other open spaces. The density of
population, and the use of buildings, structures, and land and water areas
for industry trade, residence or other purposes creating districts and
establishing the boundaries thereof; defining certain terms used herein,
providing for certain methods of administration and amendment;
establishing a Board of Adjustment and providing for its powers and
procedures and repealing Ordinance #156 as amended; providing penalties
for violation; repealing conflicting ordinances or parts of ordinances;
all in accordance with Chapter 59-1187, Laws of Florida (1959), as
amended. Ordinance #194 adopted: unanimously.
City Commission Regular Meeting:
install loud speakers on outside of Western Auto Building for playing of
Christmas Carols. Permission granted, ayes: all. City Attorney Frank Wolfe
reported on a matter concerning ABC Liquor. The latter's Lawsuit is yet to
be ruled upon by the court. The final argument before the Court will be
December 18th. The court has already ruled: 1. In 1960, the City of Cocoa
Beach as it existed, had a population of 3,465. 2. Taking the city limits
as they exist today, there is a population of 6,251. 3. The city limits as
encumbered on April 24, 1964, the population included the area is greater
that 6,251. The pertinent law requires that liquor licenses may be issued,
one for every 2,500 persons or major portion thereof. The last census was
conducted in 1960.
City Commission Regular Meeting: Bid awarded
for two police cruisers to Indian River Chevrolet for $4,322.99. Cars 35
and 27 to be traded in leaving a cash balance due of $2,700. City Manager
Singer advised the transfer of one car be made to the Fire Department for
use in transporting personnel between stations, and for use by fire
inspector. It was decided to trade in both vehicles.
Draft of golf course plan requested to be placed in file and recorded.
That Commission members review final draft for discussion at work session
City Commission Regular Meeting: Presentation
of initial plans for Recreation Complex, funding, revenue bonds, etc.
Library requests $827.50 supplement to budget for Sunday operating hours.
City Commission Regular Meeting: Commissioner Moline
requested the City Manager to send letter to the American Machine & Foundry, inviting
them to send a representative to review the possibilities of running a
monorail from south county area to the Cape-Mila area. The Boeing Co. is
also to be asked for same information.
Report by City Attorney that depositions were
taken from Mayor Murkshe, the City Clerk/Treasurer, and Public Works
Director Bancroft regarding concerns of beach front Homeowners. The Law is
clear that when Florida was reinstated to the Union, the State of Florida
retained as its sovereign interest, the tide lands and that they are
definitely the owners of the area between the high water mark and the low
water mark. This area belongs to the people of the State of Florida, and
is held by the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund. The Legislature
and our Charter gives the City of Cocoa Beach the right to issue
franchises over this area, control over the area and that the City has
granted, certain individuals, franchises to rent rafts.
City Commission Regular Meeting: Resolution
directing publication of sale for $1,553,000 Recreation complex revenue
bonds of the City of Cocoa Beach, dated 12/1/64. Resolution passed 3 to 2.
Special City Commission Meeting: Vote on
bidding of revenue bonds for recreational complex. Low bid by Goodbody &
Co. at 3.9077% (net interest cost $1,250,914). After considerable
discussion, this bid was accepted by a 3 to 2 vote.
Special Meeting: City Attorney Wolfe
explained there was a discrepancy in the counting of ballots in Precinct
A. He offered to assist the Clerks, explaining the method used. He had
asked any two individuals present at the polling places to look over his
shoulder while he counted. Five election clerks were in disagreement with
the count and could not certify a vote at that time. However, they
continued counting. The Commission then undertook consideration of the
problem. It was decided to have the ballots impounded and a new counting
to take place the next day at 10a.m. The Election Clerks were instructed
that only members of the Election Board were to be involved in the
counting. The Commission to reconvene at noon the same day for
certification of election.
Special Meeting: Results of election. 680
ballots cast, 4 ballots void. One absentee ballot was declared illegal due
to being received after the deadline. 11 absentee ballots were counted.
Winners were Tillman (588), Pfeiffer (561). There is to be a continuing
investigation into the irregularities of the voting process.
Regular Meeting: Commissioner Tillman
informed the Commission that the proposed Banana River Expressway is no
longer part of the State Road Departments plan. County Commissioners
believe it is feasible to build the Pineda Expressway disconnected from
the Banana River.
Regular Meeting: an article in the Daily
Times, quoted as coming from the Office of the Governor, indicated that we
will have a Banana River Expressway whether we like it or not.
Regular Meeting: With the assistance of Dr.
Lesser, a library consultant from Miami, it has been determined that the
Cocoa Beach Public Library is inadequate to meet the needs of a growing
city. It was decided to retain an architect to draw expansion plans, and
the City Manager was directed to attend a meeting of the County
Commissioners to and recommend to them that the begin a study to establish
a County Unit System in Brevard.
Special Meeting: Purpose, a Public Hearing on
the advisability and propriety of widening Banana River Blvd. to four
Regular Meeting: Doub Bek, representing Cocoa
Beach High School submitted a request that Cocoa Avenue, on which the high
school is located, be changed to Minutemen Blvd. City Attorney directed to
prepare a resolution to that effect, also Mayor Murkshe advised other
street name changes were in the offering and that it might be well to
incorporate them all at the same time.
Regular Meeting: Resolution changing names of
streets as follows: Frescada Drive to Fairview Drive; Dolce Drive to
Dorset Drive; Garcia Drive to Brightwaters Drive; and Cocoa Avenue to
Minutemen Causeway. Resolution passed as amended (Cocoa Avenue change
removed until area merchants could respond to change)
Regular Meeting (cont'd) Area merchants to be
given until next meeting on November 4th on renaming Cocoa Avenue.
Regular Meeting: The City will sponsor a
purchase award for the upcoming Cocoa Beach Art Festival at a cost of
$200, as one way of encouraging participation in the Festival.
Vote on change of name of Cocoa Avenue tabled until next regular meeting.
Regular Meeting: Motion to remove from table
the resolution of name change of Cocoa Avenue Doug Bek, Chairman of name
changing committee spoke for the resolution, stating he had signatures of
14 merchants favoring the name change and nine opposed, all located on
Mr. Wolfe Neuman, presented a petition from business people and residents
of Cocoa Avenue opposed to the name change, (six families living on Cocoa
Avenue signed the petition, as have eighteen merchants who were opposed.
Amendments to the Resolution began to further confuse the issue, so a
recess was called, after which the regular meeting continued. The
Resolution was amended to make the change in name effective June 30, 1966.
The Resolution passed by 3 to 1.
Regular Meeting: Ordinance #240 pertaining to
the area of a "Bird Sanctuary" in the City of Cocoa Beach. Ordinance to
include all lands within the corporate limits lying east of certain US
Govt. section lines, was read for a second time by City Attorney.
Discussion: when the whole city had been declared a bird sanctuary, the
city was only on the mainland. When corporate limits moved west to thread
of Banana River, the bird sanctuary boundaries also went to west limits.
Vote: Ordinance #240 adopted, unanimously.
Ordinance #241: revision suggested to prohibit discharging firearms within
the City of Cocoa Beach but permitting controlled recreational activities
as permitted by resolution, and providing that hunting of migratory wild
fowl shall not be unlawful in certain areas if not prohibited by State or
Federal wildlife conservation laws. The assistant manager of the Merritt
Island wildlife refuge made several comments and advised that hunting
hours were half-hour before sunrise to sunset. He also advised the agency
is empowered to enforce restrictions anywhere, insofar as migratory fowl
are concerned. Vote: Ordinance #241 adopted, unanimously.
Regular meeting: A resident of the City of
Cocoa Beach requested the commission to adopt an Ordinance-requiring
merchants to pay $5,000 license fee to sell products made by communist
countries, and to post a sign advising they sell such products. The intent
of the ordinance was to support our armed forces fighting in Vietnam.
After discussion, the matter was turned over to the City Attorney to
determine the suitability of such an ordinance when the Federal Govt. had
no such restrictions.
Regular meeting: Resolution 67-6, (text) in
respect and honor and in memory of Virgil Grissom, Edward White, and Roger
Chaffee, astronauts adopted unanimously.
Regular meeting: Date of March 2, 1967 named
for special hearing on the Banana River Expressway question. Residents
have not yet had an opportunity to speak on a project that will adversely
affect riverfront property owners.
Regular meeting recessed by mayor and all
moved to the high school for the special hearing on the proposed Banana
River Expressway. A representative of the Brevard County Planning Dept.
spoke saying, in part, "it will be an
expensive route to build and is planned to handle city-wide traffic and
not intended to be designed as an expressway. Within the current land
mass, there could be 18,000 residents, and the area within the bulkhead
line is roughly equivalent in population, and could be increased if the
density changed from the estimate of 2.2 per gross acre.
A letter was read from the State Conservation Department, in part, "the
proposed (expressway) is a startling revelation" and "(we were) not
consulted in the planning for this large project.
A letter was read from a biologist of the conservation department: "we are
opposed to the 'Banana-split' project, and opposed to any sort of finger
fill or causeway dredging which would do damage."
Several residents spoke of their opposition to the project. Then
Commission members spoke, and all but the Mayor, spoke in opposition to
the project. The meeting was recessed and returned to City Hall to
continue the regular meeting, after which, the meeting was adjourned.
Regular meeting: Resolution 67-18, favoring
establishment of a coordinated county library system. Resolution adopted.
Special meeting: City Manager report:
Beverage license bill for Recreation Complex passed the House of
Representatives and was in the Senate; increase of cigarette tax from 8
cents to 10 cents per pack has been voted favorably out of committee, and
if passes City of Cocoa Beach would receive an additional $50,000 per
year; resort tax has run into trouble.
Discussion of Ordinance 1-67, an appropriations budget for fiscal year
beginning July 1, was discussed and voted on, and adopted, in the amount
Regular Meeting: Mayor Murkshe reported that
January 23 would be Willard Peebles Day in Brevard County, and that the
Banana River Bridge would be dedicated in honor of Mr. Peebles on that
day. The honor is in appreciation for all Mr. Peebles did for the county
as a member of the State Road Board.
Mr. Ball, of 5604 Banana River Blvd, read a petition signed by residents
and owners of property protesting the installation of the planned 13-foot
center mall under construction and the planned curbing on that street. The
petition stated the mall denied them proper and suitable ingress and
egress to their property; the curbing creates drainage and flooding
problems; that no parking restrictions must be imposed.
Mayor Murkshe explained that the City had held public hearings on this issue
and approval was given to the project based on residents' comments living
in the area at the time the project was proposed. Several Commission
members and residents spoke to the issue, and it was decided that some
attention should be given to correcting possible problems if it was
K. Wright appointed City Clerk-Treasurer and
acting City Tax Assessor with an annual salary of $11,000.
Ordinance E292: An emergency ordinance
amending chapter 15 of the code of ordinances. New section 15-39;
providing that it shall be unlawful to sell, rent, lease, or in any way
deliver or transfer for cash or credit, any merchandise in the area
adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and extending westerly to the seawall
line, and extending north and south to the northernmost and southernmost
boundaries of the city. Adopted.
Ordinance #294 - relating to off street
Ordinance #295 - relating to setbacks for swimming pools and enclosures.
Ordinance #296 - relating to piers, docks,
and boathouses. Adopted. Ordinance #297 - relating to requirements
concerning fences, walls, and hedges. Adopted.
Ordinance #298 - relating to animals besides
dogs on beach, charges, time limits. Adopted.
Ordinance #301 - relating to disposal of
obsolete documents. Adopted.
Public Hearing on Bulkheads with Senator
Stone of the subcommittee of the Florida Legislative Council Committee on
Beaches and Shoreline erosion was present.
Resolution 68-22 naming public road in front
of golf club house and swimming pool Tom Warriner Blvd. Adopted.
Ordinance #303 - relating to mobile home use
for business purposes. Adopted.
Commissioner Busby advised that due to the
recent train derailment, five carloads of steel, scheduled for the
construction of the addition to the Cape Canaveral Hospital, had been
damaged, causing delay in the project.
Mr. Irvin's report of the Beach Advisory
Committee on the issue of private property lines along beaches. After a
very lengthy discussion, the recommendations of the committee were voted
upon and accepted.
At a special meeting, a resolution was passed
to gain public sentiment relating to the use and control of public ocean
beaches within the City of Cocoa Beach. Results to be a guide to
commissioners in making their decisions. A vote on the following would be
solicited: 1. Permit driving on entire public beach? 2. Would you approve
a ¾ mill tax to be used to purchase ocean front property and provide
lifeguard service and beach maintenance. Would you support proposed county
wide beach authority to a maximum of ½ mill levy? for lifeguards, beach
maintenance, erosion control and ocean front property purchase?
Ordinance #307 relating to townhouse
residential district, definitions of minimum height restrictions, size,
density, setbacks. Adopted (as amended).
$20,000 increase in Library budget for the
newly expanded facility, and an additional $10,000 contingency budget item
in the event Brevard County does not increase their budget for the library
A request was made by the Recreation Board that the Director's salary be
increased by $200. The City Manager stated he would have to review all
department heads if this request was granted. It was decided to stick with
the normal step increase already budgeted.
It was also suggested that an Assistant Recreation Director was needed in
order to handle the Current workload. An amount of $7,500 was added to the
budget for this purpose.
Bid accepted for Mack Fire Truck in amount of $35,951.
A report that crabs had been found dead in
crabpots, suggesting there was a problem in the canals which should be
investigated. Also reported that several ducks were found dead. Brevard
County Health Department to be contacted about the problem.
Ordinance #320, defining "junk yard". Adopted
on second reading
Ordinance #316, providing for fencing, enclosures, etc. of junk yards.
Ordinance #E324, providing a new surfing zone and defining limits. Adopted
Report that the City Jail and Waste Water
Treatment Plant were inspected and found to be in very satisfactory
An invitation to grand opening of Time Tracer
and Universe Group Services, Headquarters for "Moonport Tours". An effort
to get tourism established on the Beach.
An emergency ordinance considered extending the sale of alcoholic
beverages to 5 a.m. each day, commencing 11/7 and ending two days after
the launch of Apollo 12. Approved by all present. (#E335)
National Airlines have included the City of
Cocoa Beach in a tour package which will greatly benefit the six motels in
The Mayor expressed his concern that the
devastation caused by hurricane Camille has not been cleaned up and that
repairs in the area have been minimal since the storm hit in 1969.
Swimming pools beside collapsed homes were half-full of water and have
become breeding grounds for snakes and rats; children are playing in the
Discussion on future of Cocoa Beach. It was
stated that the "forecasters of doom" were overestimating the lengths of
the economic recession. 1972 would probably be our worst year since signs
of recovery are already evident. The City's future is very promising.
A great opportunity for our area will be the
Apollo 14 Space Launch. We are expecting 7000 visitors along with 25 to 30
special interest groups, i.e. congressmen, senators, and a 1000
journalists. The City Attorney is directed to prepare an Ordinance
extending hours of sale for alcoholic beverages during the Launch until 5
a.m. The resolution concerning continuation of construction of the Bee
Line Expressway has apparently gotten results and the first contract is to
be awarded shortly. Another adult theater wants to operate in the City of
Cocoa Beach. Commissioner Czajka expressed his opposition to both the old
and proposed adult theater. The City Manager was directed to get the beach cleaned
up for the Apollo 14 launch.
Ordinance #366: Prohibiting selling, showing
for monetary profit, materials depicting sexual behavior, including
fondling or kissing of male or female genital organs. Adopted unanimously
on second reading.
Motion to authorize the transfer of deed for
Fischer Park to the State, and the acceptance of a 99 year lease, subject
to: 1)Cabinet approval of the full $50,000 grant for improvements; 2)
approval of City Attorney concerning content and form of deed and lease
agreement; 3) provide for the restriction of the use of this land in the
deed for park and recreation in perpetuity; 4) deletion of the north 50
feet of the property to be retained as street right-of -way. Motion passed
Proposed zoning changes: Many comments, one
of which follows. Mr. Carter, 427 Brightwaters and a local businessman,
spoke against rezoning: "advised many people moved here because they
thought it would be a wonderful place to stay forever. I have enjoyed
living here except for that period when most people were involved in
working three shifts, and when our highways were so loaded with people,
they were anticipating running Banana River Expressway right up the middle
of the river. That proposal is still on the books, and all that is needed
to start the expressway is to get this concrete jungle going around here,
one like we have south of us. We risk reverting back to a boom town era,
turning the river into a cesspool. (pro and con comments from other
residents included in the Commission minutes.)
Ordinance #387, an ordinance providing for
conditions under which boathouses and boat shelters may be constructed.
Second reading, adopted.
Resolution opposing proposed revision Article
V of State Constitution. Mr. Evrett Scrivner, former US Congressman, and
former City Commissioner spoke to the issue recommending that the City
Commission go on record as to opposing the revision. Passed unanimously.
Remarks by Mr. Stan Adams, Chairman of
Planning & Zoning Board: I would like to go through the Mapped Streets
Act...an Act based on a Special Act of the Florida Legislature allowing
the reservation of specific land by alignment for the future acquisition
of land for the building of public streets...First in the Boards mind is
the extension of South Banana River Blvd, bypassing a good portion of SR
A1A;...trying to anticipate growth through zoning, and looking to widening
the roads. ...The Act would be exercised solely for the purpose of
acquiring additional rights-of-way for the widening of these roads...The
bypassing of SR A1A has first priority, and we will consider a marginal
access road on the east side of SR A1A where there are large amounts of
vacant land. The potential for development and increase in density will
overtax the present capacity of A1A, which is currently 25,000 cars per
day, and is currently handling 25,800....It is incumbent upon the City of
Cocoa Beach to energetically use every means at their disposal to acquire
this land as rapidly as possible and then in turn to develop the roads.
(General discussion among Commission members
and Mr. Adams continues) Asked for, and received, was a vote of confidence
in the Planning and Zoning Boards continued work in this area. A summary
of remarks on the Mapped Streets Act has been placed on file in the office
of the City Clerk.
Ordinance #413. Providing that animals at
large, dogs creating a nuisance, animal defecating or urinating on
property not belonging to owner, shall be in violation...the violation is
a misdemeanor, providing that owners of animals in violation are guilty of
a misdemeanor...that persons who fail to license dogs or cats, who poison
animals, who are cruel to animals, who interfere with impounding with the
impounding officer, who release impounded animals, who conceal certain
animals shall be in violation of ordinance...providing rules and
regulations for animals suspected rabies...providing for quarantine and
fees for same...providing for rules and regulations regarding license
certificates and tags...providing Brevard County Ordinances respecting
kennels to be applicable within City of Cocoa Beach.
Explanation on enforcement of Ordinance #413.
City Attorney explained that section 4-31 of the Ordinance is declaratory
of existing Court decisions in this State; that the requirement of two or
more to make the charge is because you can only legislate offenses if they
offend the public; that one person does not constitute the public; that in
order to make an arrest, the mechanics are set up where you have witnesses
actually sign the complaint and in court actually have the complaining
witnesses present to constitute the public and then an offense can be
charged against the public as a whole.
Ordinance #413 was adopted unanimously.
November 1972 Commission Minutes and documentation of Zoning Board, and
petitions and letters of protest dealing with proposed zoning changes for
Motel/Hotel, Apartments, and other multi-family housing.
A letter addressed to the Mayor regarding a
violation of Sec.4(2) of Ordinance #278, by the Cocoa Beach Citizen's
League, complaining that a City Commissioner voted on a contract in which
he had a vested Interest. National media attention given to this conflict
is mentioned in these minutes.
TOPICS program discussion. Present for this
discussion were elected officials of state and county government, and
engineers working on the program. TOPICS is a project for SR520 and A1A
regarding traffic congestion and safety as the result of deaths and
traffics accidents. Lengthy discussion over the issue is recorded in the
Ordinance #428 providing minimum floor area
for motel and hotel rooms. Adopted at 2nd reading.
Resolution #73-6, requesting the State
Legislature to provide tax relief for the beach front municipalities
located in Brevard County. The issue evolved around the County taking
taxes from the City of Cocoa Beach and distributing larger amounts to
Merritt Island and Cape Canaveral thereby causing hardship for the City of
Cocoa Beach in administering its own programs. A suggestion was made to
petition the State of Florida to make another geographical unit called
Ocean County from areas between the Port Authority to Sebastian Inlet.
"Whereas the City of Cocoa Beach feels there is definite inadequacy in
County services, and... efforts to negotiate some form of revenue sharing
with the County have been unsuccessful, and... we have received no more
than 10% of our County ad valorem taxes in County services, and... the
State Legislature has failed to implement the provisions of the State
Constitution to resolve these inadequacies...Resolution #73-6 adopted as
Ordinance #429, Fire Prevention Code
requiring installation of automatic sprinkler systems in certain
buildings; providing for the installation in existing buildings within
specified times. Adopted on second reading.
Public Hearing on consideration of adoption
of a Land Development Plan as an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. This
is to be the first update since 1966, and has taken a year to develop the
update. It includes Land Development, Transportation Plan, Civic
Improvements, and Waterway plans. The Plan consists of a draft copy marked
Exhibit #1; a map of existing land use Exhibit #2; a map of recommended
land use Exhibit #3.
The Land Use Plan and Development Plan for
the City considered factors of existing character and land use, and in the
case of the City 75% was developed and 585 acres vacant…the recommended
land use was: low density defined as 0-5 dwelling units per acre, medium
density residential from 6-12 dwelling units per acre, and high density
residential as 24 in one zone and 30 in another. The land use pattern of
the City was firmly developed and the expanded uses as they existed. The
commercial was decreased because the amount of land zoned commercial
compared with the percentage that was in actual commercial use was much
higher so an attempt is being made to bring the commercial in line with
anticipated commercial use.
Resolution #73-8-A, adopting the Land
Development Plan as an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan of the City of
Cocoa Beach passed unanimously.
Mr. Emil P. Bertram addressed the Commission
advising that he had been elevated from the rank of Commissioner to that
of Citizen and Critic. He asked to appear before the new Commission for
two reasons. 1) To share a discovery he had made while serving on the
Commission, and 2) To make a small presentation. A summary follows:
"Throughout my term as a Commissioner, and in my search for a way to make
right decisions, I used a standard of measure that is the best ever
written for persons in public service. 'We the People of the United
States, in order to form a more perfect Union', …this was to be my first
criteria. It meant to me that I had to assess the conclusion of my
decision to determine if it will promote public satisfaction. '…to
establish justice'… I had to ask myself, is it just, fair,
non-exploitable. 'To promote the general welfare'…i.e. will my decision
provide for a better quality of life in the City? 'To provide for the
common defense'…i.e., will my decision discourage transgression against
the people who live in the City of Cocoa Beach…' and secure a blessing of
liberty for ourselves and our posterity' i.e., the Commissions net effect
ensures an ultimate and better society for us in the City, and for those
who follow on and take over." Mr. Bertram stated he was leaving this
thought with the Commissioners because he knew how tough it was to make
some decisions that had to be made. "Accomplishments," he said, "are soon
forgotten." "Errors take a little longer to forget and people fade into
infinity, so I wanted to leave a little tangible remembrance for the City
to use." Mr. Bertram then presented a new gavel to the Mayor inscribed:
"TO BE WIELDED ALWAYS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, EMIL P. BERTRAM, MARCH 1973.
Mr. Richard Tillman gave a synopsis of his
background, making him knowledgeable on his subject under Personal
Appearance, "State of the City" in relation to decisions on City Manager
and City Attorney Appointments. He explained that he had been a City
Commissioner from 1965 to 1968; that he had served a term in the State
Legislature and had been appointed Chairman of a subcommittee of the Local
Government Committee on Intergovernmental Relations; in a chart prepared
by him on City Attorney selection guide, showing attorney ratings, which
he distributed. Said Chart on file in the office of the City Clerk as
Exhibit L-8-74. These ratings show the Commission was prepared to "dump"
someone from the A-1 and A-2 group, for someone in the G group, as City
Attorney. He was referring to the Commission not as one person, but as a
collective action. In addition the water problems that this Commission is
going to have they cannot consider them alone, but that Commissioner
Doerer and the League of Cities are going to have to prod and push this
County to work on these problems. Mr. Dolan had made a fine race for the
State Senate; he is a very capable man and would go far if he makes a
record here in this City; and that he had the choice of making a record
based on things like. The water supply and coordinating with other
government agencies, or he can be petty and put a "G" rated man in as City
Attorney. Mr. Tillman stated he would be around a long time and has an
interest in following State guidelines and he hoped the Commission would
get on with it and do it.
Mr. Hirsch advised he did not think you could
put much stock in Martin and Hubbel, which was used for the rating chart.
I have no axe to grind, but this chart cannot be used as a guide as far as
lawyers were concerned.
City Clerk/Treasurer advised that effective
May 1, 1974, we must move to $1.90 per hour for minimum wage; that this
will effect the lifeguards for Beach Patrol, the Recreation Complex Pool,
and some of the summer recreation help which will be employed.
Mrs. Virginia Franklin, Chairman of the
Beautification Board advised money would be spent on the SR520 east to the
ocean in the amount of $8,000, followed by a little cleanup downtown.
However, the maintenance problem is so bad that in spending $5,000 in
plantings, $3,000 will be lost.
Mayor Caron said that the Citizens League has
come to the Commission with many requests, and that it would be gracious
of them to show their civic pride by coming to downtown Cocoa Beach and
make it beautiful. Also the Mayor asked the Acting City Commissioner to
contact DOT to see what it would take to get curbs and grass by the curbs,
and get the beautification committee to work on putting trees on our
highways from 4th Street north.
Mayor Caron made a statement to the effect
that he was happy to recognize any citizen who spoke to the Commission,
whether at a meeting, by mail, or by telephone. However, that does not
mean he has to recognize people to stand in front of the citizens and
taxpayers of this community and misrepresent and lie about the facts in
their presentations. (He goes on to give examples of persons who have done
that in his understanding). He then listens to rebuttal from other
Commissioners and members of the audience attending the meeting. In
addition the rancor over the appointment or release of the City Attorney
continues following the flow of comments. (To be continued.)
Acting City Manager reported he had applied
some time ago for a 911 telephone number that would take care of all
emergencies. We have been accepted for a 911 number and will be billed at
a rate of $35 per month with a onetime connection fee of $33 per trunk.
Estimates indicate a need for a three trunk system with a direct line from
our location to Cape Canaveral Police for $22.80 per month, and a
connection fee of $33. Cape Canaveral will share in the latter expenses.
The Commission has received requests that the
Beautification Committee start planting something other than cabbage
palms. A suggestion was offered that maybe we should plant some real
trees. It was suggested that an effort be made to get local business
owners to come to Commission meetings and offer suggestions for beatifying
the downtown area. It was noted that local business owners used to attend
meetings on a regular basis, but most of what they asked for was turned
down, so they just stopped coming.
Mayor Caron introduced Mr. William D.
Williams, applicant for the position of City Manager. The Commission
interviewed Mr. Williams at some length and voted to hire Mr. Williams as
the new City Manager beginning July 15, 1974. Mr. Williams said he and his
family were excited about coming to Cocoa Beach and serving the community.
(There had been 100 applicants)
A question of legal action regarding
sunbathing on the beach came up for discussion. Mayor Caron had received
several letters, and a petition from owners of oceanfront condominiums
opposed to topless sunbathing. Another letter was opposed to topless
sunbathing being illegal. Another from a motel owner advising that young
people were running around on the beach in front of her motel completely
nude, and the result has been a loss in guests at her motel. Several other
letters pro and con were read before a packed Commission room.
Mayor Caron advised he had a discussion with
the Cape Canaveral Police Chief and was told they do not have a topless
sunbathing ordinance, but they do have one on indecent exposure. Several
arrests had been made for topless sunbathing and the cases had been thrown
out of Court. One resident suggested that little bikinis gave them
sufficient suntan and was ample for sunbathing.
The City Attorney spoke about the difficulty
of criminal prosecution under State law. He then went on to say that if
the City of Cocoa Beach wanted to make this issue illegal, they you had
better pass an ordinance. The conduct being discussed may be in poor
taste, but under existing Statutes, we would not be successful. Chief
Parsons has indicated that unless the City Commission passes an ordinance,
he would not be making any arrests regarding topless sunbathing.
Mayor Caron read the following: "In the
interest of fair play, a TODAY reporter, who apologized for the editorial
against topless sunbathing, was fired because of his Tuesday statement.
An ordinance of the City of Cocoa Beach
revising chapter 15 of the code of ordinances by adding a new section
number 15-24 providing it shall be unlawful for any female person over the
age of 12 years old, or who has reached puberty to appear on the public
beach or in proximity of same or to appear in public generally without
such person's breasts being covered, providing for penalties, was read in
full by the City Attorney. After much discussion, a vote was called for on
the first reading of the ordinance, and the vote failed 3-2. It was
decided to workshop the issue to come up with an ordinance.
The Ordinance was again presented for a first
reading vote. The Ordinance was amended and passed 3-2; however, a motion
followed to put the issue on the November ballot, as a straw ballot that
would be binding on the City Commission. After some discussion the
decision was unanimous to put the issue on the ballot.
Commissioner Czajka moved that Kay Wright
(Acting City Manager/Treasurer/City Clerk) be appointed City Manager.
Mayor Caron asked Mrs. Wright if she would accept the position, and Mrs.
Wright answered in the affirmative. Fernald seconded the motion. Before
the vote, Mrs. Wright said there was one proviso in her acceptance, i.e.,
she would like protection in the City's Pension Plan included in her
contract. She asked for an agreement that the City would pay her 50% of
the amount require to purchase an annuity, equal to the benefits which
would be received under 100% vested rights in the plan; that this payment
would be reduced to 10% each year of participation in the Plan, and if the
employment is continued for 10 years, until the Pension Plan is 100%
vested. At that time, this part of the contract would be obsolete.
Mrs. Wright also said she would like her 65 days of accumulated vacation
At a special meeting of the City Commission,
Mrs. Wright was appointed City Manager with a contract agreeing to the
stipulations Mrs. Wright made at the meeting on 11/21/74
A committee appointed by the Brevard County
School Board is addressing itself to the advisability and recommendations
for closing various schools in order to consolidate population of schools
and to save operating monies. Cocoa Beach Elementary School is among those
being considered for closing. Citizens of Cocoa Beach should begin to
develop opinions and ideas on the subject for presentation at public
Commissioner Brady advised he had some
matters he wished to present and Moved to terminate Kay Wright as City
Manager without cause, pursuant to the employment agreement of November
26, 1974, and further Move the City of Cocoa Beach waive the 90 day
provision to subject agreement, by paying a lump sum salary for such a
period. Seconded by Commissioner Doerer.
Discussion followed on the amount of money
involved. The City Manager said that since she had heard the rumor that this
might take place, she had acquired an Attorney, and asked that her
attorney review the contract and have the opportunity to sit down to make
amicable agreement as to what the terms of the contract are and the dollar
An amended motion to add "pay employee
benefit as stated in the contract, in a manner in the best interest of the
employee and the City" was offered and the motion as amended was passed by
a vote of 3-2.
Mr. Tillman spoke of not hearing any
Commissioners cite a great problem which would warrant such a disruption
of this City. Mayor Moore, said he found it very difficult as one
Commissioner to be asked to commit $20,000 plus of taxpayer money to
terminate an employee without any reason. Mr. Brady said the agreement
didn't require him to expound on reasons for termination, but limits to
one or two alternatives did not suggest that Mrs. Wright has performed any
acts which would constitute cause for termination. Another motion by Mayor
Moore to postpone the decision until the next meeting failed by the same
Mrs. Wright advised at that point that she
would step down.
Brevard League of Municipalities discussed
having international flights out of Melbourne.
Ordinance prohibiting throw rug hanging over
Increase Marine Patrol at night in canals to
stop illegal fishing. Commercial fishing is banned in Canals.
Future land use becomes big issue. Mayor
Brown applies for representation to the Metropolitan Planning
Local developer purchased a high rise piece
of fire aerial equipment, but the City must transport it to Cocoa Beach,
paint it, and house the equipment.
Established the regional water supply authority.
Local business asked the City Commission to
form a Board of Trade.
City Commission recommends a study of oil
refinery's effects on coastal waters. Planning and Zoning Board to make
At a workshop meeting of the Commission, it
was suggested that water skiing be eliminated in all residential canals.
The Thousand Islands is designated as a
natural aquatic preserve.
City Commission endorses a crime watch
program and encourages the cooperation of civic organizations and
individuals with the City police department.
Fire Department high rise aerial equipment is
being driven from California (500-600) miles a day. The equipment has
passed performance tests.
Living aboard watercraft more than three days
is unlawful. The three day limit requires boats be anchored at a licensed
Police Department is concerned about home and
business alarms in the City. In 1970 the department answered 844 alarms
and 838 were false alarms. In 1978, they answered 820 alarms, and 815 were
City Commission approves bid for a new
Chevrolet Impala at $6,780 for the police department.
Ocean front property is now appraised at
$3,048 an ocean front foot.
Discussion on Holiday Inn expanding by
purchasing the Beach Motel. The combination of the two represent the
current location of Holiday Inn.
Women's Club of Cocoa Beach open discussion
about a facility for a community center.
The County has made an application for a
$300,000 grant to develop Lori Wilson Park.
A proposal to annex Snug Harbor and points
south was brought before the City Commission.
Harbor Cay disaster! The condominium now
known as Fountain Cove, collapsed during construction killing several
Smoking is banned at public meetings,
commission meetings and workshops.
Alcoholic beverages, other than wine and
beer, are permitted to be sold on Sunday, April 11 in bars and lounges.
Deferred compensation plans, similar to IRAs
is first introduced to city employees.
Sewage connection fees are raised from $550
Street Lighting to be converted to pressure
sodium lights which will save the city $28,000 per year.
Recreation Board will not permit a closed
structure in Lori Wilson Park unless it houses actual recreation
activities, e.g. basketball, handball, etc.
State Board of Health threatens to close the
City swimming pool because it is a health risk for users.
Any interference in the City of Cocoa Beach
zoning problems by HUD is unwelcome.
Permission to build a yacht club at the
recreation center is denied. No private clubs are allowed on public lands.
The City swimming pool at the recreation
center produces such little revenue from fees, the suggestion is made to
make pool use free for a period of time to determine if the move will
increase pool use.
A study - Rod Cavin of Alan Ladd Productions,
addressed the Commission asking for approval to use the beach area at the
end of Minutemen Causeway for a two-day shooting for the film, "The Right
Stuff", to be released by Warner Bros. It is a story about the early space
program, spanning Chuck Yeager's initial breaking of the sound barrier
through the Mercury Astronaut program. Approval of the request was
Report on Canaveral Port Authority. The
citizens of Cocoa Beach subsidize this port, and that in 1980, the cost to
local residents was $140,000. It was suggested we could pave a lot of
roads in the City with that kind of money, and that we should look into
weaning the port from the taxing district.
Commission discussed the City's need in
getting service or perimeter roads in order to get vehicles off A1A, and
requested a workshop on ideas of getting a tax bill with the sole purpose
to raise money in order to buy land through condemnation procedures.
A report that the people in the area around
Howard Johnson's and Royal Colonial are very happy about the new Publix,
but they are concerned about the traffic problem.
Rod Cavin of Alan Ladd Productions addressed
the Commission asking for approval to use the beach area at the end of
Minutemen Causeway for a two day shooting for the film, "The Right Stuff",
to be released by Warner Bros. It is a story about the early space program
spanning Chuck Yeager's initial breaking of the sound barrier through the
Mercury Astronaut program. Approval of the request was unanimous.
Assistant City Manager requested
authorization to build a pistol firing range on the west side of the Golf
Course. It had been discussed at a workshop session and the use of this
range would be limited to Police Departments and no one else would be
permitted to use the course unless it was brought back to the Commission
for approval. After a brief discussion the request was approved by all
Commissioners present and voting.
It was reported by the City Manager that
police cars had been operating on LP gas for one year. In figuring the
cost compared with cars using unleaded gas, the net saving to the City is
about $1,168 per year.
Cape Canaveral Hospital, when originally
designed, was to be a 10-story building. At the time it was approved by
referendum in setting up the tax district. The economy at the time was
such that only a 4-story building was built. The hospital now needs to
expand three more stories and this would push them a hair above the 85'
height limit. The City Attorney advised that under equitable estoppel, the
original project is grandfathered in and take precedence over the height
limit adopted in the Zoning Ordinance of the City Charter. The Commission
should just say "fine, the 85' limit does not apply in this particular
case." Motion to Approve was passed by all Commissioners voting.
The City Manager spoke on the subject of the
Grand Jury investigation of the Cocoa Beach Police Department. The State
Attorney's office was also asked to investigate the Florida Law
Enforcement Department. Accusations were made regarding theft and other
misconduct and findings of fact, and some items that were beyond the
statue of limitations for prosecution. No person was willing to come
forward to sign complaints or offer evidence against the officers charged
with misconduct. In any case, the officers named in the complains were
suspended with pay and have subsequently been notified that they will be
terminated from their positions, and the case evidence submitted to the
State for decertification of both officers.
Mayor Brown expressed his thanks that this
was brought into the open by independent investigators, and that he was
relieved the problem did not go beyond two officers. He stated this should
signal to every officer that they are in positions of trust, and it is
their duty to uphold the law and not be influenced by friendships with
officers who may commit criminal acts.
Motion to disapprove reorganization of Cape
Canaveral Hospital to a private nonprofit hospital. A question was asked
about where taxpayer money went when the hospital changed hands, and the
Mayor responded it was his understanding ownership had not changed hands
but that former tax monies paid went toward building and operating the
Under state law, the hospital will be
operating as a private nonprofit hospital and that they do not need to
meet in the Sunshine, they can be self-perpetuating and do not have to be
accountable to any public officials or taxpayers who have helped build the
hospital. Further, the physical assets, i.e., land, building and all
equipment contained there will remain the property of the tax district in
perpetuity and the hospital is merely leased. Any profits will be used to
pay off the bond issue. Also, 65% of users of the hospital are residents
of Merritt Island and 35% are from Cocoa Beach. Motion of disapproval
passed by a vote of 4-1.