The History of Cocoa Beach, Florida 

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First Meeting - 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 & 1926.


Plans & Specifications drawn up for " white way" (Street Lights)


The Mabel Cody Flying Circus & Auto Racing Association approved to hold a function on 1/19/26 Lee's 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 the City.



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 channels.


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 per hour.


First initial steps established to contact W.P.A. Official.


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 - $2,500


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 garbage.


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 Pepper.


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 appeared.


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 Legislature.


Gus Edwards approached the City asking permission to install a telephone franchise for local telephone service in the Town.


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 A1A.


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 half-million dollars.


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 of 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 $300.00


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 2, 1953


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 beautification project.


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 carried out.


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 was approved.


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 materialize.


Discussion on steps necessary for annexation of the area being from the North gate of PAFB to the South limits of the Port Authority.


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 development.)


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, guaranteed 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 Cocoa.


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 agreement.


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 Hall.


The Commission reviewed the feasibility of purchasing land and making a municipal parking lot and install parking 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 Bonds


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 company.


Gasoline Bid approved for .237 cents per gallon.


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 and 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 per year.


Commission established the policy that the cost of mailing notices for hearings on Zoning Variances would be borne by the applicant.


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 recreational purposes.


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 of fish.


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 to town.


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 date.


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 Avenue.


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 determined.


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.
Assessment basis

  1. Long list of sidewalks to be installed
  2. Long list of Street paving especially Ocean Beach Blvd
  3. Beautification of main Streets in Residential areas

General Obligation Bond

  1. Parks neighborhood in uptown and downtown area and a public picnic area on ocean
  2. 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, etc.
  3. Fire Stations - for uptown and down town (Lease option on Brodsky offered site)
  4. Storm Drainage

Revenue Bonds

  1. Parking area for uptown and down town - Parking meters
  2. Oceanfront land for bathhouse and Parking areas
  3. 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

Other Improvements

  1. Street lights from downtown to uptown - Lease from FPL
  2. Master lifeguard tower - capital outlay - general fund


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 City Attorney.


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%)

Would purchase:
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 included.

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 ordinance.

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 contribution. Discussion 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 about 10/1.

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 regard.

Ed Sprow appointed assistant Building Inspector.

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 purposes--adopted.

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 present.


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 project.

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 second reading.

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 draw.


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 new regulations.

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 ordinance to 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 Alan Shepherd.

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 was adopted.


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. Resolution adopted.

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 to object.


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 from 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 Doyle.

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 regret.


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 bond issue.

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 approximately $130,000.

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 being purchased.)

Item#5 - Commission considering about $50,000 for recreation.

Item #6 - $400,000 would be needed for street, sidewalk and drainage construction to improve downtown and uptown areas.

Second public hearing set for October 12, 1961.


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 recommendations.

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 constructed.

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 action taken.


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.


Special Meeting:
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 sanctuary.

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. Adopted.

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 authority.

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 passed.


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 present.


City Commission Regular Meeting:
Ordinance #117 establishing a Free Public Library adopted on second reading.

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 process.

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 proposal.


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 passage.


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 passed.


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 resolution)


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 margin.

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 classification.

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 addition. Adopted.


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: request to 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 on 1/5/65.


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 lanes.


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 Cocoa Avenue.
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 of $1,496,220.


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 financially feasible.


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 parking. Adopted
Ordinance #295 - relating to setbacks for swimming pools and enclosures. Adopted.


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 system.
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. Adopted
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 condition.


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 our area.


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 debris.


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 unanimously.


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 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 minutes.


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 amended.


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 leave protected.


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 hearings.


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 amounts involved.

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 margin 3-2.

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 balcony railings.

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 Organization.

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 determination.


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 marina.


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 false alarms.


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 workers.


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 to $1,000.

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 unanimous.


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 hospital.

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.

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