Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach Pier Photo: Cyndi Lenz

Cocoa Beach Pier
Photo: Cyndi Lenz

A family of  freed slaves were the first non-native settlement in the area. In 1888, a group of men from Cocoa bought the entire tract of land. This went undeveloped until it was bought out in 1923 by a member of the group—Gus Edwards, Cocoa’s city attorney.

The area was known as Oceanus. The Town of Cocoa Beach was established on June 5, 1925. Cocoa Beach’s first official meeting was held at the  Casino on July 27, 1925. Gus as mayor and served as a commissioner along with J.A. Haisten, and R.Z. Grabel.

In 1935, the FDOT  opened up what is now A1A as a one-lane dirt road to Eau Gallie. In 1938, a Deputy Marshal was appointed “to act in emergencies at night or at other times” for $.25/hour. By 1939, the town had 49 residents.  In 1942, the town prepared to receive men assigned to the newly opened Naval Air Station Banana River. Establishing regular garbage collection was discussed when the town discovered that the Air Station was having theirs collected.

Manatee Cocoa Beach Photo Cyndi Lenz

Manatee
Cocoa Beach
Photo Cyndi Lenz

On May 1, 1942, the German submarine U-109 torpedoed the La Paz off the shore of Cocoa Beach. The crew was able to beach it with the help of tugs. Eventually it was returned to shipping. On May 3, the same U-boast sank the SS Laertes near the same spot. Shortly thereafter, the federal government realized the danger of back-lighting from the coast making easy targets of passing ships and ordered a blackout for the remainder of the war.

In 1944, the town successfully fought a bill introduced in the Florida legislature which would have dissolved the city government. In 1947 a single police officer was hired for $1/hour. The same year, the city constructed works for the distribution of potable water. In 1955, the city prepared to house the people who were going to be launching missiles.

Cocoa Beach started its major growth during the 1960s as a result of America’s space program.

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

Cocoa Beach was the setting for the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, although no episodes were actually filmed there,]

Source: Wikapedia

Ron Jon's Surf Shop Photo: Cyndi Lenz

Ron Jon’s Surf Shop
Photo: Cyndi Lenz

New! March 2017 Top Ten things to do in Brevard

New 1/2017 Dog Friendly Brevard County

 Fertilizer Ordinances

Hurricane Info (Brevard)

Government

Trip Advisor

Visit Florida

Space Coast Feline Network

hikes

cocoa beach

cocoa beach

#thingstodococoabeach

Cocoa Beach News

TreasureCoast.com is the scenic route to features, destinations, and Treasure Coast weather. Our site changes DAILY to highlight local trends in Real Estate, recreation, lifestyle, and tourism. This Portal is dedicated to community involvement. Our professionals take active leadership roles in efforts and causes to better the quality of life for Treasure Coast residents.

For General Information, News, And Tips Contact: Newsroom@treasurecoast.com

Get Ready for a New Era of Real Estate Social Media Marketing! #realestate #socialmedia

 

 

 

  

Does your business or organization need exposure? Of course it does!  Advertise on TreasureCoast.com and between our Website, Facebook postings, and Linkedin followers, get noticed by over 1,000,000 visitors a month. Affordable and effective! Click Here

©2016 TreasureCoast.com All Rights Reserved | Privacy Policy|Site Map

To Top