Cocoa’s Community Newsletter
Issue 138 - 4th Quarter 2020
City offices are closed on the following dates:
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Day After Thanksgiving
Friday, November 27, 2020
Dr. Joe Lee Smith Community Center
Brand New Center Now Open in the Diamond Square Community
The Dr. Joe Lee Smith Community Center, located in the heart of the Diamond Square Community, is now officially open and offering recreation and community services. The approximately 16,000 square foot center is substantially larger than the existing center, which was approximately 6,000 square feet and built in 1963. The old community center was in a state of disrepair and non‐compliance and as part of the Diamond Square Redevelopment Agency plan update, the need for a new and improved center was identified.
The new community center, which is now officially open, will be a gathering hub for community activities such as meetings, sports, after school programs, job training workshops, healthcare services and many more. Brevard County Parks and Recreation has moved into the facility and has begun recreation programming. Also, the Brevard County Community Action Team has offices at the community center where they offer rental and mortgage assistance, utility assistance, financial education and more for residents of Brevard County.
The community center was named for community parks and recreation advocate and former Rockledge City Councilmember, Dr. Joe Lee Smith in 1973, which stayed with the new facility. Dr. Smith along with members of the Cocoa City Council, the Diamond Square Redevelopment Agency and others will hold an official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 10:00am. Everyone is invited to participate in this historic event.
Cocoa Board/Committee Feature:
Police Community Relations Advisory Committee
The City of Cocoa has a number of various boards and committees comprised of residents, business owners and others to assist City Council in their decision making processes. It is also a great way for residents to engage with and learn more about their local government.
In October 2018, Cocoa City Council established a Police Community Relations Advisory Committee that is responsible for advising and making recommendations relating to the Police Department to the City Council, the Chief of Police and to the City Manager.
This committee is a way to provide a vibrant community discussion with an open forum and a place for citizens to bring ideas. It is a way to foster understanding, communication and collaboration between the Cocoa Police Department and the community.
Citizens can participate in these meetings which are held quarterly at 6pm in Council Chambers at Cocoa City Hall. The committee, which is made up of 7 members, seeks residents in the community to participate in constructive discussion about community policing, police‐community relations, and programs, initiatives and strategies to reduce crime and improve community safety. Visit the calendar for information on the next meeting.
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Cocoa Council Meetings
Cocoa City Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm at City Hall located at 65 Stone Street.
LaVander HearnCouncilmember - District 2Phone: 321-474-1189
Alex GoinsDeputy Mayor - District 1Phone: 321-474-4923
Mike BlakeMayorPhone: 321-474-1758
Rip DyalCouncilman - District 3Phone: 321-474-4924
Lorraine KossCouncilwoman - District 4Phone: 321-474-8445