Cocoa Communications

Cocoa Communications

This is a community information blog updated by the Public Relations Specialist on a weekly basis.  Get the latest information from the City of Cocoa including events, news, updates, etc. 



May 20

Engage in your Community

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 1:35 PM by Lauri Thompson

What does is it mean to engage in your community?  Be involved, be active, volunteer, communicate, attend meetings.  All of these things are crucial components of engaging in your community.  This is how Wikipedia defines Community Engagement: Community engagement refers to the process by which community benefit organizations and individuals build ongoing, permanent relationships for the purpose of applying a collective vision for the benefit of a community. 

This past Friday, the City of Cocoa hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon for the individuals that volunteer their time to benefit this community.  There were individuals who volunteer on one of our many boards or committees, special event volunteers and volunteer cops, among many others.  The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Mr. George Brown, Jr. who has volunteered on a board for over 30 years.  Mr. Brown is committed to moving his community forward!
George Brown Volunteer Award George Brown, Jr. with Cocoa City Council at Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

Engaging in your community is not just about volunteering.  You can get involved in your community other ways as well.  There are two City Council meetings every month as well as other meetings throughout the year such as town hall meetings, visioning sessions, budget hearings, board meetings, etc.  Come out to these meetings and give your thoughts and opinions.  The City of Cocoa has a Facebook Page, Twitter Page, an online forum and this community blog.  You can give your feedback to topics posted on these social media platforms.  Let your ideas be heard and engage in your community processes.  

Request tours of City facilities or have a City representative come and speak with your classroom, neighborhood, and/or community organization.  The City of Cocoa Utilities Department has several conservation topics that can be brought to your classroom or community organization meeting.  Set up a tour of one of our City facilities such as the Dyal Water Treatment plant.  Come see how the City of Cocoa works.  Recently Deputy Mayor, Clarence Whipple, Jr. visited Emma Jewel Charter Academy for their career day event and spoke with the students about what it's like to be an elected official and the duties and responsibilities involved on a daily basis for this position.  Students were engaged and asking some intense questions of Mr. Whipple. 
Deputy Mayor Whipple at Emma Jewel Charter Academy  Deputy Mayor Whipple at the Emma Jewel Charter Academy Career Day event

So I challenge you to find a way to become engaged in our community and help to move Cocoa forward.  We need to work together to continue to move forward and community engagement is the key to our success.

Begin your community engagement process by coming out to the Mayor's Crime Awareness and Prevention Summit next Tuesday, September 30th from 6-9pm at the Cocoa Civic Center.  Share your ideas on how we as a community can keep decreasing crime and turn around the image of Cocoa for good.           

Volunteer needs for the City of Cocoa:

    -The Police Department is always in need of volunteer cops.  This is an all volunteer program that is coordinated through the Cocoa Police Department.  Volunteers register to assist the police department with certain calls such as traffic related issues, road closures, work with the Community Resource Unit, work special events, cover school zones, assist with training days, etc.  To volunteer for this program please contact Chico Mastropaolo at or Major Mark Oenbrink at (321) 637-6315.

    -The Leisure Services Department puts on several community events throughout the year like FREE movies in the park, Halloween in the Village, Cocoa's Holiday Festival, July 4th with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.  Thousands of attendees come out for these events each year.  The City of Cocoa puts on these events for the community but could not do it without the assistance of volunteers.  Volunteer duties range from running activities such as bounce houses and kids games to face painting and trash pick-up.  To volunteer for these great community events, fill out a Volunteer Application and submit to the HR Department, 65 Stone St., Cocoa, FL 32922.  HR will notify the Leisure Services department once your application has been approved.

    -Boards and Committees: There are several boards and committees within the City of Cocoa that are in need of members including the Affordable Housing Committee, the Board of Trustees for the Firefighters Retirement Plan, US 1 Corridor Redevelopment Agency and the Utilities Advisory Board.  Click Here to learn more on how you can become a member.       

Comment below on this blog or e-mail me, Samantha Senger, Public Relations Specialist at to send your thoughts and/or comments.  You can also reach me at (321) 433-8685. 
May 12

Summer Fun in Cocoa

Posted on May 12, 2020 at 3:54 PM by Lauri Thompson

Cocoa has a number of fun things to do this summer.  Don't miss our list of the top ten things to take advantage of this summer in the City of Cocoa.

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Jun 30

Cocoa's July 4th Celebration

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 10:54 AM by Samantha Senger

July 4th

Each July 4th the cities of Cocoa and Rockledge celebrate the Independence Day Holiday with a free concert from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and a beautiful fireworks display over the Indian River.  Thousands gather to celebrate this holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring freedom from Great Britain. We are quite lucky to have such a fantastic show, which makes Cocoa's July 4th celebration the premier Independence Day Celebration along the Space Coast.  

July 4th
For the last six years, we have partnered with two other Space Coast shows to bring you three days of fireworks along the Space Coast, Smoke on the Water and Fire in the Sky.  (  This fantastic partnership brings you three days of fireworks displays along the Space Coast with the first show in Port Canaveral on July 2nd, then a show along the beaches in Cocoa Beach on July 3rd and the finale, fireworks over the Indian River in Cocoa Village on July 4th.

July 4th 

Thousands of people come to Riverfront Park each year to watch a free concert by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra as they play along with the beautiful fireworks display over the Indian River.  The concert begins at 8pm and the fireworks begin at 9:15pm. 

This year there will be plenty to do in the park prior to the show and fireworks, so come early to reserve your spot.  Beginning at 11:30am, Cocoa Main Street will be hosting a Shrimp Boil and Pie Show.  This unique event allows you to sample some awesome food and award winning pies.  Then beginning at noon, the kids play area will open which will have bounce houses and slides.  Food vendors and Magic Dove balloon artists will begin at 4pm.  Don't forget your blankets and lawn chairs!

Shrimp Boil

I have been attending the July 4th celebration in Riverfront Park for many years and I recommend getting there early to reserve your spot as space goes fast!  This is the premier event for a reason!  So enjoy your Independence Day holiday weekend and remember come out early to the park to reserve your space and enjoy all of the early festivities in the park! 

Cocoa's July 4th Celebration FAQ's:
  1. When should I arrive to find a spot to view the concert and fireworks?  I would recommend arriving around 11:30am to reserve your space and enjoy the Shrimp Boil and Pie Show hosted by Cocoa Main Street.
  2. What time does the Brevard Symphony Orchestra concert begin?  The concert begins at 8pm.
  3. What time do the fireworks begin and how long do they last?  The fireworks display over the Indian River begins at 9:15pm and usually last about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Where can I find parking?  All along the streets in Cocoa Village and the municipal parking lots will offer free parking.  
  5. Can I bring my pet with me to this event?  Even though Cocoa Village is a pet friendly community, we do not recommend bringing your animals to this event due to the amount of people in attendance.  Thousands of people will be at this event and some pets do not like large crowds or loud fireworks.  So for this event, leave your pet at home.  Service animals are always welcome.
  6. Can I bring alcohol to the park?  NO.  Alcohol is not permitted at this event and there will be Cocoa Police patrolling the event.  There are several bars and restaurants throughout the Village that you can patron for an alcoholic beverage.
  7. Will there be food available at this event?  There will be food vendors set up at the event where you can purchase food beginning at 4pm.  
  8. What happens if it rains?  The show will typically go on unless it is raining pretty bad or there are severe weather threats.  The Orchestra is covered but their equipment cannot get wet, so they will play depending on the direction of the rain.  The fireworks cannot be shot with high winds and rain.  Keep an eye on the city's Facebook and Twitter page to get up to the minute weather notifications if needed.
  9. Is there special assistance for individuals with disabilities?  If you need special assistance based on a disability, contact Lisa Moody, Leisure Services Manager at or (321) 635-7701 and she will try and assist you as best she can.
  10. Can I fly my drone to capture video of the event?  Drones and aerial photography systems are not allowed without prior authorization.  Contact Lisa Moody, Leisure Services Manager at for more information. 
  11. Will I be able to sit on the boardwalk in Riverfront Park to view the fireworks and concert?  Yes, but the boardwalk will close and be cleared out at 4:30pm in Riverfront Park. Wristbands will then be distributed on a first-come-first served basis beginning at 5pm at no extra cost to those wanting to sit on the boardwalk.  For safety reasons, only 500 people will be permitted to be on the boardwalk at one time.
  12. Will I be able to get into Lee Wenner park on the 4th of July?  Lee Wenner Park will be closed beginning at 10am on Friday, July 3rd through midnight on July 4th.  The entire park including the boat ramps and parking spaces will be off limits.  DO NOT launch your boat and park overnight.  All vehicles left in the park after 10am on Friday the 3rd will be towed at the owners expense.  
  13. Can I bring a pop-up tent? Yes.
  14. Can I bring fireworks to set myself?  No personal fireworks, or flaming batons will be permitted at the event.  If you have them, Cocoa Police will confiscate.  
  15. Are there any street closures associated with the event?  Yes, Harrison Street from Delannoy Ave. to Riveredge Blvd. will be closed beginning at 10am.
  16. Will I be able to reach Leisure Services on the 4th of July with any questions regarding the event?  Staff will be out and about getting the event set-up and ready to go.  They will check messages from time to time but the best way to reach Leisure Services that day will be by e-mail at  
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