Jun 25

Historic Cocoa Village Main Street

Posted on June 25, 2020 at 4:15 PM by Rachel Horst

volunteers posing with the butterfly garden fenceRevamping the Porcher House Butterfly Garden has been a community volunteer effort indeed! Made possible by a Florida Friendly Matching Grant through Keep Brevard Beautiful, the
butterfly garden has been reimagined and restored in a collaborative effort among Historic Cocoa Village Main Street, the City of Cocoa and St. Mark's Episcopal Academy. 

In early March, the Main Street organization was notified of the grant award. A couple short weeks later, our world as we knew it changed significantly and our work plans had to change as well. The pandemic and social distancing guidance presented challenges, but this resulted in special opportunities. Originally, the majority of the work of preparing the site and planting the plants was planned to occur in a day or two with a moderate-sized volunteer crew.
Because of the COVID-related limitations of the size of the group that could be in this fairly small space, we shifted to multiple, shorter work efforts with small crews that stretched across several weeks and brought out many different community volunteers. Thanks to the support of the City's Public Works Grounds crew and the many volunteers, the Butterfly Garden is now complete. Butterflies are finding their way and we are watching it grow! We look forward to seeing the volunteer effort grow as we continue to cultivate and maintain this new bright spot in our Village.

-Historic Cocoa Village Main Street Board Member, Connie Harvey
Dec 30

Diamond Johnson - 2019 Florida PAL Girl of the Year

Posted on December 30, 2019 at 2:40 PM by Rachel Horst

Diamond JohnsonDiamond Johnson has been a part of the Cocoa Police Athletic League (PAL) for the past three years. In the last two years alone, Diamond has contributed more than 100 volunteer hours to the Cocoa PAL After-School Program and did such a great job, she was hired on as the assistant for the PAL After-School Program during her Junior year of High School.

Diamond has completed two years of Youth Employment Training with Cocoa PAL and continues to volunteer with the program. This past summer Diamond assisted the Cocoa Police Department with the Cocoa PAL Summer Cops and Kids program where she worked
as a Camp Counselor.

Diamond currently serves as President of the Cocoa PAL Youth Directors’ Council (YDC). This year, she began her Senior Year of High School where she has maintained at least a 3.5 GPA. One of her teachers, Ms. Hardy stated about Diamond, “I believe that Diamond has the potential to not only change Brevard County and her community, but the entire world for the better.”

Diamond was selected by the State of Florida Police Athletic/Activites League as the 2019 Florida PAL Girl of the Year. With this prestigious honor also comes a $1,000 scholarship.
Diamond exemplifies community and the City of Cocoa is proud of her and excited to see what the future holds for her!
Oct 10

2019 Volunteer of the Year -- Edward L. Jones

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 12:03 PM by Rachel Horst

Edward L. JonesDiamond Square Redevelopment Agency Board Member, United States Army Veteran, and all around community supporter, Edward L. Jones has been selected as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year. 

Shortly after moving to Cocoa in 1965, Edward, who graduated from Lincoln Barber School in Tallahassee, opened the Afro City Barber Shop on what was then Magnolia Street. Eventually the shop was moved to the corner of Blake Avenue and King Street and then moved once again to where it is currently located at 576 West King Street.

Edward is married to Jo Ann Jones, a native Cocoa resident and they have five children, Edwin (Coach Fuzzy), Angelia, Erik, Elvin (Pop) and Sam, and thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Edward joined the City of Cocoa’s Diamond Square Community Redevelopment Agency Board in 1998 and has been a member of the board ever since where he works passionately for the community. Edward is also a member of Zion Orthodox Primitive Baptist Church in Cocoa, where he serves on the Usher Board. He has also been an athletic booster club sponsor for both Cocoa and Rockledge High Schools as well as a supporter of many other local organizations. Edward is best known for providing haircuts to those who are ill, housebound or in the hospital. For all of his many efforts in making sure that Cocoa is the best community, Edward Jones is recognized as the City of Cocoa’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year.