Dec 16

Marci Davis

Posted on December 16, 2020 at 4:45 PM by Rachel Horst

Marci Davis is a lifelong resident of Cocoa and a proud graduate of Cocoa High School. In 2014, she earned a bachelor's degree in human resources from Barry University. She is currently the Operations Manager at Celebration Tabernacle where she has
worked since 2010.
Davis became a Volunteer Cop (VCOP) in February, 2020, where she has served the city well, and was recently named VCOP of the 3rd Quarter. “I love serving my community and being actively involved,” she said. “My experience as a VCOP has broadened my understanding of what our community needs.”
As a VCOP, Davis is part of a team that patrols local neighborhoods, assists with special events throughout the city, conducts house checks for residents and business owners on vacation, and assists police officers and city staff with whatever duties are requested. Davis embraces her role as an opportunity to help others and provide support where needed. Since taking on the role, Davis describes a newfound awareness and ability to identify where help is needed and how to connect people to resources that can have a positive life changing impact. “I encourage anyone who wants to make a difference to participate in the VCOP program,” she said. “You are literally joining forces with a group of people whose mission is to help others, which helps bring strength and unity to Marci Davis with another officer and kids in shopping cartour wonderful city.”
Oct 05

Jennifer Riggs

Posted on October 5, 2020 at 1:15 PM by Rachel Horst

Jennifer Riggs has served on the Sustainability Advisory Committee for over two years as Chair of that committee spearheading the development of Cocoa’s first ever Sustainability Plan. She also graduated from Cocoa’s first Citizens Academy this past May where she learned all about the various departments and workings of her local government. “During the last two years, Jennifer Riggs has worked tirelessly, contributing hundreds of hours of her professional skill sets, to lead the development of Cocoa' s Sustainability Plan. Her service is exemplary and novel since no other committee has ever been tasked with producing a work product. It was done professionally and leveraged the talents and expertise of other committee members, several of which are professionals in different facets of environmental management. If we had gone out to bid for the development of a sustainability plan, it would have cost us tens of thousands of dollars. Ms. Riggs has taken this challenge seriously, establishing deadlines and meeting objectives. The draft product currently being circulated with staff will put Cocoa on a sustainable path. It will make us more storm prepared, environmentally friendly and elevate us as a municipal leader on the Space Coast,” said District 4 Councilwoman, Lorraine Koss.Jennifer Riggs with citizens academy group
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