Per the City of Cocoa Charter, the City of Cocoa is required to redraw or adjust district boundaries of each of the districts within the City following each federal census held every 10 years. District population information was received from the 2020 Census in 2021 and a Commission was appointed by Council to sit on the redistricting committee.
This committee was established to assist with the process of redrawing or adjusting the boundaries and met several times at the end of 2021 and beginning of 2022. This committee approved a recommended plan and filed that report with Cocoa City Council for approval. This report includes a map and description of the districts recommended in the form of a proposed ordinance for adoption. They had 120 days to complete this process after appointment.
The districts must be equal in population within a 5% deviation. Each district shall be formed of compact, contiguous territory, and its boundary lines shall follow street boundaries insofar as practical or possible. Districts shall be based upon the principle of equal and effective representation as required by the U.S. Constitution. Districts must also comply with the applicable provisions of the Voting Rights Act and any applicable court orders.
Cocoa City Council then must adopt the redistricting ordinance at least 120 days before the next City Council election which is scheduled in November 2022. In February 2022, Council approved the recommendations of the redistricting committee and approved the revised district boundaries.
The revised boundary map is available on the City’s website at www.CocoaFL.gov/maps. This is an interactive map and allows residents to input their address to see what district they reside in.