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Find out what's happening in the blog. Below is a list of blog items.

Jul 28

Cocoa Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA)

Posted to Board/Committee Feature by Lauri Thompson

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.

The Cocoa Community Redevelopment Agency was established in 1985 for the purposes of carrying out redevelopment projects and activities for the historic Cocoa Village community. The board consists of seven members, five of which are filled by the current

Cocoa City Council members and the other two positions are residents or business owners in the redevelopment area that are appointed by members of the Cocoa City Council.

There is one vacancy on this board, that will be filled by an appointee at a June or July Council meeting. For more information on this board, its members and activities, please visit our Cocoa CRA website. 

Jan 22

January 2024 - employU

Posted to Business Spotlight by Connor Williams

employU employees standing in front of employU building Providing opportunities to adults and youth alike across Brevard County, employU works out of its Cocoa office to help the disadvantaged and disabled find careers and hone their professional abilities. employU is a nonprofit disability employment service, working to create an inclusive workforce for people with disabilities through education, empowerment, and advocacy. For the last 9 years, they have operated closely with their clients in Brevard County, having helped 127 individuals in 2023 alone. With over 30 office locations across Florida, employU is building relationships with businesses and helping clients state-wide.

On the client end, employU’s services can be best described as “involved employment and vocational services,” working closely with clients to help them find suitable positions, and find them a career of which they can be proud. employU provides assistance and services that other job or temp agencies cannot. On the business end, employU, thanks to its partnership with the VR program, is able to work with businesses and provide On-the-Job Training (OJT) for its clients. While participating in OJT with a partnered business, employU and the VR program cover the wages, liability insurance, and worker’s compensation of their client, meaning they’re no risk to the business as the client is being trained. In Brevard County, many local companies have found success in working with the Brevard Internship in Construction Knowledge (BRICK) program and in working with a number of Brevard-specific manufacturing industry projects over the years.

Interested individuals and businesses can contact employU through their general information number, (407) 598-0202, and e-mail, info@employu.org. To learn more about services and benefits that can be received, please visit employu.org. For more information about Vocational Rehabilitation, please visit rehabworks.org.

Apr 05

FEMA Grant Awarded for Fiske Blvd. Drainage Improvements

Posted to Capital Improvement Projects by Tiffany Bonadio

FEMA has approved a grant of $2,319,585 to help the City of Cocoa improve drainage along Fiske Boulevard and the Broadmoor Acres Subdivision during a storm. Thestorm drain with water flowing down proposal was submitted to FEMA after Hurricane Irma in 2017 as part of their Hazard

Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and will fund the installation of 12,625 linear feet of roadside swales to improve drainage and street runoff. It will add 5,520 cubic feet of water storage and 2,617 linear feet of drainage pipe along Fiske Blvd., which will help

reduce flooding by capturing and conveying stormwater along that corridor including the Broadmoor Acres community. The drainage project runs from Peachtree Street on the north to Highland Drive and then over to Bracco stormwater treatment area

and includes streets in the Broadmoor Acres community.


“The Fiske Blvd. drainage project will help to reduce future vulnerabilities and will provide long-term solutions to help strengthen that entire corridor,” said Deputy Mayor and District 1 Councilman, Alex Goins.


“This grant funding will allow us the opportunity to improve a flooding issue that has been plaguing this area for many years. I am

grateful that staff worked so hard to find solutions to make this project a priority,” said District 2 Councilman Lavander Hearn.