The matter of organizing a volunteer fire department was discussed and Mr. Wayne C. Headley was designated to contact all persons likely to join the organization.


Purchased a 1943 Chevrolet 1 & ½ Ton Fire Chaise Fire Truck for $2,800 plus $200 to cover some additional equipment from H. B. Craven, Jr. Lakeland Florida.


A proposed Ordinance to prohibit driving of vehicles on the Atlantic Ocean Beach in certain portions of the Town was defeated due to the overwhelming opposition by the public.


The advisability of a phone being located in Town Hall was discussed and decided by all of the Commissioners that this phone was necessary.


Mayor authorized to contact State DOT about a permit to place a signal light at the intersection of Cocoa Avenue and A1A.


Special Meeting to Appoint Engineer Carl Schnabel to do a survey of the water system of the Town so that concrete facts could be filed with the H.H.F.A. in Washington and the F.H.A. in Washington and Miami. Due to the erroneous report that had been started regarding the Town's water supply, the town could be left out of the designated Critical Defense Area. The only way to convince the proper authorities controlling the critical defense set up that the Town of Cocoa Beach did have adequate water supply, both now and for the future, was to appoint a reliable engineer.


Mayor announced that the Town of Cocoa Beach had issued building permits during the year 1951 in the amount of a half-million dollars.


County Commission addressed the County's distance problems with mosquito control by plane spraying, since the City of Cocoa had sold their airport. The County would be able to purchase 136 acres of land on south end of Merritt Island at a cost of $8,000 to be used as an airport. The City of Cocoa pledged $3,000 the City of Rockledge pledged $1,500 and the City of Cocoa Beach pledged $600.


The Cocoa Beach Volunteer Fire Dept., Cocoa Beach Woman's Club and the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce requested the use of land owned by the Town to erect a building for use as a recreation center. This request was granted.


No Improvements Bonds were outstanding and a levy for Debt Service was not necessary. All improvement bonds were retired on July 1, 1952.


Mr. Thomas F. Kenney donated 100 feet of his property on N. Orlando Avenue, in block 100, Lots 28 & 29 for the purpose of erecting a municipal building for a recreation center. He also donated all the light fixtures and plumbing facilities.


Donations for Construction of Recreation Center Chamber of Commerce $500., Volunteer Fire Dept. $300. Women's Club $300


Recreation Center: Purchased Lot 13, Block 33, for $1,000 from Gus Edwards


Street markers at the intersections of all streets in the Town deemed a necessity and Commissioner Godke would investigate cost and have them installed.


Petition by parents requesting an area providing a playground and ball field was submitted. The tract of land on lot 2 was to be surveyed and appropriate markers installed so it could be cleared for a playground site.


Petition by parents requested the City to place the proposed Recreation Building on property owned by the City in Government #2, Section 15.


Thomas Caldwell, Waste Water Superintendent reported that he could not use his vehicle after the end of the Fiscal Year, due to the fact that the operation costs exceed the present allowance for operation 7.5 cents per mile.


Gus C. Edwards in a letter stated that it was his desire to give to the Town a park of suitable size, whenever the Town is in a position to accept and maintain the same as a park.


Charter Amendment- These items removed, authorize the Town to appropriate money and levy taxes for the purpose of supporting and maintaining hospitals, clinics or other facilities for the care of humans or animals, either within or without the Town and to provide for the expenditure of said money, either directly or through other bodies organized for said purpose.


Gus C. Edwards: City made the following proposal to Gus Edwards. That all blocks on both sides of Orlando Ave. which are not now in the Town and presently owned by Mr. Edwards, be incorporated into the Town and that Blocks 17B and 18A remain in the Town on condition that the Town immediately begin all necessary proceedings for the paving of Orlando Avenue from Cocoa Avenue to the south Town limits, all of Cocoa Avenue lying inside the Town limits and those parts of South 5th, 11th, and 16th Streets lying between S. Orlando & S. Atlantic Avenue, with the stipulation to be included that should the Town fail to do this within one year, Mr. Edwards would then be allowed to take back out of the Town limits all of the above mentioned blocks and be refunded all taxes paid for that year on said blocks. Cost of paving - one third by Town, and abutting property owners.


Speed Limit: The Kiwanis Club requested Town Commission to increase the speed limit within the Town to 35 mph from 25 mph. Commission approved leaving it at 25 mph.


Planning Commission: First meeting December 2, 1953


Town received $2,314.70 from Electrical Franchise FL Power & Light per Ordinance No. 41. This check showed a 9.5% increase over 1953.


The Garden Club members volunteered to landscape around City Hall property and requested $150 for this beautification project.


Streets: Streets named after Thomas F. Kenney and Mr. Pulsipher.


Mayor LaRoche was relieved of the police commissioner position and the responsibility of the police department was placed on the shoulders of the entire Commission.


Beginning July 1st the Town contributes $5 per month to Cocoa USO.


A conditional contract worked out with Gus Edwards and others that some eight blocks along Orlando Avenue be brought into the Town if the Bond Issue is passed and the paving program is carried out.


The Volunteer Fire Department "Chuck Wagon" was discontinued from operation on the beach within the limits of the Town as it would affect the business as well as others and it would also cause concessions of that type to come onto the beach.


Recreation Center: The proposed building is approximately 5,080 sq. ft. and including the parking area for 100 cars, kitchen equipment, grading and planting and the folding chairs for the auditorium, the estimated cost would be $36,000.


Cocoa Beach Garden Club requested and received permission to install a new sign at the north entrance into Cocoa Beach stating "Cocoa Beach. Pleasant Living, Pleasant Folks." They would landscape it also. The cost to the City would be $62.40.


Bids opened to paint the Fire Truck and awarded to Hooper Motor Company in the amount of $190.


Cocoa Beach Women's Club requested and received permission to use the Fire Department Garage as a Library.


Mrs. Herman Gaertner, County Library Board, explained to the Commission that County funds were available to the Cocoa Beach Library but in order to get this money the Library had to be under the jurisdiction of the Town. Commissioners Fischer and Smith were appointed to work with the present Library Board to formulate an Ordinance to make the present Library a Public Library to be under the jurisdiction of the Town.


Upon Motion by Commissioner Minella and Seconded by Commissioner Fischer the speed limit in the Town was raised to 35 miles per hour except one block North of Cocoa Avenue and one block South of Cocoa Avenue.


Legislature Bill Support: A bill showing that $30 or over will have to be put on bids for purchases of buildings: A bill whereby the people will elect a Mayor with referendum attached and that the town had a right to place a lien on property for clearing lots.


Mr. B. G. McNabb, Convair Area Representative, urged the Commission and the citizens of Cocoa Beach to get behind the expansion of this area to take care of the needs and facilities required by incoming personnel at PAFB. Mr. McNabb stated that this area is well on its way toward becoming the guided missile test center of the world and estimated that his own company is planning to bring in between 300 and 400 families by December 1956. This would represent a minimum of 1.8 million dollars annually. Mr. McNabb spoke at great length on why Cocoa Beach had to do something about bringing water into the area before someone else did, and invited Commissioners Kistler and Jones to discuss this subject further with him.


The City of Cocoa, Mr. Dyal and Mr. Nesbit stated to the Commission that the City wants a 30-year franchise with the Town of Cocoa Beach with which they will purchase outright the complete water department of Cocoa Beach and furnish to Cocoa Beach residents water service comparable to the service rendered the residents of Cocoa property. They recommended that water rates for residents outside the City limits be slightly higher.


Attorney Meadows briefed the Commission on his recent trip to Miami and advised the Commissioners to expect Negroes on the beach this year. Attorney Meadows suggested that if the problem does arise, that police officers clear the beach of all people regardless of color. This according to Meadows, is the only solution and at best, it is only a stalling devise.


Brevard County Board of Commissioners requested the Town to join in a VHF Sheriff's Radio System. This request was approved.


Two Commissioners tried to get the question of Liquor Sales on Sunday on the ballot this was defeated 2 to 3. Then the adoption of an Ordinance to allow Sunday sales passed 4 to 1.


The Commission agreed to retain the water plant, and purchase water at a wholesale rate, should the Cocoa water proposal materialize.


Discussion on steps necessary for annexation of the area being from the North gate of PAFB to the South limits of the Port Authority.


Mr. Jack Davis appeared before the Commission representing the Volunteer Fire Department. They were facing disbandment and requested the Commission's help. Nine items were listed. Mr. Davis was informed that a key to Town Hall was placed in the Surf Club some time ago and it is always available to firemen.


City Manager Ketcham requested the hiring of a professional appraiser to do a re-assessment of the City.


Police Chief Brady requested two more men for busy weekend traffic. Request denied - no money. Maybe we should ban driving on the beach.


Mr. Henderson & Mr. Steward Clark from the County School Board addressed the Commission to discuss a proposed Jr. High School in the City. There are approximately 260 students from Cocoa Beach attending Merritt Island Schools. A site in this City would generally be acceptable to the State Dept. of Education. They are planning a 720 pupil school and their only snag was a site on which to build. A motion was introduced that the Town sell 3.25 acres of the area presently being used as a dump, for $1 and other valuable consideration to the School Board for a school site and if not used, the property shall revert back to the Town. This motion carried unanimously.


Motion passed authorizing Engineer Bostwick to proceed with a long-range survey (cost not to exceed $500) to provide a sewerage system for the Town of Cocoa Beach, which could be expanded to serve any anticipated houses (referring to the Jones development.)


Authorized the Town Manager to be relieved of past Commission action and he may close the City Hall on Saturdays.


Mr. Dayal, City Manager of Cocoa, guaranteed water service to every customer within Cocoa Beach, if the town would sell our water system to Cocoa at a price of $54,000.


Mr. Bostwick submitted his final survey necessary for application and the Town Clerk was authorized to execute and file with the State Board of Health the application for federal grant-in-aid under P.L. 660 and that a copy of Mr. Bostwick's report be forwarded to the State Board of Health for review.


The water extension agreement between Whitmor Homebuilders, Inc. and the Town of Cocoa Beach was discussed with Mr. MacNabb of Convair. Mr. MacNabb advised the Commission that unless this contract was agreed to, he would exert his efforts to prevent annexation of Convair Cove. After considering the pros and cons of the problem, a motion was approved to accept the terms as laid out in the contract, with a provision that seven years be granted for repayment and that the annexation petition be effective seven years - be inserted.


Created the Cocoa Beach Development Board to: Investigate the feasibility of bringing light industry to the area. Study the feasibility of expanding corporate limits and coordinate various functions of existing advisory boards.


The Recreation Committee submitted its program and requested permission to proceed with the projects as outlined. The construction of the Community Building should be started as soon as possible. The lack of sufficient land for both the swimming pool and the building presented a major problem. It was moved to accept the recreational program and proceed with the construction of all projects except the basketball courts, tennis courts and swimming pool, and that a decision on the exceptions will be rendered within 45 days.


LaFrance Fire Equipment Company submitted a bid to furnish a Ford Truck for $10,800.


Special Meeting with Appraiser Jack Lietz to analyze his report on consolidation.


The Town Manager advised the Commission of the possibility of obtaining State Land in Section 16 as a treatment site and also reported that the Federal House and Home Finance Agency could buy our bonds at 4.5%. The location of the new site necessitated changing the engineering plans and Bostwick was instructed to proceed with a master plan for sewage coverage extending to the causeway.


City Attorney reported to the Commission that, in his opinion, Senate Bill #1378 as passed the 1957 Legislature, was unconstitutional. In view of this opinion, it was unanimously agreed that the election scheduled for August 3, 1957 be called off.


The purpose of meeting was to execute documents necessary to complete the sale of the Water System to the City of Cocoa. The Bill of Sale was executed and an Easement Deed was granted to the Cocoa.


With the acceptance of the Federal Grant approved, the Commission approved the letter from Mr. Bostwick, outlining the engineering fees and authorized him to proceed with the contract plans and specifications for the proposed sewage system.


Mayor of Satellite Beach submitted a bid of $50 for the City's old Fire Truck.


The Commission approved the agreement of lease and easement for the Convair Cove Annexation and a new Resolution of Annexation was prepared deleting the date of delivery of this easement agreement.


Mr. Harry Pfeiffer, representing the Cocoa Beach Recreation Board presented plans to the Commission for a proposed Community Center, a basic building 81' x 90' at an approximate cost of $45,000. Commissioner O'Connor stated that he felt the Commission should approve these plans and " get the center started."


At the request of the City of Cocoa, the City of Cocoa Beach's citizens can pay their water bills at Cocoa Beach City Hall.


The Commission reviewed the feasibility of purchasing land and making a municipal parking lot and install parking meters thereon and throughout the City as a means of revenue.


Purchased 5th Street Right-of-Way between Orlando and Brevard Avenues for $2,200.


Commission Tinker requested that the City institute preparations for a master zoning plan for the City.


The City rented to the Cocoa Beach Community Church, for $1 a year, the addressograph machine.


Tabled the Beach Ordinance, Closing the Beach to vehicle traffic, pending the end-streets be opened.


Accepted the offer of Leedy, Wheeler and Alleman Investment Bankers to purchase the $5000 issue of Utilities Revenue Bonds


The Commission agreed, as a matter of policy, that all Department Heads, except City Attorney and City Judge, would be directly responsible to the City Manager in the performance of their assigned duties. The City Manager would in turn be directly responsible to the City Commission, as a collective body, for the proper administration of all City Departments. A Resolution was proposed for a City Manger Form of Government.


Mr. Porter of Cocoa TV Cable appeared before the Commission to explain the proposed TV Cable Franchise desired by his company.


Gasoline Bid approved for .237 cents per gallon.


Public Hearing - Closing the Beach to Vehicle Traffic - 35 residents want it closed and the merchants being allowed to express their view point on the subject. The Commission seemed concerned for both sides of this issue. Several comments regarding mosquitoes in the newspaper. Concerns over possible annexation of more beach property.


Due to a lack of control in issuing building permits, the Commission adopted by motion a building moratorium until the building permits can be reviewed by the City Commission.


Chairman of the Planning Board, Col. Jordan, resigned because the Commission would not establish any authority for the Planning Board and he stated that with this, he could not work with the Commission in harmony.


Mr. Tuttle hired to appraise new buildings and additions to the tax rolls.


The Commission decided to open the beach from 1st Street South, North to the City limits. This was done in consort with the County's action to budget $18,000 for the coming fiscal year for lifeguards and the policing of beach areas North of Cocoa Beach. The Commission felt that this would be in accordance with the policy of cooperation with County Officials and general purpose for the beach area as a whole.


Bid awarded for Garbage & Trash at $8,485 per year.


Commission established the policy that the cost of mailing notices for hearings on Zoning Variances would be borne by the applicant.


Mrs. Gammage outlined library problems. She reported that the City needs to get with County Officials for a more fair distribution of library funds. She pointed out that Cocoa is receiving one-half the funds entitled to Cocoa Beach.


City Attorney Irvin reported the restrictions required by Mr. Gus Edwards for the deeding of the ball field property to the City. (300 x 450) Mr. Edwards did not want to consider the deeding of the Library site until satisfactory arrangements could be worked out on the ball field.


Commission approved the installation of a cigarette vending machine at City Hall, as long as the City received a profit from the machine.


Mr. Burton Smith was retained as the City's Fiscal Agent on the Sewer Bond Issue.


The City Manager reported that the proposed fire station site owned by the Cocoa Water Department was unobtainable, but that Mr. Jake Brodsky has offered to sublease a plot of ground in excess of 100 x 50 feet at $1 per year with the understanding that Mr. Brodsky would not be liable for any taxes on same.


General Dynamics Corp (Convair) dedicated Lots 16, 45 thru 48 and 76 in Convair Cove to the City for park and recreational purposes.


Approved the street lighting plan as presented by the Florida Power and Light Company for the Cocoa Isles and Cocoa Ocean Beach area to Volusia Lane.


Commission considered the resignation under pressure of Mr. Delaire from Cocoa Beach Elementary School. The School Board asked Mr. Delaire, under pressure to resign due to the fact that he allowed his children to attend St. Mary's Parochial School in Rockledge while serving as principal of a public school.


Mr. Gest requested the Commission to reopen Cocoa Ocean Boulevard between St. Lucie and Flagler Streets.


Mr. Archer, City Sales, requested permission to operate his beach wagon on the beach at least on holidays and weekends. After testimony from several businesses, this request was denied.


The City Manager recommended that the voter registration books be purged and that the City establish a modern voter registration system which would provide for lasting the address of the voter as well as whether or not they are freeholders.


Purchased for $500 a conference table and ten chairs for sale by the Anchorage Mortgage Company.


Mr. Beasley, representing the residents of River Isles, presented the protestation of the trespassing of commercial fisherman on their properties, seining the canals and taking large amounts of fish.


City Attorney Will Irvin presented a proposed deed from Gus Edwards, conveying to the City a plat of ground 50 x 150 feet, to be described as " part of left field" bordering the present ball diamond and field. It was agreed by the members of the Commission to accept the proposed deed, if certain deed restrictions were released.


The grand opening of the Burris Building was approved with the appearance of the Cisco Kid and a carousel being brought to town.


Mr. Bud Boysen, representative for Canaveral Builders, presented a request to annex his new development, Harbor View, a 19 acre tract of land, which lies east of the Banana River, bordered on the south by 11th Street and on the North by 8th Street, together with the property on which Mr. Boysen lives.


A letter from the President of the Surf Side Players, was requesting support and endorsement for their endeavor in bringing to the beach a social and recreational activity, together with the privilege of having a play on the beach at some future date.


Letters received from Satellite Beach requesting the four-laning of A1A and letters to the State making such a request from the City.


Authorized the expenditure of $600 to support C.B. Business Association celebration call "Rocket Day."


Authorized the purchase of a Drew Permanent Registration System with forms to be in a quantity not to exceed 2,500 as the permanent record system for Voters Registration.


Approved a New Library Contract between Brevard County and the City.


Special Conference with City Commission and City Library Board. Meeting called to discuss the Library plans as submitted by Mr. Gus Edwards. Mrs. Ruby Gammage of the Library Board presented criteria regarding space and location requirements of public libraries. The building proposed to be donated by Mr. Edwards for location on City property on Brevard and the Fifth St. S. extension would reportedly cost $18,000 and be named the Clara M. Edwards Library. It was decided that the plans submitted would be inadequate. In addition the proposed location was questioned by the Library Board. It was suggested that possibly Mr. Edwards would put the money in Trust toward the City building a larger Library than what Mr. Edwards has proposed. The Library Board was presently renting quarters in the Kenney Building on North Orlando Avenue.


Authorized contract for the extension of the Cocoa Beach Sewer System to Cambron Construction Co. for $375,525.65.


Commission stated that it would consider a part-time salaried Recreation Director at such time the cost were determined.


The City Manager read letters from the Greyhound Bus Company and Western Union, regarding local service for Cocoa Beach. The Greyhound Company considered it not feasible to provide local service and Western Union replied that it would investigate.


Mr. Jay Shoff, Radio Station WEZY, Cocoa, requested that the name of Cocoa Beach be changed to Cape Canaveral Beach or Canaveral Beach and requested an election guide the Commission. Upon Motion by Tinker this referendum question to change the City's name would be placed on the next election ballot.


Tree removal along South Atlantic Avenue - that all property owners effected by the removal of Australian pine trees which are subject to private ownership in whole or part shall be reimbursed with cabbage palms on a reasonable basis within the ability of the City.


Funding Goals discussed by the Commission to be financed by a General Obligation Bond Issue.

Assessment Basis

  1. Long list of sidewalks to be installed
  2. Long list of Street paving especially Ocean Beach Blvd
  3. Beautification of main Streets in Residential areas

General Obligation Bond

  1. Parks neighborhood in uptown and downtown area and a public picnic area on ocean
  2. Purchase 300 ft. of ocean front to river property for City Hall Recreation Center and Library and Marina to be financed by GO Bonds and on the ocean side a bathhouse, parking area, etc.
  3. Fire Stations - for uptown and down town (Lease option on Brodsky offered site)
  4. Storm Drainage

Revenue Bonds

  1. Parking area for uptown and down town - Parking meters
  2. Oceanfront land for bathhouse and Parking areas
  3. Golf Course - possibly could be financed by revenue bonds by pledging and increase in occupational licenses of motels. Could apply for submerged lands from State Internal Improvement Board. Land located at end of Cocoa Avenue could be considered if hospital does not use same

Other Improvements

  1. Street lights from downtown to uptown - Lease from FPL
  2. Master lifeguard tower - capital outlay - general fund


President of Little League requested improvements on the Little League field. City Attorney was instructed to confer with James Edward, attorney for Gus Edwards, on when the lease will be forthcoming on the field, so the City can have title to the land before permanent improvements are made


Approved the request of the Committee for a Junior College for a donation of $4,500 to be used toward the purchase price of a site for the Brevard County Junior College, said site to be purchased from the City of Cocoa Water Department and to be situated on Clear Lake, Cocoa Florida.


Established the Recreation Board of Seven Members and the Teen Advisory Group.