Last month I walk into the Police Department as it was flooding from an old pipe burst on the second floor of City Hall. I witnessed the deteriorated infrastructure collapsing as the water weighed down the drop ceiling and the stairway became a waterfall. It was clear to me that these are sub standard working conditions for our city employees and our police. As I walked through the damaged and flooded halls I was reminded of our greatest asset and that is the city employees and the Police officers that despite these conditions are making the best of it. I know we can do better for them and we need to build a new City Hall and Police Station sooner rather than later. I welcome anyone that believes we should keep this building to write me and I will gladly send you the pictures I took from that day. The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) fish kill and smell may be subsiding but I caution that the problem is still very real and persistent. I applaud the City commission for unanimously agreeing to my suggestion to create a dedicated environmental waterways restoration committee. This committee will take a science based comprehensive approach to the revitalization of our lagoon. Our part is a small piece but with help from the IRL Council and the League of Cities, it’s one step in tackling this large scale effort. I welcome you to join us in our workshops as we define our mission statement and encourage you to get involved. As some of you may know I am a huge supporter of education. I help sponsor the summer reading program at the Cocoa Beach Library and my business The Fat Donkey Dessert Shop gives free ice cream for good grades on every report card. I believe it is important to empower our youth with the tools and motivation for not only academic success but real life vocational skills. I attended a Makerspace workshop recently that motivated me and gave me some ideas on how we can accomplish that at a local level. The Makerspace movement encourages kids’ creativity with opportunity to create intellectual and physical materials using resources such as computers, 3-D printers, video capture editing tools and traditional crafts supplies. The students can reverse engineer things and rebuild them. These dedicated spaces are used to reintroduce tinkering and making things with their hands. As an appointed Commissioner I feel a greater sense of responsibility to the residents of Cocoa Beach and welcome your emails and input on any and all issues. I served my country in the United States Army and now I am here to serve you.
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SAVE THE LAGOON
The City of Cocoa Beach has Ordinance 1576 which restricts the use of fertilizer and the blowing of grass clippings in the canals, streets, or storm drains.
Each resident should contact their grass cutter and remind them to NOT blow grass clippings into the street, canal or storm drains.
Restrict the use of fertilizers on your lawn
Create at least a 10 foot buffer between your lawn and the canal when spreading fertilizer
SPECIAL EVENT PERMIT
If you are planning a special event in Cocoa Beach or on the beach in Cocoa Beach it is necessary for you or your company to apply for a Special Event Permit. The application is located on the City website site under “How Do I”. When in doubt, please apply!
TIM TUMULTY- MAYOR, SEAT 1 ED MARTINEZ– COMMISSIONER, SEAT 2 BEN MALIK- COMMISSIONER, SEAT 3 SKIP WILLIAMS- COMMISSIONER, SEAT 4 MIKE MILLER- VICE MAYOR, SEAT 5 CHARLES H. HOLLAND, JR.– ACTING CITY MANAGER