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COMMISSIONER'S CORNER: ED MARTINEZ


Albert Einstein once said that “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”. This comes to mind whenever I have conversations about the 45ft height restriction in Cocoa Beach. The discussions are passionate, cause division and at times, filled with rumors.

 

In order to come to an agreement we will need to have an honest and open discussion based on facts and not fear. Certainly we do not want to deviate from our Charter goal of a “low-density residential and family-oriented resort community”. However, we should take a sensible approach to change while maintaining those goals.

 

A decision was made to set the arbitrary number of 45ft and the long term impacts of that limitation were not fully considered. The decision created decline in development, lack of reinvestment in our existing properties, loss of tax revenue from new development and unappealing block shaped buildings. The fact that the height is measured from the crown of the road vs. actual base created disparity. In some cases buildings must adhere to the new FEMA Base Flood Elevations which require parking on the first floor.

 

The Mission of the Charter Review Committee is to review the City Charter of the City of Cocoa Beach and to make recommendations to the City Commission on proposed amendments to the Charter. Currently there is a draft of ballot proposal to increase permissible building structures to 70 ft.  This could allow for a 5 story building. It’s important to emphasize that no change to density is being considered nor would I support it. I believe this is a sensible approach. You have an opportunity to be part of the discussion and ultimately vote on any change brought to the commission. So we have a decision to make as a community together. We have a unique opportunity to chart a new path forward.

 

Your vote will be heard this November.
 
I welcome your comments and emails
Ed Martinez
emartinez@cityofcocoabeach.com


  

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST BRUNCH

Come check out the facilities at the Cocoa Beach Country Club and enjoy a great Breakfast Buffet!  If you missed the last Community Breakfast don’t miss this one!
WHEN:    Sunday, March 25, 2018
TIME:      8:30am-12:30pm
COST:  $10.00/person    $8.00/person 12 and under

The Cocoa Beach Country Club has a lot to offer. Come out and tour the facilities– golf, tennis, and swimming. There is a new tennis pro for lessons and a golf pro to help you learn the game or straighten out that slice. Plus the pool temperature is warm enough to swim year round.
 
 

New Fire Marshall
Pictured-left to right– Sal Liberto, Tammy Liberto (wife), and Chief Ryan Duckworth
 

WELCOME NEW FIRE MARSHAL

Sal Liberto was promoted to Cocoa Beach Fire Marshal and was sworn in at the February 15, 2018 City Commission meeting by Chief Ryan Duckworth.
Libero joined the Cocoa Beach Fire Department in 2011.  He replaces Chief Mark Amaral, who retired at the end of January.
Welcome new Fire Marshal Sal Liberto.
 
 
 

POOL UPDATE

The pool heater is up and running with a temperature of 82 degrees. Plus the slide has been refurbished (see below). Come out and take a lap or two.
 

Refurbished slide
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  BEN MALIK-  MAYOR, SEAT 1
  ED MARTINEZ– COMMISSIONER, SEAT 2
  KARALYN WOULAS COMMISSIONER, SEAT 3
  SKIP WILLIAMS-  VICE MAYOR, SEAT  4
  MIKE MILLER-  COMMISSIONER, SEAT 5
  JAMES P. MCKNIGHT - CITY MANAGER

 

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