Commissioner's Corner: Mike Miller
I wish all of you a joyous holiday season and Happy New Year on behalf of my fellow City Commissioners, City Manager, and staff. I have been reflecting on 2018 as a year of peace and prosperity for the City of Cocoa Beach.
Compared to the bitter hostilities and negative campaigning that characterized the mid- term election in much of the nation, the Cocoa Beach elections were relatively peaceful. Voters approved both Charter referendums, including a thoughtfully conceived compromise on building height. Regardless of the outcome, I believe the citizens of Cocoa Beach should be proud of the campaigns both for and against the proposed Charter referendums. It is proof we can disagree on public policy, yet maintain dignity and respect for one another.
Cocoa Beach conducts a non-partisan election for City Commissioners, allowing voters to evaluate candidates strictly on individual merit independent of political party affiliation. Similarly, Commissioners are free to render governmental decisions entirely on merit, not political doctrine or party loyalty. As a result, I believe the Commission can serve citizens better and accomplish more.
The following is a summary of some accomplishments in 2018:
- Hurricane repairs of City Hall
- New sanitary sewer collection system line on Banana River Blvd.
- De-mucking South of Minutemen Cswy
- Renovations at Shepard Park and Fischer Park
- Tennis Center under New Management
- Short-term Vacation Rental Ordinance
- Dogs on the Beach Ordinance
- City Charter Amendments
- Inter-local Agreement preserving the CRA
- Began construction of Downtown Parking Deck
Thank you to the voters of Cocoa Beach for allowing me to serve another term as your City Commissioner. I promise to preserve , protect, and defend our lifestyle in Cocoa Beach.
I look forward to seeing many of you in downtown Cocoa Beach for the Surfing Santa’s on Christmas Eve, and wish you all continued peace and prosperity in 2019.