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Ben Malik


Commissioner’s Corner
Ben Malik

 

     If you are a surfer in Florida, chances are pretty high that you are also an amateur meteorologist or have at least a rudimentary knowledge of weather/wind conditions as the surf conditions are very much dependent on weather!  Tropical Storm Erika did provide our wave starved region with some swell for us surfers; the surf was smaller than earlier model/swell predictions.   September is typically the peak of hurricane season in Florida and we have been fortunate to not have had a direct hit from a hurricane since 2005 (Tropical Storm Fay hit Florida in 2008 and caused some regional flooding in the area).   The current El Nino effect which increases wind shear in the Atlantic region has dramatically reduced the development of storms in our region.  During the El Nino, the Pacific Ocean waters are warmer than normal; this has caused this region to be more active with storms including 3 cat 4 hurricanes on August 30th, 2015!
As residents of a barrier island we must all pay attention to the weather at this time of year and just make sure we are prepared in the event of an approaching storm.  If you are a new resident to our area or have never experienced the joy of having no power for two weeks, be sure you have a plan to evacuate in the event of an approaching storm.  You should put together a basic emergency supply kit (see
www.embrevard.com for more info.)   The City will be using CBNN to communicate important storm information and encourage residents to share the information with their neighbors and friends (just click on our website, www.cityofcocoabeach.com  and click on the notify me to sign up for CBNN)

    The Fire Department also encourages residents to sign up and register for the new Brevard County Emergency Management CODE RED system. To access the system please visit:
www.embrevard.com  click on the "Alert Sign Up" on the left hand side of the webpage. Alerts will be delivered via phone call, text, email or combination of all three, based on your specific preference.

    Our new fire station is designed to function has an emergency operations center /IT data center during storm events and will allow us to provide first responder service during times of severe weather.
In economic news, we have seen a dramatic uptick in our City’s building permits since June 2012, 137 permits to 269 permits as of June, 2015.  This can be attributed to our rebounding economy but is also reflective of our efforts to streamline the permit process and encourage reinvestment in our City. As the budget review indicated, the City cannot continue to maintain level of services and long overdue infrastructure improvements without this reinvestment in our community while maintaining our low taxes. We don’t have to sacrifice our small town charm to encourage some economic reinvestment to ensure the financial viability of our community.

 
    Thank you for your support and allowing me to serve as your Commissioner, please feel free to contact me with any suggestions at bmalik@cityofcocoabeach.com or my cell at 321-794-6668.
Football season is here, Go Gators and Go Dolphins!


NEW LIGHTHOUSE REPLACES STORM DAMAGED ONE      

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Lighthouse replacement

The lighthouse between the Big Island and homes that front Bahama and Bimini has been replaced. Through the efforts of Richard Harris, Jeff Vogt, many residents that donated money, Wayne Carragino of Information Technology,  and  Steve Miller of the Building Department the historic lighthouse has been replaced after earlier storms damaged it.  Many boaters use the lighthouse as a  navigational tool and residents have always enjoyed its’ beauty.
Richard  Harris and neighbors have done a tremendous amount of work in getting the lighthouse restored.  Waterfront Solutions donated the material and labor to build the platform, while Richard raised the money through local crowdfunding.
Pictured left workers from Water Solutions.

 

Fireball Run

The 2015 Fireball Run will begin its’ 7 day adventure September 25th  in Hartford, CT and cross the finish line in Cocoa Beach on October 3, 2015. The city parade in honor of finishing the race will begin at 3:30pm with sixty cars at Triangle Park and end at the finish line: City Hall. There will be vendors, food, DJ and fun downtown. The teams and their cars will be on display for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime finish!  Come show the Cocoa Beach pride and spirit!

OCTOBER 3, 2015, SATURDAY


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DAVE NETTERSTROM– MAYOR, SEAT 1
TIM TUMULTY– VICE MAYOR, SEAT 2
BEN MALIK-  COMMISSIONER, SEAT 3
SKIP WILLIAMS-  COMMISSIONER, SEAT  4
MIKE MILLER-  COMMISSIONER, SEAT 5
RON MCLEMORE-  CITY MANAGER

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