The Years 1920-1980

Cocoa Beach has a diverse and colorful history, In the early days, with its proximity to the missile test facility at Cape Canaveral, its development was a result of decisions made by the federal government in reaction to global politics.

Read all about how the City started developing in the roaring 1920s, when developer Gus C. Edwards envisioned a great resort town, and bought large pieces of property.

In mid-1940s, the United States found itself embroiled in the Cold War, and pumped billions of dollars into military projects, including the creation of the missile test facility at Cape Canaveral.

Late in 1950s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created, placing Cocoa Beach in the years to come, as the place to see and be seen for rocket launches. During the moon-boom years, from 1960s to 1970s, the City saw an increase in population by 286.39% (3,475 to 9,952). Visions of beaches and rocket booms dominated the search for housing.

1969-1975 Massive layoffs at the Cape impacted the City.

1980s onward - Cocoa Beach continues to reinvent itself.

Read about all about these years of history by era.