Cocoa Beach: Commission Meeting Tonight.

As we noted yesterday, tonight, Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 7:00 PM the Cocoa Beach City Commission will hold a regular meeting starting at 7:00 PM. The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

The big item on the agenda as far as we are concerned is a variance for the group that owns the International Palms to build a new resort with the height of 70 feet of habitable space which is 155% taller than the height regulation approved by the voters in 2018.

As we stated, there is no valid reason given by the owners for this variance. All of the things they want corrected have nothing to do with the height of the building. Their justifications are simply to have a taller building to have more rooms and more income at the expense of the character and soul of Cocoa Beach.

Commissioners have said in the past when approving the variance for the Ocean Dunes project that they couldn’t see a need to ever grant a variance over 66 feet.

We’ll see how much they keep their word when they actually vote.

We also mentioned that the PAC that pushed for the height increase in 2018 received contributions from the trade group to which the International Palms belongs.

Here’s another little tidbit: that same group made campaign contributions to Commissioner Mike Miller and Tim Tumulty when they ran for office in 2018. (Miller winning and Tumulty failing to win.)

We encourage everyone to attend this meeting to voice their concerns on this variance.

If the members of the Commission have any integrity, this variance will not pass.

That’s a big “if” and past experience has brought the integrity of some members into question.

See you tonight.

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