The City of Cocoa Beach will host a CRA meeting and a regular Commission meeting tonight. The CRA meeting starts at 6:00 PM and the Commission meeting follows at 7:00 PM. The agendas for both meetings can be found here.
As of this writing, the CRA meeting is perfunctory and only has the approval of the minutes from the last meeting.
The Commission meeting has a couple of interesting things as far as we can tell.
First, there is a agenda item to approve an agreement accepting $200,000 for the demolishing of the Glass Bank Building. We have no opinion on the proposal at all, but once again, it seems sad to us that Cocoa Beach’s iconic building is gone.
Secondly, there is a proposal to allow the City Manager to designate City Workers to issue citations. This seems to be addressing a hole in the City Code where Beach Rangers cannot issue actual citations but can only issue demands of compliance.
We find this rather interesting.
Beach Rangers are code enforcement agents. They are not law enforcement agents.
The difference is that if a law enforcement officer asks for ID based upon reasonable cause, the person should supply ID. That is not the case with Beach Rangers. So a person can either opt not to tell the Rangers their name, provide ID, or even lie to the Rangers when being asked for ID. Rangers do not have the power to detain anyone so they can’t even say “wait here while I request a police officer.” (A police officer cannot do that on a traffic stop either. You do not have to wait for a officer to call for a back up or a K-9 unit. That’s the law.)
Perhaps this is a case where the City is looking to make the process the punishment. We don’t know.
But in our opinion, this makes situations worse, not better.
Finally, we were surfing the ‘net and came upon some instances of black and white photos that had been colorized.
While many of the photos are interesting and well done, given the controversy over dogs on the beach, we found rather, well…..”insightful.”
It’s an interesting thought to think that at one point in time, dogs were allowed and even welcomed on beaches. Now we see discussions on whether to allow dogs on the beach during limited hours.
We wonder what happened? What changed?
Certainly the dogs didn’t change.
Did the owners change? Did irresponsible owners force governments to ban dogs from beaches? Was is a case of someone just didn’t like a dogs on the beach and managed to ban them?
We don’t know, but it seems like some change of thought and regulation occurred in the last 100 years.
Both meetings can be viewed on the City’s website or on Spectrum Channel 497.