Cocoa Beach: “Welcome To The Party, Pal!”

In the 1988 action thriller film “Die Hard,” there is a scene where the Bruce Willis character John McClain throws a terrorist / thief out of the window. The body falls and lands on a police squad car – the same police that McClain has been desperately trying to convince that the building is under attack and the people inside are being held at gun point.

After the body crashes into the windshield of the car, McClain shouts “Welcome to the party, Pal!”

(You can see the line here, and the clip in context here. (Warning: NSFW language in the second clip.)

One of the stronger presences on Facebook dealing with government issues in Cocoa Beach is a page called “Cocoa Beach Vote.”

The page regularly links to us and takes excerpts from here, so we keep an eye on them and what they are up to.

As they deal with general issues in Cocoa Beach, you should keep an eye on them as well.

However, a new page has appeared dealing with Cocoa Beach and this one is more focused on one issue – the amusement park rides Westgate is planning to install at the Cocoa Beach Pier.

Beach – Not Circuses: Citizens Against Carnival Rides on Cocoa Beach is the new player in the list of sites looking at Cocoa Beach.

They are looking at the Board of Adjustment’s decision on Westgate from an environmental impact point of view. While there is some posts dealing with quality of life in the area, the main focus is far more on the environment – how the rides will effect turtles, the dunes, etc.

They have also created a petition which asks that “Cocoa Beach rescind its approval for these amusement rides in order to protect and preserve the Cocoa Beach we enjoy and love.”

There is a law of physics that says “nature abhors a vacuum.” That is certainly true when it comes to government and citizens. If citizens do not participate in the process and make their voices heard, it leaves a vacuum – a vacuum which is gladly filled by government officials and unelected / unaccountable staff within that government. Within a blink of an eye, they will fill the void left by citizens who are too tired, too bored, to ignorant of issues, too busy with life, etc.

While it is self-serving for us to toot our own horn which has been advocating for more citizen participation, it is not self-serving to note Facebook pages like Cocoa Beach Vote and Beach – Not Circuses: Citizens Against Carnival Rides on Cocoa Beach are looking to engage with citizens, keep citizens informed and encourage citizen participation.

Welcome to the party.

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