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Cocoa Beach: Dogs On The Beach. At Least It’s Not Cows On The Beach.

image courtesy The Daily Mail.

In case you missed it, earlier this year the City of Cocoa Beach decided to allow dogs on the beach as a trial basis. The move was not without controversy and we certainly hope that the dog owners who pushed for this will act in a responsible manner.

The city commission approved a proposal Thursday night that will allow dogs on a section of Ocean Beach. The ordinance begins July 15 and is in effect for six months.

That will essentially be a trial period to see if dogs and sunbathers can get along, then commissioners will re-evaluate it.

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Dogs are currently banned from almost all of Brevard County beaches. The exception is Canova Beach Park, which released the hounds in 2012 and has since become a popular spot for dog owners looking to have a little fun in the sun with Fido.
Dogs at Brevard County beaches

The amendment will allow dogs on the stretch of beach from 4th Street to 16th Street from 6-10 a.m. and from 5-7 p.m. (and then 5-9 p.m. during daylight saving time). Dogs will have to be on a leash and owners are required to pick up after them.

For those who think this was a bad move, we offer that it could have been worse. Much worse. The City could have voted to allow cows on the beach.

Yes, cows.
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Cocoa Beach: Commission Meeting Tonight.

Just a small reminder that tonight there is a regular Commission meeting for the City of Cocoa Beach starting at 7:00 PM. There doesn’t seem to be anything on the agenda that we would label “controversial,” but that is our opinion.

There are only two items in the “new business” part of the meeting and both are final votes for approving the final language on ballot questions for the November elections. The first question is the height issue, and the second question is the correction to the charter to correct some alleged errors.

These two questions have been discussed and beaten to death and as this is the second reading of two for both, we don’t expect much discussion and debate.

However, this is also your last chance to comment on the language of these two ballot measures, so if you want to make your feelings known or this or on any other issue, you should head on up to the meeting and speak.

Be a part of the process and the solution.



Looking Back.

We actually found this picture for sale on a site, but thought it was so interesting and cool that we wanted to post it.

It is the Cocoa Beach Pier circa 1972.

Hard to recognize the place, isn’t it?

Time marches on.



Cocoa Beach: City Commission Tonight – Final Vote On Ballot Language For Height.

Tonight the Cocoa Beach City Commission meets starting at 6:00 PM for a CRA meeting followed by a 7 PM regular Commission meeting. The agenda for both meetings can be found here.

For a warm July evening, this meeting has a couple of things that will affect the citizens of Cocoa Beach.

First is an item that will confirm meetings to establish the millage rate for the upcoming year. The dates for those meetings would be September 5, 2018 (Wednesday) at 6:00 PM, to set the tentative millage and tentative budget, and September 20, 2018 (Thursday) at 7:00 PM. The could be considered a “save the date” vote.

A second item of interest is to finalize the languages as to what would appear on the ballot this year in regards to height limitations within the City.
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Cocoa Beach: Dave Netterstrom -Deja Vu All Over Again.

9image courtesy Florida Today)

Stop us if you have heard this one before.

Dave Netterstrom has quit before the end of his commitment.

In April of 2018, Netterstrom announced he was running for the Cape Canaveral Port Authority commissioner in District 5.

Now, less than 2 months later, Netterstrom has left the race.

The race for Canaveral Port Authority commissioner in District 5 has a new twist, as a third Republican candidate dropped out of the campaign.

Former Cocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterstrom withdrew from the race, saying his heart is just not in it to campaign for the seat.

That leaves three Republicans and one Democrat seeking the seat now held by Tom Weinberg, who is not seeking re-election.

In November of 2015, Netterstrom resigned as Mayor of the City of Cocoa Beach effective December 31, 2015.

As we posted at the time, Netterstrom wrote in an open letter to the residents of Cocoa Beach:

All good things must end and unfortunately that time has come. I must stop playing and get back to work. At the end of the year, I will resign my position as Mayor (a job highly recommend) so I can clear my mind and focus on new opportunities. As many of you are aware, I’ve been purchasing distressed properties and flipping them to new owners. As the economy gets better, my business model is changing (bad for me, great for everyone else) and 2016 will be an exciting transition time for me.

In 2016 Netterstrom, apparently with a clear mind, focused on the new opportunity of running for the Clerk of the Courts. In November of 2016, he was rather soundly beaten by Scott Ellis with Ellis getting twice the number of votes Netterstrom received. ( 198,2398 votes (67.47%) to 95,657 votes (32.53%))

(Of interest is that Netterstrom ran against Ellis without any party affiliation. For the Port Authority seat, he was running as a Republican. Make up your mind, Dave.)

This past week, Netterstrom said this about dropping out of the Port Canaveral race:
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Cocoa Beach: Tumulty Has Memory Problems And Look Who Supports Him.

This post started out looking at one thing and then made a hard turn into another direction.

We got sent a link to a site supporting Tim Tumulty who is running for Seat 4 on the Cocoa Beach Commission against Skip Williams. What caught our eye was in the description of Tumulty, as we read this:

-No highrise development- The will of the people is the deciding factor.

This is a jaw dropping claim. Tumulty must think that if you tell a lie enough, that people will believe you.

One only needs to go back to when Tumult was on the City Commission both as a Commissioner and serving as mayor after Dave Netterstrom resigned. (Tumulty was never elected to the position of Mayor.) During the Ocean Dunes discussions, Tumulty made it clear that he wanted the height limits raised. In furthering that agenda, he voted for the variance to allow the Ocean Dunes condos to be built in spite of the voter supported City Charter provision that established the height limit at 45 feet.

Tumulty and his friends decided that the people weren’t the deciding factor and instead voted against the clear position of the residents.

Now he wants people to forget that. He is, in essence, saying “listen to me! Don’t look at what I did in the past! Listen to my words now!”

That was to be the original focus of this post – that Tumulty says one thing and does another.

But then things took a turn as we wondered “who is running that site?”
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Cocoa Beach: Breaking Away, Workshops And Vultures.

Bear with us on this one…..

Tonight at 6:00 PM at City Hall, the City Commission will host a workshop on proposed ballot amendments to be voted upon this November by residents. The agenda for the meeting can be found here. Please take note of the earlier time of 6:00 PM rather than the normal Commission meeting time of 7:00 PM.

The Charter Review Committee is making the following proposals:

1) Building Height Limit
Ballot Title: Cocoa Beach City Charter Amendment Revising Building Height-Related Charter Provisions
Ballot Summary: Amending the City Charter to revise height-related charter provisions, change the Charter building height limit from 45 feet above crown of abutting road to 70 feet (excluding 8 feet of unoccupied rooftop appurtenances) above a defined Base Elevation (which accounts for flood elevations), and change the number of commissioner votes necessary to approve comprehensive plan changes increasing permissible building height up to the 70 feet building height limit from five votes to four.____ Yes____ No

2) Charter Cleanup
Ballot Title: Cocoa Beach City Charter Cleanup Amendment Ballot Summary: Shall the Cocoa Beach City Charter be amended to make certain technical, corrective and conforming changes to the Charter to correct scrivener’s and grammatical errors, provide clarifying definitions relating to City boards, committees and departments, conform City budget procedures to current state law, and add clarifications to make the Charter easier to read and understand?____ Yes____ No

(NOTE: We don’t see how the height and the 5-0 vote change can be tied together on one ballot question. They are two separate issues and will force people who want to the height changed, but not the voting requirements changed and vice versa to make a choice of one part coming along with the other. We aren’t sure if that is legal or not. Usually the different parts of an amendment like this are separated and we believe they should be.)

There is also the “Williams Proposal” which reads:
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Cocoa Beach: From The Comments (Which We Always Read.)

A reader by the name of “Francis” left this comment on our post entitled “Cocoa Beach / Palm Bay / Satellite Beach: Petitions! Online And In Person” from May 17, 2018.

To AAfterit

An individual resident or business owner that is trying to retrofit or build a new structure in the City of Cocoa Beach is faced with various city building site issues. Some residents felt that Commissioner Williams had a good idea with his ‘proposal request’ but his attempt to discuss and add his ballot proposal was not successful at the commissioners’ previous meeting. On 5/17 the Cocoa Beach City Commissioners decided to postpone their response to another request from a local citizen’s group to also add that proposed amendment to the November ballot.

Current Florida Statues’ with regard to municipal charter amendment changes that occur after the baseline year 2011 could put our current city charter requirements in legal jeopardy.

Note: Florida Statute 163.3167, paragraph 8, indicates that any initiative or referendum pertaining to a development order might be prohibited if we try to change anything in our City Charter related to development orders; updates might be considered a conflict with the Florida Statute if legally challenged.

What would a judge decide…, throw out everything in our city charter or revert back to the existing charter terminology??? No one knows.
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