Archive for April 15th, 2013

Cocoa Beach


My family loves Cocoa Beach in Florida. Today I thought it would be fun to feature the history of the area.


The first non-native settlement in the area was by a family of freed slaves following the Civil War. In 1888, a group of men from Cocoa bought the entire tract of land, which went undeveloped until it was bought out in 1923 by a member of the group—Gus Edwards, Cocoa’s city attorney. The Town of Cocoa Beach was established on June 5, 1925. Gus C. Edwards was elected as mayor and served as a commissioner along with J.A. Haisten, and R.Z. Grabel. During WWII, a German U-boat sank some vessels off the coast of Cocoa Beach.

In 1947, the first police officer was hired for the top wages of $1 an hour. In the 1960’s NASA moved a few miles north of Cocoa Beach and the town’s population grew. Click here to read more interesting facts about the city’s history. 


If you are interested in planning a trip to Cocoa Beach, this site is a great starting place for information.



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