Cocoa Beach expected to move forward with new city hall, police station

By Jerry Hume, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 2:51 PM EST

A multi-million dollar project to replace Cocoa Beach's city hall and police station could take a big step forward.

  • City leaders: Current city hall, police station beyond financial repair
  • New tax to pay for $15 million project is proposed
  • Cocoa Beach City Commission to meet Thursday night

The project is estimated to be about $15 million. A tax to pay for it has been proposed, but it is not certain residents would support that idea.

On Thursday, city commissioners are expected to move forward with a plan to build a new city hall and police station. City leaders say the more than 50-year-old facilities are beyond financial repair and need replacement, with flooding being a big issue.

The other goal is to improve the look and feel of Cocoa Beach’s downtown.

“We need to do things that are going to help to bring people to downtown to shop and eat at the restaurants, but also things that are going to be functional, because as a city, that’s our No. 1 priority is delivery of services to the citizens of this community,” Cocoa Beach City Manager Jim McKnight said.

The city hall would be built on the same property, just farther back from the street, according to the proposal. The new police station would be built on an empty lot across from the current station.

The plan also includes a parking garage, with 250 to 270 spaces, to be built next to the new police station.

The city commission meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.