Located halfway between Jacksonville and Miami, Florida, Cocoa Beach resides in Brevard County, an extra-long county, extending over 70 miles from north to south, but only a handful of miles inland from the seacoast at any point. As a matter of fact, the county has 8,000 miles of waterline! Because of the presence of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Brevard County, Florida is also known as the “Space Coast.”
As of 2010, U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the population of Brevard County is 543,376, and it is expected to have 100,000-300,000 more people by 2020, an increase of 60%.
The Space Coast has subtropical climate, with a distinct wet and dry seasons. The dry lasts from December through May. The wet from June through November. January is the coldest month with an average low of 50.7 degrees Fahrenheit; average high 71 F. The warmest months are July and August with average highs of 90 F; average lows 72.2. The driest month is April with 1.6″ rainfall; the wettest September, 6.6″.
Brevard Job Link (employment resource)
SPACE COAST COMMUNITIES
|Scottsmoor(Pop. 1,609; Unincorporated)
Mims(Pop. 7,058; Unincorporated)
Titusville (Pop. 43,761; Incorporated)
Port St. John (Pop. 12,267; Unincorporated)
|Cocoa (Pop. 17,140; Incorporated)
Rockledge (Pop. 24,926; Incorporated)
Merritt Island(Pop. 34,743; Unincorporated)
Suntree/Viera(Pop. 17,398; Unincorporated)
|Cape Canaveral (Pop. 9,912; Incorporated)
Cocoa Beach (Pop. 11,231; Incorporated)
Satellite Beach (Pop. 10,109; Incorporated)
Indian Harbour Beach (Pop. 8,225; Incorporated)
Indialantic (Pop. 2,720; Incorporated)
Melbourne Beach (Pop. 3,101; Incorporated)
|Melbourne (Pop. 76,068; Incorporated)
West Melbourne (Pop. 18,355; Incorporated)
Melbourne Village (Pop. 662; Incorporated)
Palm Bay (Pop. 103,190; Incorporated)
Palm Shores (Pop. 900; Incorporated)
Grant-Valkaria (Pop. 3,850; Incorporated)
Malabar (Pop. 2,757; Incorporated)
Micco (Pop. 9,052; Unincorporated)
Barefoot Bay (Pop. 5,979; Unincorporated)
Sources: Incorporated area population estimates from the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, University of Florida 2006 (352-392-0171). Unincorporated estimates from U.S. Census Bureau 2010 figures.
A Florida driver’s license must be obtained within 30 days of gaining employment or establishing residency. New residents who have a valid out-of-state license will be required to take the vision examination. Call the driver’s license offices to ask about the acceptable forms of identification for obtaining a driver’s license or ID. For more information, visit www.myflorida.com.
New residents must apply for Florida tags and car titles within 10 days after they begin working or enroll children in school. Proof of Florida insurance is required before tags can be issued. Vehicles are registered at the Brevard County Tax Collector’s Office. For more info, visit www.brevardtaxcollector.com.
REGISTERING TO VOTE
To be eligible to register to vote in Brevard County, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen.
- A Brevard County resident.
- Age 18 or older. You may pre-register at age 17.
- Not currently adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in any state.
- Not have a felony conviction on your record, unless your civil rights have been restored.
To register to vote, you must fill out a Florida Voter Registration Application Form. These forms are available online at www.brevardelections.org, by mail and at the locations listed on the Supervisor of Elections’ website. In addition to using these forms to register to vote, you can use them to notify of a change in your address, name or party affiliation, or to request a replacement voter ID card if yours is lost, stolen or damaged.
Florida Power & Light Co. requires a deposit that varies according to a customer’s credit rating. An initial service charge is included on the first bill. A certificate of occupancy following an electrical inspection is required for first service for a new home. To receive FPL service, call (321) 723-7795 anytime or visit www.fpl.com.
Florida City Gas supplies natural gas to most of Brevard. The company requires a meter deposit that varies according to the amount of monthly gas usage. The meter deposit is refunded with interest after 12 months to customers with good payment records. A $50 startup fee is required. For gas service, call 800-993-7546; new homes, (321) 632-1734; or visit www.floridacitygas.com.
Contact AT&T at 888-757-6500 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to set up residential telephone service. Call 866-620-6000 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for business service. If calling from out of state or via a cell phone, call 800-753-2909. A deposit amount is determined by the customer’s credit report. Customers must give their name, address and Social Security number. Visit www.att.com for more information.
WATER, SEWER, TRASH
Charges for sewer, water and deposit rates vary in the county. Deposits are refunded when service is disconnected.
Barefoot Bay and Snug Harbor: Residents pay a $100 deposit for water and sewer service to the Brevard County Water Resources Department; a non-refundable account setup charge of $15 is required, call (772) 664-5916.
Cocoa, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach, Suntree, Viera and Cape Canaveral: The City of Cocoa provides service from Port St. John south to the Pineda Causeway in North Melbourne and includes residents from Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach, Suntree, Viera and Cape Canaveral. Charges vary. Cocoa City Hall, 603 Brevard Ave., (321) 639-7500,7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Customers can start service online at www.cocoafl.org or e-mail: email@example.com.
Melbourne, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village and parts of West Melbourne: The City of Melbourne supplies water to its residents and those of Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Indialantic, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village and parts of West Melbourne. Melbourne City Hall, 900 E. Strawbridge Ave., (321) 727-2900 or (321) 953-6390, or visit www.melbourneflorida.org
Mims & Scottsmoor: The residents use county water and sewer service. Brevard County Utilities Finance Office, 2262 High Drive, Mims, (321) 264-5130.
Palm Bay: The city provides water and sewer service through its utilities department. Palm Bay City Hall, 120 Malabar Road S.E., (321) 952-3420, www.palmbayflorida.org.
Titusville: Titusville City Hall, 555 Washington Ave., (321) 383-5791, www.titusville.com.
West Melbourne: Trash collection billing included in water-sewer bill. West Melbourne City Hall, 2285 Minton Road, 727-7700, www.westmelbourne.org.
Residents of unincorporated Brevard County who have curbside service can request a recycling bin. Call (321) 636-6894 for North and Central Brevard or (321) 723-4455 for South Brevard, or visit www.brevardcounty.us/swr. Recycling bins need to be placed by the curb before 6 a.m.
The Reusable Resources Adventure Center accepts items, such as paper, wood, fabric and plastic, to recycle into children’s art projects, (321) 729-0100, www.reusecenterbrevard.org.
The following are disposal facilities located in the county:
Central Disposal Facility: 2250 Adamson Road, Cocoa, (321) 633-1888. 8?a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Mockingbird Mulching Facility and Transfer Station: 3600 South St., Titusville, (321) 264-5048; 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Sarno Transfer Station/Sarno Landfill: 3379 Sarno Road, Melbourne, (321) 255-4366; 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.