Amusement Rides Coming to Cocoa Beach: Are You Amused?
7/20/2017 – Yesterday evening, the Cocoa Beach board of adjustment voted to approve the special exception to allow three rides at the pier, the vote was a unanimous 6-0 vote to allow the request. There are two conditions the operators must abide by: 1. No music can be played through ride sounds systems and 2. The rides cannot run past 8 p.m.
Cocoa Beach will be getting three new carnival-style rides.
Just a classic merry-go-round – perfect for the little ones and adults alike. Admit it, you’d still enjoy a whirl around on this smile-maker.
Drop n Twist
Taller, faster, and more exhilarating.
Not for the faint of heart… Get ready to twist and shout.
Opinions on whether or not this addition is a step in the right direction is vast and varied. City leaders believe it will attract tourists that keep Cocoa Beach running. We all love the local scene but it takes more than just “the regulars” to keep a local business thriving.
Cocoa Beach Mayor Ben Malik is in support of Westgate’s contributions to the City.
“The pier owners have made substantial investments in improving the pier,” Malik said, “and if they are desirous to put some amusement rides on their property to give visitors and residents with children some entertainment on their own private property.”
Others, mostly long-time residents, believe the rides don’t represent the image of Cocoa Beach. It’s unclear what that image is exactly.
The Pier isn’t the end of the line for Westgate Properties in Cocoa Beach, the property company has some big plans rolling:
- Renovation of 120 units at Wakulla Suites in Cocoa Beach; expected completion by the end of 2017
- Additional amenities at Wakulla Suites, including a lobby expansion and an elevated Beach Club deck, expected completion spring 2017; a water park, including a pool, lazy river attraction and splash bed, is scheduled for completion in fall 2017
- A four-story building at Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, featuring an Owners Club, pool and luxury villas; construction to begin in 2017 with an expected completion date of spring 2018
- A 7,800-square-foot Cocoa Beach Pier expansion, including additional retail and arcade areas; construction to begin in 2017 with expected completion in 2018
“Westgate is proud to call Central Florida our home, and our significant commitment to expanding our resorts in this area emphasizes our dedication to the local community and to the four million guests who visit a Westgate Resort each year,” said David Siegel, Westgate Resorts founder and CEO, in a prepared statement.
Cocoa Beach has the potential to be a premiere destination and there’s little that can be done to stop development ANYWHERE in Florida. But, that doesn’t mean local charm will be laid to rest. It’s up to the locals to continue creating the community we all love – support local business, attend beach clean-ups, support murals/sculptures/public art, host and support community events, and keep charming trends like Cocoa Beach ROCKS alive. By supporting community and art, with heart Cocoa Beach is sure to thrive.
What do you think?