Leaders, residents discuss new Cocoa Beach redevelopment plan

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COCOA BEACH, Fla. - Major changes could be coming to Cocoa Beach with a new redevelopment plan meant to bring more exposure and money for the area.

520 and A1A, along with other parts of the city, could become a booming tourism district with the proposed changes, which include new stores and restaurants.

“I really hope that this plan goes into effect because I am jumping out of my seat sitting there looking at this,” said Mary Watkins during a workshop about the plans. “By doing this it’s going to be an awesome community again, and it’s going to bring people shopping, people frequenting those businesses. (It’s) going to bring the tax base back.”

The proposal, called “the Gateway Plan," includes buildings that would be above the current 45-foot height limit.

“I’m really shocked that we are having a discussion about changing the heights in Cocoa beach from 45 feet to anything higher,” said resident Mary Jane Nail.

The proposal is expected to go to city commissioners for approval next week.