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Apr 20

April - Flying J Travel Center

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 5:01 PM by Samantha Senger

Flying J Opening
In August 2017, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new 13,600sf Cocoa Pilot Flying J Travel Center, its first Brevard County location just off Interstate 95, along State Road 524. 

The new travel center includes a convenience store and an attached Wendy’s, a PJ Fresh Eatery, and a Cinnabon.  The center has eight truck fueling lanes and fourteen car fueling positions.  

The Flying J Travel Center, which employs more than 100 people, is far exceeding expectations and is projected to contribute $3.9 million annually in state and local tax revenues.  

“The Flying J Travel Center is a great addition to District 3 residents along SR 524.  It also adds the needed facilities for trucks that come through our area.  Truck drivers now have a safe and convenient location to fuel up and rest in the Cocoa area,” said District 3 Councilman Don Boisvert who meets and has coffee with constituents at the Flying J nearly every weekday. 

“We’re thrilled to serve the Cocoa community and contribute to the local economy with our new travel center,” Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J said in a statement to Florida Today in August 2017. “Both local residents and those traveling through the Brevard County area and along Interstate 95 will soon be able enjoy the convenience and amenities of our new Flying J Travel Center.”

Flying J Travel Centers across the country serve more than 1.3 million customers daily and the one in Cocoa is now one of 29 locations in Florida.  

This new business will be a great asset for the Walmart Distribution Center that is currently being constructed along SR 524 as well.  It is also part of a recent flurry of development along the SR 524 and I95 corridor in the Cocoa area.  With the amount of available property and central location, this area is prime for development.   
Feb 09

January - Clearlake Isles Senior Apartment Community

Posted on February 9, 2018 at 3:38 PM by Samantha Senger

Clearlake Isles
On Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, Royal American Companies, the US1 Corridor Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), and the City of Cocoa celebrated the grand opening of Clearlake Isles Senior Apartment Community, Cocoa's newest and now fully-leased affordable senior apartment community which has revitalized a formerly vacant city owned lot within the redevelopment area of the US1 Corridor (CRA) redevelopment area.

The new apartment community provides 84 one and two bedroom residences for low and very low income seniors 55 years or older who earn between 35% and 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Apartment features include fully equipped energy efficient kitchens, washer and dryer in unit, a pantry, walk-in closets, and screened in porches. Community amenities include a central amenity center with a library, community room, computer center, fitness center, and many other amenities & features.

Clearlake Isles has been a long-time vision and joint partnership with the US 1 Corridor Community Redevelopment Agency investing approximately $600,000 through the donation of land, the City of Cocoa also waived $50,000 in permit fees and supported the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) application with the developer, and DFP Enterprises/Royal American Development.  The project is funded by the State of Florida 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. Total development costs were $12.4 million dollars. 

This project is a shining example of the effectiveness of redevelopment agencies and how CRAs facilitate development and address the needs of affordable housing. The development's 7.85 acre site is located along the US 1 Corridor redevelopment area south of the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Clearlake Road, in the City of Cocoa. The main goal for this project was to revitalize the area off the US 1 Corridor by offering much needed affordable senior housing. 
Nov 03

October - Rocket Crafters and Coastal Steel Manufacturing

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 3:39 PM by Samantha Senger


In August, Cocoa City Council approved an ordinance requested by long-time Cocoa business Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC to amend the zoning district for the Grissom Industrial Business District to allow for outdoor propulsion testing facilities.  The request was made in support of Rocket Crafters, Inc. to engage in static test firings of its hybrid rocket engine technology at the site owned by Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC.  

A strategic partnership was formed between Rocket Crafters, Inc. and Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC, which provides manufacturing support on the project, necessary to conduct the test fires on this revolutionary new hybrid rocket engine on the property adjacent to the Coastal Steel primary facility.  

Rocket Crafters, Inc. has developed a large-scale hybrid rocket engine that will change the way we access space by making it safe, reliable, and affordable, facilitating the expansion and growth of space commerce. 
Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC specializes in rapid response manufacturing, fabrication and field services to a wide range of space, aerospace, and defense clients across the globe.  “Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC and Coastal Steel, Inc. are extremely pleased with the level of support provided by the City of Cocoa in the successful initiative to bring Rocket Crafters, Inc. and the associated manufacturing opportunities to our community,” said Dale Coxwell, President of Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC.  

By the addition of the proposed use by special exception approval, the City would be able to recruit businesses looking to locate on Florida's Space Coast and would be compatible with Brevard County's historical role in the space industry.   

“I am excited to see the progressive thinking from our businesses and the efforts taken to create our own economy.  The flexibility from staff and Council to diversify the business opportunities and grow the job base within our community is paramount to our success.  This is a real step forward for Cocoa as the Space Coast continues to thrive,” said Cocoa Mayor Henry Parrish.

For more information on Rocket Crafters, Inc., visit and follow on Twitter @Rocket_Crafters and on Facebook @RocketCraftersInc .  For more information on Coastal Steel Manufacturing, LLC, please visit their Facebook page @CoastalSteelmfg.