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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.
Jun 15

July - SeaDek Marine Products

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM by Samantha Senger

SeaDek Marine
After years of growth, and employing roughly 130 people at its headquarters in Rockledge, SeaDek recently acquired property in Cocoa to expand its manufacturing operations.  They anticipate moving approximately 30 or more full-time jobs to the additional location in Cocoa. 

With planning and logistics already underway, the company hopes to begin operations at the new facility as early as Fall 2017. Due to the close proximity to their current factory in Rockledge, the Cocoa facility was an ideal location for SeaDek's expansion, and allowed them to keep all their operations in Brevard County.
SeaDek manufactures a wide range of EVA non-skid products for OEM boat builders, aftermarket customers, and dealers. In addition to custom products, SeaDek offers an extensive line of retail items, including DIY sheet material, anti-fatigue helm station pads, coaming bolsters, and more. As a safe and comfortable alternative to molded-in non-skid, paint-on textures and other marine traction products currently available, SeaDek provides exceptional traction and aesthetically pleasing stylistic options. Made from UV protected non-absorbent EVA foam, SeaDek utilizes an acrylic-based 3M™ pressure sensitive adhesive for a lasting bond and simple peel-and-stick application. 

Founded in 2004, SeaDek is the leading manufacturer of EVA non-skid products for the marine industry, and their innovative products can be seen on the decks of many of the world's leading boat manufacturers.
SeaDek is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, and in 2014, became an employee-owned business with the implementation of an ESOP profit sharing plan. 

Cocoa is proud to welcome this great local company to our community. Visit their website at for more information.