Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cocoa Beach Main Street eyes busy season for downtown

Events continue to present opportunities for activity, growth.

Cocoa Beach Main Street, Inc. is preparing for a very active season. The winter season kickoff includes two many downtown events commencing in November.

Sip n Stroll is a local favorite and has reached a regional audience. The event will be held November 3rd and is sponsored by Blue Marlin Real Estate. the City of Cocoa Beach. Tickets and business registration are available on the Main Street web site Each guest will receive a limited-edition silicone wine cup and will visit up to 30 local participating businesses.

The Cocoa Beach Art show welcomes thousands of people returning for the holidays and is sponsored by Connors Wealth Management. The event is managed by the Cocoa Beach Art Show Committee and will take place Thanksgiving weekend.

The “Blizzard at the Beach” known as Winterfest falls on Saturday December 8th and follows the parade. Over 40 vendors, crafts and food concessionaires will line Minutemen Causeway for the 3rd annual event from 3pm to 9pm.

A new year will bring exciting prospects for the Main Street program which will continue to manage and promote several signature events. Earlier this month it was announced that Cocoa Beach Main Street received a Cultural Marketing Grant from the Brevard Cultural Alliance, which is administered by the Tourist Development Council.

Another opportunities is an “L.A.P” or Leadership Action Project with LEAD Brevard. The Leadership Class of 2018/2019 will collaborate on the project titled “Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Downtown”. The project aims to identify and create sustainability opportunities for the downtown, its businesses and community. Many businesses in downtown have implemented sustainability practices.

Executive Director Beth Javens recently reported on the accomplishments of the program. As the director she spearheads the activities of the board but adds the volunteers, the businesses and the residents of a community are the lifeblood. “Creating a physical and illustrative landscape where residents enjoy a quality of life, businesses enjoy vitality and there are recreational opportunities for all is an ongoing dialogue”.

The Cocoa Beach Main Street program continues to develop. Now in its 4th year has earned full accreditation with National Main Street Center. It is a 501c-3 not for profit.

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