Surfing Stadium Proposed for Cocoa Beach

Surfing stadium proposed for Cocoa Beach

The mayor of Cocoa Beach is hoping to build on the city” reputation as the East Coast capital of surfing by proposing the world’s first surfing arena.

Now that the Washington Nationals are close to leaving Brevard County, its longtime spring training headquarters, Mayor Dave Netterstrom says money from the ballpark could help fund the project.

Netterstrom is pushing for the tax money that’s currently raised to keep up Space Coast Stadium to be transferred to a municipal pier at Cocoa Beach.

There’s already the privately-owned Cocoa Beach pier, but the mayor says a new city pier would be built to enhance waves, creating the world’s first surfing stadium.

Netterstrom said he hopes it would attract more surfing competitions, but the city would need millions of dollars, and he’s hoping the county’s bed tax could help.

“Since a majority of the bed tax is generated from the Cocoa Beach area, it seems like an investment back into the Cocoa Beach area would ultimately generate higher bed tax revenue for the entire county,” said Netterstrom.

The mayor said the extra cent that goes to Space Coast Stadium could generate $1.5 million a year for the Cocoa Beach project.

Possible locations being considered are Lori Wilson Park, or at the end of the Minutemen Causeway.

Brevard County Commission Chairman Robin Fisher said he’s trying to get an amateur sports association to take over Space Coast Stadium when the Nationals leave in a couple of years.

He says as of right now, that extra cent from the tax will stay to maintain Space Coast Stadium and its training fields.

By Jerry Hume, Brevard County Reporter. Last Updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 9:18 AM

Operation Surf event in Cocoa Beach

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Several combat-wounded active duty and veteran service members hit the waves Friday in Cocoa Beach.

Operation Surf, run by the California based nonprofit Amazing Surfing Adventures, teaches service members and veterans how to surf.

For the first time they have taken Operation Surf to Florida.

Fourteen military members are participating in the week long surfing event in Cocoa Beach.

Many of the military members have served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, continuing to suffer from physical and psychological disabilities.

The goal of the event is to help them relax and rehabilitate.

“It’s got its own healing aspects of it, because it’s physical, mental and spiritual, so when you add all these things together that’s why surfing is so special,” said Van Curaza, president of Amazing Surfing Adventures.

A local surfing school will help with the lessons.

They hope surfing can help build self-confidence for the service members and veterans.

Retired U.S. Army Specialist Charles Lemon, a former UCF student who now lives in Tampa, is participating in his second Operation Surf. He lost both legs in a road side bomb in Iraq in 2011.

“It was one of my first outings after I got injured in Iraq, so it was eye opening, it really gave you a little hope to know there’s things to do out there, after your injury, just new things you can get into,” said Lemon.

By Jerry Hume, Reporter. Friday, March 20, 2015, 12:00 PM

Indialantic Surf Report says…

Ok, so the surf report is 2-3 ft, waist to stomach high, poor to fair conditions. BUT, let’s not forget we live in paradise. It will still be sunny & 80 degrees today!  We recently had spring break visitors here from Lenox, MA. Their forecast today – 30 degrees & 80% chance of snow. Ugh!  So… we may not be surfin’, but it’s still a good day to sit on the beach drinkin’ a cold one, instead of BEING the cold one!

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