Cocoa, Florida: A History

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Cocoa is the gateway to America's Spaceport. But before it became the tourist haven it is today, it was a small village settled by fishermen and their families. The city's location on the Indian River Lagoon made it central to early steamboat passage and breathed life into fishing and commerce. After World War II, the space age brought science and engineering to nearby Cape Canaveral. The city also has a history of baseball nearly as long as the sport itself. It was home to the Cocoa Fliers of the 1940s and hosted the Houston Colt 45s during spring training for twenty years. Join author Bob Harvey as he recounts the sunny history of one of the Space Coast's oldest cities.
ISBN: 9781626194298
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Series: Brief History
Images: 65
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Bob Harvey is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and F-16 pilot with more than thirty-three years of military service. Colonel Harvey commanded a fighter squadron, is a national defense fellow and a graduate of the USAF Fighter Weapons School. Since moving to Florida he has been on the board of directors for the Greater Melbourne Area Chamber of Commerce and a local charity. Colonel Harvey's first book is titled "The Whole Truth, the Tainted Prosecution of an American Fighter Pilot."Henry U. Parrish, III, is mayor of Cocoa, Florida. He is a thirty-seven-year resident of the city, and the Parrish family name has been a part of Florida's history for more than 180 years. Mayor Parrish, a graduate of Rockledge High School in 1982, was elected mayor of Cocoa in November of 2012.
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