City of Cocoa, Florida

There are many different stories surrounding the naming of Cocoa. One says that the mail originally came by boat and was placed in an empty tin box labeled ‘Baker's Cocoa.’ Another tale suggests that it was named for a hotel on the Indian River lagoon called Cocoa House. Since 1950, the Cocoa Bird Count has annually counted species of birds in or around the city. Tourism is high in the downtown historic business district, mostly from the cruise passenger tourists coming from Port Canaveral on day trips.

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The Braille and Talking Book Library is a library dedicated to providing reading materials to blind and visually impaired residents. Its headquarters is located in Daytona and it has nine subregional locations in Coca, Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Clearwater, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, and Lake Worth to serve residents throughout the state.

The Cocoa Village Playhouse opened as the Aladdin Theater in 1924 to show silent films. It reopened after renovations in 1989 as a venue for community theater performances. 

At St. Mark's Episcopal Academy, we balance challenging academics and innovative thinking within a safe, nurturing, caring, Christian environment. Our goal is to see students unlock their individual and collective potential to become motivated, life-long learners.