It is about a three-hour drive south from Brevard County to Miami Shores, Florida. The village is known as a combination bedroom community and destination for retired folks. It has also become known as the place that doesn't allow residents to grow vegetable gardens.
It is a more than 300 miles from Brevard County to Tallahassee. If some Florida lawmakers get their way, residents of Brevard's 16 communities would have to make that 5-plus hour drive each time they wanted to address local issues involving ordinances, regulations and future plans. That is according to a recent newspaper editorial.
Boston, Buffalo, Baltimore and Birmingham. Chicago, Charlotte and Cleveland. Las Vegas, Long Island and Louisville, too. All have submitted bids to Amazon for the online retail giant's new headquarters that will come with 50,000 high-paying tech jobs and $5 billion in construction spending.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have linked Florida communities to flood-ravaged Houston and other Texas towns and cities. The historic storms struck within days of each other, wreaking havoc, taking lives and causing billions of dollars in property damage.
Think of the changes in society, technology, arts and law that have taken place over the past 50 years. It is possible that the advances and evolutions to come in the next five decades will dwarf those that have taken place since 1967.
If you drive south from Cocoa along the Florida coast for a couple of hours, you come to Jupiter. The city is home to former congressman Patrick Murphy, who recently penned an op-ed extolling our state's resilience in the face of Hurricane Irma.
The damage done by Hurricane Irma to Cocoa, Brevard County and many parts of Florida was extensive. It is understood that rebuilding houses, businesses, roads and more will take a lot of money, effort and time.
Management expert Dale Dauten said that "Bureaucracy gives birth to itself and then expects maternity benefits." It is certainly true that most long-time Brevard County residents can remember when life and government processes were simpler and easier to navigate.
Communities across Florida are assessing damage done by Hurricane Irma. We urge readers to support relief efforts and lend a helping hand when possible.
It is more than 2,500 miles from Cocoa, Florida, to Meridian, Idaho. You might well wonder why we bring up this apparently obscure bit of trivia. The explanation lies in a recent article about the departure from Meridian of a city planner.