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ABOVE VIDEO: Find out what’s going on at the Cocoa Beach Pier, which stretches 250 meters above the Atlantic Ocean. and is built with over 2.5 miles of boardwalks and 270 stilts, each 40 feet in length.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Built in 1962 by local businessman Richard Stottler, the Cocoa Beach Pier is a historic landmark on the Space Coast.

Stretching 800 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, the pier (originally known as the “Canaveral Pier”) was built with over 2.5 miles of boardwalks and 270 stilts, each 40 feet in length. From the start, the pier has been a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike and has undergone many changes over the years.

Longtime locals remember the days of the early 1960s when visitors could drive their cars to the pier itself. The pier also provided a “grandstand seat” for Mercury, Apollo and space shuttle launches near Cape Canaveral (known as “Cape Kennedy” in honor of President John F. Kennedy between 1963 and 1973).

Famous astronauts such as Alan Shepard, the first American in space, are said to have visited the pier.

Additionally, Cocoa Beach became the ‘Surf Capital of the East Coast’ and the Pier became the hub of surfing activity, attracting people like Dick Catri (widely regarded as the ‘Godfather of East Coast Surfing’). »), As well as Cocoa Beach Kelly Slater, native and 11 times world champion.

In fact, one of the first Ron Jon Surf Shops opened directly on the pier in 1963 (the small surf shop flourished and Ron Jon’s owner Ron DiMenna moved to a larger location at the current location. Ron Jon at State Road 520 and A1A). The first Easter surf festival was held in 1964.

In the early 1970s, the pier was also home to a lively dance club called Asylum, which featured a dance floor with cosmic lights and live rock music. Many musical groups have performed at the Pier over the years, such as Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Edgar Winter Group, The Beach Boys, A Flock of Seagulls, UB40, Ratt, Ziggy Marley, Maxi Priest and others.

In 1983, the Pier underwent a $ 2 million renovation and expansion, which included the opening of the award-winning Pier House restaurant (now known as the Atlantic Ocean Grille).

In 1984, the pier changed its name from Canaveral Pier to its current name, Cocoa Beach Pier. The first Cocoa Beach Fest was held at the Pier in 1989.

Today, the pier attracts over a million visitors each year and is home to four restaurants, five tropical bars, souvenir shops and boutiques. The pier is also the site of hugely popular annual social, fundraising and surfing events.

Today, the pier attracts over a million visitors each year and is home to four restaurants, five tropical bars, souvenir shops and boutiques. The pier is also the site of hugely popular annual social, fundraising and surfing events.

In the spring of 2014, David Siegel, President and CEO of Westgate Resorts, and his longtime partner Jim Gissy purchased the Pier from the original owners, the Stottler family. Both men have strong ties to the Central Florida region and look forward to continuing and enhancing the wonderful traditions of the Cocoa Beach Pier.

In 2017, David Siegel and Jim Gissy invested more than $ 4 million to transform and reinvent the pier into a world-class tourist attraction suitable for families. The expanded Rikki Tikki Tavern, located 800 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, is one of Brevard County’s best dining experiences.

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