Cocoa Beach Pier wants to add hotel and parking lot

COCOA BEACH, Florida. – A six-story hotel with parking and swimming pools could dramatically change the look of the Cocoa Beach pier.

Change it the wrong way, if you ask Ron Henrickson who stays in a condo next to the pier.

Owner Westgate Resorts wants to add a $60 million, 126-room resort with parking and pools.

If built, Henrickson said he would likely leave.

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“It would take the beauty out of it,” he said. “Weekends are so crowded right now.”

Crowds are expected to bring Brevard County more than $17 million this year in tourist tax money, a record high.

Westgate presented its pitch to the County Tourism Development Board last week. The Cocoa Beach City Commissioners will make the final decision.

A first reading is Thursday evening and Westgate argues the station would not interfere with beach restoration projects by the Army Corps of Engineers.

“If the Corps ever needs access, it will be provided for in those plans,” attorney Jack Kirschenbaum said.

Westgate must also convince the city to make the most of a dead-end public street owned by the pier. The company said the hotel would also likely need city approval for its height.

Some earlier plans for the pier have already been the subject of opposition. In 2017, some residents who live at the beach spoke out against a proposal to add three carnival rides.

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Thursday meeting at City Hall starts at 7 p.m.

Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on pier plans.

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