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Cocoa Beach Mayor proposes "world's first surf arena"

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Florida's surf capital to consider new pier and stadium

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 15 March, 2015 - Cocoa Beach, Florida - The town that gave birth to the World's Greatest Surfer of All Time is considering the construction of a new pier and surf stadium—the world's first surfing arena.

Florida's My News 13 reports today that Mayor Dave Netterstrom has proposed shifting funds from the Washington National's spring training facility, Space Coast Stadium in Brevard County, to a surf-focused beach stadium and pier, hoping to capital on Cocoa Beach's reputation for competitive surfing.

The report claims Netterstrom hopes to build "a new city pier would be built to enhance waves, creating the world's first surfing stadium" to "attract more surfing competitions."

Cocoa Beach would need miilions of dollars to pursue the project, and Netterstrom hopes the funds could come from the area bed tax, since the majority of Brevard County's tax revenue comes from Cocoa Beach and its tourism related attractions, of which surfing competitions are certainly an integral part.

The initial proposal considered Lori Wilson Park or the intersection of A1A and Minuteman Causeway as potential locations for the pier and stadium.

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