----------[ from spring 2014 ]
Magnolia Bay was supposed to begin early in the decade on a big parcel of riverfront in south Cocoa Beach between Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty and the River Falls subdivision. It was an overgrown snarl of vegetation and mangroves with a secret homeless camp hidden in the middle. The residents of the River Falls subdivision mounted an organized opposition to the planned project that resulted in several emotional County Commission meetings. I was verbally attacked by angry homeowners because I dared to speak on the developer's behalf to the Commission. For me it was less about the project getting approval than it was about the hypocrisy of the opposition. Most of the vocal homeowners were living in an area that had just been developed a few years earlier on a similar piece of riverfront land. "I've got my house. Now, no more construction."
"I feel bad for the homeless guy, but I feel really bad for the homeless guy's dog, because he must be thinking 'Man, this is the longest walk ever.'" ___Norm Macdonald