Entries tagged with “Cocoa Beach”.

Today was certainly a day of mixed emotions here on Florida’s Space Coast. Setting aside the financial and political aspects of the program’s termination, many residents here felt an emotional attachment to the space shuttle, and all that it represented. Missions that began with launches utilizing mind numbing force, and ending with a shuttle gliding in for a soft landing, captivated millions over almost 30 years. Well, today saw a landmark day as Space Shuttle Discovery was flown atop a modified 747, to it’s future home at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. For the first ten years of the shuttle program, Edwards Air Force Base in California served as the landing strip at the end of a mission, but since around 1991 landings out there have been limited, mainly due to weather concerns in Cape Canaveral.

But for each of those Edwards landings, the space shuttle was ferried back to Kennedy Space Center on the back of a heavily modified Boeing 747 airplane. Usually Brevard County residents and visitors were provided an up close look as the pilots would fly low along the beaches, or I-95 as a courtesy before landing at Kennedy Space Center. Many times I was out to see and photograph this amazing sight, which to me was much more up close and personal than a launch could ever be, and usually I was surprised at how few other people were as interested. Not so today. I thought I would have an easy ride over to the beach by Patrick Air Force Base, in hopes of seeing Discovery as it turned westward before a final pass over Cocoa Beach and Kennedy Space Center, while beginning it’s journey up the east coast, but I was shocked to see traffic on Pineda Causeway backed up all the way to US1. I didn’t want risk getting stuck in traffic, so I settled into a spot at the boat launch next to the causeway, and waited. The lighting was a little tough with the sun just coming up, but I got a few shots. Hope you enjoy.

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The Thunder was back at the Beach last month as the Space Coast SuperBoat Grand Prix returned to the Cocoa Beach coastline, drawing a huge crowd to watch the powerful speedboats roar just offshore!! Enjoy the photos:IMG_1198 - Copy IMG_1224 - Copy IMG_1230 - Copy IMG_1241 - Copy IMG_1248 - Copy IMG_1266 - Copy IMG_1291 - Copy IMG_1298 - Copy IMG_1308 - Copy  IMG_1338 - Copy IMG_1352 - Copy IMG_1374 - Copy IMG_1536 - CopyIMG_1793 - Copy IMG_1700 - Copy IMG_1713 - Copy  IMG_1797 - Copy IMG_1847 - Copy IMG_1881 - Copy IMG_1886 - Copy IMG_1910 - Copy IMG_1915 - Copy IMG_2001 - Copy IMG_2007 - Copy IMG_2049 - Copy  IMG_2251 - Copy  IMG_2356 - Copy  IMG_2407 - Copy IMG_2457 - Copy IMG_2466 - Copy IMG_2535 - Copy IMG_2317 - CopyIMG_2215 - CopyIMG_2403 - Copy

As we enter the new year, the countdown begins to some of Florida’s most exciting events. Of course there are many more throughout the state, but here are just a few of my recommendations for fun and exciting things to do in the first few months of 2011!!

  • Daytona 500 – February 20

February 20th is the date for the 53rd running of the “Great American Race”, but the action starts on January 20-22 with the Preseason Thunder Fan Fest, and continues right up to the big race with many other exciting races and events!! Daytona International Speedway is the venue!!

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  • Downtown Art & Living Expo, Orlando – February 19,20

If NASCAR is not your thing, check out the Art & Living Expo at beautiful Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando for great music, art and food!!IMG_2688

  • Bike Week, Daytona Beach – March 4-13

Daytona Beach and sites throughout Volusia County will be buzzing with the sights and sounds of the World Famous Rally!! Main St. in Daytona Beach and Daytona International Speedway are two of the major sites for all the great action!!IMG_9136 - Copy

  • Pelican Island Wildlife Festival, Sebastian – March 19

Indian River County is the location for the celebration of America’s very first National Wildlife Refuge. 2011 marks the 108th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt’s designation of Pelican Island as a federal bird reservation, which eventually became a National Wildlife Refuge!!


  • MLB Spring Training, Throughout Florida – Mid February thru March

See major league stars up close as another great season gets under way with Grapefruit League action in cities and towns throughout Florida!! Catch Jeter, A-Rod, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto and many others as they prepare for the 2011 Major League season!!IMG_7421a

  • Easter Surf Fest, Cocoa Beach – April 22,23,24

The Cocoa Beach Pier and Shepard Park are the venues for some of the best surfing on the East Coast!! Come out catch some rays, eat some great food, and watch all the surfing action!!


As we wait for the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery, which was recently rescheduled for November 30th, we will take you back in time to August of 2005. After the Columbia disaster, high above Texas in 2003, the shuttle fleet was grounded as NASA engineers tried to assess the cause of the fatal accident. Two and a half years later, in July of 2005, it was time to fly again. STS-114 was the return to flight mission for the shuttle fleet, and Discovery was the shuttle chosen for this monumental occasion. Discovery lifted off on July 26th from Kennedy Space Center, and after a 2 week mission, landed safely back home at Edwards Air Force Base in California, due to bad weather on Florida’s east coast. On the morning of August 20th Discovery, sitting proudly atop its ride home, made it back to Florida, and on November 30, 2010 will fly for the last time. The picture below is from that day in August 2005. Hope you enjoy!!3791a - Copy

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Here are the last few shots of the USAF Thunderbirds from the 2010 Cocoa Beach Air Show, and some of my personal favorites. Hope you enjoy!!IMG_3940 - Copy IMG_4801 - CopyIMG_4230 (2) - Copy IMG_4507 (2) - Copy IMG_4520 (2) - Copy IMG_4790 (2) - Copy

Here are the first round of photos of the Air Force Thunderbirds show from the 2010 Cocoa Beach Air Show!! Enjoy!!

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The skies above Cocoa Beach come alive this weekend, October 30th & 31st ,with the arrival of the 2010 Cocoa Beach Air Show!! The Air Force Thunderbirds will headline the weekend event that will also feature several military aircraft, civilian aerobatics, a boat versus plane race, and parachute team jumps. Centered at Lori Wilson Park, the show will be visible all along the beach from Shepard Park to Minutemen Causeway. If you missed the Air Show above Daytona Beach a couple of weeks ago, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see an awe inspiring exhibition of military power and civilian aerobatic agility. Get your beach chairs and your camera, find a good spot on the beach, and keep your eyes on the skies!!

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If you don’t make it to the show, be sure to check back here for all the great photos!!

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The NKF Pro Am Surf Festival wrapped up it’s 25th anniversary edition on Labor Day Monday, as thousands turned out at the Cocoa Beach Pier to catch the finals of the surfing competition and bikini contest, and to donate and help create awareness for the National Kidney Foundation. Small Monday waves made it challenging for the contestants, as they competed for the titles in several categories, on both sides of the Pier. If you missed this years festival you’ll want to make plans to attend next year, as this event has become a Labor Day tradition on the Brevard County Coast.IMG_0092 IMG_0117 IMG_0141 IMG_0144 IMG_5887 IMG_6373 IMG_6412 IMG_6418 IMG_6422 IMG_6435 IMG_6460 IMG_6496 IMG_6498 IMG_6513

The National Kidney Foundation Surf Festival kicked off it’s 25th year this morning at the Cocoa Beach Pier, with lots to see and do. Recent Atlantic hurricanes Earl and Fiona came and went too soon to contribute to the swell, as many of the surfing events got under way before a huge Labor Day weekend crowd. The waves and rip currents kicked up by the storms made it dangerous for swimmers, but the contestants in the surfing competitions were hoping for some oversized Atlantic surf. And while there was plenty of surfing action to keep beach goers occupied, there was also an array of food vendors and exhibitors on hand, along the beach, supporting the 25th edition of the largest charity surfing festival in the world.

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