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Editor's Note

THANKS! THANKS!
Tobin Bennison
Article Category: Editors Note

Dear Supreme Being Person, Thank you for the food we are about to shovel into our greedy gobs as if we hadn’t eaten in months. Bless us now in our afternoon of avaricious abandon and forgive us depriving the rest of our extended and often aggravating family from third helpings by taking larger-than-normal spoonfuls of seconds. Speaking of family, thank you for getting Uncle Jerry and his sixth wife stuck in a blizzard at the Milwaukee airport. I couldn’t find extra chairs. Thanks... [Read more...]

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Features This Month

Wing kicks off Combined Federal Campaign Wing kicks off Combined Federal Campaign
By Senior Airman Natasha Dowridge 920th Rescue Wing Public Affairs
Article Category: Features, On Base

 

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  – The opportunity for servicemembers to show they care through a Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) pledge to a favorite charity has begun. The CFC is the annual workplace giving campaign that allows members of the military and government employees to donate... [Read more...]

Jedi Grind Tricks: November 2013 Jedi Grind Tricks: November 2013
Scooter Newell
Article Category: Features, Jedi Grind Tricks, Sea Level

 

Recently a crew from the Cocoa Beach Skate Park competed in the Monster Madness Mini Ramp contest at Graffiti Skate Zone in Palm Bay. The competition is always tough in Palm Bay, but our local crew held their own on the mini half-pipe and in the street course. Six-year-old Silas Backus took the... [Read more...]

THE FORGOTTEN COAST: Florida on the Half-Shell THE FORGOTTEN COAST: Florida on the Half-Shell
By Vern Hobbs www.flying-fish-creative.com
Article Category: Features, Get Out Of Town

 

First Coast, Space Coast, Gold, and Emerald — the creative minds at Florida’s myriad visitors’ bureaus have struck a common theme. Seems like a good idea. Seems to work, but why, when hoping to lure the wayward tourist and his wallet to one’s particular strand of seashore would you choose... [Read more...]

Word on the Street: November 2013 Word on the Street: November 2013
Article Category: Features, Word on the Street

 

11/3: Woof It Up! American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership Day, hosted by the Brevard County Dog Training Club, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Riverfront Park. This free event will feature vendors, family activities, presentations, food, games, and more. To learn more, visit www.cocoafl.org 11/15:... [Read more...]

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Word On The Street

Word on the Street: November 2013 Word on the Street: November 2013
News of the people, by the people, for the people...
Article Category: Features, Word on the Street

News, Events, Announcements and more. Got word? Email us at: staff@thebeachsideresident.com.
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Local Scribes

DAD, THE BARBER DAD, THE BARBER
Rick LaClaire
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What makes a good barber? Good haircuts? Good price? No itchy hairs down your neck? No. Good conversation? Bingo. That having been said, no one likes a gabby barber. At least I don’t. So it isn’t the quantity of tonsorial (look that up) intercourse (look that up too), but the quality. And the... [Read more...]

THE JOY OF SCALLOPING THE JOY OF SCALLOPING
By Rozan Jordan
More by this author: Local Scribes

 

A recent adventure had me pondering that age old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” But I found myself wondering, “Can you teach Grandma?” Recently my son asked me to go scalloping with his family and their friends on the west coast of Florida. Not one to pass up... [Read more...]

WHEN THE VEIL IS THINNEST WHEN THE VEIL IS THINNEST
By David Sherman
More by this author: David Sherman, Local Scribes

 

It was not a dark and stormy night. But it was certainly rainy enough, that sort of long and drawn out rain that usually calls to mind certain bodily functions. As if to make the comparison even more accurate, it was doing it into the wind. Still, it was dark, but then it was night, which always seemed... [Read more...]

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Previous Restaurant Reviews

Smokehouse Foods Smokehouse Foods
Tobin Bennison
Article Category: Restaurant Review

 

Smokehouse Foods • Tobin Bennison It’s 11:15 a.m. when we arrive to meet Smokehouse Foods owners Wes and Jackie Meadlock, and the dining room of their Port Canaveral eatery is already starting to fill up. When we emerge from the kitchen after a 10-minute tour and demonstration of their... [Read more...]

The Cape Codder The Cape Codder
Tobin Bennison
Article Category: Restaurant Review

 

The Cape Codder Tobin Bennison  Although I’m a native west-coast Floridian, I have to admit that I associate summers more with New England.  Sure, I have fond memories of splashing in the Gulf surf, the bright flash and crash of sudden thunderstorms, and palms drooping heavily from the... [Read more...]

The 3rd Annual Cocoa Beach Wine & Food Festival The 3rd Annual Cocoa Beach Wine & Food Festival
Tobin Bennison
Article Category: Restaurant Review

 

The 3rd Annual Cocoa Beach Wine & Food Festival In the two short years since its inaugural event, the Cocoa Beach Wine & Food Festival has grown from a mere blip on the local radar into a nationally recognized culinary gathering. Putting more emphasis on the “foodie aspect”... [Read more...]

Juice ‘N Java Juice ‘N Java
Tobin Bennison
Article Category: Restaurant Review

 

Juice ‘N Java • Tobin Bennison • Ask a group of friends to describe the ideal café and it’s likely you’ll hear some wildly different answers. What’s sure is that they’ll all find something to love at Juice ‘N Java. Both expansive and suitably cozy,... [Read more...]

Concepts On Highland Concepts On Highland
Tobin Bennison
Article Category: Restaurant Review

 

Concepts On Highland If there’s one overriding problem with the current state of much contemporary cuisine, it would have to be its reliance on intellectualized “concept” over actual delivery. Add to that some insufferable, self-important chefs, and you’re left with some... [Read more...]

The Shark Pit Bar & Grill The Shark Pit Bar & Grill
Tobin Bennison
Article Category: Restaurant Review

 

The Shark Pit Bar & Grill • Tobin Bennison • For all our easygoing, open-minded reputation is worth, beachside residents can certainly be a prejudiced bunch, especially when it comes to how far we’ll go for a good meal. For the majority of us, a hungry drive to the mainland... [Read more...]

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