Postcards circa 1960s: Kummerlowe
Cocoa Beach -- 2080 North Atlantic Blvd. (Hwy A1A)


Cocoa Beach was a highly successful Motor Lodge complex. When the Howard Johnson Company was carved up between Marriott and Prime Motor Inns in 1986, Prime retained Cocoa Beach. Although Prime had a bad taste in its mouth from past restaurant ownership experience (pun intended), it nonetheless held on to the Cocoa Beach Restaurant, but soon converted it into Herbie K's -- a '50s diner themed eatery.

Postcard circa 1980: Kummerlowe
Twin Towers is a condominium complex that was adjacent to the Cocoa Beach Howard Johnson's. Note that it was quite a hike to the beach from the HoJo's!
Postcard circa 1960s: Kummerlowe
Lobby card circa 2000s: Kummerlowe
Extensively renovated in the late 1980s, the guest rooms lost their patios and balconies in favor of more interior room space.


Photographs April 2003: Kummerlowe

The A-Frame Gate Lodge and the Restaurant were likely demolished in the late 1980s when the site became a Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel.
Photograph April 2003: Kummerlowe
Photographs January 2005: Bob Venditti

Opened in circa 1963, the site was expanded in 1987 with a much closer-to-the-beach six story tower, and the property was re- christened as a Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel with the original wings becoming the property's Executive section.

The site lost its Howard Johnson name in 1998 and the 1987 tower eventually became a Doubletree. Then at some point what remained of the original Motor Lodge was returned to the HoJo fold as an Express Inn.

After having been battered by storms and by the effects of a hurricane, the original section was closed and then demolished in 2005.

Left: Damaged "rounded edge" street sign

Below & Lower: The site is fenced off and prepped for demolition.

Here is a circa 1970s multi-panel brochure as a pdf
(but it features mostly generic images)
Photograph October 2003: Phil Edwards
Screen capture 2019: © Google 3D view

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