Henry Parrish is a 6th Generation Floridian and lifelong resident of Brevard County. He was born in Rockledge, raised in Cocoa, and graduated from Rockledge High School.
The Parrish family is one of Florida’s Pioneer families, arriving in 1823, helping to settle Central Florida. Henry’s family built a large citrus business and spearheaded the legislation which created modern day Port Canaveral.
Henry is a local businessman, owning Parrish Redevelopment, which redevelops and manages properties. He also owns the Parrish Grove Inn, a bed and breakfast in Cocoa. Henry has worked in product development and engineering for Sea Ray Boats, Inc./Brunswick Corp. on Merritt Island for the past 30 years. In 2004, Henry was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Technological Research and Development Authority (TRDA), working with NASA to assist small businesses, enhance education, biofuels, and economic development within Florida.
Henry was elected Mayor of Cocoa in 2012 and won re-election in 2016. He has worked tirelessly to reduce crime, enhance infrastructure, and encourage economic development. Since becoming Mayor, Henry has presided over a 35% reduction in crime, invested over $100 million into infrastructure, and Cocoa has enjoyed a resurgence of economic growth. As Mayor, Henry is responsible for overseeing a budget of over $150 million, 500 employees, and 275,000 utility customers.