With a nod and a blink, actress Barbara Eden was crowned the queen of Cocoa Beach on Sunday, most appropriately on I Dream of Jeannie Lane, surrounded by “I Dream of Jeannie” lookalikes.
Mayor Dave Netterstrom presented the 84-year-old actress with a golden key to the city.
As Eden clutched it, she addressed the crowd: “I’ll be back every year.”The petite blonde, still in fit form 50 years after her show premiered, returned to the Space Coast for a pair of events: the inaugural Ron Jon Cocoa Beach Half Marathon and her “On the Magic Carpet with Barbara Eden” show at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne.Eden previously visited the Space Coast, with a trip to the Air Force Space and Missile Museum in June 1969 and eventually dedicating I Dream of Jeannie Lane at Lori Wilson Park.
On Sunday morning, Cocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterstrom presented “I Dream of Jeannie” actress Barbara Eden with a key to the city. Here’s an excerpt from the plaque: “When you first blinked in the ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ show, you shared with the world a Cocoa Beach state of mind. Fifty years later, the city of Cocoa Beach and its residents thank you and recognize you as the official Cocoa Beach Jeannie.”