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COVID-19 Testing in Volusia County

***Testing information is continuously changing and evolving. Please contact your healthcare provider or facility when possible to confirm information regarding testing.*** Pop up locations also become available for 2 – 3 days at a time when available throughout the county. Check Facebook often for temporary locations available. CDC guidance regarding testing Read the CDC guidelines regarding who should be tested (testing eligibility criteria.)  According to the … Continue reading COVID-19 Testing in Volusia County

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How Can I Celebrate the 4th of July at Home?

A message from Volusia County Community Information It’s an American tradition to have fireworks on Independence Day. But handling pyrotechnics yourself is dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in more than 9,000 injuries treated in U.S. hospitals emergency departments in 2018.With public fireworks displays canceled or postponed across the county, Volusia County Fire Rescue officials are concerned that some … Continue reading How Can I Celebrate the 4th of July at Home?

Florida Suspends Alcohol Sales in Bars

In a statement posted on Twitter today, June 26, 2020 at 11:13 a.m., the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced that, “Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.” This affects on-site consumption of alcohol, which was only just readmitted recently during the state’s “Phase 2” plan of reopening. It does not … Continue reading Florida Suspends Alcohol Sales in Bars

Local Entrepreneurs Create a COVID-19 Resilience Plan

Like everywhere else in the world, the local economy in Southeast Volusia County has been decimated by the coronavirus. Until very recently, shops were shuttered, beach access was restricted and many small business owners found themselves on the rails.  Many businesses have awakened from their two-month slumber to find that the world has completely changed. Customers are slow to return, restaurants and stores are open … Continue reading Local Entrepreneurs Create a COVID-19 Resilience Plan

THE NEW WAY

Face mask as a fashion accessory? Why not! More than half the U.S. is required to wear face covering while venturing out. Unlike most fashion, this has been born out of necessity and care for other people. Many brand labels (myself included) have hopped on this new way of life and gave this new trend a touch of fashionable personality.  GET THE LOOK  Handmade suit … Continue reading THE NEW WAY

Seaside Fiesta Music Festival on Flagler Avenue

Event presented by The Party’s on Flagler, hosted at individual locations Hello Summer! For over 30 years New Smyrna Beach marked the official start of summer with Seaside Fiesta Weekend. Due to COVID-19 and keeping everyone’s safety as our highest priority, the block party, 5K race, and surf competition will not take place this year. A scaled-down version of the annual Seaside Fiesta Weekend Music … Continue reading Seaside Fiesta Music Festival on Flagler Avenue

Volusia County Allocating Funds for Home-Based Businesses Seeking COVID-19 Relief

Volusia County is preparing to roll out two more assistance programs to boost the community’s continuing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic after the County Council allocated $3 million in emergency financial support to help home-based businesses and another $1 million to purchase protective equipment for local businesses. COVID relief funds dedicated to home-based businesses and protective gear For home-based businesses that meet the eligibility criteria, … Continue reading Volusia County Allocating Funds for Home-Based Businesses Seeking COVID-19 Relief

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Adventures of a Modern Pirate: June 2020

Despite the beauty of Rum Cay that lay before us, we could not ignore Mother Nature and her abrupt changes as there was a noticeable shift with the winds. The dark night had overtaken the island and became pitch black and blacker with each passing minute. Without warning, the winds became tangible, with a chill.  My uncle asked for rum. I took a quick sip … Continue reading Adventures of a Modern Pirate: June 2020

Flutter By

Photos by Kelsey and Scott Walters Lukas Nursery and Butterfly Encounter  Coming out of quarantine and heading straight into hurricane season can make Florida feel like a real downer these days. As Floridians take it all into stride, it’s nice to know that it’s not all gloom and doom. It’s also peak butterfly season!  Butterflies like it hot, so our state offers the perfect weather … Continue reading Flutter By

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Free Meals for Kids and Teens

Kids and teens can still get free balanced meals this summer while schools are closed! Summer BreakSpot locations are a place for kids and teens to grab a free meal with no application necessary. This year, there are thousands of meal sites statewide – many are located at places like parks, libraries and churches and offer breakfasts, lunches, snacks or supper. Summer BreakSpot is available … Continue reading Free Meals for Kids and Teens