NSB Finalizes Parks Master Plan

The city of New Smyrna Beach (NSB) is a coastal community of Volusia County. Locals live, work and play all while soaking up NSB’s laid back lifestyle. Visitors come to enjoy fun outdoor experiences like strolling on miles of seaside boardwalk and relaxing on beautiful white-sand beaches. The city’s coastal neighborhoods are located along North America’s most diverse estuary, the Indian River Lagoon and the … Continue reading NSB Finalizes Parks Master Plan

scenic view of ocean during dusk

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Kicks Off 

Although sea turtle nesting season officially started May 1, Volusia County managed beaches already had three leatherback nests. One of them, which was discovered April 2, is the earliest recorded sea turtle nest on county managed beaches. With water temperatures warming up quickly, hundreds of sea turtles will be emerging from the surf to lay eggs on the beach in the next few months. During … Continue reading Sea Turtle Nesting Season Kicks Off 

Planting your own Butterfly Garden

Isn’t it wonderful to live in a state that is home to a huge variety of butterflies? Florida is home to over 180 species of butterflies. This means spring is the perfect time to plant your own butterfly garden! I’m not talking about a garden that will be labor-intensive or expensive (hey, that rhymes), but a small attempt to provide basic butterfly needs that will … Continue reading Planting your own Butterfly Garden

Sibling Sunday: National Sibling Day – April 10

In 1995, Claudia Evart founded National Siblings Day. It’s held every April 10 and is a day to honor your brothers and sisters, get together with each other, look at old pictures and talk about the good old days.  I was telling my sister, Julie, about this national holiday and all our crazy memories came flooding back. When we were young, my parents moved us … Continue reading Sibling Sunday: National Sibling Day – April 10

Top 5 Best Irish Pubs in Volusia

Irish pubs are characterized by a unique culture centered around a casual and friendly atmosphere. With St. Patrick’s Day here, we wanted to know where the locals go to find cold drinks or hearty eats, in a comfortable spot. Here are the top 5 Irish pubs in town!  Each place featured below was voted as the BEST by ECC Facebook Fans. Be sure to “Like” our … Continue reading Top 5 Best Irish Pubs in Volusia

INSIDE LOOK: Boho Collective Co. 

Article by Tiffany Evers // Photos by Kelsey Walters Come immerse yourself in bold patterns, vibrant colors, chic clothing and everything in between, for an authentic bohemian lifestyle. The boutique is located inside the Shops at the Colony Courtyard on historic Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach.  Flagler Avenue’s Newest Boutique offers Unique Finds Sharing the stories of inspirational locals and dedicated business owners is … Continue reading INSIDE LOOK: Boho Collective Co. 

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Biker Trouble

The Local Curmudgeon: Biker Trouble by Rodney Johnson Note from the Editor: This is the final installment of The Local Curmudgeon, written by Rodney Johnson. Thank you, Rodney, for making us laugh with your hilarious stories. Rest in peace.  Standing in his driveway, Hal, my neighbor, said, “I think I’m in trouble with some biker gang.” Standing in my driveway, with a garden hose in … Continue reading Biker Trouble

sandcastle built on sunny beach near waving sea

Building Epic Sandcastles Over Spring Break 

Beach time with family is a given over holiday breaks. Try spending your next beach day with a single goal in mind… Building an epic sandcastle! Here are a few tricks of the trade to improve your building success: 1. Bring tools including buckets and flat household carving items like spatulas, spoons or rulers. 2. Build a strong base by mounding dry sand into a … Continue reading Building Epic Sandcastles Over Spring Break 

Ten Incredible Achievements in Black History

Can you believe we are already in the second month of 2022? This month is celebrated nationally by Americans in dedication to the contributions of African American art, history and culture. I thought it would be a great time to share a few of my favorites with you. 1. Marie Van Brittan Brown Marie Van Brittan Brown invented the first closed circuit television security system. … Continue reading Ten Incredible Achievements in Black History

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

February – the month of feeling loved and special, or… lonely, pressured to buy candy and flowers, or depressed because you’re not in a relationship. Most people vocally loathe the commercialism as they stand in line for some heart-shaped object. Next to Christmas, this is one of the most stressful holiday months of the year – for both the giver and receiver. Here is the … Continue reading What’s Love Got to Do with It?