Volusia County – What Public Lands are Open for Use?

With daily updates from the state, Volusia County and individuals, it is hard to know what public lands are still open for use and what is currently closed. While the Florida governor has issued a “Safer at Home” Order, it does not disallow recreational activity such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running or swimming, as long as these activities are consistent with social distancing … Continue reading Volusia County – What Public Lands are Open for Use?

yellow dog eats Nsb meatloaf sandwich

Best Sandwich To-Go

Sub…hoagie…grinder. No matter what you call it, there’s no better pair to a summer day than a sandwich! Whether it’s for a day at the beach, the springs or a park, here’s where the locals go to grab their favorite sandwich.  Top 5 Local Restaurants for Takeout Sandwiches Each place featured below was voted as the BEST by ECC Facebook Fans. Be sure to “Like” … Continue reading Best Sandwich To-Go

Don’t Get In The Car With Strangers

Submitted by Jeffrey Lawrence Don’t get into a car with strangers; that is what we have taught our kids, yet in the US over 3.1 million people a day are doing just that by using Transportation Network Companies (TNC) like Uber and Lyft, or taxis, shuttles, public transportation or the most dangerous of all, “privates.”  With the myriad of transportation options, clearly not all are … Continue reading Don’t Get In The Car With Strangers

florida local new smyrna t shirts

The Florida Local Donates Portions of T-Shirt Sales to Help Locals

Feature photo by Philomena Polizzi  Local boutique and coffee shop, The Florida Local, will be donating $5 from every sale of their NSB Vernacular shirt (pictured below) to Foundation 37 which will be redistributing the funds raised back to NSB businesses and residents affected by closures due to coronavirus COVID-19. Although the shop is currently closed, the shirts are available to order online here. Locals are encouraged … Continue reading The Florida Local Donates Portions of T-Shirt Sales to Help Locals

reduced hours time change clock

Volusia County Reduces Hours for Public Offices

In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in Volusia County, county officials have decided to the limit public access hours of all public offices in the county. The new hours will take effect on Monday, March 23, 2020. Volusia County Public Offices The new temporary hours are: Mondays: 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday: 8 a.m. to noon … Continue reading Volusia County Reduces Hours for Public Offices

CLOSED FL STATE PARKS

Florida State Parks Closed Until Further Notice

UPDATE 3/23/2020 Effective today, Monday, March 23, 2020, all Florida State Parks will be closed and remain closed until further notice due to coronavirus COVID-19. Although Florida State Parks limited their hours and capacity limits last week, this did not create the needed reductions in residents visiting the parks in order to slow the spread of the virus. March 21, 2020 While many Floridians are … Continue reading Florida State Parks Closed Until Further Notice

locations for geocaching in the south

Geocaching: A Perfect Social Distancing Activity

Geocaching 101 I will never forget the first time I discovered geocaching. I was covering a story about a coastal clean up in Edgewater when I noticed a family of four scouring an area of George R. Kennedy Memorial Park like they had lost something they couldn’t live without. I watched the husband step up on a bench, reach up into the pavilion roof and … Continue reading Geocaching: A Perfect Social Distancing Activity

coronavirus testkits

How to Seek Coronavirus Testing in Florida

With growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, more and more people are seeking testing for the virus. Getting Tested for Coronavirus COVID-19 in Florida Each state is responsible for their testing and how to handle the efforts and guidlines. The Florida Department of Health has issued their guidelines for residents that believe they have been exposed to the virus and are seeking testing. … Continue reading How to Seek Coronavirus Testing in Florida

Volusia Businesses & Employers: Plan, Prepare and Respond

Local business owners and employers can access Volusia County’s Division of Economic Development at http://www.FloridaBusiness.org to find updated interim guidance for helping to prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illness in non-healthcare settings, including the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The resources are provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of Labor and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration … Continue reading Volusia Businesses & Employers: Plan, Prepare and Respond

Best Local Musicians or Bands To Follow

Each place featured below was voted as the BEST by ECC Facebook Fans. Be sure to “Like” our page to participate next month.  Volusia County is packed with local musical talent! When asked who their favorite band or musician is, locals nominated over 100 acts! Here are the top 5 that always bring the crowds.  All dates listed below are subject to change or cancellation … Continue reading Best Local Musicians or Bands To Follow