Boaters Urged to Watch for Manatees

Boaters are asked to be on the lookout for manatees as they travel in the St. Johns River and Halifax/Indian River. These slow-moving marine mammals are frequently struck by boats, which can lead to deep wounds, internal damage and even death. Last year, 119 manatees died from boat strikes in Florida. Because manatees are often difficult to see, Debbie Wingfield, Volusia County’s manatee protection program … Continue reading Boaters Urged to Watch for Manatees

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Native Bees Are All The Rage

We are always hearing about the bees, and how they are dying, and how we’re going to die too if we don’t do something about it. I don’t know if that’s entirely true. It may be a bit of an exaggeration. But it is definitely true that growing most of our food would become difficult or impossible without the help of pollinators.  Florida’s Bee Population … Continue reading Native Bees Are All The Rage

Local Census Campaign Seeks Volunteers

Volusia County Government and community partners will kick off a 2020 Census awareness campaign at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Emergency Operations Center, 3825 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach. Volunteers Needed for Census Campaign in Volusia County Individuals and representatives from cities, businesses, social service agencies and faith-based organizations are invited to attend the meeting and learn how they can help spread the … Continue reading Local Census Campaign Seeks Volunteers

Volusia County Launches Hurricane Matthew Housing Program

On June 8, Volusia County Community Assistance launched a disaster recovery housing program, The Hurricane Matthew Housing Program, to assist residents with damaged single-family homes or pre-1994 mobile/manufactured homes. Volusia County has been approved to receive funds to assist eligible residents, which has been awarded by Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Applicants for … Continue reading Volusia County Launches Hurricane Matthew Housing Program

City of NSB Leading By Example

*The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the East Coast Current. The city commission of New Smyrna Beach recently and unanimously passed a single-use plastics ban on all city properties, and kudos to them. The same body also voted to appropriate $9 million to preserve 152 acres of woodlands and marsh … Continue reading City of NSB Leading By Example

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EdgeFest Back to School Party

Close out the summer with tons of fun at the EdgeFest Back to School Party! Summer is more than halfway over and it is time to begin to think about the kids returning to school. Our annual Back to School Party is planned for Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Southeast Volusia Family YMCA (148 West Turgot Avenue, Edgewater). The event begins at 10 a.m. … Continue reading EdgeFest Back to School Party

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Fight the Bite

The torrential rains that doused Volusia County in June helped to green up our lawns and replenish our water supply, but the after-effects are on their way – in swarms. Heavy Rain, Warm Weather Usher in Mosquitoes The most affected areas include Oak Hill, Edgewater and New Smyrna Beach. Volusia County Mosquito Control is responding as quickly as possible by air and ground to resolve … Continue reading Fight the Bite

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Florida Hemp Bill Signed Into Law

On June 25, 2019, SB 1020, the state hemp legislation was signed into law. Florida Signs New Hemp Bill Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried offered the following statement, “Tonight’s hemp bill signing marks a transformation in Florida, and a critical step on the journey to creating a green industrial revolution, strengthening agriculture with an alternative crop of the future, and expanding access to safe, quality CBD … Continue reading Florida Hemp Bill Signed Into Law