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Historic Preservation in Our Small Town

As a young girl growing up in New Smyrna, my family was dedicated to making sure we all knew about our local history. I know having access to our local legends every day shaped my life to want to continue their legacy by contributing all of my time to unique spaces like the Mary S. Harrell Museum. This gem is my favorite place in New … Continue reading Historic Preservation in Our Small Town

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Watch out for Washbacks!

Thousands of hatchling sea turtles are starting to emerge from the 880 nests that dot Volusia County’s shoreline. Many of these young turtles, entangled in seaweed, may be washed back to the shore by heavy surf and strong winds. The small turtles blend in with the seaweed, making them difficult to spot. Tragically, they may die of dehydration if they are left on the beach … Continue reading Watch out for Washbacks!

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Children can Voice their Vote at the Volusia County Public Library

Voting isn’t just for adults at the Volusia County Public Library! Throughout September, elementary-age kids can visit their local library branch, where they can register to vote, make campaign posters and stickers, and vote for their favorite character to be president of the children’s room. All 14 branches will host passive programs in the children’s rooms in September. Weekly videos will be shown on the … Continue reading Children can Voice their Vote at the Volusia County Public Library

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INSIDE LOOK: Atlantic Wellness Center

At the Atlantic Wellness Center, you can expect focused attention from experienced professionals. Their expert staff has been helping patients rediscover and maintain their optimum health for over 25 years. They specialize in a non-surgical approach to focus on alleviating your pain from your very first visit.  Atlantic Wellness Center’s fully equipped, multi-functional facility allows them to target and help your painful conditions immediately.  Meet … Continue reading INSIDE LOOK: Atlantic Wellness Center

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Hurricane Preparedness for Volusia

As Volusia residents enter the month of September, the most active month for hurricane season, now is the time to consider any last minute preparations to secure property. Remember, any severe storm can be deadly or destructive. According to Volusia.org, more than 4,800 homes, businesses and facilities were impacted by Hurricane Irma (September 2017). Many of those were still recovering from impacts of Hurricane Matthew … Continue reading Hurricane Preparedness for Volusia

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Garden Construction: A New Concept in an Outdoor World

It is estimated that there are over 250,000 words in the English language, and of those words three times that many meanings for each. That means there are thousands of ways that you can pair words together to create a brand new concept. This is exactly what local entrepreneur Roe Heidt did when opening his business, Heidt Garden Construction.  With an extensive background in landscaping … Continue reading Garden Construction: A New Concept in an Outdoor World

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COVID-19 Emergency Repair Available to Residents

Volusia County will accept applications from homeowners that have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and are in need of one or both of the following emergency repairs to their home: Septic tank pump out Central heat & air (HVAC) unit repair or replacement Program Eligibility Home is owned by the applicant and is the primary residence Home is not a pre-1994 mobile or manufactured home … Continue reading COVID-19 Emergency Repair Available to Residents

County’s Flood Insurance Rating Means Discounts for Residents

Residents and businesses in Volusia County’s unincorporated areas will continue to receive a 25 percent discount on their flood insurance policies, thanks to the county’s ongoing efforts to reduce flooding risk. The Community Rating System, which is overseen by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, recently renewed the county’s certification for another year. The rating system rewards communities for implementing programs and policies that protect their … Continue reading County’s Flood Insurance Rating Means Discounts for Residents

ACA Plans to Develop a New Program for Blind and Low-sighted Youth

The Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) will launch its Young Sound Seekers program on August 22, 2020. This five-year initiative is made possible by a grant award from the National Park Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division. The program encourages the appreciation of natural sounds and will help overcome barriers to access by creating a safe, undistracted outdoor space for blind and low-sighted … Continue reading ACA Plans to Develop a New Program for Blind and Low-sighted Youth

Florida Supreme Court’s Remote Civil Jury Trial Pilot Project

The Seventh Judicial Circuit Court, which includes Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia Counties, have been selected as one of five sites to participate in the Florida Supreme Court’s Remote Civil Jury Trial Pilot Project. Toward that end, Judges Kathryn Weston and Terence Perkins are now in the process of selecting a few civil jury cases in Volusia and Flagler counties that, at a minimum, … Continue reading Florida Supreme Court’s Remote Civil Jury Trial Pilot Project