Volusia Forever Accepting Land Purchase Nominations

A wildly popular conservation program is gearing up to purchase and preserve lands that will benefit humans and wildlife for years to come. Volusia Forever Program to Purchase Local Lands Approved by taxpayers in 2000 and 2020, Volusia Forever finances the acquisition and improvement of environmentally sensitive, water resource protection, and outdoor recreation lands. The newly authorized program also added working forests and farmlands to … Continue reading Volusia Forever Accepting Land Purchase Nominations

COVID-19 testing returns to New Smyrna Beach City Gym

The City of New Smyrna Beach in partnership with Nomi Health, a direct healthcare company coordinating COVID-19 testing and vaccination efforts across the country, announce the return of a COVID-19 testing site at the New Smyrna Beach City Gym at 1000 Live Oak St. to accommodate demand for COVID-19 testing. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nomi … Continue reading COVID-19 testing returns to New Smyrna Beach City Gym

Classroom Mini-Grants Available through FL Farm Bureau Federation

Calling all teachers! Florida Farm Bureau Classroom Mini-Grant Applications are now available. Florida Farm Bureau provides an array of resources to help educators and consumers learn more about agriculture. Their membership programs provide opportunities for farm families to support agriculture in our state. Teachers can Apply for $250 Classroom Mini Grant From helping teachers to growing tomorrow’s leaders to helping the rural and urban communities … Continue reading Classroom Mini-Grants Available through FL Farm Bureau Federation

Local Officer Jason Raynor, Shot While On Patrol, Passes Away

Last night, August 17, 2021, local police officer, Jason Raynor, passed away due to his injuries after being shot while on patrol in June 2021 in Daytona Beach. In a statement released on August 17, the Daytona Beach Police Department stated the following: With his family’s blessing, we regret to inform you that the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) officer who was shot nearly two … Continue reading Local Officer Jason Raynor, Shot While On Patrol, Passes Away

Human Trafficking Awareness Ordinance takes Effect in August

On August 16, 2021, an ordinance will go into effect that requires strip clubs and massage parlors in Volusia County to post signs giving the national human trafficking hotline. The ordinance does not pertain to massage businesses that are owned by health care practitioners. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery involving the exploitation of persons for sex or forced labor. Tragically, it still … Continue reading Human Trafficking Awareness Ordinance takes Effect in August

Uniforms No Longer Required for Volusia County Public Schools

On July 27, The Volusia County School Board voted to remove the uniform requirement for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. No More Uniforms for Volusia County Schools Students The policy, which has been in place since 2016, had required students to wear solid colored polos and khaki, navy blue or black shorts, skirts and pants, along with closed-toe shoes. The updated policy was posted, which … Continue reading Uniforms No Longer Required for Volusia County Public Schools

Incentive Approved for Affordable Housing Project

Volusia County Council members stated the math just made sense – to invest $23.15 per-month each on 216 apartment units in Daytona Beach to keep the rent affordable for lower income tenants. On July 22nd, the council unanimously approved a 15-year incentive agreement with the developers of an apartment complex located on an approximately 24-acre site along Clyde Morris Boulevard just south of LPGA Boulevard. … Continue reading Incentive Approved for Affordable Housing Project

Volusia County’s Public Safety Radio System to get $24.6 Million Upgrade

Years in the making, a $24.6 million upgrade to Volusia County’s public safety radio system earned the County Council’s unanimous approval in June. Volusia County First Responders to get Radio System Upgrade All first responders in Volusia County – law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services – rely on the radio system to communicate with each other in the field, receive real-time updates and stay … Continue reading Volusia County’s Public Safety Radio System to get $24.6 Million Upgrade

County Launches Affordable Housing Initiative

Local governments across America are dealing with an escalating affordable housing crisis. Locally, the Volusia County Council is tackling the complex issue with an ambitious initiative that will involve local governments, local agencies and individuals. Volusia County Combatting Affordable Housing Crisis First up is a series of webinars from noon to 1:30 p.m. every Friday in July that will address the causes and potential solutions. … Continue reading County Launches Affordable Housing Initiative

Rabies Alert: NSB

Health officials issue rabies alert for NSB and portions of unincorporated Volusia County The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) issued a rabies alert for New Smyrna Beach and portions of unincorporated Volusia County. This is in response to a horse that tested positive for rabies on June 29. All residents and visitors in Volusia County should be aware that rabies is present … Continue reading Rabies Alert: NSB