New Alert for Local Scam using Uber Drivers

In a new twist on a common crime, scam artists are now sending Uber drivers or other couriers straight to their victims’ homes to pick up thousands of dollars in cash. Alert issued as scammers hire Uber drivers to pick up cash from victims; Sheriff Chitwood offers $25K  The Volusia Sheriff’s Office has seen three similar cases over the past month, and a fourth was … Continue reading New Alert for Local Scam using Uber Drivers

Fight the Bite – Dispose of Tires Right

Volusia County Mosquito Control will hold two tire amnesty events: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Osteen Road and Bridge, 200 State Road 415 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Volusia County Mosquito Control, 801 South St., New Smyrna Beach Only residential tires will be accepted, and there is a limit of 20 tires per person. There is no … Continue reading Fight the Bite – Dispose of Tires Right

County Residents Receive Sexual Predator Alert in Error

This afternoon, many Volusia County residents received a text alert in error notifying them of a sexual predator who moved within 1,000 feet of their residence. This alert went to users across Volusia County instead of only those within the defined radius of the address. A follow-up text alert was just sent correcting the error, and clarifying information has also been posted on the Sheriff’s Office Twitter and Facebook accounts. The … Continue reading County Residents Receive Sexual Predator Alert in Error

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911 Dispatchers get Emergency Mental Health Training

Recently, 17 Sheriff’s Office dispatchers learned about the country’s best strategies for handling 911 callers who are at risk of suicide or other mental illness crisis. Volusia County 911 Operators Trained to Become more Aware of Mental Health The training was a priority for Sheriff Mike Chitwood, who sat in on portions of the class and has additional sessions scheduled for the future. The state-of-the-art … Continue reading 911 Dispatchers get Emergency Mental Health Training

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NSB Approves Surf Pool Experience

Volusia surfers and visitors will have a new swell to charge! The city of New Smyrna Beach approved an American Wave Machines (AWM) surf pool experience to be included in the master development plans for the proposed Ocean Gate Commerce Center. Plans call for the wave pool and massive commercial and retail development to be built on the southwest property of State Road 44 and … Continue reading NSB Approves Surf Pool Experience

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Volusia County: Two Prescribed Burns Set for Today

Based on favorable weather conditions, Volusia County’s Land Management staff will conduct two prescribed burns today.  Prescribed Burns today in Osteen and New Smyrna Beach A 20-acre prescribed burn will take place north of the campground at Hickory Bluff Preserve, Osteen. Trails, the campground and pavilion will be closed temporarily.  Another 20-acre burn will be conducted on the Kemcho tract of Deep Creek Preserve, which … Continue reading Volusia County: Two Prescribed Burns Set for Today

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County Proposes Changes to E-Bike Regulations on the Beach

Photo Courtesy of: Flaunt Electric Vehicles An official update from Volusia County: It’s often said that Volusia County’s world-famous coastline offers something for everyone. On Tuesday, February 16, the County Council took a preliminary step towards designating space for electric bikes, one-wheel scooters and other electric motorized devices to operate on parts of the beach. Tuesday’s preliminary action, which must come back to the council … Continue reading County Proposes Changes to E-Bike Regulations on the Beach

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Volusia’s Beach Driving: E-Bikes and Onewheel are Prohibited

Photo Courtesy of: Flaunt Electric Vehicles Volusia’s history of beach driving dates back to the 1800s. According to the New Smyrna Beach Visitors Bureau website, VisitNSBFL.com, “in August 1889, the town’s 300-foot-wide stretch of sand was marked ‘Beach Street’ and dedicated for a public highway. The first car was driven on New Smyrna’s beach around 1904.” There are old photographs that show picnicking visitors standing … Continue reading Volusia’s Beach Driving: E-Bikes and Onewheel are Prohibited

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Edgewater Water Meter Replacement Program Underway

The city of Edgewater is in the process of replacing all water meters throughout the city. The meters currently in use are reaching the end of their useful life and are due to be replaced. This process will take several years to complete since all the meters (13,000+) throughout the city were originally installed at approximately the same time. Edgewater Upgrades Water Meters and Transmitters … Continue reading Edgewater Water Meter Replacement Program Underway