Shark Attacks Drop During Coronavirus Lockdown

Shark attack numbers have sunk to dramatic lows, likely a side effect of closed beaches and widespread quarantines, according to experts at the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File. Summer Shark Bites Down in 2020 Only 18 unprovoked shark bites have been confirmed globally from Jan. 1 to June 18, down from 24 over the same time period in 2019 and 28 in 2018. … Continue reading Shark Attacks Drop During Coronavirus Lockdown

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Watch the Weather, Wait to Water

Volusia County’s Environmental Management Division is encouraging residents who irrigate their lawns to take advantage of the summer rainy season and “watch the weather, wait to water.” Use Natural Rain Fall for Lawn Irrigation From July through September, yards need no more than a half-inch to three-quarters inch of water up to two times a week. If your lawn has received enough water from rainfall, … Continue reading Watch the Weather, Wait to Water

Volusia County Public Library Receives $2,500 Grant

Florida Humanities awarded grants to 12 Florida public libraries through Life, Liberty + Libraries, a collaborative grant program in partnership with PBS Books. The Volusia County Public Library system received a $2,500 inaugural grant, which was matched by Volusia County Council. Florida Humanities and PBS Books partnered to create Life, Liberties + Libraries, making available up to $2,500 in funding to support the purchase of … Continue reading Volusia County Public Library Receives $2,500 Grant

Volusia County Face Mask Requirements and Recommendations

Things are ever-changing these days when it comes to public health. Currently the state of Florida and Volusia County do not have a statewide or countywide face covering mandate. That leaves the decision up to individual cities and towns to make a decision on what they will require or recommend. Are you looking for face mask requirements in Volusia County? For information on each city’s … Continue reading Volusia County Face Mask Requirements and Recommendations

Volusia County Distributing FREE Face Masks

JULY 16, 2020 UPDATE: Volusia County provides additional 117,500 free face masks After distributing 119,000 nonsurgical masks to nine sites throughout the county last week, Volusia County Public Protection is distributing another 113,000 face masks to an additional eight locations. Residents may stop by any participating location and pick up two masks per person during regular operating hours. Pickup sites include: • Daytona Beach Regional … Continue reading Volusia County Distributing FREE Face Masks

Deltona Publishes Resolution Encouraging Face Coverings

On Tuesday, the Deltona City Commission approved a resolution (No. 2020-47) emphasizing the importance of wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, and at outdoor locations where social distancing is not possible throughout the City of of Deltona in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, (effective July 7). There are exceptions to the resolution: • Children under 2-years-old.• People observing social distancing in accordance … Continue reading Deltona Publishes Resolution Encouraging Face Coverings

Orange City Issues Mask Mandate with Potential Fines

An official Statement from the City of Orange City on July 7, 2020 at 9:30 AM The City Council voted Monday to require residents and visitors wear masks in indoor public spaces. The Council voted to approve Ordinance no. 632 effective 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7.  There are exceptions to the ordinance: A child under the age of two. Persons who have trouble breathing … Continue reading Orange City Issues Mask Mandate with Potential Fines

ECHO Gallery Issues Call for Artists

Can you create a masterpiece from recycled materials? If so, the ECHO Gallery Committee would like to hear from you. Members are seeking artwork depicting the theme “Too good to be threw: Art from recycled materials” for an exhibit that will run inside the Ocean Center’s ECHO Gallery, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. Individual artists, commercial businesses, nonprofit agencies, educational institutions and government agencies … Continue reading ECHO Gallery Issues Call for Artists

Port Orange Mayor Issues Face Mask Proclamation

An official statement from the City of Port Orange on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 5:30 PM By proclamation of the Mayor of Port Orange, Donald O. Burnette proclaims this month of July 2020 as “wear a face covering” month in the City of Port Orange. This month will highlight the necessity of the wearing of face coverings when social distancing is not attainable throughout … Continue reading Port Orange Mayor Issues Face Mask Proclamation

Daytona Beach Requires Face Coverings when Indoors

UPDATE JULY 17, 2020: Last night, city commissioners approved fines for people who don’t comply with the face covering requirement. The fines are $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense and $150 for the third and additional offenses.  Original Post: At a special meeting this afternoon (Friday, June 26), city commissioners adopted a resolution requiring people working, living, visiting or doing business in the … Continue reading Daytona Beach Requires Face Coverings when Indoors