I’m On a Boat

The waters of Volusia County are some of the most fun places to play. The beautiful surroundings relax the soul and revive the spirit. The many access points, restaurants and businesses that cater to the boating community make it easy to get right down to the fun. But, like with all things awesome, you have to keep some things in mind to make sure you … Continue reading I’m On a Boat

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How Can I Celebrate the 4th of July at Home?

A message from Volusia County Community Information It’s an American tradition to have fireworks on Independence Day. But handling pyrotechnics yourself is dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in more than 9,000 injuries treated in U.S. hospitals emergency departments in 2018.With public fireworks displays canceled or postponed across the county, Volusia County Fire Rescue officials are concerned that some … Continue reading How Can I Celebrate the 4th of July at Home?

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins

Turtle nesting season officially starts May 1, which means hundreds of sea turtles will be emerging from the surf to lay eggs on the beach in the next few months.  Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins May 1 and Ends October 31 The season unofficially started April 10, when the first leatherback nest was discovered in Daytona Beach. Since then, three more nests and one false … Continue reading Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins

empty beach in Volusia County with a couple of people walking

Volusia Beaches’ Line in the Sand: Which Side are You On?

All photos//text: Mimi McKee The views and opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of East Coast Current Volusia residents honoring the state and federal orders to “stay home” have taken to social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram and NextDoor to express their opinions on whether the public beaches should close temporarily or remain open for essential fitness activities. … Continue reading Volusia Beaches’ Line in the Sand: Which Side are You On?

Volusia County – What Public Lands are Open for Use?

With daily updates from the state, Volusia County and individuals, it is hard to know what public lands are still open for use and what is currently closed. While the Florida governor has issued a “Safer at Home” Order, it does not disallow recreational activity such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running or swimming, as long as these activities are consistent with social distancing … Continue reading Volusia County – What Public Lands are Open for Use?

Protected Mangroves: A Quick Guide to Dos and Don’ts

Photos by Kelsey Walters A few weeks ago, the social media alarm bells went off in regards to a property owner in the Wilbur- by-the-Sea area who had hacked some mangrove trees almost to the waterline, probably to improve their view. This action stoked ire in the community, especially for those who are aware of the vital role the mangroves play in preserving our vulnerable … Continue reading Protected Mangroves: A Quick Guide to Dos and Don’ts

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Off-Season Beach Ramp Schedule Begins November

Beginning Friday, November 1, the following Volusia County beach ramps will be open daily: Granada Boulevard Cardinal Drive Harvard Drive Williams Avenue University Boulevard Seabreeze Boulevard International Speedway Boulevard Silver Beach Avenue Florida Shores Boulevard Dunlawton Boulevard Beach Street Beachway Avenue Crawford Road Flagler Avenue 3rd Avenue 27th Avenue The ramps at Milsap Road and Emilia Avenue will be open only on weekends. All other … Continue reading Off-Season Beach Ramp Schedule Begins November

NSB Shark Bite Capital of the World

NSB in a Tizzy over “Feeding Frenzy”

August hasn’t exactly been a stellar month for PR in New Smyrna Beach. Shark Bite Capital of the World The “Shark Bite Capital of the World” has been making national news, seemingly on a weekly basis, with reports of “brutal attacks”… but is this just sensationalized media or are we seeing a real uptick in bites? 2019 Shark Attacks in New Smyrna Beach To date, … Continue reading NSB in a Tizzy over “Feeding Frenzy”

Newly installed shade sails cover the new 27th Avenue Beachfront Park playground in this photo taken May 21, 2019. (City of New Smyrna Beach/Phillip Veski)

NSB Opens New Beachfront Playground

The City of New Smyrna Beach will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate completion of its newest playground at 27th Avenue Beachfront Park (3701 S Atlantic Avenue) on Friday, June 28 at 10:00 AM.  Paid for in part with a $220,000 Volusia County ECHO grant, the playground features all-inclusive, ADA-accessible amenities and large shade sails to keep park-goers cool. Ribbon-cutting for NSB’s new 27th Avenue Beachfront Park … Continue reading NSB Opens New Beachfront Playground