DeLand Votes to Require Face Masks with Penalties for Violation

An official statement by the City of DeLand on July 2, 2020 The City Commission voted Thursday to require residents and visitors wear masks in indoor public spaces or where social distancing is not possible. The Commission voted to approve the measure effective immediately. Those in violation of the ordinance could be subject to a fine through a civil citation. A first offense would be … Continue reading DeLand Votes to Require Face Masks with Penalties for Violation

man in vehicle getting temperature taken by thermal scanner for covid 19 testing

COVID-19 Testing in Volusia County

***Testing information is continuously changing and evolving. Please contact your healthcare provider or facility when possible to confirm information regarding testing.*** Pop up locations also become available for 2 – 3 days at a time when available throughout the county. Check Facebook often for temporary locations available. CDC guidance regarding testing Read the CDC guidelines regarding who should be tested (testing eligibility criteria.)  According to the … Continue reading COVID-19 Testing in Volusia County

Local Entrepreneurs Create a COVID-19 Resilience Plan

Like everywhere else in the world, the local economy in Southeast Volusia County has been decimated by the coronavirus. Until very recently, shops were shuttered, beach access was restricted and many small business owners found themselves on the rails.  Many businesses have awakened from their two-month slumber to find that the world has completely changed. Customers are slow to return, restaurants and stores are open … Continue reading Local Entrepreneurs Create a COVID-19 Resilience Plan

The Good Old Days

Do you ever think back to when you were a kid and what you used to do for fun? It seems like life was easier. It didn’t take a bunch of expensive toys and video games to keep you entertained. My parents made it easy for us; they would say, “Either you go find something to do, or we will find something for you to … Continue reading The Good Old Days

Volusia Cities Begin Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing

Port Orange City of Port Orange will begin Drive Thru Testing for COVID-19 starting June 10 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm through Friday, June 12 on Halifax Drive (across from Aunt Catfish’s). Below is a list of FAQ’s on what to expect when you arrive to the testing site, as you enter from Dunlawton Ave. To get through the line faster, residents should pre-register. … Continue reading Volusia Cities Begin Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing

Florida Moves into Phase 2 of Reopening Friday

Florida’s Plan for Recovery – Phase 2 Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, June 4 will apply to all counties within Florida, except Miami-Date, Broward and Palm Beach. Those counties may seek approval to move into Phase 2 by their local government or administration submitting written requests. Restaurants/Bars/Pubs Restaurants, other establishments, bars and vendors licensed to sell alcohol to be consumed on premises may operate … Continue reading Florida Moves into Phase 2 of Reopening Friday

Operation Relaunch Volusia is Under Way

As the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida and locally continues to decline, Volusia County is readying a plan to reopen county services and facilities that were scaled back to mitigate the spread of the virus. Beaches and Parking Just in time for the popular Mother’s Day weekend, vehicle access for beach parking resumed at multiple sections of Volusia County’s beaches on Saturday. A … Continue reading Operation Relaunch Volusia is Under Way

Volusia County Offering Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Volusia County unveiled preliminary plans last Tuesday for a grant program to help small businesses reopen their doors and rebound from the economic devastation brought on by coronavirus crisis. On Tuesday, officials said stimulating the local economy by helping small businesses get back on their feet would be a worthy use for some of the county’s federal funds. Volusia County Receives Funds for Grant Program … Continue reading Volusia County Offering Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Local Businesses Raise Funds to Donate Thousands of Desperately Needed Protective Masks to Front Line Workers

In response to the urgent need for N95 and surgical masks for medical professionals and other vital workers fighting the COVID-19 outbreak, local businesses are lending a hand. Flagler Tavern, with the help of Shok Idea Group and WeatherFlow have secured a way to successfully acquire and distribute a significant quantity of protective masks to Front Line workers and First Responders in the New Smyrna … Continue reading Local Businesses Raise Funds to Donate Thousands of Desperately Needed Protective Masks to Front Line Workers

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?