Volusia County Distributing FREE Face Masks

To help protect residents from the coronavirus, Volusia County Government will distribute 119,000 surgical face masks beginning Thursday, July 9.  Residents may stop by these locations and pick up two masks per person during regular operating hours: Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach Hope Place Public Library, 1310 Wright St., Daytona Beach Pierson Town … Continue reading Volusia County Distributing FREE Face Masks

Florida Suspends Alcohol Sales in Bars

In a statement posted on Twitter today, June 26, 2020 at 11:13 a.m., the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced that, “Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.” This affects on-site consumption of alcohol, which was only just readmitted recently during the state’s “Phase 2” plan of reopening. It does not … Continue reading Florida Suspends Alcohol Sales in Bars

Flutter By

Photos by Kelsey and Scott Walters Lukas Nursery and Butterfly Encounter  Coming out of quarantine and heading straight into hurricane season can make Florida feel like a real downer these days. As Floridians take it all into stride, it’s nice to know that it’s not all gloom and doom. It’s also peak butterfly season!  Butterflies like it hot, so our state offers the perfect weather … Continue reading Flutter By

INSIDE LOOK: Coastal Claims Services

Q: When did you move to your new location? A: Our national headquarters is proudly located at 419 Canal Street in downtown New Smyrna Beach, directly across from Peterson Law Group. We also have satellite offices located throughout the state of Florida and the southeast United States as well. Q: What services do you offer?  A: Coastal Claims Services is a fully licensed and bonded … Continue reading INSIDE LOOK: Coastal Claims Services

Florida State Parks Slowly Reopen

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that beginning Monday, May 4, some Florida State Parks will re-open access to trails, day use areas and beach access with limited facilities. This does not include all Florida state parks at this time. Limited List of Florida State Parks Reopen Monday with Restrictions Effective Monday, May 4, DEP will implement phase one to reopen … Continue reading Florida State Parks Slowly Reopen

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?

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?

CLOSED FL STATE PARKS

Florida State Parks Closed Until Further Notice

UPDATE 3/23/2020 Effective today, Monday, March 23, 2020, all Florida State Parks will be closed and remain closed until further notice due to coronavirus COVID-19. Although Florida State Parks limited their hours and capacity limits last week, this did not create the needed reductions in residents visiting the parks in order to slow the spread of the virus. March 21, 2020 While many Floridians are … Continue reading Florida State Parks Closed Until Further Notice

African Adventure on a Budget

Lion Country Safari – Loxahatchee, FL Please note, due to COVID-19, only the drive through safari is available at this time. Finding ways to beat the heat during Florida summers can be tough, especially after you’ve exhausted every water park, pool and spring within a 100-mile radius. There are other ways to have fun without getting those wrinkly, raisin fingers or even leaving the comfort … Continue reading African Adventure on a Budget