Botanically Speaking

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  McKee Botanical Gardens – Vero Beach We’ve been very fortunate this past winter in Florida to have mild weather with just a few dips into the colder temperatures but no hard freezes. Because of this, crops and plants everywhere are thriving and even blooming a little earlier than normal.  Thanks to our sunny days and comfortable temperatures, anything outside … Continue reading Botanically Speaking

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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

The Wild Side of Florida

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  Florida is home to a number of wild creatures. Although animals like alligators, bobcats and the elusive Florida panther may be plentiful in our state, they can be a challenge to spot in the wild (and from a safe vantage point).  Wild Florida – Kenansville, FL  Wild Florida offers the chance to see not only native Florida wildlife, but … Continue reading The Wild Side of Florida

INSIDE LOOK: Riverside Conservancy

Flooding, shoreline erosion and extreme weather negatively affect Florida’s natural resources, livelihood and the health of coastal and inland communities. Throughout Florida’s estuaries and rivers, polluted runoff has contributed to harmful algal blooms and threatened the quality of life of riverfront communities. Riverside Conservancy helps meet the need of providing vibrant/resilient communities, combating stormwater pollution, increasing coastal resource stewardship opportunities, and providing special places and … Continue reading INSIDE LOOK: Riverside Conservancy

Florida’s Winter Tourists: Manatees

Photos by Kelsey Walters  When the beginning of the year rolls around, you probably aren’t thinking about a trip to one of Florida’s many natural springs, of which there are over 700. The chilly water is a great way to cool off in the sweltering summer, but not exactly a winter warm up. There is, however, one group spending their winter vacation in the cool … Continue reading Florida’s Winter Tourists: Manatees

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January Fishing Guide

All Text & Photos provided by Patrick “Tupat” Eichstaedt // @TheRealTupat Powered by: Tupat’s Hawaiian Seasonings and Poke Sauce Florida Fishing in January As winter is finally upon us and the year 2020 (that no one wants to remember) comes to a close, the fishing continues to heat up! This past year has had some real ups and downs in all departments of life! As for the weather, tides and fishing, it has … Continue reading January Fishing Guide

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Fashion: END GAME

As we all ready for this crazy year to be over, let’s end it with all things we love in fashion. Leather and Plaid in the New Year Leather, plaid, slip dresses… and as we approach the cooler weather, let’s welcome sweaters and turtlenecks. These are great looks to wear to any holiday party, event or even date night out on the town.  GET THE … Continue reading Fashion: END GAME

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Prescribed Burn Planned for Lyonia Preserve

Weather conditions are favorable in upcoming weeks for a prescribed burn in Lyonia Preserve, Deltona. The five-acre burn, which will be conducted by Volusia County Land Management, will take place on the east side of Providence Road. No trail closures are anticipated.  Prescribed Burn Planned for West Volusia Prescribed burns are weather dependent with advance notice typically provided 48 hour or less in advance.  The … Continue reading Prescribed Burn Planned for Lyonia Preserve

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State-run COVID-19 testing extended through January

Thanks to the state and the City of New Smyrna Beach, COVID-19 testing provided by the Florida Division of Emergency Management will continue through Jan. 31. The site, located at the City Gym, 1000 Live Oak St., New Smyrna Beach, was initially scheduled to close at the end of the month. COVID-19 Testing Available Through January in Volusia County “We’re just so thankful for the … Continue reading State-run COVID-19 testing extended through January

Just Horsin’ Around @ Cheyne Ranch, Oveido, FL

Photos by Kelsey & Scott Walters  Our toddler, Avery, is head-over-heels in love with horses (I mean, what little girl isn’t at some point in her life?). Like a lot of parents, we’re spending more time at home lately and looking for activities that are both engaging and educational, while staying safe.  Fun Family Things to do in Oveido, Florida Cheyne Ranch in Oviedo offered … Continue reading Just Horsin’ Around @ Cheyne Ranch, Oveido, FL