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New & Improved Chisholm Elementary

A Result of Voter Approved Half-Cent Sales Tax Families with students that attend Chisholm Elementary, located at 557 Ronnoc Lane in New Smyrna Beach, are having an exciting school year. Students have moved from the original school building, first opened in 1954, into a brand new state-of-the-art school. The $20.8 million project began in June 2018 and was recently completed late summer 2019. The students … Continue reading New & Improved Chisholm Elementary

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New Smyrna Beach Murals

Beautifying the City and Building Community New Smyrna Beach (NSB) is enhancing its art culture around town. Murals, artwork painted directly on a wall, are making the city more colorful. The murals are located in community hotspots along Flagler Avenue and in historic downtown on Canal Street. Volusia County also commissioned an artist to create a mural within Smyrna Dunes Park. Mural in Progress in … Continue reading New Smyrna Beach Murals

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Summer Adventure Camps at NSB’s Marine Discovery Center

*Photo provided by the Marine Discovery Center On May 31, 2019, Volusia students will officially be out for summer. The Marine Discovery Center (MDC), located in New Smyrna Beach, has lined up kid-friendly Summer Adventure Camps. The camps are designed for children, 16 and under, “to experience the water through the hands-on, feet- wet programs.” Kids’ Summer Camps in New Smyrna Beach All summer programs … Continue reading Summer Adventure Camps at NSB’s Marine Discovery Center

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Dunlawton Ave. Construction Expected to Finish in May

Last year, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began working on a $3.2 million roadway project to make necessary improvements to the bridge over the Halifax River at State Road A1A and Dunlawton Avenue. Dunlawton Bridge Project to End in May Port Orange residents and visitors driving through the area have been impacted by the eastbound lane closure across the bridge since late January. The … Continue reading Dunlawton Ave. Construction Expected to Finish in May

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Developing Volusia’s Off Beach Parking

Volusia County to Open Several Off Beach Parking Lots Opportunities to park, explore and enjoy Volusia’s beaches are being developed along the county’s coastline. Plans for new off beach parking lots are giving residents and visitors the option to drive on the beach or park and walk. The new parking lots include accessible beach walkovers and offer other amenities like picnic areas, shade, outdoor showers, … Continue reading Developing Volusia’s Off Beach Parking

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2019 Real Estate Market Report

Volusia County’s 2019 Real Estate Market Forecast Volusia residents and visitors are wondering what to expect for the 2019 real estate market. For 2018, the market started with high home prices, historically low mortgage rates and a seller’s market. Has turnover in the housing market peaked? National housing experts predict price gains can only decelerate. The New Smyrna Beach Board of REALTORS Residential Market Statistics … Continue reading 2019 Real Estate Market Report

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Property Appraiser: Volusia County-Wide 2018 Just Value Up 8%

By Mimi McKee Understanding Volusia County’s Proposed Property Taxes In August 2018, Volusia County property owners were mailed the Truth In Millage (TRIM) notices, also known as the 2018 Notice of Proposed Property Taxes. The notice includes property appraiser value information, taxing authority information, non-ad valorem assessments and an explanation of terms. How to Read Your TRIM and Proposed Property Taxes The total proposed taxes … Continue reading Property Appraiser: Volusia County-Wide 2018 Just Value Up 8%

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Know Your Property Rights: Illegal Vacation Rentals

by Mimi McKee Know the laws of short-term rentals in Volusia County Short-term rentals have become a mainstay of the tourism industry in Volusia County, and with the rise of Airbnb and VRBO.com, there has been a rise of short-term rentals in all parts of the country, in all kinds of neighborhood settings. The websites allow users to book nightly, weekly and monthly stays. Volusia … Continue reading Know Your Property Rights: Illegal Vacation Rentals

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Flood Insurance Changes

Know How Changes to Flood Insurance Affects You According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), floods are the nation’s most common and costly natural disaster. Each year, floods are reported to cause millions of dollars of damage. Property owners have insurance options to cover loss during fire, wind, hail, lightning strikes and other natural disasters, however, a homeowner’s policy will not cover flood damage. … Continue reading Flood Insurance Changes