2020 Volusia County Seniors: An Unforgettable Class

Senior celebrations and graduations were canceled or cut short from the coronavirus outbreak. The graduates’ journeys have been unlike any other. From living through 9/11 as babies to now in the middle of a pandemic, the 2020 graduating class leaves behind an unforgettable legacy. With coronavirus school closures, Volusia County Schools (VCS) planned alternative graduation events to give seniors the ceremony they deserve.  High school … Continue reading 2020 Volusia County Seniors: An Unforgettable Class

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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?

Renewing Volusia’s Legacy

Volusia Forever & Volusia ECHO Twenty years ago, Volusia made history as the first county in the nation to tax itself. Citizens voted to approve millage rates to be added to their property tax bills to go towards Volusia Forever (VF) and Volusia ECHO (ECHO), each a pioneering program that improves quality of life by conservation, preservation and green space set aside for residents to … Continue reading Renewing Volusia’s Legacy

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Taking the First Step

Daytona Beach Shelter Opens for Single Homeless The First Step Shelter (FSS), a 15,00-square-foot facility located at 3889 W. International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach, opened its doors in December 2019 to the single-adult homeless community of Volusia County. The shelter has two dorms that can temporarily house 120 men and women. There are seven staff members who can help new residents in all aspects … Continue reading Taking the First Step

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NSB Housing Authority – 70 Years Serving The Community

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, an advocacy group for low income families in the United States, average monthly fair market rent in Volusia county is $850 for a one-bedroom and $1475 for a three- bedroom. As one can imagine, homes in desirable locations, like beachside and walkable neighborhoods, rent averages are much higher. Low Income Housing Essential in New Smyrna Beach Area … Continue reading NSB Housing Authority – 70 Years Serving The Community

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The Cost of Going Green

I wanted to share a personal experience this month in order to bring awareness to homeownership reality and how any knowledgeable consumer can make a mistake. My husband and I recently hired a company, with a high-rating on Better Business Bureau and four to five star online reviews, to install energy efficient products in our home. The experience has been disappointing and has caused my … Continue reading The Cost of Going Green

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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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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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NSB Mayor Plans for the Future

Newly Elected Mayor Shares Vision for New Smyrna Beach On January, 31, 2019, the mayor of the city of New Smyrna Beach, Russ Owen, presented his vision for the city’s future to the New Smyrna Beach Board of REALTORS (NSBBOR). He outlined strategic goals for stabilizing the system in place to balance the city’s future. Owen stated he has, “two options for governing: change or … Continue reading NSB Mayor Plans for the Future