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New State Executive Order Removes Most COVID-19 Occupancy Restrictions on Restaurants and Businesses

 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244 on Friday,  September 25, 2020, and transitioned the State to Phase 3 of the COVID-19 reopening process. Effective  upon issuance, the new Executive Order:  Removes state-level restrictions on businesses, such as restaurants.   Provides that no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or  operating a business.   Provides that restaurants may not be limited by a … Continue reading New State Executive Order Removes Most COVID-19 Occupancy Restrictions on Restaurants and Businesses

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Sheriff’s Office Communications Center Earns 1st-Ever National Accreditation

This award, secured after months of review and site assessment by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), means Volusia’s Communications Center is on the path to become one of the best in the country. The accreditation was officially granted virtually in July to the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office overall has CALEA national accreditation. “We now join a very small, select group … Continue reading Sheriff’s Office Communications Center Earns 1st-Ever National Accreditation

New License Plate Readers at the Airport

The Volusia County Council has approved the purchase of three license plate recognition (LPR) camera systems that will alert officials if stolen or wanted vehicles drive into Daytona Beach International Airport. The stationary systems will be posted at tactical vantage points around the airport, where they will read the license tag of passing vehicles to see if they’re wanted by law enforcement. With an instantaneous … Continue reading New License Plate Readers at the Airport

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Watch out for Washbacks!

Thousands of hatchling sea turtles are starting to emerge from the 880 nests that dot Volusia County’s shoreline. Many of these young turtles, entangled in seaweed, may be washed back to the shore by heavy surf and strong winds. The small turtles blend in with the seaweed, making them difficult to spot. Tragically, they may die of dehydration if they are left on the beach … Continue reading Watch out for Washbacks!

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The Fate of 2020 Biketoberfest

On Wednesday evening, September 9, 2020, the Daytona Beach City Commission voted on the fate of the upcoming Biketoberfest event, held annually in Daytona Beach. The commission had concerns over whether or not to allow the event to be held this year, due to COVID-19. According to Biketoberfest.org, “Biketoberfest is not one event, but a collection of activities that take place at venues and businesses … Continue reading The Fate of 2020 Biketoberfest

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Hurricane Preparedness for Volusia

As Volusia residents enter the month of September, the most active month for hurricane season, now is the time to consider any last minute preparations to secure property. Remember, any severe storm can be deadly or destructive. According to Volusia.org, more than 4,800 homes, businesses and facilities were impacted by Hurricane Irma (September 2017). Many of those were still recovering from impacts of Hurricane Matthew … Continue reading Hurricane Preparedness for Volusia

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Garden Construction: A New Concept in an Outdoor World

It is estimated that there are over 250,000 words in the English language, and of those words three times that many meanings for each. That means there are thousands of ways that you can pair words together to create a brand new concept. This is exactly what local entrepreneur Roe Heidt did when opening his business, Heidt Garden Construction.  With an extensive background in landscaping … Continue reading Garden Construction: A New Concept in an Outdoor World

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COVID-19 Emergency Repair Available to Residents

Volusia County will accept applications from homeowners that have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and are in need of one or both of the following emergency repairs to their home: Septic tank pump out Central heat & air (HVAC) unit repair or replacement Program Eligibility Home is owned by the applicant and is the primary residence Home is not a pre-1994 mobile or manufactured home … Continue reading COVID-19 Emergency Repair Available to Residents

County’s Flood Insurance Rating Means Discounts for Residents

Residents and businesses in Volusia County’s unincorporated areas will continue to receive a 25 percent discount on their flood insurance policies, thanks to the county’s ongoing efforts to reduce flooding risk. The Community Rating System, which is overseen by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, recently renewed the county’s certification for another year. The rating system rewards communities for implementing programs and policies that protect their … Continue reading County’s Flood Insurance Rating Means Discounts for Residents