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

Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia Installs Buddy Benches

Due to a generous $5,000 grant from the Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities District,the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler andVolusia Counties has been busy installing eight Buddy Benches throughout Volusia County. A buddy bench, the brilliant idea of a Pennsylvanian second-grader in 2013, are benches where a child, or adult, who is feeling lonely, upset or in need of company may sit to let others … Continue reading Early Learning Coalition of Flagler & Volusia Installs Buddy Benches

Protected Mangroves: A Quick Guide to Dos and Don’ts

Photos by Kelsey Walters A few weeks ago, the social media alarm bells went off in regards to a property owner in the Wilbur- by-the-Sea area who had hacked some mangrove trees almost to the waterline, probably to improve their view. This action stoked ire in the community, especially for those who are aware of the vital role the mangroves play in preserving our vulnerable … Continue reading Protected Mangroves: A Quick Guide to Dos and Don’ts

Ask A Local: BEST PLAYGROUND IN VOLUSIA COUNTY

Our thus far mild winter is creating the perfect weather to get outdoors and play! Volusia County has no shortage of parks and playgrounds, but here are the top five awesome spots that local parents and caregivers rely on to expend their kids’ energy!  Each place featured below was voted as the BEST by ECC Facebook Fans. Be sure to “Like” our page to participate … Continue reading Ask A Local: BEST PLAYGROUND IN VOLUSIA COUNTY

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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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Momma taught us, “Don’t get in a car with strangers!”

B’ On Time Concierge Scheduled Rides of NSB agrees. All of B’ On Time drivers live in NSB or Edgewater, and your assigned driver calls you the day prior and introduces themselves. Uber/Lyft in contrast does not interview their drivers, they only require their drivers prove they have current minimal insurance and driver’s license to join. Jeffrey, B’ On Time owner, personally selects only the … Continue reading Momma taught us, “Don’t get in a car with strangers!”

Cultural Council Issues Call for Public Art

Florida artists are invited to submit two and three-dimensional works of art for possible display in Daytona Beach Regional Airport’s terminal, which is undergoing major renovations. The Volusia County Council has allocated $65,000 for the purchase or commissioning of artwork to be displayed in six designated public areas.The Cultural Council of Volusia County, which oversees the county’s Art in Public Places program, will review proposals and … Continue reading Cultural Council Issues Call for Public Art

County Libraries Expand Hours

TheVolusia County Public Library system will ring in the new year with expanded hours to accommodate the increasing demand for library services. Libraries Offering Longer Hours as of January 2, 2020 The six regional libraries will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. These libraries are: Daytona Beach Regional … Continue reading County Libraries Expand Hours

Two Mares Are Still Critical But Recovering From Starvation

Photos and Video provided by the Volusia Sheriff’s Office Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood visited two Arabian horses Tuesday at an undisclosed facility where they are recovering after deputies seized them last week because the horses were found emaciated at their Edgewater home. Volusia Sheriff Checks On Emaciated Horses, Reassures Public The horses were seized Dec. 11 from a home on Clinton Cemetery Road, Edgewater. The … Continue reading Two Mares Are Still Critical But Recovering From Starvation

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Volusia Libraries Waive Fines for Food

Here’s a novel way to pay off your library fines! Volusia County’s public library branches will accept food for fines from November 17 through 30. Patrons with late fees will receive a $1 reduction of overdue fines up to $25 for each undamaged, unexpired boxed or canned nonperishable food item they bring to the library. Donated food will be used to refill local food banks … Continue reading Volusia Libraries Waive Fines for Food