De Leon Springs Sugar Mill Announces Big Changes

Photos and Text by Kelsey Walters On Monday night, August 8, 2022, The Old Spanish Sugar Mill at De Leon Springs State Park made the following announcement on their Facebook page: After 61 years, the Old Spanish Sugar Mill will be closing its screen doors. While it is unfortunate, the state has decided not to renew our contract and move forward with another concession in … Continue reading De Leon Springs Sugar Mill Announces Big Changes

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Nature and Environmental Events with the Lyonia Environmental Center

The Lyonia Environmental Center (LEC) offers insights into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems through hands-on displays and educational programs. It’s part of the Deltona regional Library complex at 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. The center’s environmental specialists and volunteers promote an understanding of the county’s natural environment, the heritage it sustains, and the challenges it faces.  Admission is always free! NEW Hours of Operation (as of Friday, October 1, 2021): … Continue reading Nature and Environmental Events with the Lyonia Environmental Center

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FL Department of Health in Volusia County Responds to Monkeypox Case

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia), the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a confirmed case of monkeypox in Volusia County. The individual case is isolated. DOH-Volusia is conducting epidemiological investigations to notify possible exposures and offer potential post-exposure prophylaxis. At this time, DOH-Volusia has not identified any additional cases. What is … Continue reading FL Department of Health in Volusia County Responds to Monkeypox Case

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Volusia County Libraries Announce New Partnership With The Real Florida Reader Program 

The Volusia County Public Library System has partnered with Florida State Parks, the Florida Department of State, and Florida’s Division of Library Services to offer library patrons access to Florida State Parks through the Real Florida Reader Program. Now through Sept. 12, 2022, VCPLS card holders may check out a Real Florida Reader day pass for free admission for up to eight people at more … Continue reading Volusia County Libraries Announce New Partnership With The Real Florida Reader Program 

FREE Summer Programs Available for Kids, Teens and Adults

Click here to view the listing of Volusia County’s Lyonia Environmental Center’s education and nature-based indoor/outdoor programs. Click here to view the listing of Explore Volusia’s outdoor environmental exploration programs.  Click here to view the listing of Ponce Inlet’s monthly nature and educational programs. Libraries Offer FREE Passes to State Parks Visiting a state park this summer just got more affordable. The Volusia County Public Library is partnering with the Florida Department … Continue reading FREE Summer Programs Available for Kids, Teens and Adults

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Explore Volusia Monthly Programs

Learn about Volusia County’s conservation lands and land management practices during free Explore Volusia programs each month. Environmental specialists will lead a variety of outdoor adventures and volunteer and learn programs.  Registration is required; call (386) 736-5927.  Upcoming events include: Bike and Swim – De Leon Springs “fee” August 3, 9:00 am – 11:30 am (Wednesday) Participants will ride their bikes on the spring-to-spring trail along Grand Ave, … Continue reading Explore Volusia Monthly Programs

Daytona Beach Shores Issues Traffic Citations, Tows Trucks During Unsanctioned Truck Meet

The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public Safety issued 688 traffic citations and towed 46 trucks between Friday and Sunday, June 10-12, during the unsanctioned truck meet. Public Safety Officers made 29 misdemeanor and six felony arrests, with felonies including carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, narcotics violations and wanted persons. Officers also handled two traffic accidents. Volusia County Corrections set up … Continue reading Daytona Beach Shores Issues Traffic Citations, Tows Trucks During Unsanctioned Truck Meet

Free Meals for Kids at Summer BreakSpot Sites 

Summer BreakSpot offers balanced breakfasts, lunches, snacks or dinners at no cost for kids 18 and under. Meals will be served on site, at no cost, at places like parks, libraries, schools and churches. Free Meals Available for Kids Throughout the Summer Volusia County’s Human Services Office is sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program for children from June 3 through August 9. The program, funded … Continue reading Free Meals for Kids at Summer BreakSpot Sites 

Construction Begins on North Causeway

Bridge improvements to the North Causeway movable bridge, also known as the Coronado Beach Bridge, George Musson Bridge, in New Smyrna Beach have started.  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) determined the electrical submarine cables and additional minor electrical upgrades were necessary for the bridge’s continued operation. Quinn Construction, Inc is listed as the contractor performing the work. According to the project flyer, construction cost … Continue reading Construction Begins on North Causeway

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DOH-Volusia Provides Update on Current National Infant Formula Shortage

The Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) is monitoring the current infant formula shortage and takes this life-threatening issue very seriously. On May 12, 2022, State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo sent a letter to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf regarding the formula shortages affecting some of Florida’s most vulnerable populations. DOH-Volusia wants to ensure Floridians are kept up to date on this … Continue reading DOH-Volusia Provides Update on Current National Infant Formula Shortage