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Ed Kelley's Final Address; The Volusia County State of County Address

Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 10:50AM

Written by Kristen Schmutz 


Tuesday evening, at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach County Chair, Ed Kelley delivered his final State of the County Address.  Kelley hinted towards the future of the county and its ties to the aerospace industry, but also confirmed: “we will not be blasting rockets from our beaches.” 

His claim on the stance is that Volusia County is perfectly nestled within the ‘manufacturing triangle’ which gives us the perfect opportunity in moving forward with the industry and assisting with supplies for the space program. 

Throughout the address, other council members like Barbara Gitman, Ben Johnson, and Billie Wheeler all praised the County and its achievements throughout 2019 like the First Step Shelter, Inc., Public Safety Improvements and the implementation of a Bird Sanctuary in Ponce Inlet. 

Kelley showcased upgrades made to the Ocean Center and Daytona Beach International Airport, before giving us a look into the future plans of the county. 2020 can bring more affordable housing, the renewal options for Volusia ECHO and of course a new Chairman. 

As it was his last address, Kelley received a standing ovation from the public and his peers.

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