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December 2020 Blog Archive

The Real Florida Experience Can Be Found at Airboat Rides at Midway Wed, Dec 30, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   When you think of the real Florida experience, most people instantly think of the theme parks and other attractions that can be found in the Central Florida Area.   No one talk... Read More

Port Orange Woman Struck and Killed by Vehicle at U.S. 1 Wed, Dec 30, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Daytona Beach Police Department is currently investigating a crash that took the life of a 35-year-old Port Orange woman after she was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross... Read More

Disabled Man Missing from Holly Hill. Wed, Dec 30, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Have you seen this man?    According to reports from the Holly Hill Police Department, a 31-year-old Autistic man has been reported missing from his home since December 2... Read More

Prescribed Burn Set for Longleaf Pine Preserve Tue, Dec 29, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County’s Land Management personnel will be on-site in Longleaf Pine Preserve off Pioneer Trail, conducting a prescribed burn on Tuesday, December 29.   The burn wi... Read More

Volusia County Health Department to Begin Offering Vaccines to People 65 and Older Tue, Dec 29, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to an update from the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, vaccinations will begin to be distributed to people in the county that are 65 years old and older. &nbs... Read More

Homicide Suspect in Derbyshire Park Shooting Caught. Mon, Dec 28, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Arrington Turner, the suspect wanted in the Derbyshire Park Shooting that occurred back in November, has been caught.   Turner was caught early Monday in Port Orange, for his ro... Read More

State-Run COVID-19 Test Site Update Mon, Dec 28, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The state-run COVID-19 test site in New Smyrna Beach has been busy, setting a new record for several daily tests on Wednesday, December 23.   According to a release put out by t... Read More

Airport Completes Taxiway Project Mon, Dec 28, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Daytona Beach International Airport has completed its major taxiway rehabilitation project.   The project took two and a half years and $40 million to complete rehabilita... Read More

Additional Vehicular Beach Access Ramps Open Through Sunday, January 3 Mon, Dec 28, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   To ensure visitors and residents can easily access the beach through the end of the year, additional vehicular beach access ramps are open through Sunday, January 3.   Milsap Ro... Read More

Interim City Manager Tenders Resignation Wed, Dec 23, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The city of Port Orange’s Interim City Manager, Alan Rosen, has tendered his resignation on December 22, 2020.   Rosen has accepted a position with Lake County, to be the ... Read More

Men’s Softball League to Play at Strickland Park Tue, Dec 22, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division wants residents to get their game on with new teams for its men’s adult softball league.   According to... Read More

Votran Christmas, New Year’s Route Changes. Mon, Dec 21, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Votran will operate a limited-service schedule on Friday, December 25, and Friday, January 1, both due to the holidays.   Riders are encouraged to plan travel to avoid traffic c... Read More

Port Orange City Hall Hours for week of December 21st. Fri, Dec 18, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     The city of Port Orange sent a release out Friday, informing residents of closures at City Hall for the upcoming holiday.   The Port Orange City Hall will be closed for ... Read More

County Officials Hold COVID-19 Update Friday, December 18, 2020. Fri, Dec 18, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The county officials, along with representatives from the Health Department and Halifax Health, provided a county-wide COVID-19 update Friday morning.   With cases on the rise, ... Read More

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Schedule for Garbage/Recycling/Yard Waste Thu, Dec 17, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The city of Port Orange and Waste Pro has released the updated schedule for Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Waste pick-ups for Christmas and New Year’s Day.   According to ... Read More

Port Orange Man Arrested in Sexual Abuse of Two Children. Thu, Dec 17, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a release from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, a Port Orange man is in custody on charges of sexually battering two children.   Christopher H. Zinck, 24,... Read More

City of Daytona Beach Animal Services Helps over 500 Cats Thu, Dec 17, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Through the City of Daytona Beach's, Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, the Animal Control Division has lent a paw or two and recently neutered it's 500th stray, to try and mitigate the... Read More

Atlantic High School Lockdown Lifted Wed, Dec 16, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Atlantic High School, off of Reed Canal in Port Orange, was placed under a lockdown Wednesday, due to rumors of a weapon on campus.   According to reports from the Volusia Count... Read More

Treasury and Billing Division Created in Volusia County. Wed, Dec 16, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Volusia County Council approved the dissolution of the Revenue Division, at the last scheduled County Council meeting of the year, which was held Tuesday. The Council, in the same ... Read More

Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty After Throwing Dog from Motel Balcony. Tue, Dec 15, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   A woman who originally was threatening to jump from the second floor of a Daytona Beach Motel, was charged with Animal Cruelty after throwing her dog over the railing instead.  ... Read More

VCS Invites Public to Review Instructional Material Under Consideration Tue, Dec 15, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County Schools initiated the process of adopting new materials for instructional materials – such as textbooks. VCS is seeking public review and input on the instructiona... Read More

Holiday Waste Collection for Unincorporated Areas Wed, Dec 09, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a release put out by the county, there will be no garbage, recycling, bulk waste, and yard trash collection for unincorporated Volusia County on Christmas and New Year&rsq... Read More

JAG Funds Available for Volusia County Nonprofits and Cities. Wed, Dec 09, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County is anticipating an award of $144,648 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Countywide Program under Chapter 11D-9 of the Florida Administrative C... Read More

County Prepares for Groundbreaking on New Edwin W. Peck Sr. Park Tue, Dec 08, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County announces groundbreaking for the new Edwin W. Peck Sr. Park that will be located off S. Atlantic Ave in Daytona Beach Shores. The ceremony will signify the start of cons... Read More

Volusia County Schools Selected for State Pilot Program for Kindergarten Readiness. Tue, Dec 08, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Volusia County Schools has been approved by the State, to participate in a new state pilot program that focuses on Kindergarten Readiness.   The district’s 23 Volun... Read More

Local Middle School Teacher Still Missing, Police Department Provides Update. Mon, Dec 07, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Port Orange Police Department held a press conference Monday, providing the public with an update on the status of Robert Heikka, a teacher from Creekside Middle, who has been mi... Read More

Votran Seeks Input for Transit Development Plan Fri, Dec 04, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Votran, the county’s transit agency, wants to hear from you.   According to a release, the agency has started working on significant updates to its Transit Development Pla... Read More

Ocean Center Hosts 10th Annual Light Up Volusia Event Thu, Dec 03, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Ocean Center will be hosting its 10th annual Light Up Volusia event from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, December 5, on the east plaza of the convention center.   The public i... Read More

School Way Café Announces Special Curbside Meals for Two Weeks of Winter Break. Thu, Dec 03, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communication News     School Way Café and Volusia County Schools announced this morning a special curbside meal service, that will be provided to all Volusia County children, including Brick an... Read More

Challenge Daytona to be Held This Weekend at the Speedway; Expect Traffic Delays. Wed, Dec 02, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Over 1,000 triathletes will be competing at the Daytona International Speedway this weekend, for Challenge Daytona.   Challenge Daytona is an endurance sports festival, in its s... Read More

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