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May 2021 Blog Archive

Tax-Free Sales Holiday for Hurricane Season Begins May 28. Thu, May 27, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Florida shoppers have 10-days this year to stock up on qualifying disaster preparedness items without paying sales tax. The annual tax-free holiday is traditionally a seven-day e... Read More

New Elementary School Name Chosen for New School on Ortona Elementary School Site Thu, May 27, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   On May 25th, the Volusia County School Board decided that the Osceola and Ortona Elementary schools would join to be called Beachside Elementary. The mascot of Beachside Elementary will b... Read More

Votran to Operate Limited-Service Schedule for Memorial Day Thu, May 27, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a release from the County on Wednesday, May 26, Votran will operate a limited-service schedule on Monday, May 31. Riders are encouraged to make travel plans to avoid possi... Read More

Memorial Day Weekend at the Beach. Thu, May 27, 2021 Written by Steven Christian Belden Communications News   Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and the crowds will be out and ready to tan, surf the waves, and relax on the beaches of Volusia County. According to a press release put out by the ... Read More

Face Coverings Optional for High School Graduations at Ocean Center. Wed, May 26, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County Schools announced Wednesday, May 26, 2021, that face-coverings will now be optional at Volusia County Schools’ High School rehearsals and graduations. According t... Read More

City of Daytona Beach to Begin Disconnections on Past Due Utility Bills; Payment Arrangements Available. Wed, May 26, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   During the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida initiated the COVID-19 emergency declaration, which suspended disconnections and late fees. The suspension on disconnections is now expired. Disconn... Read More

Florida Department of Health and Volusia County Schools to Offer Vaccination Clinics to Rising Seventh Graders Tue, May 25, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   Volusia County Schools and the Florida Department of Health will be partnering to offer free vaccination opportunities to all Volusia County rising seventh graders. According to a releas... Read More

Cruise News!!! The Cruise Industry Has Officially Announced Their Return! Tue, May 25, 2021 Written by Steven Christian Belden Communications News   With everything beginning to reopen after shutting down for over a year, the biggest news focuses on the relaunch of the Cruise Industry. Cruising has been at a standstill since March... Read More

Grant Improves Restrooms and Usability of Rose Room at Peabody Auditorium Tue, May 25, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   Remodeling for the Rose Room Restrooms is currently underway at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach. The expansion is meant to help accommodate a large number of attendees for shows.... Read More

Volusia County Emergency Management "Eat Spaghetti for Hurricane Season." Mon, May 24, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz  Belden Communications News     You are probably wondering what hurricanes and delicious pasta dishes have in common, and as Floridians, we are no strangers to hurricanes. However, some might not be as fa... Read More

Governor Announces "Freedom Week" Fri, May 21, 2021 Written by Lana GrimesBelden Communications News   On Friday, May 21st, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis introduced a tax-free holiday dubbed "Freedom Week". During the first week of July, outdoor recreational items and events will be exempt fro... Read More

Volusia County Libraries to Open Full Time. Thu, May 20, 2021 Written by Lana GrimesBelden Communications   In 2020 Libraries in the Volusia County Library System shut down because of COVID-19. They reopened back in May of 2020 with limited hours, and throughout the pandemic, scheduled virtual story-ti... Read More

Memorial Day Services Return to New Smyrna Beach on May 31 Thu, May 20, 2021 Written by Anthony Bicy Belden Communications News   VFW Post 4250 announced the return of its Memorial Day services scheduled for Monday, May 31st.  Three separate events will be held, including:  A firing party playing “... Read More

County to Consolidate Management of ECHO and Volusia Forever Programs. Wed, May 19, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The ECHO and Volusia FOREVER programs are two popular, voter-approved programs with a similar purpose – preserve and enhance environmental, cultural, historic, and outdoor recrea... Read More

Volusia County’s Completed Section of The East Regional Rail Trial to be Celebrated with Ribbon Cutting. Wed, May 19, 2021 Written by Lana Grimes Belden Communications News   Volusia County finished the last 3.6-mile segment of its contribution to the East Central Regional Rail Trail. The East Central Regional Rail Trail is a project that began in 2001 and is... Read More

County Council Votes to Keep Ordinance on Short Term Rentals in Unincorporated Areas of Volusia County Tue, May 18, 2021 Written by Lana GrimesBelden Communications News   A heavy topic has been the highly anticipated vote on the future of short-term rentals on unincorporated land in Volusia County. Unincorporated land means it's an area not governed by a muni... Read More

Summertime Fertilizer Ban Begins June 1. Tue, May 18, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County wants you to take the summer off – from fertilizing that is!   According to a release, the summertime fertilizer ban begins June 1 and continues through... Read More

County to Dedicate EMS Building to Paramedic Thu, May 13, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County’s Public Protection Department announced plans last year to open an emergency medical services building next to a southeast Volusia fire station. When long-time pa... Read More

Missing Georgia Juvenile Believed to be In Daytona Beach Thu, May 13, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Have you seen this teen?  The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office has reached out to the Daytona Beach Police Department in hopes of finding a missing Georgia juvenile believ... Read More

Daytona Beach Community Shred Day Wed, May 12, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Reduce the chance of residents becoming a victim of identity theft, by safely shredding outdated and unwanted documents at a "Community Shred Event.” The Shred Event will be hel... Read More

Microchips, Pet Food, and More at Free Animal Services Event on May 22 Wed, May 12, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz   Belden Communications News   Volusia County Animal Services is hosting a one-stop-shop for people and their pets on Saturday, May 22, with everything from pet microchips, pet food, and rabies vaccinations ... Read More

VCSO to Participate in Memorial Events Planned for National Police Week 2021. Tue, May 11, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   This week, Sheriff Mike Chitwood and the Volusia Sheriffs Office are participating in several events recognizing National Police Week and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice... Read More

Hurricane Preparedness Week is Underway; Now is the Time to Get Prepared. Mon, May 10, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   With the 2021 Hurricane Season quickly approaching and predicted to be an above-average season, Volusia County officials urge residents and businesses to get their supplies and plans r... Read More

Debenedictis Convicted After Jury Trial on 5 Felony Counts; Faces a Possible Life Sentence Thu, May 06, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News \   After a two-and-a-half-day trial, a Volusia Jury comprised of 4 women and 2 men deliberated for two hours before returning the guilty verdicts, regarding David Debenedictis, 36. Deben... Read More

Online Registration Opens for AdventHealth’s Free Sports Physicals Event Thu, May 06, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Registration for AdventHealth’s free sports physicals for Volusia County Schools student-athletes has opened at www.VCSSportsPhysicals.com. Appointments are required and can... Read More

Traffic Fatality in Holly Hill Causes Southbound Lanes of US-1 to Close Temporarily. Thu, May 06, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Holly Hill Police Department is currently working on a fatal crash at the intersection of Walker Street and US 1. According to a release, an adult victim was hit by a southbound v... Read More

ONE DAYTONA Announces Daytona Jazz Weekend May 20-23 Thu, May 06, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   ONE DAYTONA announced a new event today, the Daytona Jazz Weekend Hosted by Keiko Matsui and Presented by the Florida Smooth Jazz Foundation, May 20-23, 2021.  According to a rel... Read More

Face Masks Still Required on Votran Buses and in Facilities Wed, May 05, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News According to a release, on Friday, April 30, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout t... Read More

County Council Confirms New Accounting Director Lynne Urice Tue, May 04, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   During Tuesday’s council meeting, the County Council unanimously confirmed County Manager George Recktenwald’s selection of Lynne Urice to assume the director’s post ... Read More

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Welcomes Floridians with Special Offer: Florida Four-Pack returns May 3 through May 31 Mon, May 03, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announced Monday that they were bringing back the Florida Four-Pack! According to a release, Florida residents can save more than $60 with the Flo... Read More

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