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March 2020 Blog Archive

Volusia County Schools Announce School Closures Until May 1; Information on Laptop Distribution Available. Tue, Mar 31, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz   Belden Communications News   Volusia County Schools have sent out a release extending their closure through May 1 and urge families and students to continue the uses of Virtual and Distance Learning until s... Read More

Florida Power and Light (FPL) Plans Discount to Customers Bills during Pandemic. Tue, Mar 31, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Florida Power and Light (FPL) has been saving money recently due to lower fuel costs. This will cause nearly a 25 percent discount for residential customers beginning May 1.  ... Read More

Missing Port Orange Woman, Found Dead on Shoreline in Daytona Beach. Tue, Mar 31, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   In a press release sent out by the Port Orange Police Department’s Public Information Officer Evan Doyle, a Port Orange woman who was reported missing early Sunday morning was ... Read More

Volusia County Schools Holds First Virtual School Board Meeting Friday, March 27. Fri, Mar 27, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Friday afternoon, Volusia County School Board Members held their first Virtual School Board meeting using the Teams software that will be implemented for the Virtual and Distance Lear... Read More

Runway Closure at Daytona Beach International Airport to Cause Flight Pattern Change. Fri, Mar 27, 2020   Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Since April of 2018, Daytona Beach International Airport began a two-year project to rehabilitate several taxiways, including the primary air carrier taxiway. &nb... Read More

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservative Commission Extend Renewal Deadlines for Specialized Licenses. Fri, Mar 27, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz   Belden Communications News   In a release sent out Friday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) will be extending the renewal deadlines of Special Licenses for 30 days.   ... Read More

Volusia County Playgrounds and Campsites to Close Thursday until Further Notice. Wed, Mar 25, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Volusia County Government will be closing all playgrounds at all county-operated parks Thursday until further notice.    The Hope Place Play Area in Daytona Beach ... Read More

Beach Ramp Closure Extended for All Volusia County Beaches Until Thursday, March 26. Mon, Mar 23, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   In a release sent out Monday morning, County Officials have decided to keep all vehicular beach access ramps closed through the end of day Thursday, March 26.   Officials eva... Read More

Volusia County Schools to Start Virtual and Distance Learning as of March 30, 2020. Fri, Mar 20, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     Volusia County Schools sent out an auto-dialer message earlier Friday afternoon, explaining to parents to be on the lookout from a message from the Superintendent for Volusia ... Read More

Volusia County Shares Information on COVID-19 Testing. Fri, Mar 20, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz   Belden Communications News   Volusia County and its cities have been working with health officials to provide information regarding testing for COVID-19.   If residents are sick and exhibiting symptom... Read More

Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri, Holds Press Conference Addressing How DBPD is handling New Restrictions due to COVID-19 Thu, Mar 19, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Daytona Beach Police Chief, Craig Capri, held a press conference this afternoon outside of the Daytona Beach Police Headquarters in Daytona Beach. Chief Capri addressed how the Police... Read More

Volusia County Human Services and Veteran Services to Schedule Appointments as of March 23. Wed, Mar 18, 2020 Written: Kristen Schmutz – BC News (Belden Communications News)   Effective Monday, March 23, the offices of Human Services and Veteran Services throughout Volusia County will begin Scheduling appointments.   Veteran Services Offi... Read More

Section 8 Applicants are being Asked to Contact Volusia County. Wed, Mar 18, 2020 Written by: Kristen Schmutz - BC News (Belden Communications News) In a release dated early Wednesday, all Volusia County Residents who have previously applied to the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), through the county are being aske... Read More

Volusia County Council Members Implement New Directive Which Allows for Beaches to Stay Open during COVID-19 Pandemic. Tue, Mar 17, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – BC News (Belden Communications News)   The Volusia County Council held their regularly scheduled County Council meeting this morning. The main topic of discussion was if the Council should close Volusia Count... Read More

At the Direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, All Florida Driver Licenses Expiring in the Next 30 Days Extended. Mon, Mar 16, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – BC News (Belden Communications News)   Executive Director, Terry Rhodes of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (FLHSMV), at the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, issued an Emergency Order... Read More

Volusia County Schools Offer Free Meals for Students for the Week of March 23 -27. Mon, Mar 16, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – BC News (Belden Communications News)   Volusia County Schools sent out a news release to inform parents, that they will be distributing Free Breakfast and Lunch meals to those in need over the extended school... Read More

Volusia County Schools extended Spring Break until March 29; County Officials Issue State of Emergency. Fri, Mar 13, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – BC News (Belden Communications News)   As of 5 p.m. Friday, Volusia County Schools have taken direction from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). All extra-curricular activities, like sports and field... Read More

63-Year-Old Man with Coronavirus in St. John’s County Did Not Make it to Bike Week Events. Thu, Mar 12, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   It has been confirmed by a Tweet shared by the City of Daytona Beach, that the 63-year-old New York man that has a confirmed case of COVID-19, never made it to Bike Week Events.  ... Read More

Florida Department of Health is Recommending Attendees of Daytona Bike Week, Who Show Symptoms of Coronavirus to Self-Isolate. Thu, Mar 12, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   As of yesterday, three new cases of COVID-19, have been confirmed according to the Florida Department of Health. In the first case, a 56-year-old male from Miami-Dade County tested po... Read More

Motorcycle Crash in Ormond Beach Yesterday, Claims Life of Passenger. Wed, Mar 11, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   Monday Afternoon, Ormond Beach Police Department responded to a single motorcycle crash off of US 1 in Ormond Beach.   The operator of the motorcycle, Mark Vancil of Lake City, ... Read More

Volusia County and its Partner Agencies taking Precautions to Prevent Spread of COVID-19. Wed, Mar 11, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   New efforts have been put into place throughout the County with help from County Officials and its Partner Agencies to combat the spread of Covid-19. Daytona Beach Airport has install... Read More

Volusia County Schools Request Parents to Fill Out Technology Assessment Survey; Suspend Field Trips Involving Air Travel. Tue, Mar 10, 2020   Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   Amidst Volusia County Schools closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, School Officials have taken a precautionary recommendation received by the Florida Commissioner of Educ... Read More

Governor Ron DeSantis has officially declared a State of Emergency for Florida, on Monday for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Tue, Mar 10, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference Monday where he confirmed declaring a State of Emergency in Florida, for COVID-19. The Governor stated the State of Emergency is to &ldquo... Read More

Motorcyclist, Killed in Head-on Collision Sunday, Identified as a Connecticut Man. Tue, Mar 10, 2020   Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   The motorcyclist that was killed Sunday morning, after a head-on collision with a pickup truck has been identified as Patrick Gilman, from Hampton, Connecticut.   Invest... Read More

Second Case of COVID-19 Reported in Volusia County Mon, Mar 09, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications     The Volusia County Health Department has released another tweet regarding a second confirmed Presumptive Positive case of COVID-19 in the county. The Health Department released... Read More

Volusia County Schools Release Health and Safety Message. Mon, Mar 09, 2020   With the first confirmed case of COVID-19 here in Volusia County, the Volusia County School Board is continuously monitoring the situation, while coordinating with local and state agencies to provide up-to-date information to keep students an... Read More

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has reported that the weekend shooting suspect, Orion Gass of Daytona Beach, has been safely apprehended. Sun, Mar 08, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications UPDATE as of 3/9/20 @ 11;25am The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has reported that the weekend shooting suspect, Orion Gass of Daytona Beach, has been safely apprehended.   *T... Read More

Florida Department of Health Confirms Volusia County’s First Case of COVID-19. Sat, Mar 07, 2020 Florida Department of Health Confirms Volusia County’s First Case of COVID-19.   Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications     Early Saturday evening, the Florida Department of Health has confirmed that Volusi... Read More

Are COVID-19 Test Kits on the Way? Co-Diagnostics, Inc. Reports Additional Demand for Coronavirus Test Shipments Fri, Mar 06, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   Co-Diagnostics, Inc., a Molecular Diagnostics Company, announced yesterday that there has been an influx in demand both nationally and internationally for its COVID-19 detection kits. ... Read More

Votran Service Interruptions During Bike Week 2020. Fri, Mar 06, 2020     Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   Every year Bike Week brings heavy traffic to Volusia County, and this year is no different. Votran, the countywide public transit system, has released a list of route d... Read More

Volusia County Schools Asks Students, Families, and Staff who May Have Traveled to Areas of High-Risk for COVID-19 to Self-Isolate. Fri, Mar 06, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications In continued efforts to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 from coming to Volusia County, Volusia County Schools are taking preemptive measures. VCS sent out an auto-email which was received by K... Read More

Congressional Leaders Strike Roughly $8 Billion Bipartisan Emergency Funds Deal. Wed, Mar 04, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   Congressional Leaders in the house and senate reached a bipartisan deal this morning on roughly $8 Billion in Emergency Funding to combat COVID-19.   $7.8 Billion will be provid... Read More

Vice President Mike Pence tells Governor DeSantis “Money for Coronavirus Cost is Coming.” Tue, Mar 03, 2020   Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   Monday afternoon, Governor DeSantis held another press conference in Miami, regarding updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the two people who tested positive for the virus... Read More

79th Annual Bike Week Begins Friday, March 6, Here’s What You Need to Know. Mon, Mar 02, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   With the 79th Annual Bike Week Events upon us, Daytona Beach Police Department wants residents to prepare for over 500,00 visitors in the greater Daytona Beach area between March 6th a... Read More

Governor DeSantis Holds Press Conference in Tampa Following Confirmed Florida COVID-19 Cases; Declares Public Health Emergency. Mon, Mar 02, 2020 Written by Kristen Schmutz – Belden Communications   Two people in Florida have tested positive for COVID-19. A man in his 60’s out of Hillsborough County with no knowledge of how he contracted the virus, is currently admitted to a... Read More

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