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January 2021 Blog Archive

In-season Beach Ramps Open Saturday. Thu, Jan 28, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News Traditionally all in-season beach ramps open on February 1, but thanks. To sunshine and clear skies, vehicular beach ramps are slated to convert over to the in-season schedule Saturday, Januar... Read More

Volusia County Schools Launches Technology 1:1 Initiative. Thu, Jan 28, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a release, Volusia County Schools creates an online Technology Handbook and Parent and Student Technical Guide to support families’ digital learning experi... Read More

Volusia County Schools Asks Families to Lock-in Learning Option for Remainder of School Year. Wed, Jan 27, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   With the beginning of the second semester starting Tuesday, Volusia County School Officials are requesting families to make a firm decision on which learning option they want for the r... Read More

State-run COVID Testing Site Running Strong in New Smyrna Beach. Wed, Jan 27, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Since opening back on November 2, the state-operated COVID-19 testing site in New Smyrna Beach has performed more than 86,000 free tests. Yesterday alone, 1,433 people were tested. &n... Read More

More COVID-19 Vaccine Events Scheduled for Volusia County Fairgrounds. Mon, Jan 25, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Officials are gearing up for three more days of vaccinations this week at the Fairgrounds in DeLand.    Reservations for Monday have already been booked, but new registrati... Read More

Daytona State College Students and Staff Evacuated Due to Threat; No Suspicious Threat Found Fri, Jan 22, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Daytona State College has ordered the immediate evacuation of its campus due to a threat.   According to the College’s Twitter page, people should evacuate immediately, an... Read More

Daytona International Speedway Hosts Racing Events Thu, Jan 21, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a release, the Daytona International Speedway will once again be the epicenter of motorsports racing this January and February, starting with this week’s Roar Before... Read More

80th Annual Bike Week Approved by the City of Daytona Beach City Commission. Thu, Jan 21, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     The 80th Annual Bike Week will go on in the City of Daytona Beach, March 5 – 14, 2021.   City Commissioners approved the 2021 Bike Week Private Property Master Plan,... Read More

Water Study Recommends Changes to Utility Rates and Structure. Thu, Jan 21, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     The City of Daytona Beach recently underwent a Water and Wastewater Rate, and Strategic Planning Study finding recommendations for several changes to the city’s current u... Read More

Commissioners Approve Resolution to Support Environmental Initiative Thu, Jan 21, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The City of Daytona Beach, City Commissioners approved a resolution that will support the Senate and the House’s jointly titled bill, known as the Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act.... Read More

Park, Walk, and Talk Program Begins in Daytona Beach Wed, Jan 20, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     The Daytona Beach Police Department entered the New Year with preparations for a new program that seeks to forge a tighter bond between the police Department and the Daytona Be... Read More

Volusia County Prepares for Mandatory Redistricting. Wed, Jan 20, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   With the population count for the 2020 Census now complete, Volusia County is turning its attention to the mandatory redrawing of the boundary lines for its five County Council distric... Read More

County to Receive $16.7 Million for Emergency COVID-19 Rental Assistance Wed, Jan 20, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County is line to receive more than $16 million in federal aid, to assist residents with paying their rent due to financial fall-out from the COVID-19 Pandemic.   On Tue... Read More

Council Approves Two New Ambulances for County Fleet Tue, Jan 19, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The county’s Public Protection Staff laid out plans to add more staffing and 911 ambulance units to the response fleet, call volume, and services two years ago.   During t... Read More

Design Work to Begin on New County Fire Station Tue, Jan 19, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County Fire Rescue has 20 full-service fire stations staffed around-the-clock.   In March 2018, the county’s public protection department presented a fire rescue s... Read More

Off-Duty School Custodian Arrested in Molestation of 13-Year-Old Child. Tue, Jan 19, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News     A custodian supervisor from Starke Elementary School was arrested Monday on charges of molesting a 13-year-old child while off duty.   According to a release from the Volu... Read More

COVID-19 Vaccination Event at Volusia County Fairgrounds Mon, Jan 18, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a release, the County and Volusia working with the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccinations event for individuals 65 years ol... Read More

House Fire in Daytona Beach; Home is a ‘Total Loss’. Mon, Jan 18, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Four adults were displaced overnight when their beachside home off of Flamingo Avenue in Daytona Beach became engulfed in flames.   The Daytona Beach firefighters responded to t... Read More

Volusia County to Distribute Additional 100,000 Face Masks. Fri, Jan 15, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   In continued efforts to help individuals stay safe from the Coronavirus, county officials have announced that they will be distributing another 100,000 surgical face masks.   Ac... Read More

Beach Safety Director Taking New Role in Corrections. Fri, Jan 15, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Ray Manchester, the Director of Beach Safety here in Volusia County, will assume a new role with the county as lead investigator in the corrections division.   Manchester took o... Read More

Daytona Beach VA Clinic Offers COVID-19 Vaccine Thu, Jan 14, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Daytona Beach VA Multispecialty Community Based Outpatient Clinic located off National Health Care Drive, will be distributing COVID-19 vaccines to certain veterans based on CDC an... Read More

Votran Beach Street Service Changes Thu, Jan 14, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a news release from the county, as of Monday, January 17, Votran will make several route adjustments in downtown Daytona Beach.   These changes come with the concl... Read More

Publix Stores in Volusia County to Start distributing COVID-19 Vaccine to Seniors. Wed, Jan 13, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Governor Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday morning that more Publix stores in the central Florida Region will begin distributing COVID-19 Vaccines to seniors.   “Publix sto... Read More

COVID-19 Vaccination Event at Volusia County Fairgrounds Tue, Jan 12, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a release, the County and Volusia working with the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccinations event for individuals 65 years o... Read More

Free COVID-19 Testing Offered Daily: Vaccine Distribution Hotline Mon, Jan 11, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Free COVID-19 testing continues daily at the City Gym off Live Oak Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.   The state-run site offers 15-minute rapid antigen testing and self-admini... Read More

Applicants Sought for Children and Families Advisory Board Mon, Jan 11, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   According to a release from the county, the Children and Families Advisory Board is openly seeking applicants.   Residents interested in planning, coordinating, monitoring, and ... Read More

Campbell Pool Improvements on Schedule Mon, Jan 11, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Improvements to the Campbell Aquatic Center in Daytona Beach’s Midtown area are underway, and current construction is scheduled to be finished next month.   A new entry pa... Read More

Volusia County Vaccine Information Wed, Jan 06, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   County officials held a press conference Wednesday going over vaccine distribution information for residents 65 and older.   Jeff Brower, the new County Chair made his first pub... Read More

No Residency Requirements for Vaccine Recipients in the State of Florida; Publix to Begin Getting Vaccines Tue, Jan 05, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   With the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine underway throughout the state, officials from the Florida Department of Health have stated that there is no statewide residency requirement for... Read More

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Scheduled for Deltona; Appointments required. Tue, Jan 05, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County partnering with the County of Volusia has scheduled another COVID-19 vaccination event for individuals ages 65 or older, Thursday, Ja... Read More

Laptops to be Distributed to VCS Students for Technology 1-to-1 Program Tue, Jan 05, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   Volusia County Schools is working on getting thousands of laptops into the hands of middle and high school students throughout the county, as the school district prepares to transform ... Read More

Daytona Stadium COVID-19 Vaccine Site Closed; Daily Capacity Reached. Mon, Jan 04, 2021 Written by Kristen Schmutz Belden Communications News   The COVID-19 vaccination site, at the Daytona Stadium off of LPGA, has reached its daily limit as of 6:00 a.m. Monday.   Only 1,000 Moderna vaccines were available for Volusia C... Read More

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