Area cosmetic surgeon earns accreditation

Dr. Curtis J. Schalit is now a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, making him the only Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery Fellow in Volusia County.

The distinction is bestowed upon top surgeons who are dedicated to improving the care of their patients and safeguarding standards of care in an optimal and ethical practice environment. Before a surgeon can become a fellow, their education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct have to pass a rigorous evaluation and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College.

Dr. Schalit is part of the team at Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates with offices in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Palm Coast.

County financial reporting earns awards of excellence

As complex as they are meticulous, financial reports provide critical

information on the fiscal health of an organization.

Now, Volusia County’s comprehensive annual financial report and popular annual financial report have each received national awards of excellence from the Chicago-based Government Finance Officers Association. Both annual awards are for the county’s financial reports covering the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2018.

One of the awards is for the county’s 290-page, highly detailed financial report, while the second recognized a more concise version designed to provide a user-friendly overview of Volusia’s financial picture to the public and non-financial experts.

The county posts both reports at for easy public access. The briefer version of the financial report, called a popular annual

financial report, was awarded GFOA’s outstanding achievement award.

More recently, the county was notified in a Nov. 6 letter from GFOA that its full, comprehensive annual financial report earned the certificate of achievement for excellence.

Council awards contract for Daytona Beach tag office

Volusia County’s Tag and Title Office is one step closer to reopening in Daytona Beach after the County Council approved a construction contract to renovate the office space.

The Daytona Beach office was displaced, moving to the Ocean Center, after the administrative center on North Beach Street was heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma.

The council agreed to renovate about 5,340 square feet of space at 1845 Holsonback Drive in Daytona Beach, where the Florida Department of Health is located.

Crunch Construction of Daytona Beach was awarded the $588,000 contract. The work is expected to take about four months to complete. The county is using insurance proceeds to pay for the work.

Workout club opening celebrated

The Port Orange South Daytona Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Club Pilates at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at 3817 S. Nova Road Suite 102, Port Orange

For more information, email

Chamber annual banquet

The Port Orange South Daytona Chamber of Commerce 2019 annual Banquet & Leadership Graduation will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Riverside Pavilion, 3431 Ridgewood Ave., Port Orange.

The annual banquet and awards ceremony includes installation of new board members and new board chair.

The event also includes graduation of the Leadership Class of 2019. The Chamber will announce the winners of the Outstanding Business Person of the Year and Friend of the Chamber.

For more information, call (386) 761-1601 or email

AM Connection set

The West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce will present an AM Connection at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 N. C.R. Beall Blvd., DeBary.

The Ambassador Committee will make a presentation.

Free for members, the cost is $10 for non-members.

For a reservation or more information, visit or call (386) 490-4606.

Area chamber hosts weekly events

The DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce and the Orange City Alliance have several regularly scheduled events.

The discussion group Fuel meets at 7:30 a.m. Mondays at Boston Coffee, 109 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

Let’s Do Lunch networking meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at The Cloister's of DeLand, 400 E. Howry Ave.

For more information, call (386) 734-4331 or visit

Physical therapy clinic opens in Orange City

The 22nd Ability Rehabilitation Clinic in Central Florida, specializing in physical and occupational therapy, has opened at Four Towns Clinic, 2452 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City.

Ability Rehabilitation Clinics have been providing care for 16 years.

The clinic manager is Dr. Matt Biegler, who received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Florida. He specializes in orthopedic care, vestibular rehab and neurological care.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (386) 878-1200.

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