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I get a lot of strange surveys and polls covering everything under the sun, but one that recently caught my attention was “Florida property buyers prepared to buy former meth labs (at a 44% discount).”

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On August 13, Students signing up with their matched companies at the Volusia Manufacturing Association’s Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education signing day were just as excited as if they were signing a college athletics commitment.

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Residential construction went up sharply in June in the Volusia-Flagler area with builders obtaining permits for 721 new housing units compared to 250 in June 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The red hot Volusia-Flagler housing market continued in June with Realtors in the two-county area reporting sales of 1,393 existing houses, up 8.4% from June 2020.

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The Volusia-Flagler housing market was strong in 2020 despite the pandemic with builders obtaining permits for 4,711 residential units, up from 3,406 in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Volusia County’s labor market is slowly recovering with the state reporting the unemployment rate at 5% in May compared to 5.2% in April and 14.3% a year ago.

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Tourism in Volusia County has come roaring back with bed tax collections up 517.25% in April from the nearly non-existent travel in April 2020.

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ALDI is significantly investing in Volusia County, opening a store Thursday, June 24, in DeLand with a store in Edgewater under construction.

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We’ve gotten a great indicator of when this area will return to normalcy with NASCAR announcing that for its return to Daytona International Speedway for late summer night racing Aug. 27-28 there will be no restriction on the number of fans allowed to attend.

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