You wouldn’t call me Peewee, but I did go on Cecil’s Big Adventure for my birthday.

My wife was skeptical, but bravely took the day off, too, to accompany me even after I pointed out I was mostly just going to see all the new construction along LPGA Boulevard and some other spots.

Our first stop was 7-Eleven for my usual Lotto ticket buy so Cecil’s Big Adventure might one day happen on a daily basis. The second stop was more to my wife’s liking, picking up a couple of lattes at Copperline.

She was even more enthused by our next stop at TJ Maxx at Tomoka Town Center. It’s one of her favorite stores, but she doesn’t get there much since it moved too far north for her to take a quick hop there on her lunch break from work.

From there we took a break for lunch at Dave & Buster’s, a chain emporium I had never been to. Boy, what a fun place with all the old-time games right up to the latest virtual reality stuff. It has great menu, too. Not just your usual bar food.

Back on the road, after noting a Salsa’s restaurant also is going into the center along with a lot of other stuff and another apartment complex going up adjacent to it, we went across the interstate to see the new Latitude Landings shopping center with the area’s newest Publix. A Hair Cuttery, Anejo Cocina Mexicana and a Safe Ship also are going in there.

On a side note, a whole lot of folks are going to have to come up with a lot of money to widen the Tomoka River bridge and four-lane LPGA Boulevard the rest of the way.

Heading back into town, it looks like the 500 East apartments are nearing completion and getting into town was really easy since that part of LPGA is now four lanes all the way to Nova Road. I couldn’t help but notice Marina Grande on the Halifax, which apparently isn’t going to get the other two towers planned there. Swerdlow Group sold the Blue Tide Apartments to Equis Residential. Equis got a $9.3 million acquisition and development loan for the 108-unit complex in Holly Hill and plans to improve it, rather than raze it for condos.

After seeing a lot of the new Daytona Beach, we headed to one of my favorite stores, Atlantic Sounds on W. International Speedway Blvd. downtown. Owner Mike Toole has gone all-in on the new vinyl records trend and you could spend hours there like you did at record stores in the ’70s before the digital revolution began with compact discs.

We ended the adventure at Publix to get me a birthday cake, which had to be the chocolate ganache, the most decadently chocolate cake made.

From there the party started at Hidden Treasure on Rose Bay and let’s just say a good time was had by all.


I keep saying this, but just when you think this area has gotten enough apartment complexes, boom, here we go again. A complex has been proposed for Port Orange, this one with 380 units on Clyde Morris Blvd., just south of Walmart Neighborhood Market.


In other developments, Thrive Community Church has proposed a new building for property it is buying at 6156 Williamson Blvd., just south of Cypress Creek Elementary School. Thrive meets now at Spruce Creek High School. A 123,000-square-foot VA clinic proposed on Williamson Blvd. in Daytona each, would more than double size of existing clinic. So much for Space Square, the first two projects in the former Volusia Square shopping center are an indoor go-kart track and a convenience store-gas station at 2455 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach.


After starting the year slow, commercial real estate deals are really percolating, so here goes. A Virginia investor bought cinema-anchored New Smyrna Shopping Center for $6.21 Million. Owners of Budget Inn at 1717 N. Atlantic Ave. bought the Sahara Motel at 1215 N. Atlantic Ave., both in Daytona Beach, for $1.9 million. New Jersey investors bought the Family Dollar property at 200 N. Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach, for about $1.34 million. Old Town Butcher-anchored Countryside Square shopping center at S. Spring Garden Blvd. and W. Voorhies Ave. in DeLand sold for $1.15 million to Manitoba, Canada, investors. A partner in Martin Klayer & Associates accountants and his wife acquired the office building at 125 S. Palmetto Ave., Daytona Beach, for $520,000.


On a final note, the former LaPlaya Resort, 2500 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, is getting gutted and rebuilt to become a combined 232-room Ascend by Choice/Comfort Suites hotel with 60 Comfort Suites rooms, 140 Ascend by Choice rooms and 32 timeshare units.

Managing Editor Cecil G. Brumley has been tracking business and the economy in Volusia County for more than 23 years. Contact him at (no hyphens) or follow him on Twitter @cecilbrumley.

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