The Volusia County hospitality industry had a decent July with bed tax collections countywide up 2.46%.

However, I have a feeling we’ll see a big jump in August from some hotel operators passing on their collections to the county late.

You can usually see that coming when Southeast Volusia area is up sharply, but not the Halifax area. It’s not that the SEV folks are more efficient, there is just fewer of them, unlike the Halifax area that has five times as many hotel properties.

The West Volusia market was up slightly.

So, I’ll hold off on the verdict for the 2019 summer hospitality season for another month.

There are still a lot of hotel projects up in the air in the Halifax area, such as the massive Protogroup project, the LaPlaya and the ever-present former Treasure Island. There are other projects in the pipeline, though, so the area could still see a boost in available rooms.

Southeast Volusia also has a big one that will give it a boost with a Hyatt Place planned on the east end of the South Causeway in New Smyrna Beach.

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Talk about a deal to make you go, hmmm. Advent Health has bought the vacant commercial land on the south side of Taylor Road, between Interstate 95 and Williamson Boulevard in Port Orange, for $4.1 million.

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West Volusia barbecue lovers are getting another place to try. The former Bob Evans building on Saxon Boulevard in Orange City will be converted to a Colt’s Pig Stand, which would be the second location after the one at Destination Daytona. The name Pig Stand might sound strange for a restaurant name, but it goes back to the 1920s when Kirby’s Pig Stands of Dallas quickly became the first chain of drive-in restaurants in the country. I couldn’t find where Mr. Kirby got the name. Also of note is Kirby’s wasn’t a barbecue chain.

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Speaking of Texas, construction was expected to start this week on Buc-ee’s huge convenience store at I-95 and LPGA Boulevard. It will be interesting to see which opens first, Buc-ee’s or the Wawa at Mason Avenue and Nova Road, which also is under construction. I’m guessing Wawa; Buc-ee’s is about four or five times bigger.

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Under the heading, “Home building has been very good to me,” Paytas Homes is proposing to build an 11,000-square-foot office building and design center at 908 Taylor Road, between Mellow Mushroom and Port Orange Christian Church. It would move from an office at the Shoppes at Yorktowne.

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On a final note, the old motel at 2401 N. Atlantic Ave. in Daytona Beach is getting a new name, Paradise 77. Hopefully it got some remodeling as well. The resiliency of so many of the small motels on the west side of A1A and both sides of U.S. 1 is amazing.

Managing Editor Cecil G. Brumley has been tracking business and the economy in Volusia County for more than 22 years. Contact him at cbrumley@hometownnewsmediagroup.com (no hyphens) or follow him on Twitter @cecilbrumley.

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