NSB meeting to address Pine Street safety

The City of New Smyrna Beach has scheduled a second public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at the Coronado Civic Center, 150 N. Pine St. to discuss alternatives for pedestrian safety improvements along South Pine Street between Ocean and Flagler avenues.

The city hosted a first public meeting May 6 with residents regarding a proposed sidewalk along South Pine Street. As a result of the feedback received from residents, staff would like to present alternative designs for further discussion.

For more information, contact Capital Improvements Project Manager Michelle Vallance at mvallance@cityofnsb.com or (386) 410-2613.

Vendors needed

The Port Orange Community Trust is accepting vendor registration for Port Orange Family Days scheduled for Sept. 23-26 at City Center.

The community expo will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26.

Food vendors should email jmarano@poctrust.org for application and hours.

For more information and to reserve a Family Days special vendor rate, call (386) 760-0101. Application information may be found at poctrust.org.

Butterfly garden opening for children

The Children's Butterfly Garden will open at 11 a.m. Friday, June 18, in the All Children's Park at 5959 Spruce Creek Road in Port Orange.

Mayor Don Burnette will help celebrate the opening of the garden, which offers children an opportunity to learn about the environment and basic biology.

The garden was created by volunteers from the Port Orange Democratic Club, with the advice and assistance of the Port Orange Parks & Recreation Department.

For more information, call (386) 320-9539.

Volusia Forever committee to meet June 11

The Volusia Forever Advisory Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Friday, June 11, in first-floor training rooms of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

Committee members will review the existing criteria and process as well as the comments and suggests received from the public at recent listening sessions.

For more information, contact Sarah Presley at spresley@volusia.org or (386)943-7029,ext. 12956.

Low-cost pet clinic

The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rescue will host a low-cost pet shot clinic from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Skate & Shake, 251 N. U.S. 1, Ormond Beach.

Rabies shots will cost $5. Heart worm prevention and flea control products will be available to buy. The clinic is cash only for the shots. Proceeds benefit abused animals.

For more information, call or text (386) 748-8993 or visit spcavolusia.org.

Children and Families Advisory Board to meet

The Children and Families Advisory Board will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in conference room A of the Volusia County Lifeguard Headquarters, 515 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

The public may attend and participate in person.

Members will review the contingency application and evaluation elements for fiscal year 2021/22. Volusia County’s Legal Services Department will share information about Florida’s Sunshine Law.

For more information, visit volusia.org/cfab or call Grants Coordinator Edina Chester at (386) 736-5955.

Beachside access passes now available

The Daytona Beach Police Department is re-implementing “Pink P” passes to anyone who needs prompt access to the beachside during special events.

Passes are now available for pickup anytime at DBPD Headquarters, 129 Valor Blvd. or from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Beachside Precinct at 510 Harvey Ave.

The “Pink P” is designed to give 24/7 access to the Main Street drawbridge to anyone who has it displayed on the dashboard of their vehicle, even if the other bridges connecting the beachside to the mainland are closed for safety reasons.

Officers will be stationed on the west side of the Main Street drawbridge to check all vehicles. Emergency vehicles will still be able to use the Main Street drawbridge as needed.

The plan will take effect with the 2021 Daytona Truck Meet, which is scheduled for June 11-13.

To obtain a “Pink P,” a resident must provide proper identification to show they live or work on beachside.

For more information, call (386) 671-5100.

Human Services Advisory Board to meet June 15

Volusia County’s Human Services Advisory Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15 in the second-floor county council chambers, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

The meeting will provide updates on operations, service and financial reports, and approval of the FY21 Community Services Block Grant proposed budget.

The public may attend, participate and provide comments in the meeting.

For more information, contact Clayton Jackson at cjackson@volusia.org or (386) 736-5956, ext. 12980.

Juneteenth Festival

The Juneteenth Festival Committee will host a special ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, on the front steps of Daytona Beach City Hall, 301 S. Ridgewood Ave.

The public may attend the ceremony where Mayor Derrick Henry will read a proclamation.

The city has sponsored the annual recognition of Juneteenth for more than 20 years. Last year’s and this year’s festivities, which include a banquet and festival, have been canceled due to the pandemic.

County Council members to attend VSO ceremony

Two or more members of the Volusia County Council plan to attend the grand opening of the Volusia Sheriff’s Office Training Academy at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 16.

The ceremony will be at the Stephen Saboda Training Center, 3901 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach.

Reservations are required by contacting the Volusia Sheriff’s Foundation at (386) 490-6023 or eventscommittee@vcso.us.

Workshops to discuss changes to impact fees

Earlier this year, the Daytona Beach City Commission approved increases to water and wastewater impact fees, which are set to go into effect Thursday, July 1.

Due to proposed state legislation, which caps impact fee increases, the city is required to host two public workshops to explain the data used to justify the increases that will be higher than what is allowed if the legislation is approved.

The public workshops are at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 17, and at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 18, in conference room 149 at City Hall.

Under the proposed legislation, which is still awaiting Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signature, impact fees can’t be raised more than 12.5% in a given year and no more than 50% over a four-year period. There is a provision in the law, which allows local governments to show “extraordinary circumstances” that merit a greater increase.

FPL Care To Share Program expanding

FPL has expanded qualification criteria for its FPL Care To Share Program.

FPL has adopted United Way’s ALICE criteria as a new way to qualify customers. ALICE refers to those in the communities who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. It represents people who are working, but are living paycheck to paycheck due to child care costs, transportation challenges and high cost of living.

About 1.1 million more households are estimated to be eligible for this program by incorporating ALICE to the qualifications.

For more information, visit FPL.com/help.

Celebrate local pet foster volunteers

Halifax Humane Society is celebrating National Foster a Pet Month with Petco Love, a national non-profit working to lead and inspire change for animals, and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS, by recognizing lifesaving foster volunteers in Volusia County and encouraging more people to foster pets.

For more information, visit halifaxhumanesociety.org.

ElderSource looking for volunteers

ElderSource, a nonprofit organization, is recruiting volunteers in Volusia County to help people understand Medicare benefits.

Volunteers are vital part of ElderSource’s SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders).

SHINE is the only program of its kind that offers free and unbiased counseling on Medicare and health insurance issues. Volunteers receive basic training on Medicare, Medicare Part D (prescription drug program), Medicare Supplement Insurance and Medicaid and, in turn, serve as counselors to their peers on how to understand and capitalize on these insurance benefits.

SHINE volunteers counsel people year-round.

For more information, call (904) 391-6644 or visit myeldersource.org.

County plans meeting to discuss action plan

Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division will host a virtual public meeting to discuss the FY 2021-22 Consolidated One-Year Action Plan at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 17.

Attendees may register for the meeting by visiting attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2270154376335713548.

The link will also be posted before the meeting at volusia.org/reports.

The county will receive $1,734,861 for the Community Development Block Grant program, $735,397 for the Home Investment Partnerships program, and $159,371 for the Emergency Solutions Grant program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The action plan describes proposed projects to be completed with the entitlement funds.

For more information, visit volusia.org/reports or call Brittany Louis at (386) 736-5955, ext. 12959, by June 14.

Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida banquet

Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida is looking for sponsors for its annual banquet scheduled for 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

Annually Crime Stoppers hosts a banquet dedicated to law enforcement partners in Volusia, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

Officers from the four county area are nominated by their departments to receive Crime Stoppers’ Officer of the Year award. All nominated officers are recognized at the banquet and one officer per county is awarded the Officer of the Year award.

If interested in sponsoring this event or an officer, contact Evelyn Rebostini at Evelyn.Rebostini@ormondbeach.org.

NSB 4th of July celebration returns

Enjoy gourmet food trucks, live music and a brilliant fireworks display all from picturesque Riverside Park at 299 S. Riverside Drive the 4th of July celebration returns to New Smyrna Beach this year.

4 p.m. Food trucks open for business in the Brannon Center parking lot

5 to 9 p.m. Live musical performance featuring rock n' roll and high energy dance music from the 1950s to the 80s by Cactus Jack and the Cadillacs under the Riverside Park gazebo

9:15 p.m. Fireworks display begins

For more information, call Leisure Services at (386) 410-2890.

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