Training center will become fire station

It’s called Fire Station 15.

However, the building on Tiger Bay Road in Daytona Beach is primarily used by Volusia County Fire Rescue as a training site.

But that’s about to change.

The county has plans for an addition and renovations that will convert the building into a functional fire station. The plans include a two-story, 3,400-square-foot addition on the east side of the apparatus bay.

The addition will include space for restrooms, lockers, bunks, equipment storage, an emergency operations room and a room for meetings, conferences and training.

The County Council Nov. 16 unanimously approved a $125,000 contract for engineering and design of the addition. The work is being done by Schenkel Shultz Architecture Inc. of Orlando.

The actual construction work is expected to cost about $1 million.

Entries sought for Daytona Beach Christmas Parade

Presented by Brown & Brown Insurance and sponsored in part by the Daytona International Auto Mall, Daytona Beach's Bright Lights & Merry Nights Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11.

The city is seeking parade entries. For a form, visit Entry applications can be sent to Vincent Terry by email at or mail a printed version to Christmas Parade, Vincent Terry, Leisure Services, 301 S. Ridgewood Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

For more information, call Mr. Terry at (386) 671-5830 or Leisure Services at (386) 671-8337.

The parade will start at Bethune Point Park and travel north on Beach Street, ending at Bay Street.

Fire Department collecting toys

The Daytona Beach Fire Department is collecting toys for children in need this holiday season.

Residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys at any of the city’s seven fire stations through Friday, Dec. 10.

Fire stations are at 301 S. Beach St., 126 Botefuhr Ave., 945 N. Halifax Ave., 1675 Mason Ave., 627 N. Nova Road, 2020 Beville Road and 2545 LPGA Blvd.

Daytona Beach Fishing pier has reopened

The fishing section of the Daytona Beach Pier at 1200 Main St. reopened after several deck boards were replaced after sustaining damage during the recent nor'easter and days of pounding surf.

The integrity of the wooden structure's pilings and cross beams were evaluated by an engineer and no significant damage was discovered.

Letters to Santa

The City of Ormond Beach will have special mailboxes for Letters to Santa from Wednesday, Nov. 24, to Monday, Dec. 20.

Mailboxes are at Nova Community Center, 440 N. Nova Road, and The Casements, 25 Riverside Drive.

Parade applicants needed

The City of Edgewater is accepting applications for its annual Christmas parade scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 11.

Applications are available at

The parade begins at Air Park Road and Indian River Boulevard, heading east to Hibiscus Drive then south to Friendship Community Church at 2108 Hibiscus Drive. The route was changed because of heaving traffic at Florida Shores Plaza on South Ridgewood Avenue.

The best viewing spots for the parade are on the south side of Indian River Boulevard or on the west side of Hibiscus Drive.

The theme is Christmas Traditions through History. For information, call (386) 424-2400, ext. 1340, or email

Heart of Ponce Inlet charity drive

The Heart of Ponce Inlet food and dry goods drive for neighbors in need and four-legged friends, and a toy drive for children of all ages continues to Dec. 15.

Items for donation may be dropped off in Ponce Inlet at:

•Town Hall, 8 to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 4300 S. Atlantic Ave.

•Police Department, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., everyday, 4301 S. Peninsula Drive

•Fire Department, 4680 South Peninsula Drive

•The Community Center when open, 4670 South Peninsula Drive.

Port Orange Police collecting toys

The Port Orange Police Department and Victim Advocate Department are hosting the Santa to the Rescue Program.

The department is accepting donations in its lobby until Friday, Dec. 10, at 4545 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. Port Orange. Lobby hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

For more information, call (386) 506-5820.

Toy donations needed

Auxilium Manus DEO and First Baptist Daytona are gearing up for toy distribution of more than 400 children, ages six weeks to 5 years old, who attend Mid Florida Headstart schools.

Donate new, unwrapped toys at Dollar General stores in Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, Ormond Beach, Ormond-by-the-Sea and Port Orange; South Daytona Fire and Police Departments, Holly Hill Police Department; Jon Hall Chevrolet and Chef Papa's Café & Catering, both in Daytona Beach; Pinch a Penny and Bully Me Now, both in Port Orange; Porkie’s BBQ in DeLand; and First Baptist Daytona on Dec. 5 during the toy march or before Dec. 13.

Santa will assist in delivering and distributing the toys while the Port Orange Fire Department firefighters will distribute to the children.

If a business would like to help collect toys, call (386) 760-6070.

Operation Changing Lives conducting toy drive

Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates and Operation Changing Lives have begun an annual toy drive for children in Volusia and Flagler counties.

Toys will be collected until Christmas at 549 Health Blvd., Daytona Beach, and 429 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach.

COA trying to raise $100,000

The Council on Aging of Volusia County is participating in the $100,000 Meals Match Challenge.

From Oct. 1 through the end of the the year, donors can help the COA match each state grant dollar for meals.

The goal of $100,000 will ultimately result in $200,000 or 20,000 meals.

Donations may be made at or by calling (386) 253-4700, ext. 215, or mail a check to 420 Fentress Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114.

Neighbor To Family’s annual holiday toy drive

Neighbor To Family’s annual holiday toy drive is underway for 2021, and they are collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for the children in the sibling foster care and family intervention programs.

They can provide wish lists from specific children or donor can purchase general gifts and drop them off at their offices. Donors may also use Neighbor To Family Amazon wish list to purchase items and have them sent directly to their offices.

All gifts should be at the offices no later than Friday, Dec. 3.

For more information, call (386) 248-0712 or email

Toy drive

The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia’s Annual Toy Drive has begun.

Participants can help make a local child’s holiday season a little brighter by collecting toys at your business, making a monetary donation, or by donating a toy from ELCFV’s Amazon wish list. All donations should be dropped off at the Daytona office by Friday, Dec. 10, at 135 Executive Circle, Suite 100.

To donate an item from the wish list, visit For a monetary donation, visit For more information, contact Serena Piper at or (386) 317-3354.

SPCA seeking donations

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals Rescue is conducting a fund drive for medical and pet food programs.

Tax deductible donations can be made to the SPCA at P.O. Box 1411, Orange City, FL 32774. For more information, call or text (386) 748-8993.

Pet food may be dropped off at A Pampered Pooch Grooming, 295 S. Yonge St., Ormond Beach; Best in Show Grooming, 201 Commonwealth Blvd., Port Orange and Keri Kare Grooming, 823 W. New York Ave., DeLand.

The drive will continue through the end of the year.

Affordable housing summit reset to Dec. 7

The Volusia County Council will host an affordable housing summit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.

Following an informational morning session, attendees will split into breakout groups that will focus on different topics concerning affordable housing. After the summit, community work groups will be formed to create an action plan.

The public is invited to attend, participate and provide comments. Lunch will be provided. Registration is available at

Kids can receive a postcard from Santa

Santa is making his list and checking it twice at Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division.

As part of an annual tradition, recreation employees will send personalized postcards from Santa to children up to age 12.

Parents can have their children added to Santa’s mailing list by sending the child’s full name and address to by Dec. 13.

Credit union collecting food and toy donations

Launch Credit Union is hosting a food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and collecting toys for Toys for Tots.

Canned and boxed food items and donations of new, unwrapped toys are being accepted at all Launch CU branches throughout Volusia County until Friday, Dec. 10.

The branches will host a special event in the drive-throughs. Drop off a toy at any of the drive-throughs and enjoy free pre-wrapped snacks and drinks.

Toy drive-throughs are:

•Noon to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, 2810 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater

•Noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9, 2290 S. Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona

•Noon to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10, 240 Williamson Blvd, Ormond Beach

For more information, visit or call (321) 455-9400.

Eldercare volunteers needed

The Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program relies on state-certified professional volunteers to advocate for the health, safety, welfare and rights of individuals residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes.

At the request of residents, ombudsmen work with residents, family members, administrators and other to resolve complaints of residents.

More advocates for seniors who are not able to live at home are needed.

For more information, call (888) 831-0404 or email

History of church exhibited

The Ormond Beach Historical Society will host the exhibit “The First Union Church” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday from Nov. 5 to Dec. 4 at the Anderson-Price Memorial Building, 42 N. Beach St., Ormond Beach.

The exhibit tells the history of the church and displays church artifacts with images and stories from former members. The contents of two time capsules, which were encased in the cornerstone in 1963, will be revealed as part of the exhibit. The church building was demolished in July.

For more information, visit

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