Bait Guy

Doug Davis, behind the counter at the Granada Pier Bait & Tackle, has more than just a passing interest in the completion of dock work at Cassen Park in Ormond Beach.

The Ormond Beach City Commission, acting as the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency, agreed to hire Hall & Ogle Architects to design a new bait house at Cassen Park.

Cassen Park is across from City Hall on the Halifax River. As the southwest corner of the Granada Bridge, it is one of the bridge's “corner parks.”

The new bait house building will include new restrooms, replacing the park’s current restrooms that have a history of plumbing issues and are prone to flooding, according to a staff report.

The project also will include a covered pavilion, new walkways and repaving the park’s entrance road and parking areas.

The resolution, approved unanimously Oct. 6, authorizes $47,000 from CRA funding to the architectural firm.

Mayor Bill Partington, in his role as CRA chairman, said he appreciates that bait house operator Ike Leary will be consulted on design plans, and added he would also like to see Ormond MainStreet, the Downtown Steering Committee and the general public provide their own input on the project.

“I worry that this something that happens once every 20 or 30 years, if we’re lucky, so I want to make sure we get it right,” Mayor Partington said. “I’d like to move forward as a community with the best plan in place and making sure we get that input is critical.”

City Manager Joyce Shanahan said city staff will “cast a wide net” when looking for public input, making sure all of the stakeholders will be involved.

In other business:

•The commission unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance annexing AA Accurate Truck & Tire Repair at 1655 N. U.S. 1 in accordance with the Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement with the county.

“(AA Accurate Truck & Tire Repair is) seeking a future addition, which will require the connection of utilities, which generates the need for annexation,” Planning Director Steven Spraker told the commission.

The property covers 4.75 acres. The annexation also includes a portion of the Oak Street right-of-way, which is not yet vacated, Mr. Spraker said.

•The city will celebrate Halloween under Covid-19 guidelines with a Trunk or Treat drive-through event 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.

The complex will be decorated and businesses and community groups will provide goodie bags.

• Ms. Shanahan announced the city has been reimbursed $10.4 million of its $11.6 million expenditures for hurricane repairs stemming from hurricanes Matthew in 2017 and Irma in 2018 and expects to receive $600,000 more for a 95% reimbursement rate.

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