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Business Profile w/ The Posh Pineapple

By Tiffany Yancey // Photos by Kelsey Walters  Q: Where are you originally from and what brought you to New Smyrna Beach? A: I was born in Sanford, FL and I am a fifth generation Floridian! My family has lived in NSB for decades, going back to my great grandparents. We had a second home here for 15 years. Then six years ago, pineapples started … Continue reading Business Profile w/ The Posh Pineapple

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Property Appraiser: Volusia County-Wide 2018 Just Value Up 8%

By Mimi McKee Understanding Volusia County’s Proposed Property Taxes In August 2018, Volusia County property owners were mailed the Truth In Millage (TRIM) notices, also known as the 2018 Notice of Proposed Property Taxes. The notice includes property appraiser value information, taxing authority information, non-ad valorem assessments and an explanation of terms. How to Read Your TRIM and Proposed Property Taxes The total proposed taxes … Continue reading Property Appraiser: Volusia County-Wide 2018 Just Value Up 8%

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Know Your Property Rights: Illegal Vacation Rentals

by Mimi McKee Know the laws of short-term rentals in Volusia County Short-term rentals have become a mainstay of the tourism industry in Volusia County, and with the rise of Airbnb and VRBO.com, there has been a rise of short-term rentals in all parts of the country, in all kinds of neighborhood settings. The websites allow users to book nightly, weekly and monthly stays. Volusia … Continue reading Know Your Property Rights: Illegal Vacation Rentals

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November Fishing Guide

Our backwater fishing expert gives you everything you need to get out on the water! As the warm weather starts to fade away the fishing will remain very hot. Finally, at the end of October, we had our first cool weather. Look for the large trout to start showing up again in the shallows and backwater locations. The redfish have been everywhere as of late, … Continue reading November Fishing Guide

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County Plans Save Our Springs and Rivers Academy

What Can We do to Protect Our Waterways? Would you like to become a Blue Spring advocate and help environmentalists spread the word about solutions to water pollution? If so, plan on attending the Save Our Springs and Rivers Academy. The academy will include classroom and field trip experiences, guest speakers and hands-on, feet-wet learning to provide an in-depth citizen engagement experience. Those participating in … Continue reading County Plans Save Our Springs and Rivers Academy

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City and County Monthly Meetings

Volusia County’s city and county meeting schedule Volusia County Round Table 12 – 1:30 PM monthly in the Dennis McGee Room (second level) of Daytona Beach International Airport. The group, which consists of one member each from Volusia’s cities and county government, meets monthly to discuss countywide issues and concerns. The Volusia County Councils host the meetings. Volusia County Government will provide lunch for the designated members of the … Continue reading City and County Monthly Meetings

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Environmental Health

What We Do Can Have Negative Effects on the Environment We are a product of our environment and our environment is a product of us. This applies both locally and globally on micro and macro levels. The bubonic plague ravaged Europe in the 14th century, killing an estimated 50 million people. The disease and its rapid spread has been directly attributed to unsanitary conditions such … Continue reading Environmental Health

Florida’s Toxic Algae Blooms

The Shameful Truth Behind Florida’s Algae Blooms If you’re someone with at least two of your five senses, you’ve likely been made aware of Florida’s algae bloom crises. Along both coasts of our state, marine ecosystems are being laid to waste by toxic algae. The algae is so prolific this year because it is fed by nutrient-rich runoff from our agricultural industries, golf courses and … Continue reading Florida’s Toxic Algae Blooms

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September Fishing Guide

Our fishing guide gives you everything you need to get out on the water this September! Text and Photos by Patrick “Tupat” Eichstaedt Well that was one epic summer and for sure one for the record books! The fishing has been nothing less than stellar from the lagoon all the way north to the inlet and everywhere else in between. The crews offshore have been … Continue reading September Fishing Guide