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Volusia County Announces off-season Beach Ramp Schedule

New Schedule for Beach Ramps in Volusia County Volusia County’s Coastal Division has initiated its off-season vehicle beach access ramp schedule. Effective Nov. 26, the ramps at Granada Boulevard, Cardinal Drive, Harvard Drive, Williams Avenue, University Boulevard, Seabreeze Boulevard, International Speedway Boulevard, Silver Beach Avenue, Florida Shores Boulevard, Dunlawton Boulevard, Beach Street, Beachway Avenue, Flagler Avenue, 3rd Avenue and 27th Avenue will be open daily. … Continue reading Volusia County Announces off-season Beach Ramp Schedule

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Canaveral National Seashore Changes Entrance Fees

Entrance Fees Increase at Canaveral National Seashore The National Park Service (NPS) announced Canaveral National Seashore will modify its entrance fees to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance the visitor experience. Effective January 1, 2019 the entrance fees to the park will be $15 per vehicle or $10 per motorcycle and $5 per pedestrian/bicycle for a 7-day visit. An annual park … Continue reading Canaveral National Seashore Changes Entrance Fees

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How to Fix Your Credit

CREDIT IS NOT A DIRTY C-WORD! If you’re ready to get your credit restored so you can finally buy your family’s dream home, or buy a car to help you get to and from work – LET’S TALK! Financial Education Services has been helping consumers achieve their highest financial potential for over 10 years. We pride ourselves on our Accredited A+ Rating with the Better … Continue reading How to Fix Your Credit

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Recording Studio Opens in NSB

Volusia County is home to so many talented musicians and now they have the ability to create and record their masterpieces in an inspiring environment, without leaving home! Bable Blue Recording Studio is located at 803 E. 23rd Avenue in New Smyrna Beach and is open to anyone looking to take the next step artistically. Whether you are in a band, or are a solo … Continue reading Recording Studio Opens in NSB

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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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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Volusia County Sheriff’s Office to Participate in Drug Take Back Day The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is joining law enforcement agencies across the country in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug … Continue reading National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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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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Flood Insurance Changes

Know How Changes to Flood Insurance Affects You According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), floods are the nation’s most common and costly natural disaster. Each year, floods are reported to cause millions of dollars of damage. Property owners have insurance options to cover loss during fire, wind, hail, lightning strikes and other natural disasters, however, a homeowner’s policy will not cover flood damage. … Continue reading Flood Insurance Changes

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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