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Developing Volusia’s Off Beach Parking

Volusia County to Open Several Off Beach Parking Lots Opportunities to park, explore and enjoy Volusia’s beaches are being developed along the county’s coastline. Plans for new off beach parking lots are giving residents and visitors the option to drive on the beach or park and walk. The new parking lots include accessible beach walkovers and offer other amenities like picnic areas, shade, outdoor showers, … Continue reading Developing Volusia’s Off Beach Parking

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Manatee Watch Training

Volunteers Needed for Manatee Protection Volusia County is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to participate in Manatee Watch, a program that identifies the presence of manatees in local waterways. Residents who live on the water, spend a lot of time near the water, or are avid boaters are encouraged to become manatee watchers. Responsibilities of Volunteers Manatee Watch coordinators will host two training sessions: 10:30 a.m. … Continue reading Manatee Watch Training

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2019 Annual Beach and Park Pass Sales

Volusia County beach and county inlet park annual pass holders are able to renew their passes for the 2019 season at any operating toll both or online.  Annual passes may be purchased with cash or a debit/credit card; checks are not accepted. Proof of residency is required for Volusia County residents in the form of a driver’s license or state ID and a vehicle registration … Continue reading 2019 Annual Beach and Park Pass Sales

Volusia Builds First Reef Trail in Northeast Florida

Volusia County Introduces New Activity to Explore the Coastal Environment The coastal communities of Volusia County encourage residents and visitors to get outside and explore. The county has a fast-growing network of multi-user trails for walk/jog, hiking and biking. Volusia’s latest trail addition is on the ocean floor. The reef trail, a 170-foot long line of large clean concrete structures, sits on the bottom of … Continue reading Volusia Builds First Reef Trail in Northeast Florida

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December Fishing Guide

Text & Photos by Patrick “Tupat” Eichstaedt @TheRealTupat Our backwater fishing expert’s guide to December – everything you need to get on the water! As November comes to a close and the winter season really starts cooling off, the bite still remains as hot as ever. With the snowbirds fishing from the shoreline and more kayakers in the lagoon, our fishing couldn’t be better. The … Continue reading December Fishing Guide

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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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Surfing Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence and its Affect on Surfing Ever heard the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” Or does it go, “One man’s misfortune can be another man’s standing barrel?” Our summer started out with the waves as flat as paper. The ocean was more like a big lake! Then Hurricane Florence happened and our lake turned into a surfer’s dream. Why do hurricanes … Continue reading Surfing Hurricane Florence

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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

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Flagler Tavern

Surf ‘n’ turf joins cocktails in a 1920s building with warm, period-inspired decor & verandas. 414 Flagler Ave, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169 (386) 426-2080 Hours: Mon. – Fri.: 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat. – Sun.: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. Happy Hour Mon. – Fri: 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. – Sun.: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. $2.75 Domestic Draft and Bottled … Continue reading Flagler Tavern