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2019 Real Estate Market Report

Volusia County’s 2019 Real Estate Market Forecast Volusia residents and visitors are wondering what to expect for the 2019 real estate market. For 2018, the market started with high home prices, historically low mortgage rates and a seller’s market. Has turnover in the housing market peaked? National housing experts predict price gains can only decelerate. The New Smyrna Beach Board of REALTORS Residential Market Statistics … Continue reading 2019 Real Estate Market Report

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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

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INSIDE LOOK: After Body Meals

Interview with Founder and CEO Kirk Girdley By Tiffany Yancey // Photos of Kirk by Kelsey Walters My first interview with Kirk, founder and CEO of After Body Meals (ABM), ran in the September 2017 issue of ECC. He had been in business for only two years and just opened a storefront in South Daytona. ABM has continued to grow and we thought it was … Continue reading INSIDE LOOK: After Body Meals

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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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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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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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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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