By Cecil G. Brumley
1. Storm tears through Terra Mar Village at Edgewater, damaging 90 homes.
A tornado ripped apart Terra Mar Village, a manufactured home community along the Indian River. The tornado had a wind speed of 86 to 110 mph and damaged 90 homes with five destroyed and 40 suffering major damage. Only two people suffered minor injuries.
2.Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority misappropriation of funds.
Nicole Carni, director of the tax-funded Southeast Volusia-Advertising Authority, was fired after it was discovered she took more than $100,000 in pay after less than six months in the position. She later returned items paid for with the authority's credit card.
3. Elections create big changes in area governing boards; voters were in a no mood.
In the biggest surprise of the election, relatively unknown Jason Davis won the Volusia County Chair's position. Sheriff Ben Johnson easily won re-election as did Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall and Clerk of Court Diane Matousek. County voters rejected a new school tax, though. In New Smyrna Beach, Jim Hathaway gave up his City Commission seat, but lost in his bid for the County Council to Deb Denys. Oak Hill has a new mayor with Doug Gibson getting the nod from voters and Edgewater has a new councilwoman in Christine Power.
4. Hotelier Wayne Heller attempts to bring Delta Queen paddleboat to New Smyrna Beach, but ultimately fails.
Unable to reach a lease agreement with the city, hotelier Wayne Heller failed in his attempt to bring the Delta Queen river boat to New Smyrna Beach from Chattanooga, Tenn. Mr. Heller, owner of the Riverview Hotel and Restaurant, wanted to create an 88-room hotel, but he could not get a long-term lease on the city-owned, waterfront property where he wanted to dock the boat.
5. Hampton Inn opens on Flagler Avenue
After years of planning and construction, the Hampton Inn opened on Flagler Avenue. It is the first hotel to open on the beachside in New Smyrna Beach in years.
6. Radiation therapy returns to hospital.
After not having it for about two years, Bert Fish Medical Center restarted radiation treatment at the hospital. In a partnership with Halifax Health, the 116-bed hospital began treating with radiation therapy, using a linear accelerator.
7. Residents fight against apartment proposal on North Causeway
Atlantic Housing Partners hit some rough seas as it proposed a 240-unit apartment complex along the North Causeway as well a grocery store. A large number of residents objected to the apartments, many of which would be income restricted. The developer backed off the project, but by the end of the year was talking to the city about it again.
8. NSB property owners propose large retail complex at I-95
Property owners Robert and Ann Snowden proposed to build a large commercial development on a 184-acre site in the southwest quadrant of the State Road 44-Interstate 95 interchange. Ocean Gate Commerce Center would have 20 lots with a mix of shops, offices, restaurants and an auto dealership.
9. New stores move into old Walmart building.
The New Smyrna Beach Regional Shopping Center was hit hard in 2011 when Walmart moved, opening a new Supercenter further west. But in 2012, a Big Lots and Bealls Outlet opened there and the shopping center started getting other new businesses.
10. Apollo Beach visitors' center opens, helping highlight national seashore.
The Canaveral National Seashore finally has a visitors' center to help welcome its guests as well as promote what the 24 miles of undeveloped beach has to offer. Besides space for welcoming visitors, the center has a conference room for showing videos and hosting meetings.