Votran speed weeks service interruptions announced
Speed Weeks will bring heavy traffic to Volusia County and Votran riders should expect numerous delays, interruptions and route deviations.
Route detours began Thursday, Feb. 21, and will continue through the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb, 24. Detours are subject to change without notice and buses will be rerouted to secondary roads when traffic becomes congested.
Votran riders are encouraged to plan ahead and to call for up-to-date route deviations at (386) 761-7700 in Daytona Beach, (386) 424-6800 in New Smyrna Beach or (386) 943-7033 in West Volusia. Riders may also learn more by visiting www.votran.org.
Audubon Society to meet
West Volusia Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Garden Club of DeLand.
Faith Jones, president of Seminole Audubon, will give a presentation on dragonflies after a brief business meeting.
Refreshments will follow. For more information, call (386) 626-2726.
Sheriff plans opening of communications center
Construction on the much-anticipated $21 million Emergency Operations and Communications Center is complete.
Volusia County Council members will cut the ribbon at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, and offer tours until 5 p.m. Tours also will be available during a community open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2.
The center is at 3825 Tiger Bay Road, west of Daytona Beach.
During both events, residents may view vehicles and displays from some of the county's emergency response agencies, including the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Volusia County Fire Services and EVAC Ambulance.
The 43,000-square-foot building will be operational April 4 after the county's Emergency Management Division and the Volusia County Sheriff's Offices' dispatch center move in.
Features include an emergency operations room than can host 90 emergency support personnel during disasters, a state-of-the-art news media broadcast room, citizens information center, ham radio center, 80-foot backup radio tower, backup generators, helicopter pad, a County Council liaison room, meeting rooms, kitchen, and bunk rooms for men and women.
The dispatch center, which has 60 consoles for 9-1-1 dispatchers, will be named after the late Chief Deputy Bill Lee, who was instrumental in establishing a countywide emergency dispatch system for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services in 2011.
For more information, call (386)822-5062, Ext. 12689.
Beach passes on sale
Volusia County beach passes are on sale at all tollbooths.
The passes, which are good for the entire year, are $20 for Volusia County residents and $40 for people who live outside the county. Daily passes are $5.
The beach is always open and free to pedestrians and bicyclists depending on tides and access ramps being opened.
Tolls are collected from February through November every year along the 17 drivable miles of Volusia County's 50-mile coast. For more information about Volusia County's beaches, visit www.volusia.org/beach.
Pet Vet Cruiser announces February schedule
Volusia County's Pet Vet Cruiser offers low-cost spaying and neutering services to cats and dogs that belong to residents of unincorporated parts of the county and the cities of DeLand and South Daytona.
Here's where the mobile clinic will be in February:
John's Appliance City, 911 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City: Feb. 25
Oakbrook Professional Center, 931 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand Feb. 26 and 28
Fire Station 23, 1850 Pioneer Trail, New Smyrna Beach: Feb. 27
Fees are based on income.
Appointments are required and may be made by calling (386) 323-3575 in Daytona Beach, (386) 626-6643 in DeLand, or (386) 424-6875 in New Smyrna Beach.
For more information, visit volusia.org/petvet.
DAV offers help
The Disable American Veterans Chapter 84 offers free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining
benefits and services earned through military service.
For more information, call (386) 252-4551 or visit the chapter at 605 Eighth St., Holly Hill between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Summer lifeguard tryouts begin March 2
The Volusia County Beach Patrol plans on hiring more than 100 part-time lifeguards to help keep beachgoers safe this summer.
Swim tryouts will be on the following Saturdays:
1 to 4 p.m. March 2, 9 and 23 at the Port Orange YMCA, 4701 City Center Pkwy.
8 a.m. to noon March 9 and 1 to 4 p.m. March 23 at the DeLand YMCA, 761 International Speedway Blvd.
8 a.m. to noon March 16 at the Ormond Beach YMCA, 500 Sterthaus Drive
Applicants must be at least 17 and able to swim 500 meters in under 10 minutes, swim 50 yards in under 30 seconds and run a half-mile in under 3 minutes, 15 seconds. Candidates considered for hiring will undergo a background check, physical and drug screening.
Starting pay is $9.77 an hour with EMT certification and $9.37 an hour without certification.
Those who meet the requirements must attend training classes and complete a 40-hour first responder/CPR course.
For information, visit www.volusia.org/beach or call (386) 239-6414.
United Way announces poster contest
United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties is conducting its first poster contest.
The contest is open to nearly all ages and encourages creative minds to express how United Way is "Making a Difference in Our Community."
The contest runs through March 25. Winners in the four categories will each receive a prize package worth at least $250. The winners will be announced on April 25, at the United Way/Bright House Networks Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Awards Luncheon.
A panel of volunteers will judge the posters; in addition, one-half of the contests scores will come from votes they receive through the United Way's Facebook Page. Complete rules, details, prize information, and entry forms can be found at http://unitedwayvfc.org/postercontest.html
County expands online services
Volusia County has expanded its online permit, development and contractor information services.
With the latest phase of Connect Live Permits, registered contractors can apply online for licenses, demolition permits and certain types of residential permits online at ConnectLivePermits.org. Other registered users can submit certain application types online.
The county will continue to expand Connect Live Permits to include additional application types in the future.