By Richard Mundy
For Hometown News
The Ormond Beach City Commission Dec. 3 approved Hangar Seven Aviation as a fixed-base operator at the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport.
Hangar Seven will provide the sale of aviation fuel, petroleum products and ramp services.
Hangar Seven, owned by Kenneth Creed, bought the existing operation of GPS Aerial, which previously performed those duties.
Commissioners also gave final approval to the annexation and rezoning of Chelsea Place, which covers about 167.47 acres between West Granada Boulevard and Hand Avenue,
Commissioners also gave final approval to rezoning 14.53 acres at 1298 W. Granada from Volusia Urban Single Family Residential to Ormond Commercial and Special Environmental. The owners plan to build a 30,000-square-foot shopping center named Shoppes at Granada on 4.64 acres at the road front and retain environmental wetlands on 9.89 acres at the rear of the property. The center is next to Lowes.
Commissioners also annexed about 39.4 acres parcel at 550 Williamson Blvd. owned by Crowne Ormond Beach Associates of Birmingham, Ala. The property has 272 apartments housing 582 people and has been supplied water and sewer service from Ormond Beach since 2001. The property abuts the Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center Property.
City Planning Director Ric Goss explained that this was the last property on the west side of Williamson Boulevard to be annexed before the city began annexing the east side. Commissioner Rick Boehm asked "tongue-in-cheek" if some night they couldn't sneak in and annex the Florida Hospital into Ormond Beach while they were so close. Mr. Goss replied he thought they might notice that.
Finally, there was a new development regarding the application of the Northern Peninsula Utilities Corp. to expand their wastewater service in upper Ormond Beach. In a previous meeting, a resolution to approve sending a letter of objection to the Florida Public Utilities Commission was deleted from the agenda.
Ormond Beach City Manager Joyce Shanahan said, "We're not sending a letter of objection at this time, because they have a notice provision that they have to meet with the Public Utilities Commission, and they (NPUC) didn't meet that, so they're going to re-advertise (their application.) So we still have our period to object."
Also, Cynthia L. Muir, Director of Community Assistance and Outreach for the Florida Public Service Commission, advised, "... customer meetings are not required in this docket proceeding." This clarification to a previous report meant Ormond Beach did not have extra time to file an objection.
In a later interview with Ms. Shanahan, she said, "It doesn't appear as if the FPUC conducts hearings on this type of issue, but that should not interfere with the city's ability to file an objection if they choose to do so."
City Attorney Randy Hayes said the city has an agreement with the FPUC "in writing" that it will still be allowed to object to the project.