By Cecil G. Brumley
Some of the high-tech happenings in Volusia County aren't easy to explain without an advanced engineering degree.
For example, here's a new product item for something that will be used in DeLeon Springs of all places.
"Sparton Corp. will feature AHRS-8, a highly advanced inertial sensor that enhances a best-in-class product line at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Annual Meeting, booth No. 400, Nov. 4-9, in Las Vegas. The AHRS-8 is a MEMS-based (micro electro-mechanical systems) attitude heading reference system."
Or how about this from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
"Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Advanced Aerospace Solutions announced the signing of a research and development agreement to take a long-standing relationship of innovative, world-class research and development to the next level."
Hard to believe all of this is happening in a county known more as a beach resort area, but it also shows how critical it is for Florida to produce college graduates comfortable with technology.
The ERAU news points to the school's ongoing pursuit of becoming one of the world's leading research institute's and developing a technology park for businesses who want to use that research. Yes, Volusians, your county is becoming more of a home to high-tech pursuits to go along with the beach bums looking for great weather and a big wave.
Downtown Beach Street in Daytona continues to look like it could become a great dining and entertainment destination. While businesses still come and go, new ones seem to be in the majority right now. The former Sick Boys Lounge could become the Tosca Café. Work continues on Zappi's, which is going in the former Courtyard on Beach. Anne M. Sammaritano wants to open something called the White House restaurant at 116 N. Beach St. Yes, that's the site of the former Love Bar. If that stretch of North Beach Street could come alive again, it would go a long way to making the entire stretch from Fairview Avenue to Orange Avenue a place to enjoy. Now, if the city government could just do something about the panhandlers who keep running other businesses off.
In other restaurant news, New Smyrna Beach could get a second Beef O'Brady's. Wilton Simpson, who will soon become state Sen. Simpson, R-Trilby, has bought the old restaurant building at 1610 S. Dixie Freeway and is working with the Beef's franchisee that owns the sports bar and grill in New Smyrna Beach Regional Shopping Center on West State Road 44.
Also, the Burger King at Dirksen Drive and Sunrise Boulevard, just off the Interstate 4 interchange in DeBary, is getting remodeled, probably the first in Volusia area as Central Florida's newest BK franchisee Magic Burgers LLC of Irving, Texas, plans to remodel 60 of its Florida BKs.
There had been some rumblings that Space Coast Credit Union wanted to build a big stand-alone office in Port Orange like the one it has in Daytona Beach. Well, it will be at Altamira Village. Melbourne-based SCCU just bought the land between the car wash and the new strip center fronting Dunlawton Avenue. The credit union paid $1.112 million to the Altamira developers for the property.
Buddy Budiansky and Ron Frederick, commercial real estate agents with Prudential Commercial real Estate FL, have been busy. They represented sellers Robert and Judith Taylor in a deal for a retail building with 1,766 square feet at 223 Magnolia Ave. Thongrain and Kimberly Kamchan, owners of Thai restaurant Zen Bistro, bought it to move their restaurant there. They were represented by Ditha Sanders with City Realty Co. The partners sold a 4,479 square foot retail property at 518 and 520 Seabreeze Blvd. for $177,500, negotiating the deal for Sandra and Patrick Kollar. The buyer, Seabreeze Market LLC, was represented by Ray Toutounchian of Daytona Beach Realty. They brokered two land sales on the beachside - at 728 S Atlantic Ave. they represented John and Teri Sutton in selling the 7,500-square-foot property for $65,000. The buyer, Funcoast Realty and Management LLC, was represented by owner Jon Zolsky, who plans to construct an office building there. Land at 700 S. Atlantic Ave. was sold to The Ramesh Family LP. The 22,110-square-foot property sold for $165,000 and will be used to build vacation rentals. Outside of Daytona Beach, they brokered a lease at Stonework Business Park, 1725 S. Nova Road, South Daytona. Unit C-5 at the Business Park was leased to tenants Mark Rice and Daniel Mounts. The Team represented the property owner, RWF Properties, and the tenants.
Associate Manager Editor Cecil G. Brumley has been tracking business news in Volusia County for more than 15 years. Contact him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @cecilbrumley.