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Southeast Volusia Joint Transportation Summit March 7

            Partnerships are key to accomplishing well-planned transportation projects in Southeast Volusia (SEV). Next month, officials from several agencies will convene to discuss funding of major transportation projects in the region and opportunities to partner on projects moving forward.

            The Strength through Connections – Southeast Volusia Joint Transportation Summit is from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7, in City Commission Chambers at Edgewater City Hall, 104 N. Riverside Dr., Edgewater. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion on new transportation projects.

            “By working together, we can better address current and future transportation needs which includes prioritizing and funding the projects,” said New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway. “We’ve launched or completed several much-needed projects in the past few years because of these intergovernmental connections.”

            As an example, Hathaway cites recent transportation-related projects completed through partnerships. They include sidewalks and medians on U.S. 1 in Edgewater, pedestrian safety enhancements on S. Atlantic Avenue, the extension of Colony Park Road and planned beautification of the North Causeway.

            “This summit will enable us to sit at the same table and discuss how we can interface on projects affecting Southeast Volusia,” Edgewater Mayor Mike Ignasiak said. “It’s a direct, face-to-face route to our district secretary through which we can explain our local needs.”

            In addition to Noranne Downs, Florida Department of Transportation district secretary, representatives from the Volusia Transportation Planning Organization, the County of Volusia, the City of Edgewater, the City of Oak Hill and the City of New Smyrna Beach will attend.

            “Addressing citizen needs and business demands for increased road access and connectivity requires collaboration between all agencies,” said Volusia County Council Member Deborah Denys. “Our future success depends on cooperation. Southeast Volusia is strong!” 


Public to meet fire chief semifinalists at February 26 reception

            The final six candidates to be the next New Smyrna Beach fire chief are from Florida. Citizens may meet the finalists at a public reception from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, February 26, at Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce, 115 Canal St., New Smyrna Beach.

            “The public reception is an important part of the hiring process,” said Pam Brangaccio, New Smyrna Beach city manager. “Not only does the community get the opportunity to interact with the candidates, but we also see how the candidates interact with the community they will serve.”

The City received 42 applications for the position, Brangaccio added. Applications came from across the country including Arizona, Utah, Oklahoma and Michigan.  However, all of the finalists are from inside the state. They are:

  • ·         Gregory Anglin, district fire chief for City of Cocoa and adjunct instructor at Eastern Florida State College.  He has more than 28 years of experience in fire and emergency medical services (EMS) including 21 years at the City of Melbourne as assistant chief of administration and training.
  • ·         Michael Bazanos, who has been deputy chief at Flagler County Fire Rescue for more than 10 years.  His additional experience includes 18 years at the Ormond Beach Fire Department where he retired as captain.
  • ·         Donald Hughes, fire chief at the City of Satellite Beach since 2010.  He has more than 30 years of experience in fire, EMS and disaster medicine.
  • ·         Jack Jarrell, adjunct instructor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Previously he was a division chief/battalion commander at City of Ormond Beach and fire chief at the Town of Ponce Inlet.  He has more than 35 years of fire service including two years as fire chief.
  • ·         Randolph Ken Jordan, assistant fire chief for the City of Fort Myers.  He has more than 28 years of professional fire service experience with 14 years as a command-level fire officer.
  • ·         Francis Murphy, former fire chief for the City of Cocoa for five years.  Previously he was the assistant fire chief for the Saratoga Springs, NY, Fire Department where he retired after 33 years.

The public reception is part of a two-day process that includes time with an interview panel comprised of six internal and external interviewers.  Panelists will rank candidates for Brangaccio, who will make a final recommendation to the City Commission.

The new fire chief could be hired at an April City Commission meeting. The position vacancy was announced December 10 with a closing date of January 10.            

            For more information on the reception, please call Carol Hargy, New Smyrna Beach human resources director, at 386.424.2111.


Contest seeks suggestions for new beachfront park in NSB

            At the same time New Smyrna Beach officials are designing a new beachfront parking facility, they’re seeking input from the public on the name of the site.

The two-acre park will be constructed at 901 S. Atlantic Avenue. It will include 72 spaces of off-beach parking, handicapped accessible beach access, picnic pavilions and a restroom facility. 

The deadline for entries is March 13, 2015. Official entry forms are available at www.cityofnsb.com/name-the-park and in the lobby of New Smyrna Beach City Hall, 210 Sams Avenue.  Entries will be judged by a City advisory board. The New Smyrna Beach City Commission will approve the winning name. 

The citizen providing the winning name will receive a $25 gift certificate to a NSB Waterfront LOOP restaurant of the winner’s choice.  

Contest rules are listed at the bottom of the entry form. The contest is open to all New Smyrna Beach residents, business owners and property owners. Proof of residency or ownership will be required of the winner. City of New Smyrna Beach staff members and their immediate families are not eligible. Only one entry per resident/business/property owner may be submitted.

For more information, please contact Faith Miller, New Smyrna Beach maintenance operations manager, at 386.424.2209. 


New Smyrna Beach – New police chief to be a lifelong resident

New Smyrna Beach’s next chief of police will be a lifelong area resident. On Tuesday, February 10, the City Commission will take formal action to confirm Mike Coffin, 54, as the City’s top cop.

“Hands down, Mike is a good fit for this position,” said City Manager Pam Brangaccio.  “He is known for a commitment to community-oriented policing and an open door policy for residents. He is also mindful of the trust and credibility required of the police chief, by City leadership and our community.”

Coffin is well known around Volusia County.  Currently as chief deputy, he is second in command to Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.  He began his law enforcement career at the Sheriff’s Office in 1987. He also served as Volusia County Public Protection director from 2009-2011, reporting to the county manager and overseeing Fire Services, Corrections, Emergency Management, Beach Safety, Medical Examiner, Animal Control, EMS, and Emergency Medical Transport.

“I love New Smyrna Beach – everything about it,” said Coffin. “The City has a cohesive team among its Commission and City staff, and the police department is in good shape. It’s exactly what I’m looking for in terms of my career.”

The new chief has shown commitment to diversity, Brangaccio added. At the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, he has championed programs to sponsor minority candidates at the law enforcement academy.  He also worked closely with minority communities throughout the County.

“His professional demeanor commands respect and will position him as a mentor and leader for both new and seasoned police officers,” Brangaccio added. “Mike is intelligent, passionate about law enforcement and has excellent relationships with local, state and federal agencies with which our officers interact daily.”

A veteran who served in the U.S. Coast Guard, Coffin has earned a Master of Homeland Security and Defense degree with honors and a Master of Forensic Science degree with honors, along with a Bachelor of Organizational Management degree. He also is active in the community by serving on the Board of Directors for the West Volusia Police Athletic League, United Way of Volusia/Flagler and the Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand. 

Even though he grew up in DeLand, Coffin is no stranger to New Smyrna. He lived in the City while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and is enthusiastic about moving back to the area where he learned to surf and fish.

“I’ve always had a connection to New Smyrna Beach,” Coffin added. “I’m looking for this to be my last (career) stop.”

Coffin will earn $105,000 annually. His first day on the job would be the first week of March – days after the department is expected to earn accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. 

“Our police department will be well positioned to move forward with Mike leading a newly accredited agency,” Brangaccio added. “We’re excited about the commitment, knowledge, loyalty, enthusiasm and ideas he will bring not only to the agency but also to the community.”


NSB seeks public input on parks

            New Smyrna Beach citizens can have a say on the future planning for city parks by completing an online survey.  The City of New Smyrna Beach has launched a public survey to gather information to assist in the development of a parks master plan.  

The five-minute survey is online at www.cityofnsb.com/Parks-Survey . Responses are anonymous.  Questions query respondents on frequency, type of use and park popularity, according to Pam Brangaccio, New Smyrna Beach city manager.

“The City Commission’s 2015 goals place an emphasis addressing current and future needs of our open spaces,” Brangaccio said.  “The Parks Master Plan guides the City in setting maintenance standards as well as addressing population projections and amenities in the future.  We need public input to help us set goals and funding priorities.”

The City Commission and the Leisure Activities Advisory Board are scheduled to meet June 16 to review the master plan.

            Currently the City maintains 23 sites ranging from small neighborhood pocket parks, to beachfront parking areas, to full-size parks. Amenities vary by facility, Brangaccio added.

            To date, more than 200 paper surveys have been collected at public events.  

For more information, please contact Faith Miller, New Smyrna Beach maintenance operations manager, at 386.424.2209.  


Request for proposals issued for AOB site

            The City of New Smyrna Beach has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the sale and development of the City’s former Administrative Office Building site (AOB) at 160 N. Causeway, New Smyrna Beach.

            A copy of the RFP is available online at www.cityofnsb.com/AOB-RFP.

            The deadline for response packages is 2 p.m. local time, Thursday, April 2, to the Office of the Finance Director, on the second floor of City Hall, 210 Sams Avenue.

For more information, please contact Tony Otte,CRA/Economic Development Director at 386.424.2265 or totte@cityofnsb.com


53rd annual Art Fiesta February 14-15 in the NSB LOOP

            More than 200 artists and crafters will color the LOOP’s Old Fort Park next weekend. The 53rd annual Art Fiesta runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., February 14-15, in and around the park, which is across from New Smyrna Beach City Hall, 210 Sams Avenue.  

            In addition to food vendors, Art Fiesta patrons may enjoy live entertainment throughout the weekend. A stilt walker, face painter and balloon artist will entertain alongside live musicians on stage outside City Hall. The concert schedule is:        

Saturday, February 14

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Nedobeck Trio

         11:00 a.m. noon Jeremy and Andrea Mix

         12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Sea of Key

         2:15 – 4:15 p.m. Ronnie Rogers

Sunday, February 15

           9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Jeremy and Andrea Mix

           11 – noon p.m. Amy Alisia and the Soul Operation

           1 – 2 p.m. Kayonne Riley and the Downtown Trio

           2:30 – 4:30 p.m. MaxQ

Two university art professors will judge the show. Carla Poindexter, University of Central Florida associate professor, teaches intermediate and advanced painting, advanced drawing, foundations design and various classes in upper level experimental book arts and occasionally a graduate studio concentration in the school’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program. Poindexter earned a MFA from Texas Tech University. John Byrd, University of South Florida associate professor of sculpture and extended media, earned his MFA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University. Byrd has had numerous exhibits at New York City’s Garth Clark Gallery – the nation’s most prestigious ceramic arts gallery. 

Parking for patrons with disabilities will be available on the north side of City Hall with access from Sams Avenue off Washington Street.

Admission to the fine arts and crafts show is free. For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at 386.424.2175.


February happenings in the NSB Waterfront LOOP

1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk February 7

Stroll the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, February 7, during the monthly 1st Saturday Art Stroll and Gallery Walk in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. On the first Saturday each month, artistic vendors set up along the historic street from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A free concert also is scheduled from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Christmas Park. Galleries feature solo and group exhibitions and artist talks in the Douglas Avenue area of the district and at the Hub on Canal from 4-8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please log on to the Canal Street Historic District website atwww.canalstreetnsb.com or call Lola Duckworth at 386.690.8666.

Black Heritage Festival February 6-8

The 24th annual Black Heritage Festival will run from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday, February 6, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday, February 7, and 1-7 pm, Sunday, February 8, at Pettis Park, 314 North Duss St., New Smyrna Beach. Enjoy live music and entertainment, food, arts & crafts, hair weaving and face painting, cane grinding and syrup making, soap making, storytelling, a school art display and a tour of the Black Heritage Museum. For more information, please call386.478.1934.

Thomas Jones in concert in February 7

Music lovers may enjoy a free, smooth jazz concert in Christmas Park Saturday, February 7, in the Canal Street Historic District. Guitarist Thomas Jones will play from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Christmas Park on the corner of Live Oak and Canal streets in New Smyrna Beach.  Bring a lawn chair. For information on monthly performers, please call Marc Monteson at 386.423.9760.

Mardi Gras Weekend on Flagler February 13-17

Join the Flagler Avenue Merchants Association February 13-17 for a Mardi Gras Weekend on Flagler.  Voodoo Music Fest begins at 9 p.m., Friday, February 13, inside 10 sponsor locations along the Avenue where you can enjoy sounds from jazz to rock and blues to zydeco. The Sweet Heart Dine-Out offers Valentines specials at participating locations on Saturday, February 14. Tasty gumbos vie for Best on the Beach from noon – 5 p.m., Sunday, February 15, during the Gumbo YA-YA Cook-Off.  Taste more than 20 gumbos with a $15 passport. A Mardi Gras-Themed Sidewalk Sale is from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, February 16. The weekend ends with the Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration Tuesday, February 17.  For more information, please call Shelly Pestine at 386.795.1060 or log on to www.partyonflagler.com.

Canal Street Cruise February 14

The Canal Street Cruise is from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, February 14, along historic Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach. Sponsored by the East Coast Cruisers, the family-friendly classic car show offers food and entertainment in a historic setting on the second Saturday of each month. For more information, please call Pat Teehan at 386.547.7319.

Mardi Gras-Themed Sidewalk Sale February 16

Flagler Avenue merchants will host a Mardi-Gras-Themed Sidewalk Sale from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday, February 16, along Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach. Stroll along the seaside district and peruse sales inside and outside the shops. For more information, please log on towww.flaglerave.com .

Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration February 17

Flagler Avenue will host its 7th annual Flagler Avenue Mardi Gras Parade at 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 17. The parade will travel from South Atlantic Avenue to turn south on Flagler Avenue and end on Pine Street. Celebrate Fat Tuesday with the parade, Mardi Gras-themed music and food specials at 10 venues along the Avenue. The parade route will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5 – 8 p.m.  Cars also must be moved from the street to accommodate the large crowds. For more information, please call Shelly Pestine at 386.795.1060 at 386.295.7567 or log on to www.partyonflagler.com.

‘Island Education’ on nesting sea turtles February 18

The second New Smyrna Beach Island Education series continues February 18 with a class on the area’s nesting sea turtles.  Taught by the NSB Turtle Trackers, the class begins at 9 a.m. at Esther Street Beachfront Park, one block north of Flagler Avenue. The one-hour class is part of a free educational series on the City’s barrier island.  The series runs through June 24 and is open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at 386.424.2175 or log on towww.cityofnsb.com/island-education.

Art Walk on Flagler February 28

Art Walk will be on Flagler Avenue from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, February 24. Nearly a dozen local and Florida artists scatter along the Avenue at 12 retail locations. Artists change each month to offer a unique variety of fine art and crafts.  Sponsored by The Gallery Group of Flagler Avenue, the event has been a part of the community for more than six years. For more information, please call 386.428.1770

Flagler Avenue Wine Walk February 28

Explore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, February 28.  During the progressive event, taste your choice of more than 100 showcased wines. Wine tasting passports are $25 and are available at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Peninsula Avenue, at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Cooper Street, and at the corner of S. Atlantic and Flagler Avenue. Passports include 20 tasting tickets and a keepsake wine glass. Some locations feature both one- and multi-ticket wines to sample. Those who want to share their 20 tasting tickets with a friend may get an additional wine glass for $5. For more information on the progressive wine tasting, please log on towww.partyonflagler.com .

‘Island Education’ on Audubon birding February 25

The New Smyrna Beach Island Education series continues February 25 with a class on Audubon birding. The class begins at 9 a.m. at Esther Street Beachfront Park, one block north of Flagler Avenue. The one-hour class is part of a free educational series on the City’s barrier island.  The series runs through June 24 and is open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at 386.424.2175 or log on towww.cityofnsb.com/island-education.


Mardi Gras Weekend in New Smyrna Beach, Friday, Feb 13th – 17th

New Smyrna Beach’s long-standing Rue and Ziffra Fat Tuesday on Flagler Mardi Gras Parade and Party returns for its seventh year Tuesday, February 17th, 2015. This year the Mardi Gras events have expanded to create a weekend of activities for visitors and locals alike. The New Smyrna Beach Mardi Gras Weekend series now includes the Voo Doo Music Festival, the Mardi Gras Beach 5K Run, Gumbo Festival, Sidewalk Sale on Flagler, and the Mardi Gras Parade and Party.

The Voo Doo Music Festival features several bands playing at multiple venues along and around Flagler Avenue on Friday, Feb 13th. This musical event showcases the broad entertainment options the area has to offer. Following the music festival is the Mardi Gras Beach 5K Run on Saturday, Feb 14th. This chip-timed race takes place on the beautiful hard-packed sand of New Smyrna Beach and features medals in 84 age and gender categories, costume prizes, free t-shirts, beads on the race course, and a post-race social at Barracuda’s Bar & Grille. Registration opens at 8:00 am with the race start at 9:00 am, and costs $25 in advance or $30 day of. To pre-register, text “5K” to 40691 on a smart device – text rates may apply.

The inaugural New Smyrna Beach Gumbo Festival takes place on Sunday, Feb 15th from Noon to 5pm on Flagler Ave. The festival features over 20 gumbos from local eateries, which participants can enjoy and then vote on their favorite. Gumbo Tasting Passports are $15 each and proceeds go directly to the 2015 Fat Tuesday on Flagler Mardi Gras Parade. There are three available start tents, at the Peninsula Ave, Cooper St, and Atlantic Ave intersections of Flagler Avenue.

Experience some of the best shopping in Volusia County at the Sidewalk Sale on Flagler Avenue Monday, Feb 16th. The Sidewalk Sale runs from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm and offers specials up to 70% off.

The 7th Annual Rue and Ziffra Fat Tuesday on Flagler Mardi Gras Parade and Party starts at 7pm on Flagler Avenue near the ocean and heads west to Pine Street. In total some 55 units or marching groups, vehicles and floats will make up the parade. It is expected some 125,000 beads will be tossed during the parade that traditionally attracts some 20,000 people. Due to the high popularity of the parade and party, early arrival is highly recommended.

The Queen of this year’s parade is Joan Harvey, the retired secretary of the Merchants of Flagler Association, a position she held for 25 years. The King is Jack Grasty, the former New Smyrna Beach City Commissioner and Beachside Champion Advocate. Everett Goodwin will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshall. Goodwin is the founder of the New Smyrna Beach Chowder Festival and Moose Lodge leader. He has overseen the Chowder Festival since its inception 25 years ago.

In addition to the parade, Flagler Avenue’s dozen night spots will all have Mardi Gras parties with live bands, hurricane drink specials, themed giveaways and Cajun menu items. In total party goers will be able to enjoy craw fish, seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, New Orleans shrimp and traditional Cajun foods.

Post-parade party locations include Atlantis Bistro, Barracuda’s Bar & Grille, Breakers, Café Heavenly, Café Verde, Clancy’s Cantina, Famous Philly’s, Flagler Tavern, Gnarly Surf Bar, Manzano’s Beachside Deli, OM Bar & Chill Lounge, Peanut’s Sports Bar, Tayton O’Brian’s, That’s Amore, Toni and Joe’s Patio, and Trader’s Sports Pub, among others.

Mardi Gras Weekend in New Smyrna Beach is hosted by the Flagler Avenue Hospitality Group and the Flagler Merchants Association, and sponsored by Southern Stone Event Group. The weekend of events is one of a series held each year on Flagler Avenue including St. Patrick’s ShamRock N Roll, Cinco de Mayo, New Smyrna Beach Food Festival, and the Shrimp and Seafood Festival. Flagler Avenue is located beachside in New Smyrna Beach off the North Causeway Bridge.

For event information and special Mardi Gras Weekend accommodations, call 1-386-428-1600 or go to PartyOnFlagler.com. 


Coronado Island Neighborhood Plan kick-off meeting February 7

Residents, property owners and business owners are encouraged to attend the Coronado Island Neighborhood Plan kick-off meeting at 9 a.m., Saturday, February 7, at the Coronado Civic Center, 150 South Pine St., New Smyrna Beach.

“Neighborhood planning is one of the City Commission’s top priorities for 2015,” said Gail Henrikson, New Smyrna Beach planning and zoning director. “Neighborhood-level planning provides residents and property owners an opportunity to directly shape the future of their neighborhoods, in conjunction with the vision established for the city for the next 25 years.”

Residents and the City will work jointly to set goals and draft a plan to guide neighborhood growth for the next five years, Henrikson explained. Discussion topics include current demographics, trends, neighborhood boundaries and vision.

In addition to the Coronado Island neighborhood plan, plans will also be initiated for the Central Beach and Canal Street / Downtown neighborhoods.  Kick-off meetings for those plans tentatively are scheduled for March and May, respectively.

For more information on the Coronado Island neighborhood plan public meeting, please contact Steve Bapp, CRA planner, at 386.424.2135.


Annual Indian River Open February 6-8 in New Smyrna Beach

  New Smyrna Beach’s longest-running sport tournament – the annual Indian River Open (IRO), will be February 6-8 at the New Smyrna Golf Club, 1000 Wayne Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

    As many as 140 professional golfers are expected to play February 7-8, according to Gary Wintz, New Smyrna Beach golf pro.

    Registration is open for pros and amateurs who will team for the February 6 pro-am round. Teams will include one professional and three amateurs. Ready-made teams are welcome. The pro shop will pair individual golfers as needed, Wintz said. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members and includes greens fees and a cart.

    The fan-friendly IRO is the second oldest event on the North Florida Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour. All events are free for spectators. Bleachers will be on the first tee and 18th green.

    During the tourney, the course will be closed to outside play. However, the pro shop, driving range and restaurant will remain open for normal operations.

    For more information, please call the New Smyrna Golf Club pro shop at386.424.2190.


HANNA BONNET WALKING TOURS 2015

Tours run on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

10:30 AM,  January 14 to April 18


Sacred Heart TO HOLD ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION

LOCAL SCHOOL TO HOLD ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION

 New Smyrna Beach, FL – Sacred Heart Catholic School is busy preparing for its annual fundraiser dinner auction.  The event is being held on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Family Center in New Smyrna Beach.  It is open to the public and attendees will be treated to a delicious meal and great music.  All proceeds from the auction will be used to help support need-based scholarships, technology enhancements, and the overall school’s building fund.  
On September 10, 1961, Sacred Heart Catholic School opened its doors to its first 88 students.  Today, there are more than 200 students attending the school and receive high-quality religious and academic education. 
Sacred Heart Catholic School is currently soliciting corporate sponsorships for the event.  If you would like to contribute or attend the auction, please contact Luz Rodriguez, Auction Chair at 386-689-0573 or Sacred Heart School at (386) 428-4732


Nominations sought for 14th annual Donnadine Miller Memorial Historic Preservation Award

The Historic New Smyrna Beach Preservation Commission is accepting nominations for the 2015 Donnadine Miller Memorial Historic Preservation Award. Buildings at least 50 years old or sites associated with a historic event are eligible.

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, January 30.

Awards are given annually to one residential and one non-residential historic preservation project that promotes pride in the City’s past and increases awareness and appreciation for buildings that contribute to the history and character of New Smyrna Beach, according to Gail Henrikson, New Smyrna Beach planning manager.

“Award recipients are encouraged to apply for local landmark designation,” Henrikson added. “However receiving an award does not place any restrictions on the property.”

Applications are available at City Hall, 210 Sams Avenue; the New Smyrna Museum of History, 201 Sams Avenue; and online at cityofnsb.com.

Each award winner will be presented a bronze plaque at a March City Commission meeting to coincide with Florida Heritage Week.  The 2014 winners were the residential property at 616 Magnolia Street and the non-residential property at 149 Canal Street.  

“The City created the Historic preservation award program in 2002,” Henrikson said. “In 2009, the award program was renamed in memory of Donnadine Miller, who was an active volunteer and member of the community.”

Miller served as Historic New Smyrna Beach Preservation Commission chair, worked as an amateur archaeologist, and participated in numerous other events and activities, Henrikson said.

For more information or a nomination form, please log on to www.cityofnsb.com/261/Donnadine-Miller-Historic-Preservation-A  or contact Gail Henrikson at 386.424.2134.


January happenings in the NSB Waterfront LOOP

1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk January 3

The monthly Art Stroll and Gallery Walk in the Canal Street Historic District is Saturday, January 3, in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. On the first Saturday each month, artistic vendors set up along the historic street from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A free concert also is scheduled from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Christmas Park. Galleries feature solo and group exhibitions and artist talks in the Douglas Avenue area of the district from 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please log on to the Canal Street Historic District website at www.canalstreetnsb.com or call Lola Duckworth at 386.690.8666.

 Jessica Flood in concert January 3

Music lovers may enjoy a free concert in Christmas Park from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, January 3, in the Canal Street Historic District’s Christmas Park. Keyboardist Jessica Flood will perform. Christmas Park is on the corner of Live Oak and Canal streets in New Smyrna Beach. For information on monthly performers, please call Marc Monteson at 386.423.9760.

Mayor’s Fitness Challenge begins January 5

The City of New Smyrna Beach kicks off its 5th annual Mayor’s Fitness Challenge at 5:30 p.m., Monday, January 5, at the New Smyrna Beach Woman’s Club, 403 Magnolia St., New Smyrna Beach.

With events at locations around the NSB Waterfront LOOP, the 10-week self-improvement contest is designed to motivate participants to improve their overall wellness. A $1,000 cash prize is awarded to the male and female who show the most fitness improvement at the end of the challenge.  The Challenge runs through March 21.

The $125 entry fee covers all Challenge activities. Registration applications and an activity schedule are online at www.cityofnsb.com/Mayors-Fitness-Challenge-NSB. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at 386.424.2175.

Music Night at the Hub January 9

On the second Friday of the month, the Hub on Canal hosts Music Night at the Hub. From 6-9 p.m. enjoy live entertainment. Member admission is free. The fee for non-members is $3. The Hub is at 132 Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach. For more information, please visit www.thehuboncanal.org or call 386.957.3924. 

Canal Street Cruise January 10

The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, January 10, along historic Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach. Sponsored by the East Coast Cruisers, the family-friendly classic car show offers food and entertainment in a historic setting on the second Saturday of each month. For more information, please call Pat Teehan at 386.547.7319.

Art Walk on Flagler January 24

Art Walk will be on Flagler Avenue from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, January 24.  Nearly a dozen local and Florida artists scatter along the Avenue at 12 retail locations. Artists change each month to offer a unique variety of fine art and crafts.  Sponsored by The Gallery Group of Flagler Avenue, the event has been a part of the community for more than six years. For more information, please call 386.428.1770.

Flagler Avenue Wine Walk January 24

Explore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, January 24.  During the progressive event, taste your choice of more than 100 showcased wines. Wine tasting passports are $25 and are available at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Peninsula Avenue, at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Cooper Street, or at the corner of S. Atlantic and Flagler Avenue. Passports include 20 tasting tickets and a keepsake wine glass. Some locations feature both one- and multi-ticket wines to sample. Those who want to share their 20 tasting tickets with a friend may get an additional wine glass for $5. For more information on the progressive wine tasting, please log on towww.partyonflagler.com

25th annual NSB Chowder Festival January 25

The 25th annual NSB Chowder Festival will take over Flagler Avenue from noon-5 p.m., Sunday, January 25, in New Smyrna Beach.  Featuring 30 chowders, the progressive chowder cook-off will be held along both sides of the Avenue. The event is sponsored by the Merchants of Flagler Avenue and the New Smyrna Beach Moose Lodge. Proceeds from sales of the $15 passport benefit the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Camp in Barberville. For more information, please log on to www.partyonflagler.com .


MARINE DISCOVERY CENTER PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES – January 15 6-8 p.m

WHAT: The North Atlantic Right Whale
WHEN: Thursday, January 15 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: Marine Discovery Center
520 Barracuda Blvd.
New Smyrna Beach
COST: The public is invited, no charge, no reservations required. Our guest speaker will be Julie Albert, the coordinator of the Marine Resources Council’s North Atlantic Right Whale Sighting Network.Only about 500 North Atlantic right whales exist today. During the winter, pregnant females travel to the warm waters off the Florida coast – to the only known calving area in the world for these whales. You can be a part of the trained volunteer spotter network along the Florida coast to identify individuals and protect them from collisions with ships. Your involvement is of particular help if you live in a high-rise building along the coast. Please attend this lecture to get the basic information you need to help these whales survive.
CONTACT: mark@marinediscoverycenter.org or call 386-428-4828


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December happenings in the NSB Waterfront LOOP

Light Up Flagler December 5

Beachside-goers soon may say “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Flagler Avenue.” The annual Light Up Flagler celebration is from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Friday, December 5, in New Smyrna beach.  The Avenue will be aglow as part of the free, holiday kick-off event, which will include toys, entertainers, carolers, and more as businesses light their façades and offer tastings. The holiday movie, Elf, will be shown outdoors at 7 p.m. at the east end of the Avenue.  Donate a new, unwrapped toy and receive a holiday commemorative photo at Santa’s Workshop at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Cooper Street. Toys will be donated to Toys for Tots. Flagler Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic during the event from Peninsula Drive east to Buenos Aires Street. For more information, please call 386.898.9444 or 386.409.3456.

 1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk December 6

Stroll the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, December 6, during the 1st Saturday Art Stroll and Gallery Walk in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. On the first Saturday of the month, artistic vendors set up along the historic street from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A free concert also is scheduled from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Christmas Park. Galleries feature solo and group exhibitions and artist talks in the Douglas Avenue area of the district from 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please log on to the Canal Street Historic District website at www.canalstreetnsb.com or call Lola Duckworth 386.690.8666.

 Jim Bryer in Concert December 6

Music lovers may enjoy a free concert by Jazz Guitarist Jim Bryer from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, December 6, in the Canal Street Historic District’s Christmas Park. Christmas Park is on the corner of Live Oak and Canal streets in New Smyrna Beach.  Bring a lawn chair. For information on monthly performers, please call Marc Monteson at 386.423.9760.

Christmas Parade December 6

The annual New Smyrna Beach Christmas parade will step off at 4 p.m., Saturday, December 6, and travel the NSB Waterfront Loop from Flagler Avenue to Canal Street. This year’s theme is “A Southern Christmas.”  The event is free. For more information, please call New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department 386.424.2175.

 31st annual Ed Root Memorial 5k/10k Run December 6

The 31st annual Ed Root Memorial 5k/10K Run will be Saturday, December 6, in the NSB Waterfront LOOP. Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. at Coronado Civic Center, 223 Flagler Avenue, at the corner of Pine Street and Flagler Avenue.  The race begins at 8 a.m. The 10k is a scenic route that takes runners across the Inlet Dunes boardwalk and the residential streets of the north beach. The race is a charter member of the Daytona Area Grand Prix. Race-day registration is $40 for the 10k and $30 for the 5k. Pre-registration closes at 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 3. For more information, please contact the New Smyrna Beach Recreation Office at 386.424.2175 or log on towww.cityofnsb.com.

 Toys for Tots Train in the LOOP December 13

Santa Claus will drive a Florida East Coast Railroad (FEC) train to a 20-minute stop in the NSB Waterfront LOOP at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 13, at the railroad tracks at Canal Street and U.S. 1.  The big guy and Mrs. Claus will provide toys to the local Toys for Tots program and greet local children and families.  At 9:30 a.m., the NSB Stingrays Dance Team will perform. The FEC Toys for Tots train is a partnership between the FEC and the Toys for Tots organization that gives FEC employees an opportunity to give toys to children in the communities along eight stops on the FEC rail line between Jacksonville and Miami. The toys are distributed later by the local Toys for Tots organizations. Children attending the stop also may donate to the Toys for Tots drive. For more information, please call Flare Elliot at 386.423.2184.

 Canal Street Cruise December 13

The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, December 13, along historic Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach. Sponsored by the East Coast Cruisers, the family-friendly classic car show offers food and entertainment in a historic setting. For more information, please call Pat Teehan at 386.547.7319.

 Visit Santa in Christmas Park through December 20

Jolly ol’ St. Nick isn’t wasting any time compiling his holiday gift list. On the day after Thanksgiving, Santa begins greeting children in Christmas Park on the corner of Canal and Live Oak streets in New Smyrna Beach.  For select dates through December 20, he will pose for photographs and make a note of the holiday wishes of children in Southeast Volusia County. To accommodate busy parents, Santa will open his doors for daytime and evening visits. His schedule is:

  • ·         Friday, Nov. 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • ·         Saturday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  
  • ·         Friday, Dec. 5, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • ·         Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • ·         Friday, Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m.
  • ·         Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • ·         Friday, Dec. 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
  • ·         Saturday, Dec. 20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at 386.424.2175.

Flagler Avenue Wine Walk December 27

Explore interesting wines as you walk Flagler Avenue from 1-7 p.m., Saturday, December 27.  During the progressive event, taste your choice of more than 100 showcased wines. Wine tasting passports are $25 and are available at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Peninsula Avenue, at the corner of Flagler Avenue and Cooper Street, or at the corner of S. Atlantic and Flagler Avenue. Passports include 20 tasting tickets and a keepsake wine glass. Some locations feature both one- and multi-ticket wines to sample. Those who want to share their 20 tasting tickets with a friend may get an additional wine glass for $5. For more information on the progressive wine tasting, please log on towww.partyonflagler.com .

 Art Walk on Flagler December 27

Artists will be on Flagler Avenue from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, December 27.  Nearly a dozen local and Florida artists scatter along the Avenue at 12 retail locations. Artists change each month to offer a unique variety of fine art and crafts. Sponsored by The Gallery Group of Flagler Avenue, the event has been a part of the community for more than six years. For more information, please call 386.428.1770.

 New Year’s Eve Celebration/Fireworks December 31

Flagler Avenue will host its annual New Year’s Eve party from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m., Wednesday, December 31. Ring in 2015 with fireworks at 9 p.m. at the corner of Cooper Street and Flagler Avenue, New Smyrna Beach. For more information, please log on to www.partyonflagler.com.


Timeline for Spark The Spirit Friday, November 28 2014

Spark the Spirit kicks off Christmas on Canal Street with a tree lighting ceremony and live entertainment in our beautiful downtown.  Bring your chair, and take part in festivities that everyone will enjoy.  Stores and restaurants will be open late, so patrons can shop, as well as enjoy the fun.

Canal Street Historic District brings the spirit of the holidays to Christmas Park at the corner of Live Oak and Canal Streets.  Stop in at Santa’s Place, and watch the children’s eyes light up when they see the sparkling decorations and Santa, too.  Have your picture taken in front of a mural by local artist Cathy Berse. Entertainment by local groups puts you in the holiday spirit.
  • Timeline for Spark The Spirit  Friday, November 28 2014
  • 2pm  Barracades up for Live Oak to Downing
  • Stage delivered to southwest corner of Live Oak at Canal
  • 3pm  Barracades up for Canal St. closure  US 1 to Riverside
  • 5pm Band UpTuit begins playing till 5:45
  • 5:45  Dance Club Performs in front of stage
  • 5:50  MC Robert Burns introduces Mayor Jim Hathaway
  • 5:55 remarks  Mayor Hathaway
  • 6:00 pm Tree Lighting (countdown) by the mayor and then (MC) will direct crowd to follow  UC’s Stuart Hughes to the Lighting of the Star in the East atop UC Building, 200 Canal St.
  • 6:10 or 6:15  Santa arrives at Christmas park and greets public
  • 6:10 or 6:15  Dance Club performs as Santa arrives
  • 6:20  band plays 2nd set till 7:30 for dancing in the street


18th Annual Holiday Charity Ball – Photo Gallery

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