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NSB goes ‘social’ April 1

            The City of New Smyrna Beach will launch its social media presence April 1 with Facebook and Twitter pages. The pages are another tool to help the City inform the public of programs, projects and initiatives, according to Pam Brangaccio, city manager.

            “Over the past two years, we’ve made a concerted effort to inform our citizens about the City Commission’s priorities and accomplishments,” Brangaccio said. “The information landscape continues to change. To reach our constituents, we have to branch out into new media.”

            The direct page URLs are:  and

            City social media pages are designed to increase public awareness of City services, initiatives and opportunities, Brangaccio added.

            “We want to continue to enhance our external communications,” Brangaccio added. “To do that, we have to reach our citizens through different (media) channels.”

            In 2014, the City redesigned its website to highlight initiatives and offer improved navigation for users. The NSB Waterfront LOOP – a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) initiative – has used social media for more than three years to promote activities within CRA boundaries.

Arts on Douglas – Interiors and Exteriors – On exhibit: April 4 -25

Larry Moore:
Interiors and Exteriors

On exhibit: April 4 -25, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, April 4, 4—7pm

New Smyrna Beach, FL —Arts on Douglas announces the opening of Interiors and Exteriors, a solo exhibition by Orlando-based artist, Larry Moore. The exhibition will be on view April 4—25, 2015 with an opening reception on Saturday, April 4, 4-7pm, and an Artists Talk on Friday, April 17, 11am. The exhibition, opening reception, and Artists Talk are free and open to the public.

Larry Moore is an award-winning painter and illustrator who is equally comfortable painting in the studio as he is painting en plein air. His highly anticipated new exhibition, Interiors and Exteriors, demonstrates the ease of which Moore can move in and out of those environments.

Throughout history, representations of the environment have evolved alongside cultural beliefs and values. By placing the two very different spaces side-by-side, Interiors and Exteriors  capture the pervasive tension between natural and manmade environments. The exhibition consists of Moore’s signature scenic landscape oil paintings as well as his little-known gouache paintings of interior spaces.

Moore approaches painting with an understanding that his subject matter is mediated by perception and his physical experience in the field. Unlike conventional plein air painters, Moore does not aim for topographic accuracy. Instead, he approaches painting with an understanding of the perceptual and material conditions of the environment. Before applying paint to the canvas, Moore surveys the scene to determine what expressive theme, narrative, or mood emerges. “Responding to a scene intuitively is a decidedly right-brain event, but quantifying what it is that I see engages the left brain and helps to keep me focused throughout the painting process,” Moore explained. This creative synthesis allows Moore to construct painterly compositions that skillfully render the visual drama of those environments.

Moore’s interior paintings explore the formal qualities of space, shape, angles, color, and texture found in manmade environments. However, the artist playfully disrupts the notion of boundaries and “natural” and artificial order. In Intruder, for instance, a manmade environment is conceived as a boundary to keep the wilderness at a safe distance. Light is filtered through foliage and opaque window panes, illuminating and casting shadows on objects in the industrial space. In this painting, the industrial manmade environment is a contested space wherein the notion of a “safe” interior boundary is interrupted by the appearance of a stately stag. The painting prompts viewers to question who or what is intruding on the “natural” order.  Is it nature or mankind? The artist hints: “The insertion of nature into these settings ties the content together, and in some way implies that nature will eventually reclaim her realm.”


Larry Moore received a B.F.A in Graphic Design from the University of Florida. His award-winning illustrations have been featured in exhibitions, campaigns, and editorials such as Society of Illustrators,Communications Arts- Illustration Annual, and Luerzer Illustrator Archive.Moore regularly participates in organized plein air painting events, including Carmel Art Festival and Buck County Plein Air where he received Best in Show awards. His work has been featured at the Society of Illustrators Museum, NY, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna, CA, Thomas Center for the Arts, Gainesville, FL, The Museum of Florida Art, Deland, FL,  Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, and Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR. His paintings and illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, such as Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector, Create  Magazine, Pastel Journal, American & books: Artist Workshop Magazine, and The Outdoor Painters Magazine. Moore maintains a studio in Orlando


Senator Dorothy Hukill with Jared Ross, LSCU Senior Vice President, Association Services


TALLAHASSEE – Senator Dorothy L. Hukill (R-Port Orange), was recognized by the Credit Union National Association with the Desjardins Financial Education Award for State Government Policymakers.  The award is given to government policymakers at the state level who have shown leadership in promoting financial education to individuals.  Senator Hukill is the first person in Florida to be recognized with this award.

Senator Hukill has sponsored two bills this year to promote financial education. The first is Senate Bill 92, the Personal Financial Literacy Education Act, which allows for students to take a half credit course on personal financial literacy as a high school requirement. This legislation will give students the opportunity to gain the skills to understand the future financial and economic issues they will face as they join the workforce or head off to college.

The second is Senate Bill 206, the Financial Literacy Program for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, which will promote economic independence and employment of individuals with developmental disabilities. The information that will be provided such as financial education, financial and health benefit programs and services, job training and employment opportunities will give them the knowledge they need to succeed.

“Thank you to the Credit Union National Association for recognizing me with the Desjardins Financial Education Award as well as the League of Southeastern Credit Unions for nominating me for the award,” said Senator Hukill. “Financial literacy for all individuals has become a passion of mine and I will continue to make every effort to ensure that all Floridians have the opportunity to be financially knowledgeable and successful.”

Mayor’s Challengers log record-setting losses

Seventy feet and 1,400 pounds.  That’s the total inches and pounds lost by the 2015 New Smyrna Beach Mayor’s Fitness Challenge participants. It’s the most lost during the program’s five-year history, according to Liz Yancey, New Smyrna Beach events manager.

Two New Smyrna Beach residents not only improved their health, but they also earned $1,000 each for their efforts. Susan Hamilton and David Norvell exhibited the greatest fitness improvement over their starting weight and measurements, Yancey said.

Hamilton, 53, lost 26 pounds and 17 inches, Yancey said. Norvell, 22, lost 32 pounds and 16 inches. Norvell’s first place finish was not a surprise to his mother, Laurina Norvell.

“He’s considered special needs, but we don’t treat him that way,” Laurina said. “Once he sets his mind to something, he never stops.”

David was born with a defect of his heart vessels, which at the time limited a child’s lifespan to ten years. David was among the first babies to undergo a landmark surgery but three years later suffered a closed-head brain injury in a motor vehicle accident that left him in a vegetative state, Laurina explained. He has made significant strides but continues to suffer problems that affect his motor skills including writing and walking. He also has visual and comprehension deficiencies. Despite his physical and mental challenges, David earned his Eagle Scout badge at age 19.

“When you see a young man like David so determined to improve his health, it makes any excuse you may come up with pale in comparison,” Yancey said.

The 5th annual Challenge began January 5 with 179 participants. Nearly 75 percent completed the program. The final results – including the 1,400 pounds lost – only includes tallies from those who completed the course, Yancey added.

“Many of our participants also had significant improvements in their blood pressure and cholesterol levels,” Yancey explained. “Not everyone is interested in losing weight. For many it’s about improving their overall health.”

The 10-week self-improvement contest is designed to motivate participants to improve their overall wellness, Yancey said. Baseline measurements were taken on each person’s blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, body fat and body weight. Measurements were repeated at the end of the Challenge.

Photos taken during the Challenge and a few essays are online at


WHEN: Saturday, April 11 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
A day to celebrate Florida’s coastal ecosystems with family and friends. This is an opportunity for the Marine Discovery Center to give back to the community which helps support it throughout the year. There will be free activities for kids and adults.

• Kids Arts, Crafts & Face Painting
• Get your picture with our Mermaid!
• Live Raptors – hawks and owls
• Bird Rescue Clinic
• Marine Touch Tanks
• Free Kayak Clinic
• Win a Boat Trip!
• Free Stuff

COST: No charge – Open to the public
CONTACT: or call the Welcome Desk for more
information at 386-428-4828

New Smyrna Dance Club – Spring Fling Dance April 11, 7 -10pm

Not a member ?
Join for only $15.00 for a life time
membership. Special dancing specials
for members only coming up.
Call Jo Ann 352-430-5101

The New Smyrna Dance Club is on the move! 

 March 28th is the Port Orange Dance.
Starting at 6:30 at the Port Orange Adult Center on US 1 in Port Orange.
The Blue Notes, a 14 piece band, will be playing.  $5 per person with light refreshments.
If you want to carpool, meet at the United Church of Christ at 6 pm.
Please call Jo Ann at 352-430-5101 so we can let them know how many to expect.

New Smyrna Beach recreation classes

Hatha Yoga begins April 7
Promote balance of body, mind and breath with hatha yoga classes from 6:30-8 p.m., April 7 – June 23. Classes for beginners are on Tuesdays.  Advanced classes are on Thursdays at the New Smyrna Woman’s Club, 403 Magnolia St., New Smyrna Beach. The cost is $48 for residents and $56 for non-residents.  For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at (386) 424-2175.

 Easy does it Yoga begins April 14
Designed specifically for seniors, Easy does it Yoga follows the principles of hatha yoga. Classes are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 14 – June 18, at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Dr., New Smyrna Beach. The cost of a 10-week session is $62 for residents and $70 for non-residents. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at (386) 424-2175.

 Tai chi classes
Learn the basic movements of Tai Chi, which are linked together to create a continuous moving meditative exercise. Proper posture, breathing and meditative principles will be covered. Tai Chi and Qigong and Weapons classes are held from 1-2:30 and 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Brannon Center, 105. S. Riverside Drive.  Advanced Tai Chi is offered from 3-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Coronado Civic Center, 150 Pine Street. The cost for residents is $7 per class or $24 per month. The cost for non-residents is $8 per class or $28 per month.  Classes are ongoing. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at (386) 424-2175.

 Line dance classes
Beginning and intermediate line dancers may enjoy classes offered three days a week. Line dance classes are held from 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays, 9 -11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and 9-11:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Coronado Civic Center, 150 Pine Street. Each class runs continuously. Dancers may come and go as desired during the class. The first hour is for beginners followed by up to 30 minutes of review or open dance time. The last hour of class is geared for the intermediate dancer. The cost is $4 per class for residents or $5 for non-residents. Classes are ongoing. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at (386) 424-2175.

 Wake Up your Muscles
People over age 50 who want to challenge their muscles may join a stimulating exercise programs from 9-10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the City Gym, 1000 Live Oak, Street, New Smyrna Beach.  Classes will work muscles without straining them. All levels are welcome. Exercisers should bring light weights, an exercise mat and water. Each class is $4 for residents and $5 for non-residents. Participants may register the day of the class. Classes are ongoing. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at (386) 424-2175 or log on to .

 Baton Twirling/Pom classes
Baton twirling and pom classes are held from 3-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the New Smyrna Beach City Gym, 1000 Live Oak St., New Smyrna Beach. The monthly cost is $36 for residents and $41 for non-residents. Ages 7 and up are welcome. For more information, please call (386) 424-2175.

ArtHaus Fundraiser 2015 honors Don & Pam Ariel PR – April 30th

Please Save the Date for a “Super Night with Our Super Heroes” when ArtHaus honors Don and Pam Ariel and Raydon for their generous support of the arts in our community. TheArtHaus’ 17th Annual Funnier & Funkier Dinner fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 30th, 2015, at Pelican Bay Country Club from 6 pm-9 pm. The evening features a fabulous silent auction, dinner, a hilarious Improv group and a celebration of our honorees. We invite you to attend and help raise funds for ArtHaus children’s art programming. Please become a sponsor, silent auction provider, or just come help us celebrate our super heroes. Individual tickets are $100. For more information or questions about our fundraiser call: 386-767-0076 or email us at

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 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 . 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

            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

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 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

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 .

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

‘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

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 .

‘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

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 

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.


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