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Updated: Section of Flagler Avenue to close July 6 – 8

Temporary closure of a one-block section of Flagler Avenue has been postponed until Monday.  The section of roadway will be closed from July 6 – 8 for utility work and is between Cooper Street and N. Atlantic Avenue, according to Kyle Fegley, New Smyrna Beach city engineer.

Businesses along Flagler Avenue will be open throughout project.

During the three-day closure, barricades and signage will direct drivers around the closed section, Fegley said. However, only delivery and critical needs vehicles may access this section of the avenue.

New utilities will be installed for a commercial property in the 400 block. To complete the work, a section of the roadway will be removed to install new potable water and sanitary sewer services to the property.


Central Beach Neighborhood Plan meeting July 11

Residents, property owners and business owners are encouraged to attend the second Central Beach Neighborhood Plan meeting at 9 a.m., Saturday, July 11, at the Coronado Civic Center, 150 South Pine St., New Smyrna Beach.

            “This meeting will provide stakeholders in the neighborhood with an opportunity to identify top priorities that the City should focus on over the next five years within the Central Beach Neighborhood,” said Gail Henrikson, New Smyrna Beach planning director. Attendees also may provide input to staff as part of the future land use and zoning review that was authorized by the City Commission on June 23.

            Nearly 150 residents attended the kick-off meeting in April, which generated great energy focused on improving the neighborhood, Henrikson said. This meeting will be the next step in setting goals and a vision for what the neighborhood will look like in the next five years.

            For more information on the Central Beach neighborhood plan public meeting or other neighborhood planning efforts, please contact Steve Bapp, neighborhood planner, at sbapp@cityofnsb.com or 386.424.2135.

           


July happenings in the NSB Waterfront LOOP

JAM at Summer Concert Series July 2

The free Summer Concert Series will feature Jeremy and Andrea Mix playing variety music from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., Thursday, July 2, in Old Fort Park.  In the event of rain, the concert will be rescheduled.  Weekly concerts continue through July 30.  The park is on the corner of Sams Avenue and Julia Street in New Smyrna Beach. For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.

 

July 4th Celebration!

New Smyrna Beach residents and visitors may celebrate our nation’s independence with music, dancing, food and fireworks July 4 in the Canal Street Historic District. The New Smyrna Beach July 4th Celebration runs from 10 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. The schedule includes: 

  • ·         10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Scavenger Hunt
  • ·         2 – 4 p.m. Bed races
  • ·         5 – 9 p.m. Food trucks
  • ·         5 – 9:15 p.m. Cactus Jack and the Cadillacs
  • ·         6 – 10 p.m. Music and street dancing 
  • ·         9:15 p.m. Fireworks over the river

Due to construction in Riverside Park on the new Brannon Civic Center and Manatee All Children’s Playground, space for viewing fireworks will be limited. However, the show can be seen from locations around the NSB Waterfront LOOP.

 

Canal Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175

 

1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk July 4

Stroll the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, July 4, 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. Saxophonist Ray Guiser will play 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 from 4-8 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.

 

Cuchettis in Concert July 9

Gina and Mary Cuchetti will perform acoustic soul and jazz from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., Thursday, July 9, in Old Fort Park.  Weekly concerts are free.  The Summer Concert Series continues through July 30.  The park is on the corner of Sams Avenue and Julia Street in New Smyrna Beach. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested.  In the event of rain, the concert will be rescheduled.  For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.

 

Canal Street Cruise July 11

The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 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.

 

Magda Hiller in concert July 16

Acoustic artist Magda Hiller will perform from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., Thursday, July 16, in Old Fort Park. The Summer Concert Series continues through July 30.  The park is on the corner of Sams Avenue and Julia Street in New Smyrna Beach. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested.  In the event of rain, the concert will be rescheduled.  For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.

 

Yates and Hallenbeck in concert July 23

Guitarists Brad Yates and Gary Hallenbeck will perform ‘seaside soul’ music from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., Thursday, July 23, in Old Fort Park. The Summer Concert Series continues through July 30.  The park is on the corner of Sams Avenue and Julia Street in New Smyrna Beach. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested.  In the event of rain, the concert will be rescheduled.  For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.

 

 

Ronnie Rogers Band in concert July 30

The Ronnie Rogers Band will perform R&B, soul and Motown music from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m., Thursday, July 30, in Old Fort Park. The Summer Concert Series continues through July 30.  The park is on the corner of Sams Avenue and Julia Street in New Smyrna Beach. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested.  In the event of rain, the concert will be rescheduled.  For more information, please call the City of New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at 386.424.2175.


July 12 deadline to purchase personalized playground pickets

New Smyrna Beach residents and visitors have a little more time to support the soon-to-be-rebuilt Manatee All Children’s Playground in Riverside Park by purchasing a personalized fence picket.  The fence will encircle the new, ADA-compliant playground.

The deadline to purchase pickets has been extended to July 12.

Fence pickets may be individualized with up to 18 letters.  Pickets are $30 for one, $50 for two, or $75 for three.  Order forms are online atwww.cityofnsb.com/picket-sale

Fencing will create areas for youth age 2-5 and 5-12, according to Faith Miller, New Smyrna Beach maintenance operations manager. Funds raised may also be used for an additional playground component.

           The rebuilt playground will replace the popular wooden playground structure erected 21 years ago by community volunteers at the southern end of Riverside Park, 105 S. Riverside Drive. 

Construction on the new playground could be completed by the end of August.

           In addition to online availability, order forms are in New Smyrna Beach City Hall, 210 Sams Avenue, and the City Gym, 1000 Live Oak Street.  For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department at (386) 424-2175. 


Children’s playground in Riverside Park to close for summer

Construction of a new, accessible playground in Riverside Park gets underway next week in New Smyrna Beach. Demolition of the current playground begins Monday, June 22. The new playground is expected to open at the end of August, according to Faith Miller, New Smyrna Beach maintenance operations manager.

“We’ll be replacing this heavily-used structure with a large, updated and accessible playground,” Miller said. “

Design plans for the new playground are online at www.cityofnsb.com/new-playground . The City collected more than 300 ideas from area youth to assist in the creation of the playground’s design.

“When the current Manatee All Children’s Playground was built 21 years ago, it met ADA standards at the time, “Miller said. “But those standards have changed. The rebuilt playground will meet current standards.”

The cost of the project is $273,000 and is funded by the City of New Smyrna Beach and the County of Volusia through the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency.

Manatee All Children’s Playground is on the southern end of Riverside Park, 105 S. Riverside Drive.

For a complete list of City parks, please visit www.cityofnsb.com/parks .


New Smyrna Beach to light the sky July 4th

            New Smyrna Beach residents and visitors may celebrate our nation’s independence with music, dancing, food and fireworks July 4 in the Canal Street Historic District.

            The New Smyrna Beach July 4th Celebration runs from 10 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. The schedule includes: 

  • ·         10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Scavenger Hunt
  • ·         2 – 4 p.m. Bed races
  • ·         5 – 9 p.m. Food trucks
  • ·         5 – 9:15 p.m. Cactus Jack and the Cadillacs
  • ·         6 – 10  p.m. Music and street dancing  
  • ·         9:15 p.m. Fireworks over the river

Due to construction in Riverside Park on the new Brannon Civic Center and Manatee All Children’s Playground, space for viewing fireworks will be limited. However, the show can be seen from locations around the NSB Waterfront LOOP.

Canal Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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


Central Beach Storm Mitigation Project meeting July 2

      Residents and business owners of the Central Beach area of New Smyrna Beach are encouraged to attend a July 2 meeting for updates on the neighborhood’s ongoing storm mitigation project.  The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Coronado Civic Center, 223 Flagler Avenue.

      The Central Beach area encompasses the area south of Flagler Avenue bounded by Atlantic Avenue on the east, Second Avenue on the south, and the Indian River on the west, according to Kyle Fegley, New Smyrna Beach city engineer. 

      City of New Smyrna Beach staff and consultants will present plans and a project schedule including status and completion dates on this three-year project.  The project currently is in its tenth month.

      Residents may be inconvenienced at times during the remaining two-years of the project as underground stormwater systems are installed, Fegley added. Inconveniences may include road closures and detours. However, when completed, heavy rainfall no longer will flood the neighborhoods.

      The Central Beach Flood Mitigation Project is the result of flooding during a November, 2001 tropical storm. The area received 12 inches of rainfall in 36 hours, Fegley said.

The estimated total cost to date of this final phase of the project is $7.4 million. Nearly $5 million of the cost will be covered by a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant from the Department of Community Affairs, which includes a 25-percent match from the City. The remainder will be funded by the City’s stormwater mitigation fund, Fegley said.

For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Public Works Department at 386-424-2168, email Fegley at kfegley@cityofnsb.com or log on to http://www.cityofnsb.com/centralbeach .


Brannon Civic Center Ground Breaking

June 24, 2015 – 3:PM


Edgewater July 4th Fireworks Schedule

5:00 PM: Live Music, Vendors Menard-May Park      

Dusk:      Fireworks display George R. Kennedy Park

Summer has arrived! Edgewater is preparing for its Annual 4th of July Event. The City and the Edgewater Professional Firefighters have teamed up to create a fun filled day for the community and visitors.

There is plenty of room for vendors at the event. There will be no fee for vendors. Food, beverage and entertainment vendors are welcome. Each vendor will be responsible to provide their own power, if needed. Vendors are encouraged, if possible, to have an activity or game for children.

There will be live entertainment, food and various vendors at Menard-May Park and George R. Kennedy Park beginning at 5:00 PM. The day will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show by Zambelli Fireworks that is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

Mark Saturday, July 4th on your calendar and come spend it with your family, friends and neighbors in Edgewater!!

For more event information or to inquire about vendor space, please call 424-2400, extension 2200.

Edgewater Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 4575  is coordinating  their Annual Golf Tournament to help cover the cost of the Fireworks display. The Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 20th at Hidden Lakes Golf Course. There are still plenty of spots for teams. The support of local businesses has been key to the success of the tournament thus allowing the show to go on each year. Please call 386-366-0065 for more information regarding sponsorship or sign up to play.


Survey – What Do You Want in Whistle Stop Park?

Your feedback is important. The City of Edgewater is conducting a survey with Edgewater citizens, to help determine the renovations and improvements you would like to see at Whistle Stop Park located at 651 Roberts Road, Edgewater. The existing tennis, racquetball and basketball courts will be included as part of the improvements. For additional improvements you would like to be considered please select your top 5 choices (ranked 1 as high to 5 as low) from the list in the survey questions.
Click Here to take the survey
Deadline is June 30, 2015


Summer Concert Series begins June 25; moves to Old Fort Park

            The popular Summer Concert Series returns to the NSB Waterfront LOOP June 25 – July 30. Performances are free and in Old Fort Park, New Smyrna Beach.

            Concerts are from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. The lineup includes:

·         June 25: Amy Alysia (R&B/jazz)

·         July 2: JAM-Jeremy and Andrea Mix (acoustical)

·         July 9: Gina and Mary Cuchetti (acoustical soul/jazz)

·         July 16: Magda Hiller (acoustical)

·         July 23: Brad Yates and Gary Hallenbeck (seaside soul)

·         July 30: Ronnie Rogers Band (Soul/R&B/Motown) 

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Old Fort Park is on the corner of Sams Avenue and Julia Street. Due to construction of the new Brannon Civic Center and playground in Riverside Park, concerts are being held at this temporary, outdoor venue, according to Kimla Shelton, New Smyrna Beach program coordinator. During inclement weather, concerts will be rescheduled.

The series is hosted by the City of New Smyrna Beach.  For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Events Department at 386.424.2175.

The NSB Waterfront Loop is an initiative by the New Smyrna Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to promote waterfront, historical and commercial core areas of the City. The Loop includes Canal Street, the North Causeway, Flagler Avenue, Third Avenue and parts of the Historic Westside Community.


New Smyrna Beach Wine Walk set for June 27th on Flagler Avenue

The Flagler Avenue Hospitality Group’s monthly Wine Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 27th 2015 on Flagler Avenue beachside in New Smyrna Beach.

The wine tasting portion runs from 1pm to 7pm and offers a progressive wine tasting along the Avenue where participants can taste 20 of the more than 100 showcased wines. Participants purchase “passports” for $25 which includes a keepsake wine glass. The passports list all of the host locations in geographic order from the ocean to the river and what wines they are featuring. Winery representatives will be on hand at several of the locations. Each host site will also offer a Wine Walk Shop selling the featured wines by the bottle, half case and full case. Participating restaurant locations also offer Wine Walk specials for dinner starting at 6pm.

Participating Wine Walk host locations include Toni and Joe’s Patio, Flagler Tavern, Peanuts Restaurant and Sports Bar, OM Bar & Chill Lounge, Traders’ Sports Pub, Galleria di Vetro, Manzano’s Beachside Deli, Gyftz, Clancy’s Cantina, That’s Amore, Café Heavenly, and Ta Da Gallery.

Happening simultaneously to Wine Walk is the Gallery Group’s Art Walk, which also takes place on Flagler Avenue but from 10am to 5pm. Art Walk offers artists showcasing and selling their creations, a register-to-win art drawing, and gallery guest artist demonstrations. The Flagler Avenue Gallery Group represents the Avenue’s galleries and includes Galleria di Vetro, Jewelry of Joy, Palms Up Pottery and Ta Da Gallery.

Wine Walk is designed to attract a broader audience target audience to New Smyrna Beach and better position the destination, and Flagler Avenue in particular, as the region’s premier fine art and craft destination. Flagler Avenue is located beachside in New Smyrna Beach off the North Causeway Bridge.

In addition to the Flagler Avenue Hospitality Group, Wine Walk is presented by Politis and Matovina – The Justice Attorneys and sponsored by Riverside Clinical Research, Ducer Photography, Exit Realty New Smyrna Beach – Property Solutions, Paradise Power Sport of New Smynra Beach, and New Smyrna Chevy. Also sponsored by The Southern Stone Event Group, HOG 95.7 Classic Rock, VIBE 103.3 Hit Music, LOV 99.5 Soft Hits, Coast Country 93.1 and News Talk 1150.

For event information and special weekend accommodations, call the New Smyrna Beach Visitor’s Center at 1-386-428-1600 or go to PartyOnFlagler.com.


NSB Reggae and Island Music Festival set for June 19th – 21st

No need to set sail for the Caribbean because New Smyrna Beach is bringing the islands to you, from Surf Rock, Island Music, Ska, and of course, classic Reggae! New Smyrna Beach is embracing that island spirit at the Reggae and Island Music Festival set for Friday June 19th through Sunday June 21st. Multiple acts are set throughout New Smyrna Beach’s Flagler Avenue.

This three-day musical weekend celebrates one of America’s most popular music genres and the weekend includes multiple band meet and greets and plenty of free giveaways. And best yet – every performance is free – no cover charge – though some locations due have a minimum age admission of 21 years.

The complete music festival schedule is located at BeachWeeks.com or by texting REGGAE to 40691 to receive the line-up to your smart phone.

The New Smyrna Beach Reggae and Island Music Festival is part of Spring Beach Weeks in the New Smyrna Beach area – 50 days of festivals in eight weeks from May 5th through July 5th. For more festival information and special Beach Weeks/Reggae and Island Music Festival accommodations, call the New Smyrna Beach Visitors Center at 1-800-541-9621 or visit www.beachweeks.com.


Sail Camp begins June 8; registration open

Skipper wannabes may learn to tack and jib at the annual summer Sail Camp hosted by the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department. Weeklong sessions are offered from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., June 8-12 and June 22-26, at the Smyrna Yacht Club, 1201 S. Riverside Drive.

Yacht Club members will teach students age 12 – 20 to sail without assistance.  Lessons include hands on training on the water, terminology, sailing techniques, wind, currents, safety precautions and more.

The cost to participate is $150 for New Smyrna Beach residents and $155 for non-residents.

Class size is limited to 13 students.  All students must bring their lunch, drinks, sunscreen, sunglasses, sneakers or boat shoes and swimwear. Each student also must have a type 3 life jacket and training manual. Manuals are $25.

Students may register online at www.nsbpnr.com or at the Recreation Department, 1000 Live Oak Street.

For more information, please call (386) 424-2175.


NSB to open first universally accessible playground May 2

            When the City’s first universally accessible playground opens this Saturday, it will offer freedom to children who may not be able to play at other playgrounds.  New Smyrna Beach officials will celebrate the opening of the new playground at Rocco Park from 10-11:30 a.m., May 2.  Activities for kids will follow ribbon cutting ceremony.

            Children and adults are encouraged to attend the celebration.

            “A lot of the skills adults use in everyday life are developed on playgrounds,” said New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway.  “This new playground welcomes children of all abilities to play and interact with others in an atmosphere where differences can be learned from and valued.”

            Rocco Park is not a new facility. The former playground equipment was 17 years old and not ADA compliant, according to Faith Miller, New Smyrna Beach maintenance operations manager.

            The new playground provides users access from the car to the apparatus. New sidewalks from the parking area connect to a ramp. Slides, interactive panels, bubble panels, a shade canopy and more offer comfort and opportunities for play and exploration, Miller said.  The playground is designed for youth age 5-12 and can accommodate as many as 75 children at a time. 

            Two handicapped parking spaces have been added to the parking lot.  Additional improvements include new mulch and a bi-level water fountain. Bathrooms were repaired and the swing set and pavilion were painted, Miller added.

A universally accessible playground is more comprehensive than an accessible playground, according to the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University. The term accessible applies to a facility that complies with the minimum accessibility standards set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act or in other designs to meet the needs of the functional limitations of people with disabilities and “aims at minimum requirements to achieve usability.” Universal designs are to be “usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.”

The cost of the project was nearly $59,000 and was funded by an $18,800 grant from the vendor, GameTime. The remainder was paid from the City’s general fund


Surf Camp June 1 – August 21; Registration open

Youth may learn the basics of surfing and competition at the 29th annual NSB Recreation Surf Camp. One-week sessions run June 1 – August 21, at North Beach Park, at the corner of Sapphire Road and N. Atlantic Avenue, New Smyrna Beach.

            Sessions cover general ocean safety and the basics of currents, tides and run-outs.  All surfers must be able to swim. Camps will be held:

  • June 1-5
  • June 8-12
  • June 15-19
  • June 22-26
  • June 29-July 3
  • July 6 – July 10
  • July 13-17
  • July 20-24
  • July 27-31
  • August 3-7
  • August 10-14
  • August 17-21

             Classes run from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. for ages 5 – 7 and 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for ages 8 and older. The cost of a weekly session is $195 for New Smyrna Beach residents and $200 for non-residents.

            Surfari Surf Sessions are offered for experienced surfers from 1 – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. Weekly sessions are limited to 12 surfers. The cost is $205 for residents and $210 for non-residents.

            For more information, please call the New Smyrna Beach Recreation and Special Events Department at (386) 424-2175.


May happenings in the NSB Waterfront LOOP

Rhonda Patrick in concert
Acoustic guitarist Rhonda Patrick will play pop rock and standards during a free concert from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 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.

 1st Saturday Art Stroll/Gallery Walk May 2
Stroll the Canal Street Historic District Saturday, May 2, 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 at www.canalstreetnsb.com or call Lola Duckworth at 386.690.8666.

 Canal Street Cruise May 9
The Canal Street Cruise will be from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, May 9, 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.

 ‘Island Education’ on turtle hatchlings May 20
The New Smyrna Beach Island Education series continues May 20 with Hatchlings Head for the Ocean: Keeping dark beaches.  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 386.424.2175 or log on to www.cityofnsb.com/island-education.

 ‘Island Education’ on native plants and coastal systems May 27
The New Smyrna Beach Island Education series continues May 27 with a class on native plants and coastal systems. 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 386.424.2175 or log on to www.cityofnsb.com/island-education.

 5th Friday Food Trucks May 29
Grab your appetite and head to Canal Street Friday, May 29, for the 5th Friday Food Trucks in the historic district. From 4-9 p.m., gourmet food trucks will serve along the street. For more information, please call 386.424.2175.


Greg Anglin selected as next NSB fire chief

            A Florida native has been selected as New Smyrna Beach’s next fire chief.  The City Commission is expected to confirm Greg Anglin to lead the department at its regular meeting, Tuesday, April 28, in City Hall Commission Chambers, 210 Sams Avenue.

“We received 42 applications from around the country including many very strong candidates,” said New Smyrna Beach City Manager Pam Brangaccio. “The interview panel and I feel Chief Anglin has the expertise and leadership skills to fit well internally with the department and in our community.”

            Anglin has more than 28 years of experience in fire and emergency medical services (EMS).  A native of Melbourne, he is very familiar with Florida’s east coast. Currently he is a district fire chief for the City of Cocoa. Anglin also served 22 years with the City of Melbourne’s fire department. He has been a U.S. Air Force reservist for 29 years, is an adjunct instructor at Eastern Florida State College in the Fire Science Technology program, and has worked oversees for two private contractors training United States armed forces in Afghanistan.

            “I am humbled to be selected for this prestigious position,” Anglin said. “I’m looking forward to serving the internal and external customers of New Smyrna Beach and am honored to have the opportunity to work in such a unique community.”

            Anglin, 53, has earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in public administration from the University of Central Florida and an associate’s degree in fire science from Brevard Community College. Recently he was awarded the Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.  It ia a highly competitive credential that assures departments that their leaders have the educational and technical competencies needed to meet the demands of today’s society, according to the organization’s website.  Anglin also has earned certification as an Executive Fire Officer from the National Fire Academy.

            Chief Anglin will earn $90,000 annually. He will take the reins of the fire department May 18.


New Smyrna Beach Cinco De Mayo Celebration – Tuesday, May 5

The 8th Annual New Smyrna Beach Cinco De Mayo Celebration and Tequila Tasting will take place on Flagler Avenue Tuesday, May 5 starting at 2pm until late on Flagler Avenue Beachside off the North Causeway from US 1/Ridgewood. The progressive festival includes multiple stops, live bands, and Mexican food and drink specials.

 The Tequila Tasting runs from 5pm to 9pm and features three flight levels of six award-winning tequilas. Participants receive a keep-sake sombrero as supplies last. Tequila tasting stops include Flagler Tavern, Peanuts Restaurant and Sports Bar, Om Bar & Chill Lounge, Trader’s Pub, Barracudas, and Clancy’s Cantina.

 Entertainment and activity locations include Atlantis Bistro, Barracuda’s, Breakers, Café Heavenly, Clancy’s Cantina, Famous Philly’s, Flagler Tavern, Gnarly Surf Bar, Manzano’s Fine Foods, OM Bar & Chill Lounge, Peanut’s Sports Bar, That’s Amore, Tayton O’Brians, Toni and Joe’s Patio, and Trader’s Sports Pub.

Parking is plentiful throughout the Flagler Avenue arts-entertainment-shopping district on pocket parking lots, side streets and lots behind many of the businesses.

The New Smyrna Beach Cinco De Mayo Celebration is hosted by the Flagler Avenue Hospitality Group and the Flagler Merchants Association, and is sponsored by Image Today and the Southern Stone Event Group. The festival is one of a series held each year on Flagler Avenue including the New Smyrna Beach Food Festival, Shrimp and Seafood, Shamrock and Roll, and Fat Tuesday on Flagler.

 For more event information and Cinco De Mayo accommodation specials, call 1-386-428-1600 or go to partyonflagler.com. 


News release: ‘Babe’ James Community Center ceremony/open house April 29

Alonzo ‘Babe’ James Community Center ribbon cutting ceremony/open house April 29, New Smyrna Beach

          City of New Smyrna Beach and Volusia County Government officials will join local citizens Wednesday, April 29, to celebrate the reopening of the Alonzo ‘Babe’ James Community Center. The ceremony and open house will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Center at 201 N. Myrtle Ave., New Smyrna Beach.

            “The ‘Babe’ James Community Center plays an important role for the Historic Westside Community and the City as a whole,” said New Smyrna Beach Mayor James Hathaway. “This expansion will help us to host larger groups and better accommodate community service programs for our youth and seniors.”

            Hathaway will emcee the program, which will include the ribbon cutting and performances by New Smyrna Beach Police Athletic League youth. Tours and refreshments will follow.

            The long-anticipated expansion of the Babe James Community Center adds 1,646 square feet of space to create banquet seating for 250 people and a more secure entry, according to Tony Otte, community redevelopment/economic development director.

“This expansion will assist in the economic development of the area by providing more space to cater larger events and conferences,” Otte said.

The cost of the Babe James Center expansion project was nearly $861,000 including design, permitting, construction and portable housing for programs during construction. The cost was funded jointly by the City and the County of Volusia through the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency. Construction began in August 2014.

The public is encouraged to attend. For more information, please call 386.314.4849.