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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 

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.

City of New Smyrna Beach – Proclamation – “ADELE ALETTI DAY”

WHEREAS, our nation struggles to build friendships among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds serve to cement our community and those communities that surround us; and,
WHEREAS, for most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family. In recognition of the importance of fostering compassion and respect in ourselves for our neighbors; and,
WHEREAS, Adele Aletti has distinguished herself in our community for many years. This commitment to the community, specifically the beachside business community has been made evident through her devoted service to many civic organizations, which include the Flagler Merchants Association, the Kiwanis of New Smyrna Beach, the New Smyrna Beach Main Street Association, the New Smyrna Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Design Review Board, as well as many local charity organizations. This dedication resulted in Adele being named the 2008 Florida Retailer of the Year for Leadership, by the Florida Retail Federation; and,
WHEREAS, the City of New Smyrna Beach wishes to recognize and celebrate the professional career of Adele Aletti, on the occasion of her retirement, as well as for actions that have clearly embodied those impeccable qualities that have clearly set her apart from her contemporaries and reflect greatly upon her.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jim Hathaway, Mayor of the City of New Smyrna Beach, do hereby proc-laim Wednesday, April 22, 2015 as,
in the City of New Smyrna Beach, and call upon all citizens to join the City Commission in saluting and honoring Adele Aletti for her many accomplishments and expressions of good will within our community.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 14th day of April, 2015.

Photo Gallery – SE Volusia Chamber 5K Run/Walk & Health Fair

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SE-Volusia-Chamber-5K-Run-Walk-Health-Fair-TNThe Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce 5K run through the Canal Street Historic District and along Riverside Drive in New Smyrna Beach, FL.



Children may get an early start on their annual search for eggs Saturday, April 4. An Easter egg hunt will begin at noon in Old Fort Park, 210 Sams Ave., New Smyrna Beach. The hunt will be divided into four age groups: 2-3, 4-5, 6-9, 10-12. The event is free. Children should bring a basket. Free hot dogs, drinks and activities also will be offered. The event is hosted by the City of New Smyrna Beach, the Canal Street Special Events Team, and the New Smyrna Lodge No. 149 Free and Accepted Masons of Florida. For more information, please call the City’s Recreation Department at 386.424.2175

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Photo Gallery – Carmike Cinemas 12-screen theater ribbon cutting

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2015 Balloon & Sky Fest Biggest Ever – April 17-19, 2015

NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The seventh annual New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest April 17-19 at the Municipal Airport, will be bigger, better, more exciting, and feature more to do and enjoy than ever before. Two nights and twodays of all the family fun you can handle.

 NEW for 2015 – Live in concert Saturday night under the stars – Country Music Star Aaron Tippin. Run the Airport 5K Run / Walk on the airport runways and taxiways Sunday morning.

 FOUR Airshows – Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 1:00. There will be aerobatics, parachutes, a thrilling wing walker, the debut of the tri-engine 300 MPH Jet Semi, and performances by everyone’s favorite helicopter – OTTO.

 Hot-air Balloons – Dozens of balloons, with dazzling balloon glows Friday and Saturday evenings and balloon flights at dawn Saturday and Sunday.

 Veterans – Veterans are admitted free of charge, and are welcomed and honored by volunteers. Plus, there are special veterans’ recognition ceremonies during the afternoon air shows.

 Sounds of Sky Fest – In addition to Aaron Tippin, there will be lots of music all weekend. Country, Bluegrass, Rock ‘n’ Roll – you name it.

 Inspiration Village – A unique venue that will feature everything from radio-controlled aircraft and a NASA exhibit to a real helicopter, a robotics competition and much more.

 Animal Encounter – Horseback demonstrations are held several times each day. And you can visit lots of animals up close – everything from farm animals to marine life.

 Display Aircraft – A World War II B-17 bomber offering rides and on-board tours. A beautifully restored DC-3 that flies on international mission trips. And many more warbirds and modern training aircraft.

 Rides – Available in three types of helicopters, single-engine airplanes and a WWII B-17.

 Vendors – Vendor Row has everything you could want. Eat, shop, look and listen.

 Carnival – No matter what age you are, the carnival has something for you. It’s great during the day, and even better at night. $25 wrist bands available for Friday.

 Hours – Friday 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sunday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm Come out and enjoy all that the 2015 New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest has to offer. Admission is only $10 for adults. Children under 12 get in free and so do all veterans with ID. And parking is free!

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

Downtown Daytona Nights set for Friday, April 10th

Downtown Daytona Nights returns to Beach Street Friday, April 10th for the biggest summer block party on the Fun Coast. The free street festival runs 5pm until 9pm on the 100 block of N. Beach Street and features live music from Baby Punch Face and Big Rick and the Troublemakers, as well as food courts, arts and craft vendors, kid’s craft stations, face-painting, and plenty of giveaways.
This family-friendly block party offers friends and co-workers a place to gather after work and the opportunity to experience the restaurants and retail shops in the downtown district. Streets will be closed during the event and parking is plentiful in the downtown area, behind the stores and on side streets.


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

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.

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.