Volusia County Chair, Ed Kelly, gave his annual State of the County Address on Tuesday at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. In his address, Mr. Kelly stated that “Volusia County is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Central Florida corridor.”
According to an article in the Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20170418/state-of-volusia-county-a-force-to-be-reckoned-with-chair-says), some of the recent achievements highlighted in the address were Volusia County’s commitments of 1.5 million dollars to the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Research Park, a planned 17-acre complex that will house the John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex, or Micaplex, as well as an advanced aerodynamics laboratory and the largest wind tunnel in the Southeastern US, hangar space with a direct taxiway to the Daytona Beach International Airport, and the Eagle Flight Research Center which will focus on experimental flight testing and development of unmanned aerial systems. The Research Park, once completed, promises to bring new high-tech and manufacturing jobs to Daytona Beach.
Volusia County has also committed 3.5 million dollars to Hope Place, a new live-in family center to serve homeless families and their children. Hope Place, in conjunction with Halifax Urban Ministries, will open in the former Hurst Elementary School facility. According to the Halifax Urban Ministries website (www.halifaxurbanministries.org/hope-place), there are approximately 2,300 homeless students in the Volusia County School System that could be helped by the Hope Place project. Hope Place will offer 26 emergency housing rooms and 9 transitional efficiency units that will provide housing for up to 140 residents. Hope Place will also offer residents classes on budgeting, parenting & skills, and educational/tutoring services for children.
Mr. Kelly also highlighted the new daily Jet Blue flights to and from Daytona Beach International Airport that began on January 7, 2017, the successful preparation and recovery efforts for Hurricane Matthew, the Orange Avenue bridge construction and Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, and the New Smyrna Turnbull Bay Bridge rebuild.
The county does, however, have some challenges to overcome. Beach driving advocates plan to vigorously oppose the new plans for the old Desert Inn conversion to a Hard Rock Hotel, and there remains an unresolved land-use dispute in Daytona Beach Shores over whether empty lots should be converted to parking areas, parks, or developed into hotel complexes.
Despite these challenges, Volusia County continues to grow, attracting new residents and industries. The Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach area was recently listed by Forbes as the 4th fastest growing cities in the United States, and Coastal Living Magazine recently listed these same Volusia County cities as the third hottest real estate markets. in the country. If you have been considering a move to the Volusia County area, or are thinking about selling your Daytona Beach Area home, call Oceans Luxury Realty at 386-236-3700 or visit our website at www.oceansluxuryrealty.com! A member of our expert sales team will be happy to help you!