Health officials issue mosquito-borne illness advisory for West Nile virus

An increase in the number of sentinel chickens testing positive for the West Nile virus has prompted the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) to issue a health advisory.  No human cases of West Nile virus infection have been confirmed in Volusia County. However, the risk of transmission to humans has increased.  Sentinel chickens are used to detect some mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile virus. The birds…

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What’s Left in the Growth Management Toolbox?

League of Women Voters of Volusia County’s Hot Topic: What’s Left in the Growth Management Toolbox? Rapid growth is happening in cities throughout Volusia County.  Many citizens are wondering, “What if a local government wanted to say ‘No’”?  Can they?  Find out what tools currently remain to govern land use in our cities.  Join us on October 21st for our timely Hot Topic: What’s Left in the Growth Management Toolbox? Our panelists include: Clay Ervin,…

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Proposed residential subdivision located behind University High School

Attention to those interested in the proposed residential subdivision located behind University High School:   The applicant requested a continuance of the Blue Springs Ridge preliminary plat, which means that the item will not be scheduled for City Council on October 22, 2019.  The city will re-advertise the item once a new meeting date has been set.  The applicant anticipates November 12, 2019, but that is not guaranteed at this time. …

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Single Use Plastic Awareness

The Orange City Council recently adopted Resolution 962-19 which encourages Orange City businesses and residents to discontinue the use of plastic drinking straws, plastic stir sticks, similar plastic items and Styrofoam containers to work towards a cleaner and safer environment, river and ocean.    There is no denying the worldwide reliance on disposable/single use plastic products is overwhelming our planet.  Scientists project that by 2050, the oceans will contain more…

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