The Ormond Beach Historical Society recently spearheaded a project that replaced an aging interpretive sign at the World War II Watchtower in Ormond-by-the-Sea. The sign had become unreadable in recent years because of the elements.
The historic tower was rebuilt in 2005 by Emmer Corporation, of Gainesville.
Historical Society volunteer Linda Ross contacted the Phillip I. Emmer, chairman of the corporation, and the company agreed to restore the sign with more durable materials.
Emmer acquired the Watchtower when he bought the former campground at 2160 Ocean Shore Blvd. where he planned to build single-family homes and condominiums. The project was never completed.
The tower was one of many along the coast where volunteers watched for German U-Boats during World War II. Emmer received an award from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for restoring the tower at Ormond-by-the-Sea.
Stasia Warren to run for circuit court
Former Volusia County Judge Stasia Warren has filed formal campaign documents to run for circuit judge in the Seventh Circuit in 2016. Warren, who spent 21 years on the county bench, said in a press release that her years of experience can assist in maintaining the high level of leadership within the courts.
“After the 2014 elections with six new Judges and the expected retirement of two more long-serving circuit judges in 2016, I believe it is important to fill this void with experience,” Warren said. “I have been a private practice attorney, six years as a prosecutor and 21 years as a judge, and am committed to serve again with respect to the current changes.”
Warren is the widow of Dan Warren, who was a state attorney and civil rights advocate during the past five decades.