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Ormond Beach Observer Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019 1 year ago

Neighbors fear flooding from rezoning

Also: Window World seeks temporary storage
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

On Sept. 18 and Oct. 1, the City Commission will vote on whether Stor-It Boat and RV Center, 99 Portland St., can expand their planned business development to be able to add 106 boat and RV spaces. The area fronts North U.S. 1 and is zoned Highway Tourist Commercial, which does not allow the storage. The portion of their property that currently has storage was rezoned to a PBD in the past.

The applicant has stated that the planned location is ideal because it is located 400 feet from N. U.S. Highway 1 and behind two office buildings so it will not be visible from the highway. 

The project proposes a stormwater outfall path that includes drainage under U.S. 1. and has been accepted by St. Johns River Water Management District and the Florida Department of Transportation. However, at the August Planning Board meeting , residents across North U.S. 1 fear increased flooding problems.

The area is known for flat topography and stormwater issues.

Speaking from the audience, Thomas Gaynor, of Ormond Lakes, said he was speaking for 600 homeowners and was concerned about the impact of water drainage on the community.

Denise Labardena owns a business across from Stor-it Boat and RV Center and said she has flooding problems now.

“My customers want to get fishing poles for the parking lot,” she said.

Attorney Michael D. Chiumento, representing Stor-it, acknowledged that water is a big issue in the area, but said stormwater will stay on the property except in a 100-year flood event.

The Planning Board recommended approval.


Window World seeks temporary storage

The City Commission will consider a request for a special exception at Window World, 906 N. U.S. 1, to allow outdoor storage of six trailers behind the existing building in one reading on Sept. 18. The B-8 Commercial zone requires a special exception for outdoor storage.

The Window World business occupies the former Kick Start Saloon building, and the property was purchased by current owner Tillman Kids Property LLC in 2017. There is also a nonconforming house on the two-acre property.

Planning Department staff recommended the Special Exception with a sunset of three years, to give the property owner time to come into compliance and find alternate storage. The property has a history of code violations:  completing an office building without a building permit; engaging in business without a business tax receipt; outdoor storage use without applying for a Special Exception; and installing two lighted signs without sign permits. 

The Planning Board recommended approval of the special exception, with the condition that the owner be given 18 months to come into compliance instead of three years.

If the Special Exception is denied by the City Commission, the trailers would need to be removed by Sept. 24 or the property owner would be fined $250 per day.


Ira L. Heller

Holland hires marketing exec


Holland Financial, an Ormond Beach financial firm, has announced the hiring of Ira L. Heller as vice president of marketing. Heller has been a local advertising account executive for more than 30 years.

David Holland, CEO, said he will have more time for meeting with clients and producing content for his books and TV show.


Trauma talks set


Halifax Health will present Trauma Talks 2019, a trauma and emergency medicine conference, on Sept. 13.  It will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Mori Hosseini Hospitality Center at Daytona State College, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

Healthcare professionals are encouraged to attend.  For fee information or to register, visit or call 386-425-4201.


Halifax recognized for IT


IDG’s Computerworld has included Halifax Health in its list of 2019 Best Places to Work in IT. The 100 organizations on the list were recognized for career development opportunities and high employee retention. This is the fifth consecutive year Halifax Health has been on this list.  Visit 



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