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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020 1 month ago

New Ormond Beach Elementary parking lot signage out, but city considering sidewalk to Granada

Also in City Watch: Ormond Beach continues clarifying OBTS residents will not need to annex to hook up to city utilities.
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

While the Ormond Beach Elementary parking lot — which is also a public city lot during after school hours — won’t be getting new signage anytime soon, the city will be exploring how to make it more accessible from West Granada Boulevard.

The Ormond Beach City Commission turned down a $22,000 project to add signs around the school lot located at 101 Corbin Ave. in the downtown at its meeting on Tuesday, March 3. The signs were meant to advise public parking is available during non-school hours. According to item memorandum in the commission agenda, School Board staff and the OBE principal  expressed concerns of having people using the parking lot during school hours. School Board staff  suggested allowing workers of surrounding businesses to park in designated spaces. Businesses would have to  register with the school to receive authorization, the memo states.

Instead of adding signage, (the project would have used the Birthplace of Speed signs like the historical markers around town) City Commissioner Dwight Selby proposed using the funds to look into adding an access point into the lot from the Granada sidewalk.

“If there was a sidewalk that would run you straight down to Granada, that would dramatically improve the utilization of this parking lot after school hours,” Selby said.

Other factors contributing to the three-sign project’s demise included the high cost as well as the commission’s belief that people know they can park there already. 

Mayor Bill Partington said he’d rather let Ormond MainStreet continue working with businesses for permanent parking in the downtown, and that the city could make cheaper signs (like the blue street signs indicating where is city hall) in the future.

Beachside hotel patterns OK’d

Chateau Mar Beach Resort, located at 507 S. Atlantic Ave., was approved to move forward with its painting project, which will decorate the building, parking lot wall and seawall with a geometric pattern. 

This is part of the resort’s renovation of the building. Some of the commissioners said the design was “busy” but that it was a matter of personal taste and property rights. The  request was approved unanimously.

Itinerant vending request approved

The commission also unanimously approved a special exception request by KEGJ Holdings LLC to allow up to 12 itinerant vendors and two food trucks at the property at 1170 N. U.S. 1 during special events.

The property owner will be able to operate during Bike Week, Biketoberfest and Speed Weeks.

City clarifies OBTS annexation

The City Commission passed a land development code amendment stating that residents in Ormond-by-the-Sea will not need to annex to connect to city utilities. The commission also passed a Code of Ordinances amendment for this same purpose. 

This was a result of OBTS residents’ concern that they would be annexed into the city if a septic to sewer conversion took place in the future.

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