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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 1 week ago

Ormond Beach to adopt regional resiliency action plan

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

With resiliency and sea-level rise being major topics for many cities across the state, the city of Ormond Beach will be adopting the East Central Florida Regional Resiliency Action Plan in the near future.

The city will also be participating in the agency’s Regional Resiliency Collaborative. The goal of the action plan is to “increase the ability of local and regional stakeholders to implement resiliency and climate adaption strategies across disciplines,” a city memo states, and the collaborative asks that members cooperate on a regional basis, attend an annual summit and engage the community to involve stakeholder representation for policies and recommendations for the action plan. 

“This resiliency is the wave of the future,” said Mayor Bill Partington at the Feb. 4 meeting

He said with the governor recently appointing a state chief resiliency officer, if the city doesn’t get onboard with the initiative, it will likely lose future opportunities for funding.

City Commissioner Rob Littleton worried participation wouldn’t generate many grants, and that it would be more of a “bureaucratic” endeavor. 

Planning Director Steven Spraker said the city can move on from the collaborative if this is the end result. The commission will evaluate a resolution come March 3.

Pocket park makeover?

Thanks to a budding partnership between the Garden Club of Halifax Country and the city of Ormond Beach, a city “pocket park” could soon get an all-native plant makeover.

The club approached city commissioners about the initiative for Vadner Park, a 0.6-acre park at 105 Seminole Ave, which could also be used as an outdoor classroom for Osceola Elementary students. The support was unanimous.

New SONC gym gets funding

The Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities District will provide the city with a grant to construct a new indoor gymnasium at the South Ormond Neighborhood Center. 

The $235,000 grant means the city will use $565,000 from General Fund Reserves for the project.

Group advocates for city tree board

A new nonpolitical grassroots group has been formed, and this one wants a tree board. 

Three speakers came before the City Commission at its Feb. 4 meeting, They believe the Quality of Life Board doesn’t meet the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA standards. The city has been recognized as a Tree City for 28 years. City Commissioner Dwight Selby said he was intrigued by the idea of a tree board.

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