Also in City Watch: Volusia and Flagler counties are working on an interlocal agreement for shared border.
A section of West Granada Boulevard at the railroad crossing will be closed for four days, starting 6 a.m. Saturday, April 10 until 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 14.
Local traffic only will be permitted on West Granada Boulevard from Nova Road east until the railroad crossing, and, from the U.S. 1 intersection west until the railroad crossing. This closure is meant to allow Florida East Coast Railway to perform repairs and signal improvements to the railroad crossing. The City Commission approved a reimbursement agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation and FEC at its meeting on Tuesday, April 6. The agreement specified that FDOT would be financially responsible for the signal improvements, according to the agenda item. Once the project is complete, the city and FEC will be responsible for the crossing.
Access to businesses in the affected corridor will be maintained, but all through traffic will need to detour using Nova Road and U.S. 1.
Dessert shop coming soon to downtown?
A $50,000 building improvement grant extension for Hejaha LLC, the property of 100 West Granada Boulevard was granted a one year extension by the City Commission.
The property was originally designated to become the new Pumphouse barbecue restaurant, but the property owner — local developer Bill Jones — decided to move the restaurant to the former dry cleaner site at 124 W. Granada Blvd. He hopes to open an ice cream or dessert shop at 100 W. Granada Blvd. instead.
Volusia and Flagler counties are working on an interlocal planning agreement for the 40-mile border along the northern boundary of Volusia and the southern boundary of Flagler, a process that is expected to take nine months to realize, a press release states.
The agreement would apply to unincorporated property within three miles on either side of the shared border.
More charges for former pastor
A former pastor and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University professor faces 13 more child pornography charges, according to Daytona Beach Police.
John Griffin, a former elder at Riverbend Community Church, was arrested in January on 30 counts of child pornography.