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Ormond Beach Observer Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 4 months ago

Realtors donate van to center for the blind

Also: Ormond Breach ranked in affordable beach town list
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Real estate brokers Bill Navarra and Buzzy Porter, principals at Realty Pros Assured, recently donated a passenger van to Conklin Center for the Blind, of Daytona Beach, according to a press release from the center. The Realtors worked out a deal with Steve McDonald, general manager of Fields BMW, to procure a van at dealer cost, which Navarra and Porter covered.

“Bill and I and several of our real estate agents attended the Conklin Center’s Shining the Light Gala in November and learned a great deal about the organization’s incredible work,” said Porter. “Clearly, the Conklin Center is changing lives. Bill and I were drawn to the organization and compelled to get involved.”

The Conklin Center uses three vehicles to shuttle students to medical appointments, Publix Supermarkets and more. The van donation came as the center had circulated a call for donations to replace its vehicles, so the other two aging vehicles need to be replaced, the release stated.


Ormond Beach ranked in beach town list


Ormond Beach ranked 17 and Daytona Beach ranked 11 in a ranking of 219 most affordable beach towns in the U.S. SmartAsset considered four metrics: median home value, average number of rooms per house, median property taxes paid and monthly housing costs, according to a press release. See the report at


Thunderbirds tour pediatric unit


Lt. Col. Dr. Noel Colls, flight surgeon, talks to Alexander Arnold, 6, of Bunnell during a visit by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to the AdventHealth Daytona Beach pediatric unit. Courtesy photo

In town to perform a stadium flyover during the Daytona 500, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds visited patients at AdventHealth Daytona Beach on Feb. 14.

The Thunderbirds first visited the hospital’s 10-bed inpatient pediatric unit, where patient Alexander Arnold, 6, of Bunnell, said he planned to sit by the window to watch the Thunderbirds practice for the flyover. The squadron also visited the pediatric ER, Level II neonatal intensive care unit and the inpatient rehabilitation center.


Browns honored by Future Foundation


FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools will honor civic leaders Bob and Sherri Lloyd at its annual Caribbean Party fundraiser at 6 p.m., March 28, at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach.

Bob and Sherri Lloyd have a long history of service to educational and civic endeavors in Volusia County, according to a press release.  Lloyd is executive vice president, secretary and general counsel of Brown and Brown.

Sponsorships and tickets may be purchased at until March 11. Contact FUTURES Executive Director Cynthia Ramirez at 386-255-6475, Ext. 50730.


Frankel Law in top ten


The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has named Frankel Law Firm as one of the 10 Best Family Law Firm for Client Satisfaction in Florida for two years. The institute is a third-party rating organization that publishes an annual list of the top 10 family law attorneys in each state.

Contact Frankel Law Firm at: 386-317-4641.


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