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Volusia Forever Advisory Committee

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Mary Anne Connors
Steve Crump
Gerald Fieser
John Gamble
Jessica Gow

Derek LaMontagne
Derrick Orberg
Suzanne Scheiber
Wanda Van Dam

County Staff

Clay Ervin, Growth and Resource Management Director
Ginger Adair, Environmental Management Director
Tim Baylie, Parks, Recreation, and Culture Director
Sarah Presley, Growth and Resource Management Administrative Aide

Emails can be sent to to contact the committee or staff regarding this committee.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

The committee will be meeting Monday, April 19, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. in the County Council Chambers located on the second floor of the Thomas Kelly Administration Building, 123 West Indiana Avenue, DeLand. The public may attend in person or virtually through GoToWebinar.

Listening Sessions 

There are three options for providing comments and/or recommendations to the committee for consideration. There will be a comment card posted to this website by April 21, 2021, along with a short presentation by staff. These comment cards will be accepted until May 21, 2021. The committee will also host live listening sessions, schedule posted below, that can be attended in person or virtually. There will be limited capsity at each meeting and masks will be required. Please contact Sarah Presley at (386) 822-5013 extension 12775 or if you have any questions.




April 21, 2021


Attend virtually through GoToWebinar 

Thomas Kelly Administration Building, 123 West Indiana Avenue, County Council Chambers, Second Floor, DeLand 

April 28, 2021


Attend virtually through GoToWebinar

Brannon Center, 105 South Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach 

May 5, 2021


Attend virtually through GoToWebinar

Beach Safety Headquarters, 515 South Atlantic Avenue, Conference Room, Second Floor, Daytona Beach

May 12, 2021 


Attend virtually through GoToWebinar

City of Ormond Beach, 22 Beach Street, City Commission Chambers, Ormond Beach

May 19, 2021


Attend virtually through GoToWebinar

Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave, Auditorium, Deltona

Why is a Volusia Forever Advisory Committee needed?

Resolution 2020-80 sets policies, procedures and acquisition goals for the Volusia Forever program and requires the creation of an advisory oversight committee to conduct an ongoing review of all projects under consideration and make recommendations to the County Council, and a continued need for a citizens advisory committee to provide recommendations and advice to the Volusia County Council regarding implementation of the Volusia Forever program.

Purpose of the Committee

  • Oversee the review of proposed acquisitions and make recommendations to the county council
  • Review applications to ensure requests meet the objectives, criteria, procedures and guidelines of the program
  • Periodically review program procedures, guidelines established by the council
  • Oversee the review of proposed acquisitions and improvements for consistency with intent and goals
  • Assess program priorities and recommend ranking of properties
  • Make recommendations regarding participation in federal, state and district grant programs
  • Review and/or assess the land acquisition, water resource protection, and outdoor recreation needs of the county and make recommendations on how Volusia Forever can address them
  • Recommend further evaluations of properties through resource assessments

History of Volusia Forever

  • Originally approved by voters in 2000
  • Funded by taxes collected from annual levy of additional ad valorem tax not exceeding 1/5 mill for 20 years and proceeds of Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds
  • County objective was to match funds awarded under Florida Forever or similar federal programs
  • Projects are limited to restoration, conservation or preservation of environmentally sensitive lands and water areas and for providing public use opportunities
  • Through Volusia Forever, more than 38,000 acres have been acquired through purchase and conservation easements
  • Volusia Forever has won several national awards and has been used as a model for other government acquisition programs
  • A portion of Volusia Forever Funds are set aside for management of the purchased properties

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