With rent prices going through the roof, more and more people are looking to get into home ownership. And many of them, particularly first-timers, need help – just the kind of help Volusia County can provide.
Animals are full of furry fun and playfulness. However, one thing they don’t have is a voice – a voice to tell others when they’re being abused, mistreated or neglected. Fortunately, animals have Alicia Dease.
Soon, the county will have a new tool in its ongoing efforts to manage the 47-mile linear park and playground that hugs Volusia’s ocean shoreline. Volusia County’s beaches are undergoing a highly detailed and complex topographical survey as a critical first step to mapping the ebb and flow of sand on the barrier island that makes up Volusia’s eastern coast.
Enacted by the Volusia County Council in June 2008, the program’s initial focus centered primarily on reducing waste and promoting conservation and efficiency in the operations of county government. While that remains an ongoing focus, Green Volusia’s emphasis has grown and expanded to incorporate a holistic approach to the entire spectrum of healthy communities – healthy citizens, healthy ecosystems, a healthy economy and a reduction of the man-made impacts on our natural resources.
It was a lifeline and a ray of desperately needed hope during a time of financial calamity – a time when for many, jobs and homes were being lost to the Great Recession and hope was in short supply. But the help in the form of a massive housing and economic recovery program came with a lot of questions and even more skepticism. Would it work? Could Volusia County pull it off? And was it even a proper role for local government to get into the real estate market?