Rezone 874 Hull Road
I urge Volusia County to downgrade the zoning for parcel at 874 Hull Road, AKA the Belvedere Fuel Terminal parcel. The zoning back in 2006 was likely done without any intention of a hazard materials storage facility, particularly with existing residential communities so close. Now we are dealing with the unexpected consequences of that decision.
I believe it is time to halt new construction temporarily until the "dust settles" so to speak. We need to evaluate the impact of recent, current and ongoing development on road conditions, environment, traffic and public safety as well as the impact on Ormond Beach infrastructure providing utilities for more annexed land. Ormond Beach residents should not be forced to bear the brunt of these negative repercussions.
This area cannot handle anymore development as all the land displacement is causing more flooding, including areas that typically did not flood, as well as extending the period of time needed for water to recede. Grounds are saturated (even from light rains)! I have traveled the Ormond Loop daily some 45/50 years ago (from Ormond-by-the-Sea to U.S. 1) and have never seen the more frequent and extensive prolonged flooding as seen now with grounds along the roadside constantly full of water.
I urge the County Council to fully engage in protecting all of Volusia County from unexpected consequences of over-development that will impact current and future generations at a cost far greater than today's gain. I further urge the County Council to protect the environment, health and safety of your residents as required by the Home Rule Charter governing Volusia County (not be intimidated by the antiquated Bert J. Harris Act):
1. Sec. 202.2. - Security of citizens' property rights
2. Sec. 202.4. - Minimum standards for environmental protection
This an opportunity for the city of Ormond Beach and Volusia County to stand together to defend public health, safety, and welfare of their citizens throughout Volusia County.
Giving thanks to city employees
At this time of year as we reflect and give thanks for our blessings, we should recognize the multitude of city staff members and diligent workers who make this community such a special place in which to live.
They are the vital employees of the city of Ormond Beach. They provide not only the services we need but also enhance our quality of life. People like City Manager Joyce Shanahan, Public Works Director Shawn Finley, Planning Director Steven Spraker, Police Chief Jesse Godfrey and Fire Chief Howard Bailey. And while great credit goes to them and to our other leaders, it is the hundreds of staff, service members and workers who deserve acclaim and recognition as well for all that they do seamlessly behind the scenes to run Ormond Beach so well.
The next time you have the opportunity, express your appreciation to our public workers whose efforts help to make our city the wonderful place that it is.
Jerry A. Valcik