Murals are coming to Ormond Beach


For those who are tired of looking at blank walls on buildings in downtown Ormond Beach, help is on the way.  The Ormond Beach City Commission has recently approved a mural program, in cooperation with the Ormond Beach Arts District.  Murals may be commissioned by anyone who owns a building in the City’s Downtown Overlay District or a merchant with permission from the building owner.  The district stretches along Granada Boulevard from A1A to Orchard Street and approximately two blocks east and west.

An application package is  available on the City’s website here.

Assistance throughout the process will be provided by the Ormond Beach Arts District Mural Committee.  An artist registry has been established by the Arts District, and applicants can select an artist from that list or propose another artist.  It is important that the artist is a professional muralist, who has completed other such projects in the past.  Once an artist is chosen and a rendering of the proposed mural created, the application packet will be submitted to the City Planning Department, then forwarded to the Mural Committee for review.  The Committee’s recommendation will move the project on to the City Commission for approval.

Judith Stein, President of the Ormond Beach Arts District Board of Directors, noted that murals can bring social, cultural, and economic benefits to an area.  “Other cities with mural programs point to their sense of identity, belonging, attachment, welcoming, and openness.   Who wouldn’t want that for our town, too?”

For more information on the mural program, contact Becky Weedo, Senior Planner, City of Ormond Beach at or Julia Truilo, Executive Director, Ormond Beach MainStreet at

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Halifax Humane Society Grand Opening of Reimagined Facility


Thanks to a successful $3.6 million-dollar Capital Campaign completed in August 2018, the renovation of the main campus facility is completed and ready to service Volusia County residents and animals.

“Thanks to the diligence of the Capital Campaign committee, and the leadership of Capital Campaign Chair Nancy Lohman, the reimagined facility has come to fruition,” said CEO Miguel Abi-hassan. “Construction commenced October 2018 and the final touches are currently in progress. We are very happy with the result and we look forward to having the public attend our reimagined grand opening. The renovation will enhance services for the public with the addition of “Meet your Match” rooms, a newly renovated Education room, and customer areas. The project is the third of two prior phases which included renovated adoption kennels, a dog park and the Culler Boarding/Grooming Center.”

The grand opening will be on June 29, 2019. A program will be presented from 10:30 am to 11:3 0 am. An Open House and Tours will be from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. We are expecting several hundred people to attend this event. Please leave your pets at home due to capacity concerns. Food trucks will be available for those interested in purchasing food and beverages.

Halifax Humane Society is located at 2364 LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32124. Directions- I-95 to LPGA Blvd. exit. Go west on LPGA Blvd. to the first traffic light, Tomoka Farms Road. Go North past Margaritaville to Halifax Humane Society. Parking is limited. Off-site parking will be available at Stonewood Restaurant on LPGA with overflow parking at Cornerstone across from Stonewood. 

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