True, authentic Florida has always been known for its vast, rugged and unforgiving terrain, rich Native American influences and history, wildlife that demands respect and a wide berth and gorgeous waters, flora and fauna. It's been the envy of states for years and the topic of many books and explorations. One such explorer was William Bartram, an American naturalist (1729-1823). Bartram took a four year expedition to chart the beauty of many southern states. His journey in Florida took him from Amelia Island to the Gainesville area where he studied what is now Payne’s Prairie. Eventually, his adventures brought him south along the St. John’s River to Astor and then Blue Springs in Orange City.
Every Volusia County resident knows (or should know) the pride and crown jewel of the west side of the county is DeLand. Woodland Boulevard runs through the beautiful and historic Stetson University and continues through the picturesque downtown lined with restaurants and shops. Downtown DeLand is at the center of most of the town’s events, from annual art shows and jazz festivals to weekly concerts, farmer’s markets and theatrical performances. But, what brings the quaintness and true character to DeLand are the merchants who keep the Boulevard alive day-to-day.
With all of the quarantining and social distancing going, it's easy to get swept up in the negative news. For some DeLand residents, here is some really good news...ALDI is open for business!!!
In case you missed it, the Volusia County Sheriff's Department was on A&E's Live PD. The show, which features live video feeds of law enforcement on the job while host Dan Abrams and analyst Tom Morris Jr. provide commentary. The show featured VCSO deputies during the episodes on March 6, 7, 13 and 14.
“I like it here with you and Linda.”
“And we love having you. When are you leaving?”
Have you ever had a similar conversation with friends or family after a visit? If so, you will soon have an opportunity to offer another comfortable accommodation for your guests… one where they can enjoy the amenities and stay out of yours!
The Downtown DeLand Dog Parade was Saturday, February 22, and it was a spectacle as always. The Krewe of Amalee who hosts the parade, always exceeds expectations and raises the bar year after year.
It's open! Barbecue lovers and 4 Rivers fans in Volusia County can rejoice! The beloved barbecue chain opened its latest location at Daytona Beach's One Daytona, across from the Daytona International Speedway.
If you are a long-time DeLand native and went to public school, there is a good chance you attended George Marks Elementary School. There is also a good chance that you won't recognize it these days. That's because it has been under construction since the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
Much to the chagrin of eligible bachelorettes around the country, Tim Tebow recently got married. That will probably go down as his favorite day of his life, but there is another favorite day that likely comes just under that, and it happens every year. That is the day of Night to Shine, a prom that happens around the world for people with special needs. The event is an extension of his non-profit, the Tim Tebow Foundation.
Cancer is something that has affected many of the people we know. Thankfully, there are many organizations locally and nationally that raise money for cancer research and are inspiring and encouraging so many to continue to fight. One of those organizations is the ME STONG Foundation.
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