Venice MainStreet creates a ‘destination’

VENICE – Twenty-five years ago, downtown Venice desperately needed help and its merchants and property owners knew it. Suburban shopping plazas had been siphoning off customers for some time. Already gone were many of the mainstay businesses that had made downtown Venice a place to shop for everyday goods and services — Dick & Meadows Pharmacy,…

Streetscape Project Transforms Business Corridor

The City of South Daytona completed the first section (both Phases I and II) of their US1 Streetscape project in January 2013. This project transcends a simple beautification project by incorporating aesthetic, safety and sustainability features into its design. Innovative project elements are visually attractive while enhancing safety along the corridor including undergrounding of utilities,…

CRA Expected to Continue to Fund Events

The Community Redevelopment Agency decided it would be penny-wise and pound-foolish if it followed a recommendation by staff to discontinue funding of its major events. Therefore, the Community Redevelopment Agency will continue to spend $31,000 to fund events such as the four bike nights, the Arts Festival and other high foot-traffic events that draw upwards…

New hotels spark beachside optimism

DAYTONA BEACH — After years of setbacks — hurricanes, economic crises, shuttered stores and crumbling husks of closed hotels — the struggling beachfront along State Road A1A might have found its way forward. A wave of new hotel construction and reopenings — including the building of a $150 million condo-and-hotel complex — is set to…