County introduces online permit service
Volusia County has launched the first phase of Connect Live Permits, a new service that expands public access to growth management information. This new service allows anyone to research permits, developments, complaints and contractor licenses from their home and office computers.

Searches may be done 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by using the Connect Live Permits link at

Contractors, homeowners and applicants can use the online service to check the status of their applications. The service also can be used to submit complaints regarding code violations.

Over the next several months, additional phases will be released, beginning with scheduling inspections, then making payments, and finally submitting applications online. When the final phase is implemented, registered contractors will be able to apply online for licenses, demolition permits, and certain types of residential permits. Other registered users will be able to submit a variety of applications that do not require a licensed contractor.

Hat decorating, best cake contests set at Midtown Center
The Midtown Cultural & Education Center will have a hat decoration and best cake contest.
Residents interested entering the hat decoration must take a plain hat and “make it beautiful.” The hat decoration contest will be taking place Oct. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the center, 925 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.

Hats are provided by the center. However, each participant must bring their own accessories and glue guns. All hats must be completed at noon. Refreshments will be served during judging. The winner will be announced at 1 p.m. and will receive a $50 gift card from Wal-Mart and a trophy.
The contest is limited to 50 participants. Entry fee is $10.

Enter homemade cakes
The “best cake” contest will take place Oct. 17 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants must make their specialty cake. It can be any kind of cake, but it must be homemade. Each participant is required to pay $20 for the entry fee. Contestants may also bake other desserts to sell during the contest.

The public will be charged $1 to attend the event. The winner will receive a $50 gift card from Wal-Mart and a trophy. This contest is limited to 40 participants.

Contact Katherine Moore or Hilary Rowley at 386-671-5542 for more information.



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