BY JAMES HARPER
Local business owners and residents are being asked to decorate their businesses and residences again during the holidays for the second annual “Light Up Midtown” event.
Winners will receive recognition and awards at the Dec. 17 city commission meeting. On that date at 7 p.m., business owners and residents will be asked to turn on their Christmas lights.
City officials and volunteers already have been working on the 2013 “Light Up Midtown” Christmas in the Midtown redevelopment area of Daytona Beach.
“We are excited about two events that are being planned,” said. Charles J. Bryant, Daytona Beach Redevelopment Project Manager.
Dec. 7 events
This year organizers are planning a parade and a health fair with both taking place on Dec. 7.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. behind the Daytona Mall. The health fair, to be held at Daisy Stocking Park, will begin at 10 a.m.
Merchants on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and International Speedway Boulevard are encouraged to remain open for activities taking place that Saturday.
“The purpose of this year’s events are no different from those of last year, that being bringing the community together and providing a positive atmosphere in the Midtown Area for the holiday season. We believe that we accomplished this task last year,” Bryant said.
Sign up by Nov. 29
In order for the health fair and the parade to be successful, he said participation and support is needed from the community.
Those interested in participating are urged to complete an application by Nov. 29.
The parade will consist of area bands, churches, community organizations with floats, marching units, cars, etc.
The Daytona Beach Community Band, made up of alumni band members from Bethune-Cookman University, has agreed to assist with the organization of the Parade.
The health fair will feature medical service agencies and providers. The Volusia County Health Department has agreed to partner with the City of Daytona Beach to host this event.
For more information, contact Charles J. Bryant at 386-671-8185 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.