Community News

Ocean Center to host Light up Volusia
The Ocean Center will host the sixth annual Light up Volusia from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, on the east plaza of the convention center. The public is invited to kick off the holiday season with this free event.

Highlights of the event will include the lighting of a 50-foot holiday tree at 7:15 p.m., the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, holiday refreshments, children’s activities, entertainment, holiday showcases and a gingerbread house competition.

Entertainment at the event includes the Beu Sisters, Crescendo Amelia, stilt walkers, magicians, face painters and more. There also will be a community showcase with area organizations and businesses represented.

For more information, call 386-254-4524 or visit

2017 beach passes now available
Passes for Volusia County beaches and county inlet parks are available for 2017 at

Volusia County has revamped the annual passes, making them renewable so toll attendants will no longer need to scrape old passes off windshields each year. The new passes are designed to last several years, can be mounted on the exterior of the windshield making it tint friendly, and are easier to renew annually.

“We are excited to roll out renewable passes for our residents and visitors,” said Jessica Winterwerp, Volusia County Coastal director. “The passes make great holiday gifts and now people can renew them annually online and not have to worry about scraping them from their windshields each year.”

Annual passes are available at the same rates for 2016. Beach passes are $25 for Volusia County residents and $100 for non-residents. County inlet parks passes are available for $20 for residents and visitors.

Annual beach and county inlet park combo passes are available for $45 for residents and $120 for visitors. The renewable annual combo pass for the beach and county parks is available for free for people who have a permanent handicapped or disabled veteran’s plate. The passes are non-transferable between vehicles.

For more information or to purchase the passes, visit



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