B-CU to host Black men and boys ‘Day of Dialogue’
Bethune-Cookman University will host the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys “Day of Dialogue” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 4. The event will be held in the President’s Banquet Room of the Center for Civic Engagement.

The purpose of the structured dialogues is to help identify the necessary research, best practices, additional resources and innovative policy changes needed to achieve educational access, opportunity and outcome parity for Black males at all levels of public education throughout the state of Florida.

The next council meeting is Feb. 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at B-CU. The purpose is to gather information necessary to conduct studies of the conditions affecting Black males. All meetings are open to the public.

The Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys is administratively housed within the Attorney General’s Office.

Created by the Legislature during the 2006 Legislative Session, the council is charged with studying the conditions affecting Black men and boys, including: homicide rates, arrest and incarceration rates, poverty, violence, drug abuse, death rates, disparate annual income levels, health issues and school performance.

Funds available to fortify homes against the wind
Volusia County’s Wind Hazard Mitigation Program can help qualifying residents prepare their homes for hurricane season.

Residents who meet income-eligibility requirements and need upgrades to improve their home’s wind resistance may qualify for assistance.

The grant-funded program can assist with hurricane coverings for window and doors, gable-end tie-downs and wind-rated garage doors. Funds cannot be used for window replacement. The maximum award per household is $10,000.

Zero-interest loans
Funding can be used only for owner-occupied homes in Volusia County except in the city limits of Daytona Beach, Deltona, Port Orange and Ponce Inlet. The funds are provided as a five-year, zero-interest, deferred loan secured by a mortgage.

The owner is responsible for paying closing costs. If the homeowner lives in the home for five years and complies with program restrictions, the loan will be forgiven.

Applicants work with the county’s Community Assistance staff to apply and determine eligibility.

For more information, visit or call Affordable Housing Coordinator Lori Brown at 386-736-5955, ext. 12969.

Historic Preservation Board to meet Feb. 3
The Volusia County Historic Preservation Board will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the county council chambers of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.

The board will conduct three public hearings and receive updates from staff on current projects. The public is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.

Public hearing A-15-10: The board will consider an application by the owner for a certificate of appropriateness for partial demolition and alteration of the Joseph Underhill House, 227 Lemmon Road, Barberville (parcel ID 5920-00-00-0062).

Public hearing D-15-01: The board will consider an application by the descendants for a certificate of historic designation for the Osteen War Memorial on parcel ID 9207-00-00-120 on New Smyrna Boulevard, Osteen.
Public hearing D-15-02: The board will consider an application for a certificate of historic designation for the Rio Vista Arch, constructed in 1926 as a grand entrance to the Rio Vista Country Club on Calle Grande Street, one block from U.S. Highway 1 near Holly Hill.

The Historic Preservation Board is appointed by the Volusia County Council to issue certificates of designation for eligible historic resources such as structures, archaeological sites and historic districts; and certificates of appropriateness for demolition, alteration, relocation and new construction.

The board advises the County Council on matters related to historic preservation policy, including use, management and maintenance of county-owned historic resources.

For more information, contact Historic Preservation Officer Julie Adams Scofield at 386-736-5953, ext. 12008, or


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