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Mar 1 Sat
Central Storm Mitigation Project Public Meeting @ Coronado Civic Center
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

New-Smyrna-Beach-City-LogoThe last public meeting on the final phase of a flood mitigation project in the Central Beach area of New Smyrna Beach will be held March 1. Residents in the project area are encouraged to attend.

The Central Beach area encompasses the area south of Flagler Avenue bounded by Atlantic Avenue on the east, Second Avenue on the south, and the Indian River on the west, according to Khalid Resheidat, New Smyrna Beach assistant city manager.  

City of New Smyrna Beach staff and consultants will present plans that have been updated after addressing comments and suggestions received at two public meetings in May 2013. An estimated construction schedule and costs also will be discussed, Resheidat said.

“This is the final phase of a three-phase project to reduce stormwater flooding in the Central Beach area,” Resheidat said. “When it’s completed, residents immediately will notice an improvement especially during heavy rain storms.”

Residents may be inconvenienced at times during the two-year project as underground stormwater systems are installed, Resheidat added. Inconveniences may include road closures and detours. However, when completed, heavy rainfall no longer will flood the neighborhoods.

The Central Beach Flood Mitigation Project is the result of flooding during a November, 2001 tropical storm. The area received 12 inches of rainfall in 36 hours, Resheidat said.

The estimated total cost to date of this final phase of the project is $7.4 million. Nearly $5 million of the cost will be covered by a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant from the Department of Community Affairs, which includes a 25-percent match from the City. The remainder will be funded by the City’s stormwater mitigation fund, Resheidat said.

Water-Wise Garden Fair
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

water wiseThe Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach and the Lindley’s Nursery and Garden Center present the 2nd Annual Water-Wise Garden Fair.

Come to learn about Florida-friendly plants and landscaping techniques that conserve our natural resources and can save you time and money.

The day will feature a guided stroll through the UC’s Water-Wise Garden by Lindley’s Nursery and Garden Center, local landscapers, gardeners, farmers and green entrepreneurs, a rain barrel painting and potting area for kids, irrigation and solar demonstrations, and exhibitions and offerings by local growers and plan enthusiast groups.

You can participate in our water-wise scavenger hunt to win a basket of conservation items or put your name in for a raffle of one of 17 painted rain barrels by local artists.

Get inspired, get educated, get started.

If you would like an exhibition spot at the fair at no charge, please contact Ellen Fisher at 386.424.3003 as soon as possible.

Public Lecture: Dr. Phyllis Lober @ New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Volusia County Public LibrariesReflections on the Holocaust, Emerging China, and India under Indira Gandhi with Dr. Phyllis Lober.

Dr. Phyllis Lober, author of “The Wide World through a Poetic Eye” is a native New Yorker whose influence has been felt around the world. She was certified as a Holocaust teacher at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and came to face to face with the ghosts of Nazi concentration camps in Europe, including the death camps at Auschwitz and Babi Yar. 

She was the recipient of a Columbia University Fulbright Fellowship and a Taft Fellowship awarded by Pace University. The Fulbright took her to India, where she recorded one of the last interviews with Indira Gandhi. 

She later traveled to China where she led the Foreign Language Department at Shanghai Maritime University, and authored, with several Chinese scholars, a definitive text on teaching English to native Chinese speakers. She is listed in Who’s Who in Education. Now retired in Port Orange, Florida, her passion for life comes through in every word she speaks.

Strike it Rich @ Brannon Center
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Includes Bingo games, 50/50 drawing, raffles, buffet, open bar, music and dancing.

Strike it Rich

Mar 4 Tue
After School Art Program @ Artists' Workshop
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Mardi Gras Parade @ Flagler Avenue
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

mardi gras paradeFlagler Avenue will host its 7th annual Flagler Avenue Mardi Gras Parade.

The parade will travel from S. Atlantic onto Flagler Avenue and turn south on Pine Street and end at Jessamine Avenue.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with the parade, Mardi Gras-themed music and food specials AND BEADS, BEADS, BEADS at 12 venues along the Avenue.

The parade route will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5 – 8 p.m.  Cars also must be moved from the street to accommodate the large crowds.

The parade is FREE to enter and applications may be downloaded here.

Mar 5 Wed
Ribbon Cutting @ Swoope Boat Ramp
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

ribbon cuttingAnglers soon will be launching their boats closer to the inlet.  The ceremonial ribbon cutting for the Swoope Boat Ramp will be held in New Smyrna Beach.

Officials from the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Volusia County Government and the City of New Smyrna Beach have been invited to attend.  

“There is a lot of anticipation about the opening of Swoope boat ramps,” said Khalid Resheidat, New Smyrna Beach assistant city manager. “This site nearly is a direct shot to the inlet, which saves time and fuel for boats who are heading off shore.”

The new ramps also are expected to redirect some of the boat traffic that now is using the North Causeway boat ramp, Resheidat said.

In addition to two boat ramps with floating docks, the project includes a restroom, 36 parking spaces, landscaping and a walkway. Safety improvements also have been made to the U.S. 1 medians, Resheidat said. Project contractor Saboungi Construction, Ormond Beach, began construction in April 2013.

Mar 11 Tue
After School Art Program @ Artists' Workshop
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
NSB City Commission Meeting @ Commission Chambers
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM

nsb city hallThe elected officials of the City, which shall constitute the City Commission, shall consist of four Commissioners and the Mayor. The City Commission shall constitute the governing body with powers hereinafter provided to pass ordinances, adopt regulations and appoint a Chief Administrative Officer to be known as the City Manager. Meetings are subject to change.

Mar 13 Thu
Smart Cookie Trivia Contest @ New Smyrna Beach Regional Library
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Volusia County Public LibrariesWhich state boycotted the Constitutional Convention? Who was Porky Pig’s girlfriend? Which American president appeared on “Laugh-In?”
Which big red horse won the Triple Crown in 1973? What is the largest living structure on the planet? Who is the father of modern philosophy?

If you know the answers to these and other thought-provoking questions, your presence is requested at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library.

The library will host a “Smart Cookie Trivia Contest.” Individuals and groups of four or fewer may enter the free contest. The winner will receive a basket of goodies compiled by library staff.

Reservations are not required.

 

Business After Hours @ SoNapa and Kembali
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Mar 15 Sat
Spring Sidewalk Sale @ Flagler Avenue
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

spring sidewalk saleFlagler Avenue will host its annual Spring Sidewalk Sale.

Stroll along the seaside district and peruse sales outside the shops.

Teen Bass @ Babe James Center
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Mar 17 Mon
Shamrock and Roll
12:00 PM – Tuesday @ 1:00 AM

shamrock and roll

Join the Pot O’ Gold Treasure Hunt along Flagler Avenue.

Food, live entertainment, dancing and prizes will be offered.

Mar 18 Tue
After School Art Program @ Artists' Workshop
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

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