In a 5 to 2 vote, the Volusia County Council voted to extend the state’s 1000-foot residence restrictions to 1500 feet from schools, day cares, parks, playgrounds, and school bus stops in the unincorporated parts of the county.

New Smyrna Beach, Deland, and Daytona Beach (all in Volusia County) already have 2500-foot residence restrictions.

The lengthy discussion was one of the most moving and emotional ones that has possibly ever occurred in a county/city meeting in Florida.  It appeared that the council was at least going to postpone voting on the ordinance until there was some clarification, but that did not happen.

Many council members expressed a deep concern for the unintended consequences of the proposed ordinance.  Only two members had the courage to vote NO.  As Council Member Dempsey said, endorsing such an ordinance was low hanging fruit for political campaigns.

We will soon post a video of the meeting.


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