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Posted on: March 9, 2020

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**City of Port Orange Emergency Declaration**

City of Port Orange City Council passed an emergency declaration in the City of Port Orange on March 16 and again on March 23 in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).  This gives the ability to act as needed to preserve the health and welfare of our citizens. 


Executive Orders #1-6

Pursuant to Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order Number 20-52 on March 9, 2020, declaring that a state of emergency exists in every county in the State of Florida, please see attached Executive Orders 1-3 that were approved by the City of Port Orange City Council and executed by City Manager March 17, 2020.

-Executive Order No. 1 –The City of Port Orange shall not process utility shut-offs for delinquent utility accounts until April 15, 2020. All late fees imposed for delinquent utility accounts shall be waived through April 30, 2020.

-Executive Order No. 2 – The City of Port Orange hereby revokes all special event permits for major and minor special events. The application fee shall be reimbursed to those applicants who have active special event permits. No applications for major or minor special event permits shall be accepted from the effective date of this Order until April 30, 2020.

-Executive Order No. 3 - The City of Port Orange suspends all meetings of the City’s special magistrate, pension boards, advisory boards and commissions until April 30, 2020.

-Executive Order No. 4 - All City buildings accessible by the public shall be temporarily closed for regular business until further notice. City staff will remain available by appointment to conduct City business that cannot otherwise be accomplished via remote electronic means of telephonic platforms. Although the City’s drive-thru service will remain open to receive utility bill payments, the City encourages customers to use other available payment options including pay-by-phone, mail-in payment and ACH payment. This Executive Order shall become effective at 1700 hours (5:00 pm) on Friday, March 20, 2020.

-Executive Order No. 5 

         Section 1: -All City Recreation programs are hereby suspended. The City shall issue refunds or credits to participants of recreation programs.

         Section 2: All City splashpads and playground (including the skate park) are hereby temporarily closed.

         Section 3: This Executive Order shall become effective immediately.

-Executive Order No. 6 

         Section 1: The Local State of Emergency declared by City Council beginning on March 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm is hereby extended for an additional 7-day period to  March 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm, unless otherwise terminated by resolution of city council or subsequent executive order.

         Section 2: This Executive Order shall become effective immediately.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 -WSBB Radio Interview with Jake Johansson

Please click on the link to listen to the interview: https://portorange.sharepoint.com/:u:/g/cm/EQd1LQ7wAFJHpqykqHQgRTwBxU7Hr7hMnOFmfkwS9w7BhA


City Hall Closing - Friday, March 20 at 5:00 pm

All City buildings accessed by the public will be temporarily closed for regular business until further notice beginning at 5:00 pm on Friday, March 20. City staff will remain available by appointment to conduct City business that cannot otherwise be accomplished via remote electronic means or telephonic platforms.


**Friday, March 27, 2020 Recycle Bins Update from Waste Pro**

Waste Pro is no longer accepting used recycle bins or handing out new ones until further notice. We have notices on the front door stating recycle bin distribution is suspended until further notice.


Sunday, March 22 at 7:00 am Parks & Recreation

As a preventative measure against the spread of  COVID-19, (coronavirus), the City’s Parks and Recreation is cancelling all Programs, Special Events, and Rentals through the end of April (April 30). Please call 386-506-5851 for any questions you may have.

Starting Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 7:00 am, all playgrounds, splash pads and the skate park, will be closed until further notice. Parks will remain open for people to use while practicing social distancing.

1. City Center Sports Complex (both)
2. Coraci
3. Willow Run
4. Southwinds
5. Airport Road (both playgrounds, and exercise equipment)
6. Skate Park at Gym
7. All Children’s Park
8. Spruce Creek Road Park
9. Larry Haines
10. All Children’s Splash Pad
11. Riverwalk
12. Riverwalk Splash Pad
13. Buschman
14. Buschman exercise equipment


Community Development -Friday, March 20 at 5:00 pm

For latest information on Community Development action plan for Building Permits, Inspections, and Development Applications, please click below:

https://www.port-orange.org/200/Community-Development 

COVID-19 Business Recovery Resources

The City of Port Orange understands local businesses are being impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus. The city’s Community Development Department has created a web page dedicated to Business Recovery Resources. Please find below available business resources and related links.
https://www.port-orange.org/…/Covid-19-Business-Recovery-Re…


Customer Service- Friday, March 20 at 5:00 pm

The City’s Customer Service staff is available for any questions and to process payments over the phone at (386) 506-5720 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  For bill payments, use the City’s drive-thru and 3 after-hours drop boxes located at the front entrance of City Hall (1000 City Center Circle, Port Orange, FL 32129), on the north side of City Hall near the drive thru or on the 2nd level of City Hall inside the tunnel near the lobby entrance doors. No cash payments will be accepted. Customers can also pay by mail or set up automated payments through Automated Clearing House (ACH).  

(*The City of Port Orange will not process utility shut-offs for delinquent utility accounts until April 15, 2020. All late fees imposed for delinquent utility accounts shall be waived through April 30, 2020.)


Thursday, March 19 (at 4:30 pm) COVID-19 Facebook Live from City Manager Jake Johansson on City Updates

Check out the link below to view FB Live: https://www.facebook.com/Port-Orange-City-Hall-219044134901230/


City Meetings

Please be advised of the following changes to the City Council’s meeting schedule for March and April:

March

24th – Budget Workshop CANCELLED

31st – Joint Workshop with Parks & Recreation Advisory Board CANCELLED

April

7th – Regular Meeting CANCELLED

21st – Regular Meeting ON SCHEDULE, for now.


All boards and Committee meetings are canceled which include:

General Employee Pension – March 23 & April 27


Code Enforcement Hearing – March 25, April 8 & 22


Planning Commission – March 26 & April 23 
Fire Pension (Special Meeting) – March 24
Joint Workshop w/Council & Parks & Rec Board – March 31
Golf Advisory Board – April 7
Parks & Recreation – April 21
Environmental Advisory – April 27


Fire & Rescue

-The Sharps Container Program for the City of Port Orange has been modified to be self-service. Bins will be placed outside the fire stations so that containers can be dropped off in the bin. Replacement containers will be available please limit one per household.

-Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus) we have suspended all smoke alarm installs at this time. We are looking out for the health and safety of our employees as well as the citizens. 


Reliable Resource Links

The City is encouraging residents to stay informed by using reliable sources including:


www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19. The Call Center is also available by calling 1-866-779-6121, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or emailing at COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

www.cdc.gov/COVID19 -Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

www.volusia.org/coronavirus - Volusia County Public Information Network Page

The home page of the city’s website, under “City News” www.port-orange.org

City’s social media pages: https://www.facebook.com/Port-Orange-City-Hall-219044134901230/


County boat ramps remain open

Boat ramps maintained by Volusia County Government remain open to the public.

This includes:

·              Blue Lake Boat Ramp, DeLand

·              Candace R. Strawn – Lake Dias Boat Ramp, DeLeon Springs

·              Cypress Lake Park, DeLand

·              Ed Stone Park, DeLand

·              Highbanks Boat Ramp, DeBary

·              Highbridge Park, Ormond Beach

·              Hiles Boat Ramp, New Smyrna Beach

·              Lake Ashby Boat Ramp, New Smyrna Beach

·              Lake Monroe Park, DeBary

·              Lemon Bluff Boat Ramp, Osteen

·              Mariner’s Cove Park, Enterprise

·              River Breeze Park, Oak Hill

·              Shell Harbor Park, Pierson

·              Tomoka Boat Ramp, Ormond Beach 

               Frank E. Scofield Boat Ramp (at Causeway Park), Port Orange


March 24, 2020 - Seniors advised to stay home for 14 days

On March 24, Florida Surgeon General Rivkees issued a health advisory for anyone over age of 65 to stay at home for the next 14 days as a health precaution. Additionally, anyone with a pre-existing health condition regardless of age should stay at home for the next 14 days.


Volusia County Revenue Division moves to service by appointment only starting Friday, March 27

To help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, all four Volusia County Revenue Division offices will begin serving clients by appointment only beginning Friday, March 27. To schedule an appointment, call 386-254-4610.

Revenue staff will remain available to assist residents by phone and email from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For tag and title questions, call 386-254-4610. For all other questions, call 386-736-5938.

Rather than coming to a Revenue Division office, residents are encouraged to conduct any business online. To facilitate online activity, the Revenue Division is temporarily waiving the third-party fee for online payments made by e-check.

Services available online include:
· Pay property taxes
· Renew your vehicle registration
· Apply for and pay for business tax receipts
· File and pay tourist and convention development taxes

For a full list of services, frequently asked questions, office locations, and helpful web links, visit https://www.volusia.org/…/business-servic…/revenue-services/


Port Orange Library Closes- Sunday, March 22 as part of the Volusia County library system

Doing its part to protect the public from coronavirus spread, Volusia County’s library system will transition to online, telephone and curbside service beginning Monday. To make way for the transition, Volusia’s 14 libraries will close to the public, beginning this Sunday, March 22. The online, telephone and curbside service only will begin on Monday. For more information, please go to: https://www.volusia.org/…/community-…/library-services.stml…


Florida Department of Health and CDC

For the next 15 days, all events with groups greater than 10 should be cancelled or held virtually. If you feel sick or if your child is sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your Medical provider. If someone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), keep the entire household at home. Contact your medical provider. If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people. On March 17,  Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order that will reduce density and crowds in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beaches to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.


FEMA-Rumor Control Link

#DYK FEMA has launched a web page to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to #COVID19:
www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control. Do your part and make sure you visit trusted resources for information and don’t pass along rumors.


Bars and Nightclubs

Under the direction of Governor DeSantis, all bars and nightclubs throughout Florida will close for the next 30 days. Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will be enforcing and providing further guidance.


Volusia County beaches remain open, with restrictions

While Volusia County’s coastal beach remains open, 6-foot separation between beachgoers and limitations on the size of gatherings are being put into effect to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The county is asking for the public’s help and cooperation to make the rules work. Read more at http://ow.ly/Bf5n50yOsUj


Restaurants

Effective immediately. on March 20, dining in is no longer an option at Florida restaurants, according to a new executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis: https://bit.ly/2vIbFxu Executive Order 20-71 directs all restaurants and food establishments in Florida to suspend on-premises food and alcohol consumption for customers. Restaurants may still operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services 


- FAQ about testing for COVID-19

A lot of people have had questions about testing for COVID-19. Volusia County and its cities have consulted with health officials and worked together to provide accurate information regarding testing for coronavirus. We will update the information as it changes.

Flyer how to be tested

Flyer...how to be tested part 2
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General Prevention details and pics about the COVID-19 virusFlyer on protecting yourself with big crowds of 50+

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