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I want to thank all of the individuals who participated in the City's first annual "Get Fit Port Orange" Challenge. The ten-week fitness program encouraged a total of 150 participants to live an active, balanced lifestyle to improve health and lose weight. They had the opportunity to attend guided group workouts and educational classes held by our sponsors throughout the challenge. A total of 607.2 pounds was lost by all individuals who weighed in. Again, thank you to those who participated, the sponsors, and Parks and Recreation for administering the program.
The City Council and staff have been working since January on the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget. Balancing of the needs of the community and providing the many programs and services citizen depend upon is a concern that we all share. To assist us with that process, we are hosting the final Budget Workshop for the year on July 21, 2014. The workshop starts at 4:00 p.m. and it's scheduled at the Adult Activity Center on U.S. 1, 4790 South Ridgewood Avenue.
The City has been busy with a couple of construction and renovations projects recently. The Dunlawton Drainage Improvement project was completed in April. Funded with $2.75 million in state grants, the project will provide vital water treatment of stormwater that flows through the Halifax/Nova Canal and off Dunlawton Avenue itself before going into our local waterways. Additionally, the project will address Dunlawton Avenue's flooding issues.
Updates to the Spruce Creek Road Baseball facility are nearing completion. We are just letting the newly installed sod to grow. Renamed "L. Gale Lemerand Field," thanks to Mr. Lemerand's generous financial donation, the fields should be ready for the fall baseball season.
In other related recreational news, the City was awarded a Volusia ECHO grant to construct a second multipurpose field at the Coraci Sports Complex off Town West Boulevard. The ECHO grant will assist with the site work, fencing, a concession building and lights. Furthermore, the ECHO grant will install batting cages and bleachers covers for the existing baseball fields at the complex.
Hurricane season has already started and I want to encourage you to prepare. Take a moment to think about what you and your family will do. Develop a plan, secure all your important papers and documents, and begin stocking up on supplies. Make a practice of cleaning the storm drains in your neighborhood.
In August, the City will hold a primary election. Get to know the candidates. Understand what their vision is for our community before you go to vote.