A place for The Table — Melisa and Dan Reed pose proudly outside the space for their new restaurant, The Table. The main eatery space at street level will open in mid-March, and the event space at the basement level will open in May. The Reeds’ experience in the restaurant industry will be a big help with opening such a large space; Melisa Reed is going to utilize skills honed while opening over 73 restaurants for Bloomin’ Brands Inc., the powerhouse corporation behind Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill. “Consistency is key, and I think you’ll see that with this restaurant,” she said. “People will know what they’ll see and what they can get every single time they come in.”
The downstairs space in the historic Dreka Building was previously home to Mainstreet Grill for more than two decades. Mainstreet Grill was expanded and rebranded in 2014, turning into Mac’s on Main. When renovation was completed, the new space was revealed: a two-story, 300-seat restaurant space with the largest kitchen in the city. But high renovation costs and climbing insurance rates forced Mac’s owner Chantell Martin to close in June 2016.
The Table is the new restaurant coming to the southeast corner of New York Avenue and Woodland Boulevard. Dan and Melisa Reed will open the restaurant space in mid-March, with the downstairs opening in May as a special-event space.
What was the inspiration for the new eatery’s name?
Damage to a home in DeLand from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.
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Volusia County’s Wind Hazard Mitigation Program can help residents prepare their homes for the next hurricane season.
Residents who meet eligibility requirements and need upgrades to improve their home’s wind resistance can apply by accessing applications at www.volusia.org/housing or at the Volusia County Community Assistance office, 110 W. Rich Ave., DeLand, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The program is income-based. An applicant's household income may not exceed 120 percent of the area median income. The majority of available funds are specifically for residents with income below 80 percent of the area median income; however, residents with income between 80 and 120 percent are still encouraged to apply.
From left, DeBary mayoral candidates Former Mayor Robert Garcia, David Walstrom and Robert Knott at a forum at the Gatreway Center for the Arts in DeBary.
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A question of respect - Thomas Marshall queries DeBary’s mayoral hopefuls about how each of them would treat those who come before the City Council with comments, concerns or suggestions. Former Mayor Clint Johnson once barred Marshall from speaking to the council during the deliberations on the Walmart project, located close to Marshall’s home in Glen Abbey.
"I know what it takes to be a servant of the people." —Former Mayor Robert Garcia
"I have a proven track record of leadership." —Robert Knott
"I can work with people, and I will work with people." —David Walstrom
If you thought the Nov. 8 election meant an end to politics for a while, you must not be familiar with DeBary.
The entrance to the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood in DeLand's Spring Hill area, off of West Beresford Road.
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Fast response — Officers of the DeLand Police Department respond to a domestic-dispute call made in early January in Candlelight Oaks. At least six cruisers responded to the call; at least one of them had already been patrolling the subdivision.
Watching his neighborhood change — Joe Lewis sits on his front porch watching motorbikes and cars speed around a curve in the road directly across the street from a child-filled park owned and maintained by the City of DeLand. Lewis has lived in Candlelight Oaks for more than 20 years, and has noted an increase in crime and violence. He talked about the Nov. 26 shooting that left two men — including a bystander — dead and one injured. “I think it was a real tragedy; a senseless act. Ain’t no tellin’ when it’s gonna stop,” said Lewis. “We need some more police out here.”
‘They drive so fast’ — Candlelight Oaks residents have a lot of complaints about traffic problems. One resident said he put up this board fence after the chain-link fence across his yard was mowed down twice by speeding drivers. “They always drive fast. They drive so, so fast,” said the man as he stood in his doorway with his young son. The family has been renting a home in Candlelight Oaks for three years.
The DeLand Police Department provided detailed records of activity in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood.
This table includes all documented incidents and calls for service provided by the DPD.
This table includes just a small selection of types of incidents on the DeLand Police Department’s document, focusing on the most frequent incidents and incidents that could be considered “violent crime.”
On Nov. 26, two men were shot dead at a party in Candlelight Oaks. But even before that happened, neighbors say, Candlelight Oaks residents have been living in fear ... of crime, out-of-control traffic and wild street parties. The city and a group of clergy are trying to help.
Saying she must “pray constantly” for her safety, a DeLand resident was one of several who recently appealed to the City Commission for protection from criminals, reckless drivers and massive block parties that have plagued their Candlelight Oaks neighborhood.
“I have to pray constantly. Walk around my house and pray,” the woman said. “I’m scared in my own neighborhood.”
The neighbors first appealed to city commissioners in late October. In December, they were back, after a Nov. 26 shooting at one of the block parties left two men dead and another man injured.
Birthday girl — Above, Elizabeth Durant is pictured at a birthday celebration with family members.
Elizabeth Vanessa McArthur Durant, 107, died Jan. 5.
Calling hours will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at J.E. Cusack Mortuary in DeLand. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Greater Union First Baptist Church of DeLand, 240 S. Clara Ave. Burial will be at Union Cemetery.
Mrs. Durant was born in DeLand on Jan. 24, 1909, the fourth of nine children of John Sr. and Pauline McArthur. During that time, all of the roads were dirt; the streets were later covered with straw before they were paved.
Mrs. Durant was raised in the house just across the street from where she lived her adult life.
She attended Bronson High School.
She dated her boyfriend, Fred Durant, for nine years, and he became her husband. He preceded her in death in 1970.
Mrs. Durant was a domestic worker, and also worked for doctors in the DeLand area. She was a grandparent at Sugar ’n’ Spice Day Care and a member of the Evergreen Woman’s Club.
Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine defends calls to relocate a truck parking area along Interstate 4 in Longwood to a site northward, perhaps in Volusia County.
“At the [Florida] DOT [Department of Transportation], they need to put together a long-term solution,” Constantine told The Beacon, following the newspaper’s publication of an article on the controversy. “I’m in the middle of it. This is in my district. I think they need to have private-public partnership.”
Argues for flea market — Attorney Ty Harris speaks with members of the Volusia County Planning and Land Development Regulation Commission Jan. 10 about his client’s proposal to relocate a flea market to his Fair Street property near the DeLand Amtrak Station.
The proposed location of the flea market. The new site is near the corner of Carlis Road and Fair Street, off of Old New York Avenue.
UPDATED JAN. 13 AT 4 p.m.
John Pugh, owner of Cole Bros. Circus and the land on which DeLand's longtime flea market is set to move to, said the flea market will re-open at the new location Jan. 21.
The address of the new location is 535 Fair Street, reachable from Carlis Road, off of West New York Avenue (State Road 44) about 4 miles west of Downtown DeLand.
While the market's plans must still be approved by the Volusia County Council, Pugh said he had obtained a permit from the county to allow the market to open Jan. 21.
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A county advisory board has endorsed the proposal to move DeLand’s longtime flea market to the old circus grounds west of the city.
IMAGE COURTESY FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Project location — This map shows the stretch of Woodland Boulevard that will be affected during a monthslong cleanout of storm drains by a contractor for the Florida Department of Transportation. While there may be temporary lane closures, mostly in the overnight hours, access to businesses and driveways will be maintained for the duration of the project.
Motorists on a busy stretch of Woodland Boulevard will be dodging work crews for several months beginning in early February, state transportation officials said.
Workers from Shen-Line LLC, a contractor for the Florida Department of Transportation, will start cleaning out storm drain pipes between Beresford Avenue on the south end of the project and International Speedway Boulevard on the north end, said FDOT spokeswoman Carolyn Fitzwilliam. The job is budgeted at just over $1 million.
The project entails cleaning dirt and debris from the pipes, installing a liner, and performing video inspections of the structures. The cleanout, last done in 2010, is designed to extend the life of the pipes, Fitzwilliam said.