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BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN WATERING HOLE — Patrons enjoy drinks at Cafe DaVinci in Downtown DeLand in 2020 shortly after the bar reopened after the state government ordered bars shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Without any objection, the Volusia County Council this month renewed its lease with the Cafe DaVinci nightspot in DeLand.

The council at its Sept. 6 meeting approved a one-year extension of its lease of part of the building immediately west of the popular watering hole at 112 W. Georgia Ave. in Downtown DeLand.

The county’s portion is used by the county’s Information Technology Department. The county agreed to pay, for another year, the rent now in effect, $2,480 per month or $29,760 per year. For that price, the county gets 1,965 square feet of storage and work space at 128 W. Georgia Ave.

“There are employees that work out of there,” county Community Information Director Kevin Captain said.

The one-year renewal extends a three-year commercial-lease agreement the county and Cafe DaVinci LLC signed in 2019. The renewal begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30, 2023.

The lease extension was part of the consent agenda for the County Council’s Sept. 6 meeting. The consent agenda is that portion of the agenda that includes routine or recurring matters, or “housekeeping” items, generally noncontroversial.

Unless a County Council member wishes to “pull” or remove one or more items for questions or discussion, the consent agenda is approved as a single item after a motion and a vote. The Cafe DaVinci lease agreement was not singled out for special attention.

Cafe DaVinci is partly owned by newly elected DeLand City Commissioner Dan Reed. Click here to read more about Reed.


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