Also in Your Town: Port Orange Police, Halifax Health, ABC Boating, Democratic Club
Work has begun on AdventHealth's planned 18,400-square-foot, 24-bed hospital-based emergency department in Port Orange.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be scheduled in several months, according to spokeswoman Lindsay Cashio. In the meantime, she said, "The land clearing and prep is complicated on this project due to the Brownfield designation and the immense undertaking to clean it. We have been aggressively developing this plan since we closed on the property at the end of August 2019."
Clean-up began in January and is expected to be completed by April 2020. Here is what AdventHealth has done so far:
- Removed 5,150 tons of contaminated soil based on failed laboratory analytical results (156 truckloads);
- Hauled 229 loads of concrete for recycling for a total 4,580 cubic yards of concrete;
- Removed 250 loads of concrete, about half of what is expected by completion;
- Piled up 30-40 used tires from the property;
- Relocated three gopher tortoises to Highlands Ranch Mitigation Bank in Clay County.
Situated on seven acres directly south of the Port Orange Pavilion at 5811 Williamson Blvd., the AdventHealth Port Orange ER will house the same services found in hospital emergency rooms, including imaging and laboratory services. It will operate as a department of AdventHealth Daytona Beach.
Originally, AdventHealth expected to begin construction in March 2020.
“We will use as many local vendors as we can for this construction project," Noseworthy said in the original announcement. "Once completed, we will hire additional physicians and staff, and are looking to add about 40 full-time employees.”
The location is halfway between AdventHealth Daytona Beach and AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach. In addition to the ER, AdventHealth plans to expand on the property in the future and add a two-story medical office building for a variety of physicians and specialized care.
In other Port Orange news:
Race series: Life Your Life Well
Halifax Health has announced the schedule for the 2020 Live Your Life Well Race Series hosted in partnership with the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA. The race series kicked off Jan. 18 with the Port Orange LIVESTRONG at the YMCA 5K. Upcoming 2020 Live Your Life Well Race Series events include three in Port Orange:
Saturday, July 25: Port Orange Family YMCA Triathlon, Aunt Catfish’s on the River, Port Orange
Saturday, Oct. 24: Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon & 5K, Port Orange
Saturday, Nov. 7: Halifax Health - Hospice 5K, City Center, Port Orange
To sign up for any of these races, or for additional information, visit LYLWseries.com.
Halifax Health-Hospice volunteers needed
Halifax Health-Hospice seeks caring, supportive and dedicated volunteers to provide assistance with patient meal preparation, front desk reception, patient visits, and building maintenance at all of its four Care Center locations, which include Orange City, Edgewater, Port Orange and Ormond Beach.
Those interested in volunteering must complete an orientation and a Level 2 background screening. Please contact Bianca Diaz in the Halifax Health-Hospice Volunteer Department, at 386-425-4674 or [email protected] for additional information.
Police open for comment before CALEA visit
A team of external law enforcement assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will be arriving in Port Orange for a three-day visit of the Police Department, as the agency seeks national reaccreditation.
As part of this onsite assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments to the assessment team at a public forum at 6 p.m. March 4, at Council Chamber, 1000 City Center Circle, Port Orange. Those who are unable to attend the public session but would like to provide comments may do so by calling 386-506-5896 from 1 to 3 p.m. March 4. Public and telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the department’s ability to comply with the CALEA Standards.
Copies of the CALEA standards are available upon request at the Port Orange Police Department, 4545 Clyde Morris Blvd. Questions or clarifications may be obtained by contacting Kelly Williams, accreditation manager, at 386-506-5812 or [email protected].
Boating safety class in March
America’s Boating Club is presenting an ABC Safe Boating Class from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7 and 14. This is a two-day course over consecutive Saturdays held at Halifax River Yacht Club Activities Building at 346 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach, directly across from the Yacht Club on the West side of Beach Street.
Course materials are $37 per student plus 6.5% tax, ($39.40) cash or check. For reservations, contact Don Roman at 386-453-6456 or [email protected].
Next meeting of Port Orange Democratic Club
The Port Orange Democratic Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Port Orange Presbyterian Church (Fellowship Hall), 4662 S. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Registered Democrats and citizens interested in joining the Democratic Party are welcome. For more information, please contact President Greg Spradlin at [email protected] or 386-320-9539.