Archery club gets a new range in Port Orange | News

Daytona Archers Inc. has been closed since Jan. 1.

Volusia County chose not to renew the lease, so a 50-acre property could be developed for retail. One possibility is a pharmacy will be built on the property.

For nearly 50 years, archery enthusiasts could go to the Bellevue Road site, just south of Daytona Beach International Airport, to participate in tournaments and hone the quiet skill of shooting a bow and arrow.

In a November social media post announcing the closure, Daytona Archers assured its 168 members the Volusia County government was working with the archery club to find a new location.

That search led to the May 3 Port Orange City Council meeting. The 26-acre property Volusia and Daytona Archers wish to use is half owned by the city, requiring the council’s approval.

Standing outside city hall moments before the vote, Daytona Archers president Robert Bowden explained the club hoped to move to a location off of “Pioneer Trail right by the Volusia County Ski Club.”

The City Council voted unanimously to approve the 10-year deal. The next step in the process will take place at the Volusia County Council meeting May 17. It is expected the vote will go as smoothly as Port Orange’s did.

Daytona Archery will begin construction of a practice range and storage garage immediately after all approvals are in place. Range Officer Les Bagley said the new range would take no more than a month to build.

The icing on the cake of this good news story is the yearly rental obligation all three parties intend to sign off on is $ 1.

Last month Hometown News reported Chen Senior Medical Center received the first of two approvals from the city to renovate 5231 S. Nova Road.

The second and final approval received unanimous support from the City Council May 3. New Life Church is at the location and intends to move.

City of Port Orange documents show the intended use as “a medical office / clinic.”

Previously Mayor Don Burnette expressed pleasure with the chance to have a building immediately repurposed as opposed to sitting empty.

Chen Senior Medical Center has locations in Broward and Miami-Dade County. This will be their first in Volusia.

The commercial and entertainment areas of Down Under and Riverwalk Park have been authorized for roof signs. Regarding Down Under, Mayor Burnette said, “It’ll be good to be supportive of that area and their lack of visibility because of the height of that (Dunlawton) bridge.”

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