Ormond Church sells large land on Williamson Boulevard

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The Ormond Beach First United Methodist Church announced it had sold 42 acres of a 75-acre parcel on Williamson Boulevard to Bridgepoint LLC on Monday, December 20.

The plot, located next to AdventHealth Daytona Beach, sold for $ 6.6 million, according to the Volusia County real estate appraiser. The church bought the entire plot in 2000 for $ 2.4 million.

“Twenty years ago, First United had the foresight to purchase property in the undeveloped area of ​​Williamson between Granada and LPGA with plans for the future,” Senior Pastor Scott Smith said in a press release. . “We’re excited to be able to create a place and a space for people to connect with God and with each other for such a long time. “

The plan is to use the remaining 35 acres of the plot for The Gathering Place, a new church affiliated with the First United Methodist Church. The Gathering Place premiered on April 4 and hosted its first in-person service on September 19. It is currently meeting at Westside Elementary School, located at 1700 Fifth St., Daytona Beach.

According to the press release, The Gathering Place’s mission is to “rediscover ways to meet God and neighbor in meaningful ways by coming together in a different way, welcoming everyone and loving abundantly.”

But the church has no plans to build a traditional religious campus on the plot, said Amy Armistead, pastor of The Gathering Place.

“Instead, we plan to build a multi-purpose structure on the property that will serve local residents and the Gathering Place community,” she said.

The press release goes on to state that The Gathering Place has focused on “getting out of the walls of a conventional church,” hosting unique Sunday services such as “Kayaks and Communion” at Tomoka State Park as well as events. “Healing hikes” on local trails.

Bridgepoint LLC, the company that purchased the 42 acres of land from First United Methodist Church, is based in Tennessee, according to its website.

OBPD investigates the Sanchez park fire

Ormond Beach Police are hoping that evidence gathered in Sanchez Park after a fire damaged a jungle gym, pieces of vinyl fence, a swing and a plastic car on Wednesday, December 15 will lead to at minus a suspect.

According to an OBPD press release, officers arrived at the park, located at 329 Sanchez Avenue, at around 7:39 a.m. Ormond Beach firefighters were already on the scene to put out the blaze, police believe. have been intentionally ignited. The damage is estimated at $ 50,000 for the city; the city plans to replace it.

The playground was a memorial to Cameron Brenneman, a 12-year-old Ormond Beach Middle School student who was killed in a car crash in 2012. The plaque installed at Sanchez Park states that Cameron “passed away from many hours of fishing, biking and enjoying nature in Sanchez Park with his friends.

Those who may have information about the incident should contact Agent Marianne Mele at [email protected]

Waste collection schedule

Since Christmas and New Years both fall on a Saturday, there will be no change in the city’s garbage, recycling or yard waste collection schedule.

The same goes for residents living in unincorporated areas, like Ormond-by-the-Sea.

Closure of the Highbridge boat launch

Volusia County recently announced that the Highbridge boat launch in Ormond Beach will close on Thursday, January 6 for upgrades.

The upgrades include the replacement of gangways and two floating docks.

The boat launch will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians during construction. The county expects the work to be completed by the summer of 2022.

Second arrest in a case of vandalism

Ormond Beach police arrested a second man in connection with the recent spate of anti-Semitic vandalism incidents in the city on December 14.

Jeremy Imbler of Ormond Beach, along with Daniel Howard McGinnis, have been charged with criminal mischief for placing anti-Semitic stickers and graffiti on city property. Imbler said the symbols had personal meaning to him and that he had no intention of harming the Jewish people, according to his arrest report, which also details Imbler in disguise as a rabbi for at least one of the vandalism incidents.

“This type of behavior, and targeting our citizens with hatred, will not be tolerated in Ormond Beach,” the OBPD wrote on Facebook.

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