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In mid-March, every household in the United States will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. They will have the option of responding online, by phone or by mail. Residents are required by law to complete the forms by April 1, 2020
People who live at two or more residences, such as people who travel seasonally between residences (for example, snowbirds or children in joint custody) are counted at the residence where they live and sleep most of the time. If usual residence cannot be determined, they are counted at the residence where they are staying on Thursday, April 1, 2020 (Census Day). Those staying in a shelter or living outdoors are counted where they are staying on April 1, 2020.
College students living away from their parental home while attending college in the United States (living on-campus or off-campus) are counted at the on-campus or off-campus residence where they live and sleep most of the time.
College students who are foreign citizens living in the United States while attending college are counted the same as above.
Yes! Parents should include all children living in their home – including non-relatives and children with no other place to live, even if they are only living there temporarily – on April 1, 2020. Parents should also include newborns who are still in the hospital.
Children who split time between two homes should be counted at the home where they live and sleep most of the time. If the child spends equal amounts of time between two homes, count them where they stayed on April 1, 2020.
People away from their usual residence on Census Day are counted at the residence where they live and sleep most of the time. This includes people who are on vacation or a business trip, traveling outside the U.S., or working elsewhere (for example, as a truck driver or traveling salesperson) without a usual residence there.
For the first time, respondents will be able to complete their forms online. The 2020 Census will still allow for traditional response methods such as phone and mail. Non-responses will be followed up with in-person canvassing.
The U.S. Constitution mandates a headcount every 10 years of everyone residing in the United States: in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. People of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and noncitizens will be counted. The first census was conducted in 1790 and has been carried out every 10 years since then.
The population totals from the 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. States also use the totals to redraw their legislative districts. The totals also affect funding in your community, and data collected in the census help inform decision makers how your community is changing.
The information the Census Bureau collects helps determine how more than $675 billion of federal funding annually is spent on infrastructure and services. Your answers help federal, state and local leaders make decisions about schools, hospitals, emergency services, roads, bridges, job training centers, and many other projects that affect your community.
The American Community Survey (ACS) is part of the decennial census program. It collects more detailed information on housing, population and the economy. ACS data are collected continuously throughout the year and throughout the decade from a sample of the population (about 3 million addresses annually). Participation is mandatory by law, and the public’s participation is vital to provide data that impacts policy decisions on the local, state and federal levels.
Your information is confidential. The Census Bureau collects data for statistical purposes only. They combine your responses with information from other households or businesses to produce statistics, which never identify your household, any person in your household, or business. They never identify you individually. Title 13 of the U.S. Code protects the confidentiality of all your information; violating this law is a crime with severe penalties. In addition, other federal laws, including the Confidential Statistical Efficiency Act and the Privacy Act, reinforce these protections. The penalty for unlawful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000, imprisonment of up to 5 years, or both. It is against the law to disclose or publish names, addresses, Social Security numbers and telephone numbers.
A census taker, who is employed by the U.S. Census Bureau, will visit the homes of persons who do not complete a census questionnaire. Persons who don’t answer all the questions on the form also may receive a knock on the door.
For a beginners guide to the 2020 Census, visit this website.
The Census Bureau will never ask for a complete Social Security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, your bank’s name or credit card numbers. When visiting a home, census workers must:
• Present an ID badge that contains a photograph, Department of Commerce watermark, and expiration date.
• Provide supervisor contact information and/or the regional office phone number for verification, if asked.
• Provide you with a letter from the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau on Census Bureau letterhead.
Census workers may be carrying a laptop and/or bag with a Census Bureau logo.
The U.S. Census Bureau must submit state population totals to the President of the United States by December 31, 2020.
Each state will receive local 2020 Census data on race and the voting age population no later than April 1, 2021. The U.S. Census Bureau will provide these key demographic data so state governments can redraw the boundaries of their U.S. Congressional and state legislative districts.
Volusia County Government and partners have formed a Complete Count Committee to spread the word about the importance of completing the census form. The Complete Count Committee is chaired by County Council Members Barbara Girtman and Billie Wheeler. For more information about local efforts, visit this website.
One of the most interesting things about local government charters is each one is a distinct reflection of its community. Because a charter is the document that allows citizens to determine their own structure of government within state-prescribed legal limits, a charter is, in many ways, a manifestation of a community’s values, and one important way that a local government controls its own destiny.
According to the National Civic League, as a general rule, charter amendments should be utilized to address issues that cannot be successfully addressed by: 1) The passage of ordinances, 2) By the reorganization of municipal departments, 3) By changes to municipal funding, 4) By new officials in office and 5) By state, regional or federal initiatives.
There are two predominant forms of governments operating today - the council-manager form, in which policy making power is vested equally in the elected body composed of the mayor and council members, and the mayor-council form of government where policy making powers are vested in an elected council and administrative powers in an elected executive.
Council-ManagerBorn out of the local government reform movement of the 1900s, council-manager government is today the predominant form of government of cities over 10,000 in population in the United States. The council-manager form of government is the corporate model of local government patterned after the private sector. In the council-manager form of government, powers are vested in an appointed executive chosen for his executive skill, education and experience.
Mayor-CouncilOn the other hand, the mayor-council form of government reflects the federal model of local government patterned after the division of powers in the federal government. In this form of government, policy making powers are vested in an elected council and administrative powers are vested in an elected executive.
Daytona BeachAs in many other middle and larger size cities, Daytona Beach has adopted a hybrid form of government blending characteristics of the council-manager and mayor-council forms of government. Daytona Beach's charter provides for a separately elected mayor to be the political and policy leader of the city while retaining all administrative functions and powers in a city manager. The Charter also allows, but does not demand, that the mayor can serve full time, and be compensated for his full-time commitment as approved by the City Commission. Although a large departure from the pure council-manager form of government which mandates a part-time mayor with largely ceremonial duties, this arrangement incorporates qualities of both forms of government organizing an effective sharing of responsibilities that have proved to work successfully.
Although charters have been changed for many reasons, reviews of local government literature on the subject suggest that changes in forms of government are commonly caused by one or more of five factors: a loss of trust in the integrity of the local government due to a pattern of unlawful and or scandalous behaviors on the part of local officials; unmanageable conflict between local officials that hinders the performance of government; inability of local government to successfully address unanticipated crisis; failure of the local government to provide consistency in the delivery of services that the citizens deem to be essential; interest groups seeking to increase their influence in city decision making.
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, City Hall, community centers, parks, recreational areas and all city-owned facilities have been closed until further notice. Please be assured that critical and essential city services will continue. Residents with non-essential city business are encouraged to utilize remote options for contacting and communicating with city staff. For questions, please leave a message on (386) 671-8400 and your call will be returned.
Our primary focus is to maintain a safe workplace and encourage and adopt practices to protect the health of all employees, customers, visitors and others. We want to ensure the continuity of business operations while minimizing the threat of CODVID-19 spreading in our community.
The beaches are managed by the County of Volusia. For the latest update on the status of the beaches, please visit their website at www.volusia.org/coronavirus.
Visit the Florida Department of Health’s Frequently Asked Question’s website for the latest coronavirus information.
The Florida Department of Health has also established a dedicated Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 that is available 24 hours a day seven days a week, as well as a dedicated email address at COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org which the public can use for questions or clarifications on issues related to the Coronavirus.
For additional information regarding Coronavirus, please visit www.floridahealthcovid19.gov or www.cdc.gov.
As of March 25, 2020At the Tuesday, March 24, City Commission meeting, the city’s emergency declaration was extended through Wednesday, April 1, and commissioners adopted additional measures to prevent the spread of #COVID19. The additional measures include the closure of community pools, bingo halls, card rooms, community meeting facilities (excluding, however, houses of worship implementing social distancing as recommended by the CDC), and all group sporting, practice and exercise venues involving close physical contact or sharing of equipment among participants, regardless of whether such facilities are on public or private property. These additional measures were put in place to encourage social distancing and follow the CDC guidelines of no more than 10 people together at once.At the meeting, the commissioners also voted and agreed (6 to 1) to draft a resolution to be sent to the Volusia County Council urging them to immediately closed the beaches in order to mitigate against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to further protect the health and safety of the citizens of the City of Daytona Beach and Volusia County.
As of March 24, 2020As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, City Hall is closed until further notice. Please be assured that critical and essential city services will continue. Residents with non-essential city business are encouraged to utilize remote options for contacting and communicating with city staff. For questions, please leave a message on (386) 671-8400 and your call will be returned.
As of March 23, 2020There will be an emergency special City Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at City Hall located at 301 S. Ridgewood Ave. At the meeting, the commission are expected to amend or extend the emergency order related to prevention measures the city has taken to help prevent the spread of #COVID19. To encourage social distancing and follow the CDC guidelines of no more than 10 people together at once, special provisions will be made to accommodate the public including limited seating available in the lobby area. The meeting will be on DBTV, which can be accessed from www.codb.us, and Spectrum Channel 490.
As of March 20, 2020Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an Executive Order today that orders:
As of today at 5 p.m. all city-operated community centers and parks will be closed until further notice. Also all city Leisure Services programs, including baseball, t-ball, soccer and youth Spring Break program, have been suspended until further notice.
As of March 18, 2020The City Commission convened for a special meeting Tuesday, March 17, to ratify the declaration of a Local State of Emergency and Executive Order, which was originally signed by Mayor Derrick Henry Friday, March 13. The most recent amended version incorporates provisions included in Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order, which was also issued on March 17. The most recently approved declaration is in effect through March 24.
The city’s declaration does not impose any additional business-related restrictions which are stricter than the state-issue order.
The city’s executive order includes the following:
Daytona Beach CARE (COVID-19 Assistance Recovery Effort) Program
On March 24, City Commissioners approved a multi-pronged incentive package aimed to provide immediate financial relief to Daytona Beach residents and business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The projected value of the program, which offers three different incentives, is about $5.65 million.
The first method of financial assistance will be to fund a significant portion of utility bills next month using $4 million of General Fund reserves. Utility bills in April will be automatically adjusted or credited for the 22,858 billing accounts within the city of Daytona Beach. Specifically, a credit will be shown for the amount of water, sewer, recycling and public service tax. Not included in the credit will be fees associated with stormwater, solid waste and the landfill.
The next incentive will be to suspend fees for building permits for the next 90 days, beginning on March 25. (This does not include impact fee payments and doesn’t waive the need to apply for a permit.) All residential and commercial permits for projects will be included for anything from fences, roofs and swimming pools to construction of new homes and commercial buildings.
Waiving commercial tenants’ rent at city-owned facilities such as Joe’s Crab Shack at the Daytona Beach Pier, Jackie Robinson Ballpark, the Golf Club’s restaurant, tenants at the Marina Plaza, etc. for up to 90 days is the final incentive. City Manager Jim Chisholm will review options with each lessee.
As of March 27, 2020
The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce has established a website with information for businesses affected by COVID-19.
The governor has activated the Emergency Bridge Loan program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The governor also has an Emergency Business Damage Assessment survey for COVID-19.
Florida has been approved for the U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. For more information, visit www.SBA.gov/disaster.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Tuesday, March 17, in an effort to reduce density and crowds in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beaches to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Below are details from the Executive Order:
Bars, Pubs and NightclubsA. Pursuant to sections 252.36(5)(g)-(h), Florida Statutes, any licensee authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises that derive more than 50% of its gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages shall suspend all sale of alcoholic beverages for thirty days from the date of this order, effective at 5 p.m. today, March 17, 2020.
B. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall utilize its authorities under Florida law to further implement and enforce the provisions of this Section and shall take additional measures with respect to bars, pubs and nightclubs as necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare.
BeachesPursuant to section 252.36(5)(k), Florida Statutes, I direct parties accessing public beaches in the State of Florida to follow the CDC guidance by limiting theirs gatherings to no more than l O persons, distance themselves from other parties by 6 feet, and support beach closures at the discretion of local authorities.
RestaurantsA. Pursuant to section 252.36(5)(g), Florida Statutes, a restaurant shall immediately limit its occupancy to 50% of its current building occupancy.
B. Pursuant to section 252.36(5)(g), Florida Statutes, a restaurant shall follow the CDC guidance by ensuring, at minimum, a 6-foot distance between any group of patrons and limiting parties to no more than IO individuals.
C. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall ensure all restaurants implement employee screening and prohibit any employee from entering the restaurant premises if they meet any of the criteria listed below: 2 I) Any person infected with COVID-19 who has not had two consecutive negative test results separated by 24 hours; 2) Any person showing, presenting signs or symptoms of, or disclosing the presence of a respiratory infection, including cough, fever, shortness of breath or sore throat; 3) Any person who has been in contact with any person(s) known to be infected with COVID-19, who has not yet tested negative for COVID-19 within the past 14 days; 4) Any person who traveled through any airport within the past 14 days; or 5) Any person who traveled on a cruise ship within the past 14 days.
D. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall utilize its authorities under Florida law to further implement and enforce the provisions of this Section and shall take additional measures with respect to bars, pubs and nightclubs as necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare.
For purposes of this section, "restaurant" shall include any Food Service Establishment, licensed under Chapter 500, Florida Statutes, and Public Food Service Establishment, licensed under Chapter 509, Florida Statutes.
To determine if reuse is available at your location, please contact the city’s Utility Department at 386-671-8800.
Furthermore, this water should not be used to fill swimming pools, hot tubs or wading pools nor should children be permitted to play in reuse water. Above ground hose bibs (spigots) are not connected to reuse piping and reuse piping is not permitted to enter into a residence due to the potential for accidental connections with potable water lines and unintentional consumption.
The property owner is required to sign a hold harmless agreement and read the city’s Reuse Policy and Procedures Manual prior to receiving reuse water.
Each inspection will vary according to the individual property, however, one should set aside a minimum of one hour for a single family residence and an additional half hour for each additional unit to be inspected. This is only an average.
The Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) grant program was authorized by the Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004 (P.L. 108–264), which amended the National Flood Insurance Act (NFIA) of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4001, et al). FEMA provides RFC funds to assist states and communities to reduce flood damages to insured properties that have had one or more claims to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Utilities Dept. at 386-671-8807, or email Kimberly Dixon.
It is necessary to provide storm water draining facilities throughout the city's public right of ways in order that the health, safety, and welfare of the city's inhabitants may be protected. It is the intent and purpose of this article to provide authority to levy fees against all owners, tenants, or occupants whose property impacts the storm management facilities or who enjoy benefits therefrom and provide the city with a rational means for imposition of such fees to be used for the construction of improvements and extension of the facilities, maintenance, and administration.