Crime, business and city government issues topped DeBary Life’s most popular stories in 2017.
- Hurricane Irma‘s impact, causing downed power lines and snapping tons of branches in September, also was a top issue for readers of the 4-year-old local news blog. The city’s rapid-response cleanup may end up costing local taxpayers $1 million, though city administrators pledged to get as much money from FEMA as possible.
- Lots of readers checked out stories about November’s three-day closure of northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 17-92 to construct a bike lane over the St. Johns River.
- The vandalism at Genuine Bistro, where a front window was smashed in August, generated plenty of interest, too.
- So did the closure of DeBary’s Christian Care for Lil’ Angels, another fixture on U.S. Highway, 17-92.
- A new restaurant in Orange City — Fire on the Bayou Restaurant — piqued readers’ interest in August.
Hawthorne Landing makes big news
- One of the biggest city-government stories this year was the September approval of a 289-unit apartment complex — the first project for DeBary’s transit-oriented development district. Construction on could begin in spring 2018 with completion set for summer 2019, said David McDaniel, president of Integra Land Development. The project, also called Integra 289 Exchange, is planned on 16 acres southeast of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Dirksen Drive on land commonly known as the Costa property.
Big crime stories
- The fatal stabbing of Lisa Bresie in her Lantana Drive home and the November arrest of her former boyfriend, Anton Sanders, of Sanford.
Also in November, readers on stories about Christopher Langer, who is accused of keeping bomb-making materials and bottles of urine in his parents’ home in Saxon Woods.
- The arrest of DeBary resident Clay Curtsinger in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend’s ex in Orange County also was a top story.
More big city news
The approval of an ordinance in December allowing medical marijuana dispensaries under certain conditions in DeBary rounded out DeBary Life’s top 10 list.
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