The heyday for drive-in movie theaters ended resoundingly decades ago. But a real-estate developer is proposing to build a new one in Orange City just west of Interstate 4.
That’s according to Hometown News, which is reporting that real-estate developer Dan Engel is planning to build “Stetson Drive-in Theater” on 10 acres off Kentucky Avenue.
That would allow for 300 to 500 vehicles, he told the news outlet.
“We have a prime location in Volusia County,” Engel is quoted as saying.
The Orlando native said he added “Stetson” to the name of the project because his well-known mother, Iris Daniel Engel Barnes, studied music on the DeLand campus.
Engel said he has not submitted a proposal to Orange City because he is still working out details with consultants.
The property is south of State Road 472 and west of I-4. A traditional movie theater – Epic Theatres of West Volusia – is located on the east side of I-4 in nearby Deltona.
Drive-in movie theaters are so rare in Florida you can count them on two hands.
There are seven, according to driveinmovie.com. That includes on in Ocala and another in Lakeland. The state had as many as 150 in 1955.
“There have been many reasons attributed to the rapid and steep decline of drive-in movies,” the website said. “But we believe the three biggest reasons are the move to Daylights Savings Time, the introduction of VHS movies and increasing land values and taxes.”
They can’t wait for another serving of kick-ass sausage bites. Or gumbo. Or crawfish etouffee.
Satisfied diners at Orange City’s latest eatery, Fire on the Bayou
Restaurant, already want to return.
This American/Cajun/Creole-themed restaurant in the Orange City Town Center on Enterprise Road has a following. It just opened Aug. 1.
“The food is on point, everything was great,” David Pojero wrote in a post on Facebook’s DeBary Proud! “The servers did the best they could given how busy they were. Their prices are a bit higher than I thought it would/should be, but the food was so good.”
The restaurant is at 921 Town Center Drive, Suite 1100, in the Orange City Town Center. That’s on Enterprise Road across from AMF Deltona Lanes.
921 Town Center Drive, Suite 1100, Orange City, FL
A $50 million cleanup plan for Florida’s springs includes cash to protect Gemini Springs and other water bodies in Volusia County.
More than $380,000 from state, water district and local authorities will pay for efforts in DeBary to help clean runoff from 200 acres flowing into Gemini Springs.
About $1.2 million from state, district and locals will fund a project designed to reduce water withdrawals from Blue Spring in Orange City.
Nearly $390,000 for a separate project will help pay to remove 179 septic tanks that threaten the health of Blue Spring.
An additional $2 million is earmarked for Blue, Silver and
Wekiva to voluntarily replace and retrofit septic tanks at an estimated cost of $10,000 per tank.
Another $2.5 million is approved to reduce pollution in DeLeon Springs. The money will pay for a conservation easement to transition Fieser Dairy from a highly intensive dairy operation to a less intensive ranching operation.
“It is estimated that this project will result in a nutrient reduction of more than 200 pounds of total nitrogen per day and more than 80 pounds of total phosphorus per day,” the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said in a news release.
The state and St. Johns River Water Management District are each chipping in $95,000, and local authorities will provide $190,000, for the Gemini Springs project.
It will pay for “nutrient separating baffle boxes” with “enhanced
nutrient reduction from stormwater and surficial groundwater along Dirksen Drive in Volusia County and upstream of the marsh inflow to Gemini Springs Run,” according to documents released by Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office. The property in the Fredricka Road area receives runoff from the 123-acre “Plantation Estates to the north, which was constructed prior to the stormwater treatment era,” documents state. “The Mansion Blvd. site receives runoff from an additional 85 acres of Plantation Estates. ”
Scott’s office and the Florida DEP on Monday announced $50 million for 40 projects. The so called Fighting for Florida’s Future budget will “improve water quality, reduce nutrient loading, recharge water supply and protect habitat in Florida’s iconic spring systems,” the Florida DEP said. This includes a state investment of more than $10.2 million to protect springs in Central and Northeast Florida, including the Silver, Wekiva, Volusia Blue and De Leon
“This includes a state investment of more than $10.2 million to protect springs in Central and Northeast Florida, including the Silver, Wekiva, Volusia Blue and De Leon springsheds,” a statement said. “Combined with match funding from Florida’s water management districts and local partners, the investment in springs projects statewide will total more than $94 million during the 2017-18 fiscal year.”