City of Ormond Beach, FL

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ARTICLE | Mar 28, 2011

New member profile for the City of Ormond Beach, FL

POPULATION

The preliminary population estimate for April 1, 2010, was 40,587 (University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research).  The majority of the City’s population is over 50 years of age.  In December 2010, Where to Retire magazine named Ormond Beach as a top retirement town and it was featured in the January/February issue.

HISTORY

Ormond Beach was incorporated on April 22, 1880, and is located in northeast Volusia County on the Atlantic Ocean and is immediately adjacent to the City of Daytona Beach to the south and approximately 85 miles south of Jacksonville and 60 miles northeast of Orlando.  The Halifax River (Intracoastal Waterway) runs the entire length of the City separating the mainland from the peninsula.  The Ormond Beach City Hall is located at 22 South Beach Street at the southwestern foot of the Granada Bridge.  The Granada Bridge is a high rise bridge connecting the mainland to the peninsula which was constructed circa 1983.

The City is considered full service providing police, fire, water, sewer, recreation and public works services.  The City covers a 35.81 square mile area and currently has over 300 employees.

Ormond Beach is known as “The Birthplace of Speed” because this is where the first speed tournaments in the US were held.  It all started in 1903 on the smooth, hard-packed sands of Ormond Beach.  It was an ideal location for automobile inventors and drivers to demonstrate their ingenuity.  For the next eight years, the records set during speed trial tournaments would be the first significant ones made outside of Europe.  At the time, motorcycles and automobiles used gasoline, steam and electricity and in addition to coming from across the United States, also came from France, Germany, and England.

Ormond Beach’s history is not complete without mentioning one of its most famous residents - John D. Rockefeller.  Mr. Rockefeller stated that he would live to be 100 years old.  In his determination, he sent his employees to find the most pollution-free place to spend his winters in retirement and they chose Ormond Beach.  In 1914, Mr. Rockefeller arrived at the Ormond Hotel and rented an entire floor for himself and his staff.  After four winter seasons at the hotel, and supposedly due to a dispute with hotel employees, he purchased the home built by Reverend Harwood Huntington, whose wife was the daughter of the creator of the Pullman Train Car Company.  "The Casements," was his winter cottage and located only a few hundred yards to the south of the Ormond Hotel.  The Casements now serves as the City’s cultural center along with the beautiful Rockefeller Gardens, it hosts a myriad of local events annually.  Each winter Mr. Rockefeller held the annual Rockefeller Christmas Party at The Casements and his Ormond friends would visit and share gifts and holiday cheer.   Although it was believed that Rockefeller would live to see 100 years, he died in 1937 at the age of 97 while sleeping in The Casements, his home for over 19 years.  

RECENT/ONGOING PROJECTS/PROCESSES

LED LIGHTING:   In 1984, the City installed decorative lighting along both sides of the Granada Bridge, and in front of select City-owned properties as part of a substantial downtown streetscape improvement project.   The Granada Bridge is a high rise bridge connecting the City’s mainland to its peninsula and is the main throughfare in the City’s downtown and serves as a hurricane evacuation route.

During routine inspection of the decorative light poles on the Granada Bridge, staff noticed that the galvanized mounting hardware, cast iron poles and fixtures required replacement as the harsh salt air environment had caused significant corrosion.  An inventory revealed there was two different style light poles constructed of cast iron or composite, and two similar style light fixtures installed along the corridor.        

Staff created a Capital Improvement project with the goals that the restoration work would unify the corridor by specifying one decorative light pole and fixture style, replace the deteriorated mounting hardware before failure could occur and replace all deteriorated fixtures with new energy efficient, environmentally friendly ”Green technology” that could be used as a showcase for the downtown. 

The proposed LED light fixtures selected for this renovation project were first installed as part of the Rockefeller Gardens Improvement project completed in 2009.  The fixtures were carefully selected and specified so staff could test these fixtures and evaluate the performance of the new technology on a small scale project before converting approximately 200 decorative fixtures in the downtown. 

The proposed composite light poles selected for this project were first installed along the corridor in 1991, as part of a streetscape renovation project.  Visual inspection of the composite light poles concluded that they were not affected by the salt air environment as were the cast iron light poles, as the composite material was more conducive to coastal environments.  Since most of the replacement light poles were to be installed on the Granada Bridge, staff worked with the manufacturer to create a custom reinforced light pole that could withstand the windloading requirements and also support mast arm banners that would be attached during special events. 

To expedite the project and reduce expenses related to sales taxes and contractor overhead, staff purchased the decorative light poles, fixtures and banner arms directly and then awarded a contract for installation.  In addition to the savings achieved by a direct purchase, the conversion to LED technology is estimated to save over $10,000 in annual energy costs.  

RECOGNITIONS/AWARDS

FLORIDA GREEN BUILDING COALTION CERTIFICATION:  This year, the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), a membership-based nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable building, development and business practices, designated the City of Ormond Beach as a Florida Green Local Government.  The City received the prestigious Silver Level Designation earned as a result of their outstanding environmental stewardship across all departments.  Numerous initiatives earned the City its Silver Certification including monitoring and tracking government building energy and water usage, participating in Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, enacting ordinances for tree preservation, rain sensor irrigation, septic system replacement, historic preservation to protect natural resources, developing environmental educational information for the City’s website, enacting sea turtle and manatee protection programs along with a boat facility siting plan, and implementing advanced stormwater controls and waterfront considerations.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANT:  This City is also in the final stages of implementing the activities of its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) which include the replacement of fluorescent bulbs in City facilities, installing occupancy motion sensors for lights, installing programmable thermostats, and providing an educational website which provides information to the community regarding its energy efficiency and conservation strategy and introduce energy cost savings and greenhouse gas emission reduction programs.

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