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Last Update: 1/12/22

City Council Meeting January 10, 2022

The first Edgewater City Council Meeting for the year took place on Monday January 10th. In addition to routine zoning requests, the council discussed a resident request to remove a live oak tree, a FEMA grant for the YMCA and signing approval for Volusia County's Opioid settlement.

A summary of the council meeting appears in the attachment box at the bottom of this screen.

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Redistricting Committee Meeting January 11, 2022

Edgewater city ordinance requires an appointment of a council redistricting committee within six months of release the latest U.S. Census data.

A five-member committee was appointed by the council in December and met for the first (and last?) time on January 11, 2022. 

City Attorney Aaron Wolfe reviewed the criteria for voting districts such as: equitable populations, contiguous boundaries, compact and "regular shaped" districts preferred.  The committee then reviewed 3 different proposed district maps prepared by the city staff.  Upon being told that "Map A" has the most equal populations, members all agreed to recommend Map A to the council.  This recommendation will be voted on at the February and March council meetings.  The committee then adjourned, completing work in under 15 minutes. 

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Message from City Manager Glenn Irby:  2022 Goals 

As we enter in to the New Year, I would first like to thank our dedicated and hardworking employees. They are always ready to provide the best service to our residents and visitors. The team here in the City of Edgewater is among the best I have ever served alongside.

At the December 6, 2021 City Council meeting we discussed goals for the upcoming year and they include:

  •  Working with and deepening relationships with the other cities in SE Volusia
  • Being proactive in dealing with concerns from citizens, particularly involving utility related matters 
  • Supporting staff in finding environmentally friendly best practices for development
  • Offering training for current employees to facilitate different and better job opportunities
  • Improving communication both within the organization and in the community
  • Beginning initial planning and design for a new City Hall
  • Renewing efforts on obtaining more grants which in turn save taxpayer money
  • Beginning initial planning and design for a new Environmental Services facility
  • Continuing work with Riverside Conservancy on living shorelines projects throughout the City

I look forward to working alongside our incredible staff to achieve these goals. I also look forward to hearing from you about how we can work together to help our community be its best! I can be reached (by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by calling 386-424-2400 x1203. 

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City Council Meeting December 6, 2021

The final Edgewater City Council Meeting for 2021 took place on Monday December 6th.  Discussions involved adjusting compensation for city employees, permitting backyard chickens in Edgewater and adding non-Ad Valorem charges to the property tax bill. A summary of the council meeting appears in the attachment box below.

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Edgewater Environmental News

Riverside Conservancy has received a grant from the Indian River Lagoon Council to provide living shoreline restoration at Veteran’s Memorial Park, George R. Kennedy Memorial Park, Menard May Park and Highland Shores Park through plantings and oyster reef enhancement.

The project includes approximately 1000 feet of shoreline and oyster reef. Stabilizing and restoring shoreline through carefully selected plantings will immediately provide habitat for many aquatic species, sequester nutrients from runoff, and reduce erosion and escarpment. Furthermore, restoration of the oyster reefs will provide habitat for juvenile aquatic species while cleansing the water and stabilizing the intertidal area. 

There is no cost to the City for this project. Crews from Riverside Conservancy, Young Bear Environmental and volunteers began installing the new oyster reefs along the north side of George R. Kennedy Memorial Park on August 7, 2021. Riverside Conservancy will visit the sites bi-weekly for the first three months to assess plantings and oyster reef. After the first three months, the sites will be visited monthly. The sites will remain under Riverside Conservancy for at least five years in order to conduct comprehensive research on the oyster reefs and to ensure the success of the shoreline restoration.

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