Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;


It appears the Farmton folks blind-sided Volusia Couny by applying to the Florida Public Service Commission for a permit to create a wastewater service area on its land in Brevard and Volusia counties. The application would allow the company to provide wastewater services for the Farmton developments, a requirement of the company's agreements with the two counties, rather than the use of septic tanks.

The PSC application took Volusia officials by surprise and the county quickly filed an objection and exchanged a series of letters with the company's attorneys.

The county asked the company to withdraw its Volusia land from the application. The county insists the application is premature tbecause the proposed land use amendment the county has approved isn't final yet, and because the company isn't allowed to start construction in the area in question until 2025 and must complete a master regional development plan first, according to a letter from County Attorney Dan Eckert. The county also was concerned because the service area included the land to be set aside in conservation.

Wonder why my letters and emails to county council said they should not approve the comp plan change based on a couple of “stakeholder meetings?” Read Dinah Voyles-Pulver’s full article in the Daytona News-Journal here.