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Posted on: October 5, 2018

Guided walking tours of Turnbull Creek scheduled for October 6, 13, 15, 22

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City of New Smyrna Beach launches voter information effort for Turnbull Creek bonds

Walking tours, information booth, and website among available resources

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – The City of New Smyrna Beach will be providing a variety of resources for voters about the Turnbull Creek Water Quality, Wildlife Habitat, and Natural Areas Protection Bonds municipal referendum on the ballot for the 2018 general election. Appearing as the last item on page 2 of the sample ballot provided by the Volusia County Department of Elections, the official ballot language reads:

“To protect water quality by preventing pollution in Turnbull Creek and Bay, Spruce Creek, the Indian River, and the Atlantic Ocean and preserve wildlife habitat and natural areas from development by acquiring land along Turnbull Creek, shall the City of New Smyrna Beach issue general obligation bonds at rates not exceeding the maximum legal rate, maturing within 30 years, not exceeding $15 million payable from ad valorem taxes with full public disclosure of all spending?”

Voters will then be asked to vote, “Yes, For Bonds” or “No, Against Bonds.”

The City has scheduled four guided walking tours, free and open to the public, to allow voters to see some of the proposed preservation sites up close. Subject matter speakers from the Marine Discovery Center, New Smyrna Beach Museum of History, and other institutions will be on hand to provide information on local plant and wildlife and offer insights into how the Turnbull Canal System came to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its role as “Andrew Turnbull’s Grand Canal” during the area’s British colonial period. There will be four tours during the month of October scheduled on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings to accommodate different schedules.

  • Saturday morning tours (8:30-10:00 AM): October 6 and 13
  • Monday evening tours (5:30-7:00 PM): October 15 and 22

Tours will begin at the picnic pavilion in Holland Park (357 Otter Blvd) and first proceed east along the New Smyrna Beach Multi-Use Trail to the bridge which passes over Turnbull Creek (0.5 miles roundtrip). After returning to Holland Park, there will be an option to continue south along Otter Blvd and then east until finishing with another peek at Turnbull Creek from the bridge on Jungle Rd (1.25 miles roundtrip).

In addition, an information booth will be set up at the New Smyrna Beach Farmers Market in front of City Hall (210 Sams Ave) on Saturday, October 20 and 27 from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Finally, a page has been added to the City’s website at to provide the most up-to-date schedules, resources and background information on the referendum, and a form to submit questions online which will be answered and posted for others to see.

Click here for website on Turnbull Creek bonds