Business

Thu
20
Aug

DeLand company to coordinate building of Freedom Playground

Central Florida Building & Inspectors

Herding the cats — From left, Luke, Nathan and Larry Flynn, owners of Central Florida Building & Inspections, will be coordinating the efforts of teams of volunteers building Freedom Playground Next Generation under the guidance of equipment manufacturer Play by Design.
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It’s sometimes said that working with volunteers is like herding cats. So having someone — or several someones — coordinating the collective efforts to carry out a prime directive is key.

Central Florida Building & Inspections will be that key in the upcoming construction of Freedom Playground Next Generation at Bill Dreggors Park in DeLand. Luke and Larry Flynn, the son-and-father owners of CFBI, along with Luke’s brother Nathan, will be the construction co-chairmen and coordinators between park-equipment manufacturer Play by Design and the teams of volunteers.

“We’re going to be on-site throughout the construction,” Larry Flynn said.

Thu
20
Aug

DeLand man buys Landis-Fish Building

Landis-Fish Building in DeLand

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Restored glory — This beautiful staircase just off the entry hall is part of the extensive restorations Scott Mason made in the historic, two-story Landis-Fish Building. Please see the story on the original owners of the building on Page 1A.

Landis-Fish Building in DeLand

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The middle of things — This conference room at the end of the entry hall is available for use by all six tenants in the Landis-Fish Building.

Emidio “Mid” Falasco first fell in love with the historic Landis-Fish Building in Downtown DeLand many years ago. But at the time, the building at 110 W. Indiana Ave. was too dilapidated, and Falasco didn’t have the time or money to repair and renovate it. So he gave up on trying to buy it.

The building, which dates back to 1905, started out as a one-story, Romanesque structure designed for a law firm started by Cary Landis and Bert Fish in 1902. In the 1920s, as their law firm kept growing, they added a second floor. (The law firm — now known as Landis Graham French, P.A. — moved to its current location on East Rich Avenue in 1985.)

Mon
17
Aug

DeLand airport to get multimillion-dollar upgrade

DeLand airport upgrade

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Location, location, location — The planned general-aviation complex (1) will be located south of the main aircraft ramp; the sport-aviation village (2) will be on the east side of the airport; and the existing automated weather observation system, rotating beacon and “segmented circle” (3) will be moved slightly north to clear more skydiving landing area.

Officials are embarking on a $3.1 million upgrade to the DeLand Municipal Airport to make it safer for existing general-aviation users and provide more facilities for the sport-aviation industry.

City officials have said that the municipal airport is a major economic-development tool for DeLand.

Airport Manager John Eiff said design work has already begun on several projects, with all construction expected to be completed by the end of 2017 or early 2018.

“A lot of that depends on the availability of funds,” Eiff said.

Mon
17
Aug

Newest craft beer-maker opens its doors in DeBary

Central 28 Beer Co. in DeBary
Central 28 Beer Co. in DeBary

Brewing duo — Geoff and Kathy DeBisschop are two of the partners in Central 28 Beer Co. The third partner is Kathy’s brother, Dan St. Pierre.

West Volusia’s second craft brewer, Central 28 Beer Co., has opened its tasting room in a DeBary industrial park.

The first, Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co., opened in DeLand late last year.

Central 28 Beer Co. is the brainchild of Geoff DeBisschop and his wife, Kathy, and their partner (and Kathy’s brother), Dan St. Pierre.

“I’ve been in the business more than 20 years. It’s my profession,” Geoff DeBisschop said recently. “I’ve never owned a brewery before, but I was a brewer, so when it came time to open a business, I opened the only business I know.”

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