Daytona Beach, FL – The First Step Shelter Board meets this afternoon with a number of items on their plate. Board member and Port Orange Vice Mayor Chase Tramont said there are some policy issues to be discussed and also what the Board’s expectations are for the building they are to receive.
Tramont said he and the members of the Board are there to represent their communities on how First Step Shelter will be run and what kind of policies will be put in place. He does feel that the Board’s efforts have been hampered by, what he calls, the Daytona Beach City Commission’s lackluster approach to the project.
There’s been talk about disbanding the Board by Board members themselves and the Daytona Beach City Commission. The issue was discussed at the Commission’s last meeting on May 15. The decision was made to have City Manager Jim Chisholm come up with a contingency plan if the Board does decide to disband.
A policy decision to be discussed, during today’s Board meeting, is the creation of a Safe Zone outside the Shelter. Tramont said that he worries about what a Safe Zone will look like outside the Shelter, comparing it to what the city of Daytona Beach tried when they created a Safe Zone in 2016 near the intersection of Clyde Morris Blvd and Bellevue Extension.
The First Step Shelter Board meeting begins at 4 p.m. at Daytona Beach City Hall.