In 1994, four Ormond residents met with the idea of doing something to revitalize a downtown that had been diminished by time and sprawl. A business owner, a school teacher, a retiree and a city planner, they envisioned a hometown to be proud of and saw the potential for business prosperity, architectural renewal and a refurbished infrastructure of parks, streets and cultural enhancements in the City’s core.
Now – 20 years later – the downtown area is still vital to the health and prosperity of our city. Through it’s actions, Ormond Beach MainStreet has helped to create our four riverfront parks, overseen the redevelopment of Granada Boulevard, granted renovation dollars to more than 30 district businesses, encouraged the creation of off-street parking, created an Arts District and so much more.
As one of more than 2,000 MainStreets organizations nationwide, our volunteers create events, work with the City government to foster economic development, examine district renovation grants and help to brand and market our downtown as a place where citizens and local businesses both thrive in a better, stronger and more vibrant Ormond Beach.
Welcome to the 6th Annual Ormond Beach Riverfest Seafood Festival, November 15 & 16 – A community celebration of all things water! Whether you prefer active water play or just sitting back and enjoying the view with a plate of fresh seafood, Riverfest has something to love. Admission is free. There will be music all day long on the main stage, plenty to eat and lots of vendors. This much anticipated event drew more than 10,000 area residents and visitors in 2013.
This year the festival runs Saturday, November 15 from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, November 16 from 11 am – 4 pm. Free admission and free parking make it easy to enjoy the great variety of planned activities in the two, riverfront parks.
Rockefeller Gardens will be dedicated to food and music. More than a dozen food vendors will offer up seafood in all its forms including local oysters, crab, shrimp and fresh fried fish along with hot dog vendors, scrumptious desserts and maybe even a gyro stand. You’ll find water activities stretched along the sandy beach in Fortunato Park and great fishing tucked under the bridge between the two parks. It’s the perfect place to spend a day enjoying the great things a Florida beachside community has to offer.
Just open a newspaper anytime around Thanksgiving and you’ll see plenty of sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, join a push that’s been sweeping the nation since 2010 and shop local at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before.
Did you know that Ormond Beach MainStreet has almost 100 small retail businesses and restaurants offering everything from clothes to skateboards to cookware and so much more? When you visit an independent local business you keep more money in your local economy, celebrate the uniqueness of your community, conserve your tax dollars and benefit from local expertise. More than 70% of the dollars you spend with local retailers comes directly back into the economy in jobs, taxes and reinvestment. More than 100 million Americans shopped small on Small Business Saturday last year.
Make this the year you join them!