Mayor Don Burnette on city's anniversary: 'We are calling it Port Orange 150'

Port Orange Mayor Don Burnette / Headline SurferBy DON BURNETTE
Port Orange Mayor
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PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- Spring is here, and the celebration of the founding of City of Port Orange that took place 150 years ago, continues. We are calling it Port Orange 150.

You might have already seen it referred to on the city’s social media feeds as #PO150 . Port Orange is rich in history. On April 26, 1867, the community of Port Orange was established when the US Postal Service recognized us for the first time. Thanks to the efforts of abolitionist, John Milton Hawks and hundreds of former slaves, the Port Orange community came to life in an area of the city referred to today as, Freemanville.

Now, as we write new chapters of our history, there are many activities to highlight. Youth baseball has started and Earth Day is being celebrated on April 28. Also, I look forward to awarding the Mayor’s Cup at the 31st annual Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament at Cypress Head Golf Club in June.

Lastly, we wrap up our Port Orange 150 commemoration in November on the riverside with a celebration at the soon-to-be completed Riverwalk Park with many festivities taking place that day including a firework display to conclude the evening.

Now, as we write new chapters of our history, there are many activities to highlight. Youth baseball has started and Earth Day is being celebrated on April 28. Also, I look forward to awarding the Mayor’s Cup at the 31st annual Mayor’s Invitational Golf Tournament at Cypress Head Golf Club in June.

Lastly, we wrap up our Port Orange 150 commemoration in November on the riverside with a celebration at the soon-to-be completed Riverwalk Park with many festivities taking place that day including a firework display to conclude the evening.

Don’t forget to visit the city’s website at www.Port-Orange.org for more information and social media links of interest. Speaking of the website, I look forward to the rollout of our new site this summer that will improve the way to access information and stay informed. Port Orange is a great place to live, work and play and I am glad you are here. Enjoy everything we have to offer this Spring. 

Editor's Note:
Don Burnette was elected Port Orange mayor in November and took office in January.
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