Pastor battles to save historic Daytona Beach church

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A pastor in Daytona Beach is trying to save his historic church from closing.

Seabreeze United Church has been open since 1929. It was once a popular place for tourists to worship. But the church has fallen on tough times.

"All around us are towers, buildings, office buildings and in the midst of that is this place that calls to their mind a higher authority," said the Rev. Don Epps.

"We are in trouble -- financial trouble -- and we want friends of Seabreeze to come along and help us preserve this," said Epps.

The Spanish mission-style church, according to records, is covered in marl rock, mined near Nova Road and no longer available.

Inside are unique features, like a massive organ. It was custom-built for the church.

There are also iron fixtures made in Orlando and stained glass that tells stories from the Bible.

"Those who have come before us designed it, cared for it and entrusted this to the community of Daytona," said Epps.

Church leaders said if they don't come up with $1 million by May, they could be forced to sell the building. They said if that happens they fear the worst.

"But our fear -- there is that, you know -- is that as close as we are to the ocean, that a wrecking ball would come," said Epps.