County waives permit fees to help residents with storm damage repairs

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Along state Route A1A in Volusia County, the level of damage varies but the stories of destruction are the same.

Houses condos and hotels alike are all dealing with Hurricane Nicole’s fury.


Read: Volusia County puts damage from Nicole at $522 million

Now residents are looking for a quick fix before any more damage occurs.

In an effort to expedite the permit process, county leaders have extended the waving of permit fees to speed up repairs.

Read: Wilbur-by-the-Sea man, 89, recalls riding out Hurricane Nicole in beachside home

The move will mostly affect homeowners, many of who live in Wilbur-By-The-Sea where the worst damage can be seen.

In all, 29 properties have sustained severe damage, with 17 being declared unsafe.

Read: Daytona Beach Shores residents return to condos deemed unsafe after Hurricanes Nicole, Ian

Officials say there are potentially more properties that fall into the latter category, but many of the roads blocked by debris and sand have yet to be inspected.

While the county said it will need millions of dollars to replace sand lost to Nicole, talks have already begun on what to do before future storms hit.

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Shannon Butler

Shannon Butler, WFTV.com

Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.

Matt Reeser

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Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.