US Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet

District Seven

2999 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169

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ABOUT

US Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet is a Small Boat Station which forms part of the US Coast Guard’s 7th District, Sector Jacksonville. The station performs Search & Rescue, Law Enforcement and fisheries patrols. Located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Station Ponce de Leon has a modest crew of 31 active and 15 reserve personnel.

 

 

Sector Jacksonville was established on August 16, 2005 from the reorganization and consolidation of Group Mayport, Base Mayport. Sector Jacksonville is located on six acres of land adjacent Naval Station Mayport, along the St. Johns River in Mayport, FL. The mission of Sector Jacksonville is to provide unified command and control for accomplishing Coast Guard mission objectives. Sectors provide strategically guided, goal focused, and high performance service delivery across the full range of Coast Guard missions.
Sector Jacksonville’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) encompasses 40,000 square miles of ocean and inland waterways. Within the Sector’s AOR are 190 miles of coastline stretching from King’s Bay, GA to Port Malabar, FL. Along this coastline are 10 inlets, most of which provide safe passage to inland waterways. Inland waters within the AOR include 248 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), 161 miles of the St. John’s River, and numerous rivers, creeks, and marshes.
To cover this diverse and challenging AOR, Sector Jacksonville utilizes Multi-Mission Station Mayport, Station Ponce de Leon Inlet, and Station Port Canaveral, FL. In addition, Sector Jacksonville is parent command to five cutters, MARIA BRAY, SAWFISH, RIDLEY, SHRIKE, HAMMER, two Aids to Navigation teams located at Ponce de Leon and Jacksonville Beach and MSD Canaveral.
Located within Sector Jacksonville’s AOR are five Department of Defense installations, U.S. Eastern Space and Missile Center, the Naval Ordnance Test Unit and Kennedy Space Center.
Sector Jacksonville is responsible for all Coast Guard missions in the Jacksonville Captain of the Port (COTP) zone and AOR including Search and Rescue, Ports Waterways and Coastal Security, Waterways Management, Maritime Homeland Security, Marine Science Activities, Aids to Navigation, and finally Command and Logistical Support.
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ARRIVAL

The nearest major airport is Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP / KECP). This airport has domestic flights from Panama City, Florida and is 41 miles from the center of Ponce de Leon, FL.

 

Another major airport is Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS / KVPS), which has domestic flights from Valparaiso, Florida and is 53 miles from Ponce de Leon, FL.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
 

Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to attend kindergarten. Students must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1 and have completed kindergarten to attend grade 1.

 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

 

Volusia County Schools
Chisholm Elementary School
New Smyrna Beach Middle School
New Smyrna Beach High School
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If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

 

​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

 

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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

Florida Department of Health Volusia (386) 424-2065
The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

 

Florida Department of Children and Families (866) 762-2237

 

Southeast Volusia Humane Society (386) 428-9860
The purpose and mission of SEVHS is the prevention of suffering, neglect, abuse, and cruelty of animals. To provide humane care and treatment for animals needing protection, assist in returning lost animals to their homes, find suitable homes for animals without, promote humane education, and continually work toward the solution of over-population of animals.

 

Florida Highway Safety Volusia (386) 254-4610

 

Base Operator (386) 428-9084

Housing

Currently, on-base housing is not offered at Station Ponce de Leon Inlet.

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Community

In New Smyrna Beach, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, and mostly cloudy; the winters are cool, windy, and partly cloudy; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 53°F to 88°F and is rarely below 41°F or above 91°F.

 

The hot season lasts for 4.1 months, from May 25 to September 29, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 24, with an average high of 88°F and low of 76°F. The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 6 to March 6, with an average daily high temperature below 72°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 53°F and high of 68°F.

 

The wetter season lasts 4.1 months, from May 29 to October 2, with a greater than 40% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 64% on August 9. The drier season lasts 7.9 months, from October 2 to May 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on November 21.

Residents in New Smyrna Beach, FL enjoy a cost of living index of 102. This index is 3% higher than the Florida average, and 2% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in New Smyrna Beach, FL, the average cost of goods and services is 1% lower than it is in Florida, and it is 2% lower than the national average.

New Smyrna Beach is a Florida city south of Daytona Beach. It’s a surf hub known for its beaches, including nearby Canaveral National Seashore. The coastal Smyrna Dunes Park has views of Ponce Inlet and its lighthouse. Downtown’s palm-lined Canal Street Historic District has art galleries, shops and the New Smyrna Museum of History. The Mary S. Harrell Black Heritage Museum displays memorabilia in an 1899 church.

 

The charms of New Smyrna Beach are as endless as the beaches are beautiful. This Florida beach town perfectly blends active adventure with laid-back attitude for an unforgettable getaway vacation. The allures of this coastal town are endless. Explore the 13 miles (21 km) of golden-hued beaches and dive into the refreshing Atlantic surf for ocean escapades galore.

 

Dip your toes in the sand dunes and marvel at the picturesque delights of this wind-swept park. Stunning beauty surrounds Smyrna Dunes Park, as water from the Indian River flows through Ponce Inlet and joins the brilliant Atlantic surf. With an observation tower, nature trails, and a dune walk, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the five different ecosystems this unique park encompasses, and the wide variety of animals, birds, and marine life that call the park home. You can also enjoy the beautiful peninsula from the water with boating, fishing, and swimming opportunities available.

 

The beach vistas of New Smyrna Beach are incredibly impressive – elevate your viewpoint with a BiPlane Flight tour! Each tour takes you to the sky in a classic 1941 open cockpit biplane and lets you enjoy unprecedented panoramas of the coastline. Get a bird’s eye view of iconic town landmarks, like the Ponce De Leon Inlet lighthouse and watch the sands of the pristine Cape Canaveral Nature Preserve beaches twinkle in the sun. Any of the four tours is a memorable way to see the sights and enjoy Florida’s spectacular natural beauty.

 

The historic Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is an icon of New Smyrna Beach and the coastline. Measuring 175 feet (53 meters) tall, the historic establishment is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and is a National Historic Landmark! Visitors can learn more about the lighthouse’s history and the keepers who lived there and view a large collection of Fresnel lenses, including the restored, original Ponce Inlet lighthouse first-order Fresnel lens.

 

More than 4,000 species of plants and animals live along the Indian River Lagoon and the Marine Discovery Center encourages you to immerse yourself in their habitat. On their ecotourism expeditions, educated naturalists lead you by boat or kayak through mangrove shorelines, over sand bars, and across the lagoon. Explore the lush landscape as you watch ospreys and pelicans soar above you or bottlenose dolphins play in the wake of the boat.

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