DeLand, FL - The Minority Elected Officials of Volusia County (MEO) release a statement in response to an out-of-control block party that took place in DeLand.
And, per their release, they're not at all happy about what transpired during Saturday's (May 16th) fiasco.
"We are very concerned with the health, safety and welfare of the local residents and the young people who frequent this predominantly Black community," wrote MEO.
Additionally, they encourage residents of Volusia County to comply with all social distancing guidelines and not gather in crowds or groups of more than 50 persons, nor within six feet of one another.
"Please be mindful that we are still in a pandemic and we must continue to focus on preventive measures to protect ourselves and family members from the spread of COVID-19."
According to MEO, statistics show that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a far greater impact on the African American community than it has on other ethnic groups.
"While the numbers continue to advance, we are adamant about the protection of those within the Spring Hill community and all communities throughout Volusia County," MEO stated in their release. "As an organization, we are committed to ensuring that residents feel safe and have access to essential services at all times.
"The blockage of streets and roads is unacceptable behavior, without proper permits, and licenses to do so."
MEO will hold a press conference beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow (May 21st) at the Spring Hill Resource Center to discuss the incident in Spring Hill and to most likely remind residents of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and how to remain safe through it.