Daytona International Speedway President Joi Chitwood with Gov. Rick Scott and the billionaire Frances -- Lesa France Kennedy & Jim France / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- To my social media friend, David Lee Davis: Wake up and smell the coffee: The citizens of Volusia County have been screwed, big time with Thursday's 6-1 County Council votes to take cars off the beach behind two proposed luxury hotels!

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Based: Orlando, Fla. Agencies Represented: Daytona Beach, DeLand, Ponce Inlet & Longwood police depts.; Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Osceola County Dept. of Corrections.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bob Walker has always spoken his mind, but with age has come wisdom and a keen understanding of when to put action into words as he did recently in helping secure a new contract for Volusia County Sheriff's deputies as business agent for Teamster's 385. Walker, 53, a retired Daytona Beach homicide detective, is the second official entrant in the inaugural HeadlineSurfer.com Hall of Fame Class of 2015-'16, behind ex-Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno.

New Book: Creepy Ass Cracker: SANFORD, Fla. -- HeadlineSurfer.com Publisher Henry Frederick has written his first book, "Creepy Ass Cracker" (842 pages, Xlibris), which hits bookstores early next year. It focuses on the sensational trial that led to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the gunshot slaying of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, but the meaning of the book's title may end up surprising you. Frederick won journalism awards for his Miami interview with Trayvon's parents; later for his trial reports at the Seminole County courthouse. Among other award-winning judicial assignments: • Witnessing execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos; • Teresa Earnhardt's civil trial keeping husband Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos sealed after the Daytona 500 fatality; • Texas Motor Speedway's legal fight to force NASCAR to provide 2nd race date. Frederick has appeared on Oxygen network's "Snapped," & Discovery Channel's "Deadly Affairs" on sultry convicted murderer Virginia Larzelere who got off death row years after her dentist-husband's slaying.

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DELAND, Fla. -- The Volusia County Council is expected to vote on proposals that would take cars off the beach in front of two proposed Daytona hotels, despite widespread public opposition. The meeting begins 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Frank T. Bruno County Council chambers, 123 W. Indiana Ave.

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DOUBLE STANDARD? / Headline Surfer® is the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper serving the Daytona Beach-Orlando metro region via HeadlineSurfer.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR CEO Brian France has infuriated the stock car giant's fan base of Southerners by publicly challenging them to fold up their beloved Confederate flag and stick it in a drawer somewhere -- anywhere, but at his race tracks.

And by doing so has once again demonstrated in his leadership role the corporate adage: "Do as I say -- not as I do."

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Sandy Adams, now residing in New Smyrna Beach, is making a run for a return to Congress in 2016 / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer /
Sandy Adams, who recently bought a home in New Smyrna Beach, is gearing up for a run for Congress in 2016, to pick up where she left off the first time around when she was elected in 2010.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Former Congresswoman Sandy Adams, who previously represented the Space Coast for one term, has announced she will seek the Republican nomination for the 6th Congressional District, which she represented portions of during her previous tenure in Congress.

“We have an opportunity in 2016 to roll back the policies of President Obama and liberals in Congress,” Adams, who served from 2011-'12, told HeadlineSurfer.com, “but that means electing people who will fight for our values. I have a clear record of conservative leadership in Tallahassee and Washington.”

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Maredy Hanford speaks with HeadlineSurfer.com while her husband, Walter Hanford, and 18 other Catholics led a protest at a well-travelled Port Orange intersection against gay marriage on Saturday.

PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- The honking cars and cheers were like symphony music to the ears Maredy Hanford and nearly two dozen other parishioners from Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Port Orange at the intersection of Ridgewood and Dunlawton avenues.

They were there from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday protesting gay marriage.

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Beach warning flags graphic for Volusia County online not easy to read / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Volusia County toots its own horn regarding verbiage for its "beach warning flags" for rough surf conditions such as rip currents and the possibility of dangerous marine life like sharks or jellyfish, but its own website is extremely difficult to read, even with a hand-held magnifying glass.

A Headline Surfer® snapshot shown here using a MacBook cutting tool (grab) with the exact size and likeness from the county's website shows washed out colors and print that is not clearly visible to the naked eye.

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Dunlawton ramp in Daytona Beach Shores, Fl / Headline Surfer®Flagler Avenue beach cam in New Smyrna Beach, FL / Headline Surfer®Graphics images for Headline Surfer® /
At far left is an online snapshot of the Dunlawton Avenue approach in Daytona Beach Shores from a county beach cam. Cars are more visible here than in the inset cam snapshot from the Flagler Avenue approach in New Smyrna Beach. That's because cars are not allowed to park on the beach in front of the municipal lot above because it's considered a park.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Volusia County beach patrol personnel flew the "yellow flag" Saturday on 49 miles of beaches in Ormond, Daytona, Daytona Beach Shores, Ponce Inlet and New Smyrna.

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This locator map on Osteen Maytown Road near Maytown Spur Drive is where 70-year-old Eleanor Geertson was critically injured in a motorcycle crash, dying a short time later.

OAK HILL, Fla. -- A motorcycle crash Saturday morning near Oak Hill resulted in the death of a 70-year-old woman who was riding as a passenger, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said.

Eleanor Geertson died less than four hours later at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach of unspecified injuries. She and her husband were wearing helmets. He was not injured.

Deltona Commissioner Heidi Herzberg recognized as 'Home Rule Hero' by Fla. League of Cities

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Deltona City Commissioner Heidi Herzberg, is involved involved a hot of community services throughout Volusia County.

DELTONA, Fla. -- The Florida League of Cities has recognized Deltona Commissioner Heidi Herzberg with a 2015 Home Rule Hero Award for her "tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2015 legislative session."

Home Rule Hero Award recipients are local government officials – both elected and non-elected – who consistently responded to the League’s request to reach out to members of the legislature and help give a local perspective to an issue.

“Strong home rule powers ensure government stays close to the people it serves,” Herzberg told Headline Surfer® after receiving her award.

Daytona State College recognized by national manufacturing group for industry training

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Daytona State Colege recognized for manufacturing training / Headline Surfer®Daytona State College recognized for manufacturing training / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
This student at Daytona State College receives training in manufacturing, for which the public institution is being recognized nationally for meeting industry standards.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona State College has been named the newest member of the Washington, D.C.-based Manufacturing Institute’s M-List, which recognizes schools providing manufacturing training that meets industry standards.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the Manufacturing Institute with its renowned advocacy for manufacturing in the U.S.,” Tom LoBasso, president of Daytona State said. “This reaffirms our long-standing record of quality and service to the community with our responsive workforce career programs.”

Mary Bruno, associate vice president of continuing and workforce education, added, “M-list membership signifies DSC’s commitment to closing the skills gap and helping to grow our region’s manufacturing sector to its fullest potential as a jobs creator and economic driver.”

Gov. Rick Scott re-appoints Orlando resident to Florida Barbers' Board

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At left, Gov. Rick Scott makes dozens of appointments to Florida boards and commissions in the wake of the abrupt state Senate adjournment in May despite unfinished business.

ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orlando man was re-appointed to the Florida Barbers' Board by Gov. Rick Scott, among 112 appointments Friday following the state Senate's failure to confirm them when it abruptly adjourned during the regular legislative session last month.

Among the governor's appointments is that of Lionel Rodriguez, 79, of Orlando, the owner and manager of Lionel's Hair Systems. He was re-appointed for a new term that ends on Oct. 31, 2018.

Lionel Rodriguez appointed for another term to Fla Barbers' Board by Gov. Scott / Headline Surfer®Among the governor's appointments is that of Lionel Rodriguez, 79, of Orlando, shown here at left, twho is the owner and manager of Lionel's Hair Systems.

Rodriguez was re-appointed for a new term that ends on Oct. 31, 2018.

53. Thousands descend on Sanford for Fourth of July fireworks

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Fireworks couple in Sanford, Florida for 4th of July, 2014 / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer videos by Henry Frederick / Here are the sights & sounds from the 2014 Fourth of July fireworks from the Sanford Pier. Shown belo are Sanford residents Gordon Obermeyer and Maranda Torres sporting USA T-shirts.

SANFORD, Fla. -- Gordon Obermeyer and Maranda Torres, along with their two small kids, were among the thousands of patriotic Central Florida citizens who descended upon the the Sanford Pier for the colorful lights and loud booming noises in the night sky.

54. Four Persian cats die in DeLand-area house fire; married couple left homeless

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House fire in DeLand in 2014 kills four cats / Headline Surfer®DeLand house fire kills 4 cats in 2014 / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Volusia County firefighters put out a house fire on Nov. 28, 2014, in the 2400 block of East New York Avenue.

DELAND, Fla. -- A DeLand-area house fire in late November left a married couple out shopping at the time homeless and the smoke inside killed their four Persian cats.

 

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Top 500 Wrestlers Ranked: 'American Dream' Dusty Rhodes 25th best among the greats

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Dusty Rhodes snapshot / Headline Sufer®Dusty Rhodes remembered by WWE on Twitter / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes is ranked 25th best among the top 500 greatest wrestlers of the past 65 years.

The HeadlineSurfer.com column Wrestling ReWind presents its latest top 500 poll in honor of Rhodes, who died Thursday in Orlando, reportedly after a fall. He was 69.

The 25th ranking among the top 500 wrestlers truly demonstrates Rhodes' standing among the pro wrestling greats.

Rhodes, with his roly-poly girth, was not a hulking figure like the immortal Hulk Hogan, No. 1 of the top 500 wrestlers in the Wrestling ReWind rankings. But Rhodes played to his strengths with that girth as the "blue collar son of a plumber."

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Live stream of IndyCar practice session Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Practice session for the upcoming Indianapolis 500 from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

993. Carlos Pardo declared winner posthumously after crashing into barrier in NASCAR Mexican race in 2009

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WORST of the Worst motorsports crashes / Headline Surfer®
Multimedia compilation of the "WORST of the Worst: Motorsport Crashes" captured on video or still images, with an emphasis on reminding fans, the corporate entities that sanction the events on safety & the need for constant vigilance in keeping drivers, crew members, emergency workers, and especially spectators, safe at racing events around the globe.
Carlos Pardo was killed in a NASCAR-sanctioned race in Mexico in 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Carlos Pardo, 33, a driver in NASCAR's Corona Series in Mexico, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, after crashing while leading on the final laps during a race held at the Autodromo Miguel E. Abed Amozoc in the Mexican state of Pueblo.

994. Formula One driver Alex Caffi survives horrific crash in 1991 Monaco Grand Prix practice run

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WORST of the Worst motorsports crashes / Headline Surfer®
Multimedia compilation of the "WORST of the Worst: Motorsport Crashes" captured on video or still images, with an emphasis on reminding fans, the corporate entities that sanction the events on safety & the need for constant vigilance in keeping drivers, crew members, emergency workers, and especially spectators, safe at racing events around the globe.
Alex Caffi survives massive crash in 1991 Monaco GP practice / Headline Surfer®

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Alex Caffi's 1991 season in Formula 1 driving was dreadful, punctuated by a bad wreck in a practice run for the Monaco Grand Prix that saw his Footwork Porsche shattered in a collision, though somehow he escaped serious injury.

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Edgewater police Sgt Robert Hazelwood pins firefighter promotion bage on NSB firefighter-son, Brandon Hazelwood / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Edgewater Police Sgt. Robert Hazelwood 'pins' a promotion badge on his New Smyrna Beach firefighter-son, Brandon Hazelwood, at New Smyrna Beach City Hall.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A firefighter received a promotional pin from his police officer-father during a ceremony before the City Commission, showing a penchant for public safety runs in the Hazelwood family.

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OAK HILL, Fla. -- School's out for summer and it's hard to tell who is happier -- the kids or their parents.

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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- Upon rising this morning, the headline screaming from Mom's copy of the local morning paper was “A Nation Grieves,” in reference to the the South Carolina church massacre.

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ESSEX, VT --- President Barack Obama flew into Germany for the G7 conference. He immediately went to a pub and lifted up a German stein full of foamy lager.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Regarding the beach driving issue the very first thing we the people did wrong was allow the closing of the stretch of beach to cars on the World's Most Famous Beach® beach behind the Bandshell many years ago.

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