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Memorial Day 2016 recognized on the hard sands of New Smyrna Beach, Florida / Headline Surfer®New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway spaks on Memorial Day / Headline SurferEditor's Note: New Smyrna Beach Mayor Jim Hathaway, shown here in the inset, was asked for a copy of his 2016 Memorial Day speech, which he delivered on the sacred holiday on Monday in Riverside Park for publication in Headline Surfer®. Hathaway, a New Smyrna Beach native, who served as a city commissioner for 18 years until 2012, was elected mayor two years later. He is seeking re-election for another two years in the 2016 elections. Hathaway served in the United States Army Reserves, earning the rank of captain in the Quartermaster Corps, before he was honorably discharged. The main display picture in recognition of Memorial Day, was shot on the hard sands of New Smyrna Beach, among the most popular tourist destinations for the eclectic shops on Flagler Avenue, leading to the curling waves where it's a badge of honor for surfers nipped by a shark near the South Jetty, and home to the US Coast Guard station. 
Here is the text of what Hathaway said in his Memorial Day message:

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- On this day of remembrance, we honor the bravest amongst us – those who stood up, carried the American Standard, and then came home embraced in that flag. What do you say to a young wife whose husband won’t return from a foreign battlefield? How do you console a grieving child whose parent paid the ultimate sacrifice for his or her nation?

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Jim Hathaway seekking 2nd term as mayor of New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH – This seaside tourist city's native son, Jim Hathaway, is seeking a second two-year term as New Smyrna Beach's mayor.

Hathaway was initially elected mayor in the 2014 general elections, easily defeating then-City Commissioner Jack Grasty in the non-partisan race.

“Serving as the mayor of New Smyrna Beach is a tremendous honor,” Hathaway said of his announcement in an email this morning to Headline Surfer®, “but it also requires tremendous dedication to tackle some very serious issues facing this city. There is a lot more work to be done, and I am asking the citizens for another term to continue working towards a better community.”

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Donald Trump / Headline Surfer®EDGEWATER, Fla. -- Here we go again folks: Donald Trump used every trick in the book to convince disenfranchised Republicans that he was a "man of the people" by telling the legion of these disgruntled,voters just what they wanted to hear.

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Zika virus in Florida / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
The permanent appointment of Dr. Celeste Philip as Florida surgeon general comes at a critical time with the zika virus concern in Florida. The video is a public service mesaage from the State of Florida on how to deal with the virus.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott today removed the word "acting" from the job description for Dr. Celeste Philip, the state surgeon general and secretary of the Florida Department of Health.

Philip has served as Florida's acting surgeon general since March. She's also a one-time assistant director of the Volusia County Health Department.

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Beach driving advocate Greg Gimbert is running for Volusia County chair / Headline Surfer®Greg Gimbert, pro-beach driving advocate, running for County Council / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Beach driving becomes a central issue with Greg Gimbert's entrance into the 2016 Volusia County elections.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The race for the face of Volusia County government has gotten ramped up with the driving force behind keeping cars on the beach seeking the chairmanship of the County Council in the 2016 elections.

Greg Gimbert, leader of the political action committee, Let Volusia Vote, joins an already-crowded field for the lead post on the seven-member elected body that sits on the dais of the Frank T. Bruno Jr. County Council chambers in DeLand.

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A motorist is shot dead by Volusia County Sheriff's deputy in Osteen, Fla, Saturday night / Headline Surfer®VCSO spokesman Gary Davidson / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / 
Volusia County Sheriff's personnel closed a stretch of SR 415 in Osteen in both directions well into Sunday after an armed motorist was shot to death late Saturday night by a sheriff's deputy under circumstances with vague details. In the inset is agency spokesman Gary Davidson who gave TV news interviews Sunday from the county administration building in DeLand on the deadly shooting.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A motorist was shot and killed by one of two deputies after he refused to put down a gun he reached for while seated in his car on the side of the road in the 1400 block of SR 415 in rural Osteen, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said, but a full 24 hours later on Sunday night, there were far more questions than answers as to the use of deadly force.

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DELAND, Fla. -- The DeLand City Commission meets 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave. For more information, please call 386-626-7000.

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DELAND, Fla. -- The DeLand Planning Board meets 5 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 120 S. Florida Ave. For more information, please call 386-626-7000.

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VCSO holds 'Coffee with a Cop' Friday in DeLand / Headline Surfer®DELAND, Fla. -- The next installment of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office's 90-minute "Coffee With A Cop" program is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday at the McDonald's restaurant in the Brandywine Plaza just north of the DeLand city limits.

The 2-year-old program is part of a national initiative to further dialogue between law enforcement and citizens without heavy lectures or hidden agendas.

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State Attorney RJLarizza at GOP event in Volusia County with Chair Tony LedbetterState Attorney RJ Larizza / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer® /
State Attorney RJ Larizza (inset) is shown speaking to campaign supporters at a recent Volusia County Republican Party rally in Daytona Beach, Florida, as Tony Ledbetter, chairman of the GOP executive committee, stands to the side.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Often times, running for elected office becomes convoluted in numbers.

Consider the candidacy of State Attorney R.J. Larizza was returned to office for a third consecutive four-year term at high noon Friday in the Seventh Judicial Circuit when qualifying ended and he had no challengers. 

Third, four, seventh -- that's a mishmash of numbers that help define the office sought, such as the length of time and jurisdiction. But here's a number that perhaps is most impactful for this particular office: $116,379. 

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Mark Barker, retired Holly Hill, FL police chief / Headline Surfer®By Mark Barker
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Mark Barker on the World's Most Famous Beach in Daytona / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Looks like the Hard Rock Hotel – you know, the project that was billed as a panacea for every problem facing Volusia County from beachside blight to head lice – has been “put on hold” for the foreseeable future.

Seems those pesky Sons of the Beach and Let Volusia Vote radicals may have all but spoiled it with their lawsuits and roadblocks to happiness and prosperity. You remember the Hard Rock, right? The magic potion guaranteed to revitalize Daytona Beach and save us from ourselves?