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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Frank DiBello, a pioneer in Florida private space flight ventures, highlights this month's Daytona Area Chamber of Commerce Tallahassee Speaker Series.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Local insurance magnate Tony Grippa of Brown & Brown Inc., was all too eager to showcase a picture-perfect display shot of himself mugging it up with former New York Gov. George Pataki, who was unable to make much of a dent in the crowded 2016 GOP field for president, with Trump out-muscling even the likes of of former Florida Gov. Jed Bush and US Sen. Marco Rubio, the early favorites.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Fifteen community leaders have been selected by the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties’ Executive Board to lead the new vision of Community Impact. 

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Sun • Scene • Sand • Surf 

Werlcome to DaytonA Beach / home of condos / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photo illustration /
The big selling points for high-rise condos in Daytona: Start with the sunshine and the scenery. Add the hard sands of the World's Most Famous Beach® where cars are allowed along certain stretches along with off-beach parking. And finally, those awesomely curling waves, referred to in these parts as the surf.
 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- With summer just days away, here's some good news for thew World's Most Famous Beach®: Condominium sales in greater Daytona Beach rose marginally in the month of May -- in a year-over-year comparison as prices dipped slightly.

That's the latest analysis from The Wyse Home Team at Keller-Williams Realty in Port Orange.

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Teresa Rand, incoming chair of the Daytona Chamber / Headline Surfer®Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Teresa Rand, president & CEO of the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA named chair of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce for 2016.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce has elected its officers for 2016, with a businesswoman as the new face of the organization.

With unanimous support from the nominating committee and board, Teresa Rand, president & CEO of the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA was elected chair for 2016.

As the head of the YMCA, Rand brings a great deal of community knowledge and leadership to the Chamber.

“Teresa has been an active member of the Board for several years including leadership roles in the Membership Division and the Community Development Division," current Chair Chris Bowler said. "In addition, she participated in the Strategic Planning process for the Chamber this past year.”

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Volusia County Councilman & attorney Joshua Wagner joining Vasilaros Legal / Headline Surfer®Joshua J. Wagner, the Daytona Beach-area Volusia County Councilman is joining the Vasilaros law firm / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photo /
Volusia County Councilman Joshua J. Wagner, shown here in the inset, has left power attorney Ted Doran's Daytona Beach law firm to partner up with veteran personal injury attorney Steven Vasilaros, shown second from left in his signature logo for Vasilaros Legal, which will now become Vasilaros Wagner.

 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Say it ain't so! Volusia County Councilman Joshua J. Wagner and power attorney Ted Doran have gotten a divorce of sorts. Wagner left Doran's larger law firm earlier this month to partner up with veteran personal injury attorney Steven Vasilaros.

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JetBlue to offer flights from New York City's JFK to Daytona Beach Int'l Airport in Feb 2016 / Headline Surfer®JetBleue to offer flights between JFK & Daytona Beach Int'l Airport / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Daytona Beach International Airport is getting a third air carrier in JetBlue in February 2016, to compliment Delta and US Airways.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Central Florida’s Daytona Beach International Airport will become a new destination for New York City's JFK Airport-based a year from now, the air carrier announced Friday.

The carrier will operate daily service from Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA code JFK) to Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB), using Airbus A320 jets configured with 150 or 165 seats.

And nobody in Volusia County government is happier with the news than first-term County Chair Jason Davis, who put a premium on economic development and tourism as major points in his 2012 election campaign. 

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At left is an example of the ongoing ad campaign on Facebook by Daytona International Speedway to push ticket sales for the Feb. 22 running of the Daytona 500. Multiple Speedway videos inside featuring Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Like a used-car salesman, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood, III, has been talking about the new wider plastic seats installed as part of the $400 million Daytona Rising. And he's turned to Facebook to put fannies in those seats, even though a sellout is iffy.

So DIS has turned to Facebook. Yes, Facebook. Imagine the ridicule the NFL would face for pushing Superbowl tickets on the the social media site. After all, the Daytona 500 is billed as the Superbowl of NASCAR.

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Daytona State College President Carol Eaton addresses the Board / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photos /
Daytona State College President Carol Eaton updates the Board of Trustees on the fiscal health of the college. This was expected to lead into her request to be relieved of her presidency in favor of serving as an advisor until her contract expires in August.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla -- It became apparent pretty quickly to the Board of Daytona State College to seek the services of a lobbyist to compete for capital improvements and other such funding funding after DSC President Carol Eaton showed a series of statistics showing the college near the bottom compared to state colleges in South Florida.

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