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Custom-built $35,000 Harley being raffled by DaytonaChamber for Bike Week 2014 / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- Your odds of being struck by lightning in a given year is one in 750,000. The odds of winning Powerball are one in 175,223,510. So the odds are definitely more in your favor in if you purchase a $50 ticket for a drawing in mid-March for a custom-built 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide valued at $35,000, in the Daytona Chamber of Commerce's drawing of the "Official Bike Week Motorcycle." Oh, and as for the odds of winning the flashy Harley, it's one in 4,500.


Rick Karl of Daytona Int'l Airport / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / Rick Karl, director Dytona International Airport, tells the 24/7 internet newspaper he is uplifted by healthy passenger traffic counts.

DAYTONA -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 3 percent in November compared to the previous November, Volusia County officials said.

Last month, 44,939 passengers arrived and departed through the county-operated airport. This compares with the 43,666 travelers recorded last November.

And for the 12 months ending Nov. 30, there were 603,419 passengers tracked through the airport, compared with 583,142 recorded for the prior 12 months, a 3 percent increase.

“We are very pleased with the latest monthly traffic increase,” Rick Karl, the airport’s director, told Headline Surfer®.


Passenger traffic up 9% at Daytona International Speedway / Headline Surfer®Small planes use Daytona Beach International Airport / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / Large and small planes use Daytona Beach Internatuonal Airport, which has seen passenger service increase by 1 percent in thr past year.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 9 percent during October compared to October of a year ago.

During October, 50,930 incoming and outgoing passengers traveled through the county-operated airport. This compares with 46,704 passengers in October 2012.

And for for the past 12 months, 602,146 travelers have flown in and out of the airport, a 1 percent increase compared to the year.


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Florida DOT Secretary Ananth Perasad to address St. Cloud-Osceola Chamber / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer /  Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad, shown here, will be the featured breakfast speaker Tuesday of the St. Cloud-Osceola Greater Chamber of Commerce.

ST. CLOUD -- Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad will address Osceola County leaders Tuesday about transportation projects and how they impact the economy of Osceola County. He is the featured speaker at a breakfast hosted by the St. Cloud-Osceola Greater Chamber of Commerce.


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Kenneth Wright of Winter Park appointed by Gov. Scott to Fla. Transportation Comm. / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Attorney Kenneth Wright, shown here, has a distinguished record in serving on statewide boards and commissions.

WINTER PARK -- Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday the appointment of Kenneth Wright to the Florida Transportation Commission.

Wright, 65, of Winter Park, is an attorney with the Orlando law offices of Shutts & Bowen LLP. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a one-year-plus term ending Sept. 30, 2014. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Wright has been called to lead groups that shape statewide environmental policy and regional development.  


DAYTONA BEACH -- Gov. Rick Scott has re-appointed Robert "Bob" Davis to the Daytona State College District Board of Trustees.


Fulton Williams, chairman, Bert Fish Medical Center Foundation / Headline SurferNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Meet Fulton Williams, the elected chair of the Bert Fish Medical Center Foundation, Inc.

"The Foundation provides philanthropic support for Bert Fish Medical Center by generating ongoing resources dedicated to improving the health of the community we serve," Bert Fish Medical Center spokesman Craig Bair said.


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Hard Rock Cafe coming to Daytona / Headline SurferThis 10-acre  vacant beachfront property at 801 S. Atlantic is on the fast track for a $100 million Hard Rock hotel and cafe expected to open just in time for the 2016 running of the Daytona 500.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Like a gourmet meal, a Hard Rock hotel/cafe complex is going to be sandwiched between the World's Most Famous Beach and the super speedway with the high banks where they run the Great American Race.


Daytona MLS condo sales / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer graphic / Here is a snapshot of Daytona Beach area MLS condo sales for March 2013, compared to the same month in 2012.

DAYTONA BEACH -- 99 condos were sold in the Daytona Beach area with an average sales price of $193,470 for the month of March, a marked increase over the same time a year ago, according to the Daytona Beach MLS.



Jimmie Johnson takes checkered flag in 2013 Daytona 500 / Headline SurferJimmy Johnson celebrates in Victory Circle in 2013 Daytona 500 / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH -- It was Danica Patrick who won the pole for the Daytona 500, but is was Jimmie Johnson who took the checkered flag and now he's making a pit stop Tuesday morning in Tallahassee to be honored by Florida lawmakers.