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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.  

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Daytona Beach International Airport / Headline SurferDaytona Beach International Airport / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Passenger traffic is up at Daytona Beach International Airport as shown by the 61,062 incoming and outgoing figures, a 1 percent uptick.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 1 percent in March compared with the same month last year, Volusia County officials said.

During March, the county-operated airport recorded 61,062 incoming and outgoing passengers. This compares to 60,406 travelers recorded in March 2012.

Rick Karl, the airport’s director, attributed the passenger traffic increase in March to higher airline passenger loads although slightly fewer seats were available last March. Delta Air Lines and U.S Airways reported 1,508 fewer seats offered this March compared to last year but passenger loads increased from 89 percent in March 2012 compared to 92 percent this March.  

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Dan Francati, new chairman of Halifax Area Advertising Authority / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH -- Dan Francati, the general manager of the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room, was unanimously approved earlier Tuesday as the chairman.

Michael Kardos was named vice chairman and Steve Farley as secretary-treasurer. All three terms are a year apiece.

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DELAND -- The West Volusia Advertising Aurthority has installed new officers on its board of directors. Bill O'Connor was named chair, Sharon Hughes was selected as vice chair and Doug Little as the treasurer. The appointments were made earlier in the day Wednesday.

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