Traveler's paradise along scenic waterway

Picturesque Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach / Headline SurferDaytona chamber ribbon cuitting for Black Dolphin Inn in New Smyrna Beach / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer/
The Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Friday for the Black Dolphin Inn, which opened Feb. 22.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Talk about livin' it up in a relaxing getaway: The Black Dolphin is a new high-end boutique inn open for business along scenic South Riverside Drive in New Smyrna Beach's historic district.


Photo courtesy of the (Daytona Beach Shores History Museum for Headline Surfer / Tom Staed, a longtime Daytona Beach-area hotelier who was instrumental in shaping the tourism industry in the US has passed away.
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona Beach's most renowned hotelier, Thomas William Staed, the chairman and chief executive of the family owned Staed Family Associates, died peacefully, in his sleep on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. He was 81 years old.


DAYTONA BEACH -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 1 percent in January compared with January of last yar, Volusia County officials said.

During January, 44,170 passengers arrived and departed through the county-operated airport. This compares with the 43,565 travelers recorded in January 2012.

For the 12 months ending January 31, 584,885 passengers traveled through the airport, compared with 558,061 passengers recorded for the 12 months ending January 31, 2012, a 5 percent increase.


Banker active in Daytona Beach-area civic and charitable organizations

Richard Luce promoted at Intracoastal Bank / HeadlineSurfer.comPhoto for Headline Surfer / Richard Luce, a veteran banking manager shown here at left, has been promoted to a senior management position with Intracoastal Bank. Luce also is active in several Daytona Beach-area civic and charitable organizations.

PALM COAST -- Bruce Page, president and chief executive officer of Intracoastal Bank, announced the addition of Richard Luce as vice president/portfolio manager.

In this capacity, Luce will oversee all aspects of Intracoastal's loan risk management function and will provide a wide range of credit and sales support services to the bank’s lending group.

“We are thrilled about Richard joining our team," Page said Thuesday. "As a lifelong resident of this area and his vast experience in banking, Richard will continue to play a vital role within the bank.”



DaytonaKennel Club & Poker Room / Headline SurferDaytonaKennel Club locator / Headline SurferDaytona Kennel snapshot / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH -- Headline Surfer, Central Florida's 24/7 award-winning Internet newspaper, has signed an exclusive 18-month advertising and marketing agreement with the Daytona Beach Kennel Club & Poke Room that begins today.


Motor sports enthusiast to showcase talents Feb. 13 at News-Journal Center

Mike Curb / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Mike Curb, founder/CEO of Curb Records, shown here at left, will headline a special show Feb. 13 at the News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St. 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Entrepreneurial advice, insight and personal experience will highlight an evening with Mike Curb, one of the most renowned names in music and motor sports, when the L. Gale Lemerand Center for Entrepreneurship at Daytona State College kicks off its 2013 speaker series on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. at the News-Journal Center in downtown Daytona Beach.

Patrons will have the opportunity to meet the founder/CEO of Curb Records and learn how he built the company into one of the largest and most respected labels in the recording industry and helped launch the careers of some of the biggest names in music.



Daytona AreaChaber of Commerce banner / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH -- The past year has been a trying one for business, but Daytona's top chamber executive responsible for cultivating businss relationships between the private marketplace and municipal and county governments with the goal of building stronger business said his organization held it's own in the entrenched recession and stands ready to make progress in 2013.


Votran bus driver Janet Kisner / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Votran bus operator Janet Kisner has been named the Florida Public Transit Association operator of the year. Kisner, who has been with Votran for 25 years, also was recently awarded the National Safety Council's 2 Million Mile Safe Driver award. She is the first woman to achieve this status with Votran.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Votran bus operator Janet Kisner is the epitome of a safe driver. She's logged 2 million miles as a Votran bus driver to prove it and is the first female driver to accomplish the milestone.

For her safe driving record, Kisner has been named the Florida Public Transit Association operator of the year. She was recognized during the awards banquet of the 38th annual FPTA conference and expo held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort and the Ocean Center convention center.


Big Lots is the new anchor tenant for the NSB Regional Shopping Center, along with a new Bealls Outlet, replacing Walmart as shown here, which closed last year with the relocation of a new Walmart Supercenter further west on State Road 44. Additionally, the city is getting a Dollar General Market where the old Food Lion was on the beachside before it closed in February.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The city is getting an infusion of new stores at the NSB Regional Shopping Center with a Big Lots and Bealls Outlet and a Dollar General is moving in where the Food Lion was on the beachside.