Daytona Beach


South Daytona resident supports pro-beach driving charter amendment that would take decision-making away from county government & give citizens a say

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By dawn's early light along the shoreline in Ormond Beach on this Tuesday morning following Labor Day weekend in Volusia County, Fla. Another image inside.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Steve Bibeault of South Daytona describes himself as a beach bum at heart with a camera. He likes to shoot sunrises and such natural scene setters.


Violence in heart of Daytona endemic / Headline Surfer®Brenda Reynolds, charged with 2nd degree murder in Daytona stabbing / Headline Surfer®Photo and graphic for Headline Surfer® / Brenda Reynolds, shown here at left in a booking mug, is being held without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail on a second-dsegree murder charge in connection with the stabbing sdeath of a woman in her residence at 847 N.orth St. The electronic map shows more than  crimes in the past year within a 1-mile radius of the residence. 

DAYTONA BEACH -- The continuing violence that has gripped this city for the better part of four years now continued Friday night with a woman plunging a large steak kniife into the upper chest of a friend in her bedroom.


Making the Grade political notebook / Headline Surfer®

Internet social media site making up for Daytona Beach News-Journal slack on key political coverage in Southeast Volusia; Grade: A-plus

Blog spots like New Smyrna Beach Mom are reporting frontline news that the Daytona Beach News-Journal continues to ignore on what could be one of the biggest election battles of 2014, that not only puts the spotlight on the controversial run Deb Denys has had since her return to elective office nearly two years ago, and hearkening to her disastrous four years on the Volusia County School Board back in the early 1990s. 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Community blog spots like "New Smyrna Beach Mom" are carrying the news that the Daytona Beach News-Journal continues to pretend is not happening and that's former Edgewater City Councilman Justin Kennedy's filing Nov. 19 with the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections to run for the district 3 County Council seat held by Deb Denys of New Smyrna Beach, whose two-year reign has been disappointing, to say the least.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In the digital age, "new media" outlets like Headline Surfer® often get lost in the shuffle in the complicated licensing agreements that large sports sanctioning bodies like NASCAR, Major League Baseball and the National Football League and others have with the broadcast outlets like FOX Sports, ESPN, and then the perceived pecking order of established print and local TV media outlets.
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MLK in prayer / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / image by Ken Thomsen / /
Dr. Martin Luther, King Jr. in prayer as shown in this photo. If he were alive today, his world would be upside down, according to the writer here.
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DAYTONA BEACH -- Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about how he had a dream. If he were alive today, 85 years after his birth on January 15, 1929, he would be giving a speech about the nightmare he had that came true.

When King was born, there was a unified black community. Racism was alive and well and in their faces. Segregation was the norm, especially in the South. There was one enemy, the White Man.


Daytona Rising project / Headline Surfer®State Sen. Dorothy Hukill pushes Daytona Intl Speedway legislation / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer photos® /
State Sen. Dorothy Hukill had the legislative quotes all packaged conveniently for one media outlet in announcing her Senate committee had unanimously passed a bill that would provide $60 million in tax rebates to Daytona International Speedway over 30 years as part of its $400 million modernization project dubbed "Daytona Rising."

DAYTONA BEACH -- It would be nice for once for Dorothy Hukill to stop playing politics when it comes to the news, especially that of Daytona International Speedway.

Hukill has blatantly been feeding the Daytona Beach News-Journal exclusive quotes on her committee's unanimous vote to provide $60 million in incentives to Daytona International Speedway as part of its $400 million makeover dubbed "Daytona Rising."


Before committing suicide, 20-year-old gunman struck two nurses with butt of weapon, demanding, 'Do you guys want to die tonight?'

Haklifax Hospital suicide victim's SUV was used to ram the gates / Headline Surfer®Front entranceway of Halifax Hospital shot out by gunman who jailed himself / Headline Surfer®Jonathan Rodriguez-Jeff, 20, shot & killed himself early Sunday at Halifax Hospital / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® / 
Jonathan G. Rodriguez-Jeff, shown here in this snapshot, took his own life with a shotgun blast to his head after smashing through a gate at the Clyde Morris entrance to Daytona's Halifax Hospital, shooting out a front door and attacking two nurses with the butt of the weapon before killing himself.

DAYTONA BEACH -- What pushed an aparently despondent 20-year-old Deltona man over the edge in taking his own life with a shotgun blast to the head after shooting his way into Halifax Hospital and teeing off on two nurses with the butt of the lethal weapon just before 4 a.m. Sunday is not known.


Daytona State College foreign language instructor Ray Cornelius honored / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / Ray Cornelius of Daytona State College has been recognized for his foreign language skills.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The chair of the School of World Languages and Speech at Daytona State College, has been named the 2013 College and University Instructor of the Year by Florida Foreign Language Instructors in Colleges and Universities, a member of the Florida Foreign Language Association.


Biketoberfest in Daytona / Headline Surfer

No explanation from DIS or cops for 1-day delay in informing media

Double fatality biker crash at Daytona International Speedway / Headline SurferMotorcycle racer Rick Shaw killed at Daytona International Speedway / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Veteran AMA racer Rick Shaw, 65, was killed as was another motorcyclist, Eric Desy, 45, after their speed bikes collided during a Team Hammer School racing event Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Two motorcyclists were killed after their bikes collided at high speeds coming off a high bank Thursday at Daytona International Speedway during a private racing school session, occurring on the first day of Biketoberfest, police and track officials confirmed late this afternoon.


Rick Karl of Daytona Beach International Airport / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Rick Karl, supervisor of Daytona Beach International Airport, is plessed passenger service is on the rise.

DAYTONA BEACH — Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport rose 7 percent in August compared with the same month last year, airport officials said.

Last month, the publicly-funded airport had 53,518 fliers, up from the 50,047 in August of last year.

“The traffic increase in August reflects an on-going steady and stable operating picture at Daytona Beach International Airport,” Rick Karl, the airport’s director, told Headline Surfer. “Delta Air Lines and U.S Airways reported combined passenger loads of 90 percent in August while offering nearly 5,000 additional seats in the market compared to last August.”