Podcast: Daytona's top cop speaks candidly on his handling of Hurricane Irma with 1 death in its wake
Consider the added challenges like the rolling ocean surf on the World's Most Famous Beach®. There's the equally lengthy stretch of the Intracoastal Waterway. And even Daytona International Speedway's Lake Lloyd with potential to overrun its banks.
Such added elements for this tourism-driven coastal city with Irma barreling up the Sunshine State presented first-year Police Chief Craig Capri with the daunting task to serve and protect with the harsh realities of life and death hanging in the balance.
Sunday: Headline Surfer podcast premiere with Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri on Hurricane Irma & aftermath
DAYTONA BEACH -- Hurricane Irma may have been the ultimate litmus test for first-year Police Chief Craig Capri, whose street smarts as a former longtime cop on the beat and brains in mapping out a strategic game plan in tackling the massive storm whose impact is still being felt now five days later.
With Hurricane Irma slowly moving through the Carribean on its way to Florida with sustained winds of 145, Sunshine State residents are feeling anxious.
"Apparently, I'm wide awake on hurricane adrenaline," Kahlin Grant of Daytona Beach wrote on her Facebook page at 4:20 this morning. "It's similar to Christmas morning excitement, but way less magical."
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Retired Sheriff Ben Johnson, who turned in his gun and badge after 16 years as an elected leader, heads up an all-star listing of Volusia County personnel -- past and present -- who have made the grade for inclusion in the inaugural Class of 2017 Headline Surfer Hall of Fame.
$140,000 raised by Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation at dinner/auction with NASCAR driver Austin Dillion the featured speaker
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Stewart-Marchman-Act Foundation raised nearly $140,000 at its annual Dinner Celebration and Auction featuring NASCAR driver Austin Dillon at the Daytona 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway, event organizers said.
This year's big draw was Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. The funds raised came through sponsorships, live auction sales and tickets for prizes.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Members of the Volusia County Council, along with other dignitaries and business leaders, will celebrate the grand opening of TeleTech during a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. at 260 Jimmy Ann Drive.
TeleTech is a customer experience provider headquartered in Colorado, with more than 48,000 employees worldwide. The company was recruited to the area by Team Volusia Economic Development Corp., over competitive locations in Mobile, Alabama and three cities in Texas.
Rookie Sheriff Mike Chitwood got a $54,000 job for his gal-pal campaign mgr and a $280K armoured vehicle is budgeted, but what he most desires is control of Beach Safety & the Branch Jail
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- County Manager Jim Dinneen has given rookie Sheriff Mike Chitwood lots of goodies since he took office in Jan. 1: In fact, Daytona's former top cop was able to reward his bright young gal-pal campaign manager, Janelle Holman, with a plumb job as a PR specialist shooting videos and feel-good pics with a salary of $54,000 a year, a whopping 20 grand more than what a starting deputy would make if Chiwood were to actually hire one.