Daytona Beach

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer
Column: People, Places & Things

SANFORD, Fla. -- My wife, Sera King-Frederick, is a native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, who was raised in Aguada, both communiities on the western side of the island.

She and other family members here in Sanford, Lake Mary and Orlando, have had very little contact with literally dozens of loved ones on the island, many of them forced to feek shelter, their homes reduced to rubble.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway has undertaken a new project to further improve the infield for the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA and NASCAR Weekends.

"Daytona International Speedway is putting the construction vehicles to work as the 'World Center of Racing' has undertaken another improvement project in the infield that will provide benefits to the fan experience for Rolex 24 At Daytona and NASCAR weekends," DIS spokesman Andrew Booth said in a press release.

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DELEON SPRINGS, Fla. -- A fernery worker discovered bones that appeared to be human, a Volusia County Sheriff's official said in a press release.

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DAYONA BEACH, Fla. -- Preservation of life in a cataclysmic storm like Hurricane Irma is foremost in policing a community, especially one as challenging as Daytona Beach.

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.

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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. 

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Her Facebook page profile says "married," but make no mistake about it: Widow Kathy Stewart rode out Hurricane Irma alone and in the dark of a closet in her towering beachside condo.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The regular season of NASCAR's re-formatted Chase, which isn't the Chase any more probably doesn't resonate with the casual fan.

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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."

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By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

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.

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