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Editor's note: The following story was submitted by contributing writer Dale Smith for NSBNews.net:
 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The way City Commissioner Lynne Plaskett sees it, New Smyrna Beach has more than its fair share of public benches with advertising on them. “I just don’t want to see us becoming a bus bench billboard city,” Plaskett said.

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(Photos by Dale Smith). In the larger photo, David Swentor, developer of the proposed 112-room Hampton Inn on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach, addresses the City Commission, with attorney Glenn Storch by his side, implores officials to grant him an additional six months to secure funding, saying his project was negatively impacted by the city's planning debacle. In the smaller photo, City Commissioner and Mayor Adam Barringer, along with Commissioners Judy Reiker and Lynne Plaskett, vote to meet him half way with a three-month extension. Commissioner Jim Hathaway opposes any extension at all. 

Here is a link to one of the earlier stories on the planning debacle that NSBNEWS.net broke:

nsbnews.net/content/279859-hotel-developer-david-swentor-citys-planning-debacle-insane

Editor's note: The following story was submitted by contributing writer Dale Smith:

NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The develops can look at their plight following Tuesday's decision by the City Commission as a glass half full or half empty.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- An off-duty k-9 officer walking his dog shot and killed an aggressive pit bull that was initially aggressive with his dog and then lunged at him, New Smyrna Beach police said Monday.

The incident happened Saturday night when Bruce Holcomb was wasking his own dog, a Siberian Husky, in his New Smyrna Beach neighborhood with his fiancee and her dog when they were accosted by a pit bull that had previously attacked his husky.

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Editor's note: The following story was submitted by contributing writer Dale Smith:

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(photos by Dale Smith). To loud cheers and whistles, Santa Claus disembarks the Florida East Coast "Christmas Train" in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday morning and is swarmed by parents and children alike. In the smaller photo, Jazmine, 5, Jayden, 2, and Myron, 4, children of Jessica Dubois of New Smyrna Beach, wait for Santa's arrival.
Editor's note: The following story was submitted by contributing writer Dale Smith:

 NEW SMYRNA BEACH – A preview of what’s to come this Christmas was played out Saturday morning when several hundred families with wide-eyed and fidgety children in tow excitedly welcomed Santa Claus during a brief stop here.

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(Courtesy photo) The Starlite Princess had to be rescued overnight Friday after getting stuck in shallow waters ff Ormond Beach.

ORMOND BEACH -- The 85-foot passenger boat Starlite Princess based in Daytona Beach, returned to port after the vessel ran temporarily aground in the Intracoastal Waterway near Ormond Beach on Friday with 150 people on board, the New-Smyrna Beach-based U.S. Coast Guard said.

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Members of the New Smyrna Beach Middle School Stingrays dance team were wrapping Christmas presents for customers at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Daytona Beach  in exchange for donations.  

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(Photo by Dale Smith). Glenn Storch, local attorney for the developers of the proposed Hampton Inn on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach, asks the CRA for a six-month extension to secure funding., pushing groundbreaking on the $15 million project until July 2011 at the earliest.
Editor's note: The following story was submitted by contributing writer Dale Smith:

NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The attorney of HiHo, LLC, developers of the proposed Hampton Inn on Flagler Avenue, received unanimous approval from the Community Redevelopment Agency for a six month extension in order to secure funding for the $15 million project.

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(photos by Dale Smith). The Flagler Avenue Boardwalk design may change if the city commission approves removing the end structure like this one. The boardwalk has two, 35-foot-long extensions from the main structure. Removal of them would provide for better visibility. In the smaller photo, the copula has been a roosting place for pigeons over the years. Looking straight up, one can see why pigeons favor the inside.
Editor's note: The following story was submitted by contributing writer Dale Smith:

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The question of what to do with the Flagler Avenue Boardwalk became somewhat clearer Wednesday when the Community Redevelopment Agency members approved what they think is the best way to fix and preserve the structure.

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(photos by Dale Smith). The empty lot at Flagler and Cooper avenues will be turned into an ice skating rink during the upcoming Winter Festival, sponsored by The Hospitality Group, comprised of merchants of Flagler Avenue.
Editor's note: The following story was submitted by contributing writer Dale Smith:

NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The jet stream from Canada has dipped so low they’ll be ice skating on Flagler Avenue. Ok, maybe not the actual frozen stuff, but there will be artificial ice for everyone to glide around on.

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