New Smyrna Beach


NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Like father, like son: For the first time in the history of the police department, the City of New Smyrna Beach has two generations of police officers.

When deciding which police department he wanted to work for, Shawn Adkins, son of NSBPD Investigator David Atkins, said it was an easy decision: “My Dad has been really successful at this agency and I have always felt like it was part of my family.”


Bear watching in New Smyrna Beach / Headline SurferBear in a tree in New Smyrna Beach / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer videos and photos / A black bear climbed up a tree in downtown New Smyrna Beach just before sunrise Saturday and didn't come down until after sunset. Headline Surfer has exclusive video.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The city by the sea is known for its shark bites and 'Cudas football, but black bears? One just happened to hang out in a tree at the corner of Magnolia and Canal streets all day Saturday until sunset when it climbed back down and scampered away.


Show me the Money: Volusia League of Cities / Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH -- The Volusia League of Cities called the cops to ensure greater Daytona Beach's internet newspaper wouldn't rain on the parade of embattled New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer, who received the taxpayer-funded organization's top award Thursday night even though he's facing multiple state ethics charges.


Angry residents at annexation meeting in New Smyrna Beach / Headline SurferNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Mayor Adam Barringer stood front and center before 500 strong Thursday night at the Brannon Center, promising their taxes would go down if they were willing to incorporate.


NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach will host three WonderLand Summer Camps.

# A summer camp for 8 to 14 year olds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The camp will begin on June 10, and run for two weeks, ending on June 21. The cost of the camp is $240. It features "The Hobbit Adventure," a play by Edward Mast, adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's novel, a suspenseful, fast-moving journey through the sometimes dark, sometimes charming, always compelling world of Middle Earth.


Alcohol-fueled street party on Flagler Avenue funded with CRA taxpayer dollars

South Causeway fatality in NSB / Headline SurferNSB deadly rollover / Headline SurferNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The husband who survived a rollover crash early Monday on the South Causeway Bridge that resulted in the violent death of his wife, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal they had been partying on Flagler Avenue's "Cinco de Mayo," an alcohol-fueled festival sponsored by the Flagler Merchants Hospitality Group and funded in part by CRA-taxpayer dollars.


Show me the Money New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer

NSB Mayor Adam Barringer facing ethics charges / Headline SurferNSB Citizen watchdog Bob Tolley filed ethics complaints against the mayor / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer photos by Henry Frederick / New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer is shown far left on the dais at City Hall with then-Commissioner Jim Hathaway last year. The mayor is in hot water with the Florida Commission on Ethics for holding a private retirement dinner for Hathaway at his wine-bar restaurant paid with a city credit card last November. The complaint was brought by citizen watchdog Bob Tolley shown in the inset.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer will be the center of attention when he is called to the podium to accept the "Blaine O'Neal Award of Excellence" at the Volusia League of Cities banquet on May 30.


No joke either: Bronze star recipient not pleased NSB mayor called cop/Iraq War veteran a 'pr-ck' while sarcastically shaking his hand

County Chair Jason Davis is 51 on April 1, 2013 / Headline SurferNSB cop and Iraq War vet Ralph Hunnefeld / Headline SurferNew Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer disrespected a cop / Hadline SurferVolusia County Chair Jason Davis, shown here in an American flag campign photo, turns 51 today, April 1, 2013. What isn't a joke to Davis, recipient of the Bronze Star, is New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer disrespecting a city cop who served his country with a tour of duty in Iraq.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- County Chair Jason Davis is 51 years old today and that's no April Fool's joke.

"Yes, I was born on April 1, 1962," Davis said over the weekend with a laugh. "I'll be 51 on April 1, no fooling."

Another thing that's far from a joke to Davis, a Bronze Star recipient for his tours of duty in the Iraq, is the verbal abuse a New Smyrna Beach cop took from that city's mayor before the start of the municipal Christmas parade.


Denny Jones pushed for 'Rachel's Law' after his narcotics personnel botched a drug sting that led to the murder of a naive confidential informant

Tallahassee Police Chief Dennis Jones / Headline SurferNEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Dennis Jones, one of the Sunshine State's top cops, wants to come home. The Tallahassee police chief and former Daytona Beach police chief is among seven semi-finalists to become New Smyrna Beach's next police chief.

Jones, by far is the most experienced and high profile of the seven semi-finalists to lead the New Smyrna Beach police force. He and Acting Police Chief Michael Brouillette, the only New Smyrna Beach PD applicant, have the strongest name recognition among the seven in the running to replace Ron Pagano who retired in December.


Canal Street all lit up on New Year's Eve / Headline SurferCanal Street Christmas tree in New Smyrna Beach on New Year's Eve / Headline Surfer Headline Surfer photos by Henry Frederick / Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach, is shown here on New Year's Eve just after 10 p.m.

 NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- With the bars on Flagler Avenue playing host to the New Year's Eve festivities, the city's other heavily invested CRA street was as dead as a door knob, a far cry from the hustle and bustle during traditional business hours.