New Smyrna Beach


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.


Daytona racing giant's recently promoted senior VP just a few laps from the charm of his native New Smyrna Beach 

Ed Bennett is moving up in thre world of NASCARNew Smyrna Beach native Ed Bennett and family / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH -- NASCAR executive Ed Bennett has a saying from Mark Twain that he tries to live his life by: Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of the your life.

With an attitude like that it's no wonder the New Smyrna Beach native has moved up the corporate ladder, promoted this month to senior vice president with a trio of up-and-comers -- Jim Cassidy, Zane Stoddard and Kim Brink -- moving up to vice president.

As if his new position isn't challenging enough, Bennett gets to keep his other day jobs as NASCAR chief administrative officer and president/chief executive officer of GRAND-AM Road Racing.


Gov. Rick Scott / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Gov. Scott, shown here,  sends an inspirational message to his Florida constituents, describing Christmas as a 'wonderful time for loved ones to reflect on life's many blessings.' 

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Gov. Scott's press office sent Headline Surfer and other media outlets throughout the Sunshine State a personal message for Floridians on Christmas Eve: "Reflect on life's many blessings."

"Ann and I want to wish every Florida family a Merry Christmas. As families come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus, it's a wonderful time for loved ones to reflect on life's many blessings.


NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The regularly-scheduled Jsn. 8 meeting of the Community Redevelopment Agency Commission has been cancelled, City Clerk Johnny Bledsoe announced in an e-mail.

With nothing of significance pensing ina light agenda, Bledsoe said the CRA commission will reconvene 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 meeting in the chambers at New Smyrna Beach City Hall, 105 Sams Ave.


BuddyNSB cop Bruce Holcomb with Buddy

NSB K9 cops Bruce Holcomb and BuddyPhotos and video by Serafina Frederick

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- When it comes to police teamwork, there is no better partnership than duo than Bruce Holcomb and his K9 partner Buddy. The two were were recognized as the 1st place team --  1st Place Handler and 1st Place K9 -- by the KVD (Koninklijke Vereniging Diensthonden) Royal Association of Service Dogs, Wellen, Belgium.