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Port Orange City Planner Tim Burman given additional duties as interim community development director
PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- Port Orange's City Manager Jake Johansson has named Tim Burman as the city's interim community development director, replacing Wayne Clark who has accepted a position with the City of Asheville, NC, starting Nov. 23.
In announcing the change in a press release, Johansson did not provide information on the salary Clark was earning nor on how much additional pay Burman will make doing both his regular job and the new duties assigned to him. Nor was the release clear on when the new duties would begin or even what the position of community development director entails.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Robert De Niro puts Daytona Beach on the map similar to the fashion of Police Chief Mike Chitwood disparaging one of his patrol cops in front of the TV cameras or Juan Pablo Montoya embarrassing the billionaire France family by barreling into a jet dryer during the Daytona 500 that ignites a huge fireball and even bigger crater in the track.
Hollywood's leading geriatric man known for movies like "Taxi Driver," "The Deer Hunter," "Raging Bull," and "Meet the Fockers" returns to the big screen with "Dirty Grandpa," a comedy, co-starring Zac Efron and Zoey Deutch.
ST. CLOUD, Fla. -- By a unanimous vote, the St. Cloud City Council has tabbed Joe Helfenberger of Ottumwa, Iowa, as its new city manager with a starting salary of $159,000.
Helfenberger, who has a master’s in public administration, has 30 years of experience in local government management in several cities in Iowa and Wisconsin. His new job will pay him $37,000 more than what he was making in Iowa.
ORMOND-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. -- Betty and Bud Evans opened the original Alfie’s Restaurant in Jamestown, NY, way back in 1969.
In 1986, they decided to move to Ormond-by-the-Sea and opened up another location, which has now celebrated 29 years in business.
Their son, Greg Evans, and his wife, Dina, own and operate the popular eatery, that remains a throwback to gentler times with great home-cookin' and even better conversation.
The owners have found that giving back to local schools, churches, and charitable organizations has come back to them ten-fold and they are eternally grateful.
Ex-SE Volusia ad authority director informs county in writing he believes two staffers were wrongfully terminated
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Carl Watson, the former executive director of the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority, sent an email to County Manager Jim Dinneen on Monday saying he believes two staffers who worked for him were wrongfully terminated after he resigned.
TONIGHT: Did Daytona's Josh Wagner sell out citizens who love driving on the World's Most Famous Beach?
DAYTONA BEACH -- Did County Council's Joshua Wagner sell out the public and its love of driving on the World's Most Famous Beach in favor of the influential insiders who bankrolled his re-election campaign in 2012?
Headline Surfer® has the exclusive interview with Wagner tonight in The Sunday Conversation, the multi-media video show, taped from the Frank T. Bruno County Council chambers in DeLand immediately after historic 6-1 votes that will take cars off the beach behind two luxury hotels.
Mori Hosseini: Embry-Riddle 'grateful and indebted' to John Johnson who is retiring after 12 years at the helm
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Mary Horton, 13, of West Melbourne, spelled her way into the finals of the National Spelling Bee on May 29, in National Harbor, Md., but she finished in a tie for fifth and when all was said and done, among the top 12 contestants overall after flubbing the word "aetites."
Still, though, the Orlando metro newspaper's shining example of smartness showed she could stand up to the pressures of the national spotlight with the spelling bee carried in prime time on ESPN with zany video vignettes of the participants, including Horton showcasing her tiger-striped painted fingernails and her photos of family members, plants and cats.
Volusia County Council to leave New Smyrna Beach CRAs alone - at least until mid-summer vote on controversial hotel
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys won re-election to her district 3 seat in 2014, in part by pledging to convince her colleagues on the dais in DeLand to approve new Community Redevelopment Agencies for New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater.
And soon after the election, she did just that, getting CRA passages for both cities in 6-1 votes with only County Chair Jason Davis dissenting each time.