Mount Rushmore of Volusia County: Joyce Cusack, Frank Bruno, Ted Doran & Melody McSorley Johnson

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- When it comes to consideration of the best of the best, Joyce Cusack, Frank Bruno, Ted Doran and Melody McSorley Johnson are head and shoulders in a league of their own -- literally. They are the Mount Rushmore of Volusia County. 

Cusack, Bruno, Doran and Johnson were selected for the honor as part of the inaugural 2017 Headline Surfer Hall of Fame, of which they are among 101 entrants as well. Four other Headline Surfer Hall of Famers have been selected for a second Mount Rushmore have been selected for the Mount Rushmore of Daytona Beach. A story on who they are will be published on Monday.

Such virtual landmark designations will be made for Seminole County and Sanford and Orange County and Orlando. And before year's end, a Mount Rushmore of Central Florida. 

So why Cusack, Bruno, Doran and Johnson? These four individuals are proven winners in every sense of the word. They are titans by virtue of their achievements, leadership and overall contributions in helping to make this county of more than half a million residents a better place in which to live, work and enjoy life. Consider their attributes:

• Frank Bruno -- First Elected County Chair

Though two county chairs have followed since Frank Bruno stepped off the dais in 2012, he remains to this day the face of Volusia County governance. Nobody else even comes close, in terms of stature, longevity or success.

On  his final day on the dais, the County Council Chambers in the Administration Building in DeLand were named in his honor as the Frank T. Bruno, Jr. County Council Chambers.

This distinct recognition was a testament to Bruno's longevity, as well as the admiration and respect he enjoyed among his myriad colleagues spanning 20 years, the last eight as the first publicly-elected county chair.

Though two county chairs have followed since Frank Bruno stepped off the dais in 2012, he remains to this day the face of Volusia County governance. Nobody else even comes close, in terms of stature, longevity or success.

On  his final day on the dais, the County Council Chambers in the Administration Building in DeLand were named in his honor as the Frank T. Bruno, Jr. County Council Chambers.

This distinct recognition was a testament to Bruno's longevity, as well as the admiration and respect he enjoyed among his myriad colleagues spanning 20 years, the last eight as the first publicly-elected county chair.

Editor's Note: This story is being updated...

 

 

 

 

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.