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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Never in his wildest dreams did Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett make national headlines of his own. 3 1/2 years after a jury in Seminole County acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin did Sanford's municipal leader ever envision that he, too, would become a crime vim when he was robbed at gunpoint of his wallet and carjacked.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- East Central Florida's three tourism destination cities do not fare well in the 2018 rankings of US cities with a population of at least 25,000 residents. Sanford actually comes out ahead of Orlando and Daytona Beach with a rating of 4, with 100 being the highest safety rating. Orlando has a rating of 3. Daytona has the distinction of being ranked a 1, the lowest possible ranking from Neighborhood Scout.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona Beach resident Kelly Ferguson has been selected to serve as director of public and government affairs for the Florida Hospitals in Volusia, Flagler and Lake counties. 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- As an experienced journalist who has closely followed the inner workings of Volusia County government for the past 10 years, I remain steadfast in my belief that Sheriff Mike Chitwood and County Councilwoman Heather Post (herself a former deputy), were rogue politicians who seized upon two phony crises over a three-week span fo force out County Manager Jim Dinneen. 

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HOLLY HILL, Fla. -- Political insider Maureen France brought some excitement to the otherwise dry news of candidate qualifying for elections with her video announcement on social media of her campaign for mayor.