Publisher's Column

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- She was the first female gymnast to win a gold medal in the uneven parallel bars at the World Championships in Strasbourg, France in 1978. But for Marcia Frederick, who turns 51 today, her dreams of Olympic gold were dashed when President Carter announced the U.S. was boycotting the 1980 Moscow Olympics because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Corrupt government officials in Volusia County ask, "Who's the rat?" / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- Why wait until our year-end Top 100 stories to find out what No. 1 is? Let's get right to it: 2013 will go down in Volusia County as the "Year of the Rat." This was the definitive year for corruption of the public officials in Volusia county and municipal governments.

Crime mapping in Daytona Beach / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® snapshot graphic / Crime mapping shows Daytona Beach overrun by crime, especially the heart of the tourism -- the beachside as shown in this image from crimes plotted Jan. 1 through 5 p.m. today, Sunday, Dec. 8.

DAYTONA BEACH -- It seems weekly, the three-year owners of the Daytona Beach News-Journal put out glad-handing stories about tourism and the new hotel rooms that will bring nirvana.

This is the same tired theme we heard a decade ago when the Volusia County Council took the cars off the core-tourism section of the beach so that the developers and marketers of the Ocean Walk and former Adams Mark -- now Daytona Beach Resorts -- could sell prospective time share visitors on having their own private beach.

New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer facing multiple ethics charges / Headline Surfer®Lake Mary Mayor David J. Mealor / Headline Surfer®LAKE MARY -- From what I've seen of politics in Central Florida, especially in Volusia County since the mid-1990s, I am happy to be living in Lake Mary, though I miss New Smyrna Beach and the rental home that we loved in Sugar Mill with the daily laps in the community pool and our frequent trips to the beach. 

Congressman Ron DeSantis / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- Politicians like Ron DeSantis and John Boehner are so full of themselves and their self-rightous ideology when it comes to Republican rhetoric about why Food Stamp subsidies need to be cut. This is what House Speaker Boehner told The New York Times in a story published today regarding GOP-sponsored legislation narrowly passed with the threat of a presidential veto that would cut a whopping $5 billion in food stamp subsidies: “This bill makes getting Americans back to work a priority again for our nation’s welfare programs."

Deb Denys and Josh Wagner / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH -- At the last County Council meeting, one of the first things out of Deb Denys' mouth was referencing a story in that morning's paper quoting chamber insiders critical of Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority Chairman Palmer Wilson's return to the leadership post on the tourism board.

Pat Patterson / Headline SurferDeb Denys / Headline Surfer DAYTONA BEACH -- Ray Davies, lead singer of the Kinks, perfectly coined the sentiments of voters in the wake of Watergate with his phrase: "Money and corruption are ruining the land, crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep, and we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll never keep."

DAYTONA BEACH -- Headline Surfer hadn't been mentioned in the Daytona Beach News-Journal in the five years of its existence until Aug. 7, when the print daily put us on the front page, followed by a second story on the local front and then a third time on the front page as well. Per the advice of our attorney, we're not going to get into specifics at this time. Suffice to say, the News-Journal's three published stories contained factual errors and unnecessarily painted us in a negative light.

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News-Journal story critical of internet newspaper / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH -- The Daytona Beach News-Journal published a story today headlined, "Southeast Volusia tourism board member, ex-director question cost, politics of new contract," which crosses the line and even the spirit of competition. It's downright despicable. The News-Journal abused its editorial privileges to smear the reputation of our 24/7 internet newspaper and myself as the editor and publisher.

24/7 internet newspaper won't be bullied by print media & insiders as it develops ad/marketing agreements

24/7 Internet Newspaper Publisher Henry Frederick / Headline Surfer24/7 Internet Newspaper Multimedia Editor Serafina Frederick / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH -- Headline Surfer, the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper based in New Smyrna Beach, is building its next generation platform that will include stories and blogs translated into Spanish for the benefit of Central Florida's growing diverse population, namely the Latino community.