Henry Frederick's blog

Public safety, politics & tourism will be emphasized topics 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla -- The award-winning internet newspaper is on the verge of undergoing a major upgrade that is being dubbed the "Next Generation" HeadlineSurfer.com with a stream-lined home page featuring bold colors and far less clutter.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- As US citizens we say we want to put an end to the terrorist organizations like ISIS, but recent national polls show fighting terrorist organizations like ISIS is a priority of 2 percent. We're not willing to commit to putting boots on the ground in Syria and Iraq to get the job done.

Top 100 countdown drawn out / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Even with the best intentions, sometimes biting off more than one can chew can prove embarrassing. Such is the case with our Countdown of the Top 100 Local Stories of 2014, which as of today, still has 38 entries to go.

Let's face it: We're just a couple of weeks from Thanksgiving. So this leaves us with two choices: 1. Finish it; 2. Bag it.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- If you go directly to HeadlineSurfer.com, you will see a lot of empty spots on the home page. That is because we are doing necessary repair to clean out old coding and to re-orient content it is showing up where it is supposed to here on the site as well as in the search engines and in social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google-plus.

Your patience and loyalty is appreciated and we understand the need to keep communication open so that you know what is happening.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In the Spring of 2014, International Speedway Corp. czar Lesa France Kennedy, whose billionaire family controls NASCAR, was able to get the Daytona Beach City Commission and Volusia County Council politicians to each pony up $20 million for her One Daytona retail village that was supposed to break ground way back in January. Dirt has yet to be turned even as both government entities are passing budgets for the upcoming fiscal year with hefty tax increases.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- In the Spring of 2014, International Speedway Corp. czar Lesa France Kennedy, whose billionaire family controls NASCAR, was able to get the Daytona Beach City Commission and Volusia County Council politicians to each pony up $20 million for her One Daytona retail village that was supposed to break ground way back in January. Dirt has yet to be turned even as both government entities are passing budgets for the upcoming fiscal year with hefty tax increases.

Public participation not alloed hen county & tate lawmaker met / Headline Surfer®DAYONA BEACH, Fla. -- "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth." So eloquently true were the words of Abraham Lincoln. It's too bad the message is lost on the Volusia County government in all its regal corruptness.

The Daytona Joker Rob Gilliland / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- No matter where you turn, politics is uglier than ever at the local, county, state and federal levels, at least from the hometown perpective here at the World's Famous Beach®. Take Daytona Beach City Commisioner Rob Gilliland, for example, who looks more like the Joker in Batman than an elected municipal leader, epecially after he's been drinking.

Oak Hill Vice Mayor Jeff Bracy accused of making death threats to reporter / Headline Surfer®SANFORD, Fla. -- I was subjected to death threats over the phone from a Volusia County politician 40 miles away who wanted a story I had planned to publish deep-sixed or as he put it, "I'll drive over there to Sanford and hunt your mother (expletive) ass down and I will shoot you until you are no longer breathing -- until you are dead. Don't write that story. I mean it.

Serafina Frederick, wife of internet newspaper publisher, threatened with death by politician / Headline Surfer®SANFORD, Fla. -- Now I truly understand how Trayvon Martin's parents -- Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin  -- felt about the way the investigation of their slain son's homicide was handled by the Sanford cops and local prosecutors until Gov. Rick Scott intervened by naming a special prosecutor leading to the trial of the century.

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