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Volusia County Manager James Dinneen / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Public service traditionally has been just that -- service and sacrifice for the betterment of the community at large. But in Volusia County, second highest in terms of overall property taxes, those working for municipal and county governments as well as special taxing districts are making out like bandits.

Henry & Sera Frederick / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Time marches on. I am 53 years old today. I have much to be thankful for starting with my Christian faith and my family, namely my wife of nearly six years, Serafina, and my son, Henry IV, now 21.

I am thankful for my father and brothers and sisters and other extended relatives. I am also thankful for my friends.

WNDB exec producer arrested on kiddie porn charges / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The true test of a media outlet's legitimacy in a community is when it is honest enough to report the news when one of its own is in trouble with the law.

Such is the case this morning with WNDB Radio, which promotes itself as "Daytona's News Station" and "Daytona's Morning News."

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway denied HeadlineSurfer.com media credentials for the Rolex 24 at Daytona that concluded earlier today with Chip Ganassi Racing the winner. The credential denial was not a surprise, considering how vindictive and petty the organization is that is owned by International Speedway Corp., the private corporation owned by the France Family, headed up by Lesa France Kennedy, that also has a controlling interest in the publicly-traded commissioner'a office of the sport -- NASCAR.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A message to ISIS delivered from Daytona USA. -- not to be confused with NASCAR branding, but most will get the analogy for its patriotic theme.

New Smyrna Beach surfer dude Kem McNair / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- If there has ever been an individual who epitomizes the surfer crowd, in my book that would be Kem McNair. He's the ultimate surfer dude with an excellent eye for the creatures of the ocean: Those in it like the sharks, whales, dolphins and manatees.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Like many sports fans across the country and elsewhere in this digital world, I was shocked when I learned through social media that longtime ESPN Sports Center anchor and personality Stuart Scott had died of cancer on this Sunday morning early in the new year. He was 49, though with his youthful look, he seemed ageless.

News-Journal PR on tourism / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- All one has to do before even reading the Daytona Beach News-Journal opus headlined, "Tourism rebounds: Hotel-tax revenue rises, and experts predict more next year," is look at the display photo: It shows the ferris wheel with nobody on it, an outdoor eatery barren of customers and maybe two dozen people on the boardwalk itself. They say every picture tells a story. This one is no different, especially when the reporting is typical PR drivel.

Jonathan Kaney, Jr., Waverly Media investigator / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- What follows is a communication to Volusia County officials in the wake of the Headline Surfer® denied access to the Waverly Media audio recording witness interviews under the care & trust of the county's outside investigator & inspector general, Jon Kaney, because they have been destroyed, even though by Florida law they were deemed public records:

NSB Christmas Parade / Headline Surfer®NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla -- We will publish our video coverage of the New Smyrna Bech Christmas Parade on Christmas Day as part of kurt multimedia holiday coverage. This was out sixth year of covering the parade, which is one of the biggest and most festive in New Smyrna Beach.

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