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Ex-SE Volusia ad authority director informs county in writing he believes two staffers were wrongfully terminated
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Carl Watson, the former executive director of the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority, sent an email to County Manager Jim Dinneen on Monday saying he believes two staffers who worked for him were wrongfully terminated after he resigned.
TONIGHT: Did Daytona's Josh Wagner sell out citizens who love driving on the World's Most Famous Beach?
DAYTONA BEACH -- Did County Council's Joshua Wagner sell out the public and its love of driving on the World's Most Famous Beach in favor of the influential insiders who bankrolled his re-election campaign in 2012?
Headline Surfer® has the exclusive interview with Wagner tonight in The Sunday Conversation, the multi-media video show, taped from the Frank T. Bruno County Council chambers in DeLand immediately after historic 6-1 votes that will take cars off the beach behind two luxury hotels.
Mori Hosseini: Embry-Riddle 'grateful and indebted' to John Johnson who is retiring after 12 years at the helm
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Mary Horton, 13, of West Melbourne, spelled her way into the finals of the National Spelling Bee on May 29, in National Harbor, Md., but she finished in a tie for fifth and when all was said and done, among the top 12 contestants overall after flubbing the word "aetites."
Still, though, the Orlando metro newspaper's shining example of smartness showed she could stand up to the pressures of the national spotlight with the spelling bee carried in prime time on ESPN with zany video vignettes of the participants, including Horton showcasing her tiger-striped painted fingernails and her photos of family members, plants and cats.
Volusia County Council to leave New Smyrna Beach CRAs alone - at least until mid-summer vote on controversial hotel
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Volusia County Councilwoman Deb Denys won re-election to her district 3 seat in 2014, in part by pledging to convince her colleagues on the dais in DeLand to approve new Community Redevelopment Agencies for New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater.
And soon after the election, she did just that, getting CRA passages for both cities in 6-1 votes with only County Chair Jason Davis dissenting each time.
Oak Hill politician's death threats against journalist laughable, but same edict for spouse no laughing matter
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.
County Chair Jason Davis: Oak Hill rocket mfg plant code-named 'Panther' pushed by Daytona insiders flames out
OAK HILL, Fla. -- The secretive rocket plant code-named "Panther" that Daytona Beach insiders lobbied to be built on the former Oak Hill city dump has been scrubbed and is no longer in play, County Chair Jason Davis said.
The much-hyped proposal was never clearly identified and far toooften had citixens pittwd against one another and municipal and county leaders trading barbs for the past couple of months is no longer in play, County Chair Jason Davis said.