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By Elaine Barnicle

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- I believe due diligence has not been conducted regarding an increase in beach tolls. It is reported revenue will double if tolls double, but there is no guarantee this increase will occur.


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2008 Honda CBR 600 RR like the one an Edgewater biker was killed on while speeding Christmas Day in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®Mattheu Laurrell, 30, killed in motorcycle accident Christmas Day in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Matheu W. Laurrell was operating a 2008 Honda CBR 600 RR, a fast sport bike, like the one shown here at left in this snapshot, when he was killed on Thursday after striking a palm tree while speeding, according to New Smyrna Beach police. The type of bike was not included in an initial press release on the fatal accident that claimed the life of the 30-year-old Edgewater man on Christmas.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A 30-year-old Edgewater motorcyclist was speeding while riding a 2008 Honda CBR 600 RR when he struck a palm tree in the 500 block off North Riverside Drive, splitting the tree in half and killing himself in the process on Christmas Day.

Matheu W. Laurrell, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:50 p.m. accident. The year, make and model of the motorcycle, standard information expected in a fatal crash summary to news media, was not included in a press release sent out by the New Smyrna Beach Police Department later that day.


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Kid Rock to perform at 2015 Daytona 500 pre-race show / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – American rock star Kid Rock will perform on pit road during the pre-race show before the start of the Daytona 500.

His song set includes his new single, "First Kiss."

"We’re thrilled to have Kid Rock entertain the thousands of race fans in attendance and the millions more watching on FOX," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said in a press release. "Kid Rock is an avid NASCAR fan and will provide race fans with a spectacular performance leading up to the start of the much anticipated Daytona 500.


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Volusia County has had more than its fair share of scandals over the years. Headline Surfer® has ranked what it believes are the Top 100 most-shocking, talked-about county scandals.

New Smyrna Beach CRA Director Kevin Fakll resigned in 2009 amid a scandal / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer® photos
CRA Director Kevin Fall doesn't address the Nov. 14, 2009, motor vehicle stop in his resignation for which he was issued tickets charging him with driving with an open container of alcohol, speeding and driving without insurance, but he refers instead to not being allowed to perform his intended duties over the past four months -- an indirect reference to what he believed was micro-managing by the interim city manager.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Then-Interim City Manager Pamela Brangaccio had her first scandal to deal with as 2009 was winding down: Then-CRA Director Kevin Fall quit after an embarrassing traffic stop made headlines rather than enter a counseling program. He even blamed her for his troubles.


Daytona 200 Motorcross will be held in 2015 at Daytona International Speedway / Headline Surfer®
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You can watch the 73rd running of the historic Daytona 200 featuring the GoPro Daytona SportBike class at Daytona International Speedway, by clicking on the video. Pole-winner Danny Eslick (Riders Discount/Triumph) looks to keep his fortune in-tune by winning and giving Triumph its first Daytona 200 victory since Gary Nixon in 1967.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway has reached a sanction agreement with the American SportBike Racing Association to hold the 74th annual Daytona 200 motorcycle race in 2015 during Bike Week, track President Joie Chitwood announced today in a prepared statement.


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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- She was born in the segregated "Westside" community of New Smyrna Beach; she and her family barred from swimming, sunbathing or surfing at the World's Most Famous Beach® in Daytona or even the beaches in New Smyrna, Ponce Inlet, the Shores or Ormond, for that matter.


Internet newspaper endorses Florida Gov. Rick Scott for re-election / Headline Surfer®

HeadlineSurfer.com endorses Rick Scott for Governor / Headline Surfer®

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Gov. Rick Scott speaks brifly with the internet newspaper during a Daytona Beach campaign visin 2012. t Included in this recommendation is a list of other Florida-based media outlets that endorsed eiher Charlie Crist or Rick Scott for governor.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- HeadlineSurfer.com endorses Rick Scott in his re-election because we belivee he has the Sunshine State headed in the right direction with a marked increase in job creation, record highs in tourism and an increasingly strong ciommitment to education.


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Nolan Kirkland with parants, Nicole and Mike Kirkland of Edgewater / Headline Surfer

Headline Surfer® videos and photos produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina King-Frederick / Highlights from the 2011 New Smyrna Beach Halloween Parade are showcased in the 24/7 internet newspaper's digital coverage of the annual event.

NSB Hallowen parade shark boy Nolan Kirkland / Hedline SurferNEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- The cool thing about the shark costume that netted a trophy for 1-year-old Nolan and his proud parents, Nicole and Mike Kirkland of Edgewater at the 2011 New Smyrna Beach Halloween parade was its originality.

The costume was a big hit since New Smyrna Beach is known as the Shark Bite Capital of the World. The young family left the parade with a trophy almost as big as the little shark boy.

"This is a great event for families," said Nicole Kirkland, who made the costume from $20 worth of materials she purchased at Target.


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Then-Police Chief Ron Pagano is shown at far left during the 2012 New Smyrna Beach Christmas Parade. Then-Police Chief George Markert is shown with former Acting Police Chief and then-Lt. Michael Brouillette in early 2013 at a City Commission meeting. Acting Police Chief Donna Lavallee is shown in early 2014.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The first to be gone was New Smyrna Beach Police Chief Ronald Pagano. He retired only after his contract was re-worked, giving him an extra $60,000-plus he otherwise wouldn't have been entitled to, after city officials learned of 940 items missing or stolen from the NSBPD under his watch. Next to be shown the door was Lt. Michael Brouillette, the acting chief, who "retired" April 30 of this year after signing a document that prevents him and the city from suing one another. Police Chief George Markert "resigned" earlier this month after a little more than a year on the job, at least that's what was stated in a press release, though Headline Surfer® was told otherwise. And finally there's Markert's successor, whose 30-year secret will be unveiled in the award-winning internet newspaper's upcoming investigative reports: "Show Me the Money New Smyrna Beach: Top Cops. 


South Daytona resident supports pro-beach driving charter amendment that would take decision-making away from county government & give citizens a say

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By dawn's early light along the shoreline in Ormond Beach on this Tuesday morning following Labor Day weekend in Volusia County, Fla. Another image inside.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Steve Bibeault of South Daytona describes himself as a beach bum at heart with a camera. He likes to shoot sunrises and such natural scene setters.