Coming Soon: CRA money used for public drinking on Daytona's Main Street

Show me the Money Daytona Beach / Headline Surfer

CRA taxpayer dollars support public drinking events in Daytona / Headline SurferDrinking on Main St in Daytona Beach / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer photos by Henry Frederick / A woman dances while raising a beer in front of her pre-teen daughter during a New Year's Eve celebration on Main Street in Daytona Beach. CRA taxpayer money supported the bash with the dropping of a lighted beach ball.

DAYTONA BEACH -- With Daytona Beach's continual emphasis on economic development and dealing with the issue of blight, how does the city justify its use of CRA taxpayer-supported dollars for massive public drinking parties like the New Year's Eve bash held on Main Street?

Headline Surfer has the videos to show you the big block party paid for with money from the Community Redevelopment Agency that is supposed to be used to tackled blight. Alcohol -- beer, whine, scotch, whiskey and bourbon -- was sold from makeshift bars right in the middle of Main Street, something that isn't even allowed during Bike Week.

Headline Surfer will outline the good, the bad and the ugly of CRAs and what the County Council is doing to tighten regulations.

This is not the kind of coverage you'll find in your daily print newspaper, which receives CRA monies to promote such events but not covering them. 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.