Francati named chairman of Daytona Beach's Halifax Area Advertising Authority

Dan Francati, new chairman of Halifax Area Advertising Authority / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH -- Dan Francati, the general manager of the Daytona Beach Kennel Club and Poker Room, was unanimously approved earlier Tuesday as the chairman.

Michael Kardos was named vice chairman and Steve Farley as secretary-treasurer. All three terms are a year apiece.

The HAAA board is the largest of the three advertising authorities, which rely on bed tax monies from overnight hotel and condo rental association accommodations to fund tourism events that encourage such stays.

While the Halifax authority serves greater Daytona Beach, the West Volusia Authority in DeLand serves that region while the Southeast Voluasia Advertising Authority serves greater New Smyrna Beach.

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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 HeadlineSurfer.com 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.