Wanted: Motto for City of Oak Hill

Wanted in Oak Hill: new motto for the city / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / At left is a poster announcing a contest seeking a new name for the City of Oak Hill with prizes for winning entries.

OAK HILL -- The poster says it all: Wanted! Motto for the City of Oak Hill.

"Obviously, we want to promote our city," Oak Hill Mayor Douglas Gibson told Headline Surfer, echoing the verbiage in the Old West wanted poster.

As he rightfully pointed out, Orlando has a great motto: The City Beautiful. And Daytona's is known around the globe: "The World's Most Famous Beach."

So why not Oak Hill?

"We have endless possibilities for a bright future for our city," said Gibson, elected in November. "A motto would be great."

After all, Oak Hill is Volusia County's smallest incorporated city located in Southeast Volusia where is straddles the Brevard County line to the south, the City of Edgewater to the north and unincorporated Volusia County to the west. On the eastern end is Canaveral National Seashore and Mosquito Lagoon.

The contest to come up with a motto for the city is open to all Oak Hill residents, plus anyone who works, worships or attends school in Oak Hill.

The contest to come up with a motto for the city is open to all Oak Hill residents, plus anyone who works, worships or attends school in Oak Hill.

City officials -- elected, appointed or on staff, can enter the contest, but should they win, their prizes will be forfeited to a charity of their choice.

And the prizes are certainly worth entering: First prize gets you a $50 EE savings bond. Second prize comes with a $25 gift card to the Oak Hill restaurant of your choice.

But you'd better enter soon. 

The clock is ticking with the contest closing at 5 p.m. Aug. 5. You can enter as many times as you'd like and should there be a tie, a drawing will be held.

The winning motto will be announced at the City Commission meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the Commission Chambers at city hall.

Send or bring your entries to: C/O "City of Oak Hill, Motto Contest," 234 US Hwy 1, Oak Hill, FL 32759. You can also email your motto to: cityhall@oakhillfl.com.

Editor's Note: Headline Surfer is entering its motto, "You Ought to be in Oak Hill." Should the 24/7 internet newspaper win, it will donate its prize to charity.  

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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.