487. Former South Daytona Mayor Joe Piggotte dies at 81

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Piggotte Center in South Daytona / Headline SurferFormer South Daytona Mayor Joe Piggotte / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / The 7,000 square-foot Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road in South Daytona, is named for former Mayor Joe Piggotte, shown here.

SOUTH DAYTONA -- Former South Daytona Mayor Joe Piggotte died June 3, 2002, at the Hospice Care Center in Port Orange. He was 81.

Piggotte's passing comes in at No. 487 in Headline Surfer's countdown of the Top 500 stories as part of the 24/7 internet newspaper's 5th anniversary.

The South Daytona "Coach" Joe Piggotte Community Center, 504 Big Tree Road, is named for the former coach at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach and then Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange.

Piggotte, a native of Alabama, was a South Daytona councilman before becoming mayor, 1988 to 2005. 

He was the father of now-retired Circuit Judge Juliane Piggotte and Spruce Creek High School Asst. Principal Joey Piggotte. A memorial service for Piggotte was held at the Port Orange Presbyterian Church.

This is what is written about Piggotte in a city biography: From the beginning of his 15-year term as mayor, "Coach" Piggotte attracted a large and close, almost paternal following of South Daytonans who dreamed with him of a change for the city. His leadership and enthusiasm attracted qualified council members and a new city manager. Together with a bright staff and a popular mandate, the city embarked on a new era of growth.

This is what is written about Piggotte in a city biography: From the beginning of his 15-year term as mayor, "Coach" Piggotte attracted a large and close, almost paternal following of South Daytonans who dreamed with him of a change for the city. His leadership and enthusiasm attracted qualified council members and a new city manager. Together with a bright staff and a popular mandate, the city embarked on a new era of growth.

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Award-winning Headline Surfer Editor/Publisher Henry Frederick is counting down his ranking of the Top 500 Stories throughout Volusia County, as part of the fifth anniversary celebration of the 24/7 Internet newspaper launched April 7, 2008. 

Recap Top 500 Stories: 

Former South Daytona Mayor Joe Piggotte / Headline Surfer487. Former South Daytona Mayor Joe Piggotte dies at 81
Posted Fri, 2013-08-23 18:41
 
Joseph Perrone488. Ponce Inlet Councilman Joe Perrone holds onto seat with 1-vote plurality
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Tia McDonald with book cover489. Edgewater's Tia McDonald featured in book
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These young gals feed birds on beach of New Smyrna490. Flocks of sick or deceased birds dot shoreline
Posted Sat, 2013-08-10 02:21
 
Jason McGuirk quiet in NSB City Commission seat / Headline Surfer491. Softy Jason McGuirk gets NSB Commission seat nobody else wants
Posted Sat, 2013-08-03 03:24
 
492. Christmas comes early in 2010 for New Smyrna Beach with $402,500 fire rescue vehicle, complete with plaque
Posted Thu, 2013-07-18 05:13
 
Ormond Bech store robber locator / Headline Surfer493. Convenience store clerk in Ormond Beach draws own knife to scare off knife-wielding robber
Posted Wed, 2013-07-17 02:41
 
494. Former Oak Hill Mayor Donna Jane Bennett dies in 2009, a decade after exiting the political stage
Posted Thu, 2013-07-04 06:43
 
Lake Mary biker Mike Catchings at Biketoberfest 2011 in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer495. Biketoberfest 2011 in New Smyrna Beach a bust
Posted Mon, 2013-06-17 03:51
 
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Posted Mon, 2013-06-17 00:18 
 
Miami Dolphins great and Oak Hill winter resident Larry Csonka / Headline Surfer497. Oak Hill proud of its Super Bowl connection in winter resident Larry Csonka
Posted Wed, 2013-06-05 04:01
 
Stetson University's retired president H. Howard Lee / Headline Surfer498. Stetson University mourns passing of retired President H. Douglas Lee in 2009
Posted Wed, 2013-05-29 07:12
 
Pot washes up on New Smyrna Beach during July 4 weekend 2010 / Headline Surfer499. Kilo of pot washes ashore on New Smyrna Beach on July 4th weekend
Posted Fri, 2013-05-10 10:29
 
Henry and Sera Frederick / Headline Surfer500. Celebrating 5 years of covering greater Daytona Beach & New Smyrna Beach with 24/7 internet newspaper
Posted Sun, 2013-04-28 04:16  
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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 for a decade now. 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 dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.