On Tap Today: SEV ad authority scandal worsening with serious implications for County Council's Deb Denys

Other major News in Works: NSB mayor to announce statehouse run, but ethics issues continue to dog him; latest on Waverly Media 

Who's the rat / continuing SVAA scandal / Headline Surfer®Tom Clapsaddle / rat / Headline Surfer®County Councilwoman Deb Denys silent on KKK in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer photos / Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority Chairman Tom Clapsaddle, shown here at left, continues to make news since the politically-motivated ouster of his predecessor, Palmer Wilson, in October.

DAYTONA BEACH -- "Who's the rat?" was the mantra of Gene Sheldon, a member of the Southeast Volusia Advertising Authority during the holidays in asking who the source was behind leaking the free lunch credit card scandal to the media.

Today, the 24/7 internet newspaper will tell you why SVAA Chairman Tom Clapsaddle's admitted freeloading off the entity's credit card with executive director Carl Watson and his conversation with Sheldon and other board members in an email string that "technically" violated Florida's government in the Sunshine both pale in comparison to the latest news development that could lead to far greater implications for Cointy Councilwoman Deb Denys and Volusia County government as a whole.

It's the latest embarrassing sdevelopment for the beleaguered ad authority and Volusia County government involving Clapsaddle who became chair after Palmer Wilson was removed in a 4-3 vote spearheaded by Denys in what is widely seen as political and possibly worse..

Headline Surfer® will explain why this continuing black cloud has Denys running for cover.

NSB Mayor Adam Barringer to announce run for Statehouse, but state ethics issue continue to dog him

New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer, member of all-white, all-male Anglers Cub silent on KKK / Headline Surfer®New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer is expected to announce as early as Tuesday his intention to run for a seat in the Florida Legislature.

State ethics charges levied against New Smyrna Beach Mayor Adam Barringer after the 2012 elections and City Manager Pam Brangaccio are in the rear view mirror.

But not so fast: Public documents obtained by Headline Surfer® under a public records request indicate some disturbing findings that have drawn the ire of citizen watchdog Bob Tolley insisting the fix was in from the onset with the year-long investigation into a series of complaints he filed 14 months ago with the Florida Commission on Ethics that were dismissed in December.

And the news comes on the eve of Barringer's expected announcement as soon as Tuesday that he's running for a seat in the Florida Legislature.

Updates on Waverly investigation & mortgage fraud case in federal court

Ramara Garrett & Jim Sotolongo of Waverly Media / Headline Surfer®Jon Kaney, attorney in Waverly investigation / Headline Surfer®Daytona Beach News-Journal Editor Pat Rice / Headline Surfer®Ramara Garrett and Jim Sotolongo, principals in Waverly are about to go on trial in federal court in Orlando in relation to their alleged involvement in a Volusia County mortgage fraud case. Shown in the middle here is attorney Jonathan Kaney, Jr., and at right, News-Journal Editor Pat Rice. Kaney and Rice are players in the latest news developments.

Headline Surfer® will have the latest developments in the Waverly Media investigation being carried out by attorney Jonathan Kaney, Jr., as well as the News-Journal's blanket coverage on the mortgage fraud case in federal caught that is tied to a local power couple, Jim Sotolongo and Ramara Garret.

The two defendants and Waverly Media principals will detail what they believe is really motivating the News-Journal and its editor, Pat Rice to push, the coverage into overdrive.

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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.