Volusia County toots own horn regarding beach warning flags, but descriptions difficult to read online

Beach warning flags graphic for Volusia County online not easy to read / Headline Surfer®Graphics for Headline Surfer® /
At left is the exact snapshot of the graphic displayed by Volusia County on its website regarding Beach Warning Flags and below is a snapshot (same size as it is shown on county web page) of the verbiage with the graphic. The graphic is unreadable and the verbiage is more PR than anything of substance.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Volusia County toots its own horn regarding its "beach warning flags" on rough surf conditions such as rip currents or the presence of dangerous marine life like sharks or jellyfish, but its own website is extremely difficult to read, even with a hand-held magnifying glass.

A Headline Surfer® snapshot shown here using a MacBook cutting tool (grab) with the exact size and likeness from the county's website shows washed out colors and print that is not clearly visible to the naked eye.

See for yourself here or please click the link that will take you directly to the county's webpage for Beach Warning Flags: http://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/beach-safety/beach-warning-flags.stml.

The internet newspaper emailed Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Director Mark Swanson, but he did not respond.

In fact, Swanson, on the job since 2013, has not responded to any of the internet newspaper's previous emails since four of five drownings since Memorial Day weekend and the June 9 lightning bolt strike of an 11-year-old Georgia boy, Bowen Tyre, fishing with his dad in knee-deep water (there were no lifeguards or beach safety police anywhere in the vicinity for at least 5 minutes after a nearby surfer performed life-saving CPR. The boy remains in serious condition at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando).

Beach waring flags webpage for Volusia County not reader friendly / Headline Surfer®A text message sent to beach safety Capt. Tamra Marris, the agency's designated spokeswoman, went unanswered as well.

These series of emails were copied to senior county administrators including Country Manager Jim Dinneen, his executive secretary, Marja Kolomyski; Deputy County Clerk Marci Zimmerman, County Attorney Daniel Eckert, county spokesman Dave Byron and the elected County Council members, County Chair Jason Davis, at-large representative Joyce Cusack, DeLand-area's Pat Patterson, Daytona Beach-area's Joshua J. Wagner, Ormond Beach-area's Doug Daniels, New Smyrna Beach-area's Deb Denys and Deltona-area's Fred Lowry. 

None of the senior administrative officials nor any of the elected leaders have responded to any of the emails and only Kolomyski, Davis, Wagner and Cusack have returned calls on other related issues. Only Davis has made the time to answer the internet newspaper's questions.

Davis, however, could not be reached for comment Saturday night before publication of this sidebar story.

Davis has said there should be no skimping on funding for anything that could compromise public safety. And clearly, work needs to be done on the county's web page regarding the bech warning flags. 

Headline Surfer® did a google search for "beach warning flags" and "international lifesaving federation" as referenced in Volusia County's ambiguous baech warning flags verbiage and found a graphic that can be enlarged by clicking on it, unlike Volusia County's web page. 

Here is the link that describes flags used for Florida beaches in conjunction with the International Lifesaving Federation: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/cmp/programs/flags.htm.

A copy of the graphic is shown below as large as Headline Surfer® can present it, at 600 pixels deep. Saved as a jpeg, the state of Florida graphic is 2592 pixels deep -- No magnifying glass needed on that page nor when resized by the internet newspaper. 

Easy to read flag warning graphic for beach safety / Headline Surfer®
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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.