County Council's Billie Wheeler supports Headline Surfer's standing as working press; condemns Sheriff Mike Chitwood's punishing tactics: removal from email media alerts, denial of press cards, banning from press conferences

By HENRY FREDERICK Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --While saying she cannot tell the sheriff what to do since they are both elected leaders, Volusia County Councilwoman Billie Wheeler nonetheless condemned "how he has treated Headline Surfer" and that she emphatically supports and recognizes the online news outlet as "the press."

"I can't come out and tell Sheriff Chitwood what to do because he is elected and I am elected," Wheeler told the award-winning internet news site, but aded, "It's not right what he has been doing to to you. But I have no control over Chitwood. I just can't come out and tell him what to do.



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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 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.