Daytona's Hope Place No. 1 story of 2016; unwavering vision of Big 3 in seeing it through makes Forough Hosseini, Mark Geallis & Jim Dinneen our 'newsmakers of the year'

Surely, there were two stories iun 2016 with global implications with Donald Trump winning the presidency ogf the US and the terrorist massacre at the Pulse gay night club in Orlando were huge stories, but for Headline Surfer®, the No. 1 story of 2016, was right here at "home," a word in and of itselfd, one of consternation and political infighting that has divided its people far too long.

More so than tax breaks for the billionaire France Family and their unwaveriung commitment to Daytona International Speedway as the epi-center of racing and the other crown jewel Daytona Beach.

shared crown jewel with us -- fierce debate of the human mimnThe Pulse nightclub massacre, a cowrdly act by a lone wolf terrorist who claimed allegiance to ISIS leading to the massacre of 49 innocent lives and the wounding of dozens more was clearly a global story that hit close to home in Orlando. The election of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton clearly was an ugly campaign, but this was a national story that also hit home.

But clearly, in terms of Headline Surfer's year-long effort to bring attention to a story here at "home," in and of itself, a source of consternation, the hard-fought Herculean efforts of a trio of community leaders ensured that "Hope Place," the planned conversion of an elementary school into a fauility to serve homeless families and unaccompanied youth was approved with a unanimous vote of the Volusia County Council demonstrated that when 

 

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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.