THREAT: Edgewater cop warns towing company to think twice about continuing banner ad with Headline Surfer & still doing business with the city, owner tells online news outlet

By HENRY FREDERICK Headline Surfer

EDGEWATER, Fla. -- Wake up Edgewater! When a cop is calling the towing company in the heart of your city with a threat -- stop doing business with that online media outlet or we'll stop doing business with you -- then enough is enough!

That's the new reality of municipal government in Edgewater, a city that had seen steady growth and prosperity for 11 years under the steady hand of City Manager Tracey Barlow, a no-nonsense administrator who transformed this once-rural outpost into a prosperous bedroom city focused on families, retirees, emerging parks and boating along the Indian River.

But that all changed on Oct. 26, in what appeared to be a carefully-orchestrated takeover Rogue 3 -- Gary T. Conway, Megan O'Keefe and Amy Vogt -- threatened by Headline Surfer, the award-winning online news outlet that was originally launched as in New Smyrna Beach, with that seaside tourism city as its base and priority coverage given to Edgewater and Oak Hill with occasional countywide news out of Daytona Beach and DeLand. coverina decade ago and covered Southeast Volusia like a blanket, highlighting corruption in New Smyrna Beach where several taxpayer entities became a veritable feeding frenzy for Chamber insiders like financial planner Robert Lott and Adelle Aletti, with millions siphoned from the Southeast. Volusia Advertising Authority, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the indigent care taxing district for what was then Bert Fish Medical Center. WAKE UP EDGEWATER - When a cop is calling THE towing company in the heart of your city with the threat -- Edgewater Towing & Recovery's Myron Hammond fights city hall and wins!

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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.