DAYTONA BEACH -- Volusia County Chair Jason Davis got no closer to the big political events of the day than a telephone call to his bedside at Halifax Health Medical Center today from the governor, having been held overnight for observations after feeling chest pains Wednesday afternoon.
After a battery of stress tests and other medical procedures, Davis was informed that one thing was ruled out medically: "I did not have a heart attack."
Davis said he was feeling severe chest pains Wednesday afternoon in what felt like a heart attack, but that was ruled out after admission and he was held overnight in a regular room for observation before undergoing a battery of tests earlier today to ensure that his heart was not the issue.
What could have caused the pain is not known, Davis said, but added that since it's not his heart, he's not overly concerned.
Davis added in his phone call to Headline Surfer® just after 6 p.m. from his Edgewater residence, "My heart is fine. I shall live to fight another day."
The county chair was scheduled to deliver his State of the County address 9 a.m. today, but that was called off Wednesday afternoon with brief announcement put out by county officials that stated:
"The State of the County address scheduled for shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, April 3, during the Volusia County Council meeting, will be rescheduled due to an unexpected absence by County Chair Jason Davis. Mr. Davis is expected to miss the County Council meeting due to medical reasons. No other items on the County Council agenda are affected."
Davis said his speech, which he wrote over the weekend, will likely be delivered at the next scheduled County Council meeting, which is April 17, inside the Frank T. Bruno County Council Chambers named for Davis' predecessor, who was term-limited in 2012 and ran unsuccessfully for a State Senate seat instead.
Today was a big day politically, both in DeLand before Davis' colleagues and in Daytona Beach, the latter a mid-morning visit by Gov. Rick Scott to Daytona International Speedway.