Volusia County Council's Deb Denys to be honored as VCARD's Citizen of the Year

Photo for Headline Surfer / Volusia County Council's Deb Denys, shown above, will receive the 2019 Citizen of the Year award during VCARD’s installation and awards banquet, 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan.16, at the Daytona Autograph Collection, 1870 Victory Circle, Daytona Beach.

By HENRY FREDERICK / Headline Surfer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Volusia County Association for Responsible Development and its Flagler County Chapter will honor District 3 County Council Member Deb Denys for her ongoing efforts to improve water quality and bring the aerospace industry to Volusia County.

She will receive the 2019 Citizen of the Year award during VCARD’s installation and awards banquet, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan.16, at the Daytona Autograph Collection, 1870 Victory Circle, Daytona Beach.

A champion of clean water, Denys chairs the five-county Indian River Council and has raised the profile of the economic, environmental and cultural value of the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon.

A champion of clean water, Deb Denys chairs the five-county Indian River Council and has raised the profile of the economic, environmental and cultural value of the Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon.

Her regional approach to the issue has brought individuals, local governments, agencies and businesses together. She also led efforts to develop the county’s Water Quality Plan, which was drafted in 2015. 

Denys recognized early on the possibilities of bringing the expanding commercial aviation and aerospace industry to Volusia County. As chair of Space Volusia, she is committed to securing the commercial supply chain market by leveraging the county’s strengths of available land, a growing and talented workforce, and a proactive business community. 

Denys has a long record of community service, having served on the Volusia County School Board from 1994 to 1998 and the Volusia County Council since January 2013. She has also served on the boards of the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia, Habitat for Humanity, and the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce.

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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.