What exactly did Ed Kelley say in his state of the county address at the Ocean Center in Daytona?

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- What exactly did County Chair Ed Kelley say in his State of the County address at the Ocean Center on Tuesday? 

Headline Surfer was emailed a "script" of his speech after the event, but it doesn't match what he was quoted as saying in a story published in the Daytona Beach News-Journal: “This room is full of excitement. Positive excitement. With the energy that’s in here, all of you better just hold on and watch because we are becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Central Florida corridor.”

But the statement is not contained in the script Headline Surfer received. The internet news outlet was unable to attend because of a scheduling conflict.

Headline Surfer asked repeatedly for a copy o the video of Kelley's presentation. At first a county spokeswoman said it was being held back for presentation in Volusia Magazine a monthly show that is taped and shown on WSDC and on YouTube. Then the spokeswoman said it wasn't yet ready. Then came this message at 4:22 p.m. today regarding when a copy of the video would be made available: "Good afternoon. It will be ready Friday afternoon."

Kelley was non-responsive when asked to clarify.

The county did not give a reason why the video would not be made available until Friday afternoon.



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