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Man Drowns Off New Smyrna Beach


New Smyrna Beach, FL – A 69-year-old Winter Park man lost his life after getting caught in a rip current. Volusia County Beach Safety Captain Tammy Malphurs reports the incident happened around 10:30 this morning (May 8) near the Beachway Avenue access. Malphurs reports that the man was swimming with a friend in an area with no lifeguards, almost 400 ... Read More »

Half Cent Sales Surtax Mail Ballot Update


DeLand, FL – The mail-in ballots for the Volusia County half-cent sales surtax went out on May 1. This has caused Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis to get more phone calls and emails than usual. She said the issue is ballots sent to people who are either deceased or no longer live at the address listed. Lewis sent out new ... Read More »

Daytona Police Investigating Death Of BCU Football Player


Daytona Beach, FL – Officers are investigating after a woman finds a man dead in his truck in a furniture store parking lot. Daytona Beach police say that a woman was walking towards Ashley’s Furniture off of West International Speedway Boulevard last night (May 7th) around six o’clock when she saw a man slumped over the steering wheel in a ... Read More »

Daytona Police Investigating Death Of BCU Football Player


Alfred Adams(Courtesy of Bethune-Cookman University) Daytona Beach, FL – Officers are investigating after a woman finds a man dead in his truck in a furniture store parking lot. Daytona Beach police say that a woman was walking towards Ashley’s Furniture off of West International Speedway Boulevard last night (May 7th) around six o’clock when she saw a man slumped over ... Read More »

DeSantis To Sign Felons’ Voting Measure


Tallahassee, FL – Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he will sign a controversial measure that would require repayment of financial obligations before felons’ voting rights are restored. “I’ll sign it,â€� DeSantis said while at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science to discuss environmental issues from the legislative session that ended Saturday. “The (constitutional) amendment says, ... Read More »

Drug Importation Fight Moves To Washington


Tallahassee, FL – The battle over whether to allow state programs and Floridians to have access to prescription drugs imported from Canada has already been waged in the Legislature, but it is now shifting from the halls of Tallahassee to Washington, D.C. One week after state lawmakers gave final approval to create international drug-importation programs, Gov. Ron DeSantis met Monday ... Read More »

VCC gives Go-Ahead To Elections Office Move


DeLand, FL – The Volusia County Commission gives the go-ahead to moving the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections office. The Supervisor, Lisa Lewis, talked about the problems her office has had during the last couple of years, mainly due to recounts. VCC Chair Ed Kelley said the move has been in the works since 2016 when the security and the ... Read More »

Halifax Halts Legal Fight Over New Hospital


Deltona, FL – After getting a reprieve from the Legislature, the public Halifax Hospital Medical Center has dropped a legal fight about building a hospital in western Volusia County. Halifax filed a notice Tuesday at the Florida Supreme Court dismissing the case, six days after lawmakers gave final approval to a bill that would clear the way for the new ... Read More »

New Budget Full Of Spending Nuggets


Tallahassee, FL – A record $91.1 billion spending plan for next fiscal year will soon be formally transmitted to Gov. Ron DeSantis, starting a 15-day clock for him to wield his line-item veto pen and decide what stays and what goes. On Saturday, shortly after lawmakers passed the new state budget, DeSantis vowed that the overall spending total would come ... Read More »

Pot Firms Seek To Open More Storefronts


Tallahassee, FL – Two medical marijuana operators want the state to give them the same treatment as Florida’s largest medical-cannabis firm, after health officials allowed Quincy-based Trulieve to open more dispensaries than a state law allowed. Trulieve challenged a limit on the number of storefronts that was included in a 2017 law aimed at carrying out a 2016 constitutional amendment ... Read More »