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Debris contractor ditches Volusia County, cities

As Volusia County officials watched Hurricane Irma head in their direction Sept. 8, they activated their contracted hauler in anticipation of the debris that would soon begin piling up in front of homes. But the County Manager's Office received an unexpected response from AshBritt Environmental, Dep

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 01:02:30

As Irma hit Florida, wastewater treatment failed

Nearly 100 million gallons of sewage and treated or partially treated wastewater overflowed at utility plants across Florida after Hurricane Irma moved ashore and across the state last week. The exact amount may never be known, but utilities reported more than 500 wastewater releases to the Florida

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-21 22:00:09

Festivals and more: 12 entertainment options for the week ahead

Festivals celebrating everything from the area's diverse cultures to the pastime of fishing are on the schedule for cities from Deltona to New Smyrna Beach. The events join concerts at the Daytona Beach Bandshell and plays at area theaters as entertainment options for the weekend and week ahead. Her

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-22 14:40:00

Homicide investigation underway at Daytona Beach Shores hotel

Police are investigating a homicide Friday at a hotel in Daytona Beach Shores. The Daytona Beach Shores Department of Public safety said a 34-year-old woman was found dead inside a room at the Hawaiian Inn on South Atlantic Avenue just before 5:30 a.m. First responders attempted to resuscitate the

WESH - 2017-09-22 14:41:00

Teen, 17, arrested following Dollar General robbery in Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH - A 17-year-old male was arrested in connection with an armed robbery of a Dollar General store. The store at 825 W. International Speedway Blvd. was held up around 10 p.m. Tuesday by two males with guns, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department. There were three victims in the

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-22 00:02:52

Daytona Beach Shores homicide victim identified

Authorities have identified the woman who was found slain Friday morning inside a Daytona Beach Shores hotel room. Olympia Cerruti, 34, was the victim of a homicide that was called in shortly before 5:30 a.m. at the Hawaiian Inn, 2301 S. Atlantic Ave., police said. Lt. Michael Fowler, a spokesman fo

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 19:03:04

PAT RICE: What to do about Main Street? You tell us

Citizen input is a key ingredient to any solution. Pat Rice @newsjournaledit Consider this column your invitation to take part in a News-Journal town hall meeting about the future of Daytona Beach's iconic-but-languishing Main Street. When I say "take part in," that's just what I mean. The intent o

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-24 08:01:00

Irma doesn't change Brown & Brown building plans in downtown Daytona Beach

Brown & Brown Chairman of the Board J. Hyatt Brown said his insurance company's plans to build a new 10-story headquarters on the north end of Beach Street are as solid as they were before the ferocious storm hit. DAYTONA BEACH - As Hurricane Irma blasted through downtown in the predawn darkness Sep

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-22 21:12:26

Beach Street: At Irma's Ground Zero, shop owners show grit to rebound

DAYTONA BEACH - Like a guard keeping watch over his shop and the city, Julian May scooted a chair up to the glass door of his antique store on Beach Street and waited out Hurricane Irma. What happened over the next 10 hours between Sept. 10 and 11 was a phenomenon so rare that it hasn't happened to

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 20:58:27

Lane: After Irma's floods, downtown working to come back

It seemed like downtown Daytona was just starting to feel on the upswing. And then came Hurricane Irma. Mark Lane @othermarklane It seemed like downtown Daytona was just starting to feel on the upswing. Some new places had recently opened. Brown & Brown Insurance, with some fanfare, announced plans

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 20:58:11

Irma damages exceed $450 million

The damage toll from Hurricane Irma continued to mount in Volusia and Flagler counties this week, as property appraisers' employees in both counties completed their final assessments. In the two counties, 7,407 properties were affected in some way by the storm, totaling $451,114,015 in damages. That

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 00:25:23

LETTERS: "There were traffic jams .., for their selfies, Instagram and Facebook posts.'

'Disaster tourists' added to pain, mess "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Charles Dickens' words ran through my head after the storm passed. Neighbors were helping and checking on neighbors as we started to assess the damage Hurricane Irma brought to our little world of Orange

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-22 08:01:00

Police make arrests in 2016 DeLand shootings that killed 2, wounded 1

DELAND - Police announced the arrest of two people in the killings of two men in the Candlelight Oaks neighborhood last year after an argument over a minor car accident. Charlie Martin, 20, of DeLand, was charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. Jevon L. Dennis, 22, of D

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-21 18:33:03

LETTERS: "How many more studies, committees and specifics do we need?"

Make a road map for change Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry wants specifics to make real changes on Main Street. Here are two specific recommendations by The Urban Land Institute in 2004 that were completely ignored: First, the city should establish a parking authority. According to the report: "T

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-23 08:01:00

LETTERS: "We have become a society that expects others to do for them."

Stop the complaining I have recently read so many letters to the editor by people upset with shelters, lack of power, lack of gas, lack of ice, and the like. I'm sure more complaints will be generated shortly about debris piles that haven't been picked up, finding fault with everyone except themse

DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL - 2017-09-24 08:00:00

Shayne Looper: A little exercise in talking to oneself

In his 1972 short story, "The Other," Jorge Luis Borges pictures himself in Cambridge, Massachusetts, sitting on a bench overlooking the Charles River. Someone sits on the other end of the bench whom be recognizes as his younger self. They strike up a conversation in which the older Borges reveals h

STAR-BANNER - 2017-09-21 19:17:58

Photos: Arrest mugshots 9-23-17

Colin Geib, 21, of Palm Bay, charges: Marijuana - possession <20 gr; possess / use drug paraphernalia; resist officer without violence. Brevard County Sheriff's Office - 0923, Brevard County Sheriff Roland Ashe, 53, of Melbourne, charges: Unarmed burglary of unoccupied conveyance; grand theft; crim

FLORIDA TODAY - 2017-09-24 07:00:00

Fox News: Shannon Bream to anchor 11 p.m. show

Another big promotion for a Central Florida native: Shannon Bream will anchor "Fox News @ Night," which debuts at 11 p.m. Oct. 30. Bream, who has been at Fox New Channel for a decade, has many Florida connections. She was born in Sanford. She graduated from Florida State University's College of Law.

ORLANDO SENTINEL - 2017-09-21 21:15:00

YMCA presents Ormond Beach's new dog park

YMCA presented the plans for the first dog park in town during a groundbreaking ceremony held at the construction site on Saturday, Sept. 23. "This is the next part of our exciting project, and without the city and the county and private donors, this would not have been possible," said Teresa Rand,

ORMONDBEACHOBSERVER.COM - 2017-09-23 16:15:29

Brevard athletes diving into Irma recovery efforts

Veronica Petrinec, Titusville HS bowler and National Honor Society officer, helps to clean William J. Manzo Park after Hurricane Irma. Provided photo Fullscreen Eboni Arnold, former Titusville HS basketball player and current National Honor Society officer, helps to clean William J. Manzo Park af

FLORIDA TODAY - 2017-09-22 20:11:19