A Pond Without Ripples

We’ve all thrown a stone into still water and watched the ripples. Throw one stone, the ripples are mesmerizing and peaceful. Throw a LOT of stones, the ripples really get that pond water churning. One stone, a lot of stones, there are always ripples. When our City Commission votes on the agenda items, they create…

Do Your Job!

“SERVICE IS THE PRICE YOU PAY FOR THE SEAT YOU OCCUPY. DO YOUR JOB!”  Marjorie Johnson, Daytona Beach resident to the City Commission The first few times I heard Ms. Johnson make this statement I didn’t quite understand her vehemence and insistence.  That’s because the first few times I attended City Commission meetings, it all…

Facts Are Stubborn Things

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."   John Adams Here are some stubborn facts about Daytona Beach: 28.7% of our residents live below the poverty line. For every shiny new salvation project, there are equal…

Welcome to the Rock

Daytona Beach is like a rock in a river of development dollars.  We watch the development dollars flow rapidly around us, admiring the view.  But unlike other communities, we don't actively fish for healthy development dollars that can survive without public subsidy.  Instead, we just enjoy the view and wonder why we have such a…

Victory by Playing Small Ball

Being somewhat of a cynic, I've been wondering if there wasn't a directed, unstated recommendation expected from the Voulsia County Beachside Redevelopment Commission.  At first I thought it might be a rubber stamping of the boardwalk expansion.  But at the January 8, 2018 meeting I think we may have gotten our answer, Two Daytona.  That's…

Math Matters

On January 7, 2018, The News Journal had an articleabout the wonderful employment numbers for B.Braun’s new development.  The article said that B.Braun pledged to create 175 new jobs that paid an average wage of at least $41,936 per year.  These pledged jobs were part of an incentive package that gave B.Braun $8.2M from the…

Rubber Stamp: George Anderson’s Parking Lot

All too often, our city commission is asleep at the switch, rubber stamping whatever staff recommends, with virtually no questions asked.  This inattention is only visible if you watch the meetings. It isn’t reported in the News Journal but the commission's inattentive rubber-stamping shapes our city just as much as the big news-worthy stories they…