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…