“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 areas of blighted neighborhoods being completely ignored.
- Our code enforcement department is MIA.
- We have a severe shortage of affordable housing for our working poor.
- To afford rent in our city you need to make $20/hour at a full-time job, which is about $40,000 a year. That’s about $11,400 short of our median household income of $28,587
- According to the 2010 census, 36.7% of our community was black yet in January 2018 there is not ONE black department head in our city hall.
- We develop too many grand plans that never materialize.
- We’ve spent millions in our CRAs and still have one of the most blighted beach sides on the eastern seaboard.
- We grant millions of dollars to developers and large variances to our land development code and are then told there is no money to provide basic city services.
In my opinion, there is no rational explanation for this sad state of affairs – it is either willful negligence or gross incompetence. But here’s a fact: We have highly paid city staff members who should be held accountable and a city commission that refuses to do so.