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A new look for Joe Harris Park

A new look for Joe Harris Park

The city is hoping the historic site will be a place for families, not crime. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Joe Harris Park, located between Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard and Pearl Street near Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, has been a popular hangout and community treasure for decades. For out-of-town Black motorcyclists, it has been […]

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION 2017

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION 2017

Local activities include banquet, festival Daytona Beach’s Juneteenth observance started with a banquet on June 14 and ended with a large community festival on Saturday at at Cypress Street Park. This was the 17th year for the Juneteenth festival and 15th for the annual banquet. On June 14, the local Juneteenth committee honored 19 “Hometown […]

Health officials: Tuesday a good day for HIV testing

Health officials: Tuesday a good day for HIV testing

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Local health organizations are encouraging local residents to get tested during National HIV Testing Day on Tuesday, June 27. The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County encourages everyone to know their status. Free rapid testing will be available on that day at the health department’s facilities from 9 a.m. […]

Going fishing: DBPD inviting youth to join them Saturday at Lake Valor

Going fishing: DBPD inviting youth to join them Saturday at Lake Valor

BY ANDREA BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES It was a bike ride in April. Now it’s a fishing tournament. The Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) is offering another opportunity for local youth to hang out with officers as a community outreach effort. DBPD is hosting a fishing tournament for local youth up to 12 years old on […]

A time for accolades and unity

A time for accolades and unity

Fears, Reed, grads among honorees at annual NAACP banquet in Daytona BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES The Daytona Beach/Volusia County NAACP celebrated its legacy as a champion for civil rights and honored others for their community efforts at its annual Freedom Fund banquet on June 10. “United We Stand Together as One’’ was the theme […]

The Safari Lounge:  The place for good times

The Safari Lounge: The place for good times

Ferguson recaps his experience as owner of the popular nightspot, which closed down last month. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Arguably the top nightspot in Daytona Beach’s Black community is gone. The Safari Lounge (historically Payne’s) at 223 S. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. had its final night on May 27. The popular club is […]

City’s code enforcement liens lead to foreclosures

City’s code enforcement liens lead to foreclosures

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Businesses and homes racking up code enforcement fines could soon have their property foreclosed. The Daytona Beach City Commission voted 6-0 at its June 7 regular meeting to foreclose on three properties with significant code enforcement liens. Two of those properties are located in the Black community. One is an […]

Juneteenth chair: Daytona festival has grown into large, diverse event

Juneteenth chair: Daytona festival has grown into large, diverse event

BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Linda McGhee is hoping that area residents will join in the Juneteenth community festival on Saturday to learn about the holiday and partake in free activities for kids and adults. McGhee said the Daytona Beach festival is the largest Juneteenth celebration in the state. “Our celebration has vendors come from […]

‘You are the people with the power’

‘You are the people with the power’

Defiant state attorney calls for ‘focus’ at West Volusia NAACP banquet BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES Stay focused and be engaged was the message from Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala during the 27th Annual West Volusia NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on June 2 in DeLand. Her message was in line with the banquet’s theme: […]

Volusia seeking applicants for advisory boards

Volusia seeking applicants for advisory boards

SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES The Volusia County Council is seeking applicants for positions on four advisory boards that research and make recommendations on topics affecting the community. •A licensed electrical contractor is needed to serve on the Contractor Licensing and Construction Appeals Board, which hears appeals of decisions and interpretations of the building official […]

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