Another waste of money for Halifax Ar...

Another waste of money for Halifax Area Advertising Authority

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Dragonfly Hummingbird

Oviedo, FL

#1 Dec 18, 2013
Jeff Hentz throws in the towel on Daytona Beach's tourist industry and submitted his letter of resignation and will step down at the end of February. He gets 20 weeks of pay. Never hire someone from California to do Florida work because they don't like it here. What a waste.
Joe

Fort Wayne, IN

#2 Dec 18, 2013
The Halifax Advertising Authority is a slush fund. it's been used as an excuse to hide money. The Convention Visitors Bureau hired Hentz after a vote was taken by the City Commission. The C.V.B. is a slush fund. Rumors have been circulating that Hentz used tax dollars to afford luxury trips to Europe. The internal revenue service is breathing all over this. Hentz was -Fired- there is no severance pay! Wagner's been using the News Journal to cover his tracks too many people are claiming to have little or no involvement.
Joe

Fort Wayne, IN

#3 Dec 18, 2013
It's common knowledge that money was being misused by The H.A.A. Board. Daytona Beach government is being held accountable for over $10.5M .
Dragonfly Hummingbird

Oviedo, FL

#4 Dec 20, 2013
Joe wrote:
The Halifax Advertising Authority is a slush fund. it's been used as an excuse to hide money. The Convention Visitors Bureau hired Hentz after a vote was taken by the City Commission. The C.V.B. is a slush fund. Rumors have been circulating that Hentz used tax dollars to afford luxury trips to Europe. The internal revenue service is breathing all over this. Hentz was -Fired- there is no severance pay! Wagner's been using the News Journal to cover his tracks too many people are claiming to have little or no involvement.
Today's NJ explained it all: They did not like him! He was trying to improve things and bringing people here from other places is not what they wanted. They just wanted another puppet to do what they said. No one really understands what the board wants because they are a bunch of politicians. No one on the board knows marketing or tourism. They only get firing and hiring. I disagree that he was fired. Maybe he would have been if he did not resign because the board needs to spend money on a search for a new marketing person and another junket or two for themselves?
Joe

Fort Wayne, IN

#5 Dec 20, 2013
The city commission wouldn't bring in an outsider unless they had a plan. You can understand the suspicion because they don't trust outsiders. Unfortunately Pat Rice is an idiot that can't get a story straight and appears to be on governments side of the fence that's a process of illumination to determine where the lies are......Thinking.. Doran was thrown off of the H.A.A. Board as chairman yet he still remained a member according to the News journal removing Doran as chairman has to mean that records of misspent money would disappear become shifted to another idea or altered to show a straight set of books. The money shifted to tourism. The replacement for a H.A.A board chairman was never mentioned not by the New Journal or anyone. Pravin P.M. Patel was appointed by Joyce Cusack.. after fighting with the chief because he raided the Heritage Inn [owned by Patel] for having a meth lab. These are the small pieces that don't fit that add up to being suspect. Believing the News Journal is difficult these little pieces odds and ends don't give straight answers it just shows that the money is shifting. Hentz may have been used for a period of time just to show a change of records....??
Joe

Fort Wayne, IN

#6 Dec 21, 2013
Today's News Journal reported that $25000 was spent for a trip to Europe Hentz was fired
Joe

Fort Wayne, IN

#7 Dec 23, 2013
You could be right. If they didn't like him Hentz may have been set up. There hasn't been any indication that the federal government was involved. They just wanted to get rid of him. As far as tourism is concerned Doug Daniels name is being used in place of Hentz. It's easy to believe that Hentz was just fed up.
John

Orlando, FL

#8 Mar 6, 2014
The greater problem is that there's just not much you can do with Daytona Beach, because the ruling clique of families here just won't allow it. They came here originally to race cars on the beach, and all they care about is maintaining iron-fisted clique control over this entire area -- they only care about themselves, not this area, and that has shown for years.

So their number one fear is letting any new industries evolve here that might shift absolute control away from their hands, and they certainly don't want some charismatic tourism guy coming in here who might shift any degree or control away from them -- and that's why they started clipping his wings and his funds, and threw a choke-chain around his neck before he finally and understandably got completely fed up and literally fled. Because he ultimately found out, like everyone who lives in this area for long does, that this area has never mattered one iota to the dynastic clique that rules this town -- only them having eternal supremacy does.

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