Is Daytona Beach A Good Vacation Spot...
Judge A

Port Orange, FL

#102 Jun 7, 2012
Herb F wrote:
The Daytona Beach problem has its roots in its massive corruption. This is a City that has been called as being an Organized Crime municipality within the USA. It is controlled by a few individuals that maintain a corrupt group of City officials at their service and to the detriment of the city's residents. "Organized Crime under Color of Law" - what an ideal setup!
You said it so clear!
Daytona 4ever

Daytona Beach, FL

#103 Jun 7, 2012
David wrote:
I have been going there since I was one. I have seen major changes. I continue to go there. I don't like because they tear away at the boardwalk. Instead of going there 4 or 5 times a year, I now go on cruises and the islands. I also throw Vegas or another location in.
The Boardwalk is an amusment park now. A new restaurant on the pier, called Joe's Crab Shack,it just opened 2 days ago. Daytona is nice.
Living in south Daytona

Riverdale, GA

#105 Jun 7, 2012
@ Daytona 4ever .. Just how long do you think Crabby joes is going to stay around? As for an Amusement park for who "Pedophiles, Drug adicts ?" This business is going to finally realize they are being shaken down and run for the hills !! Daytona is corrupt and a sleaze pit. I hope the pier gets blown into the atlantic during a hurricane , Mabey that will wake people up to the corruption when they ask for $$To rebuild it . I think your a city troll plant pianting a pretty picture with feces.
Judge Dred

Port Orange, FL

#106 Jun 30, 2012
It's been accurately called: Organized Crime under Color of Law

That's the sad truth of Daytona Beach and explains why is so run down and has so much unimpeded crime.

Corruption destroys cities.

Lady Lake, FL

#107 Jun 30, 2012
The last of the 819 boyz was sentanced to 65 years in jail for weapons-drug charges. Time will tell how much havoc there will be between Nova & Ridgewood. It's certainly a good sign. Antonio Bizzell was arrested by federal & local officers on weapons-drug charges, sentenced to 65 years. This coincides with a report, that improvements will be made to I.S.B. In theory both seem like the right step, however no one could be blamed for being synical.

Monticello, FL

#108 Jul 4, 2012
Just left and everything was so dead. No food places to eat at all. I drove for two hours just looking!!! Btw trashyyyyyyy ppl are there. Not impressed never coming back.

Tallahassee, FL

#109 Jul 5, 2012
I loved it so much I moved here 4 years ago & still love it...

Lady Lake, FL

#110 Jul 5, 2012
Localcitizen wrote:
Wow Herb, tell us how you really feel. Way to lift up the community in a positive light. Instead of complaining about the problems why don't you provide some solutions.
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Glen Ritchie is finished. Let him go out of business too. How his reputation sells cars is a mystery. The auto mall is out there because of corruption- if it's legal-not connected- bring everything in to replace Ritchie. He controls that part of Nova. Carl Persis is attemping to replace Bruno, it won't happen a vote was passed his attempt is an insult because of his connection to Dineen, Fred Costello strongly suspects Persis with good reason Daytona Beach residents need to believe that Fred Costello will abolish the sunshine law. He was partly responsible for solving some of the problems in double dipping. The answer from Tallahassee was NO! It has to stay that way, Persis was told he can't even volenteer, Tallahassee can't take away his right to try,[it's unamerican] He's unamerican as well be careful.

Lady Lake, FL

#111 Jul 5, 2012
The sunshine law was written to protect government, by stipulating they will not be held responsible for any wrongful act while in office. This law was not passed it was grandfathered in meaning it holds no valid proof from the time it was inacted. Josh Wagner's father went to prision.. arrested by the feds, there is part of the answer, they are out there. Getting rid of a government employee is like trying to tell Judge Will he has to step down! Difficult not impossible. Reynolds/gilliland/Doran/ Bruno/ Shelly all grandfathered in [common knowledge] Kelly White has her seat because of Jack White wasting tax dollars by over spending selling to the Whites for a fraction. Some of the lots on the beachside are owned by unincorporated land developers-[without government interferrence. Consolidated Tomoka owns over 11000 acres [mainly west of Nova. Ted Doran stopped Theresa Doan from serving on the HAAA board - stalemate! better to get rid of Doran instead of having to get rid of both.

Since: Jul 12

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#112 Jul 18, 2012
... The beauty of the ocean & beach is marred by the greed of the glass houses. You pay top dollar for nothing at all. There is no open air, or even safety for that matter. They need to go back in time to recover, and stop trying to control for profit mans natural attraction to the area.

Lady Lake, FL

#113 Jul 19, 2012
Kingfish esq wrote:
... The beauty of the ocean & beach is marred by the greed of the glass houses. You pay top dollar for nothing at all. There is no open air, or even safety for that matter. They need to go back in time to recover, and stop trying to control for profit mans natural attraction to the area.
Another point of view: The city employees of Daytona would like nothing more than to go back in time to salt water taffy arcade games ferris wheels & ice skating rinks. That's the problem: It cost to much money as an expense to the taxpayers to have the ferris wheel shipped to Daytona- it's been obvious for a long time that small business will not exsist unless it benefits people like Theresa Doan. Al Smith lied about spending $30.000 on a used generator that belonged to Gary Libby in order to steal tax dollars. How much evidence is needed before Daytona Beach residents can more -forward- The sunshine law needs to be abolished they won't be punshished just tell them to ___GO AWAY!

Daytona Beach, FL

#114 Jul 22, 2012
Do not go to Hawaian Luau dinner and show. Forty dollars a person and they add a seven dollar gratuity at the door for parties of 3 or more. They even added another seven dollar gratuity when we ordered 2 drinks. You had to stand in line at the serve yourself buffet. A very long line. The salad table was a very small round table with nothing but lettuce, three bean salad and dressing.The seven dollar gratuity was per person. Biggest tourist rip off I've ever encountered. Really bit into our vacation budget so we were unable to visit one of the other restaurants we wanted to visit. They should be required to tell people about the seven dollar gratuity for 3 or more people before you get there. Like when you call to make your reservations.
Rolling in colelaw

Monroe, GA

#115 Jul 30, 2012
I been spending 3 to 4 weeks a year in Daytona Beach Shores for the last 23 years or so. We love the area. We spend just about all our money shopping/ dinning out in Port Orange( a few resturants in the shores too) and going to as many Daytona Cubs baseball games as we can! Great work cubbies staff! I agree Daytona has went down in the last 6 years or so, south end of A1A Looks likes a ghost town till you reach dbshores. HollyHill area looks so scary!

Ipswich, UK

#116 Jul 31, 2012
Omg123 wrote:
Just left and everything was so dead. No food places to eat at all. I drove for two hours just looking!!! Btw trashyyyyyyy ppl are there. Not impressed never coming back.
if you can't see you should not be driving

Freeport, FL

#117 Aug 5, 2012
Dennis_ONeil wrote:
Instead of wasting time and money vacationing in Daytona Beach you can get a similar experience by doing the following. Get dressed in your best "victim" clothing. Drive to the worst part of town you can find. I mean the kind of place every business closes before nightfall because of the crime. You might have to drive a distance to find the kind of place that would work. A place where murders, rapes, robberies and all violent crime statistics are sky-high. Then, walk around at night with hundred dollar bills hanging out of your pocket. At least in your town you could get competent medical care following the inevitable.
Let's all thank Mayor Glenn Ritchey for the deplorable job he's doing as Mayor and for all his hard work draining the life blood out of Daytona Beach. I am curious to know how much he sold his soul for.
Times R

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#121 Oct 28, 2012
I moved here (DB) from Gainesville about 2 years ago. I was warned about the area but had no idea that it would be this bad. I don't understand how an area gets like this. I've never seen a beach with fewer pretty girls. All retired working class northerners and other lame stragglers.

Lady Lake, FL

#122 Oct 28, 2012
Localcitizen wrote:
I love the way people condemn the way others do their job especially when they don't even live in the town that they are trashing. Please stand up if you are willing to take the task of ANY city advisory board. Perhaps with all of the wisdom spoken here about all of the problems and corruption that Daytona has, these complainers can do a better job. NASCAR brings more income to this community on a regular basis than any other single business entity in the area. Yes, there are unemployment challenges and some undesirables but show me a city that does not have its share of economic challenges and blighted areas. Trashing the community and its leadership will not help turn it around any time soon.
Nascar is the corruption we keep hearing about! So are bike events, admitting that Daytona Beach has problems & that it won't change anytime soon by complaining, when you're doing the complaining is a contradiction! In other words you're an idiot!
Dr Herb McCormick

Port Orange, FL

#123 Apr 12, 2013
Heard on the Grapevine the FBI is investigating several Past Daytona Beach City Commissioners for Corruption. Long Overdue!

Lady Lake, FL

#124 Apr 12, 2013
Josh Wagner has been under investigation for quite awhile. The F.B.I. believes there's a connection to his father and actually using illegal funds to obtain, certain favors that kept his father in business. Ramara Garrett financed the political campaigns of Wagner Cussack, Persis Doran & Henry. Garrett also has misdealing with Wagner & the pier. Garrett was also involved in the second street market- floridian view- & other plans involving Omi Vangard [aka Wagner] It is rumored that Bornia has gone back to Palm Beach, according to Wagner & the News Journal. It's also rumored that Joyce Cussack appointed Patel to the H.AA Board to replace Doran. Shifting the ideas around are common practice for the politicians. It becomes so muttled to the point of foolish for believing anyone has gone anywhere.

Altamonte Springs, FL

#125 Jun 28, 2013
I am currently staying at a "resort" in Daytona and I have never been more depressed. This town in whole is desolate and quite frankly yes, a ghost town. As soon as we drove in all the shops, bars, and strip clubs were closed down....Either condemned, run down, or even better lots of buildings that were in the process of being built and have been abandoned. Lots hookers, drug addicts, and homeless people wandering the streets...There are lots of homes for sale and lots of abandoned hotels, homes filled with squatters who don't give a damn. I have yet to see a police officer. There is also an AMAZING SKY RISE CONDOMINIUM for sale....It is as well abandoned...No where to eat, only ONE gas station we have seen actually functioning and working, and even gates around the outside of the "resort" which in itself is more of a desperately working 3 star hotel. I feel so saddened by all I've seen. Someone please help these poor people. It's like the movie Carnival of Souls. The only positive thing I can say is that my stay here is limited to one more night , and then I will hightail it to Orlando with a great grievance in my heart. My poor father brought us here in hopes of an earlier vacation start and was told it was family friendly....Absolutely NOT. So for those who think I'm an old obnoxious woman I'm actually a deeply concerned 23 year old. Can we get a petition for Daytona ? Something? God Bless all those actually surviving here may they find a way out.

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