DELAND -- The power brokers are here from several municipalities in the Volusia County Council chambers either because they want a CRA or because they want to continue receiving the millions in taxpayer dollars supposedly for "blighted areas."

I'll go out on a limb to predict none of these power brokers will mention the millions currently being spent on street parties where alcohol is the main draw.

Nowhere is that use more pronounced than on Flagler Avenue in New Smyrna Beach and on Main Street in Daytona Beach -- both lined with bars.

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