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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EDGEWATER -- So the FDA has now passed “sweeping new safety rules” to keep our food safe and avoid these outbreaks of bacteria born disease which have killed many of this country’s citizens. Now, isn’t that nice?

Should the producers of our food have to be told to keep their facilities and their machinery clean? Should they have to be told to insure irrigation water is clean, that workers wash their hands and animals be kept out of the growing areas? Must they be threatened with inspectors so they will do what is only the moral and right thing to do?

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