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Daytona Beach city manager to retire in 2021

Also in the Daytona West Observer: DSC president recognized for award
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

After nearly 16 years, Daytona Beach's longtime City Manager James Chisholm announced he will retire in a year, with his last day slated to occur sometime in March 2021.

The news came during Daytona's City Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 4. A press release stated Chisholm is the city's longest tenured manager. He was first appointed in August 2004, and has overseen the city's $386 million budget and about 930 employees since

“It’s been a privilege to work with many dedicated city commissioners, staff members, supporters and stakeholders during the past 16 years," said Chisholm in the press release. "My time in Daytona Beach has been personally rewarding because we’ve been able to accomplish so much. When I was hired, we rolled up our sleeves and immediately addressed serious, divisive community and financial issues including racial tensions, high crime rates, budget deficiencies and aging infrastructure. Today, Daytona Beach is in a very strong and positive position."

According to a press release, some projects and initiatives that took place during Chisholm's tenure included the redevelopment of the Daytona Beach pier and recruitment of Joe's Crab Shack; the creation of the city's first emergency operational center; the relocation of police headquarters to Mason Avenue and construction of a new fire station on LPGA; and the construction of the county's firs homeless assistance center.

After retiring, Chisholm plans to spend more time golfing, fishing and traveling, as well as spend time with his wife Tina, daughter Rebecca and heir two dogs, Abigail and Buddy.‚Äč

DSC president recognized by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Daytona State College President Dr. Tom LoBasso was selected as one of 13 college presidents who will be receiving Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, an award recognizing presidents who have shown strong support of student success by recognizing academic achievement, leadership and service among high-achieving students, a press release announced in February.

Daytona State College President Dr. Tom LoBasso will be recognized in a convention in Dallas. Courtesy photo

LoBasso will be recognized during the society's annual convention on April 2-4 in Dallas.

“I want to thank Daytona State PTK Advisor Lori Lemoine and her students for nominating me,” said LoBasso in the press release. “Receiving the Shirley B. Gordon Award is a tremendous honor, but it would not have been possible without the amazing support from the District board of trustees, faculty and staff. They work hard every day to ensure our students have the best opportunity to succeed in the classroom and beyond, and this award reflects that.”

Indoor karting experience coming to Daytona

Speedway Indoor Karting will open a new location in Daytona Beach come fall 2020. It will be located at 2455 W. International Blvd., next to the Daytona International Speedway.

SIK Daytona will have a 16-turn road course with elevation changes and and an oval track, a press release announced. It will feature electric-powered karts from CRG. SIK Daytona is set to bring 30-40 new jobs to Daytona.

A drawing of what Speedway Indoor Karting. Courtesy photo

This indoor karting facility will be second location owned by former IndyCar driver and team owner Sarah Fisher and her husband Andy O'Gara. The original one is located in Speedway, Indiana.

For more information, visit or follow them on social media at @sikarting on Twitter and Instagram, and Speedway Indoor Karting on Facebook.

DCS to hold women's history luncheon

The 18th-annual Women's History Luncheon will take place at the Hosseini Center at Daytona State College on March 25.

To be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the luncheon hosted by the Advisory Board for DSC's Center for Women and Men is part of Women's History Month, which highlights the contributions of women throughout history, according to a press release. This year's theme is "Valiant Women of the Vote," in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. 

The luncheon will honor women from the original suffrage movement along with the Volusia County League of Women Voters. Tickets cost $40 and are available at

Private practice adds therapists

After 15 years, a local private practice specializing in substance abuse treatment has expanded. 

Holly Pugh has 10 years of experience helping people with addictions and 15 years of helping people through trauma. Courtesy photo

Hollan Pugh, owner of Front Porch Counseling, has added three therapists an a new substance abuse program, according to a press release. Pugh has 10 years of experience helping people with addictions and 15 years of helping people through trauma. Front Porch Counseling offers Eye Movement Desensitization, cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, to name a few.

Front Porch Counseling is located at 116 Bay Street in Daytona Beach.

Four stars for Halifax Humane Society

Halifax Humane Society has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, marking the fourth time that the nonprofit has earned this distinction in the last five years, a press release announced.

The distinction is a result of Halifax Humane Society's financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. In the press release, Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher said only a quarter of charities rated by his organization earn a four-star rating. 

Halifax Humane Society’s rating is available on

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