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DeBary News: March 2018

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City Council, on a 4-1

City Council, on a 4-1 vote The Feb. 7, hired a small Ormond on company for $10,000 to Beach DeBary's biggest annual party run the daylong Fourth of July - at Gemini Springs Park. festival Council member Stephen City cast the lone dissenting Bacon against the arrangement vote Festival Designs, echoing with concerns about having previous instead of professionals- running the show. volunteers-- think the community needs to "I involved again," Bacon said. get and Recreation Director Parks Fletcher said Festival John will still use volunteers Designs the show, which draws 7,000 for 10,000 attendees. to Designs will also have to Festival with DeBary’s fireworks work Creative Pyrotechnics of vendor, DeBary hired Creative Orlando. for $20.000 last April. Pyrotechnics deal can be renewed for two The at $20,000 for each show. years Designs was the only Festival to respond by the deadline company DeBary put out feelers for when vendors online, said Parks potential Recreation Director John and Fletcher. entities downloaded Eleven about DeBary’s event, information was posted on which Fletcher said. myvendorlink.com, Jan. 17, the City Council On McLemore to negotiate authorized Festival Designs and make a with about whether the recommendation should hire the company. city suspect declared DeBary in Orange slaying indigent DeBary man accused in an A County slaying last year Orange been declared indigent, has public funds will be used meaning his defense. in exact cost of Clay The defense remains Curtsinger's An order from Orange- unknown. Circuit Court Dan Traver Osceola that only "reasonable" specifies will be picked up by the costs Depositions, subpoenas and state. were approved in transcripts Jan. 24 order. Traver's 47, accused of fatally Curtsinger, his girlfriend's ex- shooting has estimated that his husband, will cost $100,000. He defense is accused of the attack in a Curtsinger Nona-area subdivision on July 7. Lake remains jailed without bond Curtsinger the Orange Couty Jail. at pleaded not guilty. Curtsinger He told investigators he was originally himself when he fatally shot defending Radke, the Orange County Jack Office said. Curtsinger gunned Sheriff’s Radke, 48, with a Taurus 9mm down at roughly 6:30 p.m. Friday handgun 7) on Budworth Circle in the Eagle (July subdivision in the Lake Nona Creek a report said. Curtsinger, while area, a white Dodge Ram pickup driving pulled next to a white Ford van truck, immediately shot the driver, Radke, and said. officials say deputies didn't find a gun Records Radke's van. in entered the market for a DeBary planner after McLemore and party council members expressed some about an arrangement concerns a nonprofit that ran the show with since 2011. annually DJ’s burst of profanity-laced A before the fireworks display music July 4, 2017 prompted city on to take a closer look at officials deal with Community their Program Inc. (CPPI). Partnership realized they had no They agreement with CPPI. official contributes DeBary for fireworks, thousands and staffing. security city manager called the The with CCPI a arrangement deal that left “handshake” unclear, responsibilities and exposed the exposing of DeBary to certain city liabilities. CITY COUNCIL HIRES PARTY PLANNER FOR FOURTH OF JULY BASH DeBary News Page 6 Festival Designs of replaces CPPI after concerns about 'handshake deal,' city liabilities By Kevin P. Connolly Curtsinger By Kevin P. Connolly has no income, records say.

than 350 new jobs paying an average wage of More $58,000 annually are heading to Seminole nearly - a short drive south of DeBary. County a software company, announced in early Superion, a $12 million expansion in Lake Mary. February firm, which is getting a publicly financed incentive The worth $355,000, said it would create 355 new package in three years. jobs new positions in the areas of product management "The support, software development, professional and finance, sales, marketing, and administration," services, company said in a statement. the will vary by position and will average $57,829 Salaries year, the company noted. a in building improvements, machinery, "Investments and leasing will help further extend the equipment, expansion commitments," the company company's said. considered locations in North Carolina and Superion before picking Lake Mary, said Tim Giuliani, Iowa Economic Partnership president and CEO. Orlando agency worked with local officials together to land The expansion. the Mary and Seminole County are each chipping in Lake for a performance-based, economic-incentive $177,500 to Superion. package company's location in Lake Mary is at 1000 The Center Drive. Business will renovate 87,000 square feet of office Superion under the agreement. It will retain 215 jobs and space 355 new jobs, county records show. create has found success already in Lake Mary, and "Superion know they are making the right decision to expand I Lake Mary Mayor David Mealor said in a here," "Lake Mary's growing IT cluster, coupled statement. the talent pipeline coming from our local colleges with support Superion's continued success. We're proud will have Superion in Lake Mary, and we know their to helps tell the story of economic development in growth city." our felon who robbed the DeBary Burger The last year was sentenced to more King a decade in prison. than H. Juan, 33, flashed a gun while Mathew two employees at the restaurant robbing 305 Sunrise Blvd. before noon June at according to the Volusia County 21, Office. Sheriff's one was hurt. The robber ran into the No woods. later, an Orange City police Minutes spotted his getaway vehicle - a officer Ford SUV - in the area of Saxon silver and Threadgill Place in Boulevard City and conducted a traffic stop. Orange responded to the scene with two Deputies who identified Juan as the witnesses Deputies said they think he was suspect. homeless. also recovered cash from the “Deputies area near the Burger King where wooded SUV had been parked,” the Sheriff’s the report said. “At the scene of the Office stop, deputies noticed a piece traffic stuck to the back of the vehicle, greenery if it had been recently parked amid as robbery with a firearm/deadly weapon of false imprisonment. and County Circuit Judge James Volusia Clayton found him guilty and R. him to 12.5 years in state sentenced in January. prison declared Juan a also violent felon. That means habitual have to serve at least 10 years of he'll sentence. his has a violent criminal past, both Juan a juvenile and an adult, according as state and county records show. to show Juan served more than Records years in state prison before he three released in December 2012. was was adjudicated guilty in Volusia He in 2007 after pleading no County to charges of aggravated contest and aggravated assault. battery was accused of attacking his Juan brother with a baseball bat in wife’s Edgewater. was placed on probation in the He case but was charged the 2007 year for violating his following for allegedly attacking his probation wife. judge sentenced Juan to five years A prison with credit for 153 days in in and five years of probation. jail entered Florida's correctional He system in March 2009 and left system December 2012. in Page 7 DeBary News 355 HIGH-END POSITIONS HEADING TO LAKE MARY By Kevin P. Connolly Mathew H. Juan flashed gun during attack at fast-food spot on June 21 Felon who robbed DeBary Burger King sentenced By Kevin P. Connolly Clayton Economic incentives Right decision brush and vegetation.” some entered no-contest pleas to charges Juan Advertise with us. debarynews@gmail.com

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