Obnoxious trucks do not improve Daytona Beach’s image.

I will get to the Daytona Truck Meet — the WORST event in Daytona Beach — in a few paragraphs. But let’s begin with something better.

I attended new Daytona Beach City Manager Deric Feacher’s meeting with the public at the Dickerson Center in Midtown early in the evening on Thursday, June 10.

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It was a good meeting. Feacher made it clear that he expects to see a more proactive and energetic effort at City Hall to address the city’s issues. But he also didn’t promise pie in the sky, understanding that while he handles day-to-day operations of city staff, it’s the City Commission that sets overall policy. 

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Feacher also took insightful questions from the 200 or so people who attended. Of the dozen or so questions he answered, one stood out not because of Feacher’s answer to it, but because it was clearly important to nearly everyone in the audience. I don’t recall the exact wording, but the question was essentially this: What can Daytona Beach do to project a better image of itself to the rest of the world? 

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It’s a question that’s critical to every segment of Daytona Beach, and frankly, to all the other cities that make up the Daytona Beach area. The question also comes with an assumption that Daytona Beach’s current image isn’t what it should be.

No one I know has a perfect definition of the area’s current image, but here are some key parts of it, including the good and not so good:

• Daytona Beach and its neighboring cities are located along a beautiful stretch of the Atlantic Ocean ideally situated to attract tourists who want to enjoy the beach. 

• Motorsports are part of our heritage, beginning in the early 20th Century when drivers used our hard-packed beaches to set speed records, and extending to the present-day races at Daytona International Speedway. That history is one reason why beach driving is important to so many people.