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Krys Fluker


Daytona Beach, FL, United States

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Past articles by Krys:

NATHAN CRABBE: Testing 4-year-olds won’t fix Voluntary Pre-K problems

Young children need to be given a greater opportunity to learn before putting more testing requirements on them. → Read More

Who pays, who benefits on E. ISB in Daytona Beach

Pat Rice, in his column on East International Speedway Boulevardimprovements, seems excited that the Florida Department of Transportation is planning major projects there with the hope that it will beautify the entrance to our core beach tourism area for visitors. Meanwhile, the city allows that area to continue to become dilapidated with no apparent interest in either promoting new businesses… → Read More

OUR VIEW: Florida should play fair with internet sales tax

Florida needs to stop putting in-state retailers at a competitive disadvantage, while also giving away hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue → Read More

Forcing out Volusia County attorneys Dan Eckert and Jamie Seaman was a disgrace| LETTERS

Last week marked the end of an era in Volusia County government. Thirty-one years ago, when I was County Council chair, we hired Dan Eckert as county → Read More

Renaming college for Mary Karl a fitting tribute for a pioneer| LETTERS

I would like to thank the person(s) responsibly for naming the College of Workforce and Continuing Education after Mary Karl. Mary Karl was a great lady → Read More

Where have the birds gone?

So glad to see someone else in our community is concerned about the declining bird population. My husband and I moved into our new construction condo in → Read More

Where have the birds gone?

So glad to see someone else in our community is concerned about the declining bird population. My husband and I moved into our new construction condo in → Read More

OUR VIEW: Turn the page in Deltona

The resignation of Deltona City Manager Jane Shang will hopefully bring an end to a period in the city’s history marked with “rancor, chaos and bitterness,” as one resident put it at Tuesday’s special meeting to discuss Shang’s departure. The challenge before the City Commission is to find the right person to take her place, and help steer the city toward greater harmony and prosperity.City… → Read More

Common-sense rules on animal flight

As a flyer, I'm so glad to see the Department of Transportation adopting new, common-sense rules regarding animals on airplanes. (Sunday, Jan. 26, pg A17: "New rules could bump emotional-support animals from planes.") Now if only our local retail establishments would take the hint.Grady Lusk, Daytona BeachOut of controlI was so thrilled to see the David Koenig AP article in the Sunday paper.… → Read More

League of Women Voters born to fight

In February, the League of Women Voters will celebrate its 100th anniversary.During the 72-year struggle that preceded the1920 ratification of the19th → Read More

How to really save water

I firmly believe in conserving and recycling as much as possible. However, the letter from the executive director of the St. John's River Water Management → Read More

OUR VIEW: Volusia leaders should take sales tax off the table

Political reality can’t be ignored. → Read More

OUR VIEW/QUICK TAKES: Palm Coast invites hackers

On its face, a “hackathon” sounds like a bad thing for a city to sponsor. But when you understand what Palm Coast is trying to accomplish with its “Tech Beach Hackathon,” you’ll agree it’s more audacious and potentially beneficial — nationwide.[READ MORE: Palm Coast plans inaugural Tech Beach Hackathon]The gathering, scheduled for this weekend at City Hall, is aimed at developing solutions to… → Read More

Volusia’s sales tax question isn’t ready for Round Two

After the 2018 ballot questions, voters have grown tired of “bundled” questions. At a recent roundtable of Volusia County elected officials, there was an idea brought up by one of these Leaders, and supported by another, to bundle three different taxes (Volusia Forever renewal, Volusia ECHO renewal and a 1% sales tax increase) into one question to be placed before voters. It should go without… → Read More

OUR VIEW: As usual, Legislature is shutting out Sunshine

When the Legislature starts filing bills related to open government, there’s usually a little good, but a whole lot of bad and ugly.This year is no different. Florida’s First Amendment Foundation is tracking roughly 100 bills, most of which would close access to records or shut the public out of meetings. Often, there’s little reason cited for hiding records or closing meetings, despite the… → Read More

Don’t lower the rules on the boom

We have real problems in Florida: algae blooms destroying our natural beauty and killing marine life; aging infrastructure; an underfunded educational → Read More

Skip a week of sprinkling to save water, money

You can help us work toward saving a billion gallons of water this winter — and save money on your water bill.Even in sunny Florida, lawns and landscapes take a break during the winter and naturally go dormant. During the cooler months of December, January and February, our landscapes typically need less water, so now is a great time to save water without giving up curb appeal.On Dec. 2, the St.… → Read More

OUR VIEW: Lawmakers should fight for Volusia, Flagler priorities

The state Legislature opens its annual session Tuesday, and most people have a list of big-picture items they expect to be dominant. Depending on who’s asking, those include budget, where spending vs. saving always sparks a heated battle (Gov. Ron DeSantis, with his $91.4 billion budget recommendation, came down on the side of spending); guns (some lawmakers are anxious to roll back some of the… → Read More

Beach Street could become a big mess

Yesterday as I was driving south on Beach Street between Bay Street and International Speedway Boulevard, I was involved in what I expect may become a → Read More

OUR VIEW/QUICK TAKES: Right on time, ’Pictona’ will bring pickleball to Holly Hill

Pickleball. It makes you happy just to say it.And unlike other sports-related dreams that have seized Daytona Beach before melting away (Swimming hall of → Read More