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Cheerleading event in Daytona Beach for 25th year

DAYTONA BEACH — On the sidewalks, in the hotels, restaurants and grocery stores, the cheerleaders are seemingly everywhere this week at the World’s Most Famous Beach.

Thousands of students on cheerleading teams and dance units representing roughly 140 colleges and universities nationwide are in Daytona Beach to compete in the College Cheer and Dance National Championship sponsored by the National Cheerleaders Association and the National Dance Alliance.

The five-day event runs through Sunday at the Daytona Beach Bandshell and the Ocean Center.

It’s a milestone edition of the long-running competition, which is marking both the 40th anniversary of the event

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Man accused of slashing 40 tires in Daytona Beach arrested

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A day after releasing surveillance video showing a man slashing vehicle tires at a motel in Daytona Beach Shores, police said they have identified the man in the video and he is in custody.

Det. Sgt. Jessica Long, with the Daytona Beach Shores Police Department, confirmed that the suspect, Thomas Richards, was identified and arrested Thursday afternoon. Richards is accused of targeting around 40 vehicles at seven area hotels and a beach parking lot overnight into Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday, Long shared video recorded on Grand Prix Motel surveillance showing a man with dark, shoulder-length hair

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Rolex 24 at Daytona fails to boost local hotel occupancy due to COVID

DAYTONA BEACH — With limited attendance at Daytona International Speedway due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona failed to deliver the typical boost in occupancy and rates, according to many Volusia County hoteliers.

“It was completely down, nothing that compared with past years,” said Bob Davis, president and CEO of the Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia County. “As far as the race, as expected, there was a limited amount of people in the stands, so we were down considerably in rooms.”

This past weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona, which hosted around 40,000 spectators last year,

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Daytona Beach hotels near capacity for Thanksgiving weekend

Some Volusia County hotels and resorts are nearly booked up this Thanksgiving weekend as people head to Daytona Beach for the holiday weekend. 

The Hotel & Lodging Association of Volusia County said that some hotels in the area are doing well this Thanksgiving.

For example, Ocean Court Motel in Daytona Beach says it sold at least 80 percent of its rooms. The Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach is at 90

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