Bringing More Tourists to Daytona Beach

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In 2011, attorney Ted Doran was appointed as chair of the Halifax Area Advertising Agency (HAAA), the regional board in charge of bringing tourists into the Daytona Beach area, which stretches from Ormond by the Sea to Ponce Inlet. During his tenure as board chair, Ted Doran oversaw the hiring of Jeffrey Hertz, the CEO of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Mr. Doran’s original appointment to the board came from County Councilwoman Joyce Cusack, who appointed him in an effort to bring more transparency to the operating of the HAAA. As a local attorney, Mr. Doran was a unique voice on the board. He did not have a vested interest in hotel properties, but his position as a small business owner in the area drove his desire to see the HAAA governed correctly.

The HAAA collects a 3 percent tax on overnight accommodations, which is used to promote the area’s tourism offerings. In addition, the HAAA collects an additional 3 percent tax known as the Tourist Development Tax, which is used to fund the Ocean Center, a convention center in Daytona Beach.

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Shriners Coming to Daytona Beach in 2017

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The national conference for Shriners International will be coming to Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2017. The event will be held at the Ocean Center, Daytona Beach’s convention center which underwent an $82 million expansion 2009. This conference was a major victory in 2012 for Ted Doran, the chair of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority (HAAA). During his time as chair of the HAAA, Ted Doran sought to increase tourism in the area by promoting the use of the Ocean Center as a venue for conventions.

The conference will be overseen by the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the organization in charge of the Ocean Center. The Shriners conference will bring an estimated $8 million into the local economy, along with over 15,000 people to the Daytona Beach area.

Shriners International is a fraternal organization dedicated to providing charitable aid to those in need. The group is known for its Shriners Hospitals for Children, which focuses on providing advanced care to children regardless of the family’s financial ability to pay.

How Legal Counsel Can Work for School Boards

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Florida attorney Ted Doran has represented the Volusia County School Board since 2002, providing advice on legal issues, policy, and litigation matters. Lawyers employed by local school districts provide valuable services as the school boards navigate an often confusing set of local, state, and federal laws that pertain to schools.

The main goal is to avoid litigation and legal missteps that occur when making policies for the local school system. When litigation does occur, the legal counsel represents the school board before the court.

In some cases, the attorney will give advice on the information board members should discuss publicly during controversial proceedings, as Ted Doran did in 2015 when the Volusia County School Board was negotiating with the teachers’ union over the current contracts. Other times, the attorney will give advice in regard to the contracts and appointments of the school board itself.

Daytona Beach Prepares to Welcome 2017 Shriners Convention

 

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Daytona Beach, Florida, is preparing for the arrival of the 2017 Imperial Session of the Shriners organization, thanks to the efforts of Ted Doran, who was chairman of the Halifax Area Advertising Authority Board at the time of the site selection process. Bringing 30 years of experience as a Florida attorney and recently serving four years on the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ted Doran made every effort to impress the merits of Daytona Beach upon Gary Bergenske, who will be named the head of the Shriners in 2017.

The Shriners Imperial Session is expected to bring up to 20,000 visitors and $8 million into Daytona Beach. Mr. Bergenske, an Orlando businessman, became familiar with the area when he purchased a vacation home in Daytona, developing an affection for the city that he wished to share with the rest of his organization.

In 2012, Ted Doran helped convince Mr. Bergenske that Daytona Beach was more than equal to the task of hosting the upcoming convention. The area offers the appeal of its natural beauty, famed beaches, and access to the famous Daytona International Speedway, which the Shriners could use for their customary mini-car and motorcycle races. When the decision was finalized, Mr. Doran, joined by Mr. Bergenske and Daytona Beach Mayor Glenn Ritchey, celebrated the selection of the city in traditional NASCAR fashion by spraying champagne onto Victory Lane at the Speedway.

FUTURES Foundation Opens Opportunities for Volusia County Students

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Florida attorney Ted Doran may be best known in his community for the multimillion-dollar court awards he has brought to the state, or for his efforts as a member of the local Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, in 1985, within only a few years of earning his juris doctor, Ted Doran became one of the founding members of the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County schools.

The primary goals of the FUTURES Foundation is threefold: facilitate greater involvement among the county’s public schools, communities, and local businesses; encourage and improve quality performances from school faculty and staff; and prepare students to join the workforce that will await them after graduation.

The first two goals are served by programs such as the FUTURES Mini-Grant, which funds enhancements to the curriculum with resources that cannot be provided by school budgets, and the Educator Intern system, which educates community leaders about the school system through on-site shadowing and invites suggestions from them in return.

Of course, the greatest emphasis is on uplifting students. For this, FUTURES offers the Take Stock in Children program for students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as in their civic duties. There is also the Turn Around program to recognize and encourage students who show marked improvement in their personal and scholastic growth.

The FUTURES Foundation is now celebrating 31 years of operation and boasts many more programs, continuing to advance the mission set down by its founders to ensure a quality education for the children of Volusia County.

Ted Doran lauds Volusia schools’ ‘Yes’ to blue jeans

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Ted Doran is a respected attorney in Daytona Beach, Florida. Besides representing various state agencies, Ted Doran has held the position of School Board Attorney for Volusia County Schools since 2002. In early 2016, he advised the school board on a policy matter that discussed whether blue jeans should be allowed.

While board members voted 4-1 allowing blue jeans to be worn alongside black denim and several colors of khakis, others had second thoughts about their inclusion on the new acceptable clothes’ list effective next school year. The aim of the dress code was to decrease bullying and boost student performance.

While some criticized the board for procrastinating on an important issue, Mr. Doran said the board’s deliberate handling reflected a shared commitment to fixing a sensitive issue. In particular, the wishes of parents must be weighed with what was good for the school district as a whole.

Disney Awards $100,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida

 

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Lawyer Ted Doran has been in his role at the law firm Doran, Sims, Wolfe, and Ciocchetti since he became a founding partner in 1986. Having also spent time as a chairman for the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation, Ted Doran is a supporter of community organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida aims to create programs that help to support at-risk youth with local clubs throughout region. Each year, the organization hosts a fundraising event called Celebrate the Children, which involves a dinner with entertainment and ends with an auction that raises funds for the organization. This year, the event received a $100,000 grant from the Walt Disney World Resort.

The Walt Disney Company has been a supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida for over 50 years, and two of the organization’s clubhouses, in Pine Hills and Osceola County, were built with funds donated by Disney. This year’s grant money will be used to enhance arts and technology programs, especially at the Pine Hills and Osceola County clubhouses.

FUTURES Foundation’s Turn Around Program Recognizes School Improvement

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FUTURES Foundation
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A founding partner at Doran, Sims, Wolfe, and Ciocchetti in Daytona Beach, Florida, Ted Doran is an attorney who loves to give back to his community. In this capacity, Ted Doran contributes to the FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools.

The FUTURES Foundation’s mission is to engage leadership from businesses and government to help improve Volusia County students’ education and better prepare them for college and university. One of the Foundation’s projects is called the Turn Around program, which recognizes students who improve in terms of attendance, grades, attitude, or their level of involvement in school programs. Turn Around is intended to help prevent students from dropping out by acknowledging and rewarding their hard work.

Many of the students facing difficulties in terms of their schoolwork and behavior often don’t receive much support or positive reinforcement, and as such may be at a higher risk of dropping out. A Turn Around award may show them that hard work pays off and that they are appreciated by their communities, in spite of or even especially if they are facing particularly difficult challenges.

Winners receive a certificate and are invited to a gala dinner with their parents and community members. In 2016, 80 Volusia County students in middle school and high school received awards from the Turn Around program.

Self-Insuring – A Viable Alternative to Malpractice Insurance?

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Ted Doran is a Daytona Beach, Florida-based attorney with experience in civil litigation and representing government entities. In 2005, he obtained a jury verdict and judgment in excess of $18 million on behalf of the State of Florida as Receiver of a failed medical malpractice self-insurance fund. Ted Doran’s work on the case helped to refund over $10 million to medical care providers across Florida.

Malpractice insurance premiums vary from practice to practice. Obstetricians, for example, pay premiums ranging from $20,000 per year to $200,000 per year depending on which state they practice in. Generally, the cost of insurance is about 10 percent of billed appointments and procedures. Suit resolution can take at least three years, and is very costly.

In an attempt to avoid cost-prohibitive premiums, some doctors seek alternatives such as self-insurance. Self-insurance is a strategy in which a firm will place money aside into an account to provide for losses in the event of a malpractice suit. This solution is impractical for many, as there are legal and business obstacles to this approach. The risk of litigation is maintained by the firm, and financial disaster in the wake of a large lawsuit is a very real possibility. Some doctors in atypical situations, however, may find it worth considering self-insuring in order to keep practicing. Experts recommend that physicians considering this strategy obtain legal advice on the best way to proceed.