Dawnne Ann Howarth, a native of Southern New Jersey ("I can see Delaware from my front porch") is a writer/author who dealt solely with the scientific field before this project, having Master's degrees in both biological and chemical disciplines before coming to Florida. Leaving science behind and now breaking into the world of fiction, she plans to concentrate on the State of Florida for her subject matter, because as so many say, "Florida is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to material to write about." She is a voracious reader of books focusing on Florida-humorous, fiction and non-fiction. Dawnne is on the Honor Roll of Florida Master Naturalists and a graduate of Brevard Community College, receiving both AA and AS degrees. She is certified as an American Red Cross Lifeguarding Instructor and Water Safety Instructor and plans to return to school for a 4-year degree in English to help in her writing career.
Florida High Lifeby Dawnne Howarth
The new building’s reputation catches up to it
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A elegant condominium is built by a Cleveland crime family in Daytona Beach Shores, located in Central-East Florida that attracts all of the wrong sorts of people. A televangelist. A philandering ambassasor. A person in love with equestrian sports. Not the kind that would be held in the Olympics, either.
The new building’s reputation catches up to it fast.
A majority of residents, formerly ignorant but now alert to the happenings at their either full-time or part-time residence, depending on how much of the year they spent in Florida want to sell their units, the building being an embarrassment to live in. The crime family, becoming a laughing stock is desperately trying to unload it on whomever would be interested in buying it also.
A new association president turns out to be an evangelical who is loathe to part with her money. An unauthorized renter turns out to be in the witness protection program, evading Federal surveillance so as to be able to get to know young Daytona ‘hotties.’A self-appointed ‘parking czar’ who just happens to have residents’ vehicles towed if he doesn’t particularly ‘care for them’ are just some of the cast of characters.
The plot thickens when the man in the witness protection program, unbeknownst to him is living in the building that is owned by the people he is supposed to be protected from. The evangelical association president is also on the owners’ ‘hit list’ for selling faulty real estate to a relative of the Don from the crime family, requiring a two-for-one hit. To boot, a municipal employee notices that something about the building doesn’t look ‘quite right’ while driving by.
Add a corrupt state senator to the mix who has hopes of calling the hallowed halls of Washington, D.C. “home,” promising to buy the building for the television evangelist who lives there if he helps him win his campaign, a majority of which will be run from the building, the book ends with many of the characters getting their ‘just desserts.’ After the senator’s and evangelist’s demise the building starts to crumble as warned by the municipal inspector, sending the residents running for their lives like a scene out of ‘The Blob.’
The building is found to be structurally unsound in the end from the location it was built in and must be torn down, becoming a park; a gift to the environmentalists, many of whom are trying desperately to end beach driving in Volusia County, as well as many of the people who used to call Andrea SeaShore “home.”
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