Boy Scouts may lose biggest area fundraiser - FOX 35 News Orlando

Boy Scouts may lose biggest area fundraiser

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Volusia County and the Boy Scouts are not ready to renew their long held contract for the Scouts to run parking operations at the Daytona Beach International Airport during big events at the International Speedway. County spokesman Dave Byron says the pair have had a great relationship over the years.

"The history on this is that you know, they are a charitable organization, good civic kind of organization, and so it was a good way for them to raise some revenue for the Boy Scouts, and their organization, and a good way for the County to be able to manage these parking areas."

The Scouts would manage parking people near the track on race days and give the county 60 percent of the money.  Last year, during the race on the Fourth of July, the Boy Scouts actually lost money though, after paying several charities they promised money to, plus expenses.

Byron said a new contract was set to go before the Volusia County Commission on Thursday, that would have made that split 50/50.

"They requested the item be pulled today. For what reason?  I don't know.  But we're going to put it out for competitive proposals anyways."

The Boy Scouts lost money, because they assured groups like some of the local Boy and Girl Scout troops a certain amount of money, plus a few other charitable organizations like the Atlantic HS JROTC, Faith Home School, and Silver Wings.  Byron said putting the contract out to bid is a benefit to taxpayers.

"Just to make sure, you know, we get the best deal for the taxpayers, and everyone gets an opportunity to get a piece of the business if you will."

The Boy Scouts would not say why they asked for the agenda item to be removed and tell FOX 35 they still have a great relationship with the county. They do plan to bid on the airport parking business and hope to keep it.  Last year, the group paid Volusia County $67,000 dollars. This year they were proposing $57,000.

 

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