The Smoking Truth

She a Democrat, He’s a Republican hoping to meet somewhere in the Middle

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Tuesday Nov 14, 2023

In this episode of The Smoking Truth, Eric dives into the latest political happenings before introducing a special guest, Jason Leslie, the aspiring Mayor of Ormond Beach. The show kicks off with a quick recap of Eric’s recent political ventures, setting the stage for a riveting conversation.
 
Jason Leslie takes center stage as he shares his background and profound love for the Ormond Beach area. The hosts are eager to explore Jason's journey into the world of politics, prompting the question: What was his "Ah ha" moment that fueled his desire to run for public office?
 
The discussion takes an informative turn as the hosts delve into the intricacies of state taxes, shedding light on who bears the financial burden. The topic then shifts to a critical issue: how to effectively control growth in Florida. Jason provides insights and perspectives on navigating this complex challenge.
 
With a dynamic exchange, the hosts and Jason explore his aspirations for the City of Ormond Beach. The episode's title, "It's a Different Kind of Animal...," reflects the unique challenges and opportunities the city faces.
 
Fueling the conversation, the hosts inquire about Jason's stance on the Fuel terminal for Ormond Beach, delving into the potential impact on the community and environment. Dana then poses a crucial question: What are the first three things Jason plans to tackle upon being elected mayor?
 
To round off the episode, the hosts and Jason discuss campaign contributions, shining a light on the individuals and entities that have supported Jason's mayoral journey. Tune in for an engaging and insightful conversation that captures the essence of Jason Leslie's vision for Ormond Beach.

Tuesday Nov 07, 2023

Dana and Eric dive into a lively discussion filled with intriguing topics. The episode kicks off with an exciting announcement of "The Mad Pair Podcast," Eric's son's new show. 
 
But before delving into the main topics, the hosts have some fun as Dana showcases her stunning new blonde locks and rebrands herself as "Platinum McCool."
 
The show begins in earnest with Dana taking charge of the "House Keeping" duties, enthusiastically listing all the different platforms where listeners can find their show. Teasing upcoming guests on future episodes adds an element of suspense to the mix.
 
Dana candidly addresses her unique situation, sharing the fact that her cancer doctor allows her one cigar a month, emphasizing that it's all about quality, not quantity.
 
Eric then takes the stage to discuss rumors surrounding questionable financial practices among City Council members in Daytona. 
 
Dana shares her reasons for missing this week's city council meeting, setting the stage for an intriguing conversation.
 
The hosts shift gears and delve into the world of developers, shedding light on the controversial practice of switching lanes and deals after obtaining approvals. The City of Daytona is evidently not without its share of complexities.
 
Eric leads the discussion into the legal landscape of Florida, where an abundance of lawsuits is raising eyebrows. The state seems to be becoming increasingly "legal happy."
 
Dana follows up with a thought-provoking segment on special assessments, stressing the importance of public action against them, as they impact the community in various ways.
 
The episode takes a turn towards social issues when Dana raises the topic of the 6-week abortion ban, inviting a reflective and perhaps controversial conversation.
 
Tune in to Episode 58 of "The Smoking Truth" for a rollercoaster of topics, from local government scandals to legal complexities and social issues, all under the engaging and lively guidance of your hosts, Dana and Eric.

Tuesday Oct 31, 2023

In Episode 57 of The Smoking Truth, the hosts kick things off by delving into their shared love for music, particularly Elvis songs. The episode is not only about cigars and conversations but a unique blend of various topics. Here's a breakdown of the discussion points covered in this episode:
Show Introduction for New Listeners: The hosts take a moment to introduce the show for any new listeners, providing a brief overview of what The Smoking Truth is all about.
Sponsors: They make it clear that they are now accepting sponsors for the show.
"Who's Your Lover" Segment: The hosts engage in their regular segment, "Who's Your Lover," where they talk about the cigars they are enjoying this week. This discussion leads into a more profound exploration of the concept of "quality of life" versus "quantity of life."
Cleaner Language: The hosts acknowledge that they've been reducing their use of explicit language in recent episodes and express their commitment to maintaining cleaner language throughout the show.
Guest Name Bowl: Dana proposes starting a bowl for guest names, hinting at the possibility of inviting guests onto the show in the future.
Local Health Options: They briefly touch on the available health options in their local area, potentially discussing services or resources that may be of interest to their audience.
Local Rumor Rant: Eric goes on a passionate rant about a local rumor related to SB102, a matter that seems to have captured his attention. The hosts end up devoting a significant portion of the episode to discussing issues surrounding SB102.
Sheriff's Letter: Dana discusses a letter written by Sheriff Chitwood addressed to the judge presiding over a recent case involving a Daytona officer killed in the line of duty.
Parent's Letter: Dana also talks about a letter she received from a concerned parent detailing instances of kids vandalizing a local park and bullying another child while waiting for the school bus.
This episode of The Smoking Truth offers a rich mix of personal insights, community concerns, and engaging conversations, demonstrating the hosts' commitment to delivering meaningful content to their audience.

Tuesday Oct 24, 2023

Episode 56 of "The Smoking Truth" brings you a diverse mix of topics and discussions. Eric kicks off the show by gushing about the delightful fall weather in sunny Florida. Meanwhile, Dana takes the opportunity to showcase her brand new motorcycle boots, adding a dash of style to the episode.
In the spirit of civic engagement, Eric invites guests to join the conversation regarding the upcoming elections in Volusia County, emphasizing the importance of local participation in democracy.
The focus then shifts to the Volusia County Bike-toberfest, a thrilling event starting today. Our hosts underscore the significance of biker safety with the mantra, "Look Twice, Save a Life." However, the conversation takes an unexpected turn as Eric shares tales of his culinary mishaps, leading to a discussion of their shared love for certain foods.
"The Smoking Truth" delves into the intriguing world of political moles, examining their roles and the challenges they present in sourcing valuable information.
Dana adds an element of intrigue by revealing a leaked conversation she had with a commissioner at their house, leaving listeners eager for more details.
Shifting gears, Dana highlights the upcoming Domestic Violence Community Awareness Night, shedding light on the critical issue of domestic violence and the need for awareness.
The episode continues with a deeper exploration of the rules governing judges and the staggering number of injunctions they issue.
In a heartfelt conclusion, Eric expresses gratitude for the dedication of veterans, first responders, and all those in service roles as Veterans Day approaches.
Episode Title: "Doesn't Have to Be One or the Other..." promises an engaging mix of topics, offering listeners a little something for everyone, from politics to personal stories and important community events.

Tuesday Oct 17, 2023

In this enlightening episode of "Smoking Truth," we dive deep into the ramifications of Senate Bill 102 and its effects on the charming town of DeBary and the broader Central Florida region. Our special guest, the City Manager of DeBary, Carmen Rosalinda, joins us to shed light on the crucial details.
 
Carmen begins by sharing his impressive qualifications as City Manager, setting the stage for an informative discussion. He then delves into the heart of the matter – Senate Bill 102 – and how it's poised to reshape the landscape of DeBary. The bill, which has significant implications for developers, is dissected in detail.
 
For those unfamiliar with the term, Carmen provides a comprehensive explanation of PUDs (Planned Unit Developments) in the context of SB 102, illuminating their significance.
 
But that's not all! Our host, Dana, adds her perspective to the conversation, bringing in her unique take on SB 102 and its implications for the community. The multifaceted nature of the bill keeps the discussion engaging and informative.
 
Eric, another member of our dynamic panel, draws attention to the rapid growth Florida is experiencing, emphasizing that local governments, including DeBary, may have to consider tax increases to support the ever-growing demand for infrastructure. He raises the vital question of accountability in the implementation of this bill and ensuring that tax exemptions are administered correctly.
 
Join us in this thought-provoking episode as we unravel the intricacies of Senate Bill 102 and explore how it will shape the future of DeBary and Central Florida. This discussion promises to be a valuable resource for anyone concerned about the evolving landscape of their community and the state at large.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday Oct 10, 2023

In this episode of "The Smoking Truth," Dana and Eric reunite after a two-week break, catching up on their lives and sharing their excitement for being back on air. The show kicks off with a lively discussion about the legendary Snoop Dogg and his undeniable coolness.
Eric takes the spotlight to rave about the recently released Powstanie Box Press War Bear Cigar, sharing his thoughts on its exceptional flavor and craftsmanship.
The team then dives into the highlights of Dana's recent event, "Wig Out For Cancer," and reminds listeners that the event's calendar, featuring Volusiagunsandhoses.com, is still available for purchase on their website.
Eric gives a shout-out to the inspiring ladies featured in the previous week's episode, "The Ormond Fuel Farm," and offers his reflections on the subject after a week of contemplation.
Dana introduces a new segment titled "Sick and Tired," where she passionately vents about the things that bother her.
Eric tackles the topic of AG re-zoning tricks employed by developers, shedding light on the challenges faced by communities.
Dana uncovers Deltona's lack of compliance in fire safety, shedding light on a crucial issue that demands attention.
The duo goes over Dana's 2024 city council wish list, discussing her vision for the future of the city.
In an engaging segment, Dana shares insights about Stacy Cantou and her crusade for homeless veterans, applauding her efforts to make a difference.
The episode concludes with Dana explaining a legal matter where the City of Deltona settled with a resident, offering valuable insights into local issues.
Tune in to Episode 54 of "The Smoking Truth" for an entertaining and informative discussion on a wide range of topics, all infused with Dana and Eric's unique style and perspective.

Tuesday Oct 03, 2023

In this episode of "The Smoking Truth," join us for an enlightening discussion about the intriguing Fuel Farm project in Ormond Beach, brought to life by Belvedere Terminal. Our special guests, Lindsey Pate and Rebecca Mangali, PA-C, share their insights and expertise on this remarkable venture, shedding light on its significance, impact, and potential for the community.
 
Tune in as we explore the intricacies of this innovative project and how it's shaping the future of Ormond Beach. From environmental considerations to its role in local development, we delve deep into the details.
 
To learn more about the Fuel Farm project and its potential benefits, visit ProtectOrmondBeach.com, where you can find additional information and resources related to this exciting initiative.
Don't miss out on this engaging conversation that brings you the truth behind the Fuel Farm in Ormond Beach and the efforts to create a sustainable and thriving community.

Tuesday Sep 26, 2023

In this special episode of The Smoking Truth, Eric is off on a globetrotting adventure, but the show must go on! Dana takes the helm and sits down with a passionate local advocate, Brandy White, for an in-depth conversation about how citizens can play a pivotal role in rejuvenating the city of Deltona.
 
Deltona has faced its share of challenges, and Brandy White has been at the forefront of community efforts to bring about positive change. 
During this episode, she shares her insights, strategies, and experiences on how individuals can contribute to getting Deltona back on track.
 
Topics covered in this episode include:
Community Engagement: Brandy discusses the importance of citizen engagement and how even small actions can make a big difference in building a stronger community.
Neighborhood Revitalization: Learn about the projects and initiatives Brandy has been involved in to improve neighborhoods within Deltona and how you can get involved in similar efforts.
Supporting Local Businesses: Discover the vital role that supporting local businesses plays in the city's economic recovery and how you can be a conscientious consumer.
Education and Youth Development: Brandy shares her thoughts on empowering the youth of Deltona through education and mentorship programs.
Environmental Initiatives: Find out about local environmental issues and the steps Deltona residents are taking to protect the natural beauty of their city.
Collaboration and Networking: Brandy emphasizes the power of community collaboration and provides tips on how to connect with like-minded individuals and organizations.
 
Join Dana and Brandy for an inspiring and informative conversation that will leave you motivated to take action and be a part of Deltona's journey toward a brighter future. Whether you're a long-time resident or new to the area, this episode offers valuable insights on how you can contribute to the revitalization of Deltona and make a positive impact on your community.

Tuesday Sep 19, 2023

In this episode of The Smoking Truth Podcast, join Eric and Dana as they delve into a variety of captivating topics. Eric kicks things off by highlighting the importance of punctuality in today's fast-paced world. 
 
They then address a pressing issue – the excessive use of cuss words on their show – and discuss their efforts to do better.
 
Listeners can look forward to a sneak peek of what's in store for future episodes, including a preview of the Fuel Farm from last week's show and exciting news about upcoming special informative guests.
 
Dana shares insights from a recent League of Cities meeting in South Daytona, shedding light on the significance of staying informed about local events. 
 
The duo engages in a spirited debate about government involvement in birth control issues, exploring where the line should be drawn.
 
Of course, SB102, their favorite recurring topic, makes an appearance as they offer fresh perspectives. 
 
Dana also reveals a personal quirk – the way hearing Elvis songs makes her weak in the knees.
 
Finally, they review last week's show events, discussing what may or may not have gone awry and diving into the nuances of First Amendment rights, discerning what's acceptable and what's not.
 
Tune in for an episode brimming with engaging conversations, lively debates, and candid exchanges. The Smoking Truth Podcast keeps it real as they explore the facts, challenge norms, and seek the truth.
 

Tuesday Sep 12, 2023

Description:
Join us for a milestone 50th episode of "The Smoking Truth Podcast," where Dana and Eric dive into a wide range of thought-provoking topics and engaging discussions.
 
The show kicks off with a shameless plug for Cigar Hustler in Deltona, Florida, setting the tone for a candid and unfiltered conversation.
 
In this episode:
We shine a spotlight on "Boots" from American Property Solutions and his remarkable compassion for the community.
Dana makes sure Eric knows she cares by gifting him a tangible symbol of her affection - a plastic "F***."
Exciting news as Dana announces Doctor Primose and Georgia as the MCs for her upcoming "Wigout for Cancer" event on September 29, 2023.
 
The episode takes a thought-provoking turn as Eric passionately rants about the prevalence of politicians over the age of 70 and the challenges they face while addressing the public.
 
Dana and Eric explore the idea of implementing an annual driving test for individuals over the age of 65, raising important questions about safety and aging drivers.
 
Dana shares a personal and revealing account of her recent expletive-filled outburst at a city council meeting, shedding light on the emotional toll it has taken.
 
The hosts delve deeper into the deteriorating state of public decorum at City Council meetings, advocating for a more constructive approach to voicing grievances - scheduling appointments or engaging in meaningful discussions rather than resorting to brief podium rants.
 
The episode challenges perceptions as it highlights that city council members are people too, discussing the disconnect between the time spent in their roles and the compensation they receive.
 
Our heroes then turn their attention to the proposed Ormond Beach fuel farm issues, addressing environmental concerns, zoning challenges, and county-related considerations.
 
Finally, they close the show by delving into an incident involving Senator Wright, leaving listeners with much food for thought.
 
Tune in to Episode 50 of "The Smoking Truth Podcast" for an insightful, unfiltered, and thought-provoking journey through a diverse range of topics, all delivered with candor and humor by your hosts, Dana and Eric.

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