Paul Zimmerman, President
Paul is a true Daytona Beach boy. Paul’s family came here in the early 1900’s. His grandparent’s
honeymooned here in 1917. Paul’s father, Frank, was born on the corner of Orange and Segrave
Ave’s. in 1921. Paul grew up in South Daytona and attended St. Paul’s Grammar School, Father
Lopez High School and Daytona Beach Junior College while developing his trade as a general
contractor. In between classes, he worked on the pool deck of the Castaway Beach Motel in the
1960s selling suntan lotion to the tourists. Later in life, Paul changed direction attending Florida
State University earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work. He has devoted his entire adult life to
working with kids in trouble, and today practices his profession on staff with Volusia County
Schools. Paul’s love of the beach extends to his beautiful daughter, Jennifer who lives in New
Smyrna Beach with her husband David and Paul's granddaughter the equally beautiful, Avery. He has been an avid surfer for over 50 years. From his early protesting of the ramp tolls on cars, Paul has never stopped his community involvement. Paul is the founder and current vice chairman of the Bellaire Community Group, the largest in Daytona Beach and serves as the President of Sons of the Beach. His love for the beach and its’ traditions are in his DNA.
Rich Waters, Vice President
Richard (Rich) is a native Floridian spending his early days in Bartow Fl. where he went to school, helped in his dad's orange groves and did a few youth rodeo events. His family moved to Daytona in 1959 where he attended Seabreeze HS. He began surfing in 1960 and bought a 9'2" Hanson surf board ($120). Rich never lost his passion for horses and used to trailer them to the beach with his boards mounted on the side of the trailer (along with his German Shepard). For fun, we tied a rope on the back of an old car and water skied down the beach usually early in the morning and winter time. He worked for General Electric in Daytona Beach supporting NASA for several years but had an opportunity in Atlanta with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. It was there he met and married his wife Karen of 39 years. After several years with the bureau and other state agencies Rich was offered position in Washington State with Boeing supporting the Department of Energy at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. His last professional position was in Texas with GTE/Verizon where he was a Technology Director. He and his wife Karen retired in 2003 and moved back to his hometown. Rich has a BS in Business Administration, graduating with honors. Along the way he obtained many certifications and professional accolades. He has two married daughters. Traci in Texas and Kimberly who is in Daytona Beach. He also has 5 grandchildren.
Mike Denis, 2nd Vice President
Mike moved to Daytona Beach with his family in 1958. His family bought a home on Lenox Ave, which he and his wife, Judy, live in today. He attended Lenox Ave School, and then Seabreeze HS, where both he and his wife graduated in 1965. He went to college at General Motors Institute (now Kettering Univ, Flint MI) and obtained a Master’s Degree from University of Alabama. He worked as an Engineer at General Motors, and then became a Software Consultant at Ross Systems. He started his own company, Denis Consulting, and is currently semi-retired, or as he likes to put it, “Taking longer sailing trips between jobs”. He has lived in Daytona since 2000, and is currently the President of the South Atlantic Neighborhood Association, and 2nd Vice President of the Sons Of the Beach.
Sherry Huskey-Hopson, Secretary
Sherry is a lifelong resident of Volusia County growing up on the beaches of New Smyrna Beach just a Frisbee toss away from her grandparent’s restaurant, Tom & Marian’s Seafood. Like teenagers of her time, she learned to drive on the hard packed sands of Volusia’s 47 miles of beach. Sherry is a graduate of both New Smyrna Beach High school and Daytona Beach Community College. She found her calling in the legal system by volunteering as a Guardian Ad Litem working with troubled and disadvantaged teens. Sherry served with the Clerk of the Court’s office under three administrations attaining the level of Deputy Clerk earning the honor of Employee of The Year. Sherry accepted a legal position in the private sector while focusing on her education graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. An avid civic activist, Sherry has been involved in many political causes, including her countless hours of service to the SOB efforts. She recently obtained the designation of “RP”, a Pace Registered Paralegal following an intensive study and testing program. Today, Sherry continues her work in the private sector residing in Edgewater with her husband Matthew, mother Ann and their two rescue dogs.
Weegie Kuendig, Treasurer
Weegie Kuendig – Daytona Beach Mary (Weegie) Kuendig and her husband, David, moved to Ocala, Florida from Boston in 1982 . They have two sons and 3 grandchildren. In 1998 they moved to Port Orange and in 2003 they moved into the Seabreeze neighborhood, where they still live today. Weegie was born outside of Philadelphia, PA. and attended the University of Pennsylvania where she obtained her degree in Political Science. She taught school in Boston for 11 years after continuing her education at Boston University. She has been very active in her community as an advocate for improving and uniting neighborhoods in Daytona Beach. She served as President of Save Our Neighborhoods for the past 8 years, an organization devoted to empowering all residents and engaging them in the political process. Weegie has served on the Code Enforcement Board for the past 5 years and is the current Chairperson.
Karen Waters, Executive Board
Karen Waters and several generations of her family are from Atlanta, Georgia where she grew up and attended high school and college. Her parents and grandparents began coming to Daytona in 1930 and stayed in Braddock Court Apartments for years. When Ellinor Village was built in the 40's they began staying in Ormond Beach. She still remembers catching fire fly's there and keeping them in jars. Because of those beach things (floats, umbrellas, chairs and coolers) they would bring their car to the beach. At night they would build a small fire and roast marsh mellows. Those were traditions for many years. Karen lived in Atlanta area until she met her husband Richard, got married, and moved to Washington State. Karen and Richard lived there for about 12 years and had two children. Karen began her career with GTE/Verizon eventually moving to Dallas, Texas with her husband in 1989. Karen retired as a business manager in 2003 and returned to Daytona Beach where she visited with her family in her youth. She enjoys her two daughters Traci (in Texas) and Kimberly (in Daytona) and 5 grandchildren\ as much as possible making trips to Texas as often as possible. She enjoys the beach and the tradition of cars and parking on the beach. Where else can you have the luxury of having your own beachfront parking spot to bring your grandkids. Karen and Richard also spend time as Guardian AD Litum Volunteers for the Court system and also travel as frequently as possible
Elaine Barnicle, Boardmember
"Born and raised in Daytona Beach, Elaine is a true native. Her father's family came to this area in the 1930's. Elaine graduated from Mainland High School and obtained 2 Bachelor's degrees and a Master's degree in Counseling at FSU. Elaine lived in the northeast for many years where she married and raised her two children. Whenever she mentioned she was from Daytona Beach, folks in every other state always answered with recognition of it being the famous place where you could "drive on the beach." Elaine always missed the beach and came back home to live in this area in 2005. Many hours were spent on the beach while Elaine was growing up as a child and teenager and many happy memories were made including enjoying a thriving beachside community and a busy friendly beach full of tourists and residents. Elaine works as a behavior therapist and specializes in working with families dealing with autism, developmental delays and the most severe behavior issues in their children. Elaine began the Free Daytona Beach facebook page in April of 2013 which helped spawned a resurgence in interest and grassroots community involvement in the issues related to open and public beach driving and access and its continued importance in this area."
Richard Kane, Board Member
Richard Kane, a graduate of Duke University Law School has been a practicing attorney for over 50 years. He is an original member and former President of the SOBS. He began by picketing beach tolls in 1984 and continues to be active rendering advice and council and as a member of the Board of Directors
David Lamotte, Board Member
David was born in Auburn NY. Moved to Daytona Beach in 1961 when his father was transferred with General Electric. David attended St. Paul’s Catholic School, Mainland Jr. and Mainland Senior High. Has been married to Karen for 31 years has one daughter Tiffany who lives in Fernandina Beach and Max their beagle. David has worked on the beach renting floats and umbrellas at a young age, a Volusia County lifeguard in 1972, spent 10 years in the restaurant industry and for the past 35 years has operated Salty Dog Surf Shop Ormond Beach. David was instrumental in starting the Volusia County Junior Lifeguard program which today is one of the few highly successful programs Volusia County continues to operate. He spent six years on the Daytona Beach Main Street Redevelopment Board, Six years on the Volusia County Beach Advisory Board and was the chairman of that board for two years. David has been involved with the beach most of his life and preserving the rights of citizens to the beach along with protecting our natural environment that goes along with it. His hobbies include surfing, scuba diving, road biking, golf just about anything to do with the outdoors.