PONCE INLET — Work is going to take longer than expected to open a second location of a popular New Smyrna Beach seafood restaurant at the Inlet Harbor Marina in Ponce Inlet, the restaurant’s owner said on Monday.
Mike Schaler, owner of Off the Hook Raw Bar Grill in the Indian River Village shopping plaza in New Smyrna Beach, had originally planned to open the new Off the Hook at Inlet Harbor in time for Biketoberfest, the annual fall motorcycle rally that marks its 25th anniversary Oct. 19-22 in Volusia and Flagler counties.
That target date has been delayed by six to eight weeks, Schaler said, primarily because of construction challenges in renovating the existing Inlet Harbor restaurant, a space that has been closed since Hurricane Matthew caused nearly $600 million in damages to Volusia and Flagler counties on Oct. 7,
ASHLAND – Suspected serial killer Shawn Grate will have to wait until next year for his day in court.
Grate’s trial was moved from Nov. 6 to April 9 on Monday. Ashland County Common Pleas Judge Ron Forsthoefel granted a defense motion to continue the trial to give two expert witnesses more time to prepare.
Prosecutor Chris Tunnell did not object to the motion from Robert and Rolf Whitney.
“To not grant it would create a review situation at some appellate level,” he said, “and we’d be back here doing it all over again.”
Grate, 41, is charged with 23 counts. Those include aggravated murder in connection with the deaths of two women. If convicted, he could get the death penalty.
The Whitneys referred specifically to mitigation specialist James Crates, who would