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Degraded Erika No Longer Severe Threat to Flagler, Though State of Emergency Still in Effect

| August 29, 2015

Degraded Erika No Longer Severe Threat to Flagler, Though State of Emergency Still in Effect

Though a state of emergency remains in effect in Flagler, Erika has degenerated into a tropical depression and moved wide west of the Florida

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In Flagler Beach’s On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With Manager Campbell, It’s On Again

| August 28, 2015

In Flagler Beach’s On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With Manager Campbell, It’s On Again

The commission doesn’t want to have an interim manager, fearing a return to the years when it employed one—Bernie Murphy—for five years.

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Disaster Economics 101: Flagler Businesses Are Made Part of County’s Recovery Plans

| August 27, 2015

Disaster Economics 101:  Flagler Businesses Are Made Part of County’s Recovery Plans

Kevin Guthrie, the county's emergency services director, told some 80 Flagler business leaders what role they must play in the immediate recovery after a

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Sheriff Plans DUI Checkpoint Saturday at SR100 East of Old Kings Road Saturday Night

| August 27, 2015

Sheriff Plans DUI Checkpoint Saturday at SR100 East of Old Kings Road Saturday Night

The checkpoints typically result in far fewer arrests for drunk driving than for other reasons: drivers may charged with a host of issues

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Overselling Flagler: How County Tourism and Government Zeal Lost the Spartan Race Before It Started

| August 26, 2015

Overselling Flagler: How County Tourism and Government Zeal Lost the Spartan Race Before It Started

An examination of the documents behind the Spartan Race proposed for Princess Place show tourism chief Matt Dunn repeatedly getting ahead of the process,

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Portuguese Secretary of State José Cesário Marks Palm Coast Opening of Honorary Consulate

| August 26, 2015

Portuguese Secretary of State  José Cesário Marks Palm Coast Opening of Honorary Consulate

Thanks to its huge Portuguese community, Palm Coast now has the distinction of having one of just two such honorary consulates with full administrative

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Ex-Con With Long History of Arrests Charged in Pizza Hut Stabbing of Homeless Man

| August 25, 2015

Ex-Con With Long History of Arrests Charged in Pizza Hut Stabbing of Homeless Man

Larkland Harris Jr., a Palm Coast resident with a long history of violence and who spent six years in state prison, was charged Tuesday

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No Pollution Problem Along Florida Park Drive, Council Concludes, Ending Further Debate

| August 25, 2015

No Pollution Problem Along Florida Park Drive, Council Concludes, Ending Further Debate

After ruling out traffic as a problem, the Palm Coast council Tuesday ruled out pollution and appeared to end its response to recurring complaints

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2 Men Stab Each Other in Confrontations That End Near Pizza Hut Off Palm Coast Parkway

| August 24, 2015

2 Men Stab Each Other in Confrontations That End Near Pizza Hut Off Palm Coast Parkway

Two men, one of them believed to be in his 20s, the second believed to be in his early 40s, were both stabbed as

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Brazen Car Break-Ins at Belle Terre Swim and Racquet, Frieda Zamba Pool and County Park

| August 24, 2015

Brazen Car Break-Ins at Belle Terre Swim and Racquet, Frieda Zamba Pool and County Park

Unlike the majority of break-ins targeting unlocked vehicles, five break-ins resulted in smashed windows to five vehicles at three county and city parks or

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Princess Place Saved Again: Flagler Pulls Extreme Race Out of Preserve and Looks Elsewhere

| August 23, 2015

Princess Place Saved Again: Flagler Pulls Extreme Race Out of Preserve and Looks Elsewhere

County Administrator Craig Coffey, conceding to the outpouring of opposition to holding such a race at the preserve—and to a majority of county commissioners’

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Nearly Condemned, Old Courthouse in Bunnell Gavels Back to Life as Christian School

| August 21, 2015

Nearly Condemned, Old Courthouse in Bunnell Gavels Back to Life as Christian School

First Baptist Christian Academy opened its doors today before throngs of celebrants marking the rejuvenation of the old county courthouse, now as a viable

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The New World of Wimbledon Junior Champ Reilly Opelka: Autographs, Pressure and a Rising Ranking

| August 28, 2015

The New World of Wimbledon Junior Champ Reilly Opelka: Autographs, Pressure and a Rising Ranking

Palm Coast's Reilly Opelka turned 18 today as he prepared for the U.S. Open, where he qualified for the doubles draw and will play in the Juniors tournament next week, but fell in qualifiers for

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Weekend Briefing: Dank and Stormy Days, A Night at the Ag Museum, Israel’s Red-State Illusions

| August 28, 2015

Weekend Briefing: Dank and Stormy Days, A Night at the Ag Museum, Israel’s Red-State Illusions

A wet, relatively uneventful weekend in anticipation of Tropical Storm Erika, Israel's illusions as a GOP red state, a sleep-over at the Florida Ag Museum, plus Edward Gibbon and Rubenstein playing Chopin.

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SLAPP This: Florida Scores a Big Free Speech Victory Against Intimidation Lawsuits

| August 27, 2015

SLAPP This: Florida Scores a Big Free Speech Victory Against Intimidation Lawsuits

It was a rare success in the last Florida Legislative session: a new law protecting the public from frivolous corporate or otherwise intimidating lawsuits intended to silence public expression in government issues.

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Thursday Briefing: Raising the Floor in Flagler Beach, Live Murder of Journalists, That Old Trump-Bush Feud

| August 27, 2015

Thursday Briefing: Raising the Floor in Flagler Beach, Live Murder of Journalists, That Old Trump-Bush Feud

Two journalists are murdered on live TV, Flagler Beach aims to raise base-floor elevations of new homes (builders are unhappy), plus Jonathan Franzen, R.L. Lewis, Trump and Bush.

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State Education Board’s “Historic” Funding Proposal Is Still $1,000 Per Student Below 2006 Level

| August 26, 2015

State Education Board’s “Historic” Funding Proposal Is Still $1,000 Per Student Below 2006 Level

In inflation adjusted dollars, current spending on public education is $1,100-per-student less than it was in 2007, and would still be $1,000 less if the Legislature goes along with a state board of education proposal.

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Wednesday Briefing: Heat Index Up to 105, Bicyclist Killed in Wreck With Palm Coast Woman on U.S. 1 in St. Johns, Scott Less Hated

| August 26, 2015

Wednesday Briefing: Heat Index Up to 105, Bicyclist Killed in Wreck With Palm Coast Woman on U.S. 1 in St. Johns, Scott Less Hated

Kalette Manka, 18, of Palm Coast, was not injured, but Charles Frederick Barret, 50, of St. Augustine, was killed in a crash at U.S. 1 and Datil Pepper Road in St. Johns County.

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Lawmakers and Judge Turn to Supreme Court to Break Congressional Map Stalemate

| August 25, 2015

Lawmakers and Judge Turn to Supreme Court to Break Congressional Map Stalemate

A Leon County judge will ask the Florida Supreme Court how to move forward with a redistricting lawsuit after the Legislature failed to draw new congressional lines in a special session that collapsed last week. (adsbygoogle

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Tuesday Briefing: Palm Coast Annexing Near Sea Ray and Borrowing $30 Million, Lush Paradise at Ocean Art

| August 25, 2015

Tuesday Briefing: Palm Coast Annexing Near Sea Ray and Borrowing $30 Million, Lush Paradise at Ocean Art

Palm Coast plans annexation of nearly a dozen properties along Roberts Road near Sea Ray, and will borrow $30 million to pay for the city's second sewer plant.

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Permitted Hunters Outnumber Florida Black Bears 6-to-1 as Killing Season Nears

| August 24, 2015

Permitted Hunters Outnumber Florida Black Bears 6-to-1 as Killing Season Nears

Florida's October hunt has drawn almost 1,800 hunters against a black bear quota of 320, in parts of the state where the killing will be allowed.

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Capitalism Doesn’t Cause Poverty. Its Absence Does.

| August 24, 2015

Capitalism Doesn’t Cause Poverty. Its Absence Does.

The world’s poorest countries are not characterized by naive trust in capitalism, but by utter distrust, which leads to heavy government intervention and regulation of business. Under such conditions, capitalism does not thrive and economies

6 comments / Read More »

Cashing In on Pot: How Business Is Getting High on Marijuana’s Potential

| August 24, 2015

Cashing In on Pot: How Business Is Getting High on Marijuana’s Potential

The industry totaled $2.66 billion in U.S. sales in 2014, up 74 percent from $1.53 billion the year before, with expectations that the market will expand exponentially as more states legalize marijuana for both medical

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Monday Briefing: Be Careful Out There, It’s Back to School Day, Bush and Manatees, DSC Fights Cyber Crimes

| August 24, 2015

Monday Briefing: Be Careful Out There, It’s Back to School Day, Bush and Manatees, DSC Fights Cyber Crimes

Public and private students are back in school across Flagler County today, Daytona State College is designated a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center.

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Culture Princess Place Saved Again: Flagler Pulls Extreme Race Out of Preserve and Looks Elsewhere

Princess Place Saved Again: Flagler Pulls Extreme Race Out of Preserve and Looks Elsewhere

County Administrator Craig Coffey, conceding to the outpouring of opposition to holding such a race at the preserve—and to a majority of county commissioners’ categorical opposition to the event there—informed commissioners Sunday that

Aug 23, 2015 / More »
Flagler 911 Sheriff Plans DUI Checkpoint Saturday at SR100 East of Old Kings Road Saturday Night

Sheriff Plans DUI Checkpoint Saturday at SR100 East of Old Kings Road Saturday Night

The checkpoints typically result in far fewer arrests for drunk driving than for other reasons: drivers may charged with a host of issues that have nothing to do with drunk driving, including

Aug 27, 2015 / More »
Rights & Liberties SLAPP This: Florida Scores a Big Free Speech Victory Against Intimidation Lawsuits

SLAPP This: Florida Scores a Big Free Speech Victory Against Intimidation Lawsuits

It was a rare success in the last Florida Legislative session: a new law protecting the public from frivolous corporate or otherwise intimidating lawsuits intended to silence public expression in government issues.

Aug 27, 2015 / More »
The Live Wire Racist Graffiti in Palm Coast’s L-Section Ascribed to Stupidity as Confederate Caravan Rumbles Through Bunnell

Racist Graffiti in Palm Coast’s L-Section Ascribed to Stupidity as Confederate Caravan Rumbles Through Bunnell

The racist graffiti in the L-Section was discovered Thursday and Friday, the Confederate caravan drove through Bunnell Monday, though both incidents appear to be isolated reactions rather than organized hate.

Jul 21, 2015 / More »
Pierre Tristam <i><u>Jailhouse Porn</u></i><br /> Fort Apache: Flagler

Jailhouse Porn
Fort Apache: Flagler

There’s nothing to be proud of in the pornography of incarceration: Flagler had no reason to triple the size of its jail other than to amplify an indefensible architecture of disproportionate punishment.

Aug 8, 2015 / More »
Nancy Smith In Defense of Megyn Kelly

In Defense of Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly deserves conservatives' admiration, not their disdain, for leveling the sort of tough questions at Donald Trump and other candidates that should be asked of any presidential hopefuls, argues Nancy Smith.

Aug 10, 2015 / More »
Project Syndicate Capitalism Doesn’t Cause Poverty. Its Absence Does.

Capitalism Doesn’t Cause Poverty. Its Absence Does.

The world’s poorest countries are not characterized by naive trust in capitalism, but by utter distrust, which leads to heavy government intervention and regulation of business. Under such conditions, capitalism does not thrive

Aug 24, 2015 / More »
Guest Columns SLAPP This: Florida Scores a Big Free Speech Victory Against Intimidation Lawsuits

SLAPP This: Florida Scores a Big Free Speech Victory Against Intimidation Lawsuits

It was a rare success in the last Florida Legislative session: a new law protecting the public from frivolous corporate or otherwise intimidating lawsuits intended to silence public expression in government issues.

Aug 27, 2015 / More »
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Degraded Erika No Longer Severe Threat to Flagler, Though State of Emergency Still in Effect »

Degraded Erika No Longer Severe Threat to Flagler, Though State of Emergency Still in Effect

Though a state of emergency remains in effect in Flagler, Erika has degenerated into a tropical depression and moved wide west of the Florida Peninsula.

Aug 29 2015 / 12 comments / Read More »

In Flagler Beach’s On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With Manager Campbell, It’s On Again »

In Flagler Beach’s On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With Manager Campbell, It’s On Again

The commission doesn’t want to have an interim manager, fearing a return to the years when it employed one—Bernie Murphy—for five years.

Aug 28 2015 / 1 comment / Read More »

Disaster Economics 101: Flagler Businesses Are Made Part of County’s Recovery Plans »

Disaster Economics 101:  Flagler Businesses Are Made Part of County’s Recovery Plans

Kevin Guthrie, the county's emergency services director, told some 80 Flagler business leaders what role they must play in the immediate recovery after a disaster to ensure that the local economy returns to normal.

Aug 27 2015 / 1 comment / Read More »
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Racist Graffiti in Palm Coast’s L-Section Ascribed to Stupidity as Confederate Caravan Rumbles Through Bunnell »

Racist Graffiti in Palm Coast’s L-Section Ascribed to Stupidity as Confederate Caravan Rumbles Through BunnellThe racist graffiti in the L-Section was discovered Thursday and Friday, the Confederate caravan drove through Bunnell Monday, though both incidents appear to be isolated

Jul 21 2015 / 70 comments / Read More »
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