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Robert Wittman, FBI’s James Bond of Stolen Art, Brings His Best-Selling Tales to Flagler Auditorium April 7

| April 1, 2015

Robert Wittman and the FBI’s art-recovery division he created were responsible for recovering some $225 million in stolen art through remarkably daring undercover operations. Wittman, a best-selling author, appears at the Flagler Auditorium on April 7 to recount his adventures in a fund-raising for the Flagler County Art League.

Fences May Rise in Front Yards Citywide and Descend in Backyards, Along Saltwater Canals

| April 1, 2015

The Palm Coast City Council is verging on approving looser regulations for front-yard fences citywide, and stricter regulations on backyard fences along saltwater canals only.

Daytona State College May Have To Drop “State” From Name and Limit 4-Year Degrees

| April 1, 2015

A Florida Senate proposal would forbid community colleges from using the word “state” in their name and cap at 5 percent the share of a college’s enrollment that could be made up of students pursuing baccalaureate, or four-year, degrees.

This Time a Car Break-In, Near Bealls, Is Followed By a Quick Arrest

| April 1, 2015

Four women witnessed the mid-afternoon break-in of a Honda in the Winn-Dixie shopping center off Palm Coast Parkway Tuesday, soon leading to the arrest of Nicholas Leblanc, a Palm Coast resident with a long but non-violent arrest record in the county.

Wednesday Briefing: Flagler County Fair, Observer Fooleries, “Religious Freedom” Mockeries

| April 1, 2015

The Flagler County Fair begins today, the Palm Coast Observer hires a new writer, for one day, the world’s largest sperm bank lands in Orlando, Apple’s Tim Cook warns of bigotry hiding under the banner of religious freedom.

CodeRed System Credited With Locating Missing 16-Year-Old With Special Needs

| March 31, 2015

Within a quarter hour of a CodeRed alert that went out to 15,214 subscribers Monday evening, a 16-year-old boy with the mental capacity of a 6 year old who’d gone missing was located in the W Section.

Guns and Ammo Included In Sales Tax Holiday Florida Lawmakers Are Set To Approve

| March 31, 2015

Guns and ammunition remain in a proposed Independence Day sales-tax holiday on hunting gear that is part of a wide-ranging tax cut package that advanced Tuesday in the House.

My Surprise Visit From FDLE

| March 31, 2015

FDLE interprets Beatles lyrics as a threat on Gov. Rick Scott, and Daniel Tilson, the columnist, gets a call investigating his intentions. He wonders if this is the way FDLE operates under Rick Swearingen, Scott’s hand-picked replacement of Gerald Bailey.

Barely Less Stingy, More Demanding Palm Coast Completes $30,000 Arts Grants Awards

| March 31, 2015

The amount Palm Coast devotes to the arts remains woefully low, however—amounting to just 37 cents per year per resident. The grant program represents a paltry 0.11 percent of the city’s $28 million general fund budget.

“City of Palm Coast Code Enforcement Is Done Identically To Any Other City,” Attorney Says

| March 31, 2015

Judging from the city’s own survey, Palm Coast residents are not quite enthusiastic about code enforcement, whose visibility is emphasized by the city’s fleet of frequent-driving trucks But the city has no plans to alter its approach.

Pounded By E-Mail Mire, Clinton’s Leads Falter Slightly as Jeb Bush Rises in Florida

| March 31, 2015

For the first time since the poll has been conducted with Hillary Clinton’s name included, the former secretary of state is not ahead in Florida: Jeb Bush would beat Clinton, 45 to 42, in a head-to-head matchup, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, released this morning.

Tuesday Briefing: IMAG NE That Sculpture, Anti-Semitism On the Rise, Bigotry Hiding as Religious Freedom

| March 31, 2015

An imaginative sculpture is installed at the Flagler County Public Library, a religious freedom act is used by homophobes to justify discrimination, anti-Semitism rises in Florida and elsewhere.

Three Weeks After ATF Approves Powdered Alcohol, Florida Senate Votes To Ban It

| March 30, 2015

Though federally approved, under Florida’s bill a person selling powdered alcohol would face a first-degree misdemeanor. A second violation within five years would carry a third-degree felony.

An Arrest for Child Neglect and Battery; Shots on Old Dixie; $250,000 Yacht Burns on Cimarron Drive

| March 30, 2015

A 1-year-old child left unattended was rescued from choking on a cigarette butt; a suspected backyard gun range of the sort the Legislature just refused to let local governments regulate may have been the source of a “stray” bullet that found its way into a 67-year-old man’s residence off Old Dixie Highway.

Flagler Students From 6 Schools Collect 62 Awards at State Future Problem Solvers Competition

| March 30, 2015

Some 35 Flagler County students have been invited to the competition’s International Conference this summer in Ames, Iowa. A list of the winners is included.

Flagler Emergency Services Broadening Dollars Available to Homeowners and Governments For Disaster Preparation

| March 30, 2015

While Flagler Emergency Services has brought in more than $1 million in grants and subsidies in the past year, division director Kevin Guthrie is concerned that not enough local government agencies are aware of the dollars available, or the need to be involved to tap into the money.

Deadliest State: Florida Roads Have Highest Bicyclist Fatality Rate in The Nation

| March 30, 2015

Florida spent decades building roads designed to move commuters from homes in sprawling suburbs as fast as possible. Conventional wisdom says these roads were built for speed, not bicycles.

Monday Briefing: Jeb Bush vs. Scott Walker, Rubio’s Guns vs. Butter, Quiet Flagler

| March 30, 2015

Flagler County’s official calendar decides to extend spring break until Tuesday. Jeb Bush and Scott Walker have their differences, Obamacare gets a surprisingly bright report card.

House Ties Money to School Dress Codes, More Dollars for Charters, Fewer Class-Size Penalties

| March 29, 2015

Most of the school-related bills were passed in lopsided votes, though Democrats united to oppose a measure that could funnel local tax dollars to charter-school construction.

Benghazi Revisited: Private Emails Reveal Ex-Clinton Aide’s Secret Spy Network

| March 28, 2015

Emails disclosed by a hacker show a close family friend was funneling intelligence about the crisis in Libya directly to the Secretary of State’s private account starting before the Benghazi attack.

Clerk of Court Offering 1-Day Amnesty To Pay Off Overdue Fines Without Collection Fees and Restore Driver’s License

| March 27, 2015

The April 17 amnesty, dubbed Operation Green Light, affects 7,000 cases in Flagler, totaling $1.9 million in overdue fines. The experiment is being tried in most of the state’s counties for the first time this year.

Florida House Votes To Require Flags Flown By Governments To Be Exclusively U.S.-Made

| March 27, 2015

If the Senate follows suit, Florida flags purchased by governments in Florida after Jan. 1, 2016 would have to be made from materials grown, produced and manufactured in the United States.

Drugs, Weapons and Child Porn Lead to 3 Separate Arrests in Palm Coast and Bunnell

| March 27, 2015

The Palm Coast teen had transmitted items flagged as child porn by the social media site Whisper, then was found to have 10 short videos of explicit sexual acts between adult men and pre-pubescent girls.

Weekend Briefing: Code Enforcement’s Vise On Palm Coast, Wings Over Flagler Rocks

| March 27, 2015

Wings Over Flagler takes off all weekend at the Flagler County Airport, dominating the local scene, The Observer reports on Palm Coast’s obsession with code enforcement, hockey at the Youth Center and new Census numbers on Florida’s growth.

Palm Coast “Watchdogs” and Attorney Ordered to Pay County $3,100 Over Frivolous Suit

| March 27, 2015

Eight weeks ago, Orfinger found in favor of Palm Coast government, ordering the same attorney–Josh Knight–and a different client–Dennis McDonald–to pay Palm Coast $15,900 as a result of a frivolous suit the city fought off.

Palm Coast Teen Critical After Motorcycle Wreck On Lakeview Blvd.

| March 27, 2015

A Palm Coast teen was critically injured in a motorcycle wreck at the intersection of Lakeview Boulevard and Laramie Drive in north Palm Coast just after noon today.

Blairsville Resident Missing Since March 16 Located Near Publix on Belle Terre

| March 27, 2015

A tipster said he recognized Vickers from his image posted on FlaglerLive. Stephen Vickers, a 50-year-old Palm Coast resident of Blairsville Drive, had been last seen at his Blairsville home on March 16.

Scott’s Magical ‘Tax Cut Calculator’ Obscures Nation’s 2nd Most Unfair Tax System

| March 26, 2015

As Gov. Scott touts minor tax cuts for consumers, you could ask why that $43 a year saved on the cable bill compares so unfavorably with the $3-4 billion in corporate tax evasion he and his legislative allies let Florida’s biggest, most profitable businesses get away with each and every year, writes Daniel Tilson.

B-17 Flying Fortress, “Guts and Backbone” of Air War, Brings Out Veterans and Emotions

| March 26, 2015

The EAAs B-17 landed at Flagler County Airport Thursday to be part of Wings Over Flagler Rockin the Runways, and immediately attracted a Palm Coast veteran airmen who';d flown aboard a B-17 and been shot down.

Proposal Would Suspend 3rd Grade Test Required For Promotion to 4th Grade This Year

| March 26, 2015

The proposal calls for suspending the language-arts test for 3rd graders until the state’s new Florida Standards Assessments are found to be valid by an independent examination.

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