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Bowing to NRA, Scott Skips Over Court Pick Who’d Blocked “Stand Your Ground” Shift

| June 25, 2016

The bill Rep. Charles McBurney, R-Jacksonville, had opposed and that died during this year’s legislative session would have shifted the burden of proof in Stand Your Ground cases from the defense to the prosecution.

Qualifying Ends: Tax Collector Johnston and Property Appraiser Gardner Are Re-Elected; Supervisor’s Race Will Be a Universal Primary

| June 24, 2016

Property Appraiser Jay Gardner and Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston were re-elected without opposition for a fourth consecutive term each as qualifying ended, with few surprises and withdrawals or disqualifications in other races.

Flagler Rotary Names Jim Troiano Its New President, Marlee Walsh-McDaniel Rotarian of the Year

| June 24, 2016

McDaniel, who is also a member of the University Women of Flagler, is heavily involved in the Rotary’s scholarship program and is a past recipient of the President’s Service Award. Troiano is a director at the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, and the agency’s chief spokesman.

Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime and Incident Reports

| June 24, 2016

Palm Coast and Flagler County jail bookings, day and night shift commanders’ crime and incident reports investigated by Sheriff’s deputies and archive.

Rubio’s Re-Election Bid Remakes Senate Race as DeSantis Reverts to Congressional Run

| June 24, 2016

DeSantis is one of three Republicans who have qualified to run for the district that includes all of Flagler County, and which he’s represented since 2013. Four Democrats have qualified.

Weekend Briefing: World’s Largest Swim Lesson, Lego Day, Donald Trump’s Only Honey, Affirmative Action

| June 24, 2016

Another attempt to be part of a world record at Frieda Zamba pool in Palm Coast, Lego Day at the county public library, Donald Trump’s honey, affirmative action wins a surprising one.

Media and Orlando Go to Court Over City’s Censoring of Massacre’s 911 Calls

| June 23, 2016

The city of Orlando wants the court to help determine how to handle the unreleased portions of 911 emergency communications involving the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub.

Florida Bears Celebrate: There Will Be No Hunt This Year, Wildlife Commission Narrowly Rules

| June 23, 2016

After hours of objections from animal-rights advocates and support from hunters, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted 4-3 late Wednesday against a staff recommendation to hold a hunt in October that could have been smaller — in terms of permits and hunting grounds — than the 2015 event in which 304 bears were killed over two days.

At Flagler Sheriff’s Forum, Eight More or Less Angry Men, Mostly at Incumbent Jim Manfre

| June 23, 2016

The only candidate forum featuring all nine sheriff’s candidates before the Aug. 30 primary sparked with verbal sniping between incumbent Jim Manfre on one side and ex-Sheriff Don Fleming and ex-Undersheriff Rick Staly on the other, though remaining candidates were no less agitated, given the chance.

McGuire Resignation a Dilemma for Palm Coast Council, But 2 Ex-Councilmen Offer Solution

| June 23, 2016

Holsey Moorman and Alan Peterson, who both served on the Palm Coast City Council, are willing to fill out Bill McGuire’s last four months, thus enabling the council to avoid making a more politically fraught appointment or leaving the seat vacant.

Thursday Briefing: Say It Ain’t Yes Brexit, Oliva at Breakfast, Another Farmer’s Market in Flagler Beach

| June 23, 2016

The Flagler Beach City Commission hears a request for a new farmer’s market at the south end of town, the school superintendent speaks to a chamber group, voters in Britain decide whether to stay in or get out of the European Union.

Gun In Hand, Tax Collector Johnston Heralds Fast-Track Concealed-Weapon Permitting

| June 22, 2016

Flagler County Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston took herself and most of her staff through a gun-safety class and shooting session at the range to prepare for her office’s new service: processing and fast-tracking concealed-weapons permits, starting today (June 22).

John Dopp, Sheriff’s Detective, Union Leader and Fierce Advocate, Promoted to Corporal

| June 22, 2016

Jon Dopp, 30, a 10-year veteran of the force, will supervise one of the county’s two squads. His role in the union’s leadership, representing cops, will not change.

Encouraged By Polls and GOP, Marco Rubio Will Run for Re-Election to Senate After All

| June 22, 2016

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has reversed course and will seek re-election to his seat, according to numerous media reports Wednesday morning. Rubio’s decision comes as Republicans try to maintain control of the U.S. Senate.

Wednesday Briefing: All Sheriff Candidates Face-Off, Hottest May, “White Trash,” Bleak Trump

| June 22, 2016

All nine candidates for sheriff are expected at a forum this evening at the Portuguese-American Club, May was the hottest month on record, as was April, as was… “White Trash,” a history of class in America, and Charles Dickens in 10 minutes.

Wife Charged In Killing Richard Resnicoff, Guitarist for the Famous, in Grand Haven in ’13

| June 21, 2016

Lucille Horton, 69, is charged with vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony. In a civil lawsuit, Horton claims Resnicoff had been abusive and violent and that day had threatened and shoved her, prompting her to flee–and throw him off her car.

Salvaged by Revels’s Diplomacy, Pot-Decriminalization Proposal Will Now Seek Cities’ Approval

| June 21, 2016

The proposal would allow cops to issue civil citations to people caught with small amounts of marijuana, avoiding a criminal record. But its success depends on approval from all cities and the county commission, which is yet to come.

Trump Lead in Florida Vanishes, Overtaken by Clinton Surge as GOP Leader’s Campaign Falters

| June 21, 2016

Several factors contribute to Trump’s fading including disarray within his campaign, lack of money, organization and staffing, and backlash from his racism. For Clinton, the fading of the Sanders campaign is helping migrate more supporters to the presumptive Democratic nominee.

On World Giraffe Day, Jacksonville Zoo Announces Birth of 39th Giraffe On Its Grounds

| June 21, 2016

The Father, Duke, is famous for being the sire of 15 other little ones at the Jacksonville Zoo. The male Reticulated giraffe calf was born in the early hours of June 12.

Sen. Bill Nelson Named to Florida Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Hall of Fame

| June 21, 2016

Nelson is among 10 Florida conservationists who will be recognized for their achievements. Conservation award winners are chosen from nominations made to the Federation’s board of directors based on their accomplishments on behalf of Florida’s fish, wildlife and native habitats.

Daytona State Reducing Fees for Total Cost-Saving to Students of 3.5% This Fall

| June 21, 2016

The savings are a result of a reduction in the access fee from $4.93 per credit hour to $1.35 per credit hour. Added to a 2 percent cut in tuition implemented last spring, overall cost savings per student comes to 3.3 percent.

Tuesday Briefing: Pot Citations, Food Truck Tuesday, Superintendent’s Evaluation, Sotomayor on Police Powers

| June 21, 2016

The committee responsible for preparing a proposed ordinance that would decriminalize pot possession in Flagler, in some cases, meets, the school board evaluates Superintendent Jacob Oliva, media consolidation and fragmentation.

Florida Congressional Candidate Evers Riles LGBT Activists With Assault Weapon Raffle

| June 20, 2016

Barely a week after the Orlando massacre, state Sen. Greg Evers drew criticism for planning to give away a semiautomatic rifle similar to that used in the attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens of others at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Dennis McDonald, Who’s Twice Sued Palm Coast, Now Wants To Be Its Mayor

| June 20, 2016

Dennis McDonald, Palm Coast’s and county government’s most relentless critic and a three-time candidate for local office previously, joined four other candidates for the seat Jon Netts is vacating: Milissa Holland, John Brady, Travis Kaufman and Ron Radford.

She Tells Him She Wants To Break-Up. He Allegedly Threatens Her With a Rifle.

| June 20, 2016

Daniel Buck Douglas, 38, a resident of 6514 Tangerine Avenue in Bunnell, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon early this morning after his girlfriend accused him of pointing a rifle at her during an argument.

Cindy Dalecki is Flagler Beach Rotary’s New President, Tim O’Donnell Gets Year’s Top Honor

| June 20, 2016

Dalecki owns Marketing 2 Go, the new-media company she started six years ago on her own and has since turned into an operation employing half a dozen. The club held its annual Cycle Flagler event in May, raising over $15,000.

A Homestead Exemption in Two States? Supreme Court Asked To Rule on Legality

| June 20, 2016

Pointing to a “far-reaching impact” of the case, attorneys for a Broward County woman are asking the Florida Supreme Court to take up a case that involves a married couple having homestead tax exemptions in two states.

A Transgender Latina Teen Speaks: They’re Killing Us. Help Us Stop Them.

| June 20, 2016

Many Republicans invoked fears of international terrorism, but most said nothing about the members of our LGBTQ communities, who were the very targets and victims, writes Grace Dolan-Sandrino.

Monday Briefing: 700 at Massacre Vigil, Flagler’s Constitutional Budgets, More Newspaper Graveyards, Trump Profiling

| June 20, 2016

Friday’s vigil in Flagler Beach draws 700, Flagler government talks dollars for constitutionals, Donald Trump wants more profiling, newspapers have another very bad year, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.

Proposed Bear Hunt This Fall Would Unfold In Three Separate Four-Day Periods

| June 19, 2016

The recommendation to hold the state’s second bear hunt in the past 20 years expands on a proposal from state biologists without offering hard numbers of bears that could be killed or suggesting a number of permits that could be made available or the costs of permits.

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