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Flagler Chamber Launches School For Business-Minded Political Candidates, But Behind Closed Doors

| July 31, 2015

The two-day school, held in private, will train a dozen potential candidates chosen by a secret chamber committee for their business focus. The sessions are scheduled for September.

News 13’s Jason Wheeler Becomes Face of Flagler Schools in District’s Push For Broader Community Appeal

| July 29, 2015

Wheeler’s appointment is part of a reorganization reflective of Superintendent Oliva’s intention to broaden the marketing of the district’s programs to the community in hopes of further engaging the community at large.

County and Bunnell Join Schools and Palm Coast’s Higher Taxes, Flagler Beach Holds Line

| July 27, 2015

The tax increases are generating almost no opposition, in large part because they are tied to benefits taxpayers can see: raises for teachers and cops, additions of firefighters (three this year at the county, three more next year), restoring reserves decimated during the recession, and so on.

Hobby Lobby, Brass Tap Beer Bar, Moe’s Grill and 500 Jobs: Island Walk Is 84% Full

| July 23, 2015

The developers of Island Walk, the once and future shopping center previously known as Palm Harbor in the heart of Palm Coast, have secured long-term leases with enough retailers to fill 84 percent of its space when it begins opening in phases in 2016.

Within 5 Hours, Two Shoplifting Incidents at Walmart Escalate Into Felonies With Assaults

| July 23, 2015

Walmart in Palm Coast was the scene of two separate and apparently unrelated incidents that started as shoplifting and turned into aggravated assault in one case, and grand theft auto, reckless driving and fleeing cops in another. Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies made an arrest in the first case. They are still searching for the suspect in the second case.

Reporter Kicked Out: When Public Officials Abuse Florida’s Sunshine Law, With Lawmakers’ Blessing

| July 22, 2015

A “health district” run by public officials closes a public meeting under a bogus exemption to the Sunshine law, and gets a blank check to secretly talk about whatever it wishes, though it affects public policy.

Walmart And Other Big Energy Users Want Out of Florida’s Conservation Program, Claiming They Can Do Better

| July 22, 2015

Opponents say such a one-sided proposal would shift costs to small businesses and residential customers and jeopardize the viability of the 35-year-old conservation program.

Flagler-Palm Coast Score Most “Fantastic” Month of Home Sales Since Recession

| July 22, 2015

The 247 homes sold in June reduced the county’s supply to just five months’ worth, tilting the market to sellers’ advantage, while prices saw a healthy rise as well.

Some of Your Privacy Rights Are Waived In Medical Malpractice Lawsuits, Court Rules

| July 21, 2015

The Florida court’s decision stemmed from a controversial 2013 law the Republican-controlled Legislature passed after a lobbying battle between groups such as doctors and plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Palm Coast Proposes 6 Percent Tax Hike; Home Owners Will See Much Lower Increase

| July 21, 2015

If the council sticks with the proposed 2016 rate, which is the same as this year’s, a homesteaded homeowner with a $150,000 house, in the median range in Palm Coast, would see a tax increase of between $5 and $10 dollars for the year.

Service Specter: Rick Scott’s Job-Growth Puffery Masks Florida’s Low-Wage Future

| July 20, 2015

About two of three of those new jobs is a low-paying service-sector one, mirroring years of Florida job growth in low-pay, no-benefits, dead-end jobs in Team Scott’s tourism-driven economy.

County Commission Skips Discussion and Unanimously Approves Sea Ray Parking Plan

| July 20, 2015

For Sea Ray Boats’s planned 24-acre parking lot south of its plant off Colbert Lane, the county commission’s vote Monday evening clears the way for construction, expected to start later this summer.

The Apple Watch 30 Days In: A Healthy Choice If You Get Past Its Miseries

| July 20, 2015

If you’re buying it as a watch you’ll be miserable. If you’re buying it because you think it’ll be cool talk, text and send heartbeats you’ll be even more disappointed. But if all you wanted was the best health tracker on the market – that also happens to do some really cool stuff, this is surely the device for you.

Clarity Counseling
Palm Coast (386) 243-9107
7 Florida Park Drive South

| July 20, 2015

Addiction, codependency, divorce, stress, depression, pornography, anxiety: Clarity Counseling’s Christian counselors in Palm Coast are here for you.

Affordable Care Act Becoming Less Affordable as Florida Insurers Prepare Big Rate Hikes

| July 20, 2015

If 1.6 million more Floridians have insurance thanks to Obamacare, sticker shocks keep coming as insurers have submitted 14 rate-hike requests to state regulators.

SAT Prep Classes: Academics Plus with Frank Dimasi
(386) 627-1607 or (386) 383-7404

| July 18, 2015

Academics Plus with Frank Dimasi provides reasonably priced SAT prep classes in Palm Coast, Bunnell and Flagler Beach.

Florida Loses 47,000 Jobs, Flagler 190, But Shrinking Labor Force Lowers Unemployment

| July 17, 2015

Florida’s labor force shrank by a significant 79,000 and Flagler’s by 325, bringing down their unemployment rates to 5.5 and 6.3 percent respectively.

Opposing Floridians for Solar Choice, Right-Wing Launches Amendment Drive of Its Own

| July 15, 2015

Consumers for Smart Solar includes two ex-lawmakers, a Jacksonville tea-party founder and an ex-chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission.

Public Art Soars Increasingly Into View, Part of Gargiulo Foundation’s Gifts to Palm Coast

| July 15, 2015

Tom Gargiulo and his foundation will be underscoring the growing role of public art in Palm Coast, between a panel discussion at the Flagler County Art League Saturday and the dedication of two more soaring heron sculptures at Waterfront Park.

Palm Coast’s Sign Regulations May Be Forced to Loosen, City Attorney Warns

| July 14, 2015

The changes, which would likely relax Palm Coast’s rules, would be required to comply with a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling making the regulation of temporary signs on private property much more difficult.

One More Hurdle for Sea Ray as Planned Parking Lot Must First Pave Through Rezoning

| July 13, 2015

Sea Ray Boats Tuesday evening again will appear before the Flagler planning board as the luxury boat manufacturer’s plan to expand its footprint south of its plant off Colbert Lane in Palm Coast seeks to advance.

Signature Crop Loses Its Juice as Florida’s Orange Production Falls to New Low

| July 10, 2015

Florida orange production for the 2014-15 season fell to 96.7 million boxes, a drop of 4 percent from last year, and a vastly worse total than projected last October.

In Flagler Beach, Lighter Rules for Farmers’ Market and 2-Week Limit on Golf Course Buy

| July 10, 2015

The Flagler Beach City Commission voted to apply only a light regulatory hand on the city’s famed farmer’s market, and to start negotiations on buying the last remaining enclave in private hands at the former Ocean Palm Golf Club at the south end of town.

Long-Planned Shoppes at Grand Haven on Colbert Lane Finally See Bulldozer Activity

| July 8, 2015

First envisioned almost a decade ago, the Shoppes at Grand Haven will be the new home of the gated community’s sales offices, which will anchor a hoped-for commercial development, the first on Palm Coast’s Colbert Lane.

After Months of Hedging, Palm Coast Approves New Rules on Yard Fences, Walls (and Bars)

| July 8, 2015

The rules allow for more fence colors, eliminate setback and shrubbery requirements but more strictly regulate fences along saltwater canals.

Flagler School Taxes Going Up About 4%, Heralding Season of Steeper Government Levies

| July 7, 2015

The typical Palm Coast house valued at $150,000 will pay roughly $50 more in school taxes for the year even as the tax rate goes down slightly.

As Cremation Outpaces Burial Rates,
Jewelry Glitters the Afterlife

| July 6, 2015

Florida is well ahead of the nation in cremation rates, but for the first time this year cremations nationally will outpace burials. A jewelry industry is marking the shift.

Flagler Beach Fireworks Scheduled for July 4, Palm Coast on July 3

| July 3, 2015

Flagler Beach fireworks and parade schedule and route, and other 2015 Independence Day activities on July 4th and July 3 in Palm Coast’s Town Center.

Flagler Chamber Membership Director Thompson Is Fired, Then Insurrection Breaks Out

| July 2, 2015

In 24 hours of feverish developments after Heather Thompson’s firing, a chamber member’s web page in support of Thompson drew 50 testimonies before it was taken down.

Say Goodbye: Old ITT Landmark and School Board Clunker to Be Demolished By Year’s End

| July 2, 2015

The Flagler School Board got no bids on its 54,000-square foot building in pring, which it’ll pay $200,000 to demolish, after paying off a $770,000 debt on it.

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