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Those Double-Digit Health Insurance Rate Hikes in Florida? Blame State GOP.

| October 27, 2016

Sen. Bill Nelson, once Florida’s insurance commissioner, reminds residents that it was the Republican state Legislature that stripped the office of insurance regulation of the authority to approve, modify or reject rate hikes by health insurance companies, thus leading to current, unacceptable rate hikes.

FEMA Opens Disaster Recovery Center at County Library on Palm Coast Parkway

| October 26, 2016

FEMA’s Flagler-Palm Coast Disaster Recover Center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the library. It’s not expected to interfere with early voting there.

Work Begins on A1A Repairs as Transportation Department Sets Open House for Wednesday

| October 24, 2016

Halifax Paving started re-construction today on the temporary fix of State Road A1A in Flagler Beach, with an open house scheduled for Wednesday for residents to find out more about what’s ahead.

The Best and Worst Presidents on Taxes

| October 22, 2016

Ronald Reagan was among the worst–and the best–when it came to tax fairness, Teddy Roosevelt isn’t given enough credit, but a majority of American presidents did little by way of making the tax code fairer. It’s often been the opposite, argues Sarah Anderson.

Flagler County Agrees to Bail Out Ag Museum Despite $150,000 Deficit and Barnful of Unanswered Questions

| October 21, 2016

After a vote failed to take-over the failing museum entirely, Flagler County commissioners agreed to a generous 90-day bailout, pending a more detailed agreement that would enable the county to absorb the 460-acre property yet leave the museum board at least nominally in place.

Flagler Job Holders and Workforce Surge By 400 in September as Unemployment Flattens

| October 21, 2016

This is one of those unemployment report where the uptick in the unemployment rate is almost meaningless, compared to other numbers, at least as far as Flagler County’s economy is concerned.

Gov. Scott Orders State Transportation Department to Expedite A1A Reopening in Flagler Beach

| October 20, 2016

The transportation department, in response to Scott’s order, said restoring traffic on A1A in Flagler Beach is now the Number 1 priority in the state. About 1.4 miles of road was damaged and closed.

Sen. Bill Nelson, in Flagler Beach, Pledges to Kick “Posteriors” to Channel Repair Dollars for Road and Beach

| October 19, 2016

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the latest in a string of state and federal officials to visit the damaged Barrier Island, stressed support for a re-nourished beach and a rebuilt A1A with federal dollars covering 75 to 90 percent of the cost.

Solar Amendment 1 Called a “Con Job” By Utilities as Tape Exposes Political “Jiu-Jitsu”

| October 19, 2016

Solar-energy supporters fighting a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot expressed outrage Wednesday after a policy director for a Tallahassee-based think tank was caught on tape discussing utility-industry efforts to deceive voters.

Palm Coast’s Cracker Barrel Evacuated as Feared Sink Hole Sends Patrons Scurrying

| October 19, 2016

Cracker Barrel off Old Kings Road in Palm Coast was evacuated at 6:50 p.m. Tuesday as diners ran out of the restaurant screaming from tile crackling beneath them, but the feared sink hole proved to be a structural issue.

Several New Leases Signed at City Marketplace as Occupancy Reaches a Third of Units

| October 19, 2016

John C. Bills Properties, The owner of City Marketplace in Palm Coast, announced the signing of several new leases over the past four months, with new calls inquiring about space to rent coming in daily, a company release announced. Existing tenants are also renewing their leases.

Damaged State Road A1A in Flagler Beach Will Re-Open as 2-Lane Road in 3 to 4 Months

| October 19, 2016

The two-lane road will be an emergency fix, with narrower lanes, a barrier wall on the ocean side, and a speed limit lowered to 25 mph, but it will be a boon to businesses that continue to be ravaged by its current closure.

Responsibly Raised: Chipotle Mexican Grill Seeks Site Next to Panera in Palm Coast

| October 18, 2016

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s restaurant would go up on State Road 100 in Palm Coast as the company continues to expand after weathering a severe blow from a rash of food poisonings contracted at its restaurants in the West and Midwest last year.

FEMA Finally Broadens Emergency Declaration to Include Homeowners; Flagler Beach Re-Opens Beaches Wednesday

| October 18, 2016

FEMA’s declaration will let homeowners claim up to $33,000 in repair or recovery expenses attributed to Hurricane Matthew. The beaches in Flagler Beach will reopen from North 4th Street to South 8th Street on Wednesday, and go further after the weekend.

Farm Share Distributes Food to 300 Families at Flagler Airport as Post-Storm Needs Persist

| October 17, 2016

By 11 this morning some 20 cars were turned away from the Flagler County Airport as a truckload of Farm Share food began running out, underscoring persistent needs in post-hurricane relief in Flagler.

150 Volunteers Swarm to Clean Up Flagler’s Beaches, Some to Reopen by Mid-Week; FPC Students Clear Graham Swamp Trail

| October 16, 2016

In Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher drew a mass of volunteers in less than 24 hours for the Sunday clean-up, and in Palm Coast, FPC track Coach David Halliday led his team along Graham Swamp’s trails, cleaning them up around the same time.

16 Years, 3 Generals and a Water War Later, Army National Guard Center Breaks Ground at Flagler Airport

| October 14, 2016

The new National Guard center will house 30 to 40 people and a revolving corps of 100 to 200 weekend reservists, the equivalent of a significant new company’s economic impact. And this one won’t go under or go back on its promises.

Palm Coast City Rep’s “Mystery of Irma Vep” Is Latest Victim of Hurricane Matthew

| October 14, 2016

Patrons who purchased single-performance tickets will be given refunds. Season ticket-holders will be able to use their “Irma Vep” tickets to attend a performance of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” in February. That show, a fundraiser for CRT, was not included in the 2016-17 subscription package.

Palm Coast’s Reflections Salon to Donate Haircut Proceeds to Hurricane Victim

| October 14, 2016

Reflections Salon, Inc, a local family owned business, will be offering $10 haircuts and donating all proceeds on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to stage 4 cancer survivor and Hurricane Matthew victim Kevin Kosinski.

At Painters Hill and Washington Oaks, Crumbling Houses and a Devastated Treasure Beyond the Public Eye

| October 13, 2016

Here’s the first look at destruction not seen before: how Hurricane Matthew left houses on Painters Hill uninhabitable, and demolished and unrecognizably remade Washington Oaks Garden State Park’s beach-side park. With video.

Flagler Pleads With FEMA For Emergency Declaration to Help Homeowners; Politics and Data Help

| October 13, 2016

Flagler’s FEMA declaration applied to government, not to homeowners’ losses. That second declaration is still pending, and it’s not a given as FEMA evaluators continue to scour the county to assess damages.

Recovery Round-Up: FEMA Inspects Flagler, Crews Inspect the Pier, Assistance Center Opens, Debris Pick-Up Cautions

| October 12, 2016

A comprehensive update on the latest in Hurricane Matthew recovery operations in Flagler County and its cities, including essential information from FEMA and debris removal requirements.

Flagler Damages to Homes and Businesses Estimated at $73 Million; 11 Homes Destroyed, 500 Damaged; Utilities Grinding to Normal

| October 11, 2016

The price tag is very likely to exceed $100 million when damage to government infrastructure is eventually included. yet the sum total of the damage is far below what was feared from a direct hit of Hurricane Matthew.

FPL Overpromised: Thousands of Flagler’s Residents Still Without Power; Gov. Scott Due in Flagler Beach in Late Morning

| October 9, 2016

Some 17,000 Flagler customers remained without power Monday morning, and schools were closed. Gov. Rick Scott was to make an appearance in Flagler Beach with various officials.

Hurricane Matthew: The Stories Until Storm Day

| October 7, 2016

Hurricane Matthew from the time it began threatening the Caribbean to its churn toward Florida and the coast of Flagler.

Carnage Embroidered in Pink Hope at Flag-Raising for Breast-Cancer Awareness

| October 3, 2016

Flagler County Fire Rescue had coated an entire firetruck in pink to mark the month-long Pink Army campaign, aimed at raising money and awareness for breast-cancer prevention, detection and research.

Taxes Will Stay Flat For Most Property Owners in Flagler and Its Cities in 2017

| September 30, 2016

Taxes have increased in Flagler County and in all five cities, but will be largely offset by a tax decrease in school taxes, while values have increased only marginally.

A 3-Year-Old Boy Attending Roma Court Academy Wanders Into Traffic as Staff Is Oblivious

| September 23, 2016

Staff at Roma Court Academy had no idea the boy had wandered off the property until a Chinese delivery driver and another driver saw him in traffic on Palm Coast Parkway.

Ex-Palm Coast Staples Employee Arrested For Armed Robbery and Assault at the Store

| September 22, 2016

27-year-old Brandon Hubbert had worked at the Palm Coast Staples a few years ago and allegedly used that experience to hide in the store until after closing time last September then assault a supervisor and rob him of about $1,500.

Divided Over Car Sale at FPC that “Violated” Pact and Precedent, School Board Mulls Next Step

| September 21, 2016

Two school board members charge that an agreement signed with the district on the use of FPC was violated when a car “show” turned into a major car sale, but the board is unclear over what to do next.



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