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What It Takes to Get New Retailers to Palm Coast: Behind a $135,000 Matchmaking Deal

| November 20, 2015

Palm Coast signed a three-year, $135,000 contract with Texas-based Buxton, a retail recruiter, in hopes of filling storefronts and empty commercial lots. The approach has its mix of skeptics and cheerleaders.

Flagler Unemployment Falls to 5.9%, an 8-Year Low; Job Growth at 23.7% Since 2007

| November 20, 2015

The number of people with jobs in Flagler has grown by 23.7 percent since 2007, even though the population has grown by just 13.6 percent, pointing to a relatively robust recovery.

Nutrition Supplement Firm Will Expand Into Ex-Palm Coast Data Building, With 50 Jobs

| November 19, 2015

Designs for Health, a nutritional supplement and vitamins company, will get a $25,000 county subsidy to expand from Hargrove Grade to Commerce Boulevard in exchange for 50 jobs and a $3 million investment in the old Palm Coast Data building complex.

Inequality in the Age of Uber

| October 31, 2015

For fairness as well as for efficiency reasons, rights and benefits should be attached to individuals, not to companies or employment status, and should be fully portable across sectors and jobs.

Unemployment Falls to 6% in Flagler and to Lowest Level in 7 Years in Florida

| October 16, 2015

The unemployment rolls shrank by some 150 people in Flagler, bringing the total number of people out of work to 2,569. The labor force grew by about 150, but it remains lower than it was a year ago.

Florida’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.3% and to 6.3% in Flagler as Employment Grows

| September 18, 2015

In Flagler the ranks of the unemployed declined from 2,809 to 2,688, a reduction of 121, and a reduction of 745 over the year. The labor force, however, remains below where it was last year.

Unemployment Rate Falls to 7-Year Best of 5.1% With Job Creation at 173,000

| September 4, 2015

The 2015 total is at 1.7 million new jobs–400,000 more jobs created in eight months than the entire eight years of the second Bush’s presidency.

Getting Past Cheap Praise: Superintendent Challenges Teachers to Adopt More Perceptive Mindsets

| August 17, 2015

Speaking to 1,000 faculty members in a packed Flagler Auditorium this morning, Superintendent Jacob Oliva outlined the coming year’s objective the way savvy tech companies roll out new products.

Economy Adds 215,000 Jobs, Keeping Unemployment Rate at 5.3%, But Wages Lag

| August 7, 2015

The national economy added 215,000 jobs in July and has averaged 235,000 new jobs each of the last three months, while the unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent for the second month, the Labor Department announced Friday morning.

In Setback for Sea Ray, Flagler Beach Votes 3-2 to Challenge Land Use Change Over Parking lot

| August 6, 2015

A divided Flagler Beach City Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to take a challenge to the state of a county land use amendment enabling Sea Ray Boats to build a parking lot on 24 acres south of its property off Colbert Lane in Palm Coast.

Sea Ray Issues Open Letter to Flagler Beach Ahead of Thursday’s Special Meeting

| August 5, 2015

The Flagler Beach City Commission meets in special session Thursday to consider taking its opposition to a Sea Ray plan for a parking lot to the state. Sea Ray offers its side.

Rethinking Restrictions on Food Stamps and Welfare Benefits for Drug Felons

| August 3, 2015

The bans on welfare and food stamps assistance apply only to drug felons, in accordance with a 1996 federal law, unless states choose to waive them.

Commissioner Revels Saves 13 Jobs, Rejecting Privatization at Expense of Lowest-Paid Employees

| August 3, 2015

The county administration had proposed to privatize cleaning services for $500,000, allegedly saving $174,000 a year, but employees hired by the private company would have lost all benefits, and many would have lost their jobs outright.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Another Strong Growth Month Adds 223,000 Jobs, Lowering Unemployment to 5.3%

| July 2, 2015

For all the economy’s overall improvements, when it comes to the majority of workers, there are no improvements where it matters: in families’ standards of living.

Disney’s CEO Makes $248 a Minute as Some of His Employees Go Homeless on $8.03 an Hour

| July 1, 2015

Even after a raise to $10 an hour, Disney employees can only expect to take home about $20,000 over the course of a year, not enough to live decently in Orlando. A $15-an-hour wage is more critical, argues Scott Klinger.

Flagler Looking to Raise Tourism Tax For 2nd Time in Four Years Despite Surging Revenue

| June 23, 2015

Flagler County wants to raise the local sales surtax on hotel and motel stays to 5%, from 4%, even though revenue has grown ten-fold over the past decade.

Unemployment in May Ticks Up in Flagler and Florida, But Overall Trends Remain Solid

| June 19, 2015

In Flagler unemployment went up to 6.6 percent, from 6.2 percent the month before, despite a net gain of 220 people holding jobs. Again, the reason the unemployment rate went up is because of the growing workforce.

Palm Coast Passes on Supporting County In Anti-Fracking and Drilling Resolutions

| June 10, 2015

The Palm Coast City Council chose not to sign on to a pair of resolutions opposing fracking or seismic testing for oil offshore of Florida, saying the county has already spoken.

Economy Surges With 280,000 Jobs, But Unemployment Remains at 5.5%

| June 5, 2015

The new jobs bring the total to 12.6 million private-sector jobs created over the last 63 months, one of the better performances of extended growth since World War II.

Flagler Beach Doesn’t Have a Parking Problem. It Has a Big Government Problem.

| May 29, 2015

If Flagler Beach adopts paid parking, it’ll invite a problem as onerous as Palm Coast’s red-light cameras, damaging its reputation, needlessly hurting its businesses and alienating its closest and most loyal visitors.

Island Grille Restaurant Opens in Flagler Beach, Resurrecting Blue in Silver Mist

| May 27, 2015

The Island Grille opened May 27 where Blue Restaurant used to be, with chef Gary Maresca back in the kitchen and a team of four co-owners promising gastronomy and success.

Economy Resumes Climb With Healthy 223,000 Jobs, Unemployment Ticks Down to 5.4%

| May 8, 2015

The 5.4 percent unemployment rate is another new low since the Great Recession: the rate was last this low exactly seven years ago, in May 2008, when it was beginning to rise rapidly.

Marketing 2 Go Celebrates 5 Years in New Digs at City Place in Palm Coast

| May 4, 2015

Marketing 2 Go owner Cindy Dalecki took her new-media company from one employee to six and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting attended by some 200 people at City Place.

Flagler-Palm Coast Added 12,300 Jobs in Last 5 Years, Powering Unemployment Down to 6.5%

| April 17, 2015

Unemployment figures released Friday show the solid, continued improvement of Flagler-Palm Coast’s economy, especially when compared to where the county was five years ago.

Candor, Humor and a Few Sharp Jabs from Jim Landon in a State of the City Overview

| April 15, 2015

Addressing Walmart’s renewed interest in its potential second store in Palm Coast, golf courses, construction and economic activity, Palm Coast City Manager spoke for almost two hours Monday morning to some 90 residents about the state of the city and its near future.

Geography as Destiny: Hospitals Leave Downtowns For More Prosperous Digs

| April 13, 2015

By moving to wealthier areas, hospitals can reduce the percent of uninsured and lower-paying Medicaid patients, but relocations often spark anger from those left behind, who worry about loss of jobs and of access to care, particularly for the poor.



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