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For Taxpayers, A Rain of Excuses From Deficit-Ridden Palm Harbor Golf Club Contractor

| October 8, 2013

Since Palm Coast began running the Palm Harbor Gofl Club on taxpayers’ dime in 2009, the facility has cost close to $6 million in capital and start-up costs, and annual deficits since. Contractor Kemper Sports told the city council Tuesday that it aims to break even next year, but greater success may be elusive as golfing faces numerous challenges.

Flagler County Buys 276 Minutes on Electronic Billboard Near Times Square, for $15,000

| October 4, 2013

The 10-second spot will run once an hour, 18 times a day, through Jan. 2, on a billboard on 42nd Street, four and a half blocks south of Times Square, and is paid for half by the county’s tourism bed tax and half by the general fund, through the economic development department.

Shutdown Hits Home: Castillo de San Marcos and Ft. Matanzas Among Parks Off Limits

| October 2, 2013

Starting Tuesday, the National Park Service closed all 401 national parks, including Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monuments in St. Augustine, affecting the local tourism economy. Potential foreign visitors’ visas are facing processing delays.

Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre Opens 3rd Season With Webber’s Amazing Technicolor

| September 27, 2013

City Repertory Theatre in Palm Coast launches its third season–seven plays this year–with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a musical very loosely based on the story of Joseph and his brothers from the Book of Genesis.

Bike MS: 2,500 Riders Course Through Flagler This Weekend in Annual Fund-Raiser. Be Alert.

| September 25, 2013

The 27th annual ride by the North Florida Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a major fund-raiser for MS research, and will fill A1A, SR100 and John Anderson Highway with bikers Saturday and Sunday. Police are asking drivers to be cautious.

Florida Festivals and Events Association Hosting Workshop at Palm Coast’s Hilton Garden Inn

| September 17, 2013

The Florida Festivals and Events Association (FFEA), the state’s primary professional organization for producers, vendors, and sponsors of festivals, fairs and special events, is hosting a workshop and seminar at the Hilton Garden Inn Palm Coast on Thursday, October 10, for all those interested either in learning the ropes or capitalizing on special events.

Life Sentence for Rest-Stop Murder That Shattered Florida Tourism Is Reduced

| September 16, 2013

Audra Akins was 14 when he murdered British tourist Gary Colley at an I-10 rest stop near Tallahassee 20 years ago. His life sentence was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. He was re-sentenced to 40 years, making him eligible for release in 12 years.

Flagler Celebrates Arts in Education Week as Congress Again Targets Cultural Funding

| September 10, 2013

Flagler arts organizations have a line-up of events all week to celebrate Arts in Education Week, which Congress started three years ago. The same Congress a few weeks ago began debating a measure that would reduce funding to the National Endowment for the Arts to its lowest level since 1974.

Flagler Tourism Office Rebuffs Consolidation With County, Hinting at More Autonomy Instead

| August 28, 2013

County Commissioner George Hanns and Administrator Craig Coffey had talked of absorbing the tourism office–currently a branch of the chamber of commerce–into county government. It won’t happen. Rather, Tourism Director Georgia Turner is talking of having a stand-alone tourism office in a few years.

Palm Coast Food and Wine Festival Returns, This Time With Wine, and Free Admission

| August 27, 2013

The Palm Coast Food and Wine Festival at Town Center’s Central Park is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, with no gate admission, a dozen wines and more than a dozen food vendors from several countries, along with cultural and other entertainments.

Palm Coast Tax Holds Even, But Council Tiring of Deficit-Ridden Golf and Tennis Operations

| August 27, 2013

The Palm Coast golf course had a $50,000 deficit this year, the tennis center a $100,000 deficit, both covered by taxpayers, with more deficits expected ahead. Palm Coast City Council members are wearying of carrying both centers. But they’re not ready to end the subsidies, either.

Florida Unemployment Stuck at 7.1% For 3d Month, Flagler’s at 10.3% On Low-Pay Jobs

| August 16, 2013

The national economy, Florida’s and Flagler County’s might as well be the three twins of lethargy: all three economies are mirroring each other in fitful but anemic activity, adding some but mostly low-paying jobs as Florida’s unemployment rate remains at 7.1 percent for the third straight month and Flagler’s continues in the low double digits, at 10.3 percent.

Palm Coast’s Bike and Poetry Shows Slam Their Way Back On Gargiulo Foundation’s Wheels

| July 30, 2013

The second and ongoing annual “Art of the Bicycle” livening up Palm Coast’s City Marketplace this month is all spokes: the Gargiulo Art Foundation, the Flagler County Art League, Hollingsworth Gallery and City Repertory Theatre are all in on it, minus last year’s training wheels, and adding momentum to the evolving cohesiveness of the small town art scene.

Independence Day Weekend Ruffles Tricolor Blasts From Palm Coast to Flagler Beach

| July 5, 2013

Palm Coast celebrated July 4 with a complete reading of the Declaration of Independence at Heroes Park before Flagler Beach let loose with its parade, its booze, food and fights, though only one person ended up incarcerated against his will, and mostly for his benefit.

Flagler Beach Fireworks Schedule for July 4, Palm Coast on July 5 in Town Center

| July 5, 2013

Flagler Beach fireworks and parade schedule and route, and other 2013 Independence Day activities on July 4th in Flagler Beach and July 5th in Palm Coast’s Town Center.

2013 Little Miss Flagler County Pageant Contestants, Age 8-11

| June 23, 2013

A complete, click-through chart and photo gallery of the 6 Miss Junior Flagler County 2013 Contestants, Ages 8-11.

2013 Miss Junior Flagler County Pageant Contestants
Ages 12-15

| June 23, 2013

A complete, click-through chart and photo gallery of the 6 Miss Junior Flagler County 2013 Contestants, Ages 12-15.

Miss Flagler County Pageant Contestants, Ages 16-23

| June 23, 2013

A complete, click-through chart and photo gallery of the 6 Miss Flagler County 2013 Contestants, Ages 16-23.

Little Miss Flagler County 2013 Contestants, Ages 5-7

| June 23, 2013

A complete, click-through chart and photo gallery of the 8 Little Miss Flagler County 2013 Contestants, Ages 5-7.

Flagler Film Festival Broadens Palm Coast’s Cultural Frame–and Seeks Local Filmmakers

| June 14, 2013

The first annual Flagler Film Festival will be held Jan. 10-12 at Palm Coast’s Hilton Garden Inn, and will include shorts and feature films, totaling about 24 hours worth of reels, from filmmakers around the world and the States, but organizers are pressing for Flagler County entrants.

With Medieval Wit and Drama, “Lion in Winter” Ends City Repertory’s Second Season

| May 17, 2013

James Goldman’s “Lion in Winter”–opening at Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre this weekend–may be set in a Medieval Christmas, but the themes are as contemporary as family love, quarrels, mistresses and jealousies, and the action blazes with humor and passion.

In Flagler Beach, a First Friday Flare-Up Derails a Hot-Rod Idea, Cautioning Businesses

| May 13, 2013

Flagler Beach has been urging businesses to get involved in planning First Friday events. A restaurant owner did, only to see her initiative–a hot rod contest judged by commissioners–cancelled, costing her $1,000, over questions Commissioner Steve Settle raised about the legality of Commissioner Jane Mealy’s judging the auto contest.

Pink Ladies in a Mud Run, On the Other Side of Flagler’s Beaches

| May 10, 2013

Mud runs in Flagler County–such as Saturday’s FL.ROC Mud Run on Cemetery Road in Bunnell–are a mostly unknown sub-specialty of Flagler County special events. Casey Ryan takes you into the mud on her October run, as she prepares for Saturday’s.

Jacksonville Symphony’s Sunday Concert in Town Center Cancelled

| May 4, 2013

The Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s 7th Picnic and Pops concert with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra will feature the usual favorites, surprises and a celebration to Cinco de Mayo as the big event takes over Palm Coast’s Central Park on May 5.

Flagler’s Tourism Industry Takes Its Pulse, Declares Itself Healthy, and Cheers Its “Heroes”

| May 3, 2013

In Flagler County, 2,600 people work in tourist businesses, which have weathered the recession and are seeing strong, sustained activity. Flagler County’s annual Hospitality Employees Recognition of Excellent Service (or H.E.R.O.E.S.) awards lunch at the Hammock Beach Resort Thursday was an occasion for the county’s tourism industry to cheer its own.

Forget Rio: Palm Coast Lands Soccer Academy in Planned Expansion of Economic “Niche”

| April 30, 2013

The New Jersey-based Player Development Academy will build up to six fields on 65 acres west of U.S. 1 that will link with the Indian Trail Sp[orts Complex–and with Palm Coast’s sports-niche market, which has turned into an engine of economic development.

Waiting for Godot’s Funnier Version: “Line” Opens at City Repertory Tonight

| April 19, 2013

“Line” is the longest-running off-off Broadway play in history, a funny blend of the wit and philosophy, and what it means to be first. It opens at Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre tonight, and runs for just six performances this weekend and next.

Flagler Lands Its 1st Statewide Horseshoe Pitching Tournament at New Old Dixie Park

| April 19, 2013

The Flagler County Horseshoe Pitching Club will host a Florida-wide horseshoe tournament at the 18-pit Old Dixie Park the county built last year. The tournament is another addition to a growing list of specialty sports tournaments bringing visitors the county.

Many of Flagler’s Arts Groups Begin to Look Beyond Egos to a Cooperative Alliance

| April 16, 2013

An emerging arts alliance for Palm Coast and Flagler County would capitalize on the economic benefits of an arts scene with more coordinated projects and strategy, led by the tourism council’s conciliating voice of Georgia Turner. Obstacles remain, however.

Steve Solomon’s Jewish-Italian Neuroses Back At Flagler Auditorium: The Live Interview

| April 11, 2013

Comedian Steve Solomon grew up in Brooklyn, taught physics and lived through the nightmare of being a school administrator in Long Island before finding fortune on the stand-up comedy circuit. He sat down for an interview with FlaglerLive before his show at the Auditorium on Friday, April 12.

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