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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tourism Industry Puts On Happy Face Despite Massacre, Algae, Zika and Alligator Kill

| September 9, 2016

In the past three months, there has been a mass shooting in an Orlando nightclub, a 2-year-old child killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World, toxic algae blooms choking East and West Coast waterways, and the continued spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

School Board Members Blister “Subleasing” of FPC Campus to Out-of-Town Car Dealer, Exposing Problems

| September 8, 2016

This weekend, without the school board’s knowledge, the entire parking lot of Flagler Palm Coast High School will be turned over to Ritchey Auto of Daytona Beach in a giant car and boat sale that has angered local car dealers and school board members, exposing flaws in the district’s use-of-facilities policy.

Cypress Knoll Golf and Country Club, Under New Ownership, Re-Opens Sept. 10

| September 2, 2016

New owners Doug Brown and Janice Reid re-open Palm Coast’s Cypress Knoll Golf and Country Club on Sept. in in the E Section, with a concert the following day, just two months after the course closed.

Embittered Palm Coast Fires Holland Park Contractor and Takes Over Project Months Behind Schedule

| September 1, 2016

City officials, sensitive to the criticism directed at them over the delays, recast the problem as entirely the fault of the contractor, and themselves as heroes looking out for the city’s budget and local contractors, thus effectively changing the subject: it’s no longer a project behind schedule as much as a city wronged and aggrieved.

Palm Coast Data Parent Posts $10.4 Million Loss, Biggest Since 2009 as Revenue Drops

| August 26, 2016

The losses bode poorly for Palm Coast Data, which at one point a decade ago was the city’s largest private employer. Its parent company’s revenue is now almost synonymous with its own, and it’s a fifth of what it was 10 years ago.

Publix Campaign Politics

| August 23, 2016

Publix contributed at least $306,000 from Aug. 1 to Aug. 12, the latest information posted on the state Division of Elections website. Of that amount, $250,000 went to Florida Chamber of Commerce political committees.

Long-Time Jeweler Robert Zetrouer Sentenced to 25 Years for Raping Child He Blamed

| August 19, 2016

Palm Coast Jeweler Robert Zetrouer, 65, blamed the 13-year-old girl he raped and claimed he assaulted her only to prepare her for boys: that evidence was revealed today just before he was sentenced to what amounts to a life sentence in prison.

Business Briefs: McFarland and Sprague at Grand Living, Ecker at Parkside, McEnaney at Real Living Palm West

| August 9, 2016

Susan McFarland and Karen Sprague have joined Grand Living Realty, Randy Ecker earned his real estate broker’s license, Kathy McEnaney has joined Real Living Palm West Home Realty.

Back to Eden Café, Specializing in Vegetarian and Raw Foods, Re-Opens in Downtown Flagler Beach

| August 9, 2016

Back to Eden Café in Flagler Beach, the organic, vegan, vegetarian, and raw living foods restaurant, has re-opened, manager Maria Serrano said. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinners downtown at at 210 S. Central Ave.

What Slowdown? Jobs Surge to 255,000 in July, Wages Jump, Unemployment at 4.9%

| August 5, 2016

June and July’s numbers have surged again, with 292,000 new jobs in June and 255,000 in July, bringing the year’s total to 1.3 million new jobs, and keeping the unemployment rate at 4.9 percent.

Tiffany Edwards Returns to Flagler Chamber as Events and Marketing Director

| August 4, 2016

Edwards’ chief responsibilities will include planning, executing and marketing special events, securing event sponsors and developing new programs as determined by the Chamber board.

Floridians Have Cut Landlines in Half Since 2011

| July 29, 2016

Florida residents and businesses are continuing to get rid of traditional telephone landlines as they rely on wireless phones and internet technology, according to a state report.



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