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In Palm Coast’s Expensive Hunt for New Retailers, a Few Leads, But Only Low Wages

| April 26, 2016

Last July Palm Coast government signed a $135,000, contract with marketing company to recruit retailers. Nine months later, a couple of low-wage retailers are possible, and a half dozen more are long-term possibilities, but nothing more firm than that.

Gate Gas and Aldi Grocery Will Rise at Corner of SR100 and Belle Terre, Ending Political Signs

| April 19, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council approved a redrawing of the property into six lots, three of which are under contract, with two projected for non-fast-food restaurants in the future.

Flagler’s Unemployment Ticks Down to New Post-Recession Low of 5.3% as Employment Surges

| April 15, 2016

In March, strong job growth continued in Flagler County with a gain of 396 for a two-month gain of 868 jobs–numbers not seen since before the Great Recession. Florida’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent.

Nurse Assistants at Grand Oaks Rehab Strike for $15/hr Wage in Echo of National Movement

| April 14, 2016

Workers at Grand Oaks Rehab Center in Palm Coast, most on poverty wages, walked out for 24 hours, though they’d given the facility almost two weeks’ notice and replacements ensured no residents lacked care.

New Partnership Will Expand Grand Haven Realty Beyond the Gates

| April 12, 2016

Grand Haven Realty announced today a new partnership between company president Jim Cullis and Lindsay Dolamore, the 2016 President of the Flagler County Association of Realtors.

Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Ken Mattison Leaving For Volusia; Ron Jimenez, a Physician, Takes Over

| April 7, 2016

FHF CEO Ken Mattison was reassigned to head the transition of Bert Fish Medical Center’s 112-bed hospital in New Smyrna Beach into the Adventist system. Dr. Ron Jimenez will have his first posting as a hospital CEO.

In Brief: Broker Sheehan Jones Brokers a $450,000 Transaction, Palm Coast Data Lands New Account

| April 6, 2016

Parkside Realty Group’s Margaret Sheehan Jones brokered a $450,000 transaction for Bunnell’s D & K Automotive and Tire Repair and Palm Coast Data added Fort Worth, Texas Magazine to its fulfillment stable.

Man Arrested Over Cocking AK-47 Outside Metro Diner After Words With Manager

| April 1, 2016

Joseph Eberhardinger, 24, had gone to Metro Diner with his girlfriend so she could retrieve her last paycheck when the incident unfolded. The same evening, Anthony Catoggio, 19, was arrested on an identical charge in a separate incident.

Economy Adds 215,000 Jobs But Unemployment Rises to 5% As Workers Flood Back

| April 1, 2016

The more accurate, so-called U-6 unemployment rate, which includes part-time and discouraged workers, places unemployment and underemployment at 9.8 percent, and 11.5 percent in Florida.

With Less Accountability, Flagler’s Tourism Dollars Continue Shift To Big-Ticket Events

| March 21, 2016

County government’s tourism arm, which manages $1.6 million in tax dollars, is diminishing emphasis on community events to push sports and conferences which draw people without necessarily promoting the county.

Palm Coast’s Paul Aiello, 52, Local Business Owner, Is Killed in Motorcycle Wreck Near Hammock Resort

| March 10, 2016

Paul Aiello was traveling on Ocean Crest Drive on a 2014 Harley Davidson when he lost control, struck a tree and was ejected. He was the owner of RHS Mechanical.

Centra Urgent Care Center Opens on Palm Coast Parkway Under Florida Hospital Imprint

| March 2, 2016

Centra Care on Palm Coast Parkway is the latest urgent care clinic to open in the region as health care providers shift services away from emergency rooms when possible, to control costs. But Centra Care also helps channel patients to the Florida Hospital Flagler system.

Palm Coast Takes 9th and Nearly Final Step to Ban Bottle Clubs

| March 1, 2016

No businesses will be forced to close. They’ll simply not be allowed to open. But aside from one possible such club at City Market Place, bottle clubs were not lining up to open in the city.

Flagler’s Aveo Pandering: The Artful Way To Do a Groundbreaking, and the Bogus Way

| February 26, 2016

It was rank manipulation when Aveo Engineering, county government and Rick Scott pretended to break ground on a factory at the Flagler County airport three years ago. It was never built.

Chamber Crystal: How Pot, Trump, and Independents Will Affect Elections in Flagler and Florida

| February 25, 2016

Marian Johnson of the Florida Chamber of Commerce gave a Flagler County group of candidates and business interests an overview of the election season ahead Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

School District’s Decision to Demolish Old ITT Building Triggers Upheaval Behind the Scenes

| February 24, 2016

A board member pledged to call the attorney general over the improper end of the discussion surrounding the 3-2 vote last week, and the company picked to demolish the building lost the license enabling it to do so.

Upset By Cheesy Garlic Knots and “Disrespect,” Quartet Trashes Palm Coast Pizza

| February 21, 2016

Four Palm Coast residents are accused of trashing Palm Coast Pizza after one of them was upset by cheese on her garlic knots, and the way she was refunded the money.

Buy This Art: Ocean Art Gallery’s Laws of Shopper Attraction, at the Point of a Spear

| February 20, 2016

Frank Gromling, owner of Flagler Beach’s Ocean Art Gallery, is all about marketing and selling art. He’s not interested in museum-like browsers, let alone displaying art for art’s sake.

Promising 300 Jobs 3 Years Ago, Aveo Bails on Airport Lease But Pledges to Remain in Flagler

| February 19, 2016

Aveo Engineering, the much-touted LED parts manufacturer had promised 300 jobs by 2016 at the Flagler County Airport. Neither jobs nor facility have materialized, though the company is still pledging to grow in Flagler, but not at the airport.

At Florida Hospital Flagler, an Additional 32 Beds as Facility Grows Beyond Rural Stage

| February 15, 2016

The $15-million, 32-bed addition tips Florida Hospital Flagler past the 99-bed threshold, reducing its Medicare dollars by up to $12 million, but hospital officials see the expansion as meeting local needs.

FPL Reports Profits of $1.65 Billion for 2015 But Still Seeks 15% Rate Increase by 2019

| January 28, 2016

Despite the good news to FPL shareholders, FPL has asked for an $8.50-a-month rate increase in 2017, rising to $14-a-month by 2019. The Florida Public Service Commission must approve the rate increases after public hearings.

Emerald Day Spa Opens in Palm Coast

| January 28, 2016

Jenny Marafurova in December announced the opening of Emerald Day Spa, a high end spa and salon experience at 1490 Palm Coast Pkwy Suite #3 in Palm Coast, with a ribbon-cutting attended by Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts and others.

A Pair of Big Checks Contribute to Pink Army and United Way

| January 28, 2016

The Pink Army’s 5K run in Town Center last fall raised $12,585.35, and the five Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties donated $10,000 to the United Way.

Doug Williams, Immigration and Criminal Law Attorney, Joins Chiumento Selis Dwyer as Partner

| January 25, 2016

Chiumento Selis Dwyer, the Palm Coast law firm, announced that attorney Douglas Scott Williams, better known as Doug, has joined the firm as a partner.

Flagler’s Unemployment Rate Falls to New Post-Recession Low of 5.5%, Florida at 5%

| January 22, 2016

Flagler County’s rate is vastly improved since even a year ago, when it stood at 6.9 percent. There were 487,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9.7 million.

Marketing 2 Go Hires Community Manager Dana Nobile

| January 21, 2016

Marketing 2 Go last week announced the hiring of Flagler County native Dana Nobile as a new Community Manager for the 6-year-old company, which helps firms develop and manage their media presence, public relations and marketing.

Gail Downs, 2015 Realtor of the Year, Joins Parkside Realty Group

| January 19, 2016

Parkside Realty Group Broker and Owner Sam Perkovich announced last week that Gail Downs, the 2015 Flagler County Realtor of the Year, has joined Parkside Realty.

Palm Coast’s $9 Million Scam at Taxpayers’ Expense

| January 15, 2016

Since 2008, Palm Coast government has wasted over $9 million in taxpayer money to subsidize its privately run, money-losing golf and tennis operations, which serve a small group of people. It’s been a colossal scam perpetrated on taxpayers.

Flagler County Revises Vacation-Rental Rules as Lawmakers Propose Yet More Changes

| January 12, 2016

The county commission’s authority is limited but it plans to stiffen fines against vacation-rental rule violators. Lawmakers meanwhile, catching on to the controversy, may revert more regulatory authority to local governments.

Losses at Palm Coast’s Golf and Tennis Clubs Mount to Record $431,000; City Council Shrugs

| January 12, 2016

Palm Coast’s Palm Harbor Golf Club and its Tennis center have together lost more money in 2014 than in any year since 2009 under contractor KemperSports’ management, yet council members raised few questions about the operations during a presentation Tuesday.

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