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Traffic Tickets as a Sleigh to Christmas Come True: Yes Virginia, There’s Santa Cop

| November 20, 2015

The Flagler Beach Police Department is issuing “toy waivers“ with warning citations for certain offenses to help Christmas Come True, Nadine King’s annual fund-raiser for poorer children that’s considerably short of its $40,000 goal this year.

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.

Palm Coast Moves to Restrict Bottle Clubs, Speakeasies that Skirt Booze Regulations

| November 18, 2015

There are no bottle clubs in Palm Coast or Flagler County. Palm Coast wants to keep it that way after businesses complained of a place possibly opening at City Market Place.

Palm Coast Taxi Driver Arrested on Trafficking and Other Charges After Drugs Are Found in Cab

| November 13, 2015

James Mabry, a 53-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s W-Section who drove an Alliance Taxi, was arrested in his Taxi on Nov. 5 as he weaved across the Palm Coast Parkway bridge over I-95, and found in possession of several prescription drugs, controlled substances and marijuana, which were stored in the cab, according to his arrest report.

At Sevyn, Bunnell’s Newest Night Club, A Playlist of Art, Music, Billiards and BBQ

| November 10, 2015

At Sevyn, the new nightclub at the Palm Coast-Bunnell line on State Road 100, live jazz, live blues, open mic nights, Latin music dancing and R&B all mix night after night with art, pool tables and chef Dan Testa’s delights.

From Woody’s to Bull Creek to Island Grille, and Now Pit Stop Pizza for West Side

| November 5, 2015

In Pit Stop Pizza Woody’s Joe Rizzo and Chris Zwirn have partnered with Trevor Tucker to give Flagler’s west side its first pizza delivery business, making it the fourth restaurant Rizzo and partners are running in the county, employing between 70 and 100.

Small Businesses to Obamacare’s SHOP Option: Not Interested

| November 5, 2015

Nationally, about 85,000 people have coverage through the online marketplace known as the Small Business Health Options Program, less than a tenth of original projections.

Businesses Rebel Against Plan to Shift Overdue Utility Bills from Tenants to Landlords

| November 2, 2015

A rebellion among business owners in Bunnell stopped the city cold from implementing a controversial and unusual plan that would have allowed the city to shift the responsibility for utility bills from tenants to landlords.

Embry-Riddle To Offer 5% Tuition Break for Florida Students as University Marks 90th Year

| November 1, 2015

Tuition at Embry-Riddle this year is $33,318. With room, board and books, the cost rises to $45,100, according to the university’s estimates. The 5 percent break, a saving of $1,600, applies only to tuition.

In Flagler Cigar Company, Palm Coast’s Humidor Lights Up Bouquet of Ambitions

| October 30, 2015

Flagler County as an East Coast Ybor City? Humidor owners Ky Ekinci, Mark Woods, Sim Taing and Neil Paisani marked the 10th year of their European Village store by rolling out a line of half a dozen cigars with their own imprint, and their eyes set on national distribution.

Belle Terre Swim Club Has Until January to Find 400 Members or Close, Absent Savior

| October 20, 2015

A divided Flagler County School Board voted 3-2 for a drop-dead date, relying on current members to build their ranks while leaving out, for now, a sports academy that sought to run the facility. But board members said such talks can continue.

Regulators Again Approve Billing FPL Customers For Unbuilt, Unlicensed Nuke Plants

| October 19, 2015

FPL will charge customers–including most of Flagler County power customers–$34.2 million for a pair of nuclear reactors that have yet to be licensed and may not be built until the end of the 2020s.

Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Advisory Club Committee: Why We Should Run the Facility

| October 17, 2015

The Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club Advisory Committee makes the case to run the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club, ahead of next Tuesday’s decision by the Flagler County School Board on the fate of the facility.

Professional Pathways: Why We Should Run the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club

| October 17, 2015

Professional Sports Pathways, a private sports academy that runs the Center for Excellence soccer school in Palm Coast, makes the case to run the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club.

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.

Palm Coast Warily Explores Buying $1 Million Yacht Club for Nature and Senior Center

| October 16, 2015

Buying the Palm Coast Yacht Club would help the city avoid building a required nature center near Long Creek Preserve, but council members are skeptical about creating what would amount to a second community center so close to the first.

Palm Coast Joins Local Governments in Opposition to Utilities’ Proposed Cost-Shifting

| October 15, 2015

Upending a century-long arrangement, utilities want local governments to pay for moving utility lines in public construction projects even though the lines use public right of ways at no cost to utilities.

Targeted Attack on Sea Ray Boats Results In Damage to 50 Employees’ Vehicle Tires

| October 12, 2015

One or more individuals blanketed a section of Sea Ray Drive with roofing nails early the morning of Oct. 6, damaging tires on 50 Sea Ray Boats employees’ vehicles.

Flagler Fish Company Celebrates Ten Years in Business

| October 12, 2015

Flagler Fish Company was opened by Chris and Carolyn Casper in 2005 in Flagler Beach. The restaurant offers a wide selection of fresh fish and shellfish, choice meats, appetizers and dinner specials in an indoor-outdoors environment.

Fearing Costs of Long and Losing Battle, Flagler Beach Surrenders to Sea Ray

| September 28, 2015

Flagler Beach government approved a settlement agreement, 3-2, that ends its challenge of Sea Ray’s parking lot plans and the county’s land use changes.

“Be Prepared,” 10 Potential Candidates for Office Are Told in Chamber’s Grooming Class

| September 22, 2015

Most of the 10 candidates who made it through the grooming for office–6 Republicans, 2 Democrats and 2 Independents–are familiar names in local politics and on advisory boards.

At Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Fundraiser, It Felt Like the 1980s Again. That’s The Problem.

| September 21, 2015

Even though a sizable crowd turned up for the fundraiser Sunday, the effort still falls significantly short of keeping the club going or convincing the school board that the group leading the effort can lease the property and make it work as a club again.

Palm Coast Parkway Pizza Hut Employees Robbed at Gunpoint and Penned in Cooler

| September 20, 2015

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery late Saturday night at the Pizza Hut on Palm Coast Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway. No one was hurt.

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.

Golf as Wrestling Match: Only in Flagler Beach as 2 of 3 Proposals for Old Course Bogey

| September 18, 2015

A split Flagler Beach City Commission is leaning toward Flagler Golf Management to take over the old 9-hole course at the south end of town as obstacles remain and few alternatives exist. The next round is scheduled for Oct. 22.

Three Companies Tee Up Proposals to Run Flagler Beach’s Fallow 9-Hole Golf Course

| September 17, 2015

The 34 acres of the old Ocean Palm Golf Club will be in play this evening at 5:30 p.m. as a committee hears proposals to rejuvenate the grounds profitably through a lease.

Publix Wins as Jury Verdict Concludes Sex Harassment Claim at Palm Coast Store Was Fabrication

| September 14, 2015

A jury decided swiftly that not only had sex harassment taken place, but Robert Barry’s claims of wrongful termination didn’t need to be considered at all in light of the fabrication.

In Publix Trial, Jury Must Now Weigh Plaintiff’s History of Dishonesty Against Claim of Wrongful Termination

| September 11, 2015

The witness phase in the trial against Publix ended Friday in Flagler Circuit Court, leaving it to a jury Monday to decide the claim of ex-employee Robert Barry that he was fired because he reported a case of sexual harassment that may never have happened.



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