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County Approves Indefinite Halt to Road Impact Fees, May End Them in East Flagler

| September 15, 2015

A moratorium has cost cost the county $810,000 in transportation impact fees and $145,000 in parks and recreation fees as a result.

Raise the Gas Tax Already

| August 11, 2015

The federal gas tax has been stuck at 18.4 cents a gallon since 1993, lowest among advanced countries. Yet Congress just adopted a three-month stopgap measure, kicking the gas can down the road for the 35th time since 2009.

Matanzas Woods Parkway Re-Opening on Monday, 2 Weeks Before School Resumes

| August 7, 2015

Though more lane closures are projected, none will be allowed on Matanzas Woods Parkway between 7 and 8:30 a.m. or between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. on days when school is in session.

In a Reversal, Palm Coast Council Opts to Delay Old Kings Road Repaving Until Fall of 2016

| June 4, 2015

The resurfacing of Old Kings Road will wait for the completion of a utility project along the road. Instead, three dozen city streets will be repaved in 2015-16.

At Matanzas Woods Parkway Interchange Groundbreaking, Praise For the Overdue

| May 18, 2015

Most groundbreakings aren’t worth the PR, because that’s all they are: a chance for the shovel hogs to get their picture in the news, let their flesh be pressed and their egos stroked.
But Flagler County and Palm Coast have earned this one. And when Flagler County Chairman Frank Meeker said of the […]

662 Spaces Would Convert to Paid Parking in Flagler Beach in Panel’s Vast, Costly Proposal

| April 29, 2015

Flagler Beach’s Ad Hoc Parking Committee, at work two years, will submit its recommendations Thursday to a special meeting of the city commission, with a focus on two options that call for paid parking either in city lots or throughout premium areas of the city, including A1A.

Flagler Beach Parking History: Two Decades of Inaction

| April 29, 2015

A chronological look at Flagler Beach’s history of parking initiatives–paid parking, metered proposals, buying lots and other ideas, most of which faltered.

Matanzas Woods Parkway Overpass Closes June 5 as Three Road Projects Start Rumble

| April 28, 2015

Some 50 people turned up to hear an overview of the Matanzas Woods Parkway interchange and Old Kings Road extension projects, which will take a year to complete starting in June.

As Rideshare Apps Like Uber Build Up Fares, Florida Senate Taps Insurance Requirements

| April 11, 2015

As taxi and limo services call for stricter regulations on growing “transportation network companies,” the Senate has expanded an insurance measure to include a requirement for around-the-clock coverage on the vehicles of app-connected rideshare drivers.

County Rejects Contractor’s Sharp Protest as It Approves $9 Million Matanzas Interchange Bid

| April 6, 2015

Watson Civil Construction of Jacksonville, sharply protested the bid award, claiming that Hubbard’s bid was incomplete and that the county’s process in accepting the bid went grossly against the county’s own policy. The process the county allowed, Watson claimed, set a precedent that will allow future bidders to game the system to their advantage.

What Palm Coast Won’t Do, What Other Cities Are Doing: Synchronizing Traffic Lights

| March 14, 2015

Transportation experts say that revamping the way signals work will reduce congestion, save fuel costs, cut down on air pollution and make the roads safer.

Florida Ports Want Government Help Luring Shipping From New York, Georgia and Texas

| February 21, 2015

The Florida Ports Council calls for lawmakers to create an advertising effort to attract shipping, import-distribution centers as well as export-oriented manufacturing companies to Florida.

For Palm Coast, Florida Park Drive’s Heavy Traffic Is an Old Bane Without Ready Solutions

| January 26, 2015

Residents along Florida Park Drive have complained year after year about the heavy traffic, the noise and the pollution, but Palm Coast officials say there’s little they can do legally to alleviate an old ITT mistake.

Last of Seven Bridges on County Road 305 Is Completed and Re-Opens to Traffic

| January 22, 2015

Construction began on the bridge June 23, 2014. The total cost of construction is approximately $2.5 million paid for by a State Department of Transportation grant.

White Elephant No More: County Approves 5-Year Lease of Costly Ginn Hangar in Deal With New Company

| December 16, 2014

Delta Engineering of New Catle, Del., expanding in Flagler with 10 to 30 high-paying jobs, will fill the old Ginn building that had left the county with a $2 million liability when Ginn went bankrupt.

Palm Coast Will Optimize Its 50 Traffic Signals, But No: They Still Won’t Be Synchronized

| December 2, 2014

Palm Coast will spend $55,000 to study its traffic signals on its way to improving efficiency and wait times for drivers at red lights, but drivers’ most pressing wish–synchronization–won’t be part of the results.

County Road 305 Culvert Replacements Will Not Be Completed Until 2015

| October 5, 2014

One culvert has been delayed by heavy rains and won’t be finished until October, two more won’t be done until January 2015, the county administration said.

Mounting Cost Overruns Latest Challenges To Bedevil Bulldog Drive Expansion

| July 10, 2014

The Palm Coast City Council will approve doubling “contingencies” to $427,000 for the now-$5 million Bulldog Drive project, after approving change orders on the engineering contract that more than doubled the cost to $845,000.

Despite Moratorium, 4 New Specialty Plates Added to Stack of 118, Hurting Sales

| June 23, 2014

The new plates also come despite warnings from Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, which oversees license plates, officials that the program may have reached a tipping point in terms of sales.

Tracy Morgan, Truck Wrecks, and Politicians Willing To Make Our Roads More Dangerous

| June 17, 2014

If you spend much time on the Interstate, you undoubtedly have seen the aftermath of horrific crashes like the one that occurred earlier this month on I-95 at the Flagler-St. Johns County line. That wreck was typical of the carnage that results from an 18-wheeler plowing into stopped cars, either because of the truck driver’s inattention or fatigue.

SunRail Begins Paid Commuter Service Between Volusia and Orange Counties

| May 19, 2014

After providing free service to 135,000 riders for two weeks, SunRail, the commuter rail line in Central Florida, on Monday began paid service between DeBary and Sand Lake Road in Orlando. The free service days drew 11,237 riders a day, on average.

AAA To Scott: Veto 75 MPH Speed Limit

| May 11, 2014

AAA asked Scott more than a week ago for a sit-down to talk about the narrowly-approved measure that could see maximum speed limits hiked by 5 mph. The governor hasn’t made a decision on the bill. His aides are willing to discuss it.

75 MPH Speed Limit on Some Highways Nears Reality as Bill Goes to Gov. Scott

| May 1, 2014

After a sometimes-emotional debate, a divided Florida House on Wednesday gave final approval to a proposal that could lead to 75 mph speed limits on some highways. The House voted 58-56 to pass the bill (SB 392), which was backed by the Senate last week.

Red-Light Cameras Won’t Be Repealed This Year, But Restrictions on Profits May Yet Pass

| March 27, 2014

Red-light cameras’ powerful lobby defeated Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes’s attempt to end the use of the devices, but several proposed restrictions are still moving through the Legislature, such as limiting profits to safety uses and requiring safety studies before cameras can be installed.

How County Engineer Faith Alkhatib Saved Taxpayers $600,000 and Returned 12 Acres to Palm Coast and Flagler

| March 7, 2014

County Engineer Faith Alkhatib detected a recent state rule change that enabled a redesign of the coming Matanzas Woods Parkway interchange with I-95, netting a $600,000 saving and the return of 6 acres to Palm Coast and 6 acres to the county.

Speed Limit of 75 Advances Against AAA Opposition as House Panel Endorses Measure

| March 5, 2014

The House Transportation & Highway Safety Subcommittee voted 13-1 to support the measure (HB 761), which would direct the state Department of Transportation to determine the safe minimum and maximum speed limits on all divided highways that have least four lanes.

Florida Is 7th Worst State For Lax Highway Safety Laws, Including Teen Protection

| January 23, 2014

Florida is “missing rear primary enforcement seat belt law, all-rider motorcycle helmet law, booster seat law, 4 of the 7 teen driving provisions, an ignition interlock law, and an all-driver text messaging restriction,” according to a new report.

As Walkers and Cyclists Complain of Predatory Drivers at Belle Terre and SR100, Officials Call For More Education

| January 15, 2014

The dangerous intersection at State Road 100 and Belle Terre Parkway focused discussions by county and city officials this week about more safety improvements, starting with making drivers more respectful of pedestrians and cyclists–a shift many drivers are resisting.

Extending Spending Spree, Scott Asks for $200 Million Increase For Roads, Bridges and Ports

| January 14, 2014

The $200 million proposed increase for infrastructure follows Friday’s request for $100 million for tourism from Scott, who entered office in 2011 slashing a state budget he said was weighted down with “short-sided, frivolous, wasteful” projects.

Palm Coast Getting Fleeced of Red-Light Camera Dollars, Harming Local Economy

| November 1, 2013

In September, the 43 red-light cameras in Palm Coast generated $255,740 in fines, what would work out to an annual total of $3 million. The state and ATS, the private company running the system, took more than seven times the revenue share left Palm Coast, which means that the overwhelming majority of the money is leaving the local economy.



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