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Weaker Erika Arcs West as Flagler Joins Statewide State of Emergency; 5-7 Inches of Rain Predicted for Flagler

| August 28, 2015

The state of emergency in Flagler County does not yet apply to Palm Coast and Flagler Beach. Heavy rains and potential flooding are expected Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

SLAPP This: Florida Scores a Big Free Speech Victory Against Intimidation Lawsuits

| August 27, 2015

It was a rare success in the last Florida Legislative session: a new law protecting the public from frivolous corporate or otherwise intimidating lawsuits intended to silence public expression in government issues.

Disaster Economics 101: Flagler Businesses Are Made Part of County’s Recovery Plans

| August 27, 2015

Kevin Guthrie, the county’s emergency services director, told some 80 Flagler business leaders what role they must play in the immediate recovery after a disaster to ensure that the local economy returns to normal.

Sheriff Plans DUI Checkpoint Saturday at SR100 East of Old Kings Road Saturday Night

| August 27, 2015

The checkpoints typically result in far fewer arrests for drunk driving than for other reasons: drivers may charged with a host of issues that have nothing to do with drunk driving, including for drug possession or for non-moving violations such as non-functioning headlights or tail lights or irregular registration.

Overselling Flagler: How County Tourism and Government Zeal Lost the Spartan Race Before It Started

| August 26, 2015

An examination of the documents behind the Spartan Race proposed for Princess Place show tourism chief Matt Dunn repeatedly getting ahead of the process, showing little awareness of policy and protocols and virtually no appreciation for the political context that ultimately sank his biggest pet project to date.

Ex-Con With Long History of Arrests Charged in Pizza Hut Stabbing of Homeless Man

| August 25, 2015

Larkland Harris Jr., a Palm Coast resident with a long history of violence and who spent six years in state prison, was charged Tuesday in the stabbing of Raymond Glass, a 21-year-old homeless man, in the parking lot near Pizza Hut off Palm Coast Parkway late Monday night.

Lawmakers and Judge Turn to Supreme Court to Break Congressional Map Stalemate

| August 25, 2015

A Leon County judge will ask the Florida Supreme Court how to move forward with a redistricting lawsuit after the Legislature failed to draw new congressional lines in a special session that collapsed last week.

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Circuit Judge Terry Lewis told lawyers for the House and Senate at a conference Tuesday that he […]

No Pollution Problem Along Florida Park Drive, Council Concludes, Ending Further Debate

| August 25, 2015

After ruling out traffic as a problem, the Palm Coast council Tuesday ruled out pollution and appeared to end its response to recurring complaints from residents along Florida Park Drive.

2 Men Stab Each Other in Confrontations That End Near Pizza Hut Off Palm Coast Parkway

| August 24, 2015

Two men, one of them believed to be in his 20s, the second believed to be in his early 40s, were both stabbed as a result of an altercation with each other in the parking lot of Palm Coast Parkway Plaza just after 9:30 p.m., authorities are reporting.

Permitted Hunters Outnumber Florida Black Bears 6-to-1 as Killing Season Nears

| August 24, 2015

Florida’s October hunt has drawn almost 1,800 hunters against a black bear quota of 320, in parts of the state where the killing will be allowed.

Brazen Car Break-Ins at Belle Terre Swim and Racquet, Frieda Zamba Pool and County Park

| August 24, 2015

Unlike the majority of break-ins targeting unlocked vehicles, five break-ins resulted in smashed windows to five vehicles at three county and city parks or clubs and in one private driveway in the B-Section.

Cashing In on Pot: How Business Is Getting High on Marijuana’s Potential

| August 24, 2015

The industry totaled $2.66 billion in U.S. sales in 2014, up 74 percent from $1.53 billion the year before, with expectations that the market will expand exponentially as more states legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

Princess Place Saved Again: Flagler Pulls Extreme Race Out of Preserve and Looks Elsewhere

| August 23, 2015

County Administrator Craig Coffey, conceding to the outpouring of opposition to holding such a race at the preserve—and to a majority of county commissioners’ categorical opposition to the event there—informed commissioners Sunday that the race would be pulled.

How County Government Is Pimping Princess Place While Spinning Fairy Tales

| August 22, 2015

Flagler County’s justifications for holding a Spartan extreme-sport race at Princess Place Preserve fails the smell test on all counts and raise questions about how tourism chief Matt Dunn and County Administrator Craig Coffey got the deal so far to start with.

Nearly Condemned, Old Courthouse in Bunnell Gavels Back to Life as Christian School

| August 21, 2015

First Baptist Christian Academy opened its doors today before throngs of celebrants marking the rejuvenation of the old county courthouse, now as a viable business in the heart of Bunnell.

Lawmakers Can’t Get It Done: Redistricting Session Collapses, Leaving It Up to Courts

| August 21, 2015

The end of the session without agreement on the shape of Florida’s 27 congressional districts likely means the final decision will be made by the courts, though some lawmakers held out slim hopes for a resolution in the coming days that could avoid such an outcome.

Bill Would Ban All Confederate Flags on Public Grounds as Question of “Security” Is Raised Over Ag Museum Civil War Reenactment

| August 21, 2015

Bill McGuire, a tourist council and Palm Coast City Council member, is concerned about the Confederate flag display at an upcoming Civil War reenactment at the Agricultural Museum. He spoke as a bill was introduced in Tallahassee to ban all such displays on public grounds.

Matanzas Woods Construction Forces Temporary School Bus Routes For Nearby Students

| August 21, 2015

As school resumes Monday, transportation changes are afoot in the Matanzas High area, while the sheriff’s office has issued a series of cautions and tips to parents and students.

With YMCA Talks Dead, District Looks For Belle Terre Swim Club Savior in Final Effort

| August 20, 2015

With the YMCA, Palm Coast and the county uninterested in supporting it, the days of the Belle Terre Swim Club as a public facility will end this fall if no bidder is found by early October.

House and Senate at Odds Over Congressional Map, But No Disagreement Over Flagler District

| August 20, 2015

The 6th Congressional District would be redrawn southward, losing most of St. Johns County and all of Putnam, and taking on all of Volusia and a segment of Lake, thus pushing the district more to the center than it’s been.

Princess Place Preserve Slated for Extreme-Sport-Type Endurance Race, and 6,000 Racers

| August 19, 2015

The Spartan extreme-sport race in March will cover 8-10 miles and feature nearly 30 landscape-altering obstacles, with 6,000 racers and 2,000 spectators expected. The county is subsidizing the race.

Despite Same-Sex Marriage Ruling, Gay Adoption Rights Remain Restricted in Florida

| August 19, 2015

While same-sex couples have long been able to adopt from private, gay-friendly adoption agencies, adopting children from the foster care system has proved more difficult in some states, among them Florida.

For Fire Chief Don Petito, a Family Matter Escalates Into Confrontations and Complaints

| August 18, 2015

Don Petito was seeking to help his father move out of a house when a deputy forbade either to enter the house, causing the fire chief to become “very animated,” in his own words.

A Man Can’t Remember Who Shot Him or How, Another Insists On Being Arrested

| August 18, 2015

Florida Hospital Flagler’s emergency room was the scene of two odd and unrelated incidents that resulted in the arrest of one man and the investigation of a suspicious shooting that injured a man’s foot but that led to no arrests.

Before Going Neolithic on Unwed Moms, Bush Could Bone Up on Economic Reality

| August 17, 2015

Here’s what conservatives like Jeb Bush don’t want to acknowledge: Marriage rates are inextricably linked to America’s economy.

County Government Will Take Over Flagler Tourism Office From Chamber in Latest Expansion

| August 17, 2015

The tourism office’s four employees have been under contract through the Flagler chamber of commerce. By next fall, they’ll be county employees, but their budget will still be underwritten by the 4 percent surtax on short-term rentals.

Boat-Dock Permits Revoked, Flagler Re-Ignites Urgency to Finish Manatee Protection Plan

| August 17, 2015

Federal officials have revoked all boat-dock permits for non-residential homes in Flagler because a manatee protection plan and an additional speed zone are not in place.

Getting Past Cheap Praise: Superintendent Challenges Teachers to Adopt More Perceptive Mindsets

| August 17, 2015

Speaking to 1,000 faculty members in a packed Flagler Auditorium this morning, Superintendent Jacob Oliva outlined the coming year’s objective the way savvy tech companies roll out new products.

“Defunding” Planned Parenthood: Beyond GOP Posturing, It Wouldn’t Be Easy To Do

| August 16, 2015

Jeb Bush claims he defunded Planned Parenthood while governor in Florida. Other GOP presidential candidates make similar claims or promises. They’re being dishonest.

Falling Out of a Pick-Up, Palm Coast Man Is Critical After Being Run Over on Seminole Woods Boulevard

| August 15, 2015

Conner Patrick Anderson, 22, Ronald Lewis Stedman, 20, were taking the victim home after a night of drinking when they decided to put him in the bed of their truck because he was acting belligerent.

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