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Ex-Flagler Beach City Manager Applies for Unemployment, Though He Resigned (Twice)

| February 8, 2016

Ex-city manager Bruce Campbell ad made clear to the Flagler Beach City Commission that it was his choice not to have his contract renewed, which would make him ineligible for unemployment as the decision to leave was voluntary.

Controversy Long Over, Flagler Beach Finally Gets Its $568,000 “Quint” Fire Truck

| January 28, 2016

The truck purchase inflamed many a confrontation among Flagler Beach city commissioners and embroiled the city’s fire department in a nearly year-long battle to secure it.

Flagler Beach Shock: Settle Opts Out of Commission, So Mealy and Belhumeur Are Elected

| January 22, 2016

In a minor shock in Flagler Beach, Commissioner Steve Settle opted not to file for re-election, automatically resulting in the election of Rick Belhumeur and the re-election of Jane Mealy at 5 p.m. Friday.

Sudden Resignation of Flagler Beach Firefighter Follows Allegations of “Unauthorized Absences”

| January 5, 2016

Clint Dixon, a firefighter for the past three years, resigned “for personal reasons” after confirming to his fire chief that he’d left his post a couple of times.

Flagler Beach and Manager Newsome Agree To Open-Ended Contract at $88,000 a Year

| December 21, 2015

City commissioners had only minor quibbles, such as the elimination of a $200-a-month car allowance and evaluation matters, before they adopted the contract with the long-time Escambia County government administrator.

Municipal Elections for 3 Flagler Cities To Be Held on Presidential Primary Day, March 15

| December 10, 2015

The municipal elections for Bunnell, Flagler Beach and Beverly Beach will be held in conjunction with the county-wide Presidential Preference Primary election scheduled for March 15 to save money and encourage more turnout.

Flagler Beach Hires Larry Newsom as City Manager, From a County 70 Times Larger

| November 13, 2015

Larry Newsom, hired by a 5-0 vote Thursday night, had been assistant and interim manager in Escambia County, with a population of 350,000. Flagler Beach’s population is 5,000.

In Flagler Beach, City Manager’s Choice is Down to “Old Shoe” and “Shiny New Pair”

| November 6, 2015

Flagler Beach commissioners have zeroed in on Joe Gerrity and Larry Newsom as their next city manager, but haven’t mustered the super-majority they need to offer the job to either.

Flagler Beach Manager’s Short-List Gets Shorter as 3 Withdraw, Leaving Only 2

| October 20, 2015

Flagler Beach is having trouble attracting candidates for its city manager’s job, with just 23 applying and most of those making the short-list deciding to take jobs elsewhere. The commission interviews Andrew DeCandis this evening.

No Other Choice and Nothing to Lose, Flagler Beach Opts to Negotiate With Lone Golf Bid

| October 13, 2015

Flagler Beach government will negotiate with Flagler Golf Management LLC to run the old Ocean Palm Golf Club, but a majority of commissioners have serious concerns and unanswered questions about the company.

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.

Flagler Beach Shortlists 4 for City Manager’s Job, From Skimpy List of 23 Applicants

| September 24, 2015

Compared to the 140 applications for the job 5 years ago, this round drew a skimpy response, with a shortlist reflecting the city commission’s limited choices.

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.

Party On: Flagler Beach Commission Approves Policy For Private Events on Pier, 4-0

| September 11, 2015

The Flgler Beach City Commission Thursday voted 4-0 to approve a new policy regulating how the Flagler Beach pier may be rented out for private parties–and closed to the general public–up to six times a year.

In Flagler Beach, Builders Are Beating Back Higher Standards For Flood-Plain Homes

| September 3, 2015

Builders in February opposed new regulations raising new homes higher than current flood-plain heights. Builders are now objecting to a compromise, forcing the city to revisit its regulations yet again.

In Flagler Beach’s On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With Manager Campbell, It’s On Again

| August 28, 2015

The commission doesn’t want to have an interim manager, fearing a return to the years when it employed one—Bernie Murphy—for five years.

Flagler Beach Manager Want Ad Draws Just One Internal Applicant, With Little Experience

| August 14, 2015

The lack of heftier applications suggests that the city commission may be forced to go to Plan B, which means opening the application process to a statewide and nationwide search, as was the case five years ago.

In Setback for Sea Ray, Flagler Beach Votes 3-2 to Challenge Land Use Change Over Parking lot

| August 6, 2015

A divided Flagler Beach City Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to take a challenge to the state of a county land use amendment enabling Sea Ray Boats to build a parking lot on 24 acres south of its property off Colbert Lane in Palm Coast.

Flagler Beach Will Seek In-House City Manager Before Putting Out Broader Call

| August 6, 2015

As it replaces Bruce Campbell, who’s leaving in september, the city will give preference to an internal applicant, then possibly advertise more broadly later this month if internal applicants don’t make the cut.

Sea Ray Issues Open Letter to Flagler Beach Ahead of Thursday’s Special Meeting

| August 5, 2015

The Flagler Beach City Commission meets in special session Thursday to consider taking its opposition to a Sea Ray plan for a parking lot to the state. Sea Ray offers its side.

Ordering Them to “Get On With It,” Flagler Beach City Manager Tells His Bosses to Find His Replacement

| July 29, 2015

Addressing his five bosses more bluntly than he has at any point in his four years as city manager, Cambpell told them he’s not interested in another contract and that he’s quitting in September.

County and Bunnell Join Schools and Palm Coast’s Higher Taxes, Flagler Beach Holds Line

| July 27, 2015

The tax increases are generating almost no opposition, in large part because they are tied to benefits taxpayers can see: raises for teachers and cops, additions of firefighters (three this year at the county, three more next year), restoring reserves decimated during the recession, and so on.

Old Battle Brews As Land Owner Snags Flagler Beach Offer to Make Old Golf Course Whole

| July 24, 2015

Instead of selling a 2.9-acre parcel to the city to fill in the old Ocean Palm Golf Club, the parcel owner rejected the city’s offer and asserted it will seek a zoning change, reviving a 25-year legal battle over the land at the south end of town.

In Flagler Beach, Lighter Rules for Farmers’ Market and 2-Week Limit on Golf Course Buy

| July 10, 2015

The Flagler Beach City Commission voted to apply only a light regulatory hand on the city’s famed farmer’s market, and to start negotiations on buying the last remaining enclave in private hands at the former Ocean Palm Golf Club at the south end of town.

Flagler Beach Doesn’t Have a Parking Problem. It Has a Big Government Problem.

| May 29, 2015

If Flagler Beach adopts paid parking, it’ll invite a problem as onerous as Palm Coast’s red-light cameras, damaging its reputation, needlessly hurting its businesses and alienating its closest and most loyal visitors.

Hurricane, Terrorism, Evacuations: In Flagler Emergencies, These Are The People Who Hold Your Fate In Their Hands

| May 5, 2015

The Flagler County Executive Policy Group is the most powerful local government panel you’ve never heard of, and its members make all key decisions in natural or man-made emergencies. They practiced this morning.

Public Denounces Flagler Beach Paid-Parking Option, Splitting Commission on What’s Next

| April 30, 2015

A proposal to impose paid parking on vast new swaths of Flagler Beach is likely dead shortly after its arrival at the Flagler Beach City Commission Thursday. What happens next is unclear.

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.

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