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For Oceanside Grill in Flagler Beach, a Parking Lot Becomes Epic Battleground Over City Rules

| December 3, 2014

The city told Oceanside Grill that it had inadequate parking, and when the restaurant bought a lot to comply, the city told it it could not use it for parking. The contradictions came to a head at a planning board meeting Tuesday, but a compromise is in the works.

Flagler Beach Settles With Ex-Flagler Beach Firefighters, Retracting Firing and Paying $80,000 to Each

| November 6, 2014

Ex-Flagler Beach firefighters Jake Bissonnette and Shane Wood wrote resignation letters to replace their firing orders, but they will not be returning to work for the fire department.

Despite Big Economic Impact, Flagler Beach Mostly Snubs Groundbreaking to Double Gamble Rogers Park’s Camping Sites

| October 16, 2014

There were more top state and county officials than Flagler Beach officials at today’s groudbreaking at Gamble Rogers State Park, an echo of the city’s failed attempt to change the name of the recreation area back to Flagler Beach last month.

Case Closed: Flagler Beach Commission Votes 4-1 to Buy $600,000 “Quint” Fire Truck

| October 14, 2014

There was debating, pleading, occasional shouting and plenty of sniping, but in the end a conclusion foretold months ago was ratified with a 4-1 vote as the Flagler Beach City Commission Thursday night opted to buy a nearly $600,000 fire truck called a “quint.”

Flagler Beach Mayor Calls Special Meeting on Fire Truck Only To Be Outmaneuvered With Planned Vote

| October 13, 2014

Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher wanted a meeting to further investigate what she considers a dubious $600,000 fire truck buy. Instead, she got a meeting where the commission may finally vote to go ahead with the purchase this evening.

Bruce Campbell Resigns As Flagler Beach City Manager

| October 10, 2014

Flagler Beach City Manager Bruce Campbell on Friday told his staff he was resigning after three years on the job. He did not give any reasons.

Flagler Beach Attorney Scott Spradley Marks 25th Year With Pier-Timbred Gift to City Commission

| October 1, 2014

Flagler Beach attorney Scott Spradley will present a 6 foot by 3 foot photograph on canvass of the pier, which he took, to the City Commission on Oct. 9 as a gift marking his 25 years as a member of the Florida Bar.

Flagler Beach Commissioner Settle’s Attempt To Boot Kim Carney Off Chairmanship Fails

| September 25, 2014

Some two dozen people roundly criticized and at times ridiculed Flagler Beach city commissioners’ bickering in their attempt to remove Carney Thursday evening, calling on the commission to talk and get along more appropriately.

Flagler Beach Retreats From Clumsy Attempt To Regulate Farmers’ Market, But It Isn’t Over

| September 25, 2014

Flagler Beach Farmers’ Market owner Zoee Forehand was stunned by an imprecise city proposal to impose new regulations on the market. Thursday, the city commission agreed to step back and let the owners, their attorney and the city attorney draft a proposal together.

Settle Wants Carney Out as Commission Chair in Flagler Beach, Underscoring Dysfunction

| September 18, 2014

In an unprecedented move in the city’s history, Flagler Beach City Commissioner Steve Settled will seek to have Kim Carney removed from the commission chairmanship next week, and replaced with Marshall Shupe.

Gamble Rogers Rec Area Will Keep Its Name as Flagler Beach Concedes: “Not Worth the Fight”

| September 16, 2014

The Flagler Beach City Commission and the County Commission both retreated from a push to remove Gamble Rogers’s name from the Flagler Beach recreation area following a series of setbacks and a public backlash against the idea.

Fuego Del Mar Restaurant Owner Again Draws Commissioner McGrew’s Wrath in Battle Over Entertainment Permits

| September 12, 2014

For the second time in 15 months, McGrew publicly let loose a torrent of venom against Nick Kimball, questioning his word, his neighborliness, his business habits, even his “good faith” in a 90-minute hearing where one of Kimball’s permit requests was approved, another denied.

Flagler’s Constitutional Officers, With Combined Salaries of $1 Million, Get 0.4% Bump

| September 10, 2014

When the $140,406 in salaries to city elected officials is added to the figure, the combined total, for elected officials in Flagler County, stands at $1.13 million for the coming year, not including benefits.

Flagler Beach’s Dishonorable Ploy: Don’t Remove Gamble Rogers’ Name From Rec Area

| September 5, 2014

Flagler Beach is terribly misguided and short-sighted in its attempt to remove Gamble Rogers from the state recreation area’s name, a reflection of the tourism industry’s faddish obsession with “branding” at the expense of fostering more substantive cultural attractions.

Flagler Beach Wins County’s Backing To Kill Gamble Rogers In Recreation Area’s Name

| September 3, 2014

The recreation area was named after folk singer Gamble Rogers in 1992 after he drowned there trying to save a man. Flagler Beach thinks reverting the area’s name to give the city prominence would help tourism and “branding” efforts.

Flagler Beach Rejects Commissioner Carney’s Proposal to Put $600,000 Fire Truck Buy on Hold

| August 28, 2014

When Commissioner made a motion to pull the $600,000 truck buy proposal out of the budget this year and “think about what we’re doing,” the rest of the commission snubbed her during a contentious, at times anger-tinged meeting.

650 Names, or 13% of Flagler Beach Population, On Petition Opposing $600,000 Fire Truck

| August 15, 2014

The 65-page petition, published here in full for public examination, has not been authenticated by the city, but would, if verified, pose a serious challenge to a majority of commissioners still intent on buying the fire truck.

Far From Settled, Whistleblower Case Against Flagler Beach Fire Department Focuses on Captain’s Truthfulness

| August 12, 2014

Flagler Beach Fire Captain Bobby Pace’s truthfulness on his job application and his handling of a probationer’s work hours at the station were the focus of a deposition in which Pace repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment’s right not to testify. An attorney is seeking to compel him to answer. The matter goes to court Wednesday.

Flagler Beach’s $600,000 Fire Truck Runs Into Opposition Petition, Prompting Another Pitch

| August 11, 2014

Commissioner Steve Settle called yet another town hall meeting Monday evening again to make the case for a $6090,000 “quint” fire truck as opposition gels around a petition that organizers say has more than 450 names, or close to 10 percent of the city’s population.

On Medical Pot, Palm Coast and Flagler Beach Governments Are Smoking the Wrong Stuff

| August 4, 2014

Flagler Beach’s actual and Palm Coast’s planned zoning restrictions on medical marijuana are wrong-headed, needlessly antagonistic toward medical pot users, and based on more misinformation than public expectations on medical marijuana.

Flagler Beach Commissioner Settle “Goes Off” On Resident as Confrontations Rattle Meeting

| July 25, 2014

In two confrontations that upset fellow-commissioners, Flagler Beach City Commissioner Steve Settle questioned resident Rick Belhumeur on what “allowed” him to address issues relating to the city’s fire department and called his public comments “inappropriate” by falsely claiming that Belhumeur was running for office. After the meeting, the two men got in a shouting match.

Get Ready For Moonlight Fishing On the Flagler Beach Pier, Starting in September

| July 25, 2014

The Flagler Beach pier’s balance sheet is struggling this year, with a $23,000 deficit the city government–which administers the pier–is trying to close before the end of the year. One idea: starting the first Saturday in September (Sept. 6), the pier will be open to fishing through the night, but for a $6 charge–the same rate fishermen must pay during the day.

Flagler Beach Fire Department’s Case For a New $600,000 Truck Draws Key Support

| June 24, 2014

A town hall meeting designed to give the fire department its say drew no ire or passions but rather some critical questions and some support for the proposed buy.

Don’t Buy The Flagler Beach Fire Department’s Deceptions: City Doesn’t Need New Aerial Fire Truck

| June 21, 2014

The Flagler Beach Fire Department is veiling its unwise request for a new $600,000 fire truck under the guise of “fire safety equipment,” a deception–and a purchase, with money the city cannot afford–residents should reject, argues Rick Blehumeur.

Flagler Beach Fire Department Makes Pitch For $600,000 Fire Truck, Igniting Questions

| June 9, 2014

City Commission Chairman Kim Carney has predicted last year that the fire department would soon be asking for a new fire truck, and is raising questions about its proposed financing, including taking more than $300,000 from the city’s infrastructure fund.

Trap, Neuter and Return: Feral Cat Program Makes Progress in Flagler Beach, But Not in Palm Coast

| April 14, 2014

The Flagler Humane Society is on pace to trap, neuter and return some 600 cats in Flagler Beach through a program that avoids killing the animals, though not without creating frictions among some residents. Attempts to to bring the TNR approach to Palm Coast continue to falter.

Open Skateboard Rinks to Scooters and Bikes? County and Flagler Beach Propose More Permissive Rules at Wadsworth

| April 9, 2014

The proposal is dividing officials and parents, some of whom like the broader allowance, some of whom consider it an invitation to accidents and lawsuits. The Flagler County Commission got in on the discussion earlier this week because the park belongs to the county, though it’s been run and policed by Flagler Beach for 10 years.

Divisions Over Roving Vendors Again Place Flagler Beach’s Business Friendliness on Trial

| February 21, 2014

How the Flagler Beach City Commission finally got to a restrictive ordinance on mobile vendors divided the commission and the town’s business community and again put a spotlight, fairly or not, on the commission’s attitude toward small business. The controversy illustrates an underlying strain between city and business that has not been resolved, and that goes beyond the roving vendor issue.

Jamal “Jamie” Nejame, 3-Time Candidate for Office in Flagler Beach, Jailed on Stalking and Injunction Violation Charges

| February 20, 2014

Jamal “Jamie” Nejame, who three times ran for public office in Flagler Beach and had been a frequent and vocal presence at city commission meetings, was arrested and jailed Wednesday evening on charges of aggravated stalking and violation of an injunction. He also faced a stalking charge in 2009.

Pamela Zill, Healer, Advocate and Ardent Community Voice in Flagler Beach, 1963-2014

| February 3, 2014

Pamela Zill, 50, of Flagler Beach, died on January 13, 2014. The former hostess of her own TV talk show, she was active in the area Chamber of Commerce and was a fixture at Flagler Beach City Commission meetings.

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