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Palm Coast Watering Restrictions for Daylight Saving Time

| March 1, 2015

Watering restrictions during Daylight Saving Time begin March 8 and run through Nov. 1 in 2015. Here’s the landscape irrigation policy for Palm Coast, aligning with the restrictions issued by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Good Samaritan Act Leads to Charges of Forgery, Grand Theft, Assault and a Stand-Off

| February 27, 2015

John Sole, a 31-year-old resident of Paul Lane in Palm Coast with a brief but recurring history of trouble with the law, became allegedly violent with his mother after she could not cash fraudulent checks.

To Replace Manager Bruce Campbell, Flagler Beach Returns to Old Playbook: Doing Nothing

| February 27, 2015

Like his predecessor, who was an interim manager of Flagler Beach for five years before he decisively quit, Bruce Campbell is finding it difficult to walk away from the job, and the city commission is not making it easy for him.

Flagler Youth Orchestra Performs Strings Around the World Concert at Auditorium Monday

| February 27, 2015

The FYO presents an evening of music featuring compositions from five continents and a dozen cultures in the second of its 10th year anniversary performance featuring the entirety of its musician corps–five ensembles, upwards of 325 students.

From Harry Potter to Indian Trails Complex, Quidditch Tournament Snitches In on Brooms

| February 27, 2015

Quidditch doesn’t exist. At least not officially. But for two days at Indian Trails, the United States Quidditch South Regional Tournament will feature 14 teams from four states competing in the game Harry Potter made famous, and that’s now played on thousands of college and university campuses.

Palm Coast Will Borrow $30 Million to Build New Sewer Plant, Pledging No Rate Increase For 5 Years

| February 26, 2015

The new plant would be financed with a 20-year loan at less than 1 percent interest, and the city’s total debt load would rise to around $200 million. It also depends on steady growth in coming years.

Palm Coast Man, 19, Charged With Raping 11-Year-Old Girl He Met on Facebook

| February 26, 2015

Karl Westgate, a 19-year-old resident of Palm Coast who became a father two months ago, faces a capital rape charge and other charges of possessing child pornography after exchanging nude pictures of himself and the girl with her.

Father Jailed on Felony Child Abuse After 15-Year-Old Films Beating and Abuse on Mac

| February 26, 2015

Anthony Schneider, 42, of Royal Leaf Lane in Palm Coast, represents the fourth arrest of a parent or guardian in Palm Coast this month over charges of violently abusing a child.

FPC’s William Gibbs and Alex Lull Will Represent Flagler at Boys State in June

| February 26, 2015

William Gibbs and Alex Lull, with Devin Ritter as an alternate, were chosen Thursday from a field of five applicants by American Legion Flagler Post 115 representative George Stockley.

Edmon Welch Sentenced to Life in Prison For Home Invasion and Battery on 88 Year Old

| February 25, 2015

A jury had found Edmon N. Welch guilty of the home invasion and battery on Ray Mercer in August 2013. An accomplice Jody Medders, is already serving five years in prison.

Palm Coast’s Public Access TV Changing Name and Bright House Channel, To 495

| February 25, 2015

Palm Coast Municipal Access is moving from Channel 199 to Channel 495 for Bright House subscribers, and changing its name to Palm Coast Television.

Special Election Candidates Slog Through Only Local Forum, Except When Talk Turns to Guns

| February 25, 2015

The largely plodding Q&A forum organized by three Flagler business groups held few surprises and featured Senate candidates David Cox and Travis Hutson and House candidates Adam Morley and Paul Renner.

Armed Car-Jacking in Bunnell Ends in Volusia With Arrest of Four Flagler Teens

| February 25, 2015

All four suspects are from Palm Coast and Bunnell, the youngest being 15. They were arrested after a pursuit involving four police agencies and Volusia County’s Air One helicopter.

Palm Coast May Reduce Red-Light Cameras to 5, But Won’t Scrap Program For Fear of ATS

| February 24, 2015

Fearful of a lawsuit from ATS, its red-light camera provider. the Palm Coast City Council says it would reduce the cameras from 43 to five, but not eliminate them, even if it means ending all its revenue from the cameras but preserving that of ATS.

Flagler Jail Inmates Charged With Lewdness For Masturbating During GED Class

| February 24, 2015

James Simmons, a 40-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s P-Section, is facing a series of felonies in other incidents, and now faces an additional third-degree felony.

County Attorney Al Hadeed Responds to “Extreme Allegations” in Ex-Supervisor Weeks’s Florida Bar Complaint

| February 24, 2015

The Florida Bar complaint against Hadeed by Kimberle Weeks, never made public until the county administration released it Monday, was part of a series of similar maneuvers Weeks and an ally filed with the state ethics commission and the state elections commission.

Dustin Sims of Flagler Palm Coast High School Named Florida’s Assistant Principal Of the Year

| February 23, 2015

For the first time in recent memory–and possibly in the district’s history–a Flagler County educator has won his category’s top honor in Florida.

As FAA Issues Rules, New Palm Coast Drone Company Beguiles Realtors and Others

| February 23, 2015

CAVU Aerial Photography, a drone company in Palm Coast since August, has been showing Realtors, communications companies and others the many uses of drone technology, which is expected to boom with the FAA’s new, more permissive rules.

Special Election’s Final Four: Cox, Hutson, Morley and Renner in Tuesday Forum

| February 23, 2015

This time the forum, at the Realtors building on SR100, will feature audience questions. All four candidates are scheduled to appear at the 6 p.m. event.

Dancing, Archery, History: Native American Festival at Princess Place Saturday and Sunday

| February 23, 2015

In a first, Flagler County is hosting a Native American Festival at Princess Place Preserve Saturday, February 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Sunday March 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $5 per carload, up to four, and $1 for each additional passenger.

FPC’s Dustin Sims Is One of Three Finalist For State Assistant Principal of the Year

| February 23, 2015

The Assistant Principal of the Year receives a cash prize of $2,500 and a weekend resort stay at the Walt Disney World Resort and theme park admission also courtesy of Disney Youth Programs.

From His Flagler Beach Home Base: Ray Black Jr.’s Road to NASCAR’s Truck Series

| February 20, 2015

Ray Black Jr., competing tonight in NASCAR’s Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway, tells of his joujrney from Alabama to Flagler Beach, and the wisdom in not wrecking.

After Just One Arrest in 4 Years on Prostitution-Related Charges, Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest 4 in 48 Hours

| February 20, 2015

Flagler sheriff’s detectives Wednesday and Thursday arrested two men for soliciting sex, a woman for prostituting herself, and a man for pimping another woman, to a group of men who turned out to be undercover detectives.

Southwest Palm Coast Records a Low of 25 as Cold Snaps Power for Over 800 Customers

| February 20, 2015

The lowest temperature in the county was reported at Eagle Rock, sinking to 24. Despite a cloudless sun, temperatures were still around 40 in Palm Coast at mid-morning, with winds strong enough to make it feel more like in the lower 30s.

Ending Long Fight, County Approves Short-Term Rental Regulations–With Grandfather Clause

| February 19, 2015

New rules limit short-term rental homes to 10 overnight occupants, and require inspections and a certification process, ending a three-year effort by the county to change state law and enable the commission to regulate the industry.

Fearful of Scaring Buyers or Undervaluing Property, School Board Haggles to $2.3 Million Price for Corporate Building

| February 19, 2015

The Flagler school board now finds itself in the paradoxical position of attractively advertising the ex-ITT property for sale after it was essentially condemned as a school facility.

“Halleluiah Jesus”: From “Project Hot Dog” to Foreign Investors, Flagler Sees Commercial Real Estate Turn-Around

| February 19, 2015

Ukrainian entrepreneurs, Chinese investors and local businesses looking to expand are resulting in robust new activity on Flagler’s long-dormant commercial real estate sector, the county’s economic development council learned this morning.

Sheriff Manfre Agrees to $183,000 Settlement Over Wage Dispute With 155 Deputies

| February 18, 2015

The settlement will award an average of $487 in back pay to 104 current and former road deputies, and an average of $1,670 to current and former corrections deputies, ending one of three major legal matters burdening the sheriff’s office.

Facing Trial Over Brutalizing 2 Year Old, Ex-Cop Is Charged With Torture of Daughter, 14

| February 18, 2015

Stanley Wykretowicz, 38, and Cherrie Retamozzo, 33, residents of Palm Coast, were jailed on a charge of willfully torturing Wykretowicz’s daughter. He faces an additional charge of battery by strangulation.

15-Year-Old Girl Reports Rapes and Abuse By Her Guardian’s Husband Over Several Years

| February 17, 2015

Esteban Alejandro Rodriguez, a 30-year-old resident of Brunswick Lane in Palm Coast, is at the county jail on $260,000 bond following allegations of rape and abuse by a 15-year-old girl in his care over the past several years.

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