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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.

District Adopts School Calendar It Did Not Want, Starting Late and Shortening Thanksgiving Break

| February 17, 2015

The Flagler School Board wanted to start school in early August to give students more time to prepare for exams, but state law forbids it, forcing a calendar of its own on local districts.

18-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Tased
And Arrested After Yelling Match

| February 17, 2015

Qyontae Billy Sampson had been arguing with his girlfriend, but not physically, and did not comply when police tried to handcuff him, triggering a brief pursuit and arrest on three charges, including battery on a police officer.

Palm Coast City Attorney Bill Reischmann Thanks Responders After Car Wreck

| February 17, 2015

Palm Coast City Attorney Bill Reischmann was involved in a two-vehicle crash at Palm Coast Parkway and Clubhouse Drive on Feb. 3, as he was driving to a city council meeting.

Flagler Nears Solution For Marineland Acres Flood Woes, But at Steep New Tax For Residents There

| February 16, 2015

To fix chronic flooding, residents of the Hammock’s Marineland Acres could see a new tax of up to $680 a year—more than five times the $11 monthly stormwater fee Palm Coast residents pay—added to their tax bills for the next 20 years.

On Flagler Roads, Cyclists Share Some Blame For Wrecks; Legislator Files Protective Bill

| February 16, 2015

A proposed bill to strengthen protections for cyclists drew mixed reviews from a Flagler County commissioner and a Florida Highway Patrol homicide investigator, who both pointed at cyclists’ responsibilities on the road.

With “Venus in Fur,” Palm Coast’s City Rep Theatre Goes Fifty Shades of Dare

| February 13, 2015

John Sbordone’s latest envelope-pushing offering at City Rep Theatre is a play within a play that mixes kinkiness, subtlety, and–as the lead character puts it–a little S&M porn.

Buddy Holly Story at the Flagler Auditorium: The Boundless Influence Of a Rock Legend

| February 13, 2015

“The Buddy Holly Story,” at the Flagler Auditorium Friday, reflects the enduring influence and popularity of a rock-and-roller whose career spanned just 18 months before he died in a plane crash.

John Steele Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Hit-and-Run Death of Sean Lynn Ryan

| February 12, 2015

Sean Lynn Ryan was 25 when he was killed by a vehicle John Steele drove in December 2012 as Ryan walked along U.S. 1 near Plantation Bay. Steele kept going.

Third General Manager in 5 Years Takes Over Palm Coast’s Troubled Golf and Tennis Clubs

| February 12, 2015

Six-figure deficits that taxpayers have subsidized year after year have riddled the budgets of Palm Coast’s Palm Harbor Golf Club and its tennis center since they opened.

Buddy Taylor’s Tyler Irigoyen, 13, Gets Shining Award For Bravery on Day of Fatal Crash

| February 12, 2015

Immediately after Elisa Marie Homen was fatally injured in a crash with a school bus last month,13-year-old Tyler Irigoyen went to work, ushering his 50-some schoolmates to safety and tending to the injured bus driver before first responders arrived.

Palm Coast Man Is Defrauded of $55,000 Once Thieves Get Hold Of A Check

| February 11, 2015

A 76-year-old resident of the Hammock in Palm Coast, reported to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office that he was defrauded of $55,000 after unknown suspects obtained access to his Charles Schwab investment account.

Palm Coast Begins Conversion to LED Street Lights In Latest Push For Conservation

| February 11, 2015

Palm Coast won’t retrofit its 3,000 street lights to LED just yet, but all new installations will be LED, and in a year or 18 months may consider a broader retrofit program if the investment shows solid savings over time.

Elderly Woman Strikes Cyclist on Florida Park Drive, Asks If He’s OK, Then Drives Off

| February 11, 2015

Jordan Tyler, a 22-year-old resident of Ferdinand Lane in Palm Coast, was struck and injured by a sedan at Florida Park Drive and Farrington Lane. Authorities are looking for an elderly woman who was at the wheel of the car.

Resurrection: In 3-1 Vote, County Approves Lease of Old Courthouse to Baptist School

| February 10, 2015

The vote also represents an unexpected, 11th-hour turn-around for a building most people, including some commissioners (and Bunnell’s city government, which briefly took possession of it before rejecting it), had written off as unusable.

Flagler Beach Mother Pleads Guilty In Minor Daughter’s Rape as Boyfriend Awaits Trial on Capital Charges

| February 10, 2015

Allegations against Rhonda Wilkerson, 50, and boyfriend William Dillow, 28, tell an account of two young girls in the grips of harrowing brutality, torture, sadism, lies and threats over several months at the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014.

Palm Coast Close To Suspending Red-Light Camera Program as Legal Challenges Mount

| February 10, 2015

By all appearances from the council’s discussion this morning, the council is ready to end its program as it is now configured, with a final decision to be taken on March 3.

With Generous County Subsidy, Christian School May Be Next Tenant of Old Courthouse

| February 9, 2015

County government will vote Tuesday on a proposal by First Baptist Christian Academy of Palm Coast to lease the old courthouse in Bunnell for $5,700 a month, and with an interest-free, 30-year tax-funded loan of $360,000.

For Second Time in Five Days, R-Section Houses Are Targets of Several Bullet Shots

| February 9, 2015

A house at 7 Rolland Lane and another at 6 Roxboro Drive were each sprayed with five bullets within five days of each other, and in each case a bullet struck a vehicle inside a garage. No arrests have been made.

For Flagler Cop Sam Bell, Stopping
Bad Guys Didn’t End With Desk Duty

| February 7, 2015

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy Sam Bell was sidelined from regular duty after a drunk driver caused his knee injury, but twice in the past three weeks he helped lead to the arrest of two suspects.

Gripes Aside, 6,000 Palm Coast and Flagler County Residents Enrolled in Obamacare as Deadline Approaches

| February 6, 2015

Brisk enrollment in Flagler County and Palm Coast is nevertheless accompanied by individuals’ continued struggles, financial and ideological, over the Affordable Care Act even as Florida leads the nation in Obamacare enrollments, with 1.3 million people, and more expected ahead of the deadline.

South and West Palm Coast Getting 2, Possibly 3 New Gas Stations, With First Opening in June

| February 5, 2015

A gas station on Pine Lakes Parkway and Wynnfield Drive will open in June while Race Trac is securing permits to open a station on SR100 and Seminole Woods Boulevard.

DSC’s Kristy Presswood Is “Fearless and Focused” Series Speaker at Feb. 12 Lunch

| February 5, 2015

For $15 a spot, “The Importance of Education in the New Economy” is the topic for the Palm Coast Business Assistance Center’s first “Fearless and Focused: Women in Business” Lunch n Learn for 2015.

“I’m So F— Sorry”: In 911 Call of AK-47 Shooting, Regret and Worries of Going to Jail

| February 4, 2015

In the 911 call, Brandon Williamson describes how he shot his friend Shane Huber and apologized repeatedly as Huber sat or stood near him for 8 minutes before deputies and paramedics arrived.

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