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Flagler Clerk’s 1-Day Amnesty on Overdue Fines Nets $25,000 and Restores 20 Licenses

| April 17, 2015

The amnesty, dubbed Operation Green Light, affected 7,000 cases in Flagler, totaling $1.9 million in overdue fines. The experiment was tried in most of the state’s counties for the first time this year.

Flagler-Palm Coast Added 12,300 Jobs in Last 5 Years, Powering Unemployment Down to 6.5%

| April 17, 2015

Unemployment figures released Friday show the solid, continued improvement of Flagler-Palm Coast’s economy, especially when compared to where the county was five years ago.

Rep. Ron DeSantis Makes It Semi-Official: He’s Considering a Run for Rubio’s Senate Seat

| April 15, 2015

DeSantis’s quick rise after his election to the House in 2012, his frequent presence on conservative talk shows and relentless criticism of the Obama administration has made him a favorite of tea party conservatives and some further to the right.

Bunnell Joins County in Big-Debt Refinancing Trend, Saving Large Amounts

| April 15, 2015

By cutting its financing costs by almost half, Bunnell will save $600,000 on two loans dating back to the 1990s. County government similarly saved millions by refinancing loans for the courthouse and the Government Services Building.

Last Patrol: Undersheriff Rick Staly Looks Back On 40 Years as a “Cop’s Cop,” and Forward

| April 14, 2015

Undersheriff Rick Staly, who retires this week, took his last road patrol last Friday, an unusually quiet evening he spent driving and reflecting on his career and how law enforcement has changed since his first days as a cop in 1974.

Recovering From Major Cancer Surgery, County Chairman Meeker Addresses REC Expulsion

| April 10, 2015

The Flagler County Republican Executive Committee’s expulsion of County Commission Chairman Frank Meeker may not be legal, and reflect the REC’s intention to put clubbish concerns ahead of county interests.

Travis Hutson Wins Senate Seat, Paul Renner Wins House in Special Election

| April 7, 2015

Republicans Travis Hutson and Paul Renner have won the special election for Florida Senate District 6 and House District 24, respectively. Hutson defeated Democrat David Cox. Renner defeated Adam Morley.

County Rejects Contractor’s Sharp Protest as It Approves $9 Million Matanzas Interchange Bid

| April 6, 2015

Watson Civil Construction of Jacksonville, sharply protested the bid award, claiming that Hubbard’s bid was incomplete and that the county’s process in accepting the bid went grossly against the county’s own policy. The process the county allowed, Watson claimed, set a precedent that will allow future bidders to game the system to their advantage.

As Expected, GOP’s Renner and Hutson Reel In Big Dollars, Opponents Don’t

| April 4, 2015

In all, Paul Renner raised $294,340 and had spent $261,748 for the election Tuesday in a district that includes Flagler County and parts of St. Johns and Volusia counties.

No Ice-Bucket Challenge Here: Staring Death Down, Ex-Teacher Fights ALS Her Way

| April 2, 2015

Mary Ann Dominessy Reese, 62, of Plantation Oaks in Flagler Beach, was diagnosed with ALS in December. She has since started an awareness campaign that spread blue and white ribbons to the 50 states, Canada and England, and been raising money through such fund-raisers as last Saturday’s dinner for 120 people in her community.

Flagler Students From 6 Schools Collect 62 Awards at State Future Problem Solvers Competition

| March 30, 2015

Some 35 Flagler County students have been invited to the competition’s International Conference this summer in Ames, Iowa. A list of the winners is included.

Flagler Emergency Services Broadening Dollars Available to Homeowners and Governments For Disaster Preparation

| March 30, 2015

While Flagler Emergency Services has brought in more than $1 million in grants and subsidies in the past year, division director Kevin Guthrie is concerned that not enough local government agencies are aware of the dollars available, or the need to be involved to tap into the money.

Palm Coast “Watchdogs” and Attorney Ordered to Pay County $3,100 Over Frivolous Suit

| March 27, 2015

Eight weeks ago, Orfinger found in favor of Palm Coast government, ordering the same attorney–Josh Knight–and a different client–Dennis McDonald–to pay Palm Coast $15,900 as a result of a frivolous suit the city fought off.

B-17 Flying Fortress, “Guts and Backbone” of Air War, Brings Out Veterans and Emotions

| March 26, 2015

The EAAs B-17 landed at Flagler County Airport Thursday to be part of Wings Over Flagler Rockin the Runways, and immediately attracted a Palm Coast veteran airmen who';d flown aboard a B-17 and been shot down.

Wings Over Flagler Brings a Flying Fortress Of a Show At 3-Day, 50-Plane Rockin’ of Runways

| March 24, 2015

The 50-some planes at the Flagler County Airport Friday through Sunday include the enormous B-17 Flying Fortress, the C-54 Berlin Airlift Flying Museum, a a CH-47 Chinook, and a Ford Tri-Motor, the first commercial plane in the U.S.

Flagler Auditorium Lights Up Its $86,000 LED Marquee, Boosting Visibility

| March 18, 2015

The $71,000 Deltronics sign, plus $15,000 for its installation, was paid for through a $150,000 grant from county government’s Tourist Development Council and is part of a series of improvements at the auditorium designed to improve visibility and impact.

Echoing Advocates, Flagler Commission Unanimously Approves Sea Ray’s Parking Lot Expansion

| March 16, 2015

The vote was a victory for the Brunswick Corp.’s Sea Ray manufacturing plant, the unanimity of the vote was a victory for the county’s business establishment, though opponents had voiced concerns about the company’s existing pollutants and its future plans.

Firefighter John Keppler Jr. Is Flagler’s Only Line-of-Duty Death. Florida and U.S. Honor Him. Flagler Does Not.

| March 16, 2015

Even as John Keppler Jr., who died in 2002, is being honored Tuesday in Tallahassee, Flagler County refuses to recognize his line-of-duty death–a recognition Keppler has received from two state memorials and one national memorial.

Sea Ray’s View: We Are Building a Safer Parking Lot, Not Expanding Production

| March 13, 2015

Craig Wall, operations manager at Sea Ray’s Palm Coast plant, counters concerns about the company’s intentions by laying out precisely what the manufacturer intends to do–and not do.

We Don’t Oppose Sea Ray. We Oppose Pollutants and Debasing Flagler Beach’s Quality of Life.

| March 13, 2015

Two Flagler Beach residents lay out the case against Sea Ray’s proposed land use change to accommodate a parking lot, a change opponents say paves the way for more pollution without compelling the company to take stronger toxic-emission control measures.

What Is the Flagler County Art League?

| March 10, 2015

Since its founding by Bob Scheibel in 1979, the Flagler County Art League has provided a forum for Flagler-Palm Coast artists to showcase their work and engage the community.

FPL Volunteers Power Vast Make-Over at Juvenile Justice Council’s Community Garden in Bunnell

| March 7, 2015

Florida Power and Light’s “Power to Care Group” on Thursday helped rebuild the community garden in four hours–a project garden overseeers had expected would take a year.

Vacation Rental Company Sues Flagler County Two Weeks After Regulations Are Approved

| March 6, 2015

Steven Milo, head of Vacation Rental Pros, sued the Flagler County Commission, an eight-count action that alleges property, privacy and equal protection rights violations.

Buoyed by Turn-Around, County Approves $2.75 Million Loan To Buy 3 Buildings at Airport

| March 5, 2015

Flagler County government is vastly expanding its role as a landlord as it approves buying three buildings totaling 58,000 square feet at the county airport in hopes of generating more cash for the airport operation.

Flagler Commission Signals More Culture Support Ahead as It Approves FBI Art Cop Grant For League

| March 3, 2015

Flagler County government has never had a grants program for the arts, aside from its Tourist Development Council grants. Now, Administrator Craig Coffey is suggesting the county begin such a program.

Flagler Commissioner Ericksen Returns After Two Surgeries, Weeks Away and Bagel Therapy

| March 2, 2015

Flagler County Commissioner Charlie Ericksen spent his 72nd birthday under a surgeon’s knife to relieve a brain bleed, and two days later was again on a surgeon’s table for a gallbladder removal.

Attention Homeowners: Now’s The Deadline For Homestead Exemption Applications

| March 2, 2015

Today is the deadline to file for a Homestead Exemption in Flagler County. If you miss the deadline, the Flagler County Property Appraiser’s office may be able to work with you within a reasonable window of time.

Emergency Grants of Up to $600 Available to Flagler Seniors For Home Energy Assistance

| February 27, 2015

Eligibility is determined by income (gross household income must be below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines), and at least one member of the household must be at least 60 years old.

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.

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.

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