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County, Palm Coast and Flagler Beach Drum Up Trio of Memorial Day Commemorations

| May 26, 2016

Each of the three government is putting on its own ceremony Monday, starting at 8 a.m. in Palm Coast, 10 a.m. at county government, and 1 p.m. in Flagler Beach.

Against 1 Objection, Flagler Commissioners Want to Increase Their Travel Budget 184%

| May 19, 2016

Commissioner Barbara Revels called the proposed increase “obscene,” but Frank Meekera and Nate McLaughlin kept pressing for it–increasing the budget from $15,885 to $45,000 for the five commissioners.

TDC Favors Beverly Beach’s $32,000 Walkover Renovations, But Not Before Unusual Grilling

| May 18, 2016

The questioning was another example of of the TDC’s more inquisitorial attitude toward local projects as opposed to a less rigorous or accountable approach when the applicant is an out-of-town organization, including for-profits.

Flagler’s Pot De-Criminalization Proposal Wilts, But Narrower Version Still Possible

| May 17, 2016

A work group meeting Tuesday to craft an ordinance raised more questions and objections than showed agreement, though the proposal is still moving forward in a much narrower version, and has many hurdles yet to cross.

Flagler Commissioners Press Case to Recover Fees from 5 More Frivolous Ethics Complainants

| May 17, 2016

It’s the Flagler commission’s latest attempt to strike back against almost 30 ethics, elections, Florida bar and other complaints filed against commissioners and the administration since 2014, but a previous attempt to recover fees has been unsuccessful so far.

A Director’s Impassioned Plea for “Have-Nots” Wins Out: New Library Would Rise in Bunnell, Not Palm Coast

| May 16, 2016

Flagler Public Library Director Holly Albanese insisted–in diametric disagreement from her boss–that a proposed new library branch should remain in Bunnell, and the county commission on Monday agreed.

Flagler Takes 1st Step To Pot Decriminalization With Broad Agreement on Principle, Less So on Details

| May 11, 2016

All of Flagler’s major law enforcement and government agencies agree that marijuana decriminalization for first-time offenders is a good idea. The county next will develop an ordinance all can agree on. That step may be more difficult.

County Government’s Health Costs Take $1.5 Million Hit, Clouding Brighter Budget Outlook

| May 10, 2016

Property values are expected to improve by 4.5 percent, adding $2.5 million to county revenue absent tax-rate changes, but the county’s health costs are increasing dramatically, leaving county commissioners with difficult choices again.

Flagler County Quietly Scraps Plan for 3 New Emergency Communications Towers, For Now

| May 3, 2016

After the Flagler County Commission voted down a planned 350-foot tower on John Anderson Highway, NexTower, which would have built three towers, pulled out of the deal entirely, returning the county’s planning for its emergency infrastructure’s backbone to close to near zero.

County Floats Consolidation of Fire Services And Finally Agree to Meet With Palm Coast

| May 2, 2016

At a long-awaited workshop this afternoon Flagler County responded to Palm Coast’s pressing for a new way to deliver ambulance services, but by countering with a proposal the city is not likely to approve in any way.

Flagler’s Emergency Operations Center at 10 Years: A Few Fires, 5 Managers, Zero Hurricanes

| April 30, 2016

The Emergency Operations Center was part of a $90 million public building spree at the height of the housing boom, just before it all crashed. The center has yet to know its first hurricane emergency, though it’s helped the county through several fire and major storm emergencies.

Ethics Commission Tosses 5 More Complaints Against County Officials, from Weeks Era

| April 20, 2016

The Florida Ethics Commission threw out complaints against four of the five Flagler County commissioners and County Attorney Al Hadeed in the latest sweep of what has been a drizzle of frivolous complaints against county officials.

County Approves Big Spending on Tourism Office Staff and Rigs and Hints at Raising Tax

| April 19, 2016

County government absorbed the tourism office last fall and is spending big on it, raising staff pay, expanding staff, buying $300,000 worth of equipment and talking about raising the 4 percent sales tax supplement on short-term rentals to 5 percent.

“Go Forward!” Flagler Beach Tells County, Clearing Way for $900,000 Design of Beach-Erosion Project

| April 18, 2016

The Flagler Beach City Commission endorsed the county’s decision to give up on federal dollars and instead spend county and state dollars on the first phase of what will amount to a hugely expensive, $44 million beach-protection project over the next 50 years.

Pot-Possession Decriminalization Could Advance in Flagler As Part of Broader Civil Citation Program

| April 14, 2016

Not just the possession of small amounts of pot, but such offenses as battery and criminal mischief could be de-criminalized and shifted to civil citations in an approach that will be studied by a newly formed committee.

For 2nd Time in 2 Months, County’s Emergency Communications Falter, and Agencies Chafe

| April 13, 2016

A problem at a tower on John Anderson Highway hampered sheriff’s deputies’ ability to communicate for an hour Monday evening. The county is describing the issue as minor while Palm Coast and the sheriff’s office see it as more emblematic of a recurring problem.

In Major Shift, County Proposes Rebuilding Beach Without Federal Dollars For Now

| April 5, 2016

With federal dollars unlikely to share in the $44 million project, Administrator Craig Coffey wants the county commission to share costs with state transportation and environmental agencies instead, though the plan is rife with uncertainties.

County Commission Retreats From Joint Meeting With Palm Coast Council on EMS

| April 5, 2016

After appearing ready to meet with Palm Coast, county commissioners now say that between election turn-over and the absence of a crisis, there’s no need to meet over ambulance issues.

County Explores Big-Idea Energy Savings, But Through Long-Term Wedding With Contractor

| April 4, 2016

Flagler County government is looking to go greener with its energy consumption, but some of those ideas may not be possible without wedding government to a single private contractor for a decade and a half or more.

Latest Ethics and Elections Complaints Against County Said to Set “New Highs for Creative Writing”

| April 4, 2016

The complaints rehash allegations made in previous complaints related either to the 2013 county purchase of the old Memorial Hospital in Bunnell or to conflicts between the commission and Kimberle Weeks, the former elections supervisor currently under felony indictment.

“It Is Done!” Flagler Celebrates Opening of Exit 293 Interchange With North Palm Coast’s Future

| March 28, 2016

Eighteen years in the making, the Matanzas interchange with I-95 is expected to alleviate traffic in palm Coast and spur development in the north of the city while giving residents of the L, B and F Sections faster, safer access to I-95.

County Takes Dim, Caustic View of Palm Coast’s “Efficiency” Push in Ambulance Services

| March 25, 2016

County commissioners say if Palm Coast wants to make services more efficient, it’s the city’s problem, not theirs. But they’ve agreed to hold a joint meeting in May to discuss possibilities.

Kimberle Weeks Makes a Court Appearance In Hearing That Illustrates Extent of Secret Recordings

| March 24, 2016

The hearing addressed various technical motions, but also featured the testimony of an FDLE investigator that delved into the breadth and nature of Weeks’s recordings, which her defense attorney strived to show were not made illegally.

Flagler County Supportive of Broadening Discrimination Protection in Housing for LGBT

| March 23, 2016

Barbara Revels, who chairs the county commission, is proposing an amendment to a housing ordinance to extend non-discrimination protection to individuals for sexual orientation.

With Less Accountability, Flagler’s Tourism Dollars Continue Shift To Big-Ticket Events

| March 21, 2016

County government’s tourism arm, which manages $1.6 million in tax dollars, is diminishing emphasis on community events to push sports and conferences which draw people without necessarily promoting the county.

Flagler on “Budget-Signing Watch” as 4 Local Items Totaling $3 Million Await Scott Signature

| March 18, 2016

Pending appropriations include $2 million for improvements to the Plantation Bay utility, $200,000 for the Malacompra drainage fix, and $200,000 for Flagler Beach’s stormwater improvements.

Palm Coast Floats New Rescue System in Name Of “Efficiency,” But County Sees Many Flaws

| March 15, 2016

No one is complaining about ambulance service in Palm Coast, but the city council is favoring changing the system by adding two county ambulances and spreading manpower around. The county, which runs EMS, says the plan is costly and unnecessary.

With Curt Emphasis on “NOW,” Palm Coast Mayor Wants Radio Answers from County

| March 2, 2016

For Netts, usually a model of decorum and grace, it was an unusually demanding letter over an issue that has created simemring tensions between the county and city managers for months.

Flagler’s Aveo Pandering: The Artful Way To Do a Groundbreaking, and the Bogus Way

| February 26, 2016

It was rank manipulation when Aveo Engineering, county government and Rick Scott pretended to break ground on a factory at the Flagler County airport three years ago. It was never built.

Court Ruling Favoring Counties in Juvenile Detention Costs Could Send Flagler $300,000

| February 22, 2016

An appeals court ruling could mean the state owes more than $100 million to counties in a long-running dispute about who pays to detain juvenile offenders.

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