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Scott’s Veto Pen Hits Flagler’s Top Priority, Sinking $600,000 For Malacompra Drainage

| June 24, 2015

The $600,000 appropriation for the Malacompra drainage project was among the 450 line-items and $461 million he vetoed as he approved a $78.2 billion budget.

Flagler Looking to Raise Tourism Tax For 2nd Time in Four Years Despite Surging Revenue

| June 23, 2015

Flagler County wants to raise the local sales surtax on hotel and motel stays to 5%, from 4%, even though revenue has grown ten-fold over the past decade.

“Oh, Brother”: 165 Seconds of Errors as Candidate Richter Berates Commissioners Then Zips Out Before Corrections

| June 22, 2015

Mark Richter, the first announced candidate for Flagler County Commission in 2016, was seriously fact-challenged in a brief appearance before commissioners today as he took on jail costs and the planned jail expansion.

Palm Coast’s Jim Landon Retaliates Against County in Series of Accusations, Then Says Conflict Is All But Resolved

| June 18, 2015

Landon put the city’s trust of the county in question, implied the county runs a less professional organization than the city, accused the county of deceiving a state agency, and accused the county manager of using bullying tactics before conceding that all is just about well between the two sides.

Flagler County’s Dust-Bowl Era Soil and Water Conservation Board Is Dissolved For Inaction

| June 17, 2015

Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner ordered the 5-member elected board, established in 1937, dissolved for not complying with reporting requirements. It had not met in years.

Palm Coast Points Finger Back at County Over Airport Water Clash, But Agrees to Executive Summit

| June 16, 2015

Firing back at county criticism, City Manager Jim Landon said the county has always known what to do to resolve a standoff over a water agreement for the airport. But the city and county manager are now likely to meet with the mayor and the county board chairman to resolve the issue.

County Rips Into Palm Coast Government Over Shackled Airport Water Deal

| June 15, 2015

County frustration boiled into outright criticism of Palm Coast’s administration Monday as the city has yet to sign a deal both sides agreed to seven months ago, controlling water service at the county airport.

Flagler Government Embraces Socialized Medicine in Striking Drug Deal with Canadian Rx Company

| June 15, 2015

The Flagler County Commission voted 4-0 Monday to contract with CanaRx to provide prescription drugs to county employees at 50 percent of their U.S. cost.

Mark Richter Files to Run for Ericksen’s County Commission Seat as DeLorenzo Mulls Move

| June 12, 2015

Richter, an ex-felong with a history of obscene and threatening communications to local media, ran on a Ronald Reagan Republican Assembly platform in 2012. Palm Coast Council member Jason DeLorenzo is exploring a move away from the council.

Sheriff’s $2.5 Million Budget Request Increase Is Largest in 10 Years, With 5% Raise For Ranks

| June 8, 2015

The increase reflects additional staffing at the new jail, money for 10 new patrol vehicles, a 5 percent across-the-board raise and state-required retirement contributions accounting for the bulk of the increase.

Taxable Values Rise Again–6% in Palm Coast, 7% in Flagler–But So Do Demands on Budgets

| June 2, 2015

With more value comes more revenue for local governments, and more expectations from various agencies and the public–including a $2.4 million budget increase request from the sheriff’s office alone.

Flagler Firefighters Have Current Contract For 1st Time in 4 Years, With Some Pay Hikes

| June 2, 2015

The firefighters’ union’s first contract since 2011 gives firefighters with more experience more money. For nine years, firefighters were hired at the same rate of pay as existing firefighters with many more years of service.

Judge Rules Mostly in Favor of Flagler County Authority to Regulate Vacation Rentals

| June 1, 2015

Judge Orfinger denied an attempt by short-term vacation-rental owners and managers to stop county regulations from taking effect, though on one count he ruled that the ordinance may not apply to contracts signed before mid-February, when the ordinance was passed.

Administrator Patrick Johnson Calls It Quits as Flagler Health Department Endures Big Changes

| June 1, 2015

Flagler County Health Department Administrator Patrick Johnson is resigning at the end of the month to take a public health post in North Carolina as county departments in Florida see their roles shift and diminish.

Kimberle Weeks Secret Recordings Tapped Into Her Personal Life, Including a Funeral Director

| May 22, 2015

FDLE investigation details revealed today show Weeks, the former Flagler elections supervisor, obsessively recording officials, at least one reporter, and others in her personal life, and editing the results.

At Matanzas Woods Parkway Interchange Groundbreaking, Praise For the Overdue

| May 18, 2015

Most groundbreakings aren’t worth the PR, because that’s all they are: a chance for the shovel hogs to get their picture in the news, let their flesh be pressed and their egos stroked.
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But Flagler County and Palm Coast have earned this one. And when Flagler County Chairman Frank Meeker said of the […]

Flagler Commissioners Formalize Opposition to Fracking and Seismic Testing for Oil and Gas

| May 18, 2015

A pair of resolutions put Flagler government on record opposing the Obama administration’s allowance for seismic testing for oil and gas offshore, and opposing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Florida.

Two Months Late, Salamander Makes $250,000 Payment That Induced Hammock Beach Hotel Agreement

| May 8, 2015

The payment is part of the $500,000 Salamander agreed to pay for better public beach access in exchange for county approval of a 198-room beachfront hotel at Hammock Beach Resort.

Grand Jury Indicts Ex-Elections Supervisor Kimberle Weeks on 12 Felony Counts Over Secret Recordings

| May 6, 2015

A grand jury that convened Tuesday indicted Kimberle Weeks, the former Flagler County Supervisor of Elections on 12 felony counts of illegal interception and disclosure of oral communication, following a six-month investigation into allegations by county officials that she secretly and illegally recorded their conversations.

Hurricane, Terrorism, Evacuations: In Flagler Emergencies, These Are The People Who Hold Your Fate In Their Hands

| May 5, 2015

The Flagler County Executive Policy Group is the most powerful local government panel you’ve never heard of, and its members make all key decisions in natural or man-made emergencies. They practiced this morning.

Palm Coast Mayor Rips Waste of County’s EMS Service and Says Do It All Or Pay the City

| April 28, 2015

Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts doesn’t question the quality of emergency services but considers them wastefully duplicative, and wants to see the city’s and county’s approach change.

Specious and Speculative: State Elections Office Tosses Out Kim Weeks Cases Against 3 Flagler Commissioners

| April 24, 2015

Though she resigned, Kimberle Weeks continues to pursue elections, ethics and Florida bar cases against county commissioners and the county attorney, though the cases are starting to get tossed out for being legally speculative and specious.

Crime Down 20% in Two Years, Jail Population Isn’t: Sheriff Strains to Explain Paradox

| April 23, 2015

Sheriff Jim Manfre touted Flagler County as one of the safest places in Florida and said the fact should be marketed to prospective businesses, but was less clear about the relationship between falling crime and a still-high jail population, or the county’s need for nearly tripling its jail beds.

Don’t Call It Flagler County Airport Anymore: Commission Opts For Executive Name Change

| April 22, 2015

Flagler County Airport is now Flagler Executive Airport, the fifth name the facility has had in its more than 70 years as the Flagler County Commission quietly approved the switch Monday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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