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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Counties Withhold Payments to State as Dispute Over Juvenile Costs Flares Again

| February 13, 2015

After the failure of a legislative compromise last year, some counties are withholding their share of the costs from the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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.

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.

County Approves Salamander’s Bid For 198-Room Hotel, With Conditions and Donations

| February 3, 2015

The Flagler County Commission’s verdict, just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, includes some last-minute promises of land and dollars from Salamander, and a four-year deadline to build the $72 million project.

Testily, Commissioner George Hanns Brings Notice to His VFW Certificate of Appreciation

| February 2, 2015

Commissioner George Hanns was not happy that what he referred to as a news release about his VFW plaque had not been run by local papers, though the papers may not have received the release to start with.

Flagler Commission Approves $18 Million Jail Expansion, Tripling Capacity to 404 Beds

| February 2, 2015

The expansion of the jail will cost the sheriff and the county more to run. Those annual costs, drawn from property tax revenue, have not yet been provided.

Sheriff Manfre Will Ask For 5% Pay Raise For Ranks, First Substantial Increase in 6 Years

| January 29, 2015

Flagler Sheriff’s deputies finally got a 1 percent raise promised them since October but embargoed for disputed reasons as Sheriff Jim Manfre on Thursday said he’d move forward with a request for the first substantial raises in six years come budget season.

State Ethics Panel Ratifies $2,500 Fine on Flagler Commissioner Revels Over 2 Violations

| January 28, 2015

The Florida Commission on Ethics Friday unanimously approved a $2,500 fine on Flagler County Commissioner Barbara Revels over two violations of the state ethics law, stemming from Revels’s role in the county’s purchase of the old Memorial hospital in Bunnell.

Flagler Commissioner Revels Faces $2,500 Fine Over Ethics Violations as Investigation Points To Discrepancies

| January 14, 2015

Though she was the swing vote, County Commissioner Barbara Revels now concedes that she should have abstained from voting to buy the old Memorial hospital in Bunnell in 2013, and that she should have filed a conflict-of-interest form.

Flagler County Government’s Citizens Academy Taking Applications Before Jan. 30 Start

| January 14, 2015

Seats are still available for Flagler County’s popular Citizens Academy program, a free nine week course designed to introduce participants to the day-to-day operations of Flagler County government.

Josh Knight, Attorney At Center of Suits Against Palm Coast and County, Is Arrested on Battery Charge

| January 13, 2015

Joshua Knight, the Palm Coast attorney hired by two Ronald Reagan Assemblies members to litigate actions against Palm Coast and the county that were found frivolous, was arrested on domestic battery and false imprisonment charges Monday afternoon.

As Showdown Looms Over Salamander’s Hammock Beach Hotel, County Asks For Delay

| January 9, 2015

A hearing before the Flagler County Commission Monday evening was to decide the fate of a proposed 198-room hotel at Hammock Beach Resort. The county administration is asking for a delay until February.

Craig Coffey’s $15,000 Raise Request: An Insult to Public Employees at Taxpayers’ Expense

| December 30, 2014

The insult wasn’t just Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey’s Christmas tithing to himself. It was the way he and his administration went about it, and the way three county commissioners played along.

White Elephant No More: County Approves 5-Year Lease of Costly Ginn Hangar in Deal With New Company

| December 16, 2014

Delta Engineering of New Catle, Del., expanding in Flagler with 10 to 30 high-paying jobs, will fill the old Ginn building that had left the county with a $2 million liability when Ginn went bankrupt.

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