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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.

In Unusual Vote, Flagler Commission Acknowledges Ethics and Elections Complaints Against All Its Members

| December 16, 2014

County and Canvassing Board Attorney Al Hadeed, who was also served with complaints, asked for the vote to assert three points that framed the complaints within the official duties commissioners were performing at the time the issues arose.

Divided Flagler Commission Awards Administrator Coffey 5% Raise This Year, With More All But Promised

| December 15, 2014

The Flagler County Commission didn’t go for the 10 percent raise Coffey (or, it is claimed, his staff) was asking for, but he still got a nearly $6,000 raise in a 3-2 vote by the commission Monday evening.

Supervisor of Elections Weeks and Ex-Candidate File Load of Ethics and Elections Complaints on 4 Commissioners

| December 12, 2014

Calling it a “witch hunt,” the four commissioners say the complaints rehash minor issues that were almost all resolved during the election season, and that the ploy mostly is an attempt to tarnish.

County Administrator Craig Coffey Seeking 10% Raise, to $161,000, Amid Other Personnel Costs

| December 12, 2014

The county administrator’s salary would increase from $146,383 and would add an automatic 3 percent merit pay increase a year absent an affirmative decision by the county commission.

Salamander Losing Streak Continues as Planning Board Rejects 198-Room Hammock Hotel, 3-2

| December 9, 2014

The vote, coming at the end of a nearly four and a half hour hearing, is the latest in a series of defeats for the developer, though the binding decision does not take place until the Flagler County Commission hears the proposal.

Flagler Opens 1st Secure Site For Supervised Children’s Visits in Sally’s Safe Haven

| December 8, 2014

It took three years and $400,000 from a federal grant, but on Monday county officials dedicated the safe haven in the old Bunnell Post office location, ensuring that parents don’t have to travel to Volusia or St. Johns to execute court-ordered, supervised children’s visitations.

Varn Park Will Close Until April 15 For $476,000 Renovations Thanks to Scenic A1A Grant

| December 5, 2014

The federal National Scenic Byways grant was the largest of just three such awards in Florida, and will have a $140,000 match from Flagler County.

Economic Development Director Helga van Eckert Is CareerSource’s Excellence Award Recipient

| December 3, 2014

Flagler County’s Department of Economic Development Executive Director Helga van Eckert was awarded the “Partners in Workforce Excellence Award” by CareerSource Flagler Volusia at the Annual Board of Directors meeting on Nov. 21.

New Sheriff’s HQ Square Footage Grows By a Third Even as Construction Cost Falls to $4.2 Million

| December 2, 2014

Instead of a $6.2 million demolition and construction project, the lowest bid for the sheriff’s HQ came in at $4.2 million, with the sheriff gaining 9,000 more square feet in the bargain, for a total of 35,000 square feet.

Feed Flagler’s 364-Day Blinders: Why Isn’t a Portion of Old Courthouse Considered as Homeless Shelter?

| November 21, 2014

It must be Thanksgiving because as with the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims seem more interested in clobbering the poor than feeding them.

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