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Nellie, 61, World’s Oldest Dolphin in Captivity, Dies at Marineland’s Dolphin Adventure

| May 1, 2014

Nellie, the oldest Atlantic bottlenose dolphin in human care, was born at Marineland’s Dolphin Adventure in 1953 and exceeded her life expectation by at least three decades and making an impact in television and stadium shows before she died on Thursday.

Chris Goodfellow, Author of Theory Gone Viral on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Is a Marineland Resident

| March 20, 2014

When Chris Goodfellow, a retired pilot in Marineland, wrote a 1,000-word blog post debunking many foul-play theories on the fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, he did not expect the post to be picked up by media and bloggers around the world, though his theory has now influenced the debate on the missing Boeing.

A Rare, 26-Foot Right Whale Is Discovered Dead Just South of Varn Park

| December 19, 2012

A 26-foot right whale that had been dead more than a day was discovered south of Varn Park Wednesday morning. Federal and state authorities will conduct a necropsy before attempting to bury the whale in place.

Going Nose to Nose, Palm Coast and The County Remain Split on Half-Cent Sales Tax

| May 14, 2012

Palm Coast wants to keep the split of the half-cent sales tax revenue what it is today. Flagler County wants to change the formula, which would decrease Palm Coast’s share by $500,000. The disagreement is jeopardizing a unified approach on a sales tax referendum both sides say is critical to their revenue needs.

Flagler’s 7 Governments Gather to Hear How Well Their Economic Development Is Doing

| December 13, 2011

Despite enduringly high unemployment and a year of fraying rather than unity among local governments, the county hosted an intergovernmental summit Tuesday that piled back-patting on exclamation marks.

Coalition of Cities Meets, Its Mission As Fuzzy as Its Place in Flagler’s Economic Bog

| July 15, 2011

The Coalition of Cities is Flagler’s smaller cities’ answer to being snubbed at a larger economic-development table. But the snub is over. The coalition remains. It’s not exactly clear why, and it underscores the frayed political landscape behind facades of unity.

County Property Values Fall Another 14%; Palm Coast: -12%; Tax Rates Heading Up

| May 5, 2011

The declines, for the fourth year in a row, will define to what extent local governments must either raise taxes or cut services as they prepare next year’s budgets. Governments have little room to cut anymore, short of vitals services.

Economic Development Summit: Diagnostic Kumbayas Drown Out Harder Questions

| March 4, 2011

Day one of the summit produced generous and optimistic self-evaluations from some 60 elected and had-picked representatives of local governments, but no breakthrough on fundamental differences on economic development financing or leadership.

Marineland’s Future: Dividends in Waiting After Acquisition by Georgia Aquarium

| February 24, 2011

David Kimmel, President of the Georgia Aquarium, the new owner of Marineland’s dolphin attraction, and others assess the future of the marriage between town and attraction.

Local Governments Agree To a Therapist To Cut Through Economic Dysfunction

| January 31, 2011

After a meeting lasting two hours and 17 minutes Monday, local governments conceded they have no agreement on economic development, except to meet again and let a “facilitator” help them find some.

Live: Flagler County’s Economic Development Summit

| January 31, 2011

The economic development summit at the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center began at 5:30 this evening. For background on the summit, go here. For a recap and analysis of the meeting, go here. Click below to follow the summit moment by moment.
Flagler County Economic Development Summit

Economic Development Summit: Can Flagler’s 33 Elected Get It Up?

| January 31, 2011

Many plans, little agreement, no concerted action: Monday evening’s economic development summit between Flagler County’s seven local governments is unlikely to yield substantive results beyond a meet-and-greet of powerpoints.

Georgia Aquarium Buys Marineland’s Dolphin Attraction and Takes It Off the Tax Rolls

| January 3, 2011

The $9.1 million acquisition from Jim Jacoby–who bought the Marineland attraction in 2001 for $1.9 million–took place just before the New Year. It’ll be run as a non-profit, so Marineland as a town will lose a third of its tax revenue.

Marineland’s John Hankinson Appointed Director of Obama’s Gulf Recovery Task Force

| October 29, 2010

John Hankinson, chairman of Florida Audubon, has an environmental consulting office in Marineland and was the Southern Region’s EPA administrator during the Clinton administration.

How Marineland Got Public Dollars To Build a (Mostly) Private Marina

| July 8, 2010

Marineland will spend $500,000 in public dollars to build a marina that will mostly benefit a private developer, though it will also help redevelop the town.

Marineland Mobilizes Against BP Oil Spill — and Beyond

| June 6, 2010

Florida has no contingency plan if dolphins, turtles and manatees begin showing up coated in oil. Marineland’s Jim Jacoby wants to fix a blind spot in planning dating back to two Jeb Bush vetoes in 2000 and 2001.

How Flagler County Is Preparing for the BP Oil Slick–If It Hits (And What You Need to Know)

| May 21, 2010

Flagler County’s emergency response to the oil slick hitting Flagler Beaches is similar to hurricane preparation. It’s happening now.

10 Named to Flagler’s Manatee Rules Panel

| May 3, 2010

A county-appointed rules committee has 60 days to recommend whether manatee speed zones are needed in Flagler’s waterways.

Flagler Mayors: You Call That a Transportation System?

| April 16, 2010

A day after a county-wide meeting of government leaders on transportation, Flagler County’s mayors blistered the county’s public transportation system but showed little vision themselves.

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