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Counterpunch: Priceline and Travelocity Sue Over Tourist-Development Bed Taxes

| June 1, 2011

The case is of interest to Flagler, whose Tourist Development Council has been aggressively pursuing avenues, including a lawsuit of its own, to compel online companies to pay their fair share of sales and bed taxes.

$150,000 for New Fields at Indian Trails Complex as Tourism and Sports Merge

| May 23, 2011

Palm Coast is looking to expand the Indian Trails Sports Complex to attract more lacrosse and soccer tournaments to the area, and with them more visitors.

Scenic A1A Lands $460,000 Grant to Remake Varn Park and River-to-Sea Gateways

| May 2, 2011

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.

State of the Ax: from Flagler to Tallahassee To D.C., Arts Funding Is Under Siege

| April 25, 2011

The NEA’s federal arts dollars are on the defensive. Florida cut back its arts funding to almost nothing. Palm Coast, Bunnell and Flagler Beach are just as stingy. The county and school district alone still support art and culture.

TDC Approves $30,000 for Dual July 4th Fireworks Under Unifying Americana Theme

| April 20, 2011

With Palm Coast fireworks on July 3rd and Flagler Beach fireworks on the 4th, the tourist council is hoping Flagler County will be a destination for racing fans worn out by July 1 and 2 races in Daytona Beach.

July 4th Twice Over Again As Flagler Beach And Palm Coast Will Each Launch Fireworks

| March 30, 2011

The Tourist Development Council would grant each city $15,000. Flagler Beach will have the July 4 display this time, while Palm Coast will launch on July 3rd, at Town Center. Last year, they did it in reverse.

Pay for Play: How Flagler’s Tourist Council Bribes Journalists, Who Happily Hack Along

| March 23, 2011

Beginning today, Flagler’s tourist council will host four “journalists” for four days, touring the county’s attractions and restaurants, all expenses paid, with $3,500 in public money, in exchange for presumably “positive” press.

Reversing Bad Run, Flagler Auditorium Scores $5,000 Grant from Tourist Council

| March 16, 2011

After losing out on at least $15,000 for various reasons, the Flagler Auditorium managed to eke out $5,000 from the Tourist Development Council, a small but significant financial boost to a budget of over half a million dollars.

Despite Successes, Flagler Auditorium Loses Out on at Least $15,000 in Tourism Funding

| February 21, 2011

The first $10,000 were lost when the tourism council’s logo did not appear in a TV ad. Another $10,000 are in jeopardy because of a missed deadline, though the auditorium is having a successful year, with three sold-out shows so far.

$75-an-Hour Fee Wrecks on Council Shoals As Beach Clean-Up Plan Is Rejected Again

| February 16, 2011

In a 4-3 vote, the Flagler County Tourist Development Council turned back a $15,000 request for beach clean-ups by the Friends of A1A Scenic and Historical Byway group. The group’s third try in four months is its last.

Washington Oaks Gardens and Bulow Ruins Among 53 State Parks That Would Close

| February 1, 2011

Similar proposals have been made before, but the state must close a $3.6 billion budget gap, and Gov. Rick Scott is not as friendly to the environment as Charlie Crist was.

Doctors Are Coming, Loads of Them, But Should Public Dollars Defray Conference Costs?

| January 18, 2011

The 5th Annual Primary Care Spring Conference will bring some 300 physicians to Hammock Beach Resort in April. Flagler County’s Tourist Development Council is ready to approve a $10,000 public-dollar subsidy.

Messy Proposal: Scenic A1A Group’s $15,000 Beach-Cleanup Request Turned Down Again

| December 17, 2010

Friends of Scenic A1A are seeking the $15,000 to conduct monthly cleanups of beaches along Flagler. The Tourist Development Council has been unimpressed with the proposal’s lack of clarity and accountability.

All Maya All the Time: How the Government Building in Bunnell Became Archeology Central

| October 2, 2010

The four-day Maya at the Playa Conference at the county and school building gathered the leading experts in Maya archeology and history from nine countries and 29 states, drawing some 160 participants.

Census: Flagler’s Population Stalls at 91,600; 28% of Housing Units Vacant; Poverty Rising

| September 29, 2010

The 2009 population figures mean that Flagler will almost certainly not cross into six-figure territory when decennial census figures are announced. Figures on housing, income, poverty and insurance were also released.

Joining Palm Coast, County Administration Disputes Arts Foundation’s Conference Center

| September 20, 2010

The tourism council recommends spending up to $50,000 on a marketing study for the center. The county administration disagrees. It’ll be up to county commissioners to decide Monday evening.

Grumpily, Tourist Council Extends Aging Grant for Princess Place Preserve 1 More Year

| September 15, 2010

The $35,000 matching grant from the council was awarded in 2006 to improve the preserve’s museum. It’s been poorly handled since, though the preserve’s value is indisputable.

Tourist Tax Increase Clears Key Hurdle With 4-1 County Commission Vote

| September 8, 2010

The Flagler County Commission must now hold a public hearing on the increase of the tax from 3 to 4 percent, but the 4-1 vote suggests the measure is headed for approval.

In Split Vote, Tourism Council Approves Raising Bed Tax to 4% For More Marketing

| August 18, 2010

The additional 1 percent would raise an extra $275,000 to $300,000, which the council wants to spend on more advertising for Flagler. Several council members objected, setting up a possible battle at the County Commission.

It’s Raining Taxes: Despite Rising Revenue, County Considers Increase in Bed Tax to 4%

| August 5, 2010

The increase to 4 percent would fuel the backlash against other local tax proposals and increases.

Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s Methods Assailed Again–Unjustly, Its President Says

| July 22, 2010

“They didn’t come up with any substantial numbers, or at least verifiable numbers,” a tourist council member said of the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s plans for a banquet center.

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