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Exodus at Flagler Chamber of Commerce As Four Staffers Resign in Four Weeks

| November 16, 2011

After Peggy Heiser announced her resignation as tourism’s VP, Lauren Walsh, Nick Langille and Laura Gamba followed, though Chamber President Doug Baxter assures: “It’s got nothing to do with me,” while the TDC wondered if pay is adequate.

Expedia v. Florida: Claims of Harassment And Privilege in Online Booking Tax Brawl

| November 10, 2011

Rep. Rick Kriseman, the St. Petersburg Republican, distributed Expedia documents that showed the company knew as early as 2003 that it should pay Florida’s bed taxes. The company wants him to explain his role in court. The Legislature is claiming that lawmakers cannot be forced to testify about issues in the legislative process.

From Quiet Alabama and Unquiet Daytona, Georgia Turner Is Flagler’s New Tourism Chief

| November 5, 2011

Georgia Turner, a sharp, congenial 30-year veteran of public relations and marketing hired out of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, follows Peggy Heiser, who resigned two weeks ago from the $65,000-a-year job.

Heiser Time Over: Tourism Council’s Trusted Executive Resigns; Turbulence Ahead

| October 20, 2011

Peggy Heiser’s resignation, attributed to family priorities, will have political and economic ramifications as the Chamber of Commerce’s Doug Baxter–not the tourism council or the county commission–chooses a successor.

Palm Coast Pinch-Hits for Troubled Marathon Promoter Dean Reinke, Securing TDC Grant

| October 19, 2011

Half-Marathon promoter Dean Reinke’s Dean Reinke Sports Group attempted three times to get Tourist Development Council subsidies in the last two years and was turned down because of deceptive practices. Palm Coast government stepped in and got the grant for the January event.

County Approves Tourist Council’s $800,000 Marketing Budget, Minus Raises for Staff

| September 7, 2011

A proposal to raise TDC executive Peggy Heiser’s salary by 7.7 percent was pulled from consideration shortly before the meeting, eliminating what would have been a contentious debate over the council’s budget.

Tourism Council Approves $800,000 Budget Over Objection to Exec’s 7.7% Raise

| August 21, 2011

The publicly funded tourism council approved a 7.7 percent raise for the Flagler Chamber of Commerce’s VP for tourism and the council’s administrative head, and 6 percent raises for two staff members. The Flagler County Commission must give final approval.

Palm Coast’s Fireworks, Canceled on July 4, Are Now Leveraged Over 3 Fall Dates

| August 1, 2011

The $15,000 subsidy to Palm Coast will be split over fireworks shows on Labor Day and the two evenings of the city’s seafood festival in early November.

Citing Deception, Council Rejects Reinke’s $10,000 Request for Palm Coast Half-Marathon

| July 20, 2011

Adding to the Reinke Sports Group’s troubled history, it is the third time in two years that the Flagler Tourist Development Council rejects a request for subsidies for the Palm half-marathon. The Flagler Auditorium had an easier time with its $10,000 request.

DEP Forbids Deck on Flagler Pier Restaurant–Unless It’s Called a “Pier Extension”

| July 14, 2011

The regulatory word game unsettled several members of the Flagler Beach City Commission, which nevertheless went for it in a 4-1 vote, clearing the way for a permit application to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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.

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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