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Overselling Flagler: How County Tourism and Government Zeal Lost the Spartan Race Before It Started

| August 26, 2015

An examination of the documents behind the Spartan Race proposed for Princess Place show tourism chief Matt Dunn repeatedly getting ahead of the process, showing little awareness of policy and protocols and virtually no appreciation for the political context that ultimately sank his biggest pet project to date.

No Pollution Problem Along Florida Park Drive, Council Concludes, Ending Further Debate

| August 25, 2015

After ruling out traffic as a problem, the Palm Coast council Tuesday ruled out pollution and appeared to end its response to recurring complaints from residents along Florida Park Drive.

Princess Place Saved Again: Flagler Pulls Extreme Race Out of Preserve and Looks Elsewhere

| August 23, 2015

County Administrator Craig Coffey, conceding to the outpouring of opposition to holding such a race at the preserve—and to a majority of county commissioners’ categorical opposition to the event there—informed commissioners Sunday that the race would be pulled.

How County Government Is Pimping Princess Place While Spinning Fairy Tales

| August 22, 2015

Flagler County’s justifications for holding a Spartan extreme-sport race at Princess Place Preserve fails the smell test on all counts and raise questions about how tourism chief Matt Dunn and County Administrator Craig Coffey got the deal so far to start with.

Princess Place Preserve Slated for Extreme-Sport-Type Endurance Race, and 6,000 Racers

| August 19, 2015

The Spartan extreme-sport race in March will cover 8-10 miles and feature nearly 30 landscape-altering obstacles, with 6,000 racers and 2,000 spectators expected. The county is subsidizing the race.

Boat-Dock Permits Revoked, Flagler Re-Ignites Urgency to Finish Manatee Protection Plan

| August 17, 2015

Federal officials have revoked all boat-dock permits for non-residential homes in Flagler because a manatee protection plan and an additional speed zone are not in place.

The Population Bomb Reloads: How Humans Cause Mass Extinctions

| August 14, 2015

The world’s expanding human population is in competition with the populations of most other animals. Our population bomb has already claimed its first casualties. They will not be the last, argue Paul and Anne Ehrlich.

Not So Fast on Killing Teddy: Conservationists File Suit to Stop Bear Hunting in Florida

| August 1, 2015

With permits for this fall’s hunt going on sale Monday, the Seminole County-based group Speak Up Wekiva filed a lawsuit in Leon County circuit court Friday challenging the constitutionality of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-approved bear hunt.

Genesis Was Wrong: Man’s Dominion Over Animals Is Stewardship, Not Ownership

| July 28, 2015

Pope Francis has now rejected mainstream Christian view, insisting that being created in God’s image doesn’t mean dominion over the earth or absolute domination over other creatures.

Just as Flagler County Resolves Against Fracking, Ratepayers Will Underwrite FPL’s Fracking Bills

| June 18, 2015

FPL can invest $500 million in fracking ventures at ratepayers’ expense, making it the first utility in the nation–according to an analysis by the Public Service Commission–to spend ratepayers dollars on “non-regulated risk.”

Florida’s Nature Conservancy Gets It:
It’s About Land Management

| June 18, 2015

Most Florida environmental groups this special session made a lot of noise and spent a lot of money, but came away empty-handed and unhappy. Not The Nature Conservancy.

Palm Coast Passes on Supporting County In Anti-Fracking and Drilling Resolutions

| June 10, 2015

The Palm Coast City Council chose not to sign on to a pair of resolutions opposing fracking or seismic testing for oil offshore of Florida, saying the county has already spoken.

Forget Its Cause. Fighting Global Warming Is Good For Your Health. Period.

| May 27, 2015

Governments often see climate change as too costly to address. In fact, it is too costly to ignore, with the prevention of disastrous climate change tied to immediate health benefits and health cost savings from the reduction of air pollution.

From “Sustainable Tourism” to Full Employment: Right and Wrong of Smart Development

| May 20, 2015

The UN’s 169 priorities for sustainable development are too many and are like having none at all, argues Bjorn Lomborg. So he asked leading economists to evaluate which targets would do the most good for every dollar.

Flagler Commissioners Formalize Opposition to Fracking and Seismic Testing for Oil and Gas

| May 18, 2015

A pair of resolutions put Flagler government on record opposing the Obama administration’s allowance for seismic testing for oil and gas offshore, and opposing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Florida.

Florida Leads Nation in Boating Accidents With 70 Deaths; Coast Guard Releases Safety App

| May 17, 2015

Features of the app include state boating information, a safety equipment checklist, free boating safety check requests, navigation rules, float plans, and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity.

Florida Issues “Open Season” Bear-Hunting Rules as Humane Society Calls For Delay

| May 13, 2015

Opponents of the proposed hunt have argued the state should consider relocating problem bears and that people need to be held more responsible for leaving out unsecured food and trash that attracts bears.

Don’t Tell Rick Scott: Pope Francis Wants Action on Global Warming, Steaming Conservatives

| May 7, 2015

Pope Francis’s call for action against global warming has many conservatives in the US up in arms, but his message is a matter of morality, argues Jeffrey Sachs.

Florida House Approves Some Fracking Regulations, But Critics Find Them Shallow

| April 27, 2015

Merely asking oil and gas companies what chemicals they’re injecting during fracking creates the appearance of government scrutiny, critics say, at the expense of the state’s groundwater at a time when lawmakers are looking to implement new water policies.

Your Guide to Summer Camps and Activities In Flagler Schools and Palm Coast

| April 27, 2015

Flagler County Schools and Palm Coast Parks and Recreation offer summer camps and activities in June and July, including breakfast and lunch at school camps. Here’s a complete guide.

Obama Comes to Everglades to Talk Climate Change. Gov. Scott Snubs Visit’s Theme.

| April 21, 2015

Obama is set to appear at Everglades National Park Wednesday to address the economic impact of climate change, a topic and phrase that was not mentioned in a release from the governor’s office Tuesday.

Enough Abuse: Close Seaworld

| April 18, 2015

Nothing justifies Seaworld’s confinement of killer whales and Seaworld’s abusive treatment of the animals by way of exploitative shows and inhumane conditions. To treat orcas that way for human entertainment should elicit repugnance, not the buying of $75 tickets.

You May Soon Shoot Black Bears: FWC Will Set One Week in October For Hunting

| April 16, 2015

Hunting up to 200 black bears in Flagler and other parts of Florida would be allowed as part of a management plan as the state’s bear population of 2,500 is in increasing contact with its human population of nearly 20 million.

The Solar Price Revolution: Why Renewable Energy Is Becoming Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels

| April 7, 2015

As some countries prepare to generate solar-powered electricity at half the cost of its production in the U.S., assumptions that generating electricity with natural gas or coal is less expensive or more efficient than solar power are rapidly becoming untenable.

Florida Utility Proposes Doubling State’s Solar Energy Capacity, But Not For Another 10 Years

| April 5, 2015

Duke Energy’s proposal to double solar capacity in Florida to 500 megawatts comes as as a coalition seeking to allow Florida businesses and property owners to sell limited amounts of solar energy has taken another step toward getting its proposal on the 2016 ballot.

Palm Coast Mayor Netts Urges Residents To Join Water-Conservation Challenge

| April 3, 2015

By participating in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, Palm Coast residents can qualify to win a Prius and other eco-friendly prizes, and put the city on the map of greenest communities.

Unresponsive to Rescue Efforts, Dwarf Sperm Whale Dies Near Flagler Beach Pier

| March 9, 2015

A beached Kogia sima whale, also known as a dwarf sperm whale, died near the Flagler Beach pier Monday morning after it had appeared in likely distress the previous day a few blocks north and had at times been helped away from the beach by swimmers and surfers.

Palm Coast Watering Restrictions for Daylight Saving Time

| March 1, 2015

Watering restrictions during Daylight Saving Time begin March 8 and run through Nov. 1 in 2015. Here’s the landscape irrigation policy for Palm Coast, aligning with the restrictions issued by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

In a First For Jacksonville Zoo, A Baby Gorilla Is Successfully Born

| February 7, 2015

Almost a year after mourning the death of a newborn gorilla, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens this morning announced the first successful gorilla birth in its history. The newborn’s sex is currently unknown.

Palm Coast’s Holland Park Closing For Rest of the Year For Major Reconstruction

| January 26, 2015

the $4.28 million project will take 15 months and will result in better lit courts, a bigger playground, new restrooms, a refurbished dog park, a new loop road to exit the park and a perimeter trail, among other improvements.

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