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61% of Palm Coast’s Blue-Collar Workers Unionize, Citing City’s Inattention to Grievances

| July 28, 2014

A decisive majority of the 140 blue-collar workers in Palm Coast’s utilities department—the city’s largest—voted last week to unionize, making them the second city department to do so. The city’s 50-some firefighters unionized in 2010 but are currently at an impasse over contract negotiations.

Three Arrested After Chase and Violent Armed Robbery Leaves 2 Victims Injured on SR100

| July 27, 2014

The armed robbery at 11 p.m. at SR100 and Belle Terre Parkway took place just as firefighters were battling a house fire in Grand Haven. The subsequent car chase and crash required pulling personnel from the fire to the crash scene.

Palm Coast’s Tom Hanson and Doug Akins Land Awards for City’s Web Design and Tornado Video

| July 26, 2014

For Tom Hanson and Palm Coast’s TV199, annual awards have become the the norm since he launched the city’s public-access TV station in 2007, enhancing the channel’s lineup with far more than videos of government meetings and functions.

Marketing 2 Go and Curley Tail Design Make the Move to Town Center Offices

| July 25, 2014

Kim Fitzgerald’s Curley Tail Design and Cindy Dalecki’s Marketing 2 Go see the move to Town Center as part of a high-tech corridor to come in the area, though their biggest new neighbor will soon be Palm Coast’s City Hall.

At Flagler Tea Party Candidates Night, A Dearth of Voters, Democrats and Awareness

| July 23, 2014

The Tea Party’s candidate night is still the liveliest and best attended of all such events, as it was Monday, but the turn-out of interested voters was sharply down from two years ago, Democrats were virtual no-shows, and long-time observers of the political scene complained of some candidates’ disconnect from current issues.

Palm Coast, Flagler and School Tax Bills To Increase About 5% as County and District Set Tentative Rates

| July 22, 2014

For a $175,000 house with a homestead tax exemption of $50,000, the typical tax bill will be $2,574, a saving of $2 from the current rate, when Palm Coast, Flagler, School Board and water management district taxes are combined, before accounting for higher property values of about 5 percent. Totals will be higher in Flagler Beach and Bunnell.

Palm Coast’s Justin Brannick, Accused of Downloading Child Porn, Is Acquitted

| July 21, 2014

Justin Brannick, a 31-year-old Palm Coast resident who spent the past year at the Flagler County jail on charges of downloading child pornography, was acquitted last week at the end of a two-day trial in Flagler County Circuit Court.

Feared Drowned, 39-Year-Old Mother Is in Serious Condition at Hospital

| July 21, 2014

Holly G. Weizer, 39, had just arrived in Palm Coast with a friend children for a week’s vacation. In late evening her children found her under water. Her teen-age son attempted to perform CPR on her.

Flagler Film Festival Prepares For 2nd Edition, But More Foreigners Than Locals Send Flicks

| July 18, 2014

Flagler Film Festival Co-Founder Kathy Barry can’t figure it out: of 65 film submissions so far for the January festival, only 20 are from Florida, and none from Flagler-Palm Coast, though she wants the involvement of the much-vaunted video department at FPC.

Palm Coast’s Brian Matthews Named Educator of the Decade for Southeast Desalting Association

| July 17, 2014

The Southeast Desalting Association has named City of Palm Coast Environmental Specialist Brian Matthews, a longtime employee of Palm Coast’s Utility Division, as its Educator of the Decade for his work to educate water treatment facility operators about membrane technologies.

Mom’s 63-Year-Old Boyfriend Accused of Molesting 13-Year-Old Palm Coast Girl

| July 14, 2014

Robert A. Zetrouer, 63, was held at the Flagler County jail on $75,000 bond on Friday on charges of lewd or lascivious molestation and attempted lewd or lascivious battery on a 13-year-old girl in May and June.

Palm Coast Man, Angered Over PlayStation, Accused of Battering Pregnant Wife; Rash of B-Section Burglaries End in Arrest

| July 14, 2014

Cody J. Lynch, 21, faces an aggravated battery charge for allegedly battering his pregnant wife when he couldn’t find his PlayStation 4. Some half dozen break-ins involving mostly unlocked cars in Palm Coast’s B Section ended with the arrest of Michael Shawn McRoberts Jr., 18, who lives in the same neighborhood.

Mounting Cost Overruns Latest Challenges To Bedevil Bulldog Drive Expansion

| July 10, 2014

The Palm Coast City Council will approve doubling “contingencies” to $427,000 for the now-$5 million Bulldog Drive project, after approving change orders on the engineering contract that more than doubled the cost to $845,000.

Palm Coast Taxes Will Remain Flat This Year As City Projects “Stale and Boring” Budget

| July 10, 2014

The typical Palm Coast property owner will pay roughly $534 for the year, about the same as this year and possibly a few dollars less, as the Palm Coast City Council prepares to adopt a caretaker budget.

Thomas Underwood of Palm Coast Sentenced to Life in Prison for Raping Children He Babysat

| July 9, 2014

Thomas Underwood was sentenced to two consecutive life terms on seven counts of raping children and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation. Flagler County Circuit Judge J. David Walsh imposed the sentence today on cases dating back to the 1990s.

Palm Coast Man Faces Child Abuse and Assault Charges After Firing a .357 During an Argument

| July 9, 2014

James d’Esposito and his wife had just been celebrating his 43rd birthday when, back home, an argument exploded, with three children at home, and D’Esposito retrieved a gun, fired it, and was heard threatening to kill himself.

City Marketplace Softens Tone Against Tenants, But Sheriff Still Disputing New Fees

| July 7, 2014

John C. Bills, the new owner of City Marketplace, sought to mitigate fallout from bad publicity through a memo to tenants that explains sudden, higher costs without retreating from them.

Flagler Beach Fireworks Scheduled for July 4, Palm Coast on July 3

| July 4, 2014

Flagler Beach fireworks and parade schedule and route, and other 2014 Independence Day activities on July 4th in Flagler Beach and July 3rd in Palm Coast’s Town Center.

Bulldog Drive War Over: Palm Coast Settles With Ajram, Paying Him $215,000 More Than It Offered in 2011

| July 2, 2014

Palm Coast agreed to pay GEA Auto owner Gus Ajram $1.15 million for his two properties on Bulldog Drive, $25,000 more than even he was asking three years ago, ending years of acrimony and clearing the way for the city to eventually (and again) widen Bulldog Drive unimpeded.

Palm Coast Man Faces Animal Cruelty Charge in Death of a Dog Left to Perish in a Storm

| June 30, 2014

Bryan Leonard, a 25-year-old Palm Coast resident, faces two related animal-cruelty charges in the death of a pit bull called Roscoe who was discovered leashed and dead from choking on an island near Bings Landing in May.

From Houligan’s to the Portuguese-American Club, the World Cup Inflames Palm Coast

| June 25, 2014

FlaglerLive’s Ezra Salkin braved the brawn and brash of Palm Coast’s emerging soccer–sorry, football–culture and reports on his close encounters with fandom in two of the city’s most football-fevered spots.

Palm Coast Council Has No Objection to 10% Rent Increase at City Marketplace Offices

| June 24, 2014

The two sides this week have worked out a lease agreement that would raise Palm Coast’s rent by $2,000 a month, to $22,000, but also reduce Palm Coast’s space modestly, by 1,278 square feet, from a total of 22,200 square feet currently. The agreement will keep Palm Coast from having to look for new digs before its City Hall is ready next fall.

Novices Flood Local Elections as 21 Candidates Qualify for Palm Coast, County and Schools

| June 23, 2014

Unlike previous cycles, not a single seat is going uncontested. That means no incumbent is getting an easy path to re-election. But virtually every challenger is a newcomer to politics.

Hollingsworth Gallery Will Leave City Marketplace for Nature Scapes, Closing Curtain on Vibrant Arts and Theater Era

| June 20, 2014

Hollingsworth Gallery and Nature Scapes in Bunnell are near a deal on the gallery taking over a 6,0000-square-foot building to develop new arts programs and a full arts community there, but leaving City Marketplace leaves City Repertory Theatre without a home, and a fourth season beginning in September.

As Residents Earn Recycling Rewards, Palm Coast Explains Bin-Scanning System

| June 20, 2014

Residents who sign up for the Rewards Program earn special coupon offers on a regular basis and also qualify for larger prizes, with greater rewards given for higher recycling participation. Many local businesses offer discounts, also providing them an opportunity to promote their businesses with no participation cost.

City Markeplace Landlord Stuns Sheriff’s Palm Coast Precinct With 212% Fee Increase

| June 19, 2014

While increasing rent a modest 3%, John C. Bills Properties told the Sheriff’s Office this month that its CAM fee would increase from $420 a month to $1,313 a month, and that the fee would be retroactive to January, adding another $5,400 charge, which a sheriff’s attorney finds inappropriate.

Sex Offender Arrested For Exposure as Waterfront Park Picks Up Where Graham Swamp Left Off

| June 18, 2014

Ashley Levern Mitchell, 49, of 12 Bridgehaven Drive in Palm Coast, a registered sex offender from exposing himself to a teen 12 years ago, was arrested at Waterfront Park for allegedly repeatedly exposing himself to a biker at various spots in the park.

Palm Coast On Red-Light Camera
Ticket Refunds: Don’t Hold Your Breath

| June 17, 2014

While the Palm Coast City Council took no responsibility for instituting a red-light camera program the Supreme Court declared illegal, the city attorney laid out arguments that could keep the city from reimbursing $1.2 million in illegally levied fines before July 2010. But the city is taking a wait-and-see attitude.

Armed With Assault Rifle, Palm Coast Man Jailed After Threatening to Kill an Ex and Her Boyfriend

| June 16, 2014

Andrew Dandurand of Palm Coast is being held on $500,000 bond after his arrest Sunday after he eluded cops on U.S. 1 in St, Johns County. A loaded assault rifle was in his pick-up truck. He’d threatened to kill an ex-gilfriend, her boyfriend and himself.

GoToby: Palm Coast’s Microtel in Foreclosure Sale

| June 15, 2014

As a result of a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered on June 5, 2014, Microtel Inns and Suites on Old Kings Road will be sold July 21.

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