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Shirley Chisholm, “Part of the Heritage of Palm Coast,” Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

| November 24, 2015

Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for president, retired to Palm Coast in 1991. She received the posthumous medal from President Obama today as an awareness campaign about her life and impact on Palm Coast grows locally.

What It Takes to Get New Retailers to Palm Coast: Behind a $135,000 Matchmaking Deal

| November 20, 2015

Palm Coast signed a three-year, $135,000 contract with Texas-based Buxton, a retail recruiter, in hopes of filling storefronts and empty commercial lots. The approach has its mix of skeptics and cheerleaders.

In Flagler Cigar Company, Palm Coast’s Humidor Lights Up Bouquet of Ambitions

| October 30, 2015

Flagler County as an East Coast Ybor City? Humidor owners Ky Ekinci, Mark Woods, Sim Taing and Neil Paisani marked the 10th year of their European Village store by rolling out a line of half a dozen cigars with their own imprint, and their eyes set on national distribution.

Publix Wins as Jury Verdict Concludes Sex Harassment Claim at Palm Coast Store Was Fabrication

| September 14, 2015

A jury decided swiftly that not only had sex harassment taken place, but Robert Barry’s claims of wrongful termination didn’t need to be considered at all in light of the fabrication.

In Publix Trial, Jury Must Now Weigh Plaintiff’s History of Dishonesty Against Claim of Wrongful Termination

| September 11, 2015

The witness phase in the trial against Publix ended Friday in Flagler Circuit Court, leaving it to a jury Monday to decide the claim of ex-employee Robert Barry that he was fired because he reported a case of sexual harassment that may never have happened.

Hobby Lobby, Brass Tap Beer Bar, Moe’s Grill and 500 Jobs: Island Walk Is 84% Full

| July 23, 2015

The developers of Island Walk, the once and future shopping center previously known as Palm Harbor in the heart of Palm Coast, have secured long-term leases with enough retailers to fill 84 percent of its space when it begins opening in phases in 2016.

Flagler-Palm Coast Score Most “Fantastic” Month of Home Sales Since Recession

| July 22, 2015

The 247 homes sold in June reduced the county’s supply to just five months’ worth, tilting the market to sellers’ advantage, while prices saw a healthy rise as well.

Long-Planned Shoppes at Grand Haven on Colbert Lane Finally See Bulldozer Activity

| July 8, 2015

First envisioned almost a decade ago, the Shoppes at Grand Haven will be the new home of the gated community’s sales offices, which will anchor a hoped-for commercial development, the first on Palm Coast’s Colbert Lane.

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

| July 3, 2015

Flagler Beach fireworks and parade schedule and route, and other 2015 Independence Day activities on July 4th and July 3 in Palm Coast’s Town Center.

Palm Coast Dead Zones: City Proposing Less Restrictive Cell-Tower Rules, But Council Demurs

| June 30, 2015

The proposal is being made ahead of a deal between the city and a cell tower company to put a 150-foot tower near Heroes Park, behind Palm Coast Parkway, on land where Palm Coast’s Water Plan No. 1 sits.

Palm Coast Bragging Rights: City’s Fire Protection Rating Vaults to Near Highest

| June 4, 2015

Palm Coast’s fire-protection ISO rating improves from 4 to 2, topping the county and yielding likely cheaper property insurance rates for commercial and residential property owners.

Matanzas Woods Parkway Overpass Closes June 5 as Three Road Projects Start Rumble

| April 28, 2015

Some 50 people turned up to hear an overview of the Matanzas Woods Parkway interchange and Old Kings Road extension projects, which will take a year to complete starting in June.

Derelict Matanzas Golf Course Overrun By More Questions Than Answers, Angering Residents

| April 21, 2015

The Matanzas gold course has been in disuse for almost a decade, it is overgrown and badly kept. The city is stepping up code enforcement, but also pledging to convene a discussion between property owners and gonvernent agencies, including the mysterious owners of the golf course.

Candor, Humor and a Few Sharp Jabs from Jim Landon in a State of the City Overview

| April 15, 2015

Addressing Walmart’s renewed interest in its potential second store in Palm Coast, golf courses, construction and economic activity, Palm Coast City Manager spoke for almost two hours Monday morning to some 90 residents about the state of the city and its near future.

Chick-fil-A Phenomenon Camps Out in Palm Coast: If Grateful Dead Fans Loved Chikin

| March 18, 2015

Chick-fil-A’s grand opening in Palm Coast brought with it what has become a near-cult following of groupies, overwhelmingly from out of town, who camp out for 24 hours to earn their 52 free meals. A profile of the phenomenon, and the company.

Palm Coast Votes 3-2 to End Red-Light Camera Contract in 2017 and Reduce Flashers To 5

| March 17, 2015

A divided council still disagrees on the red-light cameras’ value. The city is being sued, but says the payout, should there be one, will be manageable.

Palm Coast Will Borrow $30 Million to Build New Sewer Plant, Pledging No Rate Increase For 5 Years

| February 26, 2015

The new plant would be financed with a 20-year loan at less than 1 percent interest, and the city’s total debt load would rise to around $200 million. It also depends on steady growth in coming years.

As FAA Issues Rules, New Palm Coast Drone Company Beguiles Realtors and Others

| February 23, 2015

CAVU Aerial Photography, a drone company in Palm Coast since August, has been showing Realtors, communications companies and others the many uses of drone technology, which is expected to boom with the FAA’s new, more permissive rules.

Third General Manager in 5 Years Takes Over Palm Coast’s Troubled Golf and Tennis Clubs

| February 12, 2015

Six-figure deficits that taxpayers have subsidized year after year have riddled the budgets of Palm Coast’s Palm Harbor Golf Club and its tennis center since they opened.

Palm Coast Begins Conversion to LED Street Lights In Latest Push For Conservation

| February 11, 2015

Palm Coast won’t retrofit its 3,000 street lights to LED just yet, but all new installations will be LED, and in a year or 18 months may consider a broader retrofit program if the investment shows solid savings over time.

South and West Palm Coast Getting 2, Possibly 3 New Gas Stations, With First Opening in June

| February 5, 2015

A gas station on Pine Lakes Parkway and Wynnfield Drive will open in June while Race Trac is securing permits to open a station on SR100 and Seminole Woods Boulevard.

The FBI’s Palm Coast Visit and Jim Landon’s Accuracy Problem

| February 4, 2015

Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon Tuesday accused local media of mis-characterizing the FBI’s recent interview of two city officials, but it was Landon who distorted the record and derided the local press in a way he never would dare—or that council members should never tolerate—if he were referring to any other local business.

Ray Peter Takes Over for Joe Roy at Palm Coast’s Business Assistance Center

| January 27, 2015

Raymond Peter, 68, a consultant and certified business analyst at the Palm Coast office, takes over region’s management of the Florida Small Business Development Center at UCF. Roy remains in a diminished capacity.

For Palm Coast, Florida Park Drive’s Heavy Traffic Is an Old Bane Without Ready Solutions

| January 26, 2015

Residents along Florida Park Drive have complained year after year about the heavy traffic, the noise and the pollution, but Palm Coast officials say there’s little they can do legally to alleviate an old ITT mistake.

Projecting $1 Million Saving, Palm Coast Will Build $2.5 Million City Hall Addition Now Instead of 2019

| December 9, 2014

The total Palm Coast City Hall cost rose to $9 million as the council agreed to build an 8,000 square foot addition as part of a broader construction plan that would net the city savings over five years.

Palm Coast Suspends Part of Red-Light Camera Enforcement, But $158 Fines Still Being Issued

| November 25, 2014

While still issuing $158 fines for red-light violations, Palm Coast is for now no longer pursuing drivers who refuse to pay, so those drivers will not get the steeper $264 traffic citation. But those citations may be issued pending the outcome of a court case.

Last Food Truck Tuesday of 2014 On Nov. 18, With Focus on Bike Safety

| November 15, 2014

This edition of Food Truck Tuesday in Palm Coast’s Town Center includes Barnwood BBQ, Big Island Bowls, Caketeer, ChiPhi, El Cactus Azul, It’s All Greek To Me, Kona Dog, Mayan Grill and Monsta Lobsta.

Demolition Set for Old Palm Harbor Center, As Is Competitive Rebirth of Island Walk

| November 13, 2014

A huge segment of the old Palm Harbor Shopping Center is about to go under the wrecking ball as part of the $41 million redevelopment of the site, which will take over a year, though Publix will remain open there throughout, and move into a much larger store by the end of 2015.

“Epic Moment in Palm Coast’s History” as New City Hall Breaks Ground at Town Center

| October 30, 2014

Mayor Jon Netts celebrated the occasion in words that richly threaded Palm Coast’s nomadic years to Wednesday’s moment, turning symbolism into masonry as he spoke of the building representing unity, diversity and energy.

Palm Coast Broods as Ruling Declares Key Step in Red-Light Camera Ticketing Illegal

| October 28, 2014

You may be better off not paying your red-light camera ticket in light of a court decision declaring issuance of those tickets illegal. Palm Coast is studying the ruling as its cameras continue to flash.



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