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1st Quarter Revenue at Palm Coast Data Falls 13%, But CEO Paints Brighter Picture Ahead

| September 17, 2014

Revenues from the company’s Media Services businesses, which include Palm Coast Data’s Subscription Fulfillment Services, fell from $20.3 million for the first quarter of 2014 to $17.5 million in the 1st quarter of fiscal year 2015. CEO Rory Burke said the company is “not teetering on the brink of disaster.”

3rd Palm Coast International Festival Set for Oct. 4 at Town Center

| September 11, 2014

Celebrate Palm Coast’s diverse cultural heritage – through food, wine, beer, entertainment and art – at the third annual Palm Coast International Festival, scheduled from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Central Park in Town Center.

Palm Coast and County Close to a Deal 4 Years in the Making, Resolving Conflict Over Airport

| September 9, 2014

The Palm Coast City Council is still not entirely happy with the agreement because of uncertainty over a potential city park, and the county commission hasn’t even seen or discussed the agreement.

Heidi Shipley, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 23, 2014

Heidi Shipley is running for Palm Coast City Council, one of seven candidates in two races. All registered voters in Palm Coast may cast a ballot regardless of party registration or district.

Anne-Marie Shaffer, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 23, 2014

Anne-Marie Shaffer is running for Palm Coast City Council, one of seven candidates in two races. All registered voters in Palm Coast may cast a ballot regardless of party registration or district.

Joel Rosen, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 23, 2014

Joel Rosen is running for Palm Coast City Council, one of seven candidates in two races. All registered voters in Palm Coast may cast a ballot regardless of party registration or district.

Steven Nobile, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 23, 2014

Steven Nobile is running for Palm Coast City Council, one of seven candidates in two races, one of three challenging incumbent Bill Lewis. All registered voters in Palm Coast may cast a ballot regardless of party registration or district.

Bill Lewis, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 23, 2014

Bill Lewis is running for Palm Coast City Council, one of seven candidates in two races, and the incumbent in District 4. He faces three challengers. All registered voters in Palm Coast may cast a ballot regardless of party registration or district.

Woody Douge, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 23, 2014

Woody Douge is running for Palm Coast City Council, one of seven candidates in two races. All registered voters in Palm Coast may cast a ballot regardless of party registration or district.

Norman Weiskopf, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 22, 2014

Norman Weiskopf is running for Palm Coast City Council, but has not taken his race, or his interview, very seriously. He faces three opponents, including incumbents. All registered voters in Palm Coast may cast a ballot regardless of party registration or district.

Daytona State’s Palm Coast Campus Celebrates Its New Addition at 4 PM Today

| August 14, 2014

The 24,000 square foot expansion is anchored by a stately-looking two level building, a $7.6 million project. The ribbon cutting runs from 4 to 6 p.m. today at 3000 Palm Coast Parkway SE.

Going ISIS in Palm Coast: Vandals Smash a Venus de Milo Statue at European Village

| July 31, 2014

Sometime in the night of July 9, a group of five teen-looking individuals were caught on surveillance video smashing a small replica of the famed Greek Venus de Milo. The statue will cost $3,500 to replace,

Palm Coast Data Lost 70% of Clients in 6 Years; Parent Company Posts $2.9 Million Loss for ’14

| July 30, 2014

Palm Coast Data now performs subscription fulfillment services for 405 magazine titles representing 90 clients, down from 1,050 magazines and 300 clients when it inked a deal with Palm Coast government in 2008 to stay in the city and pledge to increase the workforce by 700. That increase never took place.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Staving Off a Major Blow, Palm Coast Data Settles With German Publisher, Extending Relationship

| June 12, 2014

Heinrich Bauer LLC, one Palm Coast Data’s major clients, released some claims on the company in exchange for more than 10 percent of the company’s stock and a pledge to stay with Palm Coast Data through 2018. The alternative would have represented a significant blow to Palm Coast Data, which has already been weakened by successive losses over the years.

Palm Coast Council Looks to Regulate Potential Medical Pot, But in a Cloud of Misinformation

| June 10, 2014

Saying he wants to be “pro-active,” Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts wants to explore regulations of potential medical pot dispensaries, should medical marijuana be legalized by Amendment 2, similar to those Palm Coast imposed on pill mills and intenet cafes. But those regulations will be primarily in the Department of Health’s hands, possibly pre-empting cities from such regulatory powers.

Gouged, Palm Coast Calls City Market Place Lease Demands “Unacceptable” and Looks Elsewhere

| May 27, 2014

City Market Place owner John Bills is asking for a 57 percent increase in rent from Palm Coast government, whose offices have been renting 22,000 square feet at City Market Place for five years. The city needs one more year before moving to City Hall in Town Center. It’s now shopping for other spaces for that year.

As City Market Place Plays Hardball With Palm Coast, Gallery’s and Theater’s Future There Dims

| May 15, 2014

The new owners of City Market Place want to jack up rent on Palm Coast city offices by 33 percent, and slam similar increases on Hollingsworth Gallery and other long-time anchors of the strip mall, making every one of those tenants question whether they will be there much longer–and placing a cloud on the future of some tenants, such as City Repertory Theatre.

Palm Coast Will Expand Indian Trails Sports Complex Again to Capitalize on Tournament Growth

| May 7, 2014

The Indian Trails Sports Complex is expanding for the second time in three years, a reflection of Palm Coast’s success in attracting quality sports tournaments that draw thousands of out-of-town visitors to the county, filling restaurants and hotels. The Palm Coast City Council Tuesday evening unanimously approved expanding the complex from eight fields to 10, just three years after the complex was expanded from four fields to eight.

Palm Coast Council May Consider Red-Light Camera Referendum, But Wants More Talk

| May 6, 2014

There were no dramatic moves Tuesday evening among council members or from the city manager. A dozen members of the public addressed the issue, as did City Manager Jim Landon, as did most of the council members and the mayor. But in the end, the most conclusive action was that the council should talk the matter over more thoroughly at a workshop soon.

Joint Restaurant Experiment Ends as Palm Coast’s Red Lobster Closes and Olive Garden Grows Larger

| May 6, 2014

Three years after Darden Restaurants opened a combined Red Lobster and Olive Garden restaurant at the Target shopping center, the company announced that it would close Red Lobster as it prepares to either sell or spin off the brand, which has been losing customers.

Mayor and City Manager Rethink Red-Light Cameras’ Fate as Council Member Proposes Referendum

| May 2, 2014

With City Manager Landon saying drivers are feeling harassed by red-light cameras, Mayor Netts losing faith in their original purpose and council member Bill McGuire proposing an outright referendum on the matter, the backlash against ATS’s cameras has become so strong that the council will next week discuss the possibility of eliminating them.

A Film Studio Grows in Palm Coast: 10th Voyage Nurtures Zombies and Ambitions

| April 21, 2014

Operating from a plain-looking office complex in Palm Coast’s Hargrove Grade, 10th Voyage Studio is the creation of three young men–Patrick Appolonia, Scott Nance, and Lenny Mosco–who believe that the days of bigness in film-making are over: they’re poised to make technology and versatility pay in a city with little competition.

Single-Family Home Permits Up 29% in 1st Quarter as Construction in Palm Coast Churns

| April 2, 2014

Some 126 construction permits were issued for single-family homes in Flagler County in the first three months of the year, 88 of them in Palm Coast and 34 in the unincorporated part of the county.

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