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Flagler County Quietly Scraps Plan for 3 New Emergency Communications Towers, For Now

| May 3, 2016

After the Flagler County Commission voted down a planned 350-foot tower on John Anderson Highway, NexTower, which would have built three towers, pulled out of the deal entirely, returning the county’s planning for its emergency infrastructure’s backbone to close to near zero.

In Palm Coast’s Expensive Hunt for New Retailers, a Few Leads, But Only Low Wages

| April 26, 2016

Last July Palm Coast government signed a $135,000, contract with marketing company to recruit retailers. Nine months later, a couple of low-wage retailers are possible, and a half dozen more are long-term possibilities, but nothing more firm than that.

Gate Gas and Aldi Grocery Will Rise at Corner of SR100 and Belle Terre, Ending Political Signs

| April 19, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council approved a redrawing of the property into six lots, three of which are under contract, with two projected for non-fast-food restaurants in the future.

Hear Us Roar, Older Residents Tell Palm Coast Council as They Clamor for a Senior Center

| April 12, 2016

But the Palm Coast City Council is cool to the idea of a dedicated senior center: it has an active community center on Palm Coast Parkway and is ramping up uses of its new city hall’s community wing.

Costlier and Behind Schedule, Holland Park Renovation Swings For Another $50,000

| April 12, 2016

Holland Park’s $4.7 million renovation was to be completed by now. Instead, completion is not expected until late June and the council said it would approve another $50,000 in unexpected expenses.

County Commission Retreats From Joint Meeting With Palm Coast Council on EMS

| April 5, 2016

After appearing ready to meet with Palm Coast, county commissioners now say that between election turn-over and the absence of a crisis, there’s no need to meet over ambulance issues.

Flagler’s 6 Public-Sector Unions Launch Unified Political Arm as Palm Coast Workers Bargain

| March 31, 2016

The new organization, joining teachers, cops, firefighters, school employees and municipal workers, aims to rival Realtors, home builders and the chamber in political influence and regain some power in collective bargaining.

Council Will Approve “Kind of Dumb Looking” 150-ft Cell Tower on Palm Coast Parkway

| March 29, 2016

The tower, camouflaged as a tree, will go up on city land near the public library and will accommodate four cell carriers, among them AT&T, whose service in many parts of Palm Coast has been dismal.

“It Is Done!” Flagler Celebrates Opening of Exit 293 Interchange With North Palm Coast’s Future

| March 28, 2016

Eighteen years in the making, the Matanzas interchange with I-95 is expected to alleviate traffic in palm Coast and spur development in the north of the city while giving residents of the L, B and F Sections faster, safer access to I-95.

Palm Coast Will Refinance $41 Million Utility Loan for Big Savings, But Don’t Expect Lower Rates

| March 28, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council is holding a special meeting Tuesday morning, when it is expected to sign off on the deal. The nearly $600,000 in annual savings will not, however, lower utility rates.

County Takes Dim, Caustic View of Palm Coast’s “Efficiency” Push in Ambulance Services

| March 25, 2016

County commissioners say if Palm Coast wants to make services more efficient, it’s the city’s problem, not theirs. But they’ve agreed to hold a joint meeting in May to discuss possibilities.

Gov. Scott’s $256 Million in Vetoes Include Palm Coast’s $200,000 Wellfield Project

| March 16, 2016

The veto of Palm Coast’s funding and county government’s failure to secure various appropriations is a reflection of a somewhat weaker legislative delegation.

Palm Coast Floats New Rescue System in Name Of “Efficiency,” But County Sees Many Flaws

| March 15, 2016

No one is complaining about ambulance service in Palm Coast, but the city council is favoring changing the system by adding two county ambulances and spreading manpower around. The county, which runs EMS, says the plan is costly and unnecessary.

Palm Coast’s Jim Landon Wants to Add to His $218,000 Pay Package, Council Pushes Back Slightly

| March 8, 2016

The Palm Coat city manager, by far the highest-paid public employee in Flagler, wants annual, automatic raises based on his own self-evaluations, but council members want a more formal system.

District and Palm Coast Will Redesign Some Bus Stops in 1st Step To Counter Crashes Involving Children

| March 3, 2016

Some of the county’s 600 bus stops will be redesigned to include a $1,200 “pad” where students should wait for buses, while an education campaign will target students in elementary and middle schools.

With Curt Emphasis on “NOW,” Palm Coast Mayor Wants Radio Answers from County

| March 2, 2016

For Netts, usually a model of decorum and grace, it was an unusually demanding letter over an issue that has created simemring tensions between the county and city managers for months.

Palm Coast Takes 9th and Nearly Final Step to Ban Bottle Clubs

| March 1, 2016

No businesses will be forced to close. They’ll simply not be allowed to open. But aside from one possible such club at City Market Place, bottle clubs were not lining up to open in the city.

Palm Coast Concedes: Keeping Golf Course At Taxpayers’ Expense No Longer Tenable

| February 25, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council wants to explore leasing out the Palm Harbor Golf Club and the city tennis center, or possibly managing both itself, rather than keep pouring taxpayer subsidies into operations that have lost money for eight years.

As Palm Coast Surveys Residents Yet Again, For $13,000, Council Members Question the Point

| February 23, 2016

Several council members criticized the latest survey of Palm Coast residents–its small sample size, its limited uses, and whether it should be an annual exercise anymore.

Palm Coast Signals Going Its Own Way In Growing Rift With County Over Radio System

| February 18, 2016

City Manager Jim Landon is pressuring the county to replace its emergency radio infrastructure–on which the city and sheriff depend– well before 2020. The county is resisting, citing costs.

Against Mayor’s Opposition, Palm Coast Council Discovers Public Input at Workshops

| February 16, 2016

For the first time in 17 years the Palm Coast City Council will join other local governments in allowing public participation at council workshops, where most of the decisions are made, not just at “regular” meetings.

Palm Coast Arts Foundation Breaks Ground at New Home With Poetry, Nietzsche and a Party

| February 12, 2016

Some 250 people turned out for the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s groundbreaking Thursday at its new home in Town Center, with poetry and a live performance by a Flagler Youth Orchestra ensemble.

Family Livid After FDOT Uproots Roadside Memorial to Tyler Tracy 7 Months After Wreck

| February 10, 2016

Tyler Tracy’s memorial was one of five an FDOT official decided had to be removed on US1, though others were left in place, angering Tracy’s widow and family and getting Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts involved in defense of the family.

In a Decisive Shift, Palm Coast Will Oppose Fracking On and Offshore, Citing Environment

| February 9, 2016

Abandoning its silence and tacit nod to fracking, the Palm Coast City Council will forcefully oppose hydraulic fracturing in a resolution, citing water and environmental protection.

As Flagler’s Emergency Communications Briefly Falter, Palm Coast and Sheriff Assail County Over Long-Term Plans

| February 5, 2016

The county’s critical emergency radio system briefly failed when a tower lost its back-up power Thursday even as county, city and sheriff’s officials were meeting in the first high-level meeting since 2013 to deal with their differences over modernizing the emergency communications system.

Measure Forbidding Local Governments From Using Red-Light Cameras Advances

| February 4, 2016

Sen. Jeff Brandes’ measure would repeal a law known as the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act of 2010 and, as a result, prevent local governments from using the cameras for traffic enforcement.

Palm Coast Council Gives Itself a Few Dollars’ Raise, Thwarting Nobile on Referendum

| February 3, 2016

Another nearly year-long discussion ends with an annual $228 raise for the mayor, $228 for council members, and no future automatic increases, but no referendum either, on the question, as Council member Steven Nobile had favored.

A Pair of Big Checks Contribute to Pink Army and United Way

| January 28, 2016

The Pink Army’s 5K run in Town Center last fall raised $12,585.35, and the five Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties donated $10,000 to the United Way.

Radical Change Ahead for Palm Coast Council as McGuire Won’t Run, DeLorenzo Opts for County and Netts Is Term-Limited

| January 26, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council will see the biggest turn-over in its history this November as Bill McGuire says he won’t run again, Jason DeLorenzo is running for the county commission and Mayor Jon Netts is term-limited. The council will see a complete turn-over in two years, possibly heralding a sea change in the city’s direction.

Palm Coast Council Members Favor Giving Themselves Automatic Raises Tied to Inflation

| January 26, 2016

Palm Coast City Council members are favoring giving the next council what would equate to a 14 percent base-pay increase followed by annual raises indexed to inflation.

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