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Archive for: September, 2010

Caryn Miller Appointed Flagler Beach’s Acting Manager As Commission Flirts With Stalemate

| September 30, 2010

Caryn Miller’s appointment was a compromise to enable the commission to have an acting manager without being locked into making a more consequential decision involving Bruce Campbell.

Bernie Murphy’s 1,500 Days: With Few Regrets, Flagler Beach ‘Interim’ Manager Exits

| September 30, 2010

Bernie Murphy was hired as interim city manager of Flagler Beach. That was more than 1,500 days ago. Tonight’s meeting could be his last, though one never knows with that commission.

Blogger and South Florida Health Care Firm Battle Over Workers Compensation Drug Costs

| September 30, 2010

Automated HealthCare Solutions, a growing and politically powerful private firm in Miramar, is suing a solo blogger who accused the company of being part of a workers’ compensation system that benefits from “rampant greed.”

French Maids Worth the Miles, Not To Mention Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

| September 30, 2010

French maids like you’ve never seen them before, Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival returns, Kevin McKenzie at the Orlando Ballet, words to works at the Orlando Museum of Art, and more.

Census: Flagler’s Population Stalls at 91,600; 28% of Housing Units Vacant; Poverty Rising

| September 29, 2010

The 2009 population figures mean that Flagler will almost certainly not cross into six-figure territory when decennial census figures are announced. Figures on housing, income, poverty and insurance were also released.

Income, Employment and Labor Data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 Census Bureau Community Survey

| September 29, 2010

Detailed, charted table of the Census Bureau’s employment, income and labor data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 American Community Survey.

Population and Demographics Data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 Census Bureau Community Survey

| September 29, 2010

Detailed, charted table of the Census Bureau’s population and demographics data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 American Community Survey.

Social Profile for for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 Census Bureau’s Community Survey

| September 29, 2010

Detailed, charted table of the Census Bureau’s social profile (marriages, divorces, origins) data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 American Community Survey.

Housing and Real Estate Data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 Census Bureau’s Community Survey

| September 29, 2010

Detailed, charted table of the Census Bureau’s housing, development and real estate data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 American Community Survey.

From Beirut to Bulldog Drive: Palm Coast’s Uncivil War Over Gus Ajram’s Property Rights

| September 29, 2010

From escaping Lebanon’s civil war to building automotive businesses in New York and Edgewater, Gus Ajram never expected his biggest battle to be over his property rights in Palm Coast.

Flagler Beach Reloads As 3 Candidates Are Re-Interviewed for City Manager

| September 29, 2010

The commission interviewed two out-of-towners and one hometown candidate, who turned the afternoon into the Bruce Campbell hour.

Palm Coast Consistently Beating Florida As Taxable Sales Indicators Continue to Improve

| September 28, 2010

Tourism and retail sales, and fewer people traveling elsewhere to buy goods, are keeping Palm Coast’s taxable sales among the most-improved in the state, compared with 2009.

Palm Coast Redraws Its Stormwater Tax, Benefiting Some Big Landowners

| September 28, 2010

Vacant properties of 25 acres or more will pay less than considerably less than the $8 a month stormwater tax assessed on the typical residential property in Palm Coast.

Beyond the Wounds: Purple Heart Monument Dedication at Heroes Park Tuesday Morning

| September 27, 2010

Tuesday morning’s Heroes Park dedication of a monument dedicated to Purple Heart recipients was to feature veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and both Gulf wars.

Daytona Postmark Vanishing, Postal Service Says Palm Coast Deliveries Won’t Slow

| September 27, 2010

To save $5.7 million and cut 109 jobs, the USPS is planning to close the Daytona Beach mail processing facility, where most of Palm Coast and Flagler’s mail goes, and merge it with Lake Mary, doubling the distance the mail will travel.

Three Palm Coast Boys, 16 and 17, Arrested Over a 10-Car Thieving Spree Sunday

| September 27, 2010

The boys allegedly stole GPS devices, music CDs, phone chargers and a camera–about $2,000 worth–before being picked up in the Pet Smart parking lot early Sunday morning.

Defending “Eroticism,” Cheaters’ Suit Against Ormond Disputes City’s Capricious Annexation

| September 27, 2010

Beyond matters of sex and sensibility, a federal lawsuit by Cheaters against Ormond Beach raises serious issues of a city’s arbitrary and capricious powers of annexation over businesses it doesn’t like.

Backgrounder: Why the U.S. Postal Service Is In Trouble

| September 27, 2010

All the facts, figures and projections about the US Postal Services financial troubles and means of escaping them as the USPS prepares to consolidate its Daytona Beach processing facility with Lake Mary’s.

Creationism Creeping Back Into a Florida Science Textbook Is Necessarily Excised

| September 26, 2010

Florida Citizens for Science detect inaccuracies and flat-out misrepresentations of evolutionary science in a marine science textbook; state officials appear ready to delete the creationism-inspired passages.

County’s $3.5 Million Gamble on Pellicer Flats Raids Credibility of Land Program

| September 26, 2010

Tobin, an expert on the Ginn Co.’s shredding history in the county, outlines three reasons why the county commission’s $3.5 million Pellicer Flats land buy was risky, reckless gamble.

From “Wall Street” to Sequel, a Sentimental Oliver Stone Manages a Ménage à Trois

| September 25, 2010

Oliver Stone’s new “Wall Street” is worth the ride, but it’s less caffeinated than the original, and Stone gives in to sentimentalism and nostalgia where polemic serves him better.

Fine Arts Auction at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton on Oct. 16

| September 25, 2010

Admission is $20 a person, auction prices begin at $65. The auction is a fund-raiser for the private Catholic K-8 school on Belle Terre Blvd.

How A Panther Broadened City Beauty Board’s Mission to Include Riches & Perils of Public Art

| September 24, 2010

Paul Baliker’s “Panther” sculpture, looking for a home at Linear Park, forged a discussion that’s leading Palm Coast into a world of public art possibilities led by local artists’ visions.

Past Tea Party Bluster, Commissioners Eulogize Budget Season and Put Wailers On Notice

| September 24, 2010

The tea party’s local version of budget oversight proved more noise than substance as county commissioners concluded a nearly half-year-long budget season with cautious positioning ahead of next year’s.

Vote Early, Vote Often: Make Your Voice Heard for Art Programs and FPC’s Junia Louis-Pierre

| September 23, 2010

Junia Louis-Pierre’s graffiti drawing of foreclosure and eviction is in the running for a $5,000 award for FPC’s art department and a $1,000 scholarship for Junia. But you must vote.

Existing Home Sales Edge Up 5.2% in South, But Still at 15-Year Low

| September 23, 2010

Existing home sales rebounded as expected from a severe plunge in July, but not by much, and the large housing supply will keep prices falling.

Inaccurately and Incoherently, Fischer Opposes School Tax Measure; Sword Favors It

| September 23, 2010

The two school board candidates differ sharply in their awareness and understanding of a proposed school tax referendum on the November 2 ballot, with Fischer calling himself “confused” about it.

Ending 33-Year Disgrace, Appeals Court Rules Florida’s Gay Adoption Ban Unconstitutional (Updated)

| September 22, 2010

Updated at 2:55 p.m. The unanimous decision found no rational basis in the state’s prohibition on gay adoptions, and Gov. Crist, who’d once supported the ban, termed the decision “great.”

The Other Tax Referendum: School District Battles Misperceptions to Preserve Levy

| September 22, 2010

What looks like a new school tax on the Nov. 2 ballot is, in fact, the continuation of a tax property owners have been paying all along. The school district still has a battle on its hand to convince voters.

Pastor Jim Raley to Strip Club: Not In Our Midst

| September 22, 2010

“Cheaters”‘ presence would be “a moral and ethical blow” to the region and should not be allowed to prosper locally, argues Jim Raley, senior pastor at Calvary Christian Center in Ormond Beach.

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