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Archive for: September, 2010

Enterprise Flagler’s Tax-and-Build Plan Bombs as Tea Party Wags a Big No

| September 21, 2010

Not unexpectedly, a tea party crowd of about 250 clearly rejected the proposal, appearing on November’s ballot, to raise taxes to build industrial structures in hopes of getting new jobs.

Palm Coast Will Condemn Private Properties, Muscling Through Bulldog Drive Beautification

| September 21, 2010

Invoking eminent domain is Palm Coast’s latest plan of attack against an immigrant business owner who refuses to sell his parcels at the city’s price.

City OKs Hospital Growth—and Exceptions to Height, Density But Not Sign Rules

| September 21, 2010

In risky allowances by the Palm Coast City Council, Florida Hospital Flagler got almost everything it asked for, opening the way for other businesses to demand the same sort of land-use exceptions.

Town Center CRA: How Palm Coast Invented “Blightness” to Capture and Hoard Tax Revenue

| September 21, 2010

In 2004, Palm Coast declared 3,000 acres of scrub and pine forest “blighted” and in need of “redevelopment.” The Town Center “Community Redevelopment Agency” was born.

Austin McElroy, JT’s Seafood Shack Employee for 4 Years, Killed Biking on A1A Saturday Night

| September 21, 2010

The 61-year-old dishwasher and prep cook had worked at the restaurant for some 4 years. He didn’t own a car and lived in a small, nearby place.

Mica Challenger Heather Beaven’s First TV Ad Soldiers On, Without a Fight

| September 20, 2010

Heather Beaven is running for Congress against nine-term incumbent John Mica, though her first TV ad, less than two months from the election, is more of an early-summer and gentle meet-and-greet.

Evidence of Violent Child Porn Lands Flagler Beach Man in Jail on $500,000 Bail

| September 20, 2010

Virtually every image or video allegedly found on the suspect’s computer involve pre-pubescent boys and girls in acts indistinguishable from child rape.

Latest Crime Reports

| September 20, 2010

A fight at Ralph Carter Park, Oxycodone fraud, charging an innocent man for $800 worth of Direct TV bills, larcenies, burglaries and DUIs and more.

Joining Palm Coast, County Administration Disputes Arts Foundation’s Conference Center

| September 20, 2010

The tourism council recommends spending up to $50,000 on a marketing study for the center. The county administration disagrees. It’ll be up to county commissioners to decide Monday evening.

State’s Small-Government Plan to Scale Back Food Inspections at Child Cares Backfires

| September 20, 2010

Weeks after a new state law removed Florida Department of Health inspectors from child-care centers in hopes of saving money, they’ve quietly been welcomed back into a few centers, with more to come.

Mahler’s Greatest Hit and Museum Madness in DeLand: Culture Worth the Miles

| September 20, 2010

Plenty of art, sculptures and museum days in DeLand, Mahler’s great “Resurrection” Symphony performed by the largest orchestra the Orlando Philharmonic has ever assembled, and lots more.

7-Year-Old Boy Critical After Crash on Old Kings Road Shears Car in Half

| September 19, 2010

The boy was flown to Halifax hospital in Daytona Beach in critical condition. The woman who was driving the car was in stable condition. The wreck took place south of Old Kings Elementary.

Harley Motorcyclist Killed on I-95, Possibly in Hit and Run

| September 19, 2010

Gary W. Audette, 55, was traveling south on his Harley when he lost control late the evening of Sept. 18, veering onto the median of the interstate and flipping several times.

Brainless: How the Pentagon Denies
Purple Hearts to Soldiers With Head Trauma

| September 19, 2010

Long a laggard in recognizing head traumas and mental-health issues on par with more physically visible wounds, the Pentagon is refusing to award Purple Hearts to some soldiers despite evidence of injuries.

Blaming Poor Sales, Sea Ray Lays Off 170 From Palm Coast Plant; Future Uncertain

| September 17, 2010

The The Brunswick Corp.-owned boat manufacturer is one of the largest and best-paying private employer in Flagler County, and the beneficiary of generous local government subsidies and incentives.

Its Initiative in Flames, Enterprise Flagler Hands Tax-and-Build Plan’s Fate to Tea Party

| September 17, 2010

The Flagler County Tea Party Group will hold a straw ballot on Enterprise Flagler’s tax-and-build “economic development” initiative on Sept. 21. Enterprise Flagler may then ask the county commission to pull the measure from the ballot.

Unemployment Spikes in Flagler Back to Near Record at 16.4%; Florida’s Back Up to 11.7%

| September 17, 2010

Flagler County’s unemployment spike is one of the steepest month-over-month rises since the recession began in 2008. Florida may already be in a double-dip recession.

Hometown Idol vs. Proven Manager: Flagler Beach Commission Splits Over Its Next Pick

| September 16, 2010

After a series of wrangling votes rich in political maneuvering, the commission will re-interview three candidates for city manager–Bruce Campbell, Gary Word and Edward Sealover.

Record 43.6 Million in Poverty; Record 50.7 Million Uninsured; Only Elderly Thrive

| September 16, 2010

The Census Bureau’s annual poverty, income and insurance report is the hardest data yet on the severity of the recession. The elderly are not only spared: they improve.

15 Palm Coast Residents Arrested in Oxycodone Bust; State System to Tackle Abuse Is On Hold

| September 16, 2010

All 15 men and women arrested in the prescription-drug bust are from Palm Coast. Three are still at large. A system designed to reduce prescription-drug abuse is on hold.

Janke Offers to Withdraw from Flagler Beach Manager’s Job Amid New X-Rated Allegations

| September 16, 2010

Janke had initially withdrawn from consideration, but reversed course and said he’d leave it up to the commission to determine whether his candidacy was too much of an embarrassment.

Proposed Coral Farm at Matanzas High School Raises Tentacles of Possibilities–and Questions

| September 15, 2010

In an untested, risky arrangement, the proposal would have the school district lease land to a private company that would, in exchange, share some of its profits with the district.

Preliminary SAT Results Show Higher Scores for Flagler’s Class of 2010

| September 15, 2010

In all but math at FPC, students at the county’s two high schools improved when compared with last year’s seniors. Some 1.6 million students took the test in the last round.

Grumpily, Tourist Council Extends Aging Grant for Princess Place Preserve 1 More Year

| September 15, 2010

The $35,000 matching grant from the council was awarded in 2006 to improve the preserve’s museum. It’s been poorly handled since, though the preserve’s value is indisputable.

Goomba’s Ex-Hitman Joey Calco Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison; Calzone Case Ahead

| September 14, 2010

The 10-year sentence is on a gun-possession charge. Calco has yet to go to trial on an assault charge stemming from his alleged attack over a calzone at his former pizzeria.

CC DC: Charlie Crist Adopts Gay Rights and Calls for Repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

| September 14, 2010

Crist’s belated embrace of gay adoptions, civil unions for gays and lesbians, and full, equal rights for gay soldiers makes him socially indistinguishable from Kendrick Meek.

Revving Up Speed Zones, State Tells Flagler: Manatees More Endangered Than Boaters

| September 14, 2010

A local committee had recommended mostly hand-off, unregulated speeds on the Intracoastal. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission staff rejected the approach.

Suspected Burglar’s Flashlight Is Cops’ Beacon in Dave’s A1 Auto Shop Arrest

| September 14, 2010

The glowing flashlight was in a fenced lot at the County Road 200 auto shop late Monday night. The suspect had also allegedly loaded his truck with goods from the store before he was caught.

Carver Gym on the Drawing Board: Rosy Goals, Grayer Certainties

| September 14, 2010

A committee set up to save Carver Gym from the cleaver isn’t lacking for ideas and objectives, but money and ownership remain the unanswered questions.

Culture Worth the Miles: Nature Walks and Art Along the Highway

| September 14, 2010

Have a hand in a community masterpiece at an “Eat, Paint and Party” arts district benefit at Orlando’s Sonesta Hotel Downtown, the art of the Florida Highwaymen (26 black artists of the 1950s and 60s), and more.

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