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Archive for: September, 2010

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.

The Live Wire, Sept. 22: Senate Does in Gays (Again), Crist Does Disney

| September 22, 2010

The Senate sticks it to gays in the military and to potential citizens, Charlie Crist’s Disney finances are murky, poverty as a conspiracy of fees, a firing at UF, and more.

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.

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.

The Live Wire, September 21: You Call This a Recovery?

| September 21, 2010

False economic recovery, changing the rules of comp plan amendments, dead voters still active in Florida, how Florida wasted taxdollars in the stock-market, and more.

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.

The Live Wire, Sept. 20: The Chamber of Commerce’s Ricky Scotty Hypocrisy

| September 20, 2010

The Chamber of Commerce’s Scotty hypocrisy, Rick Scott’s fraudulent math, over 50 and facing permanent unemployment, madness at the Orlando Magic’s new arena, India’s prostitutes of god, and more.

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.

The Live Wire Weekend Edition: Chief Chitwood’s Moron Moment

| September 17, 2010

The Daytona police chief calls the Volusia sheriff a “moron,” Ginn defaults on another property, John Tanner enters the Daytona State College board follies, FedEx lays off in Lakeland and elsewhere–and raises its earnings outlook, and more.

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.

The Live Wire: September 16, 2010

| September 16, 2010

8 p.m. Update Live coverage of the Flagler Beach City Commission’s discussion on its next manager. Also: Competing congregations in Flagler Beach, but no demonstrations. Attention fired Bunnell cops: the Border Patrol is hiring. Florida is redistricting. NASA is going nowhere fast. Florida’s Energy Star program is hostage to GOP games. And more.

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.

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