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Archive for: December, 2010

Bleeding Dangers: Has Your Dialysis Clinic Been Inspected Lately? Not Likely

| December 30, 2010

The United States spends $20 billion a year to care for some 400,000 Americans who rely on chronic dialysis to live. Inspection rates vary from higher than 40 percent per year in some states to lower than 10 percent in others.

Your New Year’s Resolutions
–and How To Keep Them

| December 29, 2010

Besides the week’s somewhat fiery highlights (a shooting and a couple of fires) Charlotte Marten asks a few people around town what their New Year resolutions are, and how they intend to keep them.

Flagler Lays Off Sex as Births Fall For First Time in 16 Years; Deaths Also Dip

| December 28, 2010

Flagler County’s old norms keep dying.
Used to be that property values never fell. And for more than two decades, they didn’t. They only increased. That changed in 2008, when they fell 8.5 percent, and kept falling more steeply the next two years. Values are set to fall again next year, if the last six […]

Floridians, Start Your Orwells: Rick Scott’s Buzzword-Assault on State Health Care

| December 27, 2010

Judging from a 68-page transition team report, Rick Scott will seek to accelerate privatization of state health services. He has a willing audience among business-friendly Republican legislative leaders.

Christmas Eve Shooting Update: Victim, With Long Rap Sheet, Had Just Posted Bond

| December 27, 2010

Christian Grasso, the 28-year-old victim of a shooting on a Flagler Beach street on Christmas eve, has been in and out of jail almost a dozen times in Flagler and Volusia counties since 2005.

Fire Demolishes Half a House on Forsythe; Oxygen Mask for 10-Year-Old Cat

| December 27, 2010

The fire at 104 Forsythe Ln. off of Old Kings Road in North Palm Coast was called in by a neighbor. Neither owner was home. But two dogs and a cat were.

Shooting Shatters Christmas Eve Calm in Flagler Beach; Suspect Still at Large

| December 24, 2010

One man was shot at 8:50 p.m. Friday, leaving a pool of blood in the middle of the street on South Central Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets. Police had no information regarding motives. The shooter got away.

Christmas Rescue: Flagler Beach Firemen Save Knocked-Out Veteran From Blazing Home

| December 23, 2010

The Flagler Beach Fire Department’s Scott Jackson and Alex Wilhite pulled unconscious 44-year-old Roy Davis out of his burning home at The Village apartments Thursday morning. Includes photo gallery.

Negotiations Over New Pier Restaurant Lease Crawl Between Nods and Deal-Breakers

| December 22, 2010

A marathon negotiating session over a new Pier Restaurant lease between the Flagler Beach City Commission and restaurateur Raymond Barshay left several issues unsettled.

The Week’s Highlights: FlaglerLive’s Video Recap

| December 22, 2010

On Point reviews the week’s main events, including new and surprising Census numbers for Palm Coast and Flagler County, Flagler Beach’s attempt to find a new tenant for the Pier Restaurant, and more.

Open Field: Ron Vath and Joy McGrew Will Not Run Again for Flagler Beach Commission

| December 22, 2010

Between them Vath and McGrew had 15 years’ experience on the city commission. McGrew was also the commission’s most influential swing voter. Their departure will likely invite a large field of candidates.

Culture for the Visiting In-Laws

| December 22, 2010

Arts columnist Josh Garrick saves the day with a list of suggestions, should you find yourself stuck with in-laws (or any extended family) and the perennial question: “What else is there to see?”

How Sheriff Fleming and FDLE Are Manipulating Press and Public Over Pill Mills

| December 21, 2010

Sheriff Don Fleming on Tuesday led one of of three simultaneous news conferences on prescription-drug related arrests in 10 northeast Florida counties. It was more hype than news, much of it recycled.

Two Wrecks in 18-Hour Span on Flagler Roads Send 3 to Hospital in Critical Condition

| December 21, 2010

Jessica Vides, a 2005 FPC graduate, and–separately–Joseph Edward O’Guin and Cacilia Carter of Bunnell, were critically injured victims of the wrecks–one on US1 and CR13, one on Colbert Lane in Palm Coast.

Greasy Spoon No More? Flagler Beach Ready to Negotiate New Lease for Pier Restaurant

| December 21, 2010

A year of indecision later, Flagler Beach city commissioners will discuss a 31-year lease with Ormond Beach restaurant owner Raymond Barshay at a special meeting of the commission on Dec. 22.

Ready for Prime Time: Back Home at FPC, IB Conquerors Claim Their Diplomas

| December 20, 2010

A majority of Flagler Palm Coast High School’s IB class of 2010–32 students, all of them now in college–returned on Monday afternoon for their diploma ceremony, an occasion small in numbers but oversize in achievements.

Julian Assange’s Greatest Leak: Americans Prefer Their Government Mostly Masked

| December 19, 2010

The case against Julian Assange and Wikileaks is nonexistent, Darrell Smith argues in a column. What case has been built against him unravels the false claim that Americans prefer their government to be transparent.

All Eyes on Pensacola Federal Judge Roger Vinson as Health Reform Faces Its Next Bug

| December 17, 2010

Pensacola-based federal District Judge Roger Vinson will be ruling soon on the constitutionality of Obama’s health care reform. He’s likely to rule it unconstitutional, further weakening the law’s legitimacy as it moves toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

Messy Proposal: Scenic A1A Group’s $15,000 Beach-Cleanup Request Turned Down Again

| December 17, 2010

Friends of Scenic A1A are seeking the $15,000 to conduct monthly cleanups of beaches along Flagler. The Tourist Development Council has been unimpressed with the proposal’s lack of clarity and accountability.

How Tallahassee’s Addiction to Cost-Benefit Analyses Delays Pill Mills Crackdown

| December 17, 2010

Why are pill mills still proliferating despite new rules? More than 600 regulatory rules are on hold throughout state government because a new law requires every single one of them to be analyzed for jobs gained or lost.

Flagler Unemployment Spikes Back Up to 16.6% and Florida’s Back Up to 12%

| December 17, 2010

Just as Congress sent an $801 billion tax cut package that includes $57 billion in extended unemployment benefits, Florida’s and Flagler’s unemployment rates resume their climb. That climb should be brief, however.

Flagler 911: The Live Crime Blotter, Dec. 10-14, 2010

| December 17, 2010

Must be Christmas: a slew of shoplifting–wine and cheese at Publix, shoes at Bealls, beer at target, some toy at Walmart–plus an angry dog, an unlucky jailbird, and more.

A.J. Neste and Hollingsworth Gallery Frame Young Photographers’ Voices in 1-Night Show

| December 16, 2010

The 15 photographers in the Florida Endowment Foundation’s “Voice” program learned to frame, shoot and market their work all the way to Palm Coast’s premier gallery, where they had a brush with the feel of an art show opening.

Break-In at Leah’s Jewelry and Pawn Shop on Old Kings Road

| December 16, 2010

The robber was still at the shop when deputies arrived. He fled, jumping a chain link fence, and disappeared into the woods. A search with K-9 units and a helicopter did not locate him.

Fact Check: How Forbes Got Palm Coast’s “Fastest-Growing City” Distinction Wrong

| December 16, 2010

Forbes listed Palm Coast as the 4th-fastest growing small metropolitan town in the nation. The numbers are based on a Census Bureau quirk that confuses Palm Coast with Flagler County. The actual numbers are quite different.

Bunnell Bull Run: Which Is Better, The North or the South? Answer: a Stabbing

| December 16, 2010

Four men were riding in a car around Palm Coast and Bunnell. Two of them started arguing about the North and the South. It escalated. One of them then stabbed the other.

Toxic Bosses: When Supervisors Inflict the 7 Deadly Sins of Business on Their Employees

| December 16, 2010

When it comes to anger, greed, laziness, pride, lust, jealousy and, of course, gluttony, there’s no beating the boss: Florida State University researchers are documenting the toxic effects of lousy supervisors on their workers.

Half of Flagler’s Legislative Delegation Listens to Local Pleas Without Quite Hearing Them

| December 15, 2010

Sen. John Thrasher and State Rep. Fred Costello listened to 90 minutes of pleas and policy suggestions from Flagler County officials Wednesday in Bunnell. Whether they heard anything is debatable. And two of Flagler’s legislators didn’t show up.

The Week’s Highlights: FlaglerLive’s Video Recap, Dec. 9-15, 2010

| December 15, 2010

On Point reviews the week’s main events, including Palm Coast’s park construction past and future, the city’s half-marathon promoter’s troubles, a mess of wrecks, and more.

Palm Coast’s Population Drops to 69,000 in Latest Census Estimate, Flagler’s to 85,600

| December 15, 2010

While those aren’t yet the final 2010 Census figures, the 5-year community survey numbers are the next-most precise set of data, with startling results for Flagler County, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell.

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