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Trial May Settle Ginn-County Dispute Over Towering Condo at Hammock Dunes

| December 15, 2010

Neighbors and the county strenuously objected to Ginn-Luber-Adler’s proposal to build a massive, 561-unit condo-hotel on the beach at the end of 16th Road, even after the developer scaled back the proposal to 289 units.

More Trouble for Palm Coast Marathon Promoter Dean Reinke: Sued in Federal Court

| December 14, 2010

A Missouri city last week filed a motion for an injunction against Dean Reinke of Reinke Sports Group, who faces a copyright-infringement suit in Indiana and a string of setbacks in other cities where he staged half-marathons.

End of the Trail for New Palm Coast Parks As Money and Visionary Plans Dry Up

| December 14, 2010

Despite a deficit of park acreage in the city, Palm Coast doesn’t plan to build another park for several years. In a concession to homebuilders, nor doesn’t it plan to change the fees levied on new construction to ensure more robust park financing in future.

Health Care Reform Ruled Unconstitutional; Florida Judge’s Decision Up Next

| December 13, 2010

Monday’s ruling doesn’t stop the roll-out of federal health care reform. Two federal judges have previously ruled the law constitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court will settle the issue by 2012 or 2013.

Palm Coast’s Chrysler Dealership Burglarized, Jacksonville Thieves Descend on the City

| December 13, 2010

The burglar at the Chrysler dealership on S.R. 100 tried but fail to drive a car out of the service department. Deputies in unrelated incidents arrested three alleged retail thieves in Palm Coast, all of them from Jacksonville.

The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol and Beguiling Genders: Culture Worth the Miles

| December 13, 2010

Three actors portray all of the characters in Dickens’ Christmas Carol at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center, Michael Andrew at the Plaza Theater, The Nutcracker (of course) by the Orlando Ballet, and more.

Palm Coast Data Parent’s Headaches: Diving Revenue and $22.5 Million Loan Due

| December 13, 2010

At Palm Coast Data, revenue declined $10.9 million in the six months ending Oct. 31, a 22 percent decline from the same period last year. Palm Coast Data parent AMREP Corp.’s Southwest subsidiary owes a $22.5 million loan to be repaid on Dec. 16.

A Man and a Boy Are Injured as Their Truck Smashes Into a Canal in The Mondex

| December 13, 2010

Billy Dunson, a resident of the Mondex in his late 20s or early 30s, and 10-year-old Kyle, were taken to Halifax Hospital after the crash just before 9 p.m. Sunday evening.

A Confederacy of Bipartisan Dunces

| December 12, 2010

Obama’s deal with a minority of Republicans over extending tax cuts and adding $900 billion to the national debt is the latest in three decades of bipartisan collusion between Washington and the myth of American power.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 8-hr 38mn Speech on Obama’s Deal With the GOP

| December 12, 2010

On Dec. 10, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent, held the floor of the Senate for eight hours and 38 minutes in a remarkable filibuster-like speech opposing Obama’s tax deal with the GOP. Here’s the full speech.

Video: Christmas Parade in Town Center

| December 12, 2010

What was once a modest affair that took place in various spots around town this time drew some 85 floats and other entrants along a parade route in Palm Coast’s Town Center.

Robert Hodoba, 85-Year-Old Involved in Dec. 7 Wreck at SR100, Dies from His Injuries

| December 12, 2010

Robert Hodoba was a long-time resident of Flagler Beach. He was involved in a two-vehicle crash under the I-95 bridge on SR100.

Encore: Flagler County Artist of the Year Edson Beckett at Hollingsworth Gallery

| December 11, 2010

Edson Beckett, a ceramics, photography and graphic design teacher at Flagler Palm Coast High School for 22 years, is the Gargiulo Art Foundation’s 11th Artist of the Year since the award’s inaugural in 2000.

Pill Mills vs. Pain Management in Flagler: The Difference From the Doctors’ Perspective

| December 11, 2010

Kavita Sharma, one of four physicians at a pain management practice in Palm Coast’s Town Center, explains the differences and telltale signs between legitimate pain management and the kind of pill mills that are spreading in Florida.

Flagler Sheriff’s 34-Year-Old Son Arrested on Xanax Possession

| December 10, 2010

Sheriff Don Fleming’s son’s arrest is taking place on the heels of the sheriff’s continuing campaign to toughen local ordinances in an effort to prevent the proliferation of so-called pill mills that are ravaging South Florida.

Turnout Strategy: Florida’s War on Federal Health Care Reform Targets 2012 Ballot

| December 10, 2010

Florida Senate Republicans approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would exempt Floridians from following federal health care reform mandates. The 2012 ballot measure is intended to bring out anti-Obama voters.

Despite Evidence, Palm Coast Hooks Up With Marathon Promoter With Troubled History

| December 9, 2010

Dean Reinke’s Reinke Sports Group has left a trail of severed relationships, disillusioned local officials and one law suit in several cities where Reinke has promoted his half marathons. Palm Coast is now embracing him.

Daytona North Fire Starts in a Trailer and Burns 8.8 Acres; No One Hurt

| December 9, 2010

Particularly dry conditions helped the afternoon fire in the Mondex run through brush. Some 15 firefighting units from various agencies, and Flagler County’s Fireflight, helped suppress the fire.

Prosecutorial Impotence: How Bankers Crashed the System and Got Away With It

| December 8, 2010

The most popular reason offered for the dearth of financial crisis prosecutions is that the banking system was hit by a systemic and unforeseeable disaster, which means that it’s unlikely that anyone committed any crimes. Is it?

The Week’s Highlights: FlaglerLive’s Video Recap, Dec. 2-8, 2010

| December 8, 2010

On Point With Charlotte Martens reviews the week’s main events, including Flagler teachers’ new deal, the county commission’s new chairman, a string of wrecks, the Auditorium’s Holiday Extravaganza, and more.

Youth Orchestra’s “Gift of Music” Concert Kicks Off Auditorium’s Holiday Extravaganza Tonight

| December 8, 2010

Close to 300 students in the Flagler Youth Orchestra take to the stage at the Flagler Auditorium for their 16th major concert in six years, their second under the direction of Caren Umbarger.

That Grand Theft Auto Had Plenty of Chasing and a Crash, But Was No Game

| December 8, 2010

Palm Coast’s specialty for weird crimes carries on. The latest involves 18-year-old William Phillips, who saw an idling car, seized it, took off, and crashed into a garage before being arrested.

To Ban Texting While Driving in Florida: Ormond Beach Lawmaker Will Try Again

| December 8, 2010

Such bans have failed repeatedly in previous years. Sen. Evelyn Lynn, the Ormond Beach Republican, hopes Florida will be the 31st state this year to ban texting and other such uses of cell phones while driving.

From Handel’s Messiah to a Boat Parade: Culture Worth the Miles

| December 8, 2010

A Messiah performance by the Orlando Philharmonic, the 7th Annual Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade, Paperworks exhibit at the Eustis Museum of Art, Florida sculptor Barbara Sorensen at the Museum of Florida Art, a free holiday concert by the Maitland Symphony Orchestra, and more.

From Flagler County to Pearl Harbor: James Brazier Booe’s Story

| December 7, 2010

Flagler’s own Chief Petty Officer James Brazier Booe, son of former Flagler County Superintendent Zeb E. and Ida Coffing Booe, was among the 3,500 Americans killed or wounded at Pearl Harbor. Here’s his story.

Impasse Over: Teacher and Service Unions Win Salary Concessions from Flagler School District

| December 7, 2010

Five days earlier the unions had declared an impasse. The deal will cost the school district an extra $1.2 million this year and $2.4 million a year beginning next year.

FPC Improves from D to B, Matanzas High School Maintains a B, Heritage is an F

| December 7, 2010

The Flagler County school district as a whole was tentatively awarded an A last year, pending today’s results. Heritage’s F is not expected top affect that overall grade.

SR100 Collision Under I-95 Bridge Hurts 3, One With Life-Threatening Injuries

| December 7, 2010

The 11 a.m. wreck involved two Chevrolet SUVs registered in Flagler County–one driven by an elderly man. Both occupants of the other SUV were also taken for Florida Hospital Flagler.

Bunnell Police Inquiry: In Videos, Chief Jones Strains to Keep the Focus on John Murray

| December 7, 2010

Three video clips illustrate some of the background of the inquiry that led to the arrest of two Bunnell cops, but also continue raising more questions than have been answered since.

Ex-Bunnell Cops Lisa and John Murray, Facing 6 Felonies, Angle for 6 Trials–and Pleas

| December 6, 2010

The defense’s tactic is an attempt to dilute the force of the felony charges the Murrays face. While it may backfire, the cases are unlikely to go to trial as both sides are talking of a resolution.

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