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Archive for: January, 2011

Local Governments Agree To a Therapist To Cut Through Economic Dysfunction

| January 31, 2011

After a meeting lasting two hours and 17 minutes Monday, local governments conceded they have no agreement on economic development, except to meet again and let a “facilitator” help them find some.

Live: Flagler County’s Economic Development Summit

| January 31, 2011

The economic development summit at the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center began at 5:30 this evening. For background on the summit, go here. For a recap and analysis of the meeting, go here. Click below to follow the summit moment by moment.
Flagler County Economic Development Summit

Challenging Jon Netts, Charlie Ericksen Runs for Palm Coast Mayor on a Pro-Business Agenda

| January 31, 2011

Charlie Ericksen is critical of a city council that rubber-stamps too many decisions without debating or explaining them, and a city that he says hasn’t given local business a fair shake. Netts has been on the council since 2001.

Economic Development Summit: Can Flagler’s 33 Elected Get It Up?

| January 31, 2011

Many plans, little agreement, no concerted action: Monday evening’s economic development summit between Flagler County’s seven local governments is unlikely to yield substantive results beyond a meet-and-greet of powerpoints.

Flagler Beach City Commission Candidates Down to 3 As Jamie NeJame Withdraws

| January 30, 2011

Jamie NeJame’s last minute withdrawal from the March 8 election increases chances for Phil Busch, Kim Carney and Marshall Shupe, who are vying for the two seats being vacated by Ron Vath and Joy McGrew.

Bob Pickering, Flagler Voice of Climate Safety, Wins National Weather Association Award

| January 30, 2011

Bob Pickering, for 17 years a technician in Flagler County’s Emergency Management, won the national award from the National Weather Association for bridging weather forecasting with public safety.

The Rise of Egyptian Aspirations, The Fall of the American Brand

| January 30, 2011

It’s been exhilarating to watch Egyptians demand an end to the dictatorial regimes controlling their lives for decades. But it’s exhilaration mixed with dread, doubt, disappointment and embarrassment, particularly over American postures and prejudices.

Carla Traister: Myths and Realities of Bunnell’s Cold-Weather Shelter, and Flagler’s Homeless

| January 30, 2011

Carla Traister, director of Flagler County’s cold-weather shelter in Bunnell, dispels misconceptions and stereotypes that have cropped up about the shelter, located in Bunnell behind the Bank of America.

Home Show Melodies: Throngs and Benefits At Annual Commerce and Civic Fair

| January 29, 2011

Some 300 businesses, civic, political, cultural and educational organization gathered for the 23rd Flagler Home & Lifestyle Show at FPC this weekend. Watch the photo gallery.

Incentive This: Corporate Tax-Breaking Our Way to Job Creation

| January 28, 2011

Barack Obama’s second State of the Union Address fell flat, argues St. Augustine novelist Jack Cowardin, who makes an original proposal for job creation and a break in the corporate tax rate.

Flagler 911: The Live Crime Blotter

| January 28, 2011

Threats and racist epithets, a stolen and recovered car, Oxycodone and death, head-butting at the Country Store on CR 305, taking a raccoon out of his agony, and more from the files of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

Flagler Beach Commission vs. Hurricane Patty’s: A Lot of Noise Over a Few Complaints

| January 28, 2011

Hurricane Patty’s opened as a popular restaurant and bar on Flagler Beach’s side of the Intracoastal in December. A few noise complaints are causing the city to rethink its noise ordinance. Patrons are unhappy.

Reality Check: Against Civility

| January 28, 2011

More handshakes, fewer guns and Fox news sounding more like NPR won’t make us a better country. Fewer assassinations of reason, of facts, of character, and of course of people might.

Bruce Campbell to Remain Flagler Beach’s Manager Until At Least Early Summer

| January 27, 2011

Taking the kind of decisive inaction it’s famous for, the city commission turned back an attempt by Commissioner Jane Mealy to stick by the commission’s pledge last year to discuss the issue in January.

Beyond Controversy: A Video Profile of The Sheltering Tree, Flagler’s Cold-Weather Shelter

| January 27, 2011

Don’t listen to rumors. See Flagler’s homeless for yourself, hear them speak. Charlotte Martne’s special video report of Flagler County’s cold-weather shelter puts faces behind the stereotypes and dispels a few myths.

As Bunnell PD Tries to Clear Its Name, Missing Evidence Turns Up, Discrepancies Remain

| January 27, 2011

A follow-up investigative report by the State Attorney’s office sheds more light, and raises more questions, on the Bunnell Police Department’s habit of producing previously missing evidence and paperwork.

Video: Ghost Opposition to Cold-Weather Shelter Draws Out Advocates in Bunnell

| January 26, 2011

Unseen and unheard opponents of the cold-weather shelter in Bunnell have complained to that city’s mayor. Shelter advocates made their case at a city commission meeting this week.

From Biggest Flirt (E. Bartley) to Most Likely to Succeed (Kaci Ellis): FPC’s Oscar Night

| January 26, 2011

FCAT results and teacher of the year awards give way to the real student Oscars at FPC: a complete list of the winners and nominees, and an image gallery of the show.

Pill Mill Regulation Price Tag in Florida: $65 Million; Medicine Board Approves New Rules

| January 26, 2011

The $65 million cost of the proposed pill mill rules would be due to urine test requirements on patients and other minor costs that would be spread out among 1,300 pain management clinics and tens of thousands of patients.

Spotted Seatrout Fishing Prohibited in February North of Flagler-Volusia Line

| January 26, 2011

The harvest and possession of spotted seatrout is prohibited from Feb. 1 to March 1, 2011 in all waters north of the Flagler/Volusia counties line to the Florida-Georgia border.

Leak at the Flagler Auditorium Pushes
Ten Tenors’ Gigs to Wednesday and Thursday

| January 25, 2011

A leak in the middle of the Flagler Auditorium caused by the heaviest rains of the winter caused the Ten Tenors’ performance Tuesday, Jan. 25, to be rescheduled to Thursday, Jan. 27. Wednesday’s performance will go on as planned.

Palm Coast Largely Rejects County’s Economic Development Track, Including New Tax

| January 25, 2011

Ahead of Jan. 31’s countywide summit on economic development, Palm Coast is saying no to a new sales tax, no to a common pot that limits Palm Coast’s influence, and no to a new economic development council.

Child Neglect, Drug Charges, Rotting Food in Palm Coast’s R Section Land 4 in Jail

| January 25, 2011

A 10-year-old child was removed from the home at 20 Rockne Lane in Palm Coast and turned over to child services. Thomas Ksiezopolski, Nina Holley and three others face a variety of charges.

Bunnell Manager Armando Martinez Forced To Give Up Cop Shield, But Not Extra $7,500 Pay

| January 25, 2011

The Florida Constitution forbids public employees from holding two public officer jobs simultaneously. Martinez had argued that he was a cop but not a “public officer” as such. The city attorney disagreed.

Who’s Afraid of Musical Menopause–Or Virginia Woolf? Culture Worth The Miles

| January 25, 2011

“Menopause, the Musical,” at Orlando’s Plaza Theatre, Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “West Side Story” at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House, and more.

Blank Check: City and County Bankrolling Enterprise Flagler Without a Contract

| January 25, 2011

Since 2006, Enterprise Flagler, the public-private economic development partnership, has received more than $1 million in taxpayer dollars from Palm Coast and Flagler County. Elected officials are just discovering there was no contract.

Seeking “One Voice” At Countywide Economic Summit, Commissioners Can’t Agree On Theirs

| January 24, 2011

County commissioners can’t agree on what the county’s economic development plan should be, or what should come first–a strategy, a funding mechanism or a structure to manage the whole thing. They’ll try again Tuesday.

Zora Neale Hurston Festival in Eatonville, Jan. 22-30

| January 24, 2011

The Zora Neale Hurston Festival in nearby Eatonville (just north of Orlando), Jan. 22-30, celebrates the life of one of Florida’s and black and American literature’s greatest 20th century voices.

Ten Tenors, Two Nights, One Flagler Auditorium

| January 24, 2011

The Ten Tenors made the Flagler Auditorium part of their inaugural US itinerary in 2002. They’ve performed here every year since, and will be there Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 25-26.

Blair Kanbar, Flagler County Commissioner from 1998 to 2006, Dies of Cancer

| January 23, 2011

Blair Kanbar was 66. He won election to the county commission just two years after moving to Flagler from Massachusetts. His eight-year tenure coincided with Flagler County’s fastest-growth years.

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