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Archive for: February, 2011

Mississippi’s F. Gray Swoope Jr. Is Scott’s Pick for Enterprise Florida

| February 28, 2011

Gray Swoope has been the head of the Mississippi Development Authority under Gov. Haley Barbour. He replaces John Adams, whom Gov. Rick Scott fired last month as Enterprise Florida president.

Epcot’s Flowers, Chocolate Science, Shaffer’s Equus: Culture Worth the Miles

| February 28, 2011

From truffles to crepes at the Orlando Science Center’s Chocolate festival, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s one-man Beowulf, the Orlando Ballet’s ¡Bailamos! and Peter Shaffer’s Equus at the The POINTE Performing Arts Center.

Unresolved: Who’s To Arbitrate Daring Artistic Expression–Principals or the School Board?

| February 28, 2011

The triumph of “Mockingbird” is past. The Flagler County School Board’s confusion over how to prevent another controversy without chilling artistic expression isn’t, as a pair of proposed policy changes indicate.

I-95 and U.S. 1 Both Re-Open, Traffic Crawls as Firefighters Battle 1,000-Acre Fire in St. Johns

| February 28, 2011

All northbound lanes of I-95 have been closed since 2 p.m. at U.S. 1 near the Flagler-St. Johns County line because of thick plumes of smoke wafting over the highway in St. Johns, where firefighters are battling a large brush fire.

Flagler Beach City Commission Election: 3 Candidates Mostly of 1 Mind for 2 Open Seats

| February 28, 2011

Phil Busch, Kim Carney and Marshall Shupe, candidates for the Flagler Beach City Commission election on March 8, more or less agree on most issues, making the race mostly a matter of personalities.

Un-American Activities: US Rep. Peter King’s Coming Demonization of American Muslims

| February 27, 2011

Ina column, Michael Keegan warns against U.S. Rep. Peter King’s misusing congressional hearings on preventing domestic terrorism to stoke fears about the alleged radicalization of U.S. Muslims.

Gerald D. Tucker, 58, Killed As He Walked In Silver Springs Shores

| February 27, 2011

Gerald Dwain Tucker, 58, of Ocala, was walking north on County Road 464 in Silver Spring Shores when he was killed by a pick-up truck the morning of Feb. 26.

Labrent T. Douglas, 21, Killed in Single-Car Wreck on U.S. 441 Near Reddick

| February 27, 2011

Labrent Trevor Douglas, 21, of Reddick in Marion County, was killed just after 2 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, in a single-car wreck on U.S. 441 in Marion County.

Memory for Cause: Flagler Youth Orchestra In Concert For Founder and The Sheltering Tree

| February 26, 2011

Members of the Flagler Youth Orchestra and Caren and Paul Umbarger’s Island Duet will perform Sunday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. at Bunnell’s Methodist Church in memory of Jobnathan May and to benefit the Sheltering Tree, Flagler County’s cold-weather shelter.

Florida’s Drug Database Targeted for Destruction as Lawmakers Swallow Pill Mills

| February 26, 2011

Florida’s drug database, even if caopable of fighting pill mills, is “Big Brother” to Rob Schenck, Republican House Health and Human Services Chairman. Others are joining him to do away with the drug database.

Corey Nichols, 34, Found Dead Near Walmart in Palm Coast from Likely Drug Overdose

| February 26, 2011

Deputies are investigating the suspicious death of a 34-year-old man found this morning in a wooded area on the westside of Walmart on Cypress Point Parkway in Palm Coast.

Why To Kill a Mockingbird Is a Triumph for Flagler, And Especially for FPC’s Drama Club

| February 26, 2011

They endured, they persevered, and now they’re finally in their element, on stage. You won;t be disappointed by the FPC student production of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Flagler Auditorium.

Lifeguard Tower Rises Again in Flagler Beach, Pier Restaurant Lease Falters

| February 26, 2011

The commission reversed itself and voted to build the tower. The decision displeased the prospective owner of the Pier Restaurant. Several other deal-breakers hardened in those negotiations, leaving the restaurant deal in doubt.

Florida Pension Redo: Rank and File Would Contribute 2%, Management and Elected 4%

| February 25, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott is backing a proposal that would have all county, school and state workers contributed 5 Percent of their pay to the state pension system. A new proposal would bump that down to a maximum of 4 percent.

More Turmoil at the Top in Flagler Beach: CRA Director Caryn Miller Resigns

| February 25, 2011

Caryn Miller had been Flagler Beach’s community redevelopment agency director since 2006, and the city’s acting manager briefly last year. She was passed over for the permanent job.

Defense of Marriage Act: A Crack in the Crock

| February 25, 2011

The Obama administration came to its senses and called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. The homophobic law passed in 1996. We’re still a long way from equal rights for gays and lesbians. Pierre’s radio commentary.

Marineland’s Future: Dividends in Waiting After Acquisition by Georgia Aquarium

| February 24, 2011

David Kimmel, President of the Georgia Aquarium, the new owner of Marineland’s dolphin attraction, and others assess the future of the marriage between town and attraction.

U.S. Citizenship Test: When Even the Federal Government Doesn’t Know the Right Answers

| February 24, 2011

The writer, a Canadian who just became a citizen, realized she would not pass the U.S. Citizenship test unless she kept the correct answers to herself. She investigates the big differences between the citizenship test’s presumed answers and the real answers.

As Politicians Mull School Cuts, FPC Lights 10 Candles to Excellence: The IB Class of 2012

| February 24, 2011

While Tallahassee and the local school district prepare to cut school budgets, FPC students lit 10 candles in a ceremony Wednesday symbolizing the very best that local education offers, and produces, in Flagler County.

Ryan Rogers, Son of Bunnell Commission Candidate, Jailed on Drug and Other Charges

| February 24, 2011

Rogers was allegedly trespassing on Flagler County Housing Authority grounds, from where he ran when a cop confronted him. He is in jail on $1,500 bond.

Trailer Overturns and Shuts I-95 in Palm Coast, Wrecks 2 Cars, Doffs Tons of T-Shirts

| February 24, 2011

The 18-wheeler was traveling north just past the Palm Coast weigh station on I-95 when it overturned around 3 a.m., triggering a wreck with two other cars and spilling parts of its freight of tens of thousands of tons of t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies.

Impact Fee Challenges in Florida: Legislature Moving to Neutralize Local Governments

| February 23, 2011

Local governments are challenging a 2009 law they consider an unfunded mandate that shifts the burden of proof from developers to governments in impact fee challenges. In a boon for developers, lawmakers are rewriting the law to make it challenge-proof.

Depression-Era Art, Piano Extravaganzas, Bands, Brews, BBQ: Culture Worth the Miles

| February 23, 2011

A New Deal for Artists: works from the Depression at the Mennello Museum of American Art at Loch Haven Park, SHOUT! The Mod Musical, Tzimon Barto and Laurent Boukobza in their ‘Double Piano Extravaganza,’ and more.

Severe, $3.5 Million in School Cuts on the Way: 40 Teachers, Shorter Days, Shorter Calendar

| February 23, 2011

The Flagler County School Board agreed to the cuts today, the result of federal stimulus aid running out and Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed cuts to the education budget. Many of the cuts must be negotiated with the unions.

Scout’s Up: Mockingbird‘s Real Stars Take the Auditorium Stage Thursday for 3-Day Run

| February 23, 2011

The controversies over, cast members of the Flagler Palm Coast High School Drama Club production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” talk about their roles in the show at the Flagler Auditorium Feb. 24-26.

40-Acre Controlled Burn on CR11 Goes Out of Control and Jumps Flagler-Volusia Line

| February 23, 2011

The fire, still not under control, centered in a swamp, was encompassing some 50 acres and accounts for the smell of smoke that residents in Bunnell and Palm Coast will be experiencing. No homes have been affected.

From Raves to Shock: Flagler Playhouse’s Artistic Director and President Both Resign

| February 22, 2011

John Sbordone and Diane Ellertsen had been associated with the transformation of the erratic Little Theater of Palm Coast into the successful Flagler Playhouse, including unparalleled sell-out shows this season. They resigned over differences with the Playhouse board of directors.

Heroes Park, Site of Monument Vandalism, Will Get a Motion-Activated Alert System

| February 22, 2011

The $5,000 laser-perimeter system is similar to security installations at other city properties. It connects directly to a security operator who then has the option of alerting police dispatch.

Meeker on Economic Development: Mountains Of Questions Before the Next Summit

| February 22, 2011

Frank Meeker, the Palm Coast city councilman, frames the next countywide economic development summit in a set of questions–and a few answers of his own.

63-Year-Old Man Lost in Palm Coast’s P-Section Since Morning Found at 2:30p

| February 22, 2011

Jan Jablonski and his dog, lost from their home on Patrick Place in Palm Coast’s P Section since 8 a.m. today, were found at 2:30 p.m. in good condition behind the Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club at 73 Patricia Drive.

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