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Archive for: February, 2011

Tense Community Meeting on Homeless in Bunnell Yields to Problem-Solving

| February 21, 2011

Businesses had complained that the shelter was a magnet for problems while advocates disputed turning their mission into a scapegoat for problems beyond the shelter. The meeting diffused tensions as both sides agreed to keep talking.

As County Health Departments Brace For Cuts in Vital Services, Flagler’s Makes Its Case

| February 21, 2011

The Flagler County Health Department sees an average of 136 people a day, providing clinical, dental and maternal services, among other things, that no other agency provides. That safety net is in jeopardy.

Despite Successes, Flagler Auditorium Loses Out on at Least $15,000 in Tourism Funding

| February 21, 2011

The first $10,000 were lost when the tourism council’s logo did not appear in a TV ad. Another $10,000 are in jeopardy because of a missed deadline, though the auditorium is having a successful year, with three sold-out shows so far.

My Favorite Republican: A Look Back at Eisenhower’s Otherworldly Farewell Address

| February 20, 2011

On the 50th anniversary of Eisenhower’s farewell address, what’s striking about the speech today, Donald Kaul argues, is its tone of balance and moderation. It sounds like a speech not merely from another era but from another planet.

Florida to Jobless: Tough Luck.
Benefits To be Cut. Businesses To Get a Bye.

| February 20, 2011

Driven by Florida businesses, the Legislature is preparing to cut eligibility for the jobless and making it harder to claim benefits. Flagler’s unemployment rate is hovering around 16%, Florida’s around 12%.

N-Word Reckonings: Wrestling With ‘Nigger’ In and Out of Context

| February 19, 2011

This essay on the history “nigger” as word and weapon is a postscript to the Mockingbird controversy and an introduction to next weekend’s performances. It is presented in the spirit of education, discussion—and, hopefully, debate.

A Nation of Bullies: Our Children Are Watching. And Waiting.

| February 19, 2011

From Columbine to Tucson, Americans have been watching and waiting for the nation to take bullying seriously. Heather Beaven argues that as victims keep falling, the nation is still waiting.

President Bill Clinton’s Speech on the Columbine High School Massacre

| February 19, 2011

Full text of President Bill Clinton’s speech to the Columbine High School community in Littleton, Colo., on May 20, 1999, following the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999, in which senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 12 students and a teacher before killing themselves.

Commissioner Flynt’s Election-Qualifying Check Bounces, But Not His Candidacy

| February 18, 2011

Flynt made good on the check as soon as the city clerk informed him of the bounce, 20 days after qualifying ended, but did so with cash. State law requires the payment to be made with a cashier’s check, “the end of qualifying notwithstanding.”

Reality Check: Rick Scott vs. Florida

| February 18, 2011

It’s become one of Governor Rick Scott’s favorite clichés: “Government has no resources of its own. Government can only give to us what is previously taken from us.” He’s in the wrong country.

Gallery Whales: Rick Cannizzaro’s Giants Opening at Ocean Publishing

| February 17, 2011

The third in a series of gallery shows that tie art to books (and a cause), Rick Cannizzaro’s “Ocean Giants” features 11 new paintings of whales, along with a few works from previous shows.

Saving Carver Gym: Breakthrough In Sight, Barbara Revels Battles One Last Obstacle

| February 17, 2011

County Commissioner Revels is preparing to submit a plan to the commission that would blend financial responsibility and management of Carver Gym between various groups while diminishing two existing employees’ direct control.

A Morning Memorial on A1A for Jigme Norbu Before His Walk Resumes By Other Steps

| February 17, 2011

The Dalai Lama’s nephew’s body was flying back to his home in Indiana as a group of friends and supporters gathered at the accident site in the Hammock before resuming his Walk for Tibet-Florida, ending in West Palm Beach later this month.

Cops Recoil Over Florida Pension Reforms; Deferred Retirement (DROP) Slated to End

| February 17, 2011

Senate plans introduced Wednesday would replace traditional state pension plans with 401(k)-style systems, and would end the deferred retirement option plan known as DROP.

Dalai Lama’s Nephew’s Last Day: Jigme Norbu Remembered, and His Mission Honored

| February 16, 2011

Jigme Norbu’s Florida walk for Tibet will continue, starting with a prayer ceremony on A1A in the Hammock Thursday morning in honor of Norbu, the Dalai Lama’s nephew killed there Monday evening.

Despite Potential for 14,000 Jobs, Scott Rejects $2.4 Billion in High-Speed Rail Money

| February 16, 2011

SunRail in Volusia and the passenger rail line between Jacksonville and Miami are also in jeopardy as Gov. Rick Scott announces focus on roads and seaports.

$75-an-Hour Fee Wrecks on Council Shoals As Beach Clean-Up Plan Is Rejected Again

| February 16, 2011

In a 4-3 vote, the Flagler County Tourist Development Council turned back a $15,000 request for beach clean-ups by the Friends of A1A Scenic and Historical Byway group. The group’s third try in four months is its last.

Leon Redbone, Anne Frank and Orlando’s Art & Living Expo: Culture Worth the Miles

| February 16, 2011

Winter Park’s Morse Museum is expanding, Orlando’s Downton Art Living Expo, Leon Redbone at the Plaza Theatre, and the “Diary of Anne Frank” at the Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park.

Medicaid Changes For 2.9 Million Floridians: Fewer Choices, More HMOs

| February 16, 2011

A Florida Senate proposal would vastly increase the role of managed care in Florida’s $20 billion Medicaid program, and pull out of the federal system if the federal government doesn’t approve it.

Behind the Story: Jigme Norbu’s Death–and Flagler’s Responsibility to His Last Steps

| February 15, 2011

Flagler County is a small world, often too impressed by its own smallness. It would be compounding loss upon loss if Jigme Norbu’s death had a greater effect elsewhere than in what will always be the grounds of his very last steps.

Dalai Lama’s Nephew Killed by a Car While Walking for Tibet on A1A in the Hammock

| February 14, 2011

Jigme Norbu, nephew to the Dalai Lama, had walked or biked 7,800 miles for Tibet on several continents, and had just started his 20th walk, and first in Florida, when he was struck and killed near Palm Coast.

Chamber Survey: 21% of Floridians Would Leave; Business, Government Equally Blamed

| February 14, 2011

The annual Sunshine State Survey finds 65 percent of Floridians saying the state is worse or the same as five years ago, and 69 percent saying business leaders do the right thing only some of the time or never, about as much as government leaders. The full results.

State Attorney Larizza on Bunnell’s Ghetto Spy-Cams: Should Be a Cost-Benefit Thing

| February 14, 2011

State Attorney R.J. Larizza echoed comments by Public Defender Jim Purdy and Bunnell Commissioner Elbert Tucker on the economics of spy cameras, though a majority of the commission appears sold on the idea.

Donald Flynt, Son of Bunnell Commissioner, Jailed on Fraud Charge

| February 14, 2011

Donald Flynt, the 25-year-old son of Bunnell City Commissioner Jimmy Flynt, was jailed on Friday on a charge of obtaining property by fraud.

Don’t Be Alarmed: Smoke-Testing in Palm Coast’s P-Section Sewers Feb. 21-25

| February 14, 2011

Some residents may see smoke rising from yards, streets or drains, signaling faulty sewer lines or plumbing. Residents may experience caughing, but the city says the smoke is not hazardous to health and dissipates within 15 minutes.

A First for Matanzas High School: Rebecca Wight a National Merit Finalist

| February 14, 2011

Matanzas High School senior Rebecca Wight is one of 15,000 finalists across the United States, a little more than half of whom will be selected for an award in march.

Memories of River City: “The Music Man” Then and Now

| February 13, 2011

Caren Umbarger, artistic director of the Flagler Youth Orchestra, grew up in Mason City, the real setting for “The Music Man”‘s River City, and both her grandfather knew Meredith Willson, the musical’s author, personally. She recalls her youth–and previews the show.

More Charter Schools, Less District Oversight: Where Rick Scott and Jeb Bush Merge

| February 12, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Jeb Bush’s education foundation are teaming up for a concerted push to open more charter schools while reducing or eliminating local school district approval and oversight, among other plans under the school “choice” umbrella.

Gumbo Humanitarian: Sauce Boss
Crusade for the Poor Blues Up Flagler

| February 12, 2011

Sauce Boss Bill Wharton: a blues-singing, gumbo-cooking humanitarian for the needy feeds the homeless Friday and performs at the Florida Agricultural Museum Saturday in a fundraiser for the museum and the needy. A profile.

Fearful of Obstructing Pier Restaurant Deal, Flagler Beach Kills Lifeguard Tower

| February 11, 2011

After eight years of trying, winning an $80,000 federal grant, and spending $51,600 on construction, commissioners reversed course on a lifeguard tower to satisfy the Pier Restaurant’s potential new owner, who worried about blocked view.

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