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Archive for: August, 2011

Banning Near-Shore Oil Drilling for Good in Florida: Proposed Constitutional Amendment Is Filed

| August 31, 2011

The proposed amendment, filed Tuesday by Sen. Arthenia Joyner, matches a House version filed earlier this year by Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg. It would ask voters to put into the constitution a ban on exploration, drilling, extraction or production of oil in Florida waters.

As Voting for Palm Coast Mayor Begins, Netts and Ericksen Duel More Sharply

| August 31, 2011

Mayoral candidate and challenger Charlie Ericksen and incumbent Jon Netts accentuated their differences in the Palm Coast Civic Association forum: Ericksen for change, Netts for staying the course.

So You Think You Can Dance in Orlando, Wild Art in Sanford: Culture Worth the Miles

| August 31, 2011

Robert Mier’s wild Florida at Gallery First, So You Think You Can Dance comes to the Amway Center in Orlando, Disney on Ice, the Musical of Musicals at the Winter Park Playhouse, and more.

Despite Raises, Average Teacher Pay Is Eroding Significantly in Flagler and Florida

| August 31, 2011

Average teacher pay at the end of last year in Flagler was $48,067. Adjusted for inflation, it represents an 8.5 percent decline compared with pay in 2006. Take-home pay declined further this fall.

Pointing to Recession, Floridians’ Consumer Confidence Crashes Again to Near-Record Low

| August 30, 2011

The dramatic decline in consumer confidence is just three points shy of 59, the mark set in June 2008, when the nation was in the midst of the Great Recession. Figures released by the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

With Pill Mills and “Internet Cafes” in Sight, Palm Coast Prepares Stricter Regulations

| August 30, 2011

The Palm Coast City Council holds little hope for state law to crack down on gambling posing as Internet cafes, which are proliferating in the city, so it’ll regulate them through zoning laws. It’s doing the same for pain clinics, once moratoriums on both types of businesses expire.

Small Government’s Price: No Sidewalk Money, City Says in Wake of Boy’s Death on Seminole

| August 30, 2011

Just as the county cut out a helicopter pilot to save money, Palm Coast has been delaying planned sidewalk projects, including sidewalks along Seminole Woods Boulevard, for lack of money.

16-Year-Old Student Head-Butts Deputy in Matanzas High School Fight

| August 30, 2011

The student was involved in a fight with another student over a boy-girl issue when Cpl. Don Apperson intervened–and was struck on the right temple. The student was charged with felony battery. Another employee was hospitalized.

A 6% Tax on Bottled Water in Florida: Ormond Beach’s Sen. Lynn Revives Proposal

| August 30, 2011

The bottled-water tax in Florida would pay for repairing environmental damage from trashed plastic. The water industry is opposing Ormond Beach Sen. Evelyn Lynn’s proposal.

15-Year-Old Kirt Smith Dies as a Result of Injuries from Seminole Woods Blvd. Collision

| August 29, 2011

Kirt Smith, 15, was riding south with a friend on Seminole Woods Blvd. at 9 p.m. Friday when he was struck by a pick-up truck driven by Gary White Jr. Smith died at 5:37 p.m. Aug. 29.

Child and Animal Abuse Charges Land a 35-Year-Old Woman in Jail

| August 29, 2011

Three children–ages 5, 8 and 14– more than two dozen animals were living in the Reid Place house in Palm Coast. The house was overrun with garbage, animal food and feces.

Flagler Beach Restaurant Owners Vow To Fight City’s Ban on Dog-Friendly Dining

| August 29, 2011

For years, and with more frequency recently, several Flagler Beach restaurants allowed patrons to bring their dog as long as they sat in outside-dining areas. Commissioners never heard of a problem–until they heard of the state requirement that the city formalize the practice by ordinance, which they killed, 3-2.

Taking Note of Flagler, Gov. Rick Scott Speaks Economics and Listens to Local Leaders

| August 29, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott arrived early at a breakfast meeting with government and business leaders this morning, briefing the group on his business-centered agenda while holding an informal Q&A with the assembly.

Rick Scott, Pointer Sister: He Sings “Fire” at The Golden Lion, Does the Pier, Then Turns In

| August 28, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott’s unexpected dinner drop-in at Flagler Beach’s Golden Lion this evening coincided with a wreck outside. He gave the tambourine and the Beatles a go before making out on the Flagler Beach pier.

This Week in Flagler and Tallahassee: Scott at the Chamber, Early Voting and Pills Again

| August 28, 2011

The Palm Coast City Council discusses next steps as its pill-mill moratorium approaches its end, early voting for the mayoral primary begins Monday, many agencies are in slow-motion mode ahead of Labor Day.

Rick Scott’s 2nd Trip to Flagler: More Generous With Chamber Than Firefighters

| August 28, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott will be at the Flagler chamber of commerce for an 8 a.m. breakfast meeting Monday, part of the governor’s ongoing outreach tour to improve his image.

Brutal Weekend: Early Morning Wreck on SR 11 Leaves 19-Year-Old in Critical Condition

| August 28, 2011

19-year-old Trevor White was traveling south in a Ford F150 when it veered off and smashed into a tree at 5:45 Sunday morning, Aug. 28. He was evacuated in critical condition.

Stetson Kennedy, Nemesis of KKK And Jim Crow, Is Dead at 94

| August 28, 2011

Stetson Kennedy, the civil rights activist, journalist, folklorist, author and lecturer, died in St. Augustine Saturday, Aug. 27, with his wife Sandra Parks at his side. He was lucid to the end.

A. J. Neste’s Eye on Irene

| August 28, 2011

Memorial for Hurricane Irene: A.J. Neste, Flagler Beach’s premier photographer, contributes a gallery of Irene at its fiercest, when it was parallel with Flagler’s shore this week.

Man Drowns North of Flagler Beach, Near Condos Where Family Had Recently Moved In

| August 27, 2011

James Palmer, 55, who was staying at the Oceanside condominiums in Beverly Beach with his family, drowned just before 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. A 55-year-old surfer also died in New Smyrna Beach three hours earlier.

Incumbents Jon Netts and Holsey Moorman Leading Money Race In Palm Coast Elections

| August 26, 2011

Mayor Jon Netts is leading the money race with $8,600. Charlie Ericksen, his principal challenger, has raised $4,469 so far, with 18 days to go for the primary. Holsey Moorman, whose election isn’t until November, has raised $6,840 so far.

Borrowing From Rick Perry: Gov. Rick Scott Wants More Texas in Florida Universities

| August 26, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott wants to treat universities and colleges more like private businesses, as Rick Perry is trying to do in Texas, with more scrutiny over professor and university performance.

Flagler 911: The Live Crime Blotter

| August 25, 2011

A twice-attempted home invasion witnessed by a child, vandalism of Ralph Carter Park’s soccer fields, vacuuming quarters, a very long list of larcenies and burglaries, and more.

Rick Scott’s Sunshine Problem: Missing E-Mails and a Questionable FDLE Probe

| August 25, 2011

From a supposedly accidental purge of entire Rick Scott administration email accounts to an FDLE probe that appears to be a conflict of interest, the governor’s problems with open records continue.

9/11 Brotherhood Ride Honored by Hammock’s Firefighters on 40′s Way to Ground Zero

| August 25, 2011

The 40 cyclists from first-responder departments around the country set off from Naples for the 1,600-mile journey on Aug. 20. They’ll be at Ground Zero in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Charlotte Marten’s video report.

An Exploding Toilet Breaks the Monotony of a Point Pleasant Afternoon

| August 25, 2011

A portable toilet leaning on the grass of a lot just cleared for construction exploded this afternoon, causing more noise than damage. It looked like the work of errant boys wasting a firecracker.

Campaign Notes: Defacing Moorman, Excluding Ericksen, Unseating Kim Weeks

| August 25, 2011

Palm Coast City Councilman Holsey Moorman reacts to his vandalized sign, Democrats explain why they invited Jon Netts and not Charlie Ericksen, and the complete list of candidates thinking (or not) of challenging Kimberle Weeks, the Flagler County Supervisor of Elections.

Hurricane Update: Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Coastal Waters Off Flagler

| August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene won’t slam Florida the way it will the Northeast, but high surf of 12 to 18 feet near shore means a tropical storm warning for coastal areas here and windy conditions overnight.

Lethal Edict: Florida Supremes Rule “Isolated Mishaps” Aren’t Enough to Stop Executions

| August 24, 2011

Clearing the way for executions by lethal injection, a unanimous Florida Supreme Court ruled invalid death row inmate Manuel Valle’s objection to pentobarbital, one of the three drugs used to put inmates to sleep–and to euthanize animals.

Native Sons: Remembering Josh Crews One Young Writer at a Time, With a Ball

| August 24, 2011

Josh Crews, the long-time manager at Woody’s and voracious reader, was killed last year in a car crash. The Josh Crews Fund is created in his memory to underwrite writing scholarships in Flagler schools. A fund-raising masquerade ball is scheduled for Oct. 28.

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