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Archive for: October, 2011

With $16 Million in Incentives, Florida Lands Boeing’s Manned Space Flight Venture

| October 31, 2011

Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation-100 or CST-100, might employ 500 by 2015, when the space shuttle replacement vehicle would begin commercial launches as part of the private-public Space Florida venture at the Kennedy Space Center.

Council Candidate DeLorenzo Takes $500 From Waste Pro Even as City Mulls Garbage Contract

| October 31, 2011

Jason DeLorenzo defended the decision to take the money, one of two of his largest contributions, saying he hadn’t seen it as a conflict nor had he thought about it, but conceding in retrospect that it was “a bad decision.”

This Week in Flagler and Tallahassee: Women Take Over Flagler’s Stages

| October 31, 2011

A dull week in politics, not a dull week on stage: It might as well be Seneca Falls in Flagler County this week as women take over at the City Repertory Theatre (“Talking With…” and the Flagler Playhouse (“Steel Magnolias”). Plus, First Fridays in Flagler Beach and celebrations at Washington Oaks.

Flagler 911: The Live Crime Blotter

| October 30, 2011

Squatters arrested on Milwaukee Ave., chasing an undocumented alien in Holland Park, midnight obscenities in the Mondex, a probation violation on speed, and the usual thefts from unlocked cars.

Heist in Print: How Newspapers Sold Their Soul to Business Brigands

| October 30, 2011

Ethics in newspaper media, such as the once-inviolable church-state wall between newsrooms and the business department, are for the most part history as newspapers seek profits at the expense of public trust, Donald Kaul argues.

In “Talking With…,” Yet Another Triumph for Palm Coast’s Embryonic City Repertory Theatre

| October 30, 2011

Jane Martin’s “Talking With…” is an emotional roller-coaster of laughs and sorrows through 11 women’s monologues, superbly pulled off in Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre’s newest production at Hollingsworth Gallery.

Proposed Amendment to End Ban on Government Funding of Religion is Challenged

| October 29, 2011

Proposed Amendment 7 on the 2012 ballot deletes a provision in the Florida constitution that bars government funding of religious institutions, replacing it with a prohibition against denying funds to anyone based on religious identity or belief.

In a Switch, Flagler Beach Backs Doggie Dining At Some Restaurants, With Regulations

| October 28, 2011

Dog-friendly dining in Flagler Beach, never exactly absent from some restaurants, is now entirely legal and embraced by the city commission that had sought to ban it just a few weeks ago.

Nuisance Bust in Palm Coast’s R Section Has Neighbors Cheering as 5 Are Arrested

| October 28, 2011

The house at 20 Rockne Lane is in foreclosure and severely damaged inside, and was allegedly used for minor drug activity. Five people were arrested there.

My Fairest Tax Proposal: A Tax on Nonsense

| October 28, 2011

Watching Republican candidates debate taxes and creationism on TV reminds me of original Star Trek episodes featuring those low-tech aliens that nevertheless managed to speak English every time.

Red-Light Cameras Draw Class-Action Lawsuit Citing Constitutional Violations

| October 28, 2011

If successful, the lawsuit would have far-reaching consequences as it seeks reimbursements for all ticket fines, which in Palm Coast exceed $1.35 million since 2008.

Swell of Surfers Beats Back Flagler Beach Bid to Broaden Pier’s No-Go Zone, For Now

| October 27, 2011

Flagler Beach’s proposal to double the no-surf zone to 300 feet around the Flagler Beach pier petered out before it was considered, with a caveat: commissioners want more self-policing from surfers, or else.

Foreclosure Tale: When Renters, Despite Protections, Are Intimidated Into Leaving

| October 27, 2011

Palm Coast’s Genis family–mother, father, six children–was duly paying rent on its Smith Trail home when it was sold by the court and the family was given 10 days to clear out, even though it never saw an eviction notice.

68-Year-Old Driver Jailed in Flagler After Eluding 5 Cop Agencies and Ramming a Cruiser

| October 27, 2011

Ronald Pinkerton, 68, was chased by Port Orange, Holly Hill, Ormond Beach, Volusia and Flagler cops early Thursday before finally be stopped by Flagler deputies and taken to jail, his face lacerated and bloodied.

Visitor in Critical Condition After Car Strikes Him Near the Flagler Beach Pier

| October 27, 2011

Antonio Branca was walking back to his car near the pier in Flagler Beach was struck by a Cadillac Thursday afternoon and taken to Halifax hospital in critical condition.

Judge Casts Serious Doubt on 3% Pension Contribution by Public Employees

| October 27, 2011

The 3 percent contribution and the end of cost of living adjustments to public employees’ pensions may not be legal; if reversed, the state would see an almost $1 billion hole open up. Local governments would also be affected.

Sunset Symphony, Partying Like Cavemen and Comedy with Class: Culture Worth the Miles

| October 27, 2011

The Orlando Philharmonic at Bok Tower Gardens, Disney Bargains, the Orlando Science Center’s Neanderthal Ball, a festival of new plays at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and more.

DCF Warning About People Impersonating Child Protection Agency’s Investigators

| October 26, 2011

Impersonators of DCF investigators have the Sheriff’s offices in Santa Rosa and Bay counties on the look-out, and the Florida Department of Children and Families warning parents against engaging with individuals lacking proper credentials from DCF.

Drawing Mayor’s Rebuke, Palm Coast Manager’s Trash Talk Skips Agenda Notice

| October 26, 2011

Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon drew up bid restrictions for the city’s $35 million trash contract designed to favor Waste Pro, the current hauler, while virtually disqualifying others–and preventing two potential new city council members from having a say in the contract.

Ethics Commission Finds Against Oel Wingo, ex-Palm Coast Deputy Manager, on Various Charges

| October 26, 2011

The Florida Ethics Commission found probable cause that Oel Wingo, in her brief tenure as Holly Hill city manager last year, misused her position, falsified and destroyed public records. Wingo served in Palm Coast for a decade.

Unaccountability and Unproven Quality in Rush Toward Virtual Education in Florida

| October 26, 2011

A new study, citing Florida and other virtual school pioneers, says for-profit companies are pushing states to offer full-time virtual instruction paid for by state tax dollars with little research on the quality of these programs.

Subtle Revelations as Commissioners Speed-Date Through 15 Job Council Candidates

| October 25, 2011

An inside look at today’s rapid-fire one-on-one job interviews with 15 of the 36 candidates looking to fill the county commission’s nine-member economic development council.

Herman Cain’s Mark Block Smokes Up a Foggy Campaign

| October 25, 2011

Herman Cain’s latest campaign ad, featuring Mark Block, his campaign manager, lustily smoking a cigarette, is a great send-up of the self-righteous culture of hyper-health.

Florida Lawmaker Proposes Broader GPS Tracking of Juvenile Offenders

| October 25, 2011

Florida’s Juvenile Justice system eliminated its ankle-monitoring system in 2004. GPS tracking would be cheaper, but also possibly more pervasive, and paid for out of local dollars set aside for various court initiatives.

Federal Judge Calls Florida’s Drug-Testing Of Welfare Recipients Unconstitutional

| October 24, 2011

Judge Mary Scriven called Florida’s requirement that welfare recipients be drug-tested a violation of 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable searches, and dismissed claims that the law would save money.

300-Ft. No-Surf Zone Plan Around Flagler Beach Pier Has Surfers Angling for Battle

| October 24, 2011

A season rich in storms, good waves and good fishing resulted in renewed clashes between fishermen and surfers around the Flagler Beach pier, and the latest proposal to extend the no-surf zone around it, priming angers before Thursday’s Flagler Beach City Commission meeting.

Flagler 911: The Live Crime Blotter

| October 24, 2011

A son allegedly beats up his elderly mother just back from visiting her husband at the hospital, a pit bull bites a 10-year-old boy, trespassers aplenty, and again with people who don;t lock their cars then call the cops to complain about stolen GPS devices.

The Live Poll: Palm Coast City Council Elections

| October 24, 2011

The Palm Coast City Council Elections: Dennis Cross and Jason DeLorenzo in one race, Bill McGuire and Holsey Moorman in another. Come cast a vote in the Live Poll then cast a real one at the real polls.

Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” at DeLand’s Athens Theatre Nov. 3-13

| October 24, 2011

Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” in a Stetson University and Sands Theater Company production at DeLand’s Athens Theatre November 3 through 13.

Nuclear Socialism: FPL and Progress Energy Get $282 Million Rate Hike

| October 24, 2011

Though FPL’s and Progress Energy’s nuclear plants may never be built, the Public Service Commission is set to approve billing utility customers now for those future costs.

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