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Archive for: July, 2012

Fearing Rejection at the Ballot Box, County Opts to Renew Sales Tax Unilaterally

| July 31, 2012

The Flagler County Commission decided not to put out a half-cent sales tax renewal to voters this year, choosing instead to renew the tax by a vote of the commission by November. The decision ensures that the tax will stay on the books, generating $4 million for the county and the cities.

Flagler County’s Holmberg Problem: Beach Erosion Guru Dredges Up Skepticism

| July 31, 2012

Dick Holmberg of Holmberg Technologies spoke of his beach erosion option to three local government panels meeting jointly today, but left most skeptical about the reliability and extent of the information he is willing to provide before landing a $50,000 contract for a project analysis.

Why I’d Eat at Chick-fil-A

| July 31, 2012

I’d eat again at Chick-fil-A, just to send a message to the sanctimonious, self-congratulatory organizers of a boycott campaign that is targeting the business, writes columnist Bill Cotterell.

7 Republican Mirrors Racing for Congressional District Seat that Includes Flagler

| July 31, 2012

The contest to become the Republican nominee for the new and open congressional District 6 seat is cluttered with seven Republicans who largely agree on staple issues from taxes, to guns to Obamacare.

Josh Davis, Flagler County Judge Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 31, 2012

Josh Davis is one of seven candidates for Flagler County Judge in the Aug. 14 primary election, vying to replace Sharon Atack. Here’s the Live Interview.

Bill Corkran, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 30, 2012

Bill Corkran is one of four candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 14 primary election, which will decide the winners: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Sue Dickinson, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 30, 2012

Sue Dickinson is one of four candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 14 primary election, which will decide the winners: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Colleen Conklin, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 30, 2012

Colleen Conklin is one of four candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 14 primary election, which will decide the winners: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Deborah Laury, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 30, 2012

Deborah Laury is one of four candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 14 primary election, which will decide the winners: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Early Voting Starts in 5 Counties, But Flagler And 61 Others Must Wait Until Saturday

| July 30, 2012

Legislators changed the election law in 2011 and reduced the number of early voting days from 15 to 10. At least two legal challenges have been filed to the early voting dates, though neither is likely to be decided before the primary election, Aug. 14.

Frank Meeker for Flagler County Commission, District 2

| July 30, 2012

Frank Meeker for Flagler County Commission, District 2: his accomplishments, goals, strengths and vision for the future of Flagler County.

A Vigil of 300 Flickers with Solidarity and Sorrow For Meredith Smith and Lane Burnsed

| July 29, 2012

Some 300 people turned out Sunday evening on the sands of Flagler Beach, including the parents of Meredith Smith and Lane Burnsed, the teens killed in a wreck on I-95 Thursday. The crowd was mostly young, emotional and subdued.

ALEC’s Influence in Florida Is Broad
And Deep, With Business and Lawmakers

| July 29, 2012

ALEC–the extreme right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council influencing many legislatures around the county–has an inordinate amount of influence on the Florida Legislature, according to a report by a coalition of liberal groups.

Slipping the Surly Bonds of Earth On the Hovers of Ospreys

| July 28, 2012

Watching wild birds, ospreys especially, is one of Frank Gromling’s favorite things to do, linking back to a romance with the thrill of flying flying that takes its inspiration from John Magee’s “high untrespassed sanctity of space.”

Sharon Feliciano, Flagler County Judge Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 28, 2012

Sharon Feliciano is one of seven candidates for Flagler County Judge in the Aug. 14 primary election, vying to replace Sharon Atack. Here’s the Live Interview.

Don Appignani, Flagler County Judge Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 28, 2012

Don Appignani is one of seven candidates for Flagler County Judge in the Aug. 14 primary election, vying to replace Sharon Atack. Here’s the Live Interview.

Marc Dwyer, Flagler County Judge Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 28, 2012

Marc Dwyer is one of seven candidates for Flagler County Judge in the Aug. 14 primary election, vying to replace Sharon Atack. Here’s the Live Interview.

Craig Atack, Flagler County Judge Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 28, 2012

Craig Atack is one of seven candidates for Flagler County Judge in the Aug. 14 primary election, vying to replace Sharon Atack. Here’s the Live Interview.

Melissa Moore Stens, Flagler County Judge Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 28, 2012

Melissa Moore Stens is one of seven candidates for Flagler County Judge in the Aug. 14 primary election, vying to replace Sharon Atack. Here’s the Live Interview.

W. Scott Westbrook, Flagler County Judge Candidate: The Live Interview

| July 28, 2012

Scott Westbrook is one of seven candidates for Flagler County Judge in the Aug. 14 primary election, vying to replace Sharon Atack. Here’s the Live Interview.

Tired of Waiting, Florida Audubon Sues Management District Over Everglades Pollution

| July 27, 2012

Florida Audubon Society on Friday filed legal petitions to force the South Florida Water Management District to enforce more-stringent laws put in place five years ago to reduce phosphorus levels in the Everglades.

Families Mourning Loss of Meredith Smith, 17, and Lane Burnsed, 19, Killed in Wreck

| July 27, 2012

Meredith Smith, 17, and Lane Burnsed, 19, killed on I-95 in a three-vehicle accident Thursday, had attended Flagler Palm Coast High School. Three other people were critically injured.

Flagler Beach Fire Chief Gets His Job Back As Serious Allegations About City Manager Emerge

| July 26, 2012

Flagler Beach City Manager Bruce Campbell retreated from plans to fire Flagler Beach Fire Chief Martin Roberts, giving him instead a three-day suspension, following a three-hour hearing that revealed a devastating series of issues surrounding the controversy and Campbell’s management of it.

When Bankruptcy and a Second Mortgage Combine Into an Opportunity for Florida Homeowners

| July 26, 2012

“Bankruptcy” and “exciting news” don’t usually go together well in the same conversation. But a recent ruling by a federal court is giving Florida homeowners a window of opportunity to strip off a second mortgage, argues consumer attorney Lewis Roberts.

“All Done With Pure Heart”: A Defense of Flagler Beach Chief Martin Roberts

| July 26, 2012

Patricia Sigman, a long-time, Orlando-based labor and employment attorney, ended Flagler Beach Fire Chief Martin Roberts’s three-hour disciplinary hearing with a searing indictment of the the city administration and an earnest defense of Martin, who nhad kept silent throughout the month-long controversy. Here’s Sigman’s complete closing.

Countering 2 Precedents, Florida Court Rules Pregnancy Discrimination Is Not Illegal

| July 26, 2012

Appeals courts in 1991 and 2008 had clearly stated that either the state law’s intent forbids discrimination or federal law, which explicitly forbids it, preempts state law. Yet the appeals court in Miami ruled against a woman fired from her real estate job after she got pregnant.

Elian Gonzalez Affair Returns to Haunt Don Appignani, Flagler County Judge Candidate

| July 25, 2012

The Florida Bar publicly reprimanded Don Appignani in 2002 over a conflict of interest charge when he was a labor attorney for INS employees, following his role representing INS employees involved in the Elian Gonzalez affair. Appignani disputes most of the findings to this day.

A Stabbing at European Village, a Spate of Domestic Violence and Arrests in Palm Coast

| July 25, 2012

An unusually pronounced series of unrelated domestic and neighborhood issues, including a drug-related stabbing at European Village, resulted in the arrest of 5 people in Palm Coast between Friday and Tuesday.

Freddie Giddens, Ormond Beach Pharmacy Robber, Sentenced to a Minimum of 25 Years

| July 25, 2012

Freddie Giddens, Kenneth Jenkins, and Thavelin Watson took part in a Sept. 6 armed robbery in Ormond Beach, and were caught after a police chase through Palm Coast that ended in the Z Section.

Prison Privatization Still Unconstitutional As Court Rejects Attorney General’s Appeal

| July 25, 2012

In a victory for police unions, an appeals court ruled against Attorney General Pam Bondi in a long-running battle about the Legislature’s attempt last year to privatize prisons across southern Florida.

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