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As Flagler Governments Consider Impact Fee Cut, Evidence of Economic Benefit Is Slim

| September 30, 2012

Builders and developers want the Flagler school board and Flagler County to cut impact fees–the one-time tax on construction–saying it’ll help the economy grow. But plenty of evidence says it won’t, while Flagler residents still reel from low values and empty houses that more new houses won’t help.

Impact Fees: What They Are, Who Pays Them, How Much They Pay

| September 30, 2012

Whether you call them impact fees, taxes or hidden taxes, they’re a Florida and Flagler County reality. An explanation and definition of impact fees with a local rate schedule by city and county.

The Palm Coast City Council’s Disturbing Synthetic Marijuana High

| September 30, 2012

On synthetic pot, the Palm Coast City Council and other local governments are being had, as governments trample due process to enforce a legal shortcut against a ghost epidemic–the latest hysteria in the derelict war on drugs.

From Tape-Downs to Lockdowns: A Day in the So-Called Life of a Cancer Patient

| September 30, 2012

Three radiation treatments in and with 39 to go, Jo Ann Nahirny describes life at the curfew-happy Hope Lodge for cancer patients, her manhandling on the radiation table, and her husband’s angelic patience.

Deeper Knowledge from an Ocean of Films

| September 29, 2012

Ocean film festivals are venues for knowledge, understanding, networking and, of course, the viewing of beautiful and important films, and they’re vital for those who want to be involved in ocean conservation, writes Frank Gromling.

Beata Kinecka, 39, of Palm Coast, Is Killed, 6 Are Injured in a 4-SUV Wreck on Belle Terre

| September 28, 2012

Beata Kinecka, 39, of Palm Coast, was killed, and six other local residents in three separate cars, including a 16-month-old baby, were injured in a wreck that involved both northbound and southbound lanes of Belle Terre Parkway just north of the White View Parkway intersection late Friday evening.

Florida Conservation Groups Mobilize for National Public Lands Day Saturday

| September 28, 2012

A coalition of Northeast Florida’s leading conservation organizations are using this occasion to raise awareness about the importance of  publicly-owned conservation lands and to encourage the community to explore, volunteer and advocate for the protection of these vital natural resources.

Flagler Sheriff Tallies DUI Catch as Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Blood-Test Case

| September 28, 2012

Flagler County deputies arrested 11 drunk drivers and many others on charges unrelated to DUI. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether forcing a DUI suspect to submit to a blood test is constitutional.

Videos of Horse Chase Through Bunnell, Just Released, Show Rider at a Gallop

| September 28, 2012

Three surveillance videos catch glimpses of Charles Cowart as he rode a horse through various parts of Bunnell on Tuesday, particularly South Bunnell, as cop cars chase him and crowds gather.

Paul Novak of Palm Coast Charged With Murdering His Wife in New York in 2008

| September 28, 2012

Paul Novak, a resident of Lewiston Court in Palm Coast since 2009, faces a second-degree murder charge and an arson charge in the death of his wife Catherine Novak, who was found dead in her charred home in New York’s Hudson Valley in December 2008.

Mitt Romney’s , and Republicans’, Goldwater Moment

| September 27, 2012

Blowing an election it should have won, the GOP might finally realize it has strayed far out of the mainstream and become a little too odd for the American public, writes Bill Cotterell.

Customer Wins “Stand Your Ground” Ruling After Confrontation With FPL Bill-Collectors

| September 27, 2012

An appeals court Thursday agreed with the dismissal of criminal charges against a Miami-Dade County man who relied on the state’s “stand your ground” law after a confrontation with two Florida Power & Light workers on his property.

How Two Council Members, Out of View, Got WNZF to Back-Pedal on Synthetic Marijuana

| September 27, 2012

What was behind what sounded like a retraction on synthetic marijuana by WNZF’s David Ayres on his Free For All Friday show last week? Private discussions between Palm Coast Council member Bill McGuire with Mayor Jon Netts, and a letter Netts wrote Ayres, that the council never discussed openly–even as the council has yet to vote finally on the matter.

From Red Lights to School Buses: Florida Looks For Traffic Spy Cameras’ Next Perch

| September 27, 2012

Despite having by far the safest record of any mode of transportation, including in Flagler, Florida school officials are looking to add spy-and-snap cameras on school buses similar to red-light cameras at Palm Coast and other cities’ intersections. School districts would reap most of the cash benefits from fines.

Bill Nye the Anti-Creationism Guy: Five Reads Thursday

| September 27, 2012

Bill Nye finally calls creationism inappropriate for children, suicides now exceed auto fatalities as leading cause of injury deaths, a Texas school board lets men spank girls, Obama’s immorality, the F-22’s many disasters, Florida’s new 600-lever voting machines, and Flagler jail bookings.

Those 11 Constitutional Amendments on November’s Ballot: Women League Says Just Vote No

| September 26, 2012

Florida voters will see 11 of the most confusing, complex and sometimes misleading state ballot amendments ever proposed, and voters will need to decide: Do I want this in our state constitution? Deirdre Macnab, state president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, says No.

In Bunnell, A Succession of Disagreements Over Who’s in Charge When Head Cheese Isn’t

| September 26, 2012

Bunnell City Manager Armando Martinez names either his finance director or his grants director as the acting manager when he’s away. Commissioner Elbert Tucker says it’s a violation of the city charter, which spells out who’s in charge when the manager isn’t: the city clerk, the chief of police then the mayor, in that order.

A 26-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Is Arrested On 3 Counts of Lewd Sex With 14 Year Old

| September 26, 2012

Javon Hall, a 27-year-old resident of Whispering Pine Drive in Palm Coast, is in jail on $100,000 bond following his arrest on three charges that he had sex with a 14-year-old Palm Coast girl. The victim termed some 30 encounters consensual, which is no defense for Hall under the law.

Using Straw Man, Palm Coast Ridicules County’s Opposition to Red-Light Cameras

| September 26, 2012

Rather than address questions raised by County Commission Chairman Barbara Revels, the Palm Coast Council invented a claim that the county wanted to enable law-breaking, unsafe drivers, and dismissed Revels’s request to reconsider installing spy cameras on State Road 100.

Obama Opens Biggest Florida Lead Yet As Romney Reels from 47% Remark

| September 26, 2012

Romney’s challenge is no longer to win just undecided voters–a very thin sliver–but to win back voters who have decided to give Obama a second term. The three October debates are Romney’s last chance to make a play for those voters.

Floridians’ Consumer Confidence at Highest Level Since 2007

| September 26, 2012

All five of the five components that make up consumer confidence increased, including expectations about personal finance, national economic conditions, and buying confidence, according to the latest analysis by the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

Paul Ryan Goes Rogue: Five Reads Wednesday

| September 26, 2012

Paul Ryan goes rogue, the inaccuracy and inhumanity of the terms “illegal immigrant,” Obama finally defends free speech, students moralize their cheating, Lady Gaga remembers her bulimia, plus the Flagler jail bookings.

Matanzas Pirates’ Mission: A Senior Rallies Students and Faculty For a Teacher’s Survival

| September 25, 2012

Juan Pablo Torres, a senior at Matanzas High School, decided to repay his English teacher, now undergoing cancer treatment in Gainesville, by showing her how students and teachers at Matanzas take care of their own.

Palm Coast Mayor Netts Says Amendment 4 Takes Taxes From “Screwy” to “Screwier”

| September 25, 2012

Other Flagler government leaders joined Jon Netts in criticism of of proposed Constitutional Amendment 4, which would limit the tax liability of commercial, rental and vacant properties while lowering the tax liability of first-time home-buyers, but at the expense of local government revenue, which has been battered since 2007.

Horseman, Termed Drunk, Takes Bunnell Police on Long Chase Through the City

| September 25, 2012

Charles Cowart, 29, was arrested and charged with charged with disorderly conduct and cruelty to animals, among other charges, after the chase forced a train to stop and brought various parts of Bunnell to a brief, gaping standstill.

Tyler Scott Van Balvern, 21, Victim of Fourth Motorcycle Fatality in 7 Weeks On Flagler Roads

| September 25, 2012

The body of Tyler Scott Van Balvern, 21, the latest motorcyclist killed since Aug. 1 on Flagler roads was discovered Sunday in a ditch roughly across from the Black Cloud Saloon. The motrcycle was located almost 40 feet inside the woodline.

Early Voting War Over as Judge, Citing “Souls to the Polls” Sundays, Refuses Injunction

| September 25, 2012

The war over early voting in Florida ahead of November’s presidential election appeared to wind down Monday, with a federal court refusing to block a portion of the state’s controversial 2011 elections law.
In a ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan denied a request from Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown and other black voters to issue […]

Five Reads Tuesday: Clinton Tells Muslims to Grow a Pair

| September 25, 2012

Obama takes break-out lead in most polls, Bill Clinton tells Muslims to grow a pair, Roger Cohen calls Netanyahu’s childish bluff, the Arctic’s disappearing ice, J.K. Rowling goes adult, plus Flagler County’s jail bookings.

Flagler’s SAT Scores Tumble to Lowest Level in at Least 8 Years as Florida’s Improve

| September 24, 2012

The declines some of them steep, took place in all categories–reading, math, writing–at both Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School, with one exception in reading at Matanzas.

Capsized Speedboat, High on Marijuana Bricks, Washes up on Flagler Shore

| September 24, 2012

The 25-foot speedboat bearing a stash of marijuana, which washed up on shore Sunday and Monday, was beached near the Flagler By the Sea campsite in Beverly Beach. Such speedboats have become a means of choice for smugglers of drugs or human traffickers in recent years.

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