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Flagler Unemployment Creeps Up Again, to 9.4%, But Labor Force and Net Jobs Grow

| March 28, 2014

Flagler County’s unemployment rate again rose in February, to 9.4 percent, a decimal-point increase over the previous month and some 80 more people went on unemployment. But The county’s overall employment went up sharply, by 364 (for a total of 31,976), and the county’s labor force went up even more, by 442–both signs of growing strength in the local economy as more workers seem encouraged to join the labor force, and more workers are actually finding jobs.

Baker Acts, Age and Social Responsibility: Sheriff Manfre’s Alert to Emerging Perils and Possible Solutions

| February 24, 2014

In a broad-ranging discussion before the Palm Coast City Council, Flagler Sheriff Jim Manfre described a deteriorating mental health landscape affected by age and other stresses, but also pointed to mental health courts and other ways to address the growing problem without turning to cops and jails.

A Flagler Farewell to 2013: The Local Year in Review

| January 1, 2014

A tornado, plane crashes and mishaps, Flagler County going bonkers for clunkers, a spate of murders in Palm Coast, Flagler Beach’s firehouse follies, Bunnell’s reality show: 2013 is ending not a moment too soon. But first, a review.

Bowing to Hammock, Thrasher and Hutson Will File Bills to Restore Vacation-Rental Regulations

| October 16, 2013

Sen. John Thrasher and Rep. Travis Hutson made their pledge to repeal the vacation-rental law during the annual legislative delegation meeting in Flagler Wednesday, which drew more than a full house because of that controversial issue. But repeal is unlikely as the 2011 law, which makes it easier to operate a house as a mini-hotel, passed the Senate unanimously, and the House overwhelmingly.

Flagler’s State Lawmakers Lend an Ear to Local Pleas in Annual Wish-Listing Ritual

| October 13, 2011

Gambling regulations, state dollars for Flagler’s roads, warnings against the unintended consequences of state budget cuts and numerous more local concerns busied the nearly two-hour meeting between Flagler’s state lawmakers and local politicians, organizations and citizens.

Resuming Eastward March, Palm Coast Will Annex Graham Swamp’s 3,300 Acres

| July 26, 2011

Palm Coast will annex the Graham Swamp area to better control its assets, which include the new Graham Swamp trail, but the annexation is also a beachhead on attractive property along Colbert Lane.

Caution Urged as Lightning Triggers Fire in Palm Coast’s Central Park and 7 Other Places

| May 27, 2011

The fire in Central Park was small and quickly out out, but other fires are burning across Flagler County. Fire chiefs are reminding residents of the burn ban in effect. That means no Memorial Day weekend bonfires.

Economic Development Set Punts Again to More Meetings, Postponing Hard Questions

| March 18, 2011

The same five “strategic goals” were hashed over again in the third day of an economic development summit, and a fourth was scheduled in May, for yet another $7,000 for “facilitator” Don Upton, bringing his tax-funded total to $30,000.

Familiar Slogans and More Familiar Questions as 2-Day Economic Development Summit Ends

| March 5, 2011

It was left up to Palm Coast City Manager Jim Landon to remind the assembled that slogans don’t make economic development policy, and unity of message is still far from a given in a county with diverse interests and constituencies.

Economic Development Summit: Diagnostic Kumbayas Drown Out Harder Questions

| March 4, 2011

Day one of the summit produced generous and optimistic self-evaluations from some 60 elected and had-picked representatives of local governments, but no breakthrough on fundamental differences on economic development financing or leadership.

I-95 and U.S. 1 Both Re-Open, Traffic Crawls as Firefighters Battle 1,000-Acre Fire in St. Johns

| February 28, 2011

All northbound lanes of I-95 have been closed since 2 p.m. at U.S. 1 near the Flagler-St. Johns County line because of thick plumes of smoke wafting over the highway in St. Johns, where firefighters are battling a large brush fire.

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.

U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls to 9.4%, But Underlying Improvement Is Limited

| January 7, 2011

The economy added 103,000 jobs in December, but the falling unemployment rate masks persistently bad numbers for the long-term unemployed, including 2.6 million workers no longer counted in the unemployment rate.

Flagler Unemployment Falls to 15.5%, But County Labor Force Shrinks By 1.5%

| November 19, 2010

Flagler County’s unemployment fell only because the labor force is shrinking faster than jobs. But the county still lost jobs in September, and Palm Coast still tops the state’s metropolitan unemployment rates.

Mockingbird Appeals Committee’s Challenge: Loyalty to “Protocol” vs. Free Expression

| November 11, 2010

Interviews with appeals committee members reveal a divide between instinctive revulsion of censorship and hesitancy over second-guessing a principal’s decision even as the facts of the case continue to be muddled by unspecified generalities.

Conklin Triggers Mockingbird Appeals Committee, Likely Enabling Play’s Revival

| November 1, 2010

Unearthing a district policy on “the appropriateness of books or materials,” School Board member Colleen Conklin appealed the decision to cancel the play. A committee will be appointed to handle the appeal.

Census: Flagler’s Population Stalls at 91,600; 28% of Housing Units Vacant; Poverty Rising

| September 29, 2010

The 2009 population figures mean that Flagler will almost certainly not cross into six-figure territory when decennial census figures are announced. Figures on housing, income, poverty and insurance were also released.

Income, Employment and Labor Data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 Census Bureau Community Survey

| September 29, 2010

Detailed, charted table of the Census Bureau’s employment, income and labor data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 American Community Survey.

Population and Demographics Data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 Census Bureau Community Survey

| September 29, 2010

Detailed, charted table of the Census Bureau’s population and demographics data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 American Community Survey.

Social Profile for for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 Census Bureau’s Community Survey

| September 29, 2010

Detailed, charted table of the Census Bureau’s social profile (marriages, divorces, origins) data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 American Community Survey.

Housing and Real Estate Data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 Census Bureau’s Community Survey

| September 29, 2010

Detailed, charted table of the Census Bureau’s housing, development and real estate data for Flagler County and Palm Coast, 2009 American Community Survey.

Water Wars Redux: Homeowners Sue
Palm Coast Over Annexation Bullying

| August 13, 2010

Palm Coast is forcing Palm Coast Plantation property owners to sign annexation agreements in exchange for water and sewer services. The owners say Palm Coast is breaking the law.

Tax Wave Hits Flagler Beach First: Rate Going Up 22% (But It’s Not As Bad As It Sounds)

| July 8, 2010

In Flagler Beach as elsewhere, big increases in property tax rates will be offset by big decreases in property values, resulting in a wash for most taxpayers.

In Blow to Palm Coast, St. Johns Latest to Retreat from Desalination

| May 5, 2010

With St. Johns’ role and money minimized, Palm Coast taxpayers must assume a far larger share of the $1.2 billion project.

10 Named to Flagler’s Manatee Rules Panel

| May 3, 2010

A county-appointed rules committee has 60 days to recommend whether manatee speed zones are needed in Flagler’s waterways.

Florida Law on How New Manatee Protection Rules May Be Adopted

| May 3, 2010

Complete language of Florida Statute § 379.2431(2)(f) which sets out the steps the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and county governments must follow when adopting rules regulating “speed and operation of motorboats for purposes of manatee protection.”

Photo Gallery:
Flagler’s Hopes Shimmer to the Glint of a Train

| May 1, 2010

A photo gallery of Saturday’s turnout of some 150 people at Bunnell’s and Flagler’s plea to Amtrak to reestablish a stop in Bunnell.

Palm Coast Joins County in (Unspoken) KKK Denunciation

| April 20, 2010

The city will re-post the same statement Flagler County posted on its website last week. The statement doesn’t mention the KKK.

Briefing: Florida’s Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund Program

| April 19, 2010

Explanation of Florida’s $3,000-per-job tax rebate for companies creating new jobs in certain industries. The program is used by Flagler County and Palm Coast.

KKK Confirms: We’re Recruiting in Flagler

| April 18, 2010

In an interview with FlaglerLive, KKK Imperial Wizard Cole Thornton says the drive will continue across the state. Dan Warren recommends vigilance.

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