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Shutdown Hits Home: Castillo de San Marcos and Ft. Matanzas Among Parks Off Limits

| October 2, 2013

Starting Tuesday, the National Park Service closed all 401 national parks, including Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monuments in St. Augustine, affecting the local tourism economy. Potential foreign visitors’ visas are facing processing delays.

Florida Taxpayers Asked to Subsidize Pro Soccer on Top of NFL, NBA and Other Sports

| February 1, 2013

Up to two Major League Soccer franchises would be eligible for subsidies given to other pro sports teams in Florida under a bill filed in the Legislature, a nod to Orlando’s bid to bring an MLS team to the area.

The Downside of Tourism Jobs, and What North Carolina Can Teach Florida

| September 5, 2012

Florida is adding jobs, but mostly in tourism and service industry, low-skilled work that has involuntarily forced people into part-time employment. North Carolina has seen more employment grow in the information technology and research sectors. These jobs tend to offer higher pay and more stability.

Florida’s Casino Bill “Dead for This Year”

| February 4, 2012

A controversial bill to allow mega-resort casinos in Florida appears dead this year, after the House sponsor scrapped a vote Friday by a subcommittee that likely would have rejected the idea.

Flagler’s 7 Governments Gather to Hear How Well Their Economic Development Is Doing

| December 13, 2011

Despite enduringly high unemployment and a year of fraying rather than unity among local governments, the county hosted an intergovernmental summit Tuesday that piled back-patting on exclamation marks.

As Florida Eyes Resort Casinos As Cash Cows, Economists Warn Against Too High a Bet

| December 11, 2011

Faced with a series of unanswered questions, economists say they cannot not pinpoint how much money the state would rake in if Florida lawmakers approve a plan for three resort casinos.

In Flagler Beach, Questions, Ridicule and Anger in Search for Beach-Saving Answers

| September 20, 2011

A three-and-a-half hour town hall meeting on saving the beach renourished a lot of old ideas and complaints without settling the heart of the matter: with what means and what money to stop the shore from eroding.

Parades of Radiance From Heroes Park To Flagler Beach on America’s 235th

| July 4, 2011

Solemnity and celebration at Heroes Park was followed by Flagler Beach’s July 4th parade at the start of a day and evening of revelry. A full image gallery of the celebrations.

Eying Jobs and Tourism Dollars, Orlando Ready to Build $274 Million Arts Center

| May 29, 2011

Arts columnist Josh Garrick appraises the value of Orlando’s Philips Center for the Performing Arts–stalled for four years, now scheduled to open in 37 months with two stages, and a third at a later date.

Flagler Beach Against DOT’s Seawall: County Joins City’s Opposition, With Conditions

| April 11, 2011

Flagler County doesn’t want a seawall in Flagler Beach either, but the county doesn’t want to lose $6 million in highway funding–earmarked for SR A1A’s protection–that it hopes to shift either toward a study or toward an alternative to the seawall.

Premature Celebrations: Scott Silent on Park Closures. Legislature May Still Ax Some.

| February 11, 2011

State parks such as Washington Oaks Gardens appear to have been spared closure in Gov. Rick Scott’s budget, but they’re far from safe as the Legislature begins to look for ways to close a $4 billion deficit.

Flagler Beach Commission vs. Hurricane Patty’s: A Lot of Noise Over a Few Complaints

| January 28, 2011

Hurricane Patty’s opened as a popular restaurant and bar on Flagler Beach’s side of the Intracoastal in December. A few noise complaints are causing the city to rethink its noise ordinance. Patrons are unhappy.

Festival Filibuster: How Palm Coast Plays Hardball With Flagler Beach

| November 7, 2010

If Palm Coast is serious about playing nice with its neighboring cities and not competing for “special event” visitors, why is it doing exactly that with signs greeting visitors exiting the Interstate?

Dim-Witted Larcenist Puts Palm Coast on David Letterman’s Lips and Map

| October 19, 2010

It was a small-town news item pulled out of the Palm Coast Observer’s crime blotter. It got Letterman and Paul Shaffer going for the whole segment as they poked around Palm Coast’s location.

County Raises Bed Tax to 4%, a Victory for Milissa Holland’s Tourism Marketing Thrust

| October 18, 2010

The higher tax, Milissa Holland argued, will broaden Flagler County’s marketing power, drawing more visitors and creating more jobs for local, small businesses.

It’s Drescher’s Tower Now: Year-Long Quest Ends With Town’s Name in Its Place

| October 17, 2010

The job was finished Sunday, but it took Stan Drescher, a newcomer to Flagler Beach, almost a year and perseverance through slamming doors to have the town’s water tower named after it.

“They Don’t Give a Damn”: Flagler Beach Wants Pier Restaurant Owners Who Do

| October 5, 2010

A consultant’s report was as if tailor-made for Raymond Barshay, owner of River Grille on the Tomoka in Ormond Beach, to take over and remake the dilapidated Flagler Beach Pier Restaurant.

Tourist Tax Increase Clears Key Hurdle With 4-1 County Commission Vote

| September 8, 2010

The Flagler County Commission must now hold a public hearing on the increase of the tax from 3 to 4 percent, but the 4-1 vote suggests the measure is headed for approval.

It’s Raining Taxes: Despite Rising Revenue, County Considers Increase in Bed Tax to 4%

| August 5, 2010

The increase to 4 percent would fuel the backlash against other local tax proposals and increases.

Ormond’s River Grille Owner Closer to Taking Over Flagler Beach’s Pier Restaurant

| July 23, 2010

The iconic Pier Restaurant’s lease is up in two years. The city owns it. The city will negotiate with a new owner immediately, to the displeasure of locally owned Flagler Fish Company.

Catch FlaglerLive on CNN

| June 12, 2010

I’ll be on CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield during the 3 p.m. hour discussing the oil spill’s impact on local governments, and particular local school districts.

Primer: What Is the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act?

| June 10, 2010

A brief explanation and history of the federal law governing marine fisheries management in United States federal waters.

Liability Flops Color-Coded Safety Flags on Flagler Beaches

| May 5, 2010

Adding warning flags to county beaches wouldn’t be costly, but exposing taxpayers to liability risks might be, so county commissioners are cool to the idea.

Disney’s Monorail System Goes Off Course

| December 24, 2009

An accident, a death, 300 stranded passengers: Disney’s monorail system is in disarray. 911 calls included.

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