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What Will Tom Bexley Do? Ultimatum Clock Stops as He Calls For Key Meeting on Courthouse Impasse Monday

| July 19, 2019

In a sign of a possible breakthrough, Clerk of Court Tom Bexley called County Commission Chairman Donald O’Brien to set a Monday meeting and discuss the county’s ultimatum for a space study and more space for the sheriff at the courthouse.

Flagler’s Unemployment Rises to 4.1%, Florida’s Keeps Hovering in 3.4% Range for 12th Month

| July 19, 2019

The June unemployment figures for Flagler and Florida suggest both the state and the county have bottomed out in a job market at the closest to full employment they may see in this economic cycle.

Firefighters Rescue 2 Dogs in Blaze that Demolishes Half a Home in Beverly Beach Hours After 1-Acre Fire in Seminole Woods

| July 19, 2019

A blaze demolished much of a mobile home in Beverly Beach hours after firefighters battled a one-acre brush-fire that erupted just after 1 p.m. and spread rapidly at Seminole Woods Boulevard and Citation Parkway.

Florida GOP Leaders Hedge or Keep Silent Before Disavowing Bigoted Chant at Trump Rally

| July 18, 2019

Florida Republican leaders were mostly silent Thursday when asked about a “Send her back!” chant at a campaign rally for President Donald Trump. But once the president disavowed the chant, some GOP elected officials spoke out against it.

Palm Coast Manager Challenges Sheriff’s ‘Nebulous’ Evidence In Request For More Cops

| July 18, 2019

Palm Coast City Manager Matt Morton is challenging Sheriff Rick Staly’s request for six more deputies in palm Coast–a 20 percent cost increase–questioning the methodology of the request as lacking a basis of evidence.

Bo Sirrine, 21-Year-Old Navy Crewman, Faces Rape Charge Involving Palm Coast Girl, 13

| July 18, 2019

Bo Sirrine, a 21-year-old Navy crewman in Jacksonville, got to know the 13-year-old Palm Coast girl through the website “Plenty of Fish,” a dating website, then kept communicating with her on Snapchat and Google Hangout.

Dissatisfied, Beverly Beach Quits Waste Pro and Returns to Flagler Beach’s Garbage Haulers

| July 18, 2019

Eight months after signing on with Waste Pro for garbage service, Beverly Beach is returning to Flagler Beach’s garbage haulers because residents were dissatisfied with Waste Pro.

Sheriff’s Deputies Chase After 2 Men Who Bail From Stolen Car in Palm Coast’s R-Section

| July 17, 2019

More than a dozen Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies were searching for two men who bailed from a stolen car–a 2019 Honda–at Riviera Estates Drive a little after 8 this evening. 

Schools Will Have To Teach Minimum of 5 Hours of Annual Mental Health Instruction in Grades 6-12

| July 17, 2019

The five-hour minimum will be included in curriculums for grades 6-12, but it remains unclear if the classes will begin in the upcoming academic year. The policy finalized Wednesday does not include an implementation date.

A Routine Staff Meeting Turns Town Hall on The Gardens Development, Revealing Coming Strategies

| July 17, 2019

A routine meeting of Flagler County’s Technical Review Committee drew almost 100 people and turned into a quasi-public town hall session, revealing opponents’ legal strategy and the county’s own various concerns about the controversial proposed Gardens Development on John Anderson Highway.

The Scam Behind McDonald’s ‘McTeacher’s Nights’

| July 16, 2019

The fast food giant pioneered methods of attracting school children to its stores — from Happy Meals to marketing schemes like McTeacher’s Nights, an exploitative fund-raiser that takes advantage of teachers for very little in return.

City Council Unconvinced as it Hears Pitch For 6 Additional Deputies in Palm Coast

| July 16, 2019

The Palm Coast City Council in 2017 had approved the addition of five new deputies, but this time it’s been more skeptical that more are needed as the city focuses on other priorities.

County Agrees To $680,000 Tax Rebate Over 10 Years For an Unnamed Furniture Company

| July 16, 2019

The unanimous vote capped a brief presentation followed by a nearly hour-long stream of public support and commissioners’ applause, though most elements of the package remain hidden, and, enthusiasm aside, many of the statements were speculative, exaggerated or inaccurate.

As Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund Struggles, Reimbursements May Be Reduced Significantly

| July 16, 2019

Certain crime victims who want financial aid for out-of-pocket expenses like medical bills, lost wages or mental health counseling, will hit a lower cap on reimbursements from the fund if a proposal by the attorney general is approved.

County Threatens to Sue Clerk of Court Bexley in 48 Hours Over Space Request for Sheriff at Courthouse

| July 15, 2019

The county commission will sue Clerk of Court Tom Bexley in 48 hours of he does not agree to a space study at the courthouse, and to abide with the study’s results, in the commission’s latest effort to gain extra space for the sheriff.

The Broader Attack Behind Trump’s ‘Go Back’ Where They Came From Slur

| July 15, 2019

It would be a mistake to reduce President Trump’s tweets against four members of Congress to their racism. Rather, argues Jeffrey C. Isaac, they also articulated a broader reactionary agenda that goes beyond racism and that targets the left in general.

Chief Judge Warns Against ‘Taking’ of Courthouse As Sheriff’s Picture in Murder Investigation Lobbies Commission on Space

| July 15, 2019

Chief Judge Raul Zambrano issued a forcefully written, potentially game-changing letter on the sheriff occupying space at the Flagler courthouse even as the sheriff himself was lobbying the county commission with an illustration of constraints on his troops.

School Board Chair Aims for Broad Search for Next Superintendent, Seeing No ‘Heart’ in Internal Pick

| July 15, 2019

Janet McDonald, who chairs the Flagler County School Board through November, says she favors a broad search for the next superintendent but does not detect much interest from internal candidates to take on the job.

Total Cost of Governor’s Israel Trip: Taxpayers, $131,000. Political Donors: $311,500

| July 15, 2019

While in Jerusalem, members of the delegations stayed at David Citadel, a five-star luxury hotel selected by Enterprise Florida which cost $425 per night.

Benjamin Allen, 16, Arrested In Shooting of Elijah Rizvan Over a $125-Drug Deal

| July 14, 2019

Benjaim Allen, 16, was arrested and charged in the murder of Elijah Rizvan, 17, Friday night on Palm Coast’s Westford Lane, the consequence of what had been planned as a deal for marijuana.

John M. Clark, 47, Found Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot on His Boat in Palm Coast’s C-Section

| July 12, 2019

The afternoon of July 10, Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies found John Michael Clark, 47, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, an apparent suicide carried out on his boat.

Jim Tager Will Retire Next June, Ruling Out Return and Triggering Search For 5th Superintendent in 10 Years

| July 12, 2019

Superintendent Jim Tager will retire in 11 months and will not subsequently return even if the Flagler County School Board were to make arrangements for it, he told the board in a letter.

Citing Police Role and Trust, South Miami Will Challenge New Law Banning Sanctuary Cities

| July 11, 2019

“As soon as [police] are seen as somebody who might turn you in if you called for assistance, they’re no longer trusted and they can no longer do their primary job,” the South Miami mayor says.

Flagler School District Is Finally A-Rated Again, Ending 7-Year Drought With Broad Improvements

| July 11, 2019

The drought ends seven straight years of Bs, after a four-year streak of As before that. Twenty-four of Florida’s 67 districts are A-rated, 54 are either A or B rated.

Michael Kolendo, 74, Dies in Medically Related Crash Near His Home in Palm Coast’s F Section

| July 11, 2019

Michael Kolendo, 74, was dead for possibly more than an hour Wednesday evening in Palm Coast’s F Section when someone on Farmsworth Drive noticed Kolendo’s white car as if parked in a swale, still running, with Kolendo at the wheel.

Florida’s New Poll Tax Will Cost the State $365 Million a Year

| July 10, 2019

A report by the Institute for Policy Studies cites new research illustrating the cost of felony disenfranchisement in Florida, where recidivism is higher and therefore more costly to taxpayers than in states where it’s lower.

Appeals Court Rules Florida Marijuana Law’s Restrictions Violate Amendment Legalizing Medical Pot

| July 10, 2019

Florida’s law requiring pot operators to grow, process and distribute cannabis and related products created an “oligopoly” and runs afoul of a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in the Sunshine State, an appellate court ruled Tuesday.

County Sends Ultimatum to Clerk of Court, Asking For Additional Space at Courthouse For Sheriff By July 31

| July 10, 2019

The ultimatum was prompted by by County Commissioner Dave Sullivan, who pushed the administration to follow through on a county commission vote almost two months old to secure more space for the sheriff at the courthouse.

Dennis McDonald Now Owes County $70,000 Over Frivolous Case, But Says He Won’t Pay

| July 10, 2019

An administrative law judge is recommending that Dennis McDonald, the former candidate for local office, pay $11,000 to cover the county’s costs in an appeal McDonald had filed against having to pay an earlier judgment of $59,000. So the combined amount he owes is now $70,000.

3 Crashes in Space of 33 Minutes on Flagler Roads: 4 Vehicles, 4 Injuries, All Minor

| July 10, 2019

The crashes took place on Seminole Woods Boulevard, on I-95 near the State Road 100 intersection, and on State Road 100, near Blackpoint Road, all between 12:01 and 12:34 p.m. today.

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