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10 Acres In, Wetlands Restoration Project Near Flagler Beach Is Still Kicking Up Turbid Opposition

| April 11, 2019

Construction on the controversial $516,000 Flagler County Coastal Wetlands Restoration Project began on Feb. 13 on 100 acres of decades-old dragline ditches in the area of the Intracoastal Waterway, parallel to Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area and parts of Flagler Beach.

Seawalls and the Tyranny of Small Decisions

| April 11, 2019

The seawall-construction project in Flagler Beach is problematic. Building living shorelines rather than concrete walls, is going to give us the best chance at ensuring a healthy beach for generations to come.

Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax.

| April 11, 2019

A bill supported by Democrats and Republicans would make permanent a program that bars the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service.

Between Batterers’ Classes and Ankle Monitors, A Few Strides Against Domestic Violence in Flagler

| April 10, 2019

The latest update of the sheriff’s domestic violence task force pointed to a few gains but mostly through a more robust investigative and monitoring system, and the addition of anger management classes in Flagler.

Bill Allowing Cheaper Drug Imports From Canada Advancing Against Big Pharma Fit

| April 10, 2019

Gov. DeSantis has championed the legislation as a way to curb prescription drug costs. But his effort continues to draw opposition from representatives of the pharmaceutical industry who say importing drugs could increase the amount of unsafe and counterfeit drugs.

Deputies Seeking Public Help in 2nd Day Of Chasing Man Wanted On Multiple Charges

| April 10, 2019

The suspect is Justin Tyler Blake, 24, described as having dark colored shaggy hair down to his shoulders, a full, dark-colored beard, and wearing wearing a black t-shirt and black pants. He’s wanted on felony eluding and assault charges, and on a domestic violence charge, among others.

In a First, FPC’s Bulldog Patrol Presents Safety Plan to Marjorie Stoneman Commission, Drawing Raves and Calls to Scale Statewide

| April 10, 2019

A six-student team of problem solvers presented their student-centered safety plan to the state commission established after the Parkland school massacre, and were asked by several commission members to spread their plan statewide, including at the Broward school.

Time for $15 an Hour and a Union

| April 9, 2019

After years of idling lawmakers, the idea now has more traction in Congress thanks to the recently introduced Raise the Wage Act, which would set a national minimum pay of $15 an hour by 2024.

Renner’s Panel Goes Jekyll and Hyde on Felons, Easing Punishments But Not Voting Rights

| April 9, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee Palm Coast’s Paul Renner chairs on Tuesday passed a crime bill that eases some punishments and makes it easier for felons to reintegrate society but also passed a restrictive interpretation of Amendment 4 and felons’ right to vote.

At Manager Matt Morton’s 1st Workshop, Palm Coast Hears Results of a Year’s
Market Investments

| April 9, 2019

Palm Coast government earned $224,000 from its investments in the fourth quarter up from $146,000 at the end of the third quarter in 2017, with rising income at every quarter since, according to the city’s latest investment report.

Classrooms as Career Incubators: Flagler School District Showcases Students’ Paths to Local Jobs

| April 9, 2019

The Flagler County school district showcased its 21 flagship programs at 10 schools, each designed to give students means to experience careers first-hand while completing academic requirements.

Tuesday Briefing: Bill Baxley at 80, Palm Coast Investments, Plastic Straws, Amendment 4, Red-Light Cameras

| April 9, 2019

Palm Coast City Manager Matt Morton sits for his first workshop, Bunnell’s Bill Baxley turns 80, controversial bills on felons’ right to vote, plastic straws and red-light cameras are debated in Tallahassee.

Senate Panel Advances Bill That Would Require Felons to Pay Fines and Restitution Before Voting

| April 8, 2019

The 3-2 party-line vote followed a hurried 27-minute hearing on the bill, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Brandes, the Pinellas County Republican. Opponents of the bill are pleading to make financial burdens a roadblock to voting.

Senate Panel Divides 5-4 in Advancing Measure Requiring Minors’ Parental Consent for Abortion

| April 8, 2019

After rallying and testimony from numerous activists on both sides of the issue, a Senate panel Monday approved a proposal that would require minors to receive parental consent before having abortions.

52-Year-Old Palm Coast Man Charged In Sexual Abuse of a Woman Since She Was 12

| April 8, 2019

Leon Norman Wiley Jr., 52, is charged with sexual battery–or rape–of a custodian over a victim between the age of 12, a first degree felony with a potential for life in prison.

Used on Lawns, A Popular Weed Killer’s Alleged Link To Cancer Spreads Concern

| April 8, 2019

Glyphosate is by far the most widely used herbicide in the United States, and probably worldwide. It is used on nearly every acre of corn, cotton and soybeans grown in the U.S. You may have sprayed it on your lawn or garden.

James McDevitt Back in Flagler This Week To Contest 40-Year Sentence and Rape Conviction

| April 8, 2019

James McDevitt, the former Palm Coast resident serving 40 years on a 2015 conviction for rape, is alleging ineffective counsel by two successive lawyers.

Monday Briefing: Veteran Court, Guns in Church, Bunnell Swearing-In, Amendment 4, Matt Morton’s 1st Day

| April 8, 2019

Judge Bryan A. Feigenbaum discusses Veteran Court services at a DSC event, three commissioners are sworn-in in Bunnell, the Legislature takes up guns in church and Amendment 4, restoring felons’ right to vote.

Florida House Unanimously Approves Plan That Would Permanently Add a County Judge in Flagler

| April 7, 2019

The Florida House on Thursday unanimously approved a plan to add two new county judges, one of them in Flagler, where County Judge Melissa Distler’s workload has long been among the heaviest in the state.

Felons’ Right To Vote and Paul Renner’s Cynical End Run Around Amendment 4

| April 6, 2019

Paul Renner, Flagler’s GOP representative and future Speaker of the House, is being dishonest and disingenuous in his defense of a bill that would make felons’ right to vote dependent on paying back all financial obligations.

FPC Student Charged With Threatening School Shooting Was Twice Charged With Raping Young Children

| April 5, 2019

James G. Cooke III, the 17-year-old Flagler Palm Coast High School student charged on Thursday night with a felony for allegedly making a video SnapChat threat of shooting up an unspecified school, was twice before charged with raping children, according to arrest records.

Mayor Holland Exults In City’s Innovation Centered Renaissance In State of the
City Address

| April 5, 2019

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland’s State of the City Address this afternoon at the Palm Coast Community Center was to focus on the city’s renewed energy, its innovative district in Town Center, and an unscripted introduction of new City Manager Matt Morton.

Mayor Milissa Holland’s 2019 State of the City Address: ‘We Are One Palm Coast’

| April 5, 2019

The full text of Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland’s State of the City Address, presented at the Palm Coast Community Center Friday. The theme of the address is “One Palm Coast.”

Citing ‘Corruption’ Potential, Sheriff Turns Over Investigation of Tourism Director Matt Dunn to FDLE as Lukasik Takes Over Division

| April 5, 2019

The Sheriff’s Office requested that the criminal investigation of Flagler Tourism Director Matt Dunn be conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Amy Lukasik, the tourism bureau’s marketing director, is taking over Dunn’s duties for now.

Snapchat Video Threatening a School Shooting Leads to 17-Year-Old FPC Student’s Arrest

| April 5, 2019

A 17-year-old Flagler Palm Coast High School student was arrested just before midnight Thursday after a Snapchat video sent under the name “Jimmy Boy,” showing ammunition and a message–“I’m ready to shoot up the school”–was detected by a county resident and traced back to the student.

Flagler Tourism Director Matt Dunn Is Suspended; County Seeking Criminal Investigation

| April 4, 2019

Matt Dunn, Flagler County government’s tourism director for the past five years, was placed on paid administrative leave this morning pending the outcome of a criminal or administrative investigation. Dunn’s future with the county appears tenuous.

12-Year-Old Girl Pulls Out Small Knife When Boy Refuses To Move From Her Seat

| April 4, 2019

A knife incident involving a 12-year-old student at Buddy Taylor Middle School broke a nearly seven-week lull in school-safety incidents Wednesday morning. No one was hurt.

Palm Coast Councilman Jack Howell To Homelessness Task Force: ‘It Needs To Be Done My Way.’

| April 3, 2019

Palm Coast Council member Jack Howell attacked the homelessness task force in charge of drawing up goals to address the issue, but did not himself provide any goals. A gap of mis-perceptions between public and agencies addressing homeless issues is making concrete solutions more difficult.

Divided Council Approves $5.6 Million Park Additions, Including ‘Splash Pad’ At Holland and Pickleball Courts at Ralph Carter

| April 3, 2019

Residents criticized the Palm Coast City Council’s decision to forego pickleball courts at Holland Park in favor of a “splash pad” and six pickleball courts at Ralph Carter Park. Two council members found the costs too extravagant.

Rebuilding Captain’s BBQ in Place Is ‘Off the Table,’ But Decision On New Lease and Location Is Delayed

| April 3, 2019

Flagler County government is not willing to repair the existing Captain’s BBQ restaurant at its own expense. Rather, it is favoring building a new structure at Captain’s expense, but not necessarily on Captain’s more expansive terms.

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