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Wednesday Briefing: iFlagler Honored, Flagler Beach Business Town Hall, Facing Grief Together, Florida Bar, Democratic Debate

| June 26, 2019

A town hall focused on Flagler Beach business, iFlagler honored in Orlando, Democrats hold the first presidential debate of the election season in Miami, with the second on Thursday night.

Flagler County Officials Disavow Confederate Flag That Flew at Princess Place Preserve’s Caretaker Grounds

| June 25, 2019

A Confederate flag hung at the grounds of the caretakers for Flagler County’s Princess Place Preserve even as county employees came and went on the public park’s lands–until a Palm Coast resident noticed it and complained.

Out of Patience, Sheriff Demands County Action on Space Needs: ‘This Situation Cannot Continue’

| June 25, 2019

The sheriff’s letter to the county commission chairman echoes the same urgency and call for action that the sheriff used just over a year ago to compel the county to provide a healthier space for employees than the troubled Operations Center.

State and Utilities Gang Up Against Proposed Amendment Deregulating Electricity

| June 25, 2019

The proposal, backed by Citizens for Energy Choices, calls for creating “competitive” electricity markets in which customers would have the right to choose electricity providers or to produce their own power.

Tuesday Briefing: Heat Index to 107, Renters’ Rights, School Diversity Awards, Opioid Task Force, Palm Coast Budget

| June 25, 2019

The Palm Coast Council takes on its 2019-20 budget, teachers Nina deBodisco and DeAndre Harris are Flagler Schools Excellence in Diversity Education Award winners, Flagler County hosts a renters’ rights workshop.

In Proxy War Over Homeless Shelter, Bunnell Shuts Down Church’s Other Relief Works

| June 24, 2019

The Bunnell commission voted 5-0 to deny First United Methodist Church on Pine Street so much as new showers or new bathrooms, in essence preventing the church from operating as an overnight relief center for volunteer emergency crews during natural emergencies.

5 Palm Coast Residents, 4 of them Felons, Arrested on Drug Charges in R-Section House

| June 24, 2019

Friday morning, several Flagler County Sheriff’s detectives and deputies, including a SWAT Team detachment and members of the federal secret service, served a warrant at 11 Raemoor Drive. Five individuals were in the house and arrested.

Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings, Crime and Incident Reports for Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell

| June 24, 2019

Palm Coast and Flagler County jail bookings, day and night shift commanders’ crime and incident reports investigated by Sheriff’s deputies and archive.

Flagler County Crime Falls 20%, Steepest Drop in Decades and Almost 3 Times Larger Than Florida Average

| June 24, 2019

Flagler County’s crime index in 2018 fell by 20.2 percent, by far the largest year-over-year drop in at least 18 years, and a decline almost three times the 7.4 percent drop in crime across Florida over the same period.

Meth In The Morning, Heroin At Night: Inside The Seesaw Struggle of Dual Addiction

| June 24, 2019

Researchers who have tracked drug use for decades believe the new meth crisis got a kick-start from the opioid epidemic: Across the country, more and more opioid users say they now use meth as well, up from 19% in 2011 to 34% in 2017.

Monday Briefing: Mid-90s, Bunnell Decision on Homeless Shelter, FPC’s Own K-9, Bow Wow Bingo Benefit

| June 24, 2019

The Bunnell City Commission takes up an appeal of its zoning board’s vote shuttering the cold-weather shelter run by volunteers at a Bunnell church, the Flagler Humane Society has a fund-raiser at the Elks Lodge.

Bunnell’s Mean Streak

| June 24, 2019

The city that calls itself the crossroads of Flagler County is losing its bearings, its heart, and sometimes its mind–over the homeless, over panhandlers, over the sheriff’s office. It is becoming petty. It is becoming mean and resentful, and discriminatory.

Calling It ‘Fiscally Responsible,’ Governor Signs $91 Billion Budget, Vetoing Just $131 Million

| June 23, 2019

Gov. DeSantis praised lawmakers for exceeding his request for spending on environmental projects and for a boost in per-student funding in public schools, though as FlaglerLive previously reported, that funding increase is not necessarily what it seems.

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and Nearbys: Complete Calendar (Updated June 26)

| June 23, 2019

Palm Coast Flagler and the region’s most comprehensive calendar of political, cultural, civic, social and entertainment events for coming days, near and far.

Michael Wilson Acquitted of Attempted Murder of His Pregnant Wife, Jury Convicts on Lesser Charges

| June 21, 2019

Michael Wilson was acquitted of the most serious charge against him–attempting to electrocute his wife–but convicted on a grand theft charge and a battery charge, exposing him to up top five years in prison.

Just Fired in Volusia, Tom Russell Overcomes Deep Skepticism to Win FPC Principal’s Job

| June 21, 2019

Tom Russell, Fired last week after a four and a half year tenure as Volusia’s superintendent, becomes the eighth principal in 15 years at FPC, but pledges to be there for up to seven years, and finish his career there.

Weekend Briefing: JJ Graham’s New Works, ‘Carrie: The Musical’ at Playhouse, Senior Cookout, Wilson Verdict

| June 21, 2019

Artist JJ Graham has a new show at Salvo Art House in Bunnell Saturday, the Spotlight Performers stage “Carrie: the Musical” at the Flagler Playhouse, a family fun day, Dive-In Movies and a senior celebration, among other events.

State By State, the War on Pot Is Ending

| June 20, 2019

Dozens of new state laws are expanding legal cannabis use — and expunging the records of users caught up in the system. This unprecedented wave of legislative activity at the state level is yet further evidence that public consensus on cannabis legalization has undergone a seismic shift.

‘I Do Hear Voices,’ Man Accused of Plotting Wife’s Electrocution Says, But He’s Not Allowed to Tell the Jury

| June 20, 2019

Wilson faces an attempted first-degree murder charge, for rigging his own home’s entry door in Palm Coast with a contraption intended to electrocute his wife around Christmas 2017. But he’s barred from speaking of his mental health or issues in front of the jury.

5th Amendment Extends to iPhone Passcode, Court Rules, Denying Police Access to Defendant’s Phone

| June 20, 2019

The ruling by a panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in a 2018 Alachua County robbery case came after two other state appellate courts came to different conclusions about forcing defendants to supply passcodes to unlock cell phones.

40-ft. Trawler Is Gutted in 2-Hour Fire By Moody Ramp Under Flagler Beach Bridge

| June 20, 2019

A 40-ft. trawler that had begun its journey on the St. Johns River and was making its way south was gutted by fire this afternoon, burning for some two hours as firefighters fought the blaze under the Flagler Beach bridge at Moody Boat Launch. No one was injured.

Flagler Health Department Wants To Offer Free HPV Vaccine to Teen Students, But School Board Is Unconvinced

| June 20, 2019

The HPV vaccine immunizes against the sexually transmitted disease and prevents nine cancers, and local immunization is very low, but two Flagler school board members are not eager to see it offered to 13 to 17 year olds.

Thursday Briefing: Wilson Trial, Inspired Mic, ‘Jaws,’ Mullins at AACS, Concert Hall Art Contest

| June 20, 2019

The Inspired Mic, Flagler’s most daring improv for all, holds another edition at Hidden Treasure, Michael Wilson’s trial on attempted first degree murder enters its third day, ‘Jaws’ is 44.

Man Accused of Attempting to Kill His Wife By Electrocution Says Using a Gun Would’ve Been Easier, If That’s What He Intended

| June 19, 2019

Michael Scott Wilson, 33, is accused of rigging up the entry door to his Palm Coast home in the W Section with electric current to shock his wife to death around Christmas 2017 as the couple was having serious marital difficulties.

To Sue or Not to Sue: County Wrestles With Sheriff’s Space Needs at Courthouse

| June 19, 2019

Despite a county commission vote ordering its administration to find more space for the sheriff at the county courthouse, the county administrator and the county attorney have demurred.

Roy Carlisi, Facing Domestic Violence Charges and No-Contact Order, Is Arrested for 3rd Time in 9 Days

| June 19, 2019

Roy Carlisi was booked at the Flagler County jail for the third time in nine days after allegedly tampering and breaking his GPS angle monitor, claiming it had become too tight.

Combative Exchanges Punctuate Hearing on Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s Fate

| June 19, 2019

Israel and his lawyers maintain that the suspension, something DeSantis pledged to do while running for office last year, was a political ploy aimed at winning favor with voters in Democrat-rich Broward County and supporters of the National Rifle Association.

Wednesday Briefing: Community Stars Nominations, Replanting A1A, Rhonda Harvey at Tiger Bay

| June 19, 2019

The Rotary is taking Community Stars nominations, SMA Healthcare’s Rhonda Harvey speaks at Tiger Bay, County Commissioner Joe Mullins holds a community meeting at the African American Cultural Society, DOT replants A1A.

Stunning Her Colleagues, School Board’s Janet McDonald Says It’s Time to Look
For New Superintendent

| June 18, 2019

Superintendent Jim Tager is at the end of the second year of a three-year contract, and is required to stop working in July 2020 for at least six months, being in the state’s drop program. One board member said he could sit out six months and return.

New Legislation Adds to Early-Voting
Fight on Florida’s College Campuses

| June 18, 2019

A bill Gov. DeSantis is about to sign deals with a variety of elections issues, but a lawsuit is focused on a provision requiring early-voting sites to provide “nonpermitted parking,” which could exclude college campuses.

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