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Flagler County Realtors Host 2nd Home For the Holidays Showcase Dec. 10-11

| December 7, 2016

The Flagler County Association of Realtors is partnering with the City of Palm Coast to host its second annual “Home for the Holidays” event on Dec. 10-11 from 1 to 4 p.m. each day.

Flagler County Approves 6-Month Moratorium on Medical Pot Dispensaries or Facilities

| December 5, 2016

Flagler County commissioners said the moratorium is not intended to counter the constitutional amendment legalizing medical pot, but to give the county time to figure out what zoning and other regulations may be in place with legalization.

Almost 40 Christmas Trees Stolen From Hollar and Greene Distributor in West Bunnell

| December 5, 2016

The facility at 3258 County Road 305 in west Bunnell has long been managed by Duane Weeks, the husband of the former elections supervisor, Kimberle Weeks. He put the loss of the two thefts at $2,000.

County’s Tourism Office Seeks a Blank Check Of $150,000, and No-Bid Award of $130,000

| December 4, 2016

The spending authorizations depart in one way or another from county or tourism council policy and underscore to what extent the paper trail behind tourism office spending has been thinning out over the past two years.

Refinancing Pushes State Debt Down to $24.1 Billion, But Rising Interest Rates Loom

| December 4, 2016

State debt has declined since reaching a peak of $28.2 billion in 2010 due to several factors. Since taking office in 2011, Scott has remained largely opposed to borrowing money or issuing bonds.

Why Trump Would Almost Certainly Be Violating the Constitution If He Continues to Own His Businesses

| December 3, 2016

Even if he does sell his business, any retained residual interest, or any sale payout based on the company’s results, would still give him a stake in its fortunes, again fairly clearly violating the Constitution.

Court Ruling Mostly Favoring Developer May End Nearly 2-Decade Wrangle Over Flagler Beach Marina

| December 2, 2016

Howard Sklar’s marina and boat-works on the Intracoastal in Flagler Beach has been mired in conflict with the city almost since its inception in the late 1990s. A circuit court ruling may finally clear the way for its operations.

Economy Adds 178,000 Jobs in November, 4.6% Unemployment at Lowest Level in 9 Years

| December 2, 2016

It’s the longest job-creation streak in the nation’s history, but wages dropped in October by 0.1 percent and the decline in the unemployment rate was due more to a decline in the labor force than because of job creation.

Not a Storm Too Soon, Worst Hurricane Season In 11 Years Ends as Flagler Continues Recovery

| December 1, 2016

Florida ended its 2016 hurricane season Wednesday, marking the first time in more than a decade that the Sunshine State was hit by a hurricane–and the closest Flagler County came to a direct hit in decades.

Wawa Might Anchor Long-Sought Redevelopment Plan at Bulldog Drive, But Uncertainties Abound

| November 30, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council is set to sell to a developer corner lots at Bulldog and SR100 for almost $600,000 less than it paid for them, as an incentive and linchpin for the redevelopment of the Bulldog Drive entrance.

Electric Rates Will Go Up 8% on Jan. 1, and 13% by 2018 as Regulators Approve FPL Settlement

| November 30, 2016

FPL rates in Flagler County and across the state will go up substantially over the next three years, starting in January, as the Publci Service Commission approved an $800 million base-rate increase for the utility.

Flagler Beach Holiday at the Beach Parade Set for Saturday: Late Participants Welcome

| November 27, 2016

The Rotary Club of Flagler Beach is once again hosting the Holiday at the Beach parade this Saturday, Dec. 3, along resilient State Road A1A in the city and is welcoming last minute parade applicants this week. See the application below.

Surprised? Trump’s Advisor on Wall Street Regulations is a Longtime Swamp-Dweller

| November 25, 2016

Donald Trump’s transition advisor for financial regulations works for a firm that is emblematic of the Washington revolving door: deregulation could serve Paul Atkins’ wallet as well as his political agenda.

Despite Orlando Massacre and Zika Virus, Florida Tourism Draws Record 27 Million Visitors in 3 Summer Months

| November 21, 2016

The 5.1 percent increase from the same time last year came as Canadians, Florida’s top source of foreign tourism, have cut back on travel due to their nation’s weakened dollar.

Along Palm Coast Parkway, Yet Another Tattoo Parlor, and Yet Another Assisted Living Facility

| November 21, 2016

The two businesses may add upwards of 50 jobs in the city’s core commercial center along Palm Coast Parkway—an assisted living facility for dementia patients, and at least the third tattoo studio along the Parkway approved in recent years.

Opting Out of Obamacare: When Penalties Are Preferable to Unaffordable Premiums

| November 20, 2016

Amid the uncertain future of Obamacare in a Trump administration, some resisters are feeling vindicated and other consumers simply don’t see the need to sign up.

A Start-Up Contest Conceived By Palm Coast’s Office Divvy Crowns Snappy Marketing Winner

| November 18, 2016

Snappy Kraken, a company that launched only last April partly from palm Coast, won from among 30 entrants for its innovative and automated do-it-yourself approach to marketing campaigns.

With “The Rainmaker,” Palm Coast’s City Rep Theater Reads Into America’s Most Reassuring Mythologies

| November 17, 2016

“The Rainmaker” is at heart a sentimental comedy that reprises some of the oldest mythologies of America’s Great Plains optimism: the faker and the husband-hunting rube whose mutual combustion unravels their greater selves.

Sea Change With Immediate Notes of Assertiveness as New Mayor and Palm Coast Council Are Seated

| November 15, 2016

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland wasted no time taking the reins after her swearing in, as did now-senior council member Steven Nobile, who wants a more assertive and involved council.

Bringer of Joy: Flagler Youth Orchestra In Concert at Auditorium Wednesday With Holst, Handel and Synergy

| November 13, 2016

This is the Youth Orchestra’s 12th season and the first of of its full-orchestra performances this year, with 275 students in five ensembles and the faculty quartet performing some 14 works.

Revenge of the Forgotten Class

| November 13, 2016

Hillary Clinton and the Democrats were playing with fire when they effectively wrote off white workers in the small towns and cities of the Rust Belt.

Tree of Remembrance Ceremony Scheduled for Dec. 4 at Craig Flagler Palms

| November 11, 2016

People are encouraged to bring a favorite ornament in remembrance of their loved one to help decorate the tree. decorating will begin at 5 p.m.

At Flagler Airport, Veterans Day Framed by Traveling Vietnam Memorial and Freedom Fest

| November 11, 2016

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, a 3/5-scale replica of Maya Lin’s original Vietnam Memorial in Washington, stretched almost 300 feet along the tarmac at the airport as Veterans Day ceremonies kicked off Freedom Fest, a weekend-long event.

Pot Amendment’s Passage Creates a Green Rush in Nation’s 2nd Largest Marijuana Market

| November 10, 2016

Florida voters’ overwhelming approval of a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana for a broad swath of patients may have spurred a green rush into the state by investors eager to cash in.

Joel Fallon, Owner of Granny Nannies, and Co-Pilot Seriously Hurt in Plane Crash Over Plantation Bay

| November 9, 2016

Joel Fallon, owner of Granny Nannies of Flagler and St. Johns counties, was at the controls of a Beech single-engine plane built in 1969 with co-pilot Josh Rosa, owner of Flagler Air Exchange, a business at the Flagler County Airport.

Three Men Burglarize AT&T Store Off Palm Coast Parkway, Crash and Evade Copter Search

| November 7, 2016

A Publix employee coming to work at 2:30 a.m. detected the burglars and called 911, but the three suspects got away after crashing their car, evading a more than half-hour search by air and ground in the C-Section.

Repairs on Speed: A1A Reopens to Governor’s Applause as Businesses Cheer With Relief

| November 7, 2016

The remarkably swift emergency repairs to the road on a state government emergency contract to Halifax Paving turned what could have been a death knell to many businesses into a setback, now overcome.

Dunkin’ Donuts on Palm Coast Parkway Will Reopen Early Next Year

| November 4, 2016

The Dunkin’ Donuts that burned on June 9 at 1310 Palm Coast Parkway is expected to reopen in February or March, occupying the same 3,667 square foot space and combining Dunkin’ Donuts with Baskin Robbins ice cream.

161,000 Jobs Created in October, Unemployment at 4.9%, Earnings Up at Fastest Pace Since 2008

| November 4, 2016

The last jobs report before Election Day adds to a string of positive economic results, netting 1.8 million jobs so far this year and the second month in a row of strong earnings increases.

Contractor Gunning to Reopen A1A 30 Days Ahead of Schedule. The Reason: $1 Million Bonus

| November 2, 2016

Halifax Paving is set to reopen State Road A1A in Flagler Beach next week, some 30 days ahead of schedule, earning itself a $1 million bonus on top of the original $4 million emergency contract. Businesses and others are cheering.

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