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Flagler Beach Delays Medical Pot Ban Vote
For 2 Weeks, But Hazy Evidence Unchanged

| July 27, 2017

The absence of one of the five commissioners led to the delay on the vote on a controversial measure that would ban the operation of medical pot dispensaries anywhere in Flagler Beach.

Hutson and Renner Try To Push Back Against Criticism on Home Rule, Taxes and Education

| July 27, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner took credit for–and defended–several controversial bills that passed in the last session of the Legislature as they spoke to Flagler’s political and business leaders this morning.

Next Stations of the Cross In Obamacare’s Near-Death Experiences: Debate and Amendments

| July 26, 2017

Senators are limited to 20 hours of debate, following which numberless amendments may be introduced–but not debated. It may get messy and difficult to follow.

It’s Not Just Palm Coast: Credit Card Skimming at Gas Stations Up 160% in Florida

| July 26, 2017

State figures show 315 skimmers had been discovered at Florida gas pumps through July 18, compared to 120 skimmers discovered through the first seven months of 2016.

Flagler Beach’s Golden Lion Cafe Set To Take Over Palm Harbor Golf Restaurant

| July 24, 2017

Golden Lion would sign a five-year lease to run the food and beverage operation, including a bar, catering in the clubhouse and on the golf course, and other amenities.

Patriotic Millionaire: There’s No ‘Free Market’ Solution to Health Care

| July 22, 2017

Republican leaders claim they want affordable access to quality health care for all. It can’t be done by lowering taxes on businesses and the rich and letting the market run it all.

Flagler Unemployment Ticks Up But Remains Below 5%, Florida’s Hits Post-Recession Low

| July 21, 2017

Flagler County’s unemployment rate ticked up three decimal points to 4.8 percent in June as the labor force shrank a little and the unemployment rolls grew.

With Sanford and Other Non-Mega Airport Posting Big Gains, Florida Passes Texas in Passengers

| July 17, 2017

Florida recorded a nearly 4 percent growth in its overall outbound passenger count, from 78.07 million in 2015 to 81.17 million last year, according to annual FAA data.

Hypocrites on Crack

| July 13, 2017

Thursday evening, Flagler Beach Commissioners Jane Mealy, Marshall Shupe and Joy McGrew flipped off voters and voted for a prohibition on medical pot dispensaries.

End of Citrus as We Squeezed It: Florida Harvest Is Lowest in Decades

| July 13, 2017

Florida’s struggling citrus industry shows the orange crop falling 16 percent from the previous season — which, itself, had been at a five-decades low.

Countering 70% of Its Own Voters, Flagler Beach Prepares to Ban Medical Pot Dispensaries Outright

| July 13, 2017

The City Commission this evening takes up an ordinance that would ban medical marijuana dispensaries anywhere in the city. The city fears not doing so would turn it into a pot hub.

Palm Coast Aldi Draws Hundreds Before Doors Open in Grocery Wars’ First Local Salvo

| July 13, 2017

The Palm Coast opening of Aldi, the discount grocery store, generated unusual excitement and crowds this morning, signaling a coming disruption in the grocery-chain business.

Fireworks Stolen in Burglary From Bunnell Shop Blamed For Severe Injuries to 2 Boys

| July 12, 2017

Fireworks that had been altered or corrupted and that injured two boys, ages 7 and 8, were traced to a burglary from a shop off U.S. 1 operated by Brett Lyons for one month a year.

There’s No Good Reason for Your Boss to Make 347 Times What You Do

| July 11, 2017

It’s business executives through outsized CEO pay — not movie stars, professional athletes, or heiresses — who grabbed the dollars that once flowed to the American worker.

Discount Grocer Aldi Opens Its Palm Coast Store Thursday on State Road 100

| July 11, 2017

Aldi’s prices are at significant discount as stores forego frills and luxuries for Aldi-brand products, customers who bag their own groceries and Costco-like shelving systems.

Flagler Beach Fireworks and
“Home of the Brave” Parade on July 4

| July 4, 2017

Flagler Beach this year will host a much scaled-back July 4 celebration, with its “Home of the Brave” parade at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. fireworks. In Palm Coast, fireworks are on July 3 in Town Center.

At Flagler Beach Pier, A Modest Re-Dedication For a Truncated Treasure

| July 3, 2017

Officials from three governments gathered Saturday morning for a warm-hearted ribbon-cutting at the beleaguered Flagler Beach Pier, with eyes on a future structure.

Flagler Beach Again Offers Free Parking And Shuttles On and Off Island All Day July 4

| July 3, 2017

Flagler Beach made arrangements to provide free parking at the Food Lion on SR100 and free shuttle service in and out of the city from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, with additional free parking at Santa Maria del Mar Church.

Gargiulo Art Foundation’s “Work”

| July 1, 2017

Flagler County Art League is featuring the Gargiulo Art Foundation’s “WORK” July 8th – August 8th, 2017

Palm Coast Data Settles Breach of Contract Lawsuit, Will Pay State $1.76 Million

| June 30, 2017

Palm Coast Data had won $3 million in state incentives in 2008, when it also got $500,000 from Palm Coast and Flagler County, on promises of 700 new jobs that never materialized.

Palm Coast’s Paul Renner is Named Speaker of Florida House in Historic Boost for Flagler

| June 30, 2017

Renner will serve in the powerful post for two years, starting in 2022. Local governments anticipate having more pull with state government appropriations.

9% Garbage Fee Increase as Palm Coast Begins 5-Year Extension of Waste Pro Contract

| June 28, 2017

After remaining flat for 10 years, garbage-pickup rates for Palm Coast residents this month kicked up 9 percent, to $20.36 a month, or $21 a year as the city renewed its contract with Waste Pro for five years.

Florida Tourism Officials Worry About Donald Trump’s Impact on Travel

| June 28, 2017

Visit Florida President and CEO Ken Lawson said he and others have heard anecdotal reports, both positive and negative, about international travel due to Donald Trump.

In Palm Coast, A Small Protest Against GOP Health Bill Echoes Myriad Anxieties of Flesh and Blood

| June 27, 2017

It wasn’t a large protest but every person gathered in support of Obamacare had a story to tell that looked past ideology to the human beings behind the numbers, and all those stories were local.

The GOP Senate Bill’s Hollow Promise To Protect Coverage For Preexisting Conditions

| June 25, 2017

Built into the bill are loopholes for states to bypass protections and erode coverage for preexisting conditions, so insurers could cover chronically ill people but not the diseases they suffer from.

First Cast, In Full Glory

| June 24, 2017

Flagler Beach photographer and attorney Scott Spradley was by the Pier at dawn this morning to capture images of fishermen’s first cast. He did, superbly, and tells the story of the picture.

Coming to Flagler Beach: No-Parking Barriers and Silt Mounds to Stop A1A Washouts

| June 23, 2017

The city and the state transportation department will block off portions of A1A to parking and build silt mounds to soak up water, though some commissioners are skeptical of silt’s effectiveness.

Brandon Hubbert Acquitted of Armed Robbery at Palm Coast Staples as Evidence Falters

| June 23, 2017

A jury took barely 20 minutes to acquit Brandon J. Hubbert of Bunnell, who’d faced between 10 years and life in prison had he been found guilty of a 2015 armed robbery at Staples off Old Kings Road.

637-Ft. Flagler Beach Pier Re-Opens Saturday, 8 Months After Hurricane Matthew Lobotomy

| June 22, 2017

The Flagler Beach Pier will reopen Saturday as emergency repairs end, to the joys of a city that’s lived without its iconic amenity since Hurricane Matthew sheared 163 feet from its end and made it unstable.

Divided Palm Coast Council Sticks With Controversial FPL Path in F-Section, But Alternatives Still Possible

| June 20, 2017

The 3-2 vote to stick with the FPL path leading to Matanzas High School doesn’t yet kill alternatives, including the possibility of a temporary footpath along Old Kings Road, the city manager pledged.

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