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Flagler Beach Fireworks and “Home of the Brave” Parade on July 4; Palm Coast’s Show July 3

| June 26, 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.

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.

Florida Health Officials Move Ahead With Medical Pot Rules Approved in Special Session

| June 19, 2017

The just-passed bill addressed major issues, such as how many companies will receive marijuana licenses and how many retail outlets they can run.

Behind Closed Doors: 5 Things Being Weighed In Secret Health Bill Also Weigh It Down

| June 19, 2017

As 13 GOP senators continue to secretly craft a health care bill, some of the policies under consideration have slipped out, and pressure points of the debate are fairly clear.

More Washouts Plague Flagler Beach’s A1A as Commissioners Wonder: Another Year and Half Of This?

| June 16, 2017

Heavy rains caused more washouts of the low dunes and rock revetments along State Road A1A this afternoon in what is becoming a recurring problem with almost every heavy rain event.

Flagler Sheriff Arrests 5 Unlicensed Contractors in Sting Operation, Files Charges On 5 More

| June 16, 2017

The Sheriff’s Office set up a sting operation at a house in Palm Coast’s C-Section, where the five contractors had come back to collect their deposits. Volusia County conducted a similar sting.

Flagler’s Unemployment Stays at 4.5% as Number of People With Jobs Hits Record 44,000

| June 16, 2017

The number of unemployed persons–2,065–was essentially unchanged compared with April, but it’s down by 250 people from a year ago. The Florida unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent.

After Matanzas Golf Course Owners a No-Show at Hearing, Palm Coast Moves to Recover $228,000

| June 12, 2017

Circuit Judge Scott DuPont rejected what defenses the golf course owners had produced regarding overgrowth, clearing the way for foreclosure on the long-troubled course.

Cities Can’t Go It Alone: They’ll Need State Help to Meet Paris Climate Goal

| June 10, 2017

Even Palm Coast’s mayor has received requests to join the pledge, but many cities may be hamstrung by Republican governors and state legislatures that are less supportive of policies that would reduce fossil fuel emissions.

Lawmakers Find Agreement On Much Broader Allowances for Medical Pot Dispensaries

| June 9, 2017

The cap on dispensaries would end in less than three years and the number of medical-marijuana operator licenses would increase as the number of patients eligible for the cannabis treatment grows.

Court Throws Out Medical Malpractice Caps, Legacy of Jeb Bush Years, as Unconstitutional

| June 8, 2017

Justices were sharply divided, with the majority finding that the caps on “non-economic” damages violated equal-protection rights and disputing that a malpractice insurance “crisis” exists.

Matanzas Students Want F-Section Path, But Opponents Say City Should Build Sidewalk On Old Kings Instead

| June 7, 2017

A raucous, emotional meeting at Matanzas High pitted proponents of a foot and bike path through the heart of the F Section against opponents who say it’s misplaced and ill-advised.

Lawmakers Move Forward With Medical Pot Deal as Vendors Could Each Operate 25 Shops

| June 7, 2017

The state currently has seven licensed marijuana vendors, and the agreement between House and Senate leaders would require health officials to approve 10 new operators by Oct. 3.

Flagler Awards $90,000 Subsidy to Company, Secret For Now, to Construct “Spec” Building

| June 7, 2017

Though County Commissioners approved the $90,000, the government is not disclosing the name of the company benefiting from it, saying it doesn’t want to undermine the company’s real estate transaction.

Flagler County’s Homeless Numbers Fall to 10-Year Low But Affordable Rents Elusive

| June 6, 2017

The number of homeless fell to 104 people in January, compared to 104 the previous year, as the economy has improved. But the lack of affordable rents remain a challenge.

As Medical Pot Dispensaries Open Elsewhere, Flagler Official Says “We Need To Get Going”

| June 5, 2017

County Commissioner Donald O’Brien said he is not interested in continuing to extend moratoriums on medical-pot businesses as neighboring counties see such businesses open, leaving Flagler behind.

Scott Vetoes Money for Flagler’s 2nd County Judge, Bunnell Bypass, Flagler Beach Sewers

| June 3, 2017

The more than $300 million in vetoes are to make up for money restored to Visit Florida, economic development, and a bump in per-student funding.

CareerSource Flagler Volusia, Which Helps Unemployed, Will Lose 10% of Its Workforce

| June 2, 2017

A $1 million cut to CareerSource’s budget is due to lower unemployment, but an agency official notes that underemployment remains a steep challenge, and further cuts may be on the way.

Medical Pot Left Out of Scott’s Special Session Call, But Lawmakers Angle For Joint Effort

| June 2, 2017

Florida House and Senate leaders may expand the special session to include medical pot since they failed to reach agreement on implementing the voter-approved amendment in regular session.

Flagler Depleted as 2017 Hurricane Season Begins; Tax Holiday This Weekend on Emergency Supplies

| June 1, 2017

For Flagler County, a season a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms is beginning even as costly and exhausting recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew have a long way to go.

In Latest Polling, Obamacare Beats Trumpcare, 49-31, With Little Support For Means-Testing

| May 31, 2017

The health overhaul bill passed by the House earlier this month accomplishes one major feat: It is even less popular than the not-very-popular Affordable Care Act.

European Village Shooter Facing Up to 35 Years in Prison Is Termed an “American Hero” and Gets 7 Years’ Probation

| May 30, 2017

Daniel Noble fired two shots from an assault rifle at European Village before being wrestled to the ground by three men in December 2014. His attorney pointed to his Iraq War service for leniency.

GOP Defends Health Bill With Euphemisms, False Statements and Deleted Comments

| May 30, 2017

Since the passage of the American Health Care Act, Republican members of Congress have tried to swing public opinion to their side, but through deceptive means.

Gallery Openings: Palm Coast Modern Artist Krystyna Spisak-Madejczyk Looks for ‘Secrets’

| May 25, 2017

Krystyna Spisak-Madejczyk found herself almost a refugee in 1981, with nothing but her art work, when she was in New York and martial law was declared in her native Poland.

Prohibition-Era Liquor Wall Stays in Place as Gov. Scott Vetoes Bill to Deregulate Stores

| May 25, 2017

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and Publix win, Target, Costco and Walmart lose, as Gov. Scott, opposing deregulation, signs his first veto of the year.

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