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Lawmakers’ Letters to Constituents on Health Care Are Full of Lies and Misinformation

| March 22, 2017

As the GOP tries to rewrite–or “repeal and replace–the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers in both parties are incorrectly citing statistics, making false claims and leaving out important context in letters to constituents.

7-3 Vote Loses Flagler Another Round on Vacation Rentals In Hurried Senate Hearing

| March 21, 2017

Flagler County government’s attempt to protect its vacation-rental regulations took another turn for the worse as a Senate committee today voted to advance a bill that would wipe out those regulations.

Flagler Increases Tourism Tax to 5%, Benefiting Beach Fix, Then More Promotions

| March 21, 2017

The first two years of new revenue will swell the beach-repair fund by $2.5 million, settling back down to $500,000 thereafter, when the promotions revenue will rise to $1.5 million a year.

O’Brien Beach-Funding Proposal Prevails, And Flagler Beach Gets $2 Million Pledge

| March 20, 2017

County Commissioner Donald O’Brien’s proposal to shift more money toward beach restoration prevailed today in a joint meeting of the County Commission and the county’s tourism board, and the county administrator pledged to allocate $2 million to Flagler Beach’s needs.

Flagler Tourism “Promotions” Slush Fund Jumps 76% in 3 Years, And We’re Counting Pennies For Beach Repairs?

| March 20, 2017

Paying for critical repairs to Flagler County’s beaches is hostages to a tourism budget’s scandalous and unaccountable promotions spending, which the county administration wants to increase despite the emergency.

As 1st Brick In Wall Goes Up, An Accounting of the Cost of a Single Installment ($2.8 Billion) to U.S. Taxpayers

| March 19, 2017

That first $2.6 billion will not go toward the permanent wall Trump has committed to (that’s forecast to be around 10 times the $2.6 billion) but to a bunch of smaller walls and patch holes in the assortment of fences that now exist.

Flagler’s Hutson Files Amendment to Vacation-Rental Bill That Would “Eviscerate” Regulations

| March 16, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson had supported the 2014 law enabling Flagler County to regulate vacation rentals. His amendment, which he calls a “compromise,” would scale that back even though he sees no problems with local regulations or short-term rentals.

At Ocean Art Gallery:
Judi Wormeck, Artist of the Year

| March 15, 2017

Judi Wormeck, a retired art teacher and member of the Flagler County Art League, is the Gargiulo Art Foundation’s 2016 Flagler County Artist of the Year, with her first Florida exhibit opening Friday at Ocean Art Gallery in Flagler Beach.

Setback For Flagler as Bill Scrapping Vacation-Rental Regulations Advances on 9-6 Vote

| March 14, 2017

A divided House Agriculture and Property Rights Subcommittee was not swayed by a presentation from Flagler County Attorney Al Hadeed as it voted to scrap county authority to regulate short-term, vacation rentals. The bill has several additional hurdles to clear.

Prohibition on Liquor In Grocery Stores Approaching Repeal as Bill Advances

| March 14, 2017

The contentious bill, sought by Wal-Mart and Target and opposed by Publix and ABC, needs to make it through one more committee in the House and awaits a floor vote in the Senate.

Senate Committee Kills Recovery Centers Palm Coast Opposes, But Approves Expanded Surgical Centers

| March 14, 2017

A Senate committee today killed a proposal to create the sort of “recovery care centers” Palm Coast government and Florida Hospital Flagler oppose, but it agreed to expanded ambulatory care centers.

Flagler May Lose Vacation Rental Regulations Just 2 Years After Regaining Authority

| March 13, 2017

After a three-year battle, Flagler County government regained the right to regulate short-term rentals in the Hammock, which had become disruptive to local residents. Now the state is poised to take that authority away–again.

Unemployment Spikes to 6% in Flagler, Highest in 15 Months, But Labor Force Also Grows

| March 13, 2017

While Flagler County’s number of unemployed grew by 11 percent month-over-month, the county also saw a very large increase of 600 people in its workforce, pointing to optimism about the county’s climate.

Ron DeSantis’s First Principle: Do Harm

| March 10, 2017

Obamacare repealer Rep. Ron DeSantis, whose congressional district includes Flagler, has a solution for cancer patients without insurance: the emergency room. A few corrections are in order.

Lopsided House Votes To Abolish Enterprise Florida and Economic Development Limbs

| March 10, 2017

The House also voted 80-35 to approve a separate measure (HB 9) that would overhaul the structure and contract-reporting requirements of Visit Florida.

U.S. Economy Adds 235,000 Jobs,
Continuing Long Pace of Robust Growth

| March 10, 2017

The unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent, not quite the post-Great Recession low of 4.6 percent recorded last November, but close enough.

Salvo Art Project Close To Taking Over Maxwell House In Bunnell After 3-Month Hibernation

| March 8, 2017

JJ GRaham’s and Petra Iston’s Salvo Art Project, forced out of Nature Scapes two months ago, is close to moving into the 5,000 square foot Maxwell House in Bunnell after getting approved for a loan to buy the $275,000 building.

Palm Coast Retreats From Mayor Radio Show In Favor of Free, Staff-Hosted Podcast

| March 7, 2017

After the controversy triggered by City Manager Jim Landon’s mishandling of a radio show proposal featuring the mayor, his administration is proposing a podcast instead, but while still spending $8,000 on promotional radio advertising.

O’Brien Surprise: Commissioner Agrees To Higher Tourism Tax, But With Beach Twist

| March 6, 2017

County Commissioner Donald O’Brien today was willing to raise the county’s tourism tax to 5 percent, but to further increase revenue for beach restoration, and, for a year, lower revenue for promotions.

Rideshare South: Why Way Fewer Teens Are Bothering With a Driver’s License

| March 4, 2017

The drop has been sharpest in the South, where the share of high school seniors with a driver’s license fell from 88.6 percent in 1996 to 71.2 percent in 2015.

Flagler Beach Could Have an 1,100-Foot Pier, But On Concrete, and Not Before 2021

| March 2, 2017

Concepts of a future Flagler Beach pier were unveiled, projecting greater length but less wooden rusticity, and still a lot of uncertainty regarding cost. The earliest date for a new pier would be 2021.

Florida Hospital Flagler, County’s Largest Private Employer, In Network Named Great Place to Work

| March 1, 2017

The “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare” distinction recognizes organizations for their commitment to fulfilling missions, creating outstanding cultures and offering competitive benefits to their employees.

In Victory for Local Governments, FPL Loses Appeal Over Having to Bury Power Lines

| February 27, 2017

The state Supreme Court on Friday turned down an appeal by Florida Power & Light in a case about whether the utility could be required to install underground transmission lines.

“Mass Chaos” At Walmart Girl Scout Cookie Stand as Clash Turns Violent Over $20 Debt

| February 27, 2017

Palm Coast’s Daniel Kennedy, 18, and his 16-year-old brother, were arrested after destroying a Girl Scout cookie stand and allegedly attacking three people at Walmart Saturday when they were told they could not take cookies instead of money allegedly owed them.

Support for Obamacare Reaches Record, Putting Repeal-Minded Lawmakers In a Bind

| February 25, 2017

Overall support for the health law ticked up to 48 percent in February, the highest point since shortly after it passed in 2010. That was a 5-point increase since the last poll in December.

Proposal to Kill Economic Agency and Trim Visit Florida Budget Clears House Committees

| February 23, 2017

Palm Coast’s Rep. Paul Renner continued to defend the proposals, which would cut Visit Florida’s budget to $25 million, as the House bill heads for a floor vote in march, but still without viable Senate support.

Rep. Renner Takes Another Beating, This Time From Palm Coast Council Over Slew of Bills

| February 21, 2017

The Palm Coast City Council excoriated Rep. Paul Renner over several bills he’s introduced, saying the proposals would hurt Florida Hospital Flagler and end the city’s ability to regulate local business, among others.

Council Endorses Raising Flagler’s Tourism Tax to 5% to Pay For Beach Repairs

| February 20, 2017

The tourist sales surtax tax is applied to hotels, motels and short-term rentals, and would increase beach-restoration revenue to $2.25 million over the next three years.

As Gov. Scott Touts Latest Increase in Tourists, Visit Florida Critics Still Pounce on Spending

| February 20, 2017

Visit Florida received $78 million from lawmakers for the current fiscal year that ends June 30. The Sunshine State attracted 112.8 million tourists in 2016. He credited the 5.86 percent increase from the prior year.

Sanctuary Cities Brace For Trump Order Targeting Undocumented Immigrants for Deportation

| February 19, 2017

Many cities, counties and college campuses nationwide are pledging to limit cooperation with immigration enforcers in the face of President Trump’s pledge to quickly deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants.

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