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Ambulance Fees Going Up 48% as Flagler Fire Rescue Makes Pitch For Big Budget Increase

| June 20, 2018

Flagler County’s fire department is asking for a substantial budget increase to raise pay and buy $1.5 million worth of equipment, and the county approved huge increases in emergency transportation fees.

Flagler Beach Golf Course Struggles On, But City Declares Re-Evaluation Committee Premature

| June 18, 2018

Flagler Beach commissioners rejected Kim Carney’s call for appointing a reevaluation committee for the nine-hole golf course at the south end of town.

Flagler Unemployment Settles Below 4% in Echo of Pre-Recession Vigor, Labor Force at New High

| June 15, 2018

The Flagler labor force hit a new high of 47,204, up 600 compared to a year ago. Of those, 45,423 residents are holding jobs either in the county or out of the county.

Flagler Firefighters Pull Off Two Saves in 12 Hours–A $1.2 Million Home and Strip Mall Shop

| June 15, 2018

This morning’s fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. at the Bikes ‘N Coffee shop at Flagler Plaza. Thursday evening a three-level house in the Hammock caught fire from a lightning strike.

Flagler Beach Restores Beach Management Panel In Hopes of Securing $500,000 A Year

| June 14, 2018

The Flagler Beach City Commission restored the Beach Management Committee disbanded in 2014 in hopes of ensuring that a state agency sends $500,000 a year to the city for management of 6 miles of dunes.

Palm Coast Council Prepares Residents For Big Tax and Fee Changes Ahead

| June 14, 2018

A combination of a potential huge revenue loss combined with rising infrastructure needs mean the current Palm Coast tax and fee structure is unsustainable.

In Wake of Hurricane Irma’s Messy Evacuation and Fuel Shortages, Study Will Seek Improvements

| June 13, 2018

An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University team is studying Hurricane Irma’s mass evacuation to provide recommendations for a smoother exodus in the future.

Trouble For 9 Ballot Proposals, But Homestead Expansion and School Board Term Limits Would Pass

| June 12, 2018

Bans on offshore oil drilling and vaping in workplaces and restaurants, new ethics standard for public officials and voting rights to ex-felons would all fail.

Pious Homophobes Win One

| June 10, 2018

The Supreme Court in its wedding-cake ruling declared gays once again second-class citizens, at least when their sexuality has to compete with someone else’s more stone-throwing version of Christianity.

Rise in Florida’s Uninsured Children Contrasts With Continued Declines in Other Big States

| June 8, 2018

Florida lost ground while states such as Texas and California continued to make progress. Those states lowered their uninsured rates by 1 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.

29 Million Domestic Visitors Push Florida Tourism To New Quarterly Record

| June 6, 2018

Florida drew an estimated 33.2 million visitors from January through March, which was a 7.4 percent increase over the same period in 2017.

Legalizing Recreational Pot Key Issue For Florida Democrats’ Gubernatorial Candidates

| June 3, 2018

John Morgan calls recreational weed a make-or-break issue for Democratic candidates seeking to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Flagler Property Values Rise 7.5%, Best Since Recession, But Government Revenue Faces Shock

| June 1, 2018

Higher values ease pressure on government revenue but a potential increase in the homestead exemption would reduce revenue by millions, absent tax hikes.

Marineland’s Latest Adventure Rededicates Iconic Arch to Memories Past and Future

| May 31, 2018

Marineland’s arches are stamped in the memory of the town and its millions of visitors through the years, and today one of the iconic arches was reopened and dedicated.

Flagler’s and DSC’s Education Chiefs Talk Bunkers, Breweries, Graduation and Jobs

| May 31, 2018

Superintendent Jim Tager, Flagler Technical Institute Director Renee Stauffacher, and Daytona State College President Tom LoBasso were the featured speakers an education breakfast.

County Defends $284,000 Tourism Website Deal and Commissioners Are Mollified

| May 29, 2018

County Administrator Craig Coffey and tourism officials put commissioners’ questions about the expense of a website to rest with 75 minutes of details and only a few straw men.

Yes, You May Smoke It: Judge Rules Florida’s Ban on Smoking Medical Marijuana Unconstitutional

| May 28, 2018

Judge Karen Gievers found that a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2016 gives eligible patients the right to smoke the treatment in private.

Flagler Government Spent $1 Million on 3 Websites Since 2010, Wants $300,000 More In Next 4 Years

| May 25, 2018

Flagler County government wants to spend $284,000 on a tourism website over the next four years. It has already spent $1 million on three websites in the past nine.

Sales Tax ‘Holiday’ For Disaster-Preparedness Supplies Set For June 1-7 Across Florida

| May 25, 2018

Expanded from three days last year, the tax holiday has drawn added attention after Florida experienced hurricanes in 2016 and 2017 after a decade’s calm.

To Protect Public Use of Private Beachfronts, Flagler Calls on Memories of
Long-Timers’ Customs

| May 23, 2018

To ward off a new state law potentially allowing private property owners to fence off beach sands, the Flagler County Commission is enacting an ordinance to preserve public use and forbid fencing.

Shirley “Bird” Blanton, 1928-2018

| May 22, 2018

Shirley “Bird” Blanton, 89, of St. Augustine, Florida went to her heavenly home to be her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 20, 2018.

Flagler Government Wants $284,000 Contract For Tourism Website Revamp

| May 21, 2018

The proposal never went before the Tourist Development Council. The county administrator says the $284,000 cost will actually be less than the existing contract.

FPL Will Reimburse Customers Modest Amount Following Overcharge For Matthew Recovery

| May 21, 2018

For a residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month, the credit would amount to $3.18, to be credited in a future bill.

Construction Brisk in Flagler and Palm Coast, Prompting Glimmers of Steady Boomlet

| May 18, 2018

Brisk construction activity in Palm Coast and Flagler is sending building inspections soaring, reflecting healthy but not boom-like activity in the sector.

After Worst Harvest in 8 Decades, Florida Citrus Industry Is Losing Its Iconic Status

| May 14, 2018

Florida’s overall citrus production for the current season to 49.65 million boxes, the lowest cumulative mark since the 1937-38 season, when 40.87 million boxes were filled.

Flagler Palm Coast High Thespians Go Big With ‘Little Mermaid’ and Again Raise Bar
For Local Musicals

| May 9, 2018

The $18,000 production of FPC “Little Mermaid” is, Like Matanzas’s “Sherk” last month, giving Flagler audiences a new look at high school musicals that have little to differentiate them from professional productions.

Swip-Swappers Get a Safer Trading and Exchange Zone Outside Flagler Sheriff’s Office

| May 9, 2018

To minimize transactions going wrong, the Flagler Sheriff’s Office has set up a safe-trade -e-commerce exchange zone under video surveillance outside its operations center.

New Gambling Rule Would End ‘Designated-Player’ Card Games, Costing Millions

| May 8, 2018

Florida gambling regulators’ rule could cost $50 million a year and hundreds of jobs, according to a lawyer representing several of the state’s cardroom operators.

Accusing Palm Coast of Making ‘Blatantly False’ Claims, County Talks Mediation and Litigation Over SR100 Development

| May 7, 2018

A proposed commercial development on State Road 100 by the airport has county and Palm Coast government relations at their lowest ebb in years.

Disaster-Response Company Gets $40,000 County Subsidy and Moves to Flagler Airport

| May 7, 2018

Kimble’s Aviation Logistical Services pledged to create 40 jobs over the next seven years, basing its disaster-recovery operation at the Flagler County Airport.

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