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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.

Superwash Express Brings 40 Jobs to Heart of Palm Coast and Lava of Choices For Car Care

| February 15, 2017

Superwash on Cypress Point Parkway held its grand opening last week, creating 40 new jobs, about 25 of them full-time, in a car town that seems to take to carwashes with zeal.

Flagler Beach Pier To Be Repaired and Opened By May 1, But More Concrete Plans in Its Future

| February 14, 2017

The $918,000 contract will stabilize the Flagler Beach pier but will not restore the 160 feet it lost during Hurricane Matthew. That’ll be the long-term fix, which may entail pouring concrete.

In Flagler Beach, Scott Attacks Renner Over Tourism and Economic Development Programs

| February 13, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott was in campaign mode in a visit to Flagler Beach Monday as he criticized Flagler’s Rep. Paul Renner, a fellow-Republican, for introducing a bill that would eliminate Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.

Europa Owner’s House Demolished in Evening Fire in Palm Coast’s C-Section

| February 13, 2017

Marcella and Ambroz Ferrena, who own New Europa, the restaurant and lounge at European Village, were in their Palm Coast home by the canals late Sunday afternoon when they smelled smoke. It was a small fire in the garage that rapidly spread through the roof.

Renner Is Right: Kill Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida, Twin Kleptos of Public Troth

| February 12, 2017

Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida are two tax-supported state agencies that act more like slush funds, wasting money behind secretive veils and returns on investment that have never lived up to the promise.

Woody’s Joe Rizzo Named Director of Flagler Education Foundation, Replacing Williams

| February 10, 2017

Joe Rizzo, a Flagler native and part-owner of several local restaurants, will diminish his role there to take up the full-time job at the foundation, on whose board he’s served for eight years, one of them as president.

Three Ways Forward on Enacting Florida Voters’ Medical Marijuana Mandate

| February 9, 2017

Former Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre, just back from a state conference on medical marijuana, argues how and why to move ahead with consumer- and patient-centered regulation.

Flagler Beach Is Proposing Draconian Restrictions and Prohibitions on Drones

| February 9, 2017

Flagler Beach would even further than an Orlando ordinance that just passed, banning drones over public buildings, parks, assemblies and other places absent permission from the city.

Local Governments Nursing Headaches Over Legalized Pot as Health Department Holds Hearing Across Florida

| February 8, 2017

Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Bunnell and County government joined two dozen counties and four dozen cities in enacting moratoriums temporarily banning medical marijuana dispensaries.

FPL Will Bill You an Extra $40 This Year For Restoring Power During Hurricane Matthew

| February 7, 2017

The state Public Service Commission approved a $318.5 million request by FPL to cover the costs of restoring power after the storm pummeled Flagler and other Florida counties.

Never Gone, Barbara Revels Reemerges in Appointment to Economic Advisory Board She Launched

| February 7, 2017

The County Commission appointed Ex-County Commissioner Barbara Revels to the Economic Opportunity Advisory Board on a 4-1 vote, with her opponent, Dave Sullivan, casting a vote for Jason DeLorenzo.

Kayaking Trips Planned For Flagler’s Centennial Celebration, on Haw Creek and Longs Landing

| February 7, 2017

Registrations, for $15, are needed in advance. Each person registering will get a competition style tee shirt commemorating the County’s Centennial.

Commissioners Uneasy With Flagler’s Bail-Out of Agriculture Museum and New 400-Acre Park

| February 6, 2017

Flagler County government would pay off an $185,000 museum mortgage and grant it $25,000 a year while acquiring more than 400 acres of the museum’s land, calling it an “extension” of Princess Place Preserve.

County Breaks Ground on 5,500-ft Runway at Airport to Accommodate Larger Corporate Jets

| February 6, 2017

The $12.1 million project will be carried out over the next 350 days at Flagler County Executive Airport. It will also create new space at the north end of the airport for more building construction.

Health Savings Accounts Gain GOP Favor as Obamacare Sub; Gimmickry May Hurt Most

| February 6, 2017

Expanding the use of such accounts, greatly favored by Wall Street, is part of almost every GOP replacement plan under consideration on Capitol Hill. But less well off people and the sick would not likely benefit.

Tax Collector’s New Branch Office in Flagler Beach Compelled By Rising Traffic–and Guns

| February 2, 2017

The new tax collector’s branch at the Food Lion shopping center in Flagler Beach will be the exclusive location for the boom in concealed weapons permitting, and possibly a commercial seed for the long-moribund Flagler Square.

Town Center Developer Palm Coast Holdings Will Close By March and Sell Assets

| February 1, 2017

The decision was made recently and unexpectedly by Palm Coast Holding’s parent company, Allete Properties of Duluth, Minn. Seven employees will be affected.

Scott’s $83.5 Billion Budget Seeks 3% Boost in Per-Student Funding and $618 Million in Tax Cuts

| January 31, 2017

House Speaker Richard Corcoran has been a harsh critic of the governor’s plan to spend $85 million for business incentives and another $76 million to market the state’s tourism industry.

As Gov. Scott Announces His Budget, His Math Doesn’t Match Lawmakers’

| January 30, 2017

Scott’s $2.8 billion surplus estimate makes some unlikely assumptions about how lawmakers will act when they return to the Capitol for the legislative session that begins March 7.

In Flagler Again, Gov. Scott Issues $15.8 Million For Beach Fix in 4 Counties, $5.4M for Flagler

| January 27, 2017

The $15.8 million is not necessarily new money but includes at least $5.3 million Flagler County has been lobbying for to rebuild dunes. Gov. Scott made the announcement at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park’s beach.

Flagler Beach Approves $40 Million State Plan to Rebuild Dunes, With Sea Wall at City’s North End

| January 26, 2017

In a surprising shift, Flagler Beach City Commissioners agreed to a state plan to build a sea wall at the city’s north end in exchange for a beach management plan the state would pay for.

Flagler Youth Orchestra Performs History of Music in 16 Chapters Saturday in Palm Coast

| January 26, 2017

The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s most advanced ensemble will perform the tour de force at Palm Coast United Methodist Church’s Concert Series at 4 p.m. Saturday. It’s free.

Why Is the County Chairman Meddling in Flagler Beach’s Business, and Why Was Flagler Beach’s Manager Job-Hunting in Bunnell?

| January 25, 2017

Flagler Beach officials were perplexed and angered by County Commission Chairman Nate McLaughlin’s apparent interference in their city manager’s–and their city’s–business at a time when county and city are trying to work out difficult issues.

Oil and Gas Lobby Fumes as Lawmakers Push for Total Fracking Ban in Florida

| January 25, 2017

The proposal to ban fracking follows a heavy debate during the 2016 session about a measure that would have created a regulatory framework for fracking in the state. Flagler County passed a resolution asking for a ban.

Trump On Your Side? Repealing Obamacare Is a Tax Break For Rich at Poors’ Expense

| January 24, 2017

If Obama’s health law is reversed, taxes will go down for the rich and up for the poor, while millions lose coverage. It is redistribution for the wealthy.

Rebecca DeLorenzo Resigns Flagler Chamber Presidency to Head Red Cross Chapter

| January 24, 2017

Flagler Chamber officials say DeLorenzo’s resignation is an opportunity for the chamber to rethink its direction, including what staffing will be needed. The chamber had employed seven, down from 13 four years ago.

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