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Déjà Vu All Over Again at Flagler Beach Golf Course as City Grants Yet Another Probation

| September 7, 2018

Even though the city commission found a golf management company in default of its lease, the commission offered yet another conditional set of terms to make the nine-hole golf course work.

Flagler Youth Orchestra, Accompanist to Generation of Students, Marks 14th Year With Open House Wednesday

| September 4, 2018

Many thousands of students have enrolled in the free Flagler Youth Orchestra’s strings program through the years, with some 400 enrolling each fall. Its open house is next week.

Flagler Approves $227,500 in Tourism Spending, Including $150,000 for Marina

| August 8, 2018

The grants were part of the annual county tourism bureau’s funding round and are designed to enhance tourism and the visitor count in the county.

As County Completes 5.75 Miles In Dune Reinforcement, ‘Mobi-Mats’ Give Protective Access to Beaches

| July 24, 2018

Installation of Mobi-Mats and “Dodge the Dunes” signs at nine beach access points in unincorporated Flagler County are scheduled for completion by the end of the week.

Flagler Beach Fireworks and “Freedom For All” Parade on July 4; Palm Coast Fireworks July 3

| July 2, 2018

Flagler Beach this year hosts its traditional July 4 celebration, with its “Freedom For All” parade at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. fireworks. In Palm Coast, fireworks are on July 3 in Town Center.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre Leaps Into Faith and Murder with ‘Agnes of God’

| May 2, 2018

“Agnes of God” is an investigation of religion, of faith, of science, of what, how and why we believe, says City Repertory Theatre John Sbordone. The play opens Friday.

With “Shrek The Musical,” Matanzas High School Mega-Production Aims To Make Everyone a Believer

| April 24, 2018

“Shrek the Musical” at Matanzas’s Pirate Theatre Wednesday through Saturday is a huge, roaring production involving a cast and crew of 90, with a 20-piece live orchestra.

Tax-Evaders Beware: Flagler Will Take Over Local Collection From Short-Term Renters, Projecting Jump in Revenue

| April 17, 2018

The Flagler County Tax Collector, not the state Department of Revenue, will be collecting the 5 percent tax on short term rentals starting in July–a tax hundreds of property owners are evading currently.

Flagler Moves to Protect Public’s Use Of Beaches Ahead of Law Granting Property Owners Restrictive Rights

| April 16, 2018

The new law allows beachfront private property owners to trespass the public from private beaches, something not allowed currently, and never done in Flagler.

In Praise of Pops: Jax Symphony’s Palm Coast Picnic Returns in Salute To Bracing Favorites

| April 11, 2018

The Jacksonville Symphony’s 11th Picnics and Pops concert with the Palm Coast Arts Foundation is an exploration of the worlds of pop music’s Mozarts.

City Rep’s ‘Blood Knot’ Peels Off Limits of Black and White Skins Through Apartheid

| March 22, 2018

The Athol Fugard play tells the story of two South African brothers in the early 1960s, one of whom returns to live with his sibling after years of passing as white.

Tiny RV Park Proposed for Colbert Lane Revs Up Residents’ Rebellion, and Is Denied

| March 19, 2018

Upscale or not, Palm Coast Plantation and Grand Haven residents saw a proposed RV park on Colbert Lane as a trailer park, and the county commission rejected it Monday evening.

Another Exhausting But Short-Term Victory For Flagler Government as Vacation-Rental Deregulation Fails Again

| March 6, 2018

Flagler County government had staunchly opposed lawmakers’ attempts to eliminate local regulation of short-term vacation rentals, regulations crafted in 2014 largely at Flagler’s behest.

Flagler Beach Cuts Its Lifeguards in Half, Narrowing Coverage Area Closer to Pier

| February 26, 2018

A $100,000 cut from the lifeguard budget accommodated the addition of a cop, a firefighter and a raise to the city manager, but will result in a smaller lifeguard coverage area.

With ‘Macbeth’ and Measureless Content, Palm Coast Arts Foundation and City Rep Theatre Launch Shakespeare In the Park

| February 22, 2018

It’s “Macbeth” time Thursday through Sunday as the Palm Coast Arts Foundation and City Repertory Theatre hope Shakespeare in the Park, in Town Center, becomes a local tradition.

Palm Coast Vacation Rental Agency Ransacked, Hammock Unit Used To Print Counterfeit Cash

| February 9, 2018

The Vacation Rental Pros office on Palm Coast’s Utility Drive was ransacked and keys to units stolen apparently by a tenant who used his unit possibly to print counterfeit currency.

Flagler Loses Hutson and Lopsided Vote as Vacation Rental Deregulation Advances

| February 8, 2018

Sen. Travis Hutson voted with the 9-1 majority of his Senate committee today to advance a bill that would strip local governments of regulatory authority of vacation-rental homes.

Dunes Restoration Project Update At Week 3, With Video

| February 8, 2018

Some 2,800 linear feet of dunes have been restored as of February 7, with the county’s goal being a mile a month. Chris Goodfellow’s videos have been documenting progress.

Urging Opposition, Flagler Beach’s Jane Mealy Says Vacation-Rental Proposals Could Change City’s Look

| February 7, 2018

In an open plea to residents circulated by letter, Flagler Beach Commission Chair Jane Mealy warns of vacation-rental proposals that could change the make-up of the city, eliminating distinctions between residential and commercial zones.

1st Round in New Session’s Vacation Rental Saga Goes Against Flagler Government

| January 30, 2018

A Senate committee approved a bill that would nearly eliminate local government regulation of vacation rentals and enable a single licensee to have hundreds of rentals across the state.

Raising Faith Over Futility, Flagler Launches Unprecedented $25 Million Dunes-Restoration Feat

| January 27, 2018

For 50 hours a week for the next 48 weeks, trucks will dump nearly 1 million tons of sand along 12 to 15 miles of Flagler County beaches, rebuilding the dunes hurricanes washed away.

Flagler Beach Places Golf Club On Probation, Pending Compliance With Lease Terms

| January 26, 2018

Two Flagler Beach city commissioners were ready to end the lease with the manager of Ocean Palms Golf Club Thursday, but were held back in a last-chance effort to allow for compliance.

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