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At Flagler Playhouse, An Urbane Expansion for a Community Theater Celebrating 4th Decade

| December 1, 2017

The Flagler Playhouse, now in its fourth decade, marked the opening of a new, 2000 square-foot wing that’ll give theater-goers a place to chill, drink and snack before shows and at intermissions.

On Defensive, Flagler Government Makes Its Case To Lawmakers To Preserve Vacation-Rental Regulations

| November 20, 2017

Flagler’s own lawmakers are cautioning that the law will likely change, diminishing Flagler’s ability to regulate its own vacation-rental properties. In response, property owners’ opinions are divided.

Gargiulo Foundation Committing to $100,000 Sculpture Garden in Palm Coast’s Town Center

| October 31, 2017

The Gargiulo Art Foundation is proposing to put up a sculpture garden in Town Center, an echo of the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s own plans for art in public places.

Flagler Beach’s Golf Course Closed Again, Its Fate Uncertain, As Dispute With City Leads To Impasse

| October 30, 2017

Golf course management and Flagler Beach government are at serious odds over money owed (by both sides) in a dispute that has the city talking about re-advertising for new management.

Short-Term Rentals in Flagler County: The View From Home Owners’ Associations

| October 22, 2017

Paul C. Pershes, president of the 1,100-home Ocean Hammock Property Owners Association, addresses members of a key senate committee that will be hearing proposed regulations of short-term rentals.

Flagler Again Takes Vacation-Rental Case To Tallahassee as New Battle Lines Are Drawn

| October 10, 2017

Willing to deal and compromise, County Administrator Craig Coffey and County Attorney Al Hadeed addressed a Senate committee workshop today in Tallahassee, ahead of what’s expected to be another fierce battle over vacation-rental regulations.

In Boost To Flagler, Committee Approves Bills Including $50 Million a Year For Beach Repair

| October 9, 2017

If the bills survive the coming legislative hurdles, there may be new money for Flagler County to tap into to repair its severely eroded beaches.

“A Major Disaster Has Taken Place Here”: Flagler Beach Pleads Amid Crisis Affecting Up to 400 Homes

| September 27, 2017

Mold is the growing, silent enemy in hundreds of flooded homes in Flagler Beach, making them potentially unlivable and creating new crises for residents with nowhere to go.

It Is Done: Sklar And Flagler Beach Sign Settlement Over Marina, Ending Decade Battle

| September 26, 2017

A legal battle that immobilized the Flagler Beach marina since 2010 ended when owner Howard Sklar signed a settlement agreement Monday, and the mayor signed it today.

Engineer Likens Flagler Beach Pier to “Congestive Heart Failure” As Reopening Is Again Uncertain

| September 25, 2017

Though it looks structurally sound, the Flagler Beach pier suffered multiple forms of damages not visible to the naked during Hurricane Irma and must again undergo repairs before re-opening.

From “I Am A Camera” To Macbeth, City Repertory Launches Seventh Season Of Razor-Edged Theater

| September 21, 2017

City Repertory Theatre continues to go where no other Palm Coast or Flagler theater dares to go, opening tonight its seventh season with “I Am Camera,” a work set in Weimar Berlin, and at the origin of “Cabaret.”

Florida Shellshock: Blanket Outages, Floodwaters, and This: Irma Could Cost “Billions Upon Billions”

| September 12, 2017

Millions of people continued to lack electricity as cleanup work expected to reach into the billions of dollars began in the wake of deadly Hurricane Irma.

With Sanford and Other Non-Mega Airport Posting Big Gains, Florida Passes Texas in Passengers

| July 17, 2017

Florida recorded a nearly 4 percent growth in its overall outbound passenger count, from 78.07 million in 2015 to 81.17 million last year, according to annual FAA data.

Flagler Beach Fireworks and
“Home of the Brave” Parade on July 4

| July 4, 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.

Flagler Beach Again Offers Free Parking And Shuttles On and Off Island All Day July 4

| July 3, 2017

Flagler Beach made arrangements to provide free parking at the Food Lion on SR100 and free shuttle service in and out of the city from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, with additional free parking at Santa Maria del Mar Church.

Florida Tourism Officials Worry About Donald Trump’s Impact on Travel

| June 28, 2017

Visit Florida President and CEO Ken Lawson said he and others have heard anecdotal reports, both positive and negative, about international travel due to Donald Trump.

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.

Flagler Beach Pier Cleared for July 4 Fireworks, Which Will Go Off Even If Burn Ban Persists

| May 24, 2017

Flagler County Fire Chief has cleared the July 4 fireworks for takeoff while an engineering firm certified the Flagler Beach pier’s safety for the event.

In Big Victory For Flagler (and St. Johns), Rep. Renner Delivers $13.3 Million For Dunes Restoration

| May 9, 2017

The $13.3 million has yet to be split between the two counties, but will go a long distance to alleviate Flagler’s $22 million dune restoration needs, with local sources kicking in several million dollars.

Vacation-Rental Bills Die Only to Return in 2018, Forcing Flagler to Defend Regulations Again

| May 9, 2017

The Legislature’s attempt to roll back local governments’ regulatory authority of vacation rentals barely fell short, so the fight is not over for counties at the forefront of the issue like Flagler.

Flagler Beach, a.k.a. Ocean City, Gets 9 New Lifeguard Towers, All On Strength of Volunteers

| May 5, 2017

The nine lifeguard towers, on a design from towers in Ocean City, Md., are expected to more than double the life of the structures. Commissioner Rick Belhumeur led the all-volunteer effort.

Holland Park Redemption: Palm Coast’s Storied Playground Readies to Re-Open

| May 4, 2017

A year behind schedule, the reopening of Holland Park, now scheduled for June, will also mark the transformation of an eyesore into a crown jewel, as a visit to the park today suggests.

Flagler Beach Pier Repair to Last a Bit Longer and Cost More as Engineers Test Loads

| April 27, 2017

The Flagler Beach Pier was set to fully open May 1, but the opening date has been pushed back to the end of May, and engineering work, which won;t affect the date, will add up to $45,000 in costs.

Not Dead Yet: Vacation-Rental Bill Flagler Opposes Clears Last House Committee , 17-11

| April 24, 2017

A bill that would end Flagler County’s authority to regulate short-term rentals cleared its last House committee and appears headed for a clash with its Senate version, which is very different. If differences aren’t resolved, the bills die.

In Big Victory for Flagler Government, Feared Vacation-Rental Bill Suddenly in Retreat in Legislature

| April 17, 2017

Flagler County’s vacation-rental regulations currently in place would be preserved according to a new version of a Senate bill the county had been fighting before. And a House bill may be dead.

State Transportation Department Asks Flagler Beach Police to Crack Down on A1A Rock Art

| April 7, 2017

Flagler Beach City Manager Larry Newsom said police officers will not suddenly arrest people who build rock structures on A1A, but will use a more friendly, educational approach.

Vacation-Rental Bill Hearing Rescheduled Just as Key Senate Committee Begins Debate

| April 3, 2017

Sen. Tom Lee, the seasoned chairman of the Community Affairs Committee, didn’t ant the bill rushed through debate, as had been the case on a previous occasion before Sen. Travis Hutson.

Retreading Losing Cause, City Will Take Over Running Palm Harbor Golf and Tennis Center

| March 30, 2017

Palm Coast government will end its nearly-decade-long relationship with KemperSports at the money-losing golf and tennis clubs and manage the operations itself while still contracting out certain services.

House Panel Votes 9-6 to End Vacation Rental Regulations in 3rd Straight Defeat for Flagler

| March 28, 2017

Flagler County government had staked its chances on killing the bill in this particular committee because Rep. Paul Renner, who represents Flagler, sits on the panel and had pledged to do what he could to halt the bill’s momentum.

At Vacation-Rental Town Hall, Renner Hears Unanimity Against Impairing Local Control

| March 26, 2017

A standing-room-only crowd at Saturday’s Hammock Town Hall urged Rep. Paul Renner to battle a legislative attempt to scale back local regulatory control of vacation rentals won through a 2014 law.

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