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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.

City Rep’s ‘Songs for a New World’ Takes Columbus and Betsy Ross to Abstract Edge

| January 21, 2018

The newest production at Palm Coast’s City Rep Theatre brings together Columbus, Betsy Ross, a suicidal woman and Mrs. Claus in a non-traditional, abstract song cycle.

Move Over, Magritte: Alchemist-Photographer Jerry Uelsmann Documents States of Consciousness

| January 18, 2018

Surrealist photographer Jerry Uelsmann, whose work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art among many places, speaks at the Hilton Garden Inn Sunday afternoon.

Flagler Beach Will End Its Lease With Ocean Palms Golf, Finding Settlement Inadmissible

| January 12, 2018

Flagler Beach commissioners no longer want to work with Terry McManus, lease-holder of the city-owned golf course, and plan on either taking over the course or finding a new management firm.

Flagler Film Festival’s 55 Movies Go From Gothic to Micro-Shorts to Burt Reynolds

| January 12, 2018

Burt Reynolds appears in the romantic comedy “Miami Love Affair,” one of the many films screened at Palm Coast’s Hilton Garden Inn this weekend in the annual Flagler Film Festival.

Among Slew of Legislative Rules, A Proposal To Limit Local Authority on Environment

| December 28, 2017

From fracking to tree-trimming to using close to $900 million from a voter-approved conservation fund, Florida lawmakers are lining up their wishes ahead of the 2018 session.

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.



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