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FPL Lies

| September 15, 2017

FPL’s response to Hurricane Irma in Flagler has been disgraceful and secretive, both at the expense of local emergency responses and at the expense of residents.

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.

Hurricane Irma Closures and Re-Openings in Palm Coast and Across Flagler

| September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma-related notices of closures, business reopenings and other related notices from government, hospitals, schools and colleges and businesses.

Damages: 50,250 Lose Power, Flagler Beach, Beverly Beach Heavily Flooded, Less So in Palm Coast, No Systematic Devastation; Curfew Extended On Island, Schools Closed Wednesday

| September 11, 2017

While Flagler and Palm Coast made it through Hurricane Irma without devastation, there was heavy flooding in homes in South Flagler Beach and the west end of the county.

FPL Says 10 Percent of Flagler Residents Expected to Lose Power, Millions More Across Florida

| September 10, 2017

FPL is deploying nearly 17,000 line workers across the state and conducting repairs between Hurricane Irma feeder bands to minimize outages.

What To Expect in Flagler In Next 48 Hours on Shelters, Evacuations, Storm Effects and Hunkering Down

| September 8, 2017

As Hurricane Irma approaches, a complete run-down of what you should expect from emergency responders and what you should do in the next 48 hours.

Palm Coast’s Big-Box Stores All Out of Water, Shipments Expected But No Promises

| September 7, 2017

Aldi, Publix, Target and Winn-Dixie all show bare water shelves and few promises about when the next shipments are due, as supply lines are dependent on state conditions.

A Little Hurricane Greediness: Hammock Dunes Bridge Still Charging Tolls Until Tonight

| September 6, 2017

Gov. Scott suspended tolls on all state bridges and roads Tuesday, but the privately-run and very profitable Hammock Dunes Bridge is still charging motorists $2 until Wednesday evening.

Behind Solar Shades Soon in Palm Coast, A “Voluntary” FPL Program of Limited Benefit But Ample Marketing

| September 1, 2017

FPL’s SolarNow program bills willing customers $9 a month then uses the money to build solar-power installations like those coming to Holland Park, City Hall and the Community Center.

In Flagler Beach, Palm Coast and County, More Contempt For Medical Pot

| August 31, 2017

Elected officials in Palm Coast, Flagler County and Flagler Beach are still peddling false or misleading assumptions as they draw up more restrictive medical pot dispensary zoning.

In the Hammock, A Concern That a Small Rule Change Will Turn Rustic A1A Into Commerce Central

| August 25, 2017

The Flagler County administration is reinterpreting how the residential and commercial mix along A1A must be applied, raising fears that it’ll open the way to innumerable businesses there.

Palm Coast Approves Its First Microbrewery: Moonrise Brewing Co. at European Village

| August 23, 2017

The brewpub and restaurant, opening in October, will produce about 15,000 pints a month. Its three owners, in the industry many years, expect it to become a big draw for European Village.

On Brink of Banning Medical Pot in Haze of Misinformation, County Opts for Compromise

| August 22, 2017

Three Flagler commissioners nearly pulled off a medical-marijuana ban in the county before one of them surprisingly, and perhaps unintentionally, opposed the ban.

Former WyoTech President Jorge Gutierrez Named President of Flagler Chamber of Commerce

| August 22, 2017

The chamber is eager to increase its membership, which has been stagnating around the 750 to 780 mark for years, while also improving its revenue after it was forced to sell its own building to meet expenses.

Beating Palm Coast and Flagler Beach, County Will Be 1st to Welcome Pot Dispensaries; Bunnell May Ban Them

| August 18, 2017

The Flagler County Commission is expected to approve opening the county to medical pot dispensaries Monday, becoming the first local government formally to do so.

Palm Coast Government Absorbs Golf Course’s Employees and Contracts With Golden Lion In Latest Attempt to Stem Losses

| August 15, 2017

The city will pay a management firm $630,000 a year to maintain the golf course’s grounds while adding eight employees to the city’s payroll and running the operation itself.

In Reversal, Flagler Beach Will Allow Medical Pot Dispensaries, Limiting Them to Mainland

| August 10, 2017

The Flagler Beach City Commission unanimously agreed to drop a proposed ban and allow dispensaries along State Road 100, but not on the beach side.

Ending Uncertainty, Palm Coast Will Welcome Medical Pot Dispensaries Starting In Fall

| August 8, 2017

The Palm Coast Council emphatically decided that it would allow medical pot dispensaries in the city’s major business districts even as it may approve an extension of a moratorium to work out a zoning regulation.

In Some States, Sales Tax Holidays Lose Luster as Hype Overshadows Cost

| August 6, 2017

Tax holidays don’t increase buying but merely concentrate it around specific dates. They’re regressive. They’re more political than useful: in Florida, the Legislature turned down Gov. Scott’s request for 10 days.

Florida’s Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Is This Weekend: Here’s A Guide

| August 2, 2017

Florida’s 2017 sales tax holiday on school supplies, clothing, shoes and personal computers and other select accessories is this weekend–starting at a minute after midnight Friday, Aug. 4, through midnight Sunday, Aug. 7.

Flagler Beach Marina Settlement With City Collapses, But This Time It’s a Sklar Thing

| August 1, 2017

Flagler Beach and Marina owner Howard Sklar return to court in late September as their settlement talks over the Flagler Beach Marina collapsed when Sklar reversed course on a building requirement.

IHOP Restaurant and Chipotle Mexican Grill Nearing Construction in Palm Coast

| July 31, 2017

International House of Pancakes will open near the Island Walk Starbucks on Palm Coast Parkway. And Chipotle will open next to Panera Bread on State Road 100.

40% of Sea Ray Boats’ Workforce in Flagler Affected By Layoffs and Furloughs

| July 28, 2017

Some 90 employees have been laid off and 130 furloughed out of a workforce of 560 at the Sea Ray Boats plant off Colbert Lane even as manufacturer’s parent company posts strong earnings in the second quarter.

Flagler Beach Delays Medical Pot Ban Vote For 2 Weeks, But Hazy Evidence Unchanged

| July 27, 2017

The absence of one of the five commissioners led to the delay on the vote on a controversial measure that would ban the operation of medical pot dispensaries anywhere in Flagler Beach.

Hutson and Renner Try To Push Back Against Criticism on Home Rule, Taxes and Education

| July 27, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner took credit for–and defended–several controversial bills that passed in the last session of the Legislature as they spoke to Flagler’s political and business leaders this morning.

It’s Not Just Palm Coast: Credit Card Skimming at Gas Stations Up 160% in Florida

| July 26, 2017

State figures show 315 skimmers had been discovered at Florida gas pumps through July 18, compared to 120 skimmers discovered through the first seven months of 2016.

Flagler Beach’s Golden Lion Cafe Set To Take Over Palm Harbor Golf Restaurant

| July 24, 2017

Golden Lion would sign a five-year lease to run the food and beverage operation, including a bar, catering in the clubhouse and on the golf course, and other amenities.

Hypocrites on Crack

| July 13, 2017

Thursday evening, Flagler Beach Commissioners Jane Mealy, Marshall Shupe and Joy McGrew flipped off voters and voted for a prohibition on medical pot dispensaries.

Countering 70% of Its Own Voters, Flagler Beach Prepares to Ban Medical Pot Dispensaries Outright

| July 13, 2017

The City Commission this evening takes up an ordinance that would ban medical marijuana dispensaries anywhere in the city. The city fears not doing so would turn it into a pot hub.

Palm Coast Aldi Draws Hundreds Before Doors Open in Grocery Wars’ First Local Salvo

| July 13, 2017

The Palm Coast opening of Aldi, the discount grocery store, generated unusual excitement and crowds this morning, signaling a coming disruption in the grocery-chain business.

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