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Progressive Voices Rise to Resist Locally as Flagler Beach “Rally By the Sea” Rebukes Trumpism

| April 29, 2017

Saturday’s rally of progressive-liberal organizations in Flagler Beach, organized by a group barely a few months old, suggests the local Republican sweep is not as total as it appears, or Trumpism the only movement in town.

‘Click It or Ticket’ Laws Are Becoming The Norm. But Do They Work?

| April 29, 2017

Not everyone is convinced the tougher laws reduce fatalities. And some opponents say the laws are another example of government interference and can lead to racial profiling.

“John & Jen” and Generational Shock in Musical Closing City Repetory Theatre’s Season

| April 28, 2017

“John & Jen” features the same two actors portraying family members over two generations crossing America’s tumultuous 60s and beyond, and testing family ties. At Palm Coast’s City Rep Theatre.

Flagler Beach Unanimously Approves Marina Settlement That May End 7-Year Suit

| April 27, 2017

It’s now up to Howard Sklar to sign off on the settlement agreement. His attorney said the marina, idle for almost two decades, could be operating soon, welcoming boats, building and repairing them.

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.

Senate Budget Details Yet to Emerge as House Pushes Potential $2.2 Billion Tax Cut

| April 26, 2017

Lawmakers pushed back against the idea that a deal that many believed had been sealed Tuesday had fallen apart, while House leaders placed tax cuts ahead of more money for per-student allocations.

Short of Stellar, FPC and Matanzas Earn Bronze and Silver in U.S. News’ High School Rankings

| April 26, 2017

Matanzas came in at 160 in the state and 2,297 in the nation, getting silver, FPC came in at 183 in the state and did not get a national ranking, though its IB program’s achievements were not calculated as in previous years’ rankings.

Wednesday Briefing: Economic Council’s Engagement, Buddy Taylor Spring Concert, Constitution Revision Hits Gainesville

| April 26, 2017

Buddy Taylor Middle School holds its Spring Concert, the Flagler Economic Opportunity Council talks community engagement, Constitution Revision Commission travels to Gainesville, and Brigitte Bardot.

As Flagler Considers Countywide Burn Ban, Fire Units On Stand-By to Help Elsewhere

| April 24, 2017

Twenty-one counties have a burn ban in effect, though for now that has not been declared in Flagler, where firefighters are on stand-by to assist battling forest fires in Southwest Florida if necessary.

Thursday Briefing: Superintendent Interviews, Senior Scholarships, Bill O’Reilly’s Karma

| April 20, 2017

The last three candidates for school superintendent still standing interview with the school board in successive slots, then attend the annual senior scholarship awards at the Flagler Auditorium.

Life in Prison for Palm Coast Man as Jury Finds Him Guilty of Molesting 11-Year-Old

| April 19, 2017

A two-second feel over the clothes of an 11-year-old in a Palm Coast home by her guardian four years ago will result in a life sentence for James Taylor, a previously convicted sex offender.

Palm Coast’s Thames Envy Holds Weir-dest Ribbon-Cutting You’ve Ever Heard Of

| April 18, 2017

There’s a ribbon-cutting for every imaginable non-event these days, and today Palm Coast cut the ribbon at a water-control structure called a “weir,” in the B-Section.

Tuesday Briefing: Frieda Zamba, Food Truck Tuesday, Spring Band Concert, Taxes, Job Fair, Pool Opening

| April 18, 2017

The public pool in Palm Coast opens for the summer season, Food Truck Tuesday in Central Park, FPC’s band is in concert at the auditorium, the School Board and Palm Coast’s City Council meet.

Google’s Links to Flagler Sheriff’s Office Hacked By Malware, Porn and Clickbait

| April 15, 2017

Users trying to reach the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office through Google are being redirected to pornographic websites, malware and dangerously infected links. Other search engines are not affected, nor is the sheriff’s site itself.

A Suicide By Gunshot Jolts 911 Call as Sheriff Observes Flagler’s Dispatch Center in Action

| April 14, 2017

A gunshot suicide took place live as a 911 dispatcher was on the phone Wednesday, while Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly sat in as a “trainee” to mark National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

Fatal Irresponsibility:
How Palm Coast Willfully Ignored Street Lights And Sidewalks For 10 Years

| April 8, 2017

Palm Coast’s government’s claim that it didn’t have the money to build sidewalks and street lights is a cynical lie: as people died, the city put luxury ahead of necessity, from city hall to expensive beautification and plenty more.

Cops Out in Force on I-95 Over the Weekend as Part of Drive to Save Lives Campaign

| April 8, 2017

Be warned: cops from Florida to Maine are out in force this weekend (April 8 and 9), pulling over, warning and ticketing speeders, careless, reckless and distracted drivers.

2017 Flagler Jail Bookings and Sheriff’s Crime and Incident Reports (Archived)

| April 8, 2017

Archived 2017 Flagler County jail bookings, day and night shift commanders’ crime and incident reports investigated by Sheriff’s deputies and archive.

Thursday Briefing: The Fair, Classroom to Careers, Holocaust Memorial Lecture, Brigham Young’s Last Marriage

| April 6, 2017

A classroom-to-careers symposium featuring local business at FPC, Democrats’ meeting at AACS, the county fair continues, a Holocaust memorial lecture at Statson.

Monday Briefing: State of the Library, Return of Industrial Hemp, Teddy Bear Picnic, 2001 Odyssey

| April 3, 2017

The Flagler County Public Library Board of Trustees makes a presentation to the county commission, the Legislature talks industrial hemp, Stanley Kubrick’s great movie premiered 49 years ago.

Pranksters, Hackers, Swatting and Service Failures: 911 Systems Need an Upgrade

| April 2, 2017

A rash of disruptions in antiquated 911 emergency-response systems points up the urgent need for new technology to save lives in the wireless age. But money is lacking.

In Superintendent Search, Five Accomplished Candidates From Near and Far Make Shortlist

| March 29, 2017

The shortlist, drawn up Tuesday evening, includes a Palm Coast resident with a long history in Flagler schools, a Volusia County principal, a Clay County administrator and two candidates from Kentucky.

Tuesday Briefing: Rethinking Palm Coast Golf Course, Vacation Rentals Round 3, Flagler Forum Media Panel

| March 28, 2017

The Flagler Forum hosts a media panel with representatives from all local media, the Palm Coast council changes course on golf and ends red-light cameras, the superintendent search advisory committee meets.

Monday Briefing: Computer Coding as Foreign Language, Undocumented Criminals, Trump’s Russian Affinities

| March 27, 2017

Bringing county commissioners up to speed on the budget, harshing up penalties against undocumented immigrant criminals, Trump’s 30 years of dalliances with and affinities for Russia, a Haydn trio.

Wit as Weapon In “Waltz of the Toreadors,” City Repertory Theatre’s French-Accented Farce

| March 24, 2017

The 1951 play by France’s Jean Anouilh is a bitterly funny send-up of middle class pretensions and expectations, and another daring experiment by Palm Coast’s City Repertory Theatre.

Weekend Briefing: Cracker Day, Renner Town Hall, Waltz of Toreadors, Ten Tenors Return, Surf Series, Motown Madness

| March 24, 2017

City Repertory Theatre stages a new production of a great French farce of a play, Surf Series in Flagler Beach, Cracker Day at County Fairgrounds, Renner twon hall on vacation rentals in the Hammock, and Jack London on the Iron Heel.

Lawmakers’ Letters to Constituents on Health Care Are Full of Lies and Misinformation

| March 22, 2017

As the GOP tries to rewrite–or “repeal and replace–the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers in both parties are incorrectly citing statistics, making false claims and leaving out important context in letters to constituents.

Tuesday Briefing: Vacation Rentals, Superintendent Search, Food Truck Tuesday, Patriot Award, Philip Roth

| March 21, 2017

Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle, Deputy Chief Jerry Forte, and Battalion Chief Ron Petrillo get a Patriot Award, the school board looks over applicants for superintendent, vacation rentals are up for another Senate hearing.

Flagler Tourism “Promotions” Slush Fund Jumps 76% in 3 Years, And We’re Counting Pennies For Beach Repairs?

| March 20, 2017

Paying for critical repairs to Flagler County’s beaches is hostages to a tourism budget’s scandalous and unaccountable promotions spending, which the county administration wants to increase despite the emergency.

Flagler’s Hutson Files Amendment to Vacation-Rental Bill That Would “Eviscerate” Regulations

| March 16, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson had supported the 2014 law enabling Flagler County to regulate vacation rentals. His amendment, which he calls a “compromise,” would scale that back even though he sees no problems with local regulations or short-term rentals.

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