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Interim Beau Falgout Clear Favorite as Palm Coast Council Draws Up Manager Shortlist

| January 22, 2019

Palm Coast Interim Manager Beau Falgout garnered the most support from council members shortlisting 16 candidates out of more than 50, as their search for a manager continues.

With Carlos Muniz as 3rd Pick, DeSantis Touts ‘Newly Constituted’ Supreme Court

| January 22, 2019

The appointment of Muniz, 49, solidifies a conservative majority on the court after years of justices regularly thwarting the Republican-led Legislature and the GOP governor.

Faced With Millions in Misused Money, UCF President Acknowledges ‘Broken Culture’

| January 21, 2019

An investigation outlined $84.7 million in state operating funds that were used or slated to be used by UCF in direct violation of state policy.

Survey Time: Palm Coast Government Wants To Hear Your Views About the City

| January 21, 2019

Palm Coast residents have two more weeks to take the 2018-2019 Palm Coast Citizen Survey. The survey is ongoing now through Saturday, Feb. 2.

“We Cannot Walk Alone…
We Cannot Turn Back”

| January 21, 2019

A brief history of the origins and battles of the Martin Luther King federal holiday, and of the MLK monument at the Washington Mall, with full text and video of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Austin Chewning Named Flagler Deputy of the Year as Gala Raises $77,000 for Sheriff’s Employee Assistance

| January 20, 2019

Austin Chewning, Sheria Woods, Kerri Anderson and Angela Camit were among the year’s winners at a gala to raise money for sheriff’s employees facing unexpected hardships.

Motorcyclist Seriously Hurt in Crash With SUV at Belle Terre and SR100

| January 19, 2019

A Bunnell motorcyclist was seriously hurt in a crash with an SUV at the intersection of Belle Terre Parkway and State Road 100 shortly after 8 p.m. this evening.

Capping Weeks of Tension, DeSantis Scraps 46 Midnight Appointments by Rick Scott

| January 19, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday rescinded 46 of the last-minute appointments former Gov. Rick Scott, now a member of the U.S. Senate, made in his final days in office.

Thieves Break Into Tax Collector’s Office in Staples Shopping Center and Get Away

| January 19, 2019

Two thieves broke into the Flagler County Tax Collector’s satellite office in the Staples shopping center off Old Kings Road just after 3 this morning.

Sheriff’s Sick Building: How To Hire A Savior

| January 18, 2019

To break out of its leadership lethargy on the future of the Sheriff’s Operations Center, Flagler County government should find an obsessively independent project manager untainted by local politics or current administrations.

Two Incumbents and Two Challengers Running in Flagler Beach’s March Election

| January 17, 2019

The Flagler Beach March 5 election has drawn two incumbents, Jane Mealy and Rick Belhumeur, second-time challenger Paul Eik, and newcomer Deborah Phillips, a business owner in town.

DeSantis Poised To Liberalize State’s Approach to Medical Marijuana, Ending ‘Foot-Dragging’

| January 17, 2019

DeSantis said his medical-marijuana announcement will deal not only with “the litigation” but also with “legislation that I think is needed to implement the people’s will.”

Old Kings Elementary’s Addison Davis Survives Being ‘Eviscerated’ and Wins County Spelling Bee on a Pretzel

| January 17, 2019

Addison Davis, 11, a fifth grader at Old Kings Elementary, won the county-wide spelling bee Wednesday and goes on to the regional bee in Jacksonville on Feb. 19.

Palm Coast Is Concerned: Not Enough Sports Fields For Tournaments, Local Teams and Growth

| January 16, 2019

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland wants broader planning for additional sports fields in the city that ensure local sports organizations and residents aren’t sidelined by money-generating tournaments.

Ex-Dr. Florence Fruehan Arrested on 2 Felony Charges of Battery on Older Women

| January 16, 2019

Florence Fruehan, the Palm Coast doctor who lost his license in November over allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with patients, faces two new felony counts of battery on persons 65 or older.

In Flagler Beach, A1A Shops and Restaurants Hope Their ‘Open For Business’ Signs Are Louder Than Road Construction

| January 15, 2019

A1A businesses in Flagler Beach worry that year-long construction on the road will once again hurt business even as they prepare a campaign to remind patrons that doors are very much open.

FPC’s Shaunti Stafford, 17, Takes Her Life, Flagler’s Third Teen Suicide in 18 Months

| January 15, 2019

Shauntiana Autrice Stafford, a 17-year-old student at Flagler Palm Coast High School, took her life Monday evening at her home at Madison Green Apartments.

County Commission Steps Back From Creating Sheriff’s Building ‘Task Force,’ Opting
For More Workshops

| January 14, 2019

The Flagler County Commission today took no more decisive action on the Sheriff’s Operations Center than to hold more workshop sometime in the future, though none was scheduled.

DeSantis Appoints Robert J. Luck, Second Miami-Dade Judge in 5 Days, to Supreme Court

| January 14, 2019

Last week, DeSantis appointed Barbara Lagoa, who had served as chief judge of the Miami-based appellate court, to the Supreme Court. Two of three vacancies are now filled.

Bunnell’s Catherine Robinson Yet Again Re-Elected Unopposed, 6 Running For 3 Seats

| January 14, 2019

By the time Catherine Robinson takes the oath of office for her next term, she may face a very different commission, certainly with two new commissioners at the table, and possibly three.

Help Wanted: Flagler County Seeking Interim Manager and Hoping to Stave Off Exodus

| January 14, 2019

Deputy County Administrator Sally Sherman will lead the county’s administration for the next two weeks as the commission searches for an interim, before launching into a search for a permanent replacement for Craig Coffey.

Reilly Opelka In Stunning Upset Of World’s 9th-Ranked Isner at Australian Open

| January 14, 2019

Reilly Opelka, the former Indian Trails Middle School student, now 7-feet tall, showed his maturity and improved ground game to stun Isner, who was ranked 9th in the world going into the game.

Gov. Ron DeSantis Suspends Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Charging ‘Neglect of Duty’

| January 12, 2019

Israel, a Democrat first elected in 2012, has faced fierce criticism for his agency’s handling of the Parkland massacre that resulted in the death of 17 people. Israel vowed to contest his ouster.

On Captain’s BBQ at Bing’s, Commissioner Hansen Says Compromise Is On the Table

| January 11, 2019

Allaying fears that his mind is made up, County Commissioner Greg Hansen said he’s willing to go for a compromise that would locate Captain’s BBQ away from the center of Bing’s Landing.

Palm Coast Man Charged With Raping a Girl In His Custody Since She Was 5, Saying “It Just Happened”

| January 11, 2019

The near-daily rapes by Michael D. King, 40, originally of England, are alleged to have taken place in Palm Coast when the girl was between 7 and 10, and apparently during an earlier period when she was 5, as well as in other counties.

To Travel the State, DeSantis Is Using King Air Plane FDLE Seized in a Drug Bust

| January 11, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis, with a net worth of just over $300,000, doesn’t have former Gov. Rick Scott’s millions that allowed him to buzz around the state in his own plane.

Proposal Calls for $1-an-Hour Paid Parking on A1A in Flagler Beach, Restrictions Elsewhere, and Meter Maids

| January 10, 2019

The Flagler Beach City Commission is yet again considering a paid-parking proposal for its downtown area, but the plan, which projects $300,000 in revenue, would cost almost as much to run.

Beyond Coffey: Alternate Locations Emerge for Sheriff’s Operations Center as Calls to Abandon Troubled Building Mount

| January 10, 2019

A 20,000 square-foot building built to attract new business and industry is one of the options for the sheriff’s operations center as the sheriff, employees and at least two county commissioners don’t see a path back into the troubled Operations Center anymore.

Flagler Commission in 3-2 Vote Accepts Craig Coffey’s Resignation, Effective Friday

| January 9, 2019

Th commission’s decision means Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey’s last day is Friday, ending an 11-year tenure that soured precipitously in the past year.

DeSantis Names Barbara Lagoa, a Conservative Cuban-American, to Supreme Court

| January 9, 2019

DeSantis’ selection of Lagoa, the daughter of Cuban émigrés, was the first of three Supreme Court appointments the new governor will make, following the mandatory retirement of three justices who comprised what had been the court’s more liberal-leaning bloc.

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