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Court Ruling Mostly Favoring Developer May End Nearly 2-Decade Wrangle Over Flagler Beach Marina

| December 2, 2016

Howard Sklar’s marina and boat-works on the Intracoastal in Flagler Beach has been mired in conflict with the city almost since its inception in the late 1990s. A circuit court ruling may finally clear the way for its operations.

Repairs on Speed: A1A Reopens to Governor’s Applause as Businesses Cheer With Relief

| November 7, 2016

The remarkably swift emergency repairs to the road on a state government emergency contract to Halifax Paving turned what could have been a death knell to many businesses into a setback, now overcome.

Contractor Gunning to Reopen A1A 30 Days Ahead of Schedule. The Reason: $1 Million Bonus

| November 2, 2016

Halifax Paving is set to reopen State Road A1A in Flagler Beach next week, some 30 days ahead of schedule, earning itself a $1 million bonus on top of the original $4 million emergency contract. Businesses and others are cheering.

Gov. Scott Orders State Transportation Department to Expedite A1A Reopening in Flagler Beach

| October 20, 2016

The transportation department, in response to Scott’s order, said restoring traffic on A1A in Flagler Beach is now the Number 1 priority in the state. About 1.4 miles of road was damaged and closed.

Sen. Bill Nelson, in Flagler Beach, Pledges to Kick “Posteriors” to Channel Repair Dollars for Road and Beach

| October 19, 2016

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the latest in a string of state and federal officials to visit the damaged Barrier Island, stressed support for a re-nourished beach and a rebuilt A1A with federal dollars covering 75 to 90 percent of the cost.

FEMA Finally Broadens Emergency Declaration to Include Homeowners; Flagler Beach Re-Opens Beaches Wednesday

| October 18, 2016

FEMA’s declaration will let homeowners claim up to $33,000 in repair or recovery expenses attributed to Hurricane Matthew. The beaches in Flagler Beach will reopen from North 4th Street to South 8th Street on Wednesday, and go further after the weekend.

150 Volunteers Swarm to Clean Up Flagler’s Beaches, Some to Reopen by Mid-Week; FPC Students Clear Graham Swamp Trail

| October 16, 2016

In Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher drew a mass of volunteers in less than 24 hours for the Sunday clean-up, and in Palm Coast, FPC track Coach David Halliday led his team along Graham Swamp’s trails, cleaning them up around the same time.

Taxes Will Stay Flat For Most Property Owners in Flagler and Its Cities in 2017

| September 30, 2016

Taxes have increased in Flagler County and in all five cities, but will be largely offset by a tax decrease in school taxes, while values have increased only marginally.

Flagler Beach Commission Considers Biggest Tax Hike Since Recession, and New Fire Costs

| August 24, 2016

The Flagler Beach City Commission is considering a budget that would significantly raise taxes while restoring such positions as the fire and police chief, positions eliminated three years ago.

Key Flagler Panel Votes 7-5 To Endorse Pot Citation Proposal, But Split Reflects Hazy Fate

| August 10, 2016

The proposed ordinance to decriminalize some pot possession now goes to the county commission, Palm Coast, Bunnell and Flagler Beach for approval, but it’s faced sustained opposition.

Taxable Values Improve Less Than in 2015, But Still More Strongly Than in Pre-Recession Years

| June 10, 2016

Palm Coast’s and Bunnell’s values improved least among local governments, at 3.9 and 2.2 percent, while county, school and Flagler Beach values all exceeded 5 percent.

County, Palm Coast and Flagler Beach Drum Up Trio of Memorial Day Commemorations

| May 26, 2016

Each of the three government is putting on its own ceremony Monday, starting at 8 a.m. in Palm Coast, 10 a.m. at county government, and 1 p.m. in Flagler Beach.

In Victory for Flagler Beach, Dreaded and Un-Scenic A1A Signs Will Not Spear the City

| May 18, 2016

The state transportation department finally barred the signs from Flagler Beach and Beverly Beach after an intense campaign by city officials that reflected almost unanimous public outrage against the signs.

Flagler’s Pot De-Criminalization Proposal Wilts, But Narrower Version Still Possible

| May 17, 2016

A work group meeting Tuesday to craft an ordinance raised more questions and objections than showed agreement, though the proposal is still moving forward in a much narrower version, and has many hurdles yet to cross.

Flagler Takes 1st Step To Pot Decriminalization With Broad Agreement on Principle, Less So on Details

| May 11, 2016

All of Flagler’s major law enforcement and government agencies agree that marijuana decriminalization for first-time offenders is a good idea. The county next will develop an ordinance all can agree on. That step may be more difficult.

Citing Disrespect, Flagler Beach Emphatically Tells A1A Group To Stick Its Signs Elsewhere

| April 29, 2016

The city commission, following up on overwhelming public opposition to the signs, voted 5-0 to refuse all Scenic A1A signs in the city after the scenic group neither involved the city nor respected its wishes to limit the signs to four.

“Go Forward!” Flagler Beach Tells County, Clearing Way for $900,000 Design of Beach-Erosion Project

| April 18, 2016

The Flagler Beach City Commission endorsed the county’s decision to give up on federal dollars and instead spend county and state dollars on the first phase of what will amount to a hugely expensive, $44 million beach-protection project over the next 50 years.

In Major Shift, County Proposes Rebuilding Beach Without Federal Dollars For Now

| April 5, 2016

With federal dollars unlikely to share in the $44 million project, Administrator Craig Coffey wants the county commission to share costs with state transportation and environmental agencies instead, though the plan is rife with uncertainties.

Flagler Beach Commission Denounces A1A Committee’s Plan for Signs on Scenic Road

| March 24, 2016

Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway’s clumsily executed plan to install directional signs in Flagler Beach drew harsh and unanimous criticism from the Flagler Beach City Commission Thursday evening.

Flagler on “Budget-Signing Watch” as 4 Local Items Totaling $3 Million Await Scott Signature

| March 18, 2016

Pending appropriations include $2 million for improvements to the Plantation Bay utility, $200,000 for the Malacompra drainage fix, and $200,000 for Flagler Beach’s stormwater improvements.

Ex-Flagler Beach City Manager Applies for Unemployment, Though He Resigned (Twice)

| February 8, 2016

Ex-city manager Bruce Campbell ad made clear to the Flagler Beach City Commission that it was his choice not to have his contract renewed, which would make him ineligible for unemployment as the decision to leave was voluntary.

Controversy Long Over, Flagler Beach Finally Gets Its $568,000 “Quint” Fire Truck

| January 28, 2016

The truck purchase inflamed many a confrontation among Flagler Beach city commissioners and embroiled the city’s fire department in a nearly year-long battle to secure it.

Flagler Beach Shock: Settle Opts Out of Commission, So Mealy and Belhumeur Are Elected

| January 22, 2016

In a minor shock in Flagler Beach, Commissioner Steve Settle opted not to file for re-election, automatically resulting in the election of Rick Belhumeur and the re-election of Jane Mealy at 5 p.m. Friday.

Sudden Resignation of Flagler Beach Firefighter Follows Allegations of “Unauthorized Absences”

| January 5, 2016

Clint Dixon, a firefighter for the past three years, resigned “for personal reasons” after confirming to his fire chief that he’d left his post a couple of times.

Flagler Beach and Manager Newsome Agree To Open-Ended Contract at $88,000 a Year

| December 21, 2015

City commissioners had only minor quibbles, such as the elimination of a $200-a-month car allowance and evaluation matters, before they adopted the contract with the long-time Escambia County government administrator.

Municipal Elections for 3 Flagler Cities To Be Held on Presidential Primary Day, March 15

| December 10, 2015

The municipal elections for Bunnell, Flagler Beach and Beverly Beach will be held in conjunction with the county-wide Presidential Preference Primary election scheduled for March 15 to save money and encourage more turnout.

Flagler Beach Hires Larry Newsom as City Manager, From a County 70 Times Larger

| November 13, 2015

Larry Newsom, hired by a 5-0 vote Thursday night, had been assistant and interim manager in Escambia County, with a population of 350,000. Flagler Beach’s population is 5,000.

In Flagler Beach, City Manager’s Choice is Down to “Old Shoe” and “Shiny New Pair”

| November 6, 2015

Flagler Beach commissioners have zeroed in on Joe Gerrity and Larry Newsom as their next city manager, but haven’t mustered the super-majority they need to offer the job to either.

Flagler Beach Manager’s Short-List Gets Shorter as 3 Withdraw, Leaving Only 2

| October 20, 2015

Flagler Beach is having trouble attracting candidates for its city manager’s job, with just 23 applying and most of those making the short-list deciding to take jobs elsewhere. The commission interviews Andrew DeCandis this evening.

No Other Choice and Nothing to Lose, Flagler Beach Opts to Negotiate With Lone Golf Bid

| October 13, 2015

Flagler Beach government will negotiate with Flagler Golf Management LLC to run the old Ocean Palm Golf Club, but a majority of commissioners have serious concerns and unanswered questions about the company.

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