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Flagler Beach Without a Beach? Researcher Lays Out Erosion’s Implications at Workshop

| April 5, 2018

Flagler Beach native and beach-erosion expert Chad Boda presents findings from his recently-defended dissertation on beach sustainability at a city workshop.

Gently But Firmly, Flagler Beach Tells County It Wants Control Over Wickline Center Back

| February 28, 2018

The Wickline Center on Daytona Avenue is city-owned, but entirely controlled by the county, a situation the city wants changed in view of a revamp of that entire city-owned block, including the Montessori school.

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.

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.

Four Local Governments Vying For Residents To Enroll In Their “Academies”

| February 1, 2018

Local governments’ citizenship academies have been relatively popular, especially among potential political candidates or people who want to see the plumbing of government firsthand.

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.

Eric Cooley Wins Flagler Beach Commission Seat Unopposed, Mayor Provencher Reelected Unchallenged

| January 22, 2018

No one ran against Eric Cooley, ensuring that he’d take a Flagler Beach Commission seat in place of Joy McGrew automatically. Linda Provencher was again elected without opposition for the fourth contest out of five.

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 Beach Will Lift Parking Restrictions On Downtown Businesses in Short-Term Fix

| January 8, 2018

Th Flagler Beach City Commission in an unusual show of liberality resolved to loosen strict restrictions on parking regulations to allow two businesses either to expand or to grow downtown.

Joy McGrew Makes It Official: She Will End Dozen Years on Flagler Beach Commission

| November 14, 2017

McGrew, the most forthright and colorful member of the commission, said it’s time for a new generation of leaders. She all but endorsed Eric Cooley as her successor.

7-Eleven Owner Eric Cooley Will Run for Joy McGrew’s Flagler Beach Commission Seat

| November 13, 2017

Eric Cooley, 43, serves on three Flagler Beach advisory boards and has been a near-permanent presence at city commission meetings, speaking for business and echoing McGrew, who may not run again.

Flagler Beach And Troubled Golf Course Aim For Reset But Still At Odds Over “Bad Business”

| November 9, 2017

The president of the troubled Ocean Palms Golf Course promised city government to be more hands-on, but the two sides remain at odds over how much compensation is owed.

A New, Not Much Improved A1A in Flagler Beach: Median, 30MPH, Drainage, But No Added Protection

| November 3, 2017

The state transportation department presented details of the summer construction of A1A from South 9th to South 22nd streets. The project got mixed reviews from Flagler Beach residents.

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.

Flagler Beach Residents and Businesses Will See a 25% Increase in Water, Sewer and Garbage Rates

| October 26, 2017

Years of inattention by the city commission have led to a near-crisis point in Flagler Beach, requiring massive fee increases to keep up with the city’s critical infrastructure.

Flagler And Cities Submit Lists of Requests To Lawmakers, Who Dampen Expectations

| October 23, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner listened to streams of requests from governments and constituents but made no promises in light of a “tough” legislative session ahead.

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.

Historically Low School Tax Will Diminish Effects of Tax Increases in Palm Coast and County

| September 25, 2017

Even though county government, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell are all increasing taxes, homeowners’ bills will not see a steep increase thanks to a lower school tax.

In Flood-Pummeled Flagler Beach, Mountains of Heartbreak, But Surges of Grit And Samaritans

| September 13, 2017

No place was hardest-hit by floods than Flagler Beach, yet no place seems as vibrant with community support as neighbors have mobilized to help neighbors cope.

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.

Divided Flagler Beach Commission Agrees To 15% Tax Increase, 2 New Cops, 1 Fire Captain

| August 24, 2017

Residents in Flagler Beach will see their second big tax increase in a row, along with a 35 percent water and sewer rate hike, a 10 percent garbage hike and a 30 percent stormwater hike.

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.

Flagler Beach Offers City Manager Newsom 30% Raise, to $120,000; He’d Asked for 7%

| August 8, 2017

City Manager Larry Newsom would get a $28,500 raise–assuming he can make the numbers work in a budget that also calls for a 4 percent across the board raise for employees and other wishes.

12-Year Effort to “Renourish” Beaches All But Washes Out as County Urges Wall of Dunes Instead

| August 7, 2017

Flagler County is urging Flagler Beach to sign on to a $20 million plan to rebuild dunes on top of a wall of rock, though most of that money has yet to be secured.

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.

In Flagler Beach, Tax Collector’s Roadside Sign Catches Commissioners’ Wrong Eye

| July 28, 2017

Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston wanted to alert people of the new location for concealed weapon permits, but the sign ran afoul of Flagler Beach commissioners’ sights.

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.

Flagler Beach’s Newsom, Again Short-Listed For Another Job, Also Eyes Palm Coast

| July 27, 2017

Larry Newsom is short-listed as an “alternate” after four candidates for the Putnam County Administrator job, though he says he’s not likely to take it.

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.

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