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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.

Per Curiam: County Attorney Al Hadeed Is Awarded State Association’s Ethics in Government Honor

| July 24, 2017

Flagler County Attorney Al Hadeed has been leaving legal footprints in Florida law going back to the 1970s, in defense of ethics and Sunshine Law standards.

Flagler Unemployment Ticks Up But Remains Below 5%, Florida’s Hits Post-Recession Low

| July 21, 2017

Flagler County’s unemployment rate ticked up three decimal points to 4.8 percent in June as the labor force shrank a little and the unemployment rolls grew.

A Mock Election Opens Flagler Supervisor’s Office to Public View, But Potato Vote a Shock

| July 19, 2017

Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart held a mock election and open house, allowing voters to try new voting equipment and, for the first time, visit the elections office behind the scenes.

Judge Kim C. Hammond, Legend From Seminole Gridiron to Flagler Courtroom, Dies at 72

| July 17, 2017

Judge Kim C. Hammond was appointed to the bench by Gov. Bob Graham in 1979 and spent his entire judicial in Flagler County, where the county courthouse now bears his name.

Boots, Stetson Hats and Tommy Guns Dress Up Flagler Sheriff’s Centennial Celebration

| July 11, 2017

Some 200 people gathered at the Flagler Sheriff’s centennial, including the families of eight sheriffs and three former sheriffs themselves as a torrid sun sweated out many memories.

Sheriff’s Call For 5 Extra Deputies in Palm Coast Would Raise City’s Policing Cost 27% Since 2014

| July 11, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly is asking the city for five additional deputies to form a traffic unit exclusively for Palm Coast. The city manager’s presentation of a contract with the sheriff was less complete.

Flagler Voters Opting to Cancel Registration in Response to Trump Commission’s Sweeping Records Request

| July 7, 2017

Flagler County through the state will comply with Trump’s federal commission request for vast amounts of voter registration information, but the decision is causing a backlash.

Plane Forced to Land in Field Off County Road 304, Two People Escape Injuries

| July 7, 2017

A single-engine plane was forced to land in a vacant field off of County Road 304 at 10:45 this morning, with two people on board. Neither was injured.

Flagler Beach Fireworks and
“Home of the Brave” Parade on July 4

| July 4, 2017

Flagler Beach this year will host a much scaled-back July 4 celebration, with its “Home of the Brave” parade at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. fireworks. In Palm Coast, fireworks are on July 3 in Town Center.

Palm Coast’s Paul Renner is Named Speaker of Florida House in Historic Boost for Flagler

| June 30, 2017

Renner will serve in the powerful post for two years, starting in 2022. Local governments anticipate having more pull with state government appropriations.

Stark Revelations of a Broad Crisis at Domestic Violence Summit, and a Steep Challenge for Task Force

| June 28, 2017

A summit convened by Sheriff Staly produced an unrelenting kaleidoscope of perspectives on one of the most persistent criminal and behavioral problems in Flagler County. It’s now up to a task force to find solutions.

Flagler County Engineer Faith Al-Khatib Named President of State Association

| June 27, 2017

Flagler County Engineer Faith Alkhatib has been something of a semi-secret weapon in local government’s arsenal, working behind the scenes to secure money and shape projects.

Flagler’s Oddly Sunny Hurricane Matthew After-Action Report Draws Criticism From Its Own Emergency Staff

| June 21, 2017

The much-anticipated report was written by the administration, not the emergency management staff, and conveys more of an error-prone, fluffy public relations approach than rigorous and factual analysis.

What Financial Constraints? Flagler Government Prepares to Spend $1.8 Million On Document-Management System

| June 19, 2017

The new system would make many parts of government paperless, but it’s not yet clear how the county will pay for it even as it strains from Hurricane Matthew-related expenses.

Ex-Elections Supervisor Kim Weeks Rejects Plea Deal as Lawyer, Her 4th, Sets for Trial

| June 15, 2017

The deal would have spared Kimberle Weeks prison on felony charges that she illegally recorded conversations, but would have meant probation, according to Kevin Kulik, her latest lawyer.

Flagler-Palm Coast’s Crime Rate Falls Modestly in 2016, But Domestic Violence Up 8.1%

| June 14, 2017

The crime rate has been relatively flat for the past three years, and significantly down from previous years even as the county has been growing by about 2,000 people a year since the end of the recession.

Behind County Plaint That Relations With Palm Coast “Suck,” a History of Rancor and Cooperation

| June 12, 2017

It’s been five years since Palm Coast and Flagler County governments met jointly, but they have a poor history of it, preferring to work behind the scenes on key issues.

At International Competition, FPC’s Teams Take Grand Champion and 1st, Bunnell Takes 2nd

| June 12, 2017

An FPC team’s project designed to cater to those who cater to the sick in hospitals won grand champion, the project that built bat houses to combat the Zika virus won first place.

Flagler’s Mosquito Control District’s Operations Move Into New Home at County Airport

| June 9, 2017

Just as Flagler got drenched with mosquito-spawning rains, the agency responsible for monitoring and killing mosquitoes moved into a new, ample headquarters with its own helipad.

Flagler Awards $90,000 Subsidy to Company, Secret For Now, to Construct “Spec” Building

| June 7, 2017

Though County Commissioners approved the $90,000, the government is not disclosing the name of the company benefiting from it, saying it doesn’t want to undermine the company’s real estate transaction.

Flagler County’s Burn Ban Will Be Rescinded Monday, Thanks to Steady Rainfall

| June 6, 2017

Recent rainfall and the prediction for more in coming days mean that Flagler County’s burn ban will expire on Monday, though restrictions have already eased. The burn ban has been in place since May 1.

Flagler County’s Homeless Numbers Fall to 10-Year Low But Affordable Rents Elusive

| June 6, 2017

The number of homeless fell to 104 people in January, compared to 104 the previous year, as the economy has improved. But the lack of affordable rents remain a challenge.

Hammock Wants Leisurely Use of Golf Carts On Public Roads, But Commission Is Divided

| June 5, 2017

Golf-cart driving enthusiasts turned up in droves at a Flagler Commission meeting to protect their use of the vehicles on roads, but commissioners are conflicted about legalizing the practice.

As Medical Pot Dispensaries Open Elsewhere, Flagler Official Says “We Need To Get Going”

| June 5, 2017

County Commissioner Donald O’Brien said he is not interested in continuing to extend moratoriums on medical-pot businesses as neighboring counties see such businesses open, leaving Flagler behind.

Scott Vetoes Money for Flagler’s 2nd County Judge, Bunnell Bypass, Flagler Beach Sewers

| June 3, 2017

The more than $300 million in vetoes are to make up for money restored to Visit Florida, economic development, and a bump in per-student funding.

CareerSource Flagler Volusia, Which Helps Unemployed, Will Lose 10% of Its Workforce

| June 2, 2017

A $1 million cut to CareerSource’s budget is due to lower unemployment, but an agency official notes that underemployment remains a steep challenge, and further cuts may be on the way.

Flagler Depleted as 2017 Hurricane Season Begins; Tax Holiday This Weekend on Emergency Supplies

| June 1, 2017

For Flagler County, a season a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms is beginning even as costly and exhausting recovery efforts from Hurricane Matthew have a long way to go.

Flagler Secures Millions for Beach, Roads, Judges, But That’s Before Scott Lifts Veto Pen

| May 31, 2017

Millions of dollars through numerous Flagler-bound appropriations could potentially be vetoed as Gov. Scott today received the state’s budget, and will soon decide what stays and what goes.

Bunnell’s PFC Jonathan Nat Spicer, A Conscientious Objector, To Be Honored On Memorial Day

| May 26, 2017

It isn’t often that a conscientious objector who refused to carry a rifle in the thick of battle is the decorated hero to be recognized at a Memorial Day ceremony Monday in Bunnell.

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