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County And Bunnell Score Big Grants For Plantation Bay and Stormwater, Flagler Beach and Palm Coast Do Not

| December 14, 2017

Flagler County won a $500,000 grant for improvements to its Plantation Bay utility, Bunnell won $460,000 for stormwater and sewer improvements from the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Charges or Sanctions Against Judge Scott DuPont Up to Commission as Hearing Ends

| December 13, 2017

The final hearing in the year-long case alleging misconduct against Circuit Court Judge Scott DuPont ended Tuesday, with a decision expected sometime in the next two months.

Ethics Commission Orders Kim Weeks and 2 Others To Reimburse $312,000 in Fees Over Frivolous Complaints

| December 8, 2017

The state Ethics Commission ordered Kim Weeks to pay nearly $130,000 and Dennis McDonald and Mark Richter Jr. to pay the rest to compensate the county for defending against frivolous and defaming complaints they’d filed.

Joint Legislative Committee Unanimously Votes To Audit East Flagler Mosquito Control

| December 7, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner, who represent Flagler, had asked the committee for an audit after that the tax-supported district incurred a $1.1 million deficit in a budget of $1.8 million.

Sidestepping Health Concerns, Flagler Approves 5 New Cell Towers, 2 Rising 350 Feet

| December 7, 2017

Without denying health hazards, the Flagler County Commission approved the siting of five new cell towers, including one in Palm Coast, as part of its next-generation emergency communications system.

Lighting and Sign Improvements Coming to 3 Flagler Interchanges on I-95

| December 6, 2017

Interchanges at Palm Coast Parkway, State Road 100 and Old Dixie Highway will see improvements between 2018 and 2019 in a $5.6 million project.

County Calls Waste Pro On the Carpet, Only to Lavish Praise, Flattery and Excuses

| December 5, 2017

The county administration’s account of Waste Pro trash-hauling service contrasted sharply with commissioners’ stories of complaints, or documented complaints in Palm Coast.

In Reorganization, Hansen Takes County Chairmanship, Sullivan Is on Canvassing Board

| December 4, 2017

The county commission chairmanship gives Hansen added visibility during an election year, while Sullivan takes over a canvassing board position with a fraught history.

Upwards of 1,100 Flagler Volunteers Are Recognized For Indispensable Help During Irma

| December 3, 2017

More than 1,130 volunteers were documented to have lent a hand during the Hurricane Irma emergency and many more helped but were never added to lists.

Getting Over Resistance Against Apartments in Palm Coast: Less Prejudice, A Bit More Height

| November 30, 2017

Housing, real estate and local government officials this morning diagnosed the sources of Flagler-Palm Coast’s affordable housing crisis and proposed a few solutions in a unique discussion at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Flagler County Warns of Scam Under the Guise of Waste Management Trash Hauler

| November 30, 2017

Waste Management notified Flagler County officials about a scam in another state asking “valued customers” to wire transfer money to a different account

Not Dead Yet: County Must Formalize Medical Pot Ban By Ordinance, Giving Advocates Another Go

| November 28, 2017

The Flagler County Commission’s Nov. 20 vote to ban medical marijuana dispensaries was only one step: commissioners must still pass an ordinance formalizing the ban, twice, giving proponents of dispensaries another chance to make their case.

New Regulations Give Flagler Government Policing Powers Over Towing Companies

| November 27, 2017

A new Flagler County ordinance sets out requirements, fees and penalties for the county’s three towing companies, reining in what the county administration said had been some abuses in the industry.

How Residents of One Street, Citing False Information, Got 3 Flagler Commissioners To Ban Medical Pot Dispensaries

| November 24, 2017

Residents of Treetop Circle in Plantation Bay made false but popular claims about medical pot dispensaries to convince Commissioners Greg Hansen, Charlie Ericksen and Dave Sullivan to ban dispensaries in unincorporated Flagler.

Armed Robbery Victim in Hammock Seeks Out and Finds Suspect, Leading to Arrest

| November 23, 2017

Cody Wilson, 26, was booked at the Flagler jail on $110,000 bond after he allegedly robbed at gunpoint a man who was smoking marijuana in his driveway in the Hammock.

Sheriff Again Urges Transportation Secretary to Improve Safety at “Deadly” White Eagle Intersection

| November 22, 2017

The transportation department last February largely ignored recommendations by Sheriff Rick Staly for more safety measures at the crash-prone intersection on U.S. 1. Staly again wrote the transportation department on Tuesday.

On Defensive, Flagler Government Makes Its Case To Lawmakers To Preserve Vacation-Rental Regulations

| November 20, 2017

Flagler’s own lawmakers are cautioning that the law will likely change, diminishing Flagler’s ability to regulate its own vacation-rental properties. In response, property owners’ opinions are divided.

Hearing Over Development at Lakeside on A1A, Expected to Be Contentious, Postponed to Dec. 18

| November 19, 2017

Lawyers representing three different sides of the proposed 185-home development have all asked for a postponement, and the county attorney has advised commissioners to agree.

Case Against Kimberle Weeks Now Hinges On Judge’s Precedent-Setting Decision on Searches in Electronic Age

| November 17, 2017

Ex-Elections Supervisor Weeks’s attorneys argue that the search warrant that produced incriminating evidence against her was an illegal fishing expedition. Without it, the case against Weeks collapses.

Florida Adds 125,000 Jobs, Dropping Unemployment to 3.6%, Flagler’s at 3.8%

| November 17, 2017

In essence, the state saw little negative effect from Hurricane Irma despite its severity and the disruptions it spread over Florida.

Flagler County on Periphery of Opioid Crisis, But Deaths Report Signals Lethal Spikes

| November 16, 2017

Deaths related to heroin and fentanyl use are rising locally, and deaths related to prescription drugs spiked 22 percent as the region proves not immune to the opioid crisis.

Five New Towers Part of County’s Plan to Replace $11 Million Emergency Communications System

| November 15, 2017

Flagler government unveiled vast new plan to replace the aging emergency communications system starting next year, keeping mum on final cost estimates, which will be steep.

A Man For All Seasons, Sisco Deen Is Flagler County Veteran Of the Year

| November 10, 2017

Recognized at today’s county ceremony marking Veterans Day, Sisco Deen served two decades in various branches of the military, including during the Vietnam War, and is the long-time archivist of the Flagler County Historical Society.

Waste Pro Falls Down On the Job In Palm Coast And Flagler But Refuses To Say Why

| November 7, 2017

After winning a contract renewal in Palm Coast last year fines against Waste Pro have been piling up to the thousands of dollars every month since spring.

Flagler County Walks Away From $35 Million In Beach-Repair Money: “It’s Them Abandoning Us”

| November 7, 2017

Flagler county officials put the blame squarely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when they explain why they walked away from $35 million, and why county and state dollars must step in as replacement.

KKK Fliers Targeting Jews Dropped in Front of Flagler Beach Homes, Latest in Multi-City
Rash From Same Hate Group

| November 6, 2017

The KKK flier attacks Jews and warns of “white extinction,” and is from the same group that’s been dropping fliers in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia since the Charlottesville rally of white supremacists.

County Road 13 Re-Construction Nears Completion $1 Million Under Budget

| October 30, 2017

The project, started in May, was paid for through a pair of state grants totaling $3.6 million. Money not used returns to the state, to be awarded on other projects.

Officials Caution: Initial Rejection From FEMA Is Not The Last Word

| October 24, 2017

Don’t just accept the initial response, because every resident has the right to appeal any decision of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Flagler officials say.

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.

Short-Term Rentals in Flagler County: The View From Home Owners’ Associations

| October 22, 2017

Paul C. Pershes, president of the 1,100-home Ocean Hammock Property Owners Association, addresses members of a key senate committee that will be hearing proposed regulations of short-term rentals.

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