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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.

Sharon Diane “Dee” Likins, 1943-2019

| January 14, 2019

Sharon Diane “Dee” Likins, age 75, passed to her Lord’s hands peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at The Stuart F Meyer Hospice House in Palm Coast, Florida.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Resignations of Key Loyalists Give Administrator Coffey ‘Pause’ About His Plan to Resign

| January 9, 2019

County Administrator Craig Coffey’s announcement that he was resigning was followed by that of Sally Sherman, his deputy, and Joe Mayer, HR director, and changed Coffey’s own course.

Flagler Administrator Craig Coffey Offers to Resign; Special Meeting Set for Wednesday

| January 8, 2019

County Administrator Craig Coffee is seeking to resign in exchange for severance and six months’ health benefits. The commission will decide whether to accept at a 5:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday.

Changing Position, Key Commissioner Says Sheriff’s Building is Not Repairable and Calls For New HQ Elsewhere

| January 7, 2019

Flagler County Commissioner Dave Sullivan says he won’t spend another nickel on the sick Sheriff’s Operations Center and calls for building a new structure somewhere else.

At Bing’s Landing, an Alternate, Compromise Location Emerges For Captain’s BBQ

| January 7, 2019

The County Commission today heard new options on the expansion of Captain’s BBQ at Bing’s Landing in the Hammock, a plan that drew some support from the public, though rancor and controversy still simmers.

Cuts Into Sheriff Building’s Structure Point to Alarming Issues, Including Bat Droppings and “Substantial Moisture”

| January 4, 2019

Two days of testing and cuts into walls and floors at the troubled Sheriff’s Operations Center are adding to a tally of concerns, with revelations of old wood and insulation, bat droppings and widespread floor moisture.

Mark Carman, Affable Face of Policing in Palm Coast For 20 Years, Is Leaving To Be Crescent City Chief

| January 2, 2019

Mark Carman, 57, spent 31 years at the Flagler Sheriff’s Office and 20 heading the Palm Coast precinct and as liaison. He’ll be taking the Crescent City Police Chief’s job come February.

Flagler Firefighters’ Union Members Vote For Firing Their Boss, Administrator Craig Coffey

| December 31, 2018

The firefighters’ union’s vote was expected but significant in that its membership’s contract is dependent on negotiations with Coffey’s management team, and vulnerable to retaliation.

Let Craig Coffey Resign. With Severance.

| December 23, 2018

Craig Coffey’s loss of credibility has been painful. It doesn’t need to be cruel. Rather than a public flogging on Jan. 14, he should be allowed to resign with a measure of dignity–and severance.

Before Barbecue: How Flagler County Saved Bing’s From Development

| December 20, 2018

Bing’s Landing before the current controversy over Captain’s BBQ’s proposed expansion could have been sold off to developers. It wasn’t, thanks to one woman’s vision. Her daughter tells the story.

Teacher, Police and Fire Unions Join Call to Fire Craig Coffey, With Help From Milissa Holland

| December 19, 2018

The county’s public sector unions in a powerful joint approach aided by Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland have joined calls to fire County Administrator Craig Coffey.

Like Palm Coast, County Government Plans To Send Small Drone Fleet Airborne

| December 17, 2018

County government plans to spend $20,000 to acquire several drones and use them for public safety, land and infrastructure surveys and incident management, but the county has yet to develop rules and policies.

With Judge’s Help, Sheriff’s Insurance Carrier Corners Employees Over Workers’ Comp Claims as Fate of Building Looms

| December 13, 2018

Some 30 Flagler County Sheriff’s employees have been in a dispiriting battle with their own agency’s insurance carrier and the judge ruling on their workers’ compensation claims, portending little hope that they may prevail.

Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause School Board’s Janet McDonald and Husband Dennis Violated Law on Disclosures

| December 12, 2018

A state ethics investigation found that both Dennis and Janet McDonald inaccurately reported assets on disclosure forms ahead of election runs. The late Frank Meeker, a county commissioner, filed the ethics complaints shortly before his death in 2016.

Disputed Wetlands Restoration In Flagler Beach Will Proceed as St. Johns River Board Unanimously Approves $500,000 Project

| December 11, 2018

The St. Johns River Water Management Board unanimously approved the 100-acre, $500,000 wetlands restoration project on the Intracoastal Waterway near Gamble Rogers Recreation Area in Flagler Beach.

Kimberle Weeks Pleads to Another Felony Count and, Months Late, Files Appeal

| December 11, 2018

Kimberle Weeks, the former Flagler County elections supervisor, pleaded to the eighth and final felony count against her the day her attorney filed an appeal with the Fifth District Court of Appeal.

Flagler’s Beach ‘Renourishment’ Is Exorbitant Futility

| December 9, 2018

Whether it’s the Corps of Engineers’ plan for 2.6 miles of Flagler Beach sands or Flagler County’s ongoing dune-rebuilding over 12 miles, there’s no money to sustain either, yet officials are mortgaging the county’s future on a blank check.

Flagler Will Try a Different, Riskier Strategy to Protect Its Short-Term Rental Regulations

| December 6, 2018

Flagler County government may lobby lawmakers less intensely than they have over the past three years on vacation-rental regulations, hoping instead that the county is carved out of a potential statewide retreat on such regulations.

Judge Orders Sheriff’s Operations Center Tested for Toxins Again, On Behalf of Employees

| December 5, 2018

Sheriff’s employees have been seeking for months to have an independent round of testing for toxins inside the troubled, evacuated Sheriff’s Operations Center. That will take place on Dec. 13.

Many Questions Remain as County and City Approve $100 Million, 50-Year Beach-Protection Plan in Flagler Beach

| December 5, 2018

Flagler County will be on the hook for nearly half the almost $100-million cost of the project over its 50-year span, with the federal government responsible for the rest.

Stephen Bickel, Tireless Physician for the Poor, is FHF Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year

| December 4, 2018

Flagler Physician Stephen Bickel is a moving force behind Flagler Cares, the Flagler Free Clinic and numerous other local initiatives focused on the under-insured and such needs as diabetes and HIV prevention.

Sheriff Staly: County Administrator ‘Destroyed Our Working Relationship and It Is
Not Recoverable’

| December 4, 2018

Sheriff Rick Staly stopped just short of explicitly asking for the resignation of County Administrator Craig Coffey in an address to the County Commission, but in effect, he was calling for nothing less.

Craig Coffey Isn’t Fired, But Meeting Is Set to Decide His Fate As Sheriff and Others
Blister His Management

| December 3, 2018

Though Commissioner Joe Mullins’s motion to fire Craig Coffey failed, the commission unanimously approved setting a Jan. 14 meeting to discuss his possible firing.

In Big Victory for Bing’s Proponents, Commission Votes 4-0 To “Sidetrack” Lease With Captain’s BBQ

| December 3, 2018

The commission, led by Dave Sullivan, who switched sides, agreed to reconsider the lease with Captain’s BBQ at Bing’s Landing through more vetting and analysis.

$22.4 Million A1A Rebuilding and Sea Wall Construction in Flagler Beach Starts in January

| November 30, 2018

The Florida Department of Transportation just awarded a $22.4 million contract to a Jacksonville contractor to start construction, sea wall and dune repairs on three segments of A1A in Flagler Beach.

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