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Flagler County ‘Re-Hires’ Deputy Administrator Sally Sherman, Who Never Left: She Cost $99,000 in 7 Months as a ‘Consultant’

| September 20, 2018

Sally Sherman “retired” and returned the next day with a $12,500 raise as a “consultant” so she could skirt the law requiring retirees to stay out of Flagler government work for half a year.

Flagler Ready to Pay $1 Million To Fix Sheriff’s Building? Bogus Claim, County Says

| September 18, 2018

County Commission Candidate Dennis McDonald says Commissioner Dave Sullivan told him it would take $1 million to fix the Operations Center, a claim Sullivan says is false.

County Commission Candidate Dennis McDonald Must Pay $59,000 as Court Dismisses His Appeal

| September 17, 2018

County Commission Candidate Dennis McDonald’s appeal of an order to pay $59,000 in attorneys’ fees was dismissed because he didn’t follow court rules. The order is related to a frivolous suit McDonald had filed against ex-Commissioner George Hanns.

Hurricane Florence to Have Only Minor Effects in Flagler; Local Strike Team Heads North

| September 12, 2018

With Hurricane Florence’s effects causing possible erosion locally, Flagler County officials are on the alert for any breaches along the coast, where the year-long dune-rebuilding project is still ongoing.

Pay Disparity: Many Flagler Government Employees Paid Less While Several “All Stars” Are Overpaid

| September 10, 2018

A salary study found pay disparities between Flagler government and other governments, but also within Flagler government, where an “all stars” system is rewarding some employees far more than others.

Judge Orders Spanish-Language Sample Ballots in Flagler and 31 Other Counties

| September 7, 2018

Making clear that only time restraints limited his decision, a federal judge ordered that sample ballots in Spanish be provided but stopped short of ordering actual Spanish-language ballots in Flagler and 31 other counties.

Crashed Hydrant in Bunnell Cuts Off Water Citywide, Shutting Down Courthouse

| September 6, 2018

A car crash against a hydrant caused the water pressure to fall and shut down service citywide in Bunnell in late morning. It was not expected to be restored until 5 p.m.

Flagler Commissioner Donald O’Brien Named to Florida Association of Counties’ Board of Directors

| September 4, 2018

O’Brien has forged an independent path on the commission, focusing on strict financial oversight. The statewide Florida Association of Counties advocates and lobbies on behalf of Florida’s 67 counties.

Sheriff Asks For Semi-Permanent Solution Away From Comatose Building As Issue May Linger Up To a Year

| August 30, 2018

In a workshop initially mean to to hear the latest analysis of previous air testing, Sheriff Staly asked county government to work out a semi-permanent solution to his staff’s evacuation from the troubled Operations Center.

Greg Hansen, Trevor Tucker, Joe Mullins Win, Janet McDonald , Fischer, Tipton and Branquinho in Runoffs

| August 28, 2018

County Commissioner Greg Hansen and School Board member Trevor Tucker are headed to comfortable victories, and newcomer Joe Mullins is well ahead of Commissioner Nate McLaughlin.

Tax Notices Mailed to Property Owners Point to Mostly Modest Increases

| August 27, 2018

Property owners started receiving their tax notices in the mail last week. the numbers are not as dire as feared or as they seem, particularly when a tax bill is looked at whole rather than in its various parts.

Joe Mullins, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 26, 2018

Joe Mullins is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 4. He is challenging incumbent Nate McLaughlin. Only registered Republicans may cast a ballot in this race.

Nate McLaughlin, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 26, 2018

Nate McLaughlin is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 4. Only registered Republicans may cast a ballot in this primary race on Aug. 28.

Abby Romaine, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 26, 2018

Abby Romaine is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 2. She is challenging incumbent Greg Hansen. Only registered Republicans may cast a ballot in this race.

Greg Hansen, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 26, 2018

Greg Hansen is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 2, and the incumbent. Only registered Republicans may cast a ballot in this primary race on Aug. 28.

Palm Coast Manager’s Power-Play Mucks Up Donation of Truck to FPC’s Fire Academy, Ignoring County’s Role

| August 24, 2018

What should have been a feel-good donation of a fire engine to FPC’s popular Fire Academy turned into a turf war after Palm Coast Manager Jim Landon ignored the county fire department’s role in the academy.

Sheriff Says If It’s Up To Him, ‘I Will Be Advocating That We Never Reoccupy The Operations Center’

| August 21, 2018

Sheriff Rick Staly made the startling statement in response to Commission Chairman Greg Hansen saying the decision to reoccupy will be left entirely up to Staly. But Hansen was speaking out of turn.

Once Reviled, Bunnell Bypass’ New Direction Gets Eager Support as Economic Engine

| August 21, 2018

The Flagler County Commission approved an application for an $8 million grant that would build a bypass around south Bunnell, seen as an economic development engine.

Sheriff Lashes Into County Administrator Over “Disregard” of Security Protocols in
Operations Center

| August 20, 2018

Sheriff Rick Staly is blaming County Administrator Craig Coffey for potentially jeopardizing the sheriff’s crime-fighting by improperly sending cleaning crews through secured areas of the evacuated Operations Center.

Suspect Pulls Gun on Deputy Duenas, Who For 2nd Time in 9 Months Shows Grit and Restraint

| August 17, 2018

Flagler Sheriff’s deputy Jonathon Duenas Wednesday evening was confronted with a man with a gun and immediately disarmed him, the second time in nine months Duenas faced a deadly situation he defused without harm.

Abby Romaine-Greg Hansen Debate Collapses Amid Muddy Accusations and Unanswered Questions

| August 16, 2018

Incumbent Greg Hansen had agreed to County Commission candidate Abby Romaine’s debate proposal only to pull out, making accusations she says are baseless as a race turns an ugly form of silly.

Flagler’s Elections Supervisor Urges Confidence in Voting System: Your Ballot Won’t Be Hacked

| August 15, 2018

Flagler County Elections Supervisor Kaiti Lenhart outlines the latest measures to make the county’s election system hack-proof and challenges voters to turn out and cast a ballot.

Florida Hospital Flagler Will Change Name to AdventHealth Palm Coast in Companywide Rebranding

| August 14, 2018

The change to AdventHealth Palm Coast, by Jan. 2, is part of a company-wide rebranding across all 47 Adventist Health System hospitals and dozens of other facilities in nine states.

County and Turtle Patrol Relocate Nests as Dune Restoration Project Advances

| August 13, 2018

Nesting season runs through October 31, and Flagler County is working with Turtle Patrol to find and relocate any nests that would be impacted by the dunes project as required by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Flagler Approves $227,500 in Tourism Spending, Including $150,000 for Marina

| August 8, 2018

The grants were part of the annual county tourism bureau’s funding round and are designed to enhance tourism and the visitor count in the county.

Flagler Group Launches Tiger Bay Club in Hopes of Fostering Non-Partisan Diversity

| August 7, 2018

Flagler County now has a Tiger Bay Club of its own, joining nearly two dozen other cities or counties in Florida with an organization devoted to non-partisan, political discussions and civic debate.

County Employee Faces Termination After Accessing Judges’ Secure Area To Complain About His Case

| August 1, 2018

Gerald Pikaard, a 61-year-old trades worker, used his county-issued ID badge to access the chambers of County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens and her assistant to complain about his DUI case’s disposition.

After Noting Many “Deficiencies” In Flagler’s Public Transportation System, State Ordered 2 Buses Off the Roads

| July 27, 2018

Last November state inspectors noted 45 “deficiencies” in Flagler County’s public transportation system, and last week ordered two buses off the roads because safety problems had not been addressed.

County Eyes Slightly Higher Property Tax Rate; It Would Be Offset Some By Lower School Rate

| July 24, 2018

The average homeowner would see a $50 increase in county taxes next year, but also a small decrease in school taxes, which would keep overall tax bills increasing at a little more than the rate of inflation.

In Straw Poll at Chamber’s Candidate Hobnob, a Mix of Incumbent and Insurgent Successes

| July 23, 2018

Incumbents have clear leads in County Commission races, newcomers John Tipton and Jack Howell posted strong showings in Palm Coast races, and school board races have mixed messages.

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