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Flagler County Will Declare a Burn Ban Effective Monday and For Foreseeable Future

| April 26, 2017

Flagler County is joining at least 21 other Florida counties with an open-ended burn-ban declaration, mostly as a precautionary measure as upwards of 100 fires burn statewide and the local drought index continues to rise.

Tuesday Briefing: Bathrooms for Indian Trail Sports Complex, Lighting Up Ball Fields, Bowling for FPS, Eudora Welty

| April 25, 2017

The Palm Coast City Council considers $500,000 sports fields lights (but not street lights), Bunnell Elementary’s Future Problem Solvers hold a fund-raising bowl, Eudora Welty speaks and reads.

Not Dead Yet: Vacation-Rental Bill Flagler Opposes Clears Last House Committee , 17-11

| April 24, 2017

A bill that would end Flagler County’s authority to regulate short-term rentals cleared its last House committee and appears headed for a clash with its Senate version, which is very different. If differences aren’t resolved, the bills die.

Monday Briefing: Pier Cheers Again, France’s Trumpette, Bunnell’s State of the City, Carver Auction

| April 24, 2017

Bunnell Mayor Catherine Robinson delivers the annual State of the City Address, and the city commission awards a medal to one of its cops, the pier hops again, Marine Le Pen’s win in France.

Hitting New Post-Recession Low of 4.8%, Flagler’s Unemployment Now Matches Florida’s

| April 21, 2017

The number of unemployed in Flagler county fell sharply in March, from 2,482 to 2,214, a drop of 268, an impressive 11 percent decline, with work activity especially pronounced in construction.

Weekend Briefing: Funny Thing at Flagler Playhouse, More Superintendent Interviews, Cheer at the Pier

| April 21, 2017

The Flagler Playhouse opens “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Cheer at the Pier celebrates the Centennial, the Chamber Players are in concert Sunday, and more.

Wednesday Briefing: Bernie Sanders in Miami, Tourist Development, Matanzas Rezoning | FlaglerLive

| April 19, 2017

Some 23 acres look to be rezoned for single family homes in Matanzas area, the Tourist Development Council meets for the first time in two months, Bernie Sanders in the “Come Together and Fight Back” tour in Miami.

Tuesday Briefing: Frieda Zamba, Food Truck Tuesday, Spring Band Concert, Taxes, Job Fair, Pool Opening

| April 18, 2017

The public pool in Palm Coast opens for the summer season, Food Truck Tuesday in Central Park, FPC’s band is in concert at the auditorium, the School Board and Palm Coast’s City Council meet.

Monday Briefing: Retiring K-9s, James Taylor Trial, Legal Clinics, Flagler History on TV

| April 17, 2017

James Taylor, a sexual offender again accused of molesting children, goes on trial after a mistrial earlier this month, Sheriff Staly recognizes two retiring K-9s, Flagler history on television: a preview.

A Suicide By Gunshot Jolts 911 Call as Sheriff Observes Flagler’s Dispatch Center in Action

| April 14, 2017

A gunshot suicide took place live as a 911 dispatcher was on the phone Wednesday, while Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly sat in as a “trainee” to mark National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

Thursday Briefing: Protesting Home Rule Violations, G.W. Carver Auction, Wetlands in Flagler Beach, Taxes

| April 13, 2017

Hammock residents plan a protest of their own Senator (Travis Hutson’s) position on home rule, the Carver Center Foundation holds an arts auction at Hammock Dunes Creek Club.

With 3 Large Flagler Fires in 2 Months and 107 Burning in the State, Scott Declares Emergency

| April 12, 2017

Gov. Scott’s declaration of a wildfire emergency comes in the wake of several large fires in Flagler County and more than 100 ongoing fires elsewhere. It will allow for swifter sharing of firefighting resources, including the use of the National Guard.

Wednesday Briefing: Matanzas Construction Tech Program, Kids’ Town Hall With Provencher, Staly as a 911 Dispatcher

| April 12, 2017

The sheriff marks his 100 days in office by being a 911 dispatcher for four hours, Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher holds a kids’ town hall, builders inaugurate a program at Matanzas.

Storm Damages Newly Repaired Dune Areas Along A1A, Stressing Urgency of Permanent Fix

| April 5, 2017

Tuesday’s storm left various parts of A1A’s dunes–what’s left of them–damaged, but from an unexpected direction: officials have been fearing a breach from the ocean. The problem this time was rainwater pushing out.

Charges Against Ex-Elections Supervisor Weeks Reduced to Five, But Warrant Stands

| April 5, 2017

In almost two years of wrangling ex-Elections Supervisor Kim Weeks’s lawyers have reduced the 12 felony counts against her to five, but there appears little room left before either a trial or an out-of-court settlement.

Vacation-Rental Bill Hearing Rescheduled Just as Key Senate Committee Begins Debate

| April 3, 2017

Sen. Tom Lee, the seasoned chairman of the Community Affairs Committee, didn’t ant the bill rushed through debate, as had been the case on a previous occasion before Sen. Travis Hutson.

For Flagler Library Trustees, Hopes that County Government Gets Past “Spinning Our Wheels”

| April 3, 2017

Library officials have been frustrated by plans stalled by county government, whether it’s an expansion of the main branch library on Palm Coast Parkway or the construction of a new branch in Bunnell.

Pranksters, Hackers, Swatting and Service Failures: 911 Systems Need an Upgrade

| April 2, 2017

A rash of disruptions in antiquated 911 emergency-response systems points up the urgent need for new technology to save lives in the wireless age. But money is lacking.

House Panel Votes 9-6 to End Vacation Rental Regulations in 3rd Straight Defeat for Flagler

| March 28, 2017

Flagler County government had staked its chances on killing the bill in this particular committee because Rep. Paul Renner, who represents Flagler, sits on the panel and had pledged to do what he could to halt the bill’s momentum.

At Vacation-Rental Town Hall, Renner Hears Unanimity Against Impairing Local Control

| March 26, 2017

A standing-room-only crowd at Saturday’s Hammock Town Hall urged Rep. Paul Renner to battle a legislative attempt to scale back local regulatory control of vacation rentals won through a 2014 law.

At least 4 Homes Evacuated in Mondex; Half-Dozen Agencies Battling 40-Acre Blaze

| March 24, 2017

A fire that started in an abandoned trailer in the Mondex spread quickly and forced evacuations, and was only 50 percent contained in mid to late afternoon.

Flagler Unemployment Down to 5.3% As 1,150 More Local Residents Gain Jobs in 2 Months

| March 24, 2017

Flagler County’s unemployment in February fell sharply again, to 5.3 percent from 6 percent the previous month, even as the labor force in the county surged for the second month in a row, to just under 46,000–a record–as did the number of residents holding jobs.

Renner Seizes Reins for Flagler After Hutson’s Striking Disregard on Vacation Rentals

| March 23, 2017

Rep. Paul Renner and County Commissioner Greg Hansen are organizing a town hall meeting in the Hammock Saturday, hoping to rally support against a proposed legislative retreat on vacation-rental regulations.

7-3 Vote Loses Flagler Another Round on Vacation Rentals In Hurried Senate Hearing

| March 21, 2017

Flagler County government’s attempt to protect its vacation-rental regulations took another turn for the worse as a Senate committee today voted to advance a bill that would wipe out those regulations.

Flagler Increases Tourism Tax to 5%, Benefiting Beach Fix, Then More Promotions

| March 21, 2017

The first two years of new revenue will swell the beach-repair fund by $2.5 million, settling back down to $500,000 thereafter, when the promotions revenue will rise to $1.5 million a year.

O’Brien Beach-Funding Proposal Prevails, And Flagler Beach Gets $2 Million Pledge

| March 20, 2017

County Commissioner Donald O’Brien’s proposal to shift more money toward beach restoration prevailed today in a joint meeting of the County Commission and the county’s tourism board, and the county administrator pledged to allocate $2 million to Flagler Beach’s needs.

Thousand-Acre Wildfire Started As Controlled Burn in Putnam, Spread To Flagler, Now 75% Contained

| March 20, 2017

Residents in Northwest Flagler County breathed the effects of the fire all weekend, and residents in Palm Coast and the rest of the county could see the large columns of smoke rising over the western horizon Saturday and Sunday.

Flagler Tourism “Promotions” Slush Fund Jumps 76% in 3 Years, And We’re Counting Pennies For Beach Repairs?

| March 20, 2017

Paying for critical repairs to Flagler County’s beaches is hostages to a tourism budget’s scandalous and unaccountable promotions spending, which the county administration wants to increase despite the emergency.

Flagler’s Hutson Files Amendment to Vacation-Rental Bill That Would “Eviscerate” Regulations

| March 16, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson had supported the 2014 law enabling Flagler County to regulate vacation rentals. His amendment, which he calls a “compromise,” would scale that back even though he sees no problems with local regulations or short-term rentals.

Setback For Flagler as Bill Scrapping Vacation-Rental Regulations Advances on 9-6 Vote

| March 14, 2017

A divided House Agriculture and Property Rights Subcommittee was not swayed by a presentation from Flagler County Attorney Al Hadeed as it voted to scrap county authority to regulate short-term, vacation rentals. The bill has several additional hurdles to clear.

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