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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flagler Government Begins Long-Awaited Drainage Project in MalaCompra Basin

| July 20, 2018

The project will ease flooding on the northern barrier island and prevent untreated stormwater and septic tank effluent from making its way into the Intracoastal Waterway.

Price For Sheriff’s New Palm Coast Precinct Property Drops, But Renovation Costs Soar

| July 16, 2018

The county paid $832,500 for the property, $42,500 less than projected, but it will pay $230,000 to renovate, up from the $100,000 initially projected.

Combative Statements and Threats of Litigation Belie Claim of Unity Meeting on Sheriff’s Operations Center

| July 16, 2018

A Flagler County Commission workshop on results of air testing at the Sheriff’s Operations Center was tense and combating as sheriff’s employees questioned the county’s sincerity.

Doubt and Mistrust From Sheriff’s Employees Against County’s ‘All Clear’ on Operations Center

| July 13, 2018

Sheriff’s employees are neither ready nor willing to return to the potentially sick operations center: a report on the building’s air still doesn’t explain why 27 employees developed problems.

Issuing Report, County Says Sheriff’s Building “Deemed Safe To Occupy,” But Sheriff Raises Questions

| July 12, 2018

A much-anticipated report on the air quality of the evacuate Sheriff’s Operations Center concludes that the building has no mold problem but questions remain, not least from the sheriff.

Nat Reed, Adviser to Governors and Presidents Who Left His Imprint on Flagler’s Environment, Dies

| July 12, 2018

Nat Reed, who died at 84, co-founded 1,000 Friends of Florida. His stewardship led to Flagler’s progressive comprehensive plan and greenway and environmental successes.

Flagler Government Will Crack Down On Mobile Campaign Billboards And Other Signs

| July 11, 2018

Flagler County commissioners will approve new rules next Monday regulating or banning campaign-sign-blaring vehicles and campaign signs from county properties.

County Commissioners Again Can’t Agree On How Much To Raise Next Year’s Taxes

| July 9, 2018

For the third straight budget workshop, Flagler County Commissioners have been unable to agree on what property tax rate to set for next year and what to cut to get there.

In Big Win For Flagler Beach, U.S. Army Corps Awards$17.5 Million, Reviving Dunes Project

| July 6, 2018

The unexpected infusion of $17.5 million into Flagler’s beach-rebuilding projects revives a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan that appeared dead in 2017.

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