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Palm Coast and County Resolve Sour Development Conflict, Signaling Falgout’s More Cooperative ‘Playbook’

| November 14, 2018

The Airport Commons development opposite the future Wawa had led Palm Coast to threaten to sue the county, until the city’s Beau Falgout replaced Jim Landon. Then it became all about resolving issues.

In Flagler Commemoration of Veterans Day, Memories of Armistice Day and Vietnam

| November 12, 2018

Hal Kushner, a physician who spent five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and Joe Kowalsky, who won this year’s Veteran of the Year Award, highlighted Flagler’s Veterans Day ceremony.

Patricia P. Sullivan, Former Chairwoman of Flagler Republican Party, Dies at 78

| November 9, 2018

Patricia P. Sullivan, a former chairwoman of the Flagler County Republican Party married 52 years to Flagler County Commissioner Dave Sullivan, died Thursday at home following a long illness.

Hansen, Mullins Win County Commission, Howell and Branquinho Win Palm Coast, McDonald Re-Elected to School Board

| November 7, 2018

The races for Flagler County Commission and Palm Coast council were not close in a mid-term election that saw turnout rise to an astounding 64 percent.

Buying Their Election: Mullins and Hansen Shatter Spending Records for Flagler County Commission Seats

| November 5, 2018

The nearly $200,000 Joe Mullins and Greg Hansen have spent so far puts them on pace to match or outspend all 26 other county commission candidates in the past three years combined.

“Interference In the County’s Elections”? Not So Fast: How 2 Illegal Political Signs Seeded a Phony Controversy

| October 26, 2018

A pair of political campaign signs planted and then unearthed from in front of a Publix and a SunTrust bank branch in the Hammock kicked off two police investigations, but the controversy is largely made up by a candidate with a history of such tactics.

Judge Clears Way For Local Governments to Challenge State Ban on Stricter Gun Restrictions

| October 23, 2018

Some 30 local Florida governments are challenging a state law that forbids cities and counties from passing stricter gun regulations than the state allows.

New Cell Tower Near Plantation Bay Grows from 199 to 320 Feet in Deal With Volusia

| October 23, 2018

The new tower is one of six–three of them exceeding 300 feet–Flagler County government is building to modernize its emergency communications system, on which all local governments and cities depend.

Jane Gentile-Youd, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 18, 2018

Jane Gentile-Youd is an independent candidate for Flagler County Commission, District , challenging Joe Mullins in the Nov. 6 election. All registered Flagler County voters may cast a ballot in the race regardless of address or party affiliation.

Dennis McDonald, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 17, 2018

Dennis McDonald is an independent candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 2, challenging Greg Hansenin the Nov. 6 election. All registered Flagler County voters may cast a ballot in the race regardless of address or party affiliation.

Validating Mold Fears, CDC Points to ‘Water Intrusion’ And Calls For Look Behind Walls at Sheriff’s Operations Center

| October 5, 2018

An interim CDC report on the sheriff’s possibly sick operations center appears to vindicates fears that mold may be growing behind walls and within the building’s “envelope.”

Shopping Center Eyed Across From Matanzas High School as County and City Play Nice

| October 1, 2018

The shopping center on Matanzas Woods, the first, would serve the north end of Palm Coast and I-95 traffic, but is still in its earliest planning stages.

Mysterious Black Powder at Government Services Building Causes Evacuation of Office

| September 25, 2018

A mysterious black powder that fell out of a mail item in a code enforcement office at the Government Services Building caused that particular area of the building to be evacuated and a hazmat team to be called in.

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.

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