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New Legislation Adds to Early-Voting
Fight on Florida’s College Campuses

| June 18, 2019

A bill Gov. DeSantis is about to sign deals with a variety of elections issues, but a lawsuit is focused on a provision requiring early-voting sites to provide “nonpermitted parking,” which could exclude college campuses.

Tuesday Briefing: Trump in Orlando, Food Truck Tuesday, Community Health Update, Palm Coast’s FEMA Funds

| June 18, 2019

Groups in support and opposition of Trump are busing out of Flagler for Orlando this afternoon, the Health Department’s Bob Snyder presents a community health update, Palm Coast talks FEMA funds.

Denying Voting Rights to Felons Should Be Beneath Us

| June 17, 2019

Who gets to vote should be driven by citizenship, the spirit of the United States Constitution and all America stands for, not by blowhardism and dirty tricks, argues Nancy Smith.

‘Shared Savings’ By Shopping For Lower Health Care Costs? Ballyhooed Florida Plan a Bust

| June 17, 2019

The idea of Florida’s ballyhooed shared-savings programs is to give policyholders an incentive to look for cheaper health services. Early results show no such benefits.

Monday Briefing: Homeless Shelter Meeting, $100 Million Beach Repair, Harriet Tubman $20 Bill, Andolina Sentencing

| June 17, 2019

The Sheltering Tree Board meets with residents to map out an appeal strategy on keeping the cold-weather homeless shelter open, the county commission considers approving a $100 million, 50-year beach-renourishment plan for less than 3 miles of dunes in Flagler Beach.

Bunnell’s Mean Streak

| June 16, 2019

The city that calls itself the crossroads of Flagler County is losing its bearings, its heart, and sometimes its mind–over the homeless, over panhandlers, over the sheriff’s office. It is becoming petty. It is becoming mean and resentful, and discriminatory.

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and Nearbys: Complete Calendar (Updated June 18)

| June 16, 2019

Palm Coast Flagler and the region’s most comprehensive calendar of political, cultural, civic, social and entertainment events for coming days, near and far.

Weekend Briefing: STEM Camp Showcase, Frances Clemente’s National Flag Day, Publix Apron Culinary School, David Grossman

| June 14, 2019

Wadsworth Elementary’s STEM Camp Showcase is on Friday, which is also National Flag Day, celebrated here with Frances Clemente, Movies in the Park, a trip to Publix’s culinary school, an uncomfortable David Grossman joke.

Owners and Dealers of Anacondas Sue to Reverse Florida’s Broad Ban on Invasive Snake

| June 13, 2019

Owners and dealers of anacondas have launched a legal challenge after the state largely banned the snakes amid a struggle to control damaging invasive species.

Thursday Briefing: Beach Renourishment in Flagler Beach, Panhandling, Altmire at Volusia’s Tiger Bay, Sonia Rubinsky

| June 13, 2019

The Flagler Beach commission gets an update on the status of planned beach nourishment projects that entail a $100 million expense over 50 years, and relies on few certainties.

DeSantis Signs Death Warrant of Homophobic Serial Killer Gary Bowles

| June 12, 2019

Gary Bowles murdered six people in 1994. He is serving life sentences in the murders of John Roberts in Daytona Beach and Albert Morris in Nassau County, and is being killed for the murder of Walter Hinton in Jacksonville.

Wednesday Briefing: Narcan Stock, Flagler Beach Land Development, Florida Association of Counties, Grand Living

| June 12, 2019

County paramedics get a 300-dose delivery of opioid-overdose-reversing Narcan, the Florida Association of Counties meets, Grand Living opens a new location.

Pete Buttigieg, Ahead of Miami Debate, Says No to Heavy-Handed Immigration Enforcement

| June 11, 2019

Pete Buttigieg says he would set aside politics and work with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to fund “good” environmental projects, while expressing his opposition to Florida’s “heavy-handed” approach to federal immigration enforcement and expansion of school voucher-type programs.

Good News: Straight People Don’t Need a Pride Parade

| June 11, 2019

Organizers of the “straight pride parade” in Boston this summer have ties to numerous far-right groups. Here are conditions that would make such a parade easier to embrace.

Tuesday Briefing: Tedarius Abrams, Florida Park Drive’s Airs, Education Law’s Constitutionality

| June 11, 2019

Bethune-Cookman University Senior Tedarius Abrams is the choice for Chevrolet and the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Discover the Unexpected Program, the Palm Coast council talks air sensors around Florida Park Drive.

The Crisis Formerly Known as Climate Change: Wrong Re-Branding

| June 10, 2019

The Guardian announced it was re-branding climate change, encouraging its writers and contributors to use more urgent terms like “climate crisis.” Here’s why this is very wrong.

Plotting to Win Biggest Battleground State in 2020, Florida Democrats Can’t Get Around GOP-Controlled Legislature

| June 10, 2019

The Florida Democratic Party’s biggest event of the year wrapped up this weekend with a debate over Election Day voter registration, but any such changes would require GOP approval. That’s unlikely.

Why Some CEOs Are Figuring Out That ‘Medicare For All’ Is Good For Business

| June 10, 2019

As health costs continue to grow, straining employer budgets and slowing wage growth, CEOs and others in the business community are beginning to take the Medicare for All option more seriously.

Monday Briefing: Roundabouts, Chief Judge Zambrano, Hurricane Irma Assistance, Bunnell v. Homeless

| June 10, 2019

Raul Zambrano is named Chief Judge for a second term, the Bunnell City Commission may talk about its homeless complex, the transportation department and Commissioner Joe Mullins talk roundabouts.

Attorney General Moody To Supreme Court on Death Row Inmates: Let ‘Em Die

| June 9, 2019

Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office is urging the Florida Supreme Court to reverse course on decisions that allowed dozens of convicted murderers to have their death sentences reconsidered.

Green New Deal Me In

| June 8, 2019

The Green New Deal may have a hoaky name but at least it’s a beginning, an attempt to push back against a republic of insects and grass, inviting debate in the face of indefensible Republican inaction.

Weekend Briefing: Donut With a Deputy, Urban Surf 4 Kids, Willie’s Weed, Portugal Flag

| June 7, 2019

The unique Urban Surf for Kids Surf Camp kicks off in Flagler Beach, deputies mark National Donut Day with the public, First Friday in Flagler Beach, a flag-raising at Palm Coast City Hall.

Is State Law Restricting Local Governments’ Gun-Safety Ordinances Constitutional? Judge Hears Arguments.

| June 6, 2019

Florida since 1987 has barred cities and counties from passing regulations that are stricter than state firearms laws. But in 2011, lawmakers went further by approving a series of penalties that local governments and officials can face if they violate the prohibition.

Today’s Flagler Jail Bookings, Crime and Incident Reports for Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell

| June 6, 2019

Palm Coast and Flagler County jail bookings, day and night shift commanders’ crime and incident reports investigated by Sheriff’s deputies and archive.

Florida TaxWatch Calls For Eliminating $133 million in Budget ‘Turkeys’; Flagler Is Spared

| June 6, 2019

As of Wednesday afternoon, DeSantis had received 123 of the 174 bills approved by the Legislature during this year’s session. He’d signed 80 and vetoed two.

Thursday Briefing: Last Chance for Disaster-Prep Tax Holiday, D-Day’s 75th Anniversary, ‘At Paso Rojo’

| June 6, 2019

The annual disaster-preparation tax “holiday” ends at midnight tonight, the nation and Europe mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, a Paul Bowles excerpt.

Ex-School Deputy Scott Peterson Arrested On Child Neglect Charge in School Shooting

| June 5, 2019

Peterson, the longtime resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, refused to investigate when he heard gunshots on campus and retreated while students and faculty members were shot and killed.

Wednesday Briefing: ‘Behind the Walls,’ Beachwalk Development on A1A, Judge’s Reprimand

| June 5, 2019

Flagler Republicans mark D-Day’s 75th anniversary, Broward Judge Dennis Daniel Bailey’s misbehavior at trial, Jaume Plensa’s ‘Behind the Walls,’ the A1A committee discusses a proposed development.

Let Prison Inmates Vote

| June 4, 2019

In the era of mass incarceration, forbidding inmate voting, disenfranchising them after release, and counting them as residents where they’re imprisoned are all components of prison gerrymandering.

$100 Million Will Raise 91-Year-Old Tamiami Trail, Easing Everglades Flow

| June 4, 2019

Environmentalists say the Tamiami Trail, or U.S. 41, has dammed the natural flow of water from Lake Okeechobee through the Everglades to Florida Bay.

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