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Federal Appeals Court Hammers Florida For Imposing ‘Serious Burden’ on Right To Vote

| February 16, 2019

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Florida law requiring voters’ signatures on mail-in ballots to match the signatures on file with elections officials imposes “a serious burden on the right to vote.”

DeSantis Calls For Statewide Grand Jury Investigation of Local School Districts’ Safety

| February 15, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis is asking the Florida Supreme Court to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate whether school districts are complying with mandatory safety measures designed to protect students.

Weekend Briefing: Dance of Love, Walk For Shaunti Stafford, Cat Adoption, Brian Hammond at Salvo, Bing’s, Solisti

| February 15, 2019

Valentine’s Dance at AACS, a walk in memory of Shaunti Stafford, cat and kitten adoption at Sable Palms, Brian Hammond at Salvo Art House, an art opening, Daytona Solisti Baroque Orchestra romances strings.

Renner Wants ‘Objectivity’ To Drive Felons’ Voter Restoration, But Hurdles Are Multiplying

| February 14, 2019

Elections officials could face a Herculean task trying to verify whether people who’ve registered to vote have met all the conditions required to make them eligible to cast ballots.

Thursday Briefing: Valentine’s Mass Wedding, Anthony Fennick Vigil, Linda Cole at the Library

| February 14, 2019

The Flagler Clerk of Court presides over the second annual mass wedding at the courthouse, a candlelight vigil for Anthony Fennick, who died Saturday at age 23, Linda Cole’s traditional Valentine’s recital at the public library.

Lieselotte Martha Beilke, 1933-2018

| February 13, 2019

Lieselotte Martha Beilke died at Palm Coast’s Windsor. She was married to Max Beilke in 1959 until Max’s death on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

Wednesday Briefing: Opioids Crisis, Community Cats, Leadership Flagler, Hansen’s Hammock

| February 13, 2019

The Public Safety Coordinating Council meets for the first time in almost a year in joint session with the county commission to talk opioids, community cats advocates gather.

Trump Said He Would Protect Families, Then Deported My Husband

| February 12, 2019

A year ago, my husband Jorge was torn from our family and deported to Mexico after living peacefully in the United States for nearly 30 years, working and raising a family with me in suburban Detroit, the author writes.

Lawmakers Approve Smokable Pot, But It Must be Pre-Rolled and Filtered

| February 12, 2019

The amendment also would require pre-rolled joints with filters. That was designed to address concerns about the negative health effects of smoking.

Tuesday Briefing: Florida Park Drive Traffic, Opioid Task Force, Rickenbacker Drive Closure, Pot-Smoking Ban

| February 12, 2019

The Palm Coast Council again discusses issues surrounding Florida Park Drive, the countywide opioid task force meets, legislators debate a bill to lift a ban on smoking medical pot.

Senate Panel Weigh Watered Down ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Ban, Eliminating Sanctions on Local Governments

| February 11, 2019

The anti-sanctuary cities bill may be now more appealing to the Florida Senate, which is viewed as the more moderate chamber and has blocked similar proposals in the past.

Monday Briefing: FYO’s Strings Around the World Concert, James Wolfe’s Probation, Bunnell Special Events

| February 11, 2019

The Flagler Youth Orchestra presents its Strings Around the World Concert at the Auditorium, ex-Matanzas teacher James Wolfe wants his probation ended after serving time for illegal sex with a minor, Bunnell rewrites its special events ordinance.

Flagler’s AAUW Branch Marks 35 Years of Advancing ‘Equity for Women and Girls’

| February 10, 2019

What began with an organizational meeting of the Flagler Beach of the American Association of University Women is now an organization 50-member strong.

State GOP Targets ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Even Though There Are None in Florida

| February 10, 2019

Critics of the bill argue efforts to outlaw “sanctuary cities” have more to do with partisanship than with thwarting an existing problem as there are no counties or cities in Florida that act as “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants.

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and Nearbys: Complete Calendar (Updated Feb. 14)

| February 10, 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.

Governor Seeks More Generous Teacher Bonus Program, But Is Silent on Higher Salaries

| February 8, 2019

DeSantis said the new program could provide bonuses of more than $9,000 to nearly 45,000 “highly effective” teachers, whose unions say higher salaries would be the best approach.

Weekend Briefing: Black History, Bobcat 5K Run, Hot and Spicy Food Fest, Turtle Preservation

| February 8, 2019

Birds of a Feather Fest all weekend, AAUW on Black History, Belle Terre Elementary’s Bobcat Run, a talk on The Sheltering Tree, FPC’s thespians put on Shakespeare.

Sweeping Bill Would Allow Private, Armed Guards on Florida’s School Campuses

| February 7, 2019

A sweeping proposal would allow districts to arm teachers, look to train guardians outside the counties where they would serve and allow districts to contract with guards through private security firms.

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

| February 7, 2019

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

Thursday Briefing: Birds of a Feather Fest, FPC Theater, Critic’s Choice at Dahlia’s Mexican, Science Café

| February 7, 2019

Palm Coast’s beloved Birds of a Feather Fest kicks off, FPC’s thespians do Shakespeare, Critic’s Choice diners try Dahlia’s Mexican Kitchen, the health survey is still open.

Wednesday Briefing: FPC’s Much Ado About Nothing, Human Trafficking, Blue Power, Health Survey

| February 6, 2019

FPC’s Thespians stage “Much Ado About Nothing, 80s Style,” local law enforcement discuss human trafficking, take the community health survey, A1A construction, Elgar’s strings serenade.

Florida’s More Conservative Supreme Court Rejects Considering Minimum Wage Case

| February 5, 2019

Tuesday’s actions could signal how the new majority will come down on future business-related disputes and could spark state lawmakers, whose annual session begins in March, to consider business-backed legislation to address issues that the old court had foiled.

Tuesday Briefing: Pinning Firefighters, Pulse Celebration, MHS Percussion, DSC Job Fair

| February 5, 2019

Palm Coast firefighters in a pinning ceremony, a DSC job fair at the DeLand campus, a Stetson Alumni Recital features “PULSE: A Musical Celebration of Those Who Lived and Are Living Their True Lives.”

A Quarter of Florida’s Physicians Skip Required Opioid-Prescription Training

| February 4, 2019

The Florida Department of Health now is preparing to send non-compliance letters advising the providers that they have 15 days to take the mandated course or face disciplinary action.

Medicare for All: No Country for “Can’t”

| February 4, 2019

Medicare for all could be the most efficient, cheapest, and provider-friendly—but not perfect—part of what could be a health system that promotes health, saves lives, and creates a sense of social solidarity.

Monday Briefing: Flagler Health Survey, Shortlisting Administrator Candidates, A1A Construction Update

| February 4, 2019

The Flagler County Commission meets to short-list applicants for the interim administrator job, the Flagler Health Department wants you to take part in a health survey, lawmakers consider a proposal to abolish the Constitution Revision Commission.

Starbucks’s Howard Schultz: Another Billionaire Presidential Candidate Who Doesn’t Get It

| February 3, 2019

Privileged candidates from Donald Trump to Howard Schultz don’t have any idea what life is really like for a single parent raising two kids while working and attending night classes.

Lawsuit Allegations Detail How The Sackler Family Built An OxyContin Fortune

| February 3, 2019

This is the first lawsuit among hundreds of others that were previously filed across the country to charge the Sacklers with personally profiting from the harm and death of people taking the company’s opioids.

DeSantis Backs More Money for Armed Staffers in Schools, But Also More Flexibility in District Spending

| February 2, 2019

DeSantis is proposing renewing nearly $100 million in school security funds but wants school districts to have more choice in how they spend the money.

DeSantis Pitches $91.3 Billion Budget, Including Education Increase of $224 Per Student

| February 1, 2019

In what would be the largest budget in state history, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday released a proposed $91.3 billion spending plan that would increase school funding, pump money into water-quality projects and trim taxes.

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