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The Bombing Begins Tonight: 2 Planes Will Spray Entirety of Flagler To Kill Billions
Of Post-Irma Mosquitoes

| September 22, 2017

A pair of King Air planes will be sweeping and spraying over the entire county over the next two nights to kill an already rising swarm of mosquitoes bred from standing water left by Hurricane Irma.

Trying To Make Up For Mistakes, Florida Health Officials Seek To Speed Up Medical Pot Licensing

| September 22, 2017

The Florida Health Department had until Oct. 3 to issue 10 medical pot licenses to producers, a deadline it will almost certainly miss even as it scrambles to ease the application process.

That Last-Ditch Effort By Republicans To Replace ACA: What You Need To Know

| September 21, 2017

While the chances for this last-ditch measure appear iffy, many GOP senators are rallying around a proposal that would repeal most of the ACA.

How Health Insurers Fuel Opioid Crisis By Denying Claims For Less Addictive But More Expensive Drugs

| September 18, 2017

Insurers limiting access to drugs with a lower risk of addiction or dependence. Why? Opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive.

Uninsured Rate Falls To Record Low Of 8.8%, But Florida’s Rate Still 5th Highest in U.S.

| September 17, 2017

Florida’s rate of uninsured would have been lower had Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature not prevented the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid.

Flagler Beach Museum Providing 100 Free Meals Thursday Evening

| September 14, 2017

Beyond the meals, the museum will be a one-stop resource center for residents needing volunteer help or assistance with FEMA.

Post-Irma Daily Digest: Flagler Beach Crossovers and Pier Update, FEMA Registrations, Senior Games

| September 14, 2017

Local governments’ drizzle of information releases related to post-Hurricane Irma recovery are distilled for their essentials and published in a running tally.

In Flooded Flagler Beach, Caring For Neighbors In Cops’ Colossal Trucks Or in Tiny Kayaks

| September 11, 2017

The Sheriff’s Office sent out its colossal military-surplus trucks on search and rescue missions, while at least two Flagler Beach residents conducted their own in canoes and kayaks.

Palm Coast’s Big-Box Stores All Out of Water, Shipments Expected But No Promises

| September 7, 2017

Aldi, Publix, Target and Winn-Dixie all show bare water shelves and few promises about when the next shipments are due, as supply lines are dependent on state conditions.

After Resisting Most of the Day, Flagler District Agrees to Close Schools Friday and Monday

| September 6, 2017

The school district had wanted to keep schools open Friday, but by 4:45 p.m. today caved to health and county emergency officials’ pressure, who wanted to get a special needs shelter ready at Rymfire Elementary.

In Flagler Beach, Palm Coast and County, More Contempt For Medical Pot

| August 31, 2017

Elected officials in Palm Coast, Flagler County and Flagler Beach are still peddling false or misleading assumptions as they draw up more restrictive medical pot dispensary zoning.

Chez Jacqueline Hosts Fundraiser For Flagler’s Cold-Weather Homeless Shelter Sept. 6-7

| August 31, 2017

The Sheltering Tree, which depends entirely on donations, has provided the homeless with food and extreme weather shelter since 2008: the shelter opens whenever the temperature falls to 40 degrees or below.

At Palm Coast Meeting On Elder Needs, Pleas For Senior Center, Better Information and Respect

| August 30, 2017

Some 90 people turned out to speak their mind on what’s needed in Palm Coast for seniors, revealing long lists of needs but also gaps of awareness of what’s already here.

Bunnell, Citing Iffy Crime Figures, Will Be Holdout Against Medical Pot Dispensaries

| August 29, 2017

Bunnell will be the only local government that will ban medical pot dispensaries. Officials there, on little or flimsy evidence, claim dispensaries would attract crime.

White Supremacists Joked About Using Cars To Run Over Opponents Before Charlottesville

| August 29, 2017

Leaked chat room conversations by white supremacists reveal expectations of violence — along with detailed planning and intelligence gathering on left-wing adversaries.

Florida Lawmakers to Review Law Targeting Injured Undocumented Workers

| August 27, 2017

A top Florida lawmaker and a national insurance fraud group criticized a law used by insurers to turn in injured undocumented workers and avoid paying workers’ comp benefits.

Renner and Hutson Call For State Audit of Free-Spending Flagler Mosquito Control District

| August 25, 2017

It is the first indication that the tax-supported district, which has itself so far refused to conduct an audit in the wake of the crisis, will be examined independently.

In Preventive Demonstration, Sheriff Highlights Lethal Danger of Leaving Children in Hot Cars

| August 25, 2017

With an average of 39 children killed each year for being left in hot cars, Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly and DCF officials underscored the danger in a demonstration in Palm Coast this morning.

On Brink of Banning Medical Pot in Haze of Misinformation, County Opts for Compromise

| August 22, 2017

Three Flagler commissioners nearly pulled off a medical-marijuana ban in the county before one of them surprisingly, and perhaps unintentionally, opposed the ban.

Beating Palm Coast and Flagler Beach, County Will Be 1st to Welcome Pot Dispensaries; Bunnell May Ban Them

| August 18, 2017

The Flagler County Commission is expected to approve opening the county to medical pot dispensaries Monday, becoming the first local government formally to do so.

How One City Took Down Its Confederate Monuments: A Stealth History Lesson

| August 17, 2017

After Charlottesville, Baltimore’s removal of Confederate statues in the dead of night was the city’s latest attempt to make peace with the ghosts of the Civil War. Other cities may be taking note.

Palm Coast Man Who Was Unsuccessful Half of Double-Suicide Pact Is Charged With Manslaughter

| August 16, 2017

Bruce Haughton, 52, had attempted a double suicide with Katherine Goddard, 52, in Goddard’s R-Section house in June. He survived. She did not. He faces a felony manslaughter charge.

A New Generation of White Supremacists, Better Organized, Emerges in Charlottesville

| August 15, 2017

A group that included many people who were college-educated or ex-military displayed effective planning. “White people are pretty good at getting organized,” said one.

At Flagler’s Troubled Mosquito Control, $115,000-a-Year Director Turns Over Duties to Assistant–But Would Retire In 6 Months

| August 10, 2017

Director Joe Cash told staffers his last day was Aug. 7, but that he would actually retire in February, sowing confusion about his status. The government agency faces a $1.1 million deficit.

Big Pharma Bullies: How Insurers Force You To Buy Name-Brand Drugs Instead of Generic

| August 10, 2017

Some pharmaceutical companies are cutting deals with insurance companies to favor their brand-name products over cheaper generics. Insurers pay less, but sometimes consumers pay more.

Ending Uncertainty, Palm Coast Will Welcome Medical Pot Dispensaries Starting In Fall

| August 8, 2017

The Palm Coast Council emphatically decided that it would allow medical pot dispensaries in the city’s major business districts even as it may approve an extension of a moratorium to work out a zoning regulation.

Upwards Mobility Bunk: Don’t Lie to Poor Kids About Why They’re Poor, And Will Stay Poor

| August 6, 2017

What happens when children born into poverty run face first into the crushing reality that the society they live in really isn’t that fair at all? Hard work has nothing to do with it.

At Florida Hospital Flagler, Donated School Supplies, and Children’s Art for ER

| August 6, 2017

Employees at Florida Hospital Flagler and other hospitals in the group donated school supplies by the mound in June and July, and, separately, the Art of Healing program was started in FHF’s ER.

Flagler Mosquito Control District In Crisis as It Faces $1.1 Million Deficit in $1.8 Million Budget, Weeks After Dedicating New HQ

| August 3, 2017

Six of the tax-supported district’s 14 employees have been laid off and other cuts are ahead weeks after it celebrated moving into a new, $2.1 million building at the Flagler County Airport.

McCain’s Brain Cancer Draws Renewed Attention to Possible Agent Orange Connection

| July 31, 2017

For years, Vietnam vets and their widows have been pushing the VA to extend benefits to those exposed to the toxic herbicide and later stricken with glioblastoma. The VA has said no.

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