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Sheltering Tree, Flagler’s Only Homeless Shelter, Raises Nearly $12,000 in Latest Fundraiser

| March 14, 2019

The cold-weather shelter opens for overnight stays whenever the temperature falls to 40 or below. It operates out of at Bunnell’s First United Methodist Church, and provides other support services to the homeless.

Thursday Briefing: Baliker’s $800 Donation, Mealy-Belhumeur Swear-In, Playhouse’s ‘Glass Menagerie’

| March 14, 2019

Artist Paul Baliker donates to the AdventHealth Palm Coast Foundation, Jane Mealy and Rick Belhumeur are sworn-in after winning re-election to the Flagler Beach commission, the Flagler Playhouse’s “Glass Menagerie” begins its run.

Claiming Indoctrination, Florida Lawmakers Want To Survey University Students and Faculty’s Political Views

| March 13, 2019

The Board of Governors would compile and publish the results each year. It remains unclear, however, what the Legislature would do once the data comes in.

The Live Profile:
Palm Coast’s New City Manager Matt Morton

| March 13, 2019

Matt Morton’s recent history as a city administrator in a small, rich city in Washington suggests his enthusiasm and jargon-and-joy-filled language about managing is not an affectation but a genuine part of an inclusive, ingenuous workaholic.

Push For Swift Homeless ‘Solutions’ Clashes With Individual, On-the-Ground Realities

| March 13, 2019

Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins and Palm Coast City Council member Jack Howell want solutions to what they call a homeless crisis, but others are reminding them that efforts are in place. The resources and focus to pull them off in concert may not be.

Wednesday Briefing: Public Safety Council on Homelessness, Sunrail Ridership Up, Health Survey Countdown

| March 13, 2019

Flagler’s Public Safety Coordinating Council discusses the county’s homeless issues, three days left on the Flagler Health Department’s survey, SunRail ridership over 6,000 a day, House takes up smokable marijuana.

Judge Rules School Boards Must Provide Security Officers to Charter Schools Just As They Do Their Own

| March 12, 2019

In a decision that could have statewide implications, an administrative law judge Tuesday ruled that the Palm Beach County School Board is required to assign safety officers to charter schools under a law passed last year. Judge John Van Laningham sided with Renaissance Charter School Inc., which operates six schools in Palm Beach County and […]

Palm Coast Council Picks Matthew Morton as Its City Manager in Sharp Turn ‘From This Nice Little Box’

| March 12, 2019

The Palm Coast City Council chose Matthew Morton in a 3-2 vote, bypassing Interim Manager Beau Falgout, in what council members described as the city’s desire for a “game-changer.”

Tuesday Briefing: Manager Decision Time in Palm Coast, Peyton Lescher’s Win, A1A Construction Update, DSC’s Veterans

| March 12, 2019

The Palm Coast City Council convenes this morning to vote on a new city manager, DSC again ranks among top online bachelor’s degree programs for veterans, lawmakers discuss anti-Semitism, sanctuary cities and school board term limits.

Its Eye on Homeless, Public Library Draws ‘Green Zone’ to Stop Roaming On Property Outside Regular Hours

| March 11, 2019

The Palm Coast library’s “Green Zone” is intended to keep the more than three dozen homeless people who have encamped on county land southwest of the library from using the building’s covered areas or its parking lot as gathering, sleeping or rest places.

Ex-Cop Michael Stavris’s Probation Officer Wanted Him Back In Prison Even Before His Latest Charges

| March 11, 2019

An investigation revealed that not 72 hours after his release from prison on similar charges, ex-cop Michael Stavris was engaging in the very same behavior, using a minor girls’ fake Facebook account to speak to men.

Bats Roosting In Your Attic? You Can’t Kill, Harm Or Relocate Them, But You May Exclude Them

| March 11, 2019

Although it is illegal to harm or kill bats in Florida, rules have been developed stating that legal exclusion of bats has to occur outside of the maternity season. Bats cannot legally be captured or relocated.

Monday Briefing: Library Code of Conduct, Live Bombing, Citizens’ Academy, A Censor’s Confession, Remembering Jacques Loussier

| March 11, 2019

The public library board of trustees meets to discuss a code of conduct with its eyes on the homeless, A return visit by The Presbyterian College Chorus, remembering jazzist Jacques Loussier, who died at 84.

Palm Coast’s Illusion of Affordable Housing

| March 10, 2019

Simply put, the housing stock in Flagler County and Palm Coast is inadequate to suit the needs of the bottom half of the earnings ladder, and that bottom half has nothing to do with “Section 8,” argues Toby Tobin.

Flagler Health Department Will Provide Free Tdap Vaccine Against Whooping Cough

| March 9, 2019

The vaccine, commonly referred to as Tdap, provides protection against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Florida Law requires that students entering seventh through twelfth grades receive this vaccine, unless the parents file a valid exemption.

Palm Coast Watering Restrictions for Daylight Saving Time

| March 9, 2019

Watering restrictions during Daylight Saving Time begin March 10 and run through Nov. 2 in 2019. Here’s the landscape irrigation policy for Palm Coast, aligning with the restrictions issued by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Palm Coast Watering Restrictions for Daylight Saving Time

| March 9, 2019

Watering restrictions during Daylight Saving Time begin March 10 and run through Nov. 2 in 2019. Here’s the landscape irrigation policy for Palm Coast, aligning with the restrictions issued by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

If Your Ancestors Took Part in Flagler’s 1920 Election, AAUW Wants To Hear From You

| March 9, 2019

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Flagler wishes to extend an invitation to the descendants of the women of Flagler County who were recognized and listed, by the Flagler Tribune, on October 21, 1920, as “Qualified Voters” for the November 2, 1920 General Election.

County Orders Armed Security at Palm Coast Library in Signal to Homeless, Patrons and Staff: ‘Safety Is Paramount’

| March 8, 2019

In the latest development of the homeless crisis at the Flagler County Public Library in Palm Coast, the library director and a county commissioner pressured the interim county administrator to provide armed security at the library while the county searches for a longer-term solution.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Calls Suspension ‘a Political Power Play’ By DeSantis

| March 8, 2019

In a court filing, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s lawyer argued the suspension “is an affront to the Florida Constitution and the fundamental right of voters to choose their elected officials.”

Palm Coast Fires Palm Harbor Golf Club General Manager Tim Spangler Over Charges of Theft

| March 8, 2019

Tim Spangler was hired at the city-run Palm Harbor Golf Club in the summer of 2017 as part of a make-over of the club, when the city took over management from a private company.

50 Years In Prison for Thomas Binkley, 62, Who Molested 2 Girls Younger Than 9

| March 8, 2019

Thomas Binkley, the 62-year-old former Bunnell resident, found guilty of molesting two sisters, ages 6 and 8, will serve two consecutive mandatory 25-year terms, but is unlikely to live many years in prison as his health is failing.

Weekend Briefing: Richlin Ryan’s ‘Encode,’ Thomas Binkley Sentencing, Palm Coast Interviews, ‘Florida Is A Land Remembered’

| March 8, 2019

Palm Coast artist Richlin Ryan’s “Encode,” a new show, the Palm Coast council conducts day-long public interviews of manager candidates, AAUW Flagler Celebrates Women’s History Month, Thomas Binkley is sentenced.

Jerry Cameron, There Are Better Ways To Save Face Than Blaming Media Over The County’s Homeless Blunder

| March 7, 2019

Interim Flagler County Administrator Jerry Cameron said the media “interjected” themselves in the controversy over the order to vacate the homeless from around the library before the matter was “ripe.” FlaglerLive’s editor disagrees.

Interviews For Palm Coast Manager Sharpen Choices for Council as Styles, Strengths And Flaws Emerge

| March 7, 2019

Three candidates–Robin Hayes, Donald Kewley, and Matthew Morton–made their case to unseat Beau Falgout as they interviewed for Palm Coast City manager, mostly behind closed doors, today. A full report on how they did.

Thursday Briefing: Palm Coast Candidate Interviews Day 1, Steve Jobs on Death, Health Survey, Mozart’s 29th

| March 7, 2019

Palm Coast City Council members interview manager candidates, mostly in closed-door sessions, with a public reception this evening, the Supreme Court hears a prison murder case, Steve Jobs on death and life.

Facing Mounting Criticism, Flagler Scraps Exiling Palm Coast Homeless and Will Keep Them Near the Library

| March 6, 2019

Averting what was turning into another embarrassing shamble, Flagler County government today scrapped plans to evict the homeless from the public library grounds in Palm Coast and exile some to an isolated camp at the far end of the county.

Criticizing Israel Isn’t Anti-Semitic. Here’s What Is.

| March 6, 2019

In light of accusations of anti-semitism being leveled against U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, what is anti-semitic is the cacophony of mainstream media and politicians saying that criticizing U.S. policy toward the state of Israel is the same as attacking Jewish people.

This Is Russell Landing: Flagler County’s Idea of a Homeless Camp

| March 6, 2019

An examination of Russell Landing, the extremely isolated site Flagler County would move homeless people to, is not as healthy, safe or desirable a location as the county is making it out to be.

Wednesday Briefing: Regal Reeger, Stand Your Ground at Supreme Court, MalaCompra Basin Water

| March 6, 2019

Flagler County’s Engineering Department hosts a public meeting on the MalaCompra Basin Water Quality Enhancement project, the Supreme Court hears a stand your ground case.

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