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Coming to Flagler Beach: No-Parking Barriers and Silt Mounds to Stop A1A Washouts

| June 23, 2017

The city and the state transportation department will block off portions of A1A to parking and build silt mounds to soak up water, though some commissioners are skeptical of silt’s effectiveness.

Thirty Months Later, Holland Park Re-Opens To Cheers, and Echoes of a Brooklyn Basketball

| June 19, 2017

The $4.3 million reconstruction project at the 27-acre park became a $4.7 million project and took exactly twice as long to complete as projected, but its re-dedication drew scores of children who could care less: they just wanted to play.

Flagler’s Mosquito Control District’s Operations Move Into New Home at County Airport

| June 9, 2017

Just as Flagler got drenched with mosquito-spawning rains, the agency responsible for monitoring and killing mosquitoes moved into a new, ample headquarters with its own helipad.

Drought Relief: Rains Drench Flagler and Surrounding Counties, Reducing Parched Conditions

| June 8, 2017

Three days of recurring rains ended, or at least significantly reduced, drought conditions that have been taxing the region, leading to water restrictions, brown lawns and heightened fire dangers.

The Coming Assault on America’s National Monuments

| May 25, 2017

President Trump is on track to throw away part of our national heritage, remove some national monument protections to make way for mining corporations and other extractive industries to operate there.

No Coal Resurgence Here: FPL Seeks to Shut Down Dirty-Energy Plant in Jacksonville

| May 23, 2017

FPL says shutting down the coal-fired plant will save customers money and have environmental benefits, including a reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions.

Rare Black Bear Sighting, at Flagler County’s Emergency Operations, Occasions Cautions

| May 16, 2017

A Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy happened on a black bear prowling around the county’s Emergency Operations Center Sunday night and spooked it off.

Holland Park Redemption: Palm Coast’s Storied Playground Readies to Re-Open

| May 4, 2017

A year behind schedule, the reopening of Holland Park, now scheduled for June, will also mark the transformation of an eyesore into a crown jewel, as a visit to the park today suggests.

No New Street Lights in Palm Coast, But $547,000 For Field Lights and $1 Million For Toilets

| April 25, 2017

Six new field lights at Indian Trails Complex will cost $547,000, not including operating costs, where current lights cost the city $108,000 a year in light bills. The bathrooms are paid for from a less flexible pot.

Palm Coast Approves $425,000 Parasols at 4 City Parks, But Council Members Grumble

| April 19, 2017

Council members Nick Klufas and Steve Nobile, who are seeking more oversight of the city administration, had serious misgivings about cost and a bidding process that left them with little choice.

Palm Coast’s Thames Envy Holds Weir-dest Ribbon-Cutting You’ve Ever Heard Of

| April 18, 2017

There’s a ribbon-cutting for every imaginable non-event these days, and today Palm Coast cut the ribbon at a water-control structure called a “weir,” in the B-Section.

In Unprecedented Flagler Beach Town Hall, Old Kings Elementary Students Become All Stars of Ideas

| April 12, 2017

Mayor Linda Provencher’s Kids Town Hall drew a standing-room-only crowd, almost the entire city commission and the city’s top staff for a lively hour of ideas and suggestions from Old Kings Elementary students.

With 3 Large Flagler Fires in 2 Months and 107 Burning in the State, Scott Declares Emergency

| April 12, 2017

Gov. Scott’s declaration of a wildfire emergency comes in the wake of several large fires in Flagler County and more than 100 ongoing fires elsewhere. It will allow for swifter sharing of firefighting resources, including the use of the National Guard.

Another Bear Hunt? Florida Fish and Wildlife Readies to Look at Latest Numbers

| April 11, 2017

Florida game officials are getting an update on the state’s growing black bear population, a discussion animal-rights supporters contend is a first step toward holding a hunt later this year.

Abnormally Dry Conditions Prompt Call for More Water Conservation in Palm Coast and Flagler

| March 25, 2017

Because of the new Water Shortage Warning Order, the city reminds citizens of some water restrictions, as well as offer tips for reducing water use during this time of potential prolonged drought.

Remembering John Hankinson Jr., Towering Force in Environmental Protection in Flagler and Elsewhere

| March 5, 2017

John Hankinson Jr., a long-time resident of Summer Haven just north of Marineland, had been an EPA Regional administrator and had headed a post-Deepwater Horizon spill task force. He was a frequent performer in the local musical scene as Johnny Matanzas.

Heads Scratch as Mysterious Lift-Boat Appears Near Shore in Flagler Beach

| March 1, 2017

An oil-rig like platform that’s actually a “liftboat” appeared near shore, traveling south, in Flagler Beach tonight, and stopped, raising pylons and more questions than answers.

From Inside Charred Aftermath of Last Week’s 435-Acre Fire, A Cautionary Warning of Season Ahead

| February 21, 2017

In a tour of the forest partly charred in last week’s fire south of Bunnell, Florida Forest Service officials cautioned of a fire season ahead they expect will be more active because of drought and higher temperatures.

Commissioners Uneasy With Flagler’s Bail-Out of Agriculture Museum and New 400-Acre Park

| February 6, 2017

Flagler County government would pay off an $185,000 museum mortgage and grant it $25,000 a year while acquiring more than 400 acres of the museum’s land, calling it an “extension” of Princess Place Preserve.

In Flagler Again, Gov. Scott Issues $15.8 Million For Beach Fix in 4 Counties, $5.4M for Flagler

| January 27, 2017

The $15.8 million is not necessarily new money but includes at least $5.3 million Flagler County has been lobbying for to rebuild dunes. Gov. Scott made the announcement at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park’s beach.

2016 Sets Global Heat Record For 3rd Straight Year, Raising Alarms of Irreparable Threats

| January 18, 2017

Central Florida felt the heat: Orlando’s temperature average for 2016 was 1.80 degrees above normal in 2016. From late November through December, it was 5, 6 and 7 degrees above normal day after day.

Palm Coast’s 2017 Birds of a Feather Fest and Art Show in February

| January 10, 2017

The three-day birding and nature festival invites everyone to enjoy a weekend of birding, photography, workshops, nature art show, social events, and family activities.

Why a Seawall in Flagler Beach Could Harm Sea Turtles and Violate the Law

| January 6, 2017

Flagler Beach’s situation on the ground has changed enough between Hurricane Matthew and recent findings about sea turtles that state transportation department construction plans should be rethought in light of those developments, argues Chad Boda.

Palm Coast’s Annual Christmas Tree and Electronics Recycling Event Set for Saturday

| January 5, 2017

Recycle your tree and get a a free three-gallon evergreen tree in exchange at the city’s Utility Fuel Depot at 22 Utility Drive off Old Kings Road in Palm Coast, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Trump and the Climate: His Hot Air on Warming Is Far From the Greatest Threat

| December 30, 2016

Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, has frightened many with his embrace of fossil fuels. What’s truly scary, scientists and others say, is how much larger the problem is than one American president.

Twelve Counties Get Money to Reduce Conflicts With Bears, But Flagler Is Not On the List

| December 13, 2016

Volusia and Putnam counties will receive a combined $98,000. Flagler County will receive no grant. The announcement came six months after the Fish and Wildlife commission voted against holding a bear hunt this year.

Florida Justices Let Felon Carry Hunting Rifle, Saying Prohibition Doesn’t Apply to Antique Guns

| September 22, 2016

In a 5-2 decision, justices cleared Weeks on the gun-possession charge because state law treats antique firearms — and their replicas — different from other guns. The ruling said lawmakers exempted firearms manufactured in or before 1918 and their replicas from the prohibition on felons possessing guns.

Mercy Lives: 24-Year-Old Horse Pulled Out of Septic Tank in 2 1/2-Hour Rescue in Mondex

| September 20, 2016

A dozen agencies and veterinarians were mobilized to rescue Mercy, a 24-year-old horse that fell in a septic tank Tuesday morning, managing the rescue after two and a half hours of efforts.

FWC Honors Steve Wayne as 2016 Investigator of the Year

| September 9, 2016

The annual award honors a Fish and Wildlife Conservation investigator whose efforts show outstanding performance and achievement among investigators, including captive wildlife cases, overt and covert investigations, surveillance, and wildlife trafficking.

Hikers, Campers, and the Limits of Leave No Trace

| August 18, 2016

Leave No Trace seems to extend only to the easily visible: trash, toilet paper, bodily functions, and so forth. Anything you can’t see with the naked eye — like sweat, detergent, sunblock, mosquito repellent, pesticides, and other chemicals — seems to get a pass.

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