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Opponents of Drilling Not Convinced Florida Is Off the Table. Nor Proponents.

| February 8, 2018

Participants in competing press conferences after an open house on off-shore drilling agreed on one thing: the federal government’s claimed stance on a Florida exemption isn’t final.

Dog Parks at Palm Coast’s Holland Park Closed Over Fears of Hookworm

| February 7, 2018

A dog that recently used the parks was diagnosed with hookworm, which can affect pets and humans, prompting closure of the two dog parks and intervention by the health department.

Among Slew of Legislative Rules, A Proposal To Limit Local Authority on Environment

| December 28, 2017

From fracking to tree-trimming to using close to $900 million from a voter-approved conservation fund, Florida lawmakers are lining up their wishes ahead of the 2018 session.

FPL Customers Will be Billed $176 Million For Pollution Cleanup Following Leak at Utility

| December 13, 2017

All electricity customers in Flagler County are serviced by FPL and will see the cost, albeit modest, reflected in their bills even though the leak took place in South Florida.

A Bit Soggy Still, Princess Place Re-Opens Segments In Time For Creekside Festival

| November 8, 2017

The majority of the trails will remain closed until further notice due to flooding, but the two-day Creekside Festival is on with live music, food, crafts and play zones.

How 2nd Grader at Old Kings Got Whole School District and 2 Other Counties To Go Green

| November 1, 2017

Students boycotted the use of plastic trays on the way to convincing the administration to adopt more eco-friendly, biodegradable paperboard lunch trays that don’t harm oceans, as plastics do.

Soggy Princess Place Forces Popular Creekside Festival To Be Rescheduled To November

| October 6, 2017

There are two to three feet of standing water in what would have been the main festival area at the Princess Place Preserve, forcing the postponement.

Doubling Down on Scott, GOP Senator
Asks for $100 Million For Florida Forever

| October 2, 2017

Florida Forever in the past received as much as $300 million a year but for nearly a decade has fallen out of favor among lawmakers and been almost ignored by Gov. Scott.

Engineer Likens Flagler Beach Pier to “Congestive Heart Failure” As Reopening Is Again Uncertain

| September 25, 2017

Though it looks structurally sound, the Flagler Beach pier suffered multiple forms of damages not visible to the naked during Hurricane Irma and must again undergo repairs before re-opening.

Development and Disasters: A Deadly Combination Well Beyond Houston

| August 31, 2017

Scientists warn of more and expanding “bull’s-eyes” as Americans build in parts of the country at ever greater risk because of climate change and severe weather.

Graham Swamp, Magnet For Self-Abuse, Nets Two Arrests In Sting For Onanists

| August 28, 2017

A Palm Coast man and a Tennessee man were the latest arrested for allegedly masturbating at Graham Swamp, in front of an undercover cop, the first such arrests there since 2013.

A Centenarian Eclipse Winks at Flagler’s Centennial in Hour of Luminous Awe

| August 21, 2017

Flagler County couldn’t have asked for a more apt coda to its centennial, a centenary gift from moon and sun under a radiant sky witnessed to the delight of many in Flagler Beach this afternoon.

Between Umbras and Penumbras, Flagler Schools and Others Ready For Great Eclipse

| August 14, 2017

The greatest solar eclipse to cross the United States since 1918 on Aug. 21 has the Flagler school district and others talking safety, best viewing practices and Palm Coast time checks.

12-Year Effort to “Renourish” Beaches All But Washes Out as County Urges Wall of Dunes Instead

| August 7, 2017

Flagler County is urging Flagler Beach to sign on to a $20 million plan to rebuild dunes on top of a wall of rock, though most of that money has yet to be secured.

Water Management District Offers $2,000 Grants to Teachers Promoting Water Protection

| August 3, 2017

The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications for its Blue School Grant Program of grants of up to $2,000 per teacher per school.

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.

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