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Palm Coast Council Fires City Manager Jim Landon, Ending 11-Year Tenure

| September 18, 2018

The Palm Coast City Council this morning voted 4-0 to fire City Manager Jim Landon, ending his 11-year tenure after weeks of mounting tension and clashes with the council.

Palm Coast Residents’ Stormwater Cost Will Double Over Next 6 Years and Utility Bills Increase By $30 a Month

| September 12, 2018

Palm Coast homeowners are in for big rate increases between the new water and sewer rates the council just approved and the steep new stormwater rates it is set to approve next week.

Palm Coast Council Would Rather Spare Dog Cooper’s Life. You Wouldn’t Know It
From Its Court Pleadings.

| September 10, 2018

Palm Coast’s administration is is making its decision to kill Cooper the dog synonymous with the council’s preference. But it isn’t.

Council Approves Rezoning for Apartments on Old Kings Road That Drew Strident Opposition From Woodlands

| September 4, 2018

The 74-unit apartment complex would be for people 55 and older and affordably priced, but Woodlands residents say it will burden their neighborhood with traffic and other potential nuisances.

Dottye Benton, Owner of Dangerous Dog Cooper, Faces Felony Charge Following 3rd Bite

| August 31, 2018

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office filed the charge that Palm Coast Animal Control asked for, citing owner Dottye Benton’s pattern of neglect and dissimulation.

Palm Coast Builds Path Where Michelle Taylor, 16, Was Killed; To Her Father, It’s “7 Years Too Late”

| August 30, 2018

Michelle Taylor, 16, was walking along Lakeview Boulevard in 2017 when she killed by a car. Her father is angry at a city that had been ‘putting frickin’ umbrellas over monkey bars’ instead of building paths and putting up lights.

Palm Coast Council and Manager Jim Landon Again Clash Sharply Over Methods and Goals

| August 29, 2018

Palm Coast Council members repeatedly and sharply criticized Manager Jim Landon over a “disconnect” between their goals and his execution, the latest in a series of increasing clashes.

Greg Hansen, Trevor Tucker, Joe Mullins Win, Janet McDonald , Fischer, Tipton and Branquinho in Runoffs

| August 28, 2018

County Commissioner Greg Hansen and School Board member Trevor Tucker are headed to comfortable victories, and newcomer Joe Mullins is well ahead of Commissioner Nate McLaughlin.

Tax Notices Mailed to Property Owners Point to Mostly Modest Increases

| August 27, 2018

Property owners started receiving their tax notices in the mail last week. the numbers are not as dire as feared or as they seem, particularly when a tax bill is looked at whole rather than in its various parts.

John Tipton, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 26, 2018

John Tipton is a candidate for Palm Coast City Council. All registered voters in the city may cast a ballot in that non-partisan election regardless of party affiliation or location in Palm Coast.

Corinne Hermle, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 26, 2018

Corinne Hermle is a candidate for Palm Coast City Council. All registered voters in the city may cast a ballot in that non-partisan election regardless of party affiliation or location in Palm Coast.

Eddie Branquinho, Palm Coast City Council Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 26, 2018

Eddie Branquinho is a candidate for Palm Coast City Council. All registered voters in the city may cast a ballot in that non-partisan election regardless of party affiliation or location in Palm Coast.

As Quarantine Costs Reach $5,000, Dangerous Dog Cooper Bites 3rd Victim–and Owner Attempts Hush-Up

| August 24, 2018

The incident took place last week when Cooper the dog escaped its kennel and bit a Flagler Humane Society staffer before the dog’s owner took control–and asked the staffer not to say anything.

Palm Coast Manager’s Power-Play Mucks Up Donation of Truck to FPC’s Fire Academy, Ignoring County’s Role

| August 24, 2018

What should have been a feel-good donation of a fire engine to FPC’s popular Fire Academy turned into a turf war after Palm Coast Manager Jim Landon ignored the county fire department’s role in the academy.

In Rebuke to Palm Coast Council and Public, Landon Fends Off Request For More Timely Information

| August 1, 2018

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland wants Manager Jim Landon to make council meeting materials to council and public sooner than on meeting days. Landon’s stunning answer: don’t bet on it.

Palm Coast Would Raise Water and Sewer Rates 20.6% Over the Next 4 Years

| July 31, 2018

The average monthly residential bill for water and sewer is $65.76. It would rise to $79.33 by 2022, when the average annual bill will be $163 higher than it is now.

In Straw Poll at Chamber’s Candidate Hobnob, a Mix of Incumbent and Insurgent Successes

| July 23, 2018

Incumbents have clear leads in County Commission races, newcomers John Tipton and Jack Howell posted strong showings in Palm Coast races, and school board races have mixed messages.

In Rebuke to Landon Method, Palm Coast Mayor and Council Kill $100,000 Design for Unfunded Recreation Center

| July 18, 2018

The council had never agreed to spending large sums imagining a rec center that may not be built for years, but City Manager Jim Landon made it look as if it was an immediate priority.

Palm Coast Taxes Would Rise Modestly For Most in $37 Million General Fund Budget

| July 17, 2018

The owner of a median-priced house in Palm Coast would see taxes rise from $28 to $33 next year, depending on which tax rate the council adopts.

Price For Sheriff’s New Palm Coast Precinct Property Drops, But Renovation Costs Soar

| July 16, 2018

The county paid $832,500 for the property, $42,500 less than projected, but it will pay $230,000 to renovate, up from the $100,000 initially projected.

No Money for a Big Recreation Center, But Palm Coast Will Spend $100,000 Imagining One

| July 10, 2018

The $100,000 would pay for a conceptual plan for the recreation center and potential aquatic center off Belle Terre Parkway, around the Palm Coast Tennis Center.

‘I Don’t Need Him To Tell Me How To Hire Our Next City Manager,’ Palm Coast Mayor Says of Landon

| July 9, 2018

Though a search firm is ready to find Palm Coast’s next manager, council members were taken aback by an email from City Manager Jim Landon dictating delays.

Behind Campaign to ‘Save Cooper’ the Dangerous Dog, Broken Pledges on Both Sides and Palm Coast’s Arbitrary Calls

| June 18, 2018

Cooper’s owner broke a pledge to kill the dog, and the victim broke a pledge not to sue, while Palm Coast pursued euthanizing the dog but not charges against the owner, even though the law says it should do both.

Palm Coast Council Prepares Residents For Big Tax and Fee Changes Ahead

| June 14, 2018

A combination of a potential huge revenue loss combined with rising infrastructure needs mean the current Palm Coast tax and fee structure is unsustainable.

Palm Coast Council Claims It Cannot Exile Rather Than Kill Dangerous Dog Cooper. Many Others Disagree.

| June 12, 2018

The dog Cooper has twice been declared dangerous and is set to be killed, but its owner and advocates say Palm Coast is refusing to settle for exiling the dog to a rescue ranch instead.

Palm Coast Council Appoints Lawyer Vincent Lyon To Complete Steven Nobile’s Term

| June 6, 2018

Vincent Lyon, 46, has been practicing law in Palm Coast since 2013 and works at the Chiumento law firm a few steps from City Hall. He will serve just six months.

Just 3 Applicants For Palm Coast Council’s Nobile Seat; All 3 To Be Interviewed Tuesday

| May 30, 2018

Charles Johnson, a retired Sea Ray Boats employee, attorney Vincent Lyon and Robert Thomasey, a retired electrician, are the three applicants to fill out the six months remaining on Steven Nobile’s term.

Matanzas Golf Group Files for Bankruptcy, But Palm Coast Ownership Faces Numerous Hurdles

| May 16, 2018

Palm Coast government does not control the Matanzas golf course property, which is now tied up in bankruptcy court. The city is not assured of controlling the property once hurdles are cleared.

It’ll be a Race After All: Jack Howell Will Challenge Jon Netts For Palm Coast Council

| May 11, 2018

Howell, 75, a centrist Republican, has an opinionated, sharp-tongued independent streak and an outsize personality tempered by self-deprecating wit and moderate politics.

Rejecting Manager-Favored Secrecy, Mayor Calls For Open Interviews of Palm Coast Council Candidates For Nobile Replacement

| May 8, 2018

Twice in recent years the Palm Coast Council held closed-door interviews for seat replacements, an approach favored by Manager Jim Landon and rejected by Mayor Milissa Holland.

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