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Stepping Over a Blurring Red Line, Palm Coast Councilman Klufas Wants To Hire a New Broadband Director

| March 19, 2019

Though it’s not ina council member’s authority, the Palm Coast Council’s Nick Klufas is eager to hire Donald Kewley, a finalist for city manager, to be in charge of the city’s Broadband, or FiberNet, system, which he sees as a potentially money-making utility.

Landon-Shy, Palm Coast Readies to Approve City Manager Contract at Base Pay of $145,000

| March 18, 2019

Matt Morton, Palm Coast’s new manager, would start at a salary $30,000 smaller than predecessor Jim Landon’s, but would be in line to tag his annual raises to those of other employees, a potential conflict of interest.

Palm Coast Poised To Make the Arts Central To Its Innovation District as New Sculpture Garden Redefines Central Park

| March 14, 2019

The Gargiulo Arts Foundation is making possible a new sculpture garden in Palm Coast’s Central Park and helping to redefine the city’s innovation district, with the arts playing a central role. More funding may be next.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

Mayor Welcomes Public, But 3 Palm Coast Councilmen Will Hold Closed-Door Interviews With Manager Candidates

| March 6, 2019

Mayor Milissa Holland is leaving her door open to press and public during her one-on-one interviews with manager candidates Thursday, Eddie Branquinho, Bob Cuff and Nick Klufas are closing their doors. Jack Howell isn’t holding interviews.

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.

Waste Pro Starts New, Shorter Routes In Attempt To Improve Service, But Bins Must Be Curbside By 6 AM

| March 4, 2019

Customers are reminded that garbage and recyclables collection in Palm Coast runs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Garbage must be placed at the curb no later than 6 a.m., or the evening before scheduled pickup.

That Homeless Camp Behind the Public Library: A Palm Coast Problem Requiring Immediate Action

| February 26, 2019

After taking a walk through the homeless camp near the library and speaking with its residents, Palm Coast Council member Jack Howell calls for creating a committee to address the issue from various angles.

Jack Howell Excoriated Over ‘Lock and Load’ Analogy as Palm Coast Council Fixes Manager Shortlisting Error

| February 26, 2019

A resident criticized Palm Coast Council member Jack Howell for using what he perceived as aggressive military terminology in proposing to hire Interim Manager Beau Falgout. Howell said he’d be more careful.

It’s Increasingly ‘The Beau Show’ as Palm Coast Council Strains To Project Fair Manager Interview Process

| February 20, 2019

Interim Palm Coast Manager Beau Falgout continues to solidify his place atop the list of five or six candidates for the permanent manager spot, leaving it to the council to convince other candidates that they still have a chance.

Florida Park Drive May See Changes, from Traffic Islands to Roundabouts to Air Sensors

| February 12, 2019

Addressing Florida Park Drive problems as its predecessors have every few years, the Palm Coast City Council is opting for some additional studies and potentially adding traffic-calming devices to the road.

W-Section Drainage Improvements Launch Aggressive Ditch-Upkeep in Palm Coast

| February 4, 2019

Palm Coast’s just-launched ditch-maintenance targets overgrowth of aquatic vegetation and plans are being developed to address localized drainage issues in the W, E, F and R sections.

Responding to Complaints, Waste Pro Adding 2 Trucks and Shortening Palm Coast Routes To Improve Service

| January 31, 2019

Complaints about Waste Pro in Palm Coast were especially severe around the holidays with missed pick-ups for days at a time, but the company is shortening routes and adding staff to improve service.

Gargantuan Egos Gone, 3 Cities’ Managers And County Get Down to Unusual Business

| January 31, 2019

Flagler County’s three city managers and its commission chairman led a Common Ground panel presentation reflecting the vast change-overs at the top of local government and anticipating a new way of doing business ahead.

Ramping Up Surveillance, Sheriff Will Have Access to Live Video and Data From 44 Palm Coast Traffic Intersections

| January 30, 2019

Palm Coast government and the Flagler Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to use a “traffic-optimization” camera network at intersection as a surveillance mechanism as well.

Palm Coast Zaps Electric Tax in Favor of Existing and ‘Creative’ Revenue to Rebuild Public Works

| January 29, 2019

Palm Coast put to rest further talk of an electric service tax but is still hunting for $21 million to rebuild its decrepit public works facility, and will look for existing and creative sources.

Electric Service Tax Is Back As Part of Proposed Options to Rebuild Palm Coast’s Public Works

| January 28, 2019

The Palm Coast City Council backed down from instituting electric taxes last fall in the face of staunch public opposition, but those options are back as part of a new round of discussions on rebuilding the public works facility and improving roads.

First of 3 New Cell Towers in 9 Years Going up off Palm Coast Parkway, With AT&T On Board

| January 23, 2019

A new 150-foot cell tower is going up behind Heroes Park on Palm Coast Parkway, with AT&T leasing space, and will be followed by two more on Palm Harbor Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway.

Interim Beau Falgout Clear Favorite as Palm Coast Council Draws Up Manager Shortlist

| January 22, 2019

Palm Coast Interim Manager Beau Falgout garnered the most support from council members shortlisting 16 candidates out of more than 50, as their search for a manager continues.

Sheriff’s Cmdr. David Williams Appointed Palm Coast Liaison, Replacing Mark Carman

| January 22, 2019

Cmdr. David Williams, who’s been with the agency since 2001, was named the liaison to Palm Coast, replacing Mark Carman, who’s to be the police chief in Crescent City.

Survey Time: Palm Coast Government Wants To Hear Your Views About the City

| January 21, 2019

Palm Coast residents have two more weeks to take the 2018-2019 Palm Coast Citizen Survey. The survey is ongoing now through Saturday, Feb. 2.

Palm Coast Is Concerned: Not Enough Sports Fields For Tournaments, Local Teams and Growth

| January 16, 2019

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland wants broader planning for additional sports fields in the city that ensure local sports organizations and residents aren’t sidelined by money-generating tournaments.

Mark Carman, Affable Face of Policing in Palm Coast For 20 Years, Is Leaving To Be Crescent City Chief

| January 2, 2019

Mark Carman, 57, spent 31 years at the Flagler Sheriff’s Office and 20 heading the Palm Coast precinct and as liaison. He’ll be taking the Crescent City Police Chief’s job come February.

A Special Taxing District To Repair Palm Coast’s Privately Owned Sea Walls? Not Exactly.

| December 18, 2018

Is Palm Coast looking to create a taxing district to pay for privately owned seawall repairs  on the city’s 26 miles of saltwater canals? Not exactly. Certainly not yet. But it’s not off the table.

Holland and Cuff Put Their Differences To Work in Search for New Palm Coast Manager

| December 6, 2018

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland and Council member Bob Cuff disagreed on key search parameters for a new manager, but the disagreements only shaped a more synthesized process that may yield a new manager by late winter.

Flagler’s Legislative Delegation Is Taking Requests: Hutson and Renner Hear Wish Lists Dec. 7

| November 28, 2018

House Rep. Paul Renner and Sen. Travis Hutson, who represent Flagler in Tallahassee, are holding their annual legislative meeting for Flagler governments and residents on Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. in Bunnell.

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