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Alternative to FPL-Matanzas Footpath Dies as Administration Hits Council With Done Deal

| July 25, 2017

A potential $400,000 temporary sidewalk along Old Kings Road, sought for years by F-Section resident, turned out to be an illusion as its proponent was outmaneuvered today.

Flagler Beach’s Golden Lion Cafe Set To Take Over Palm Harbor Golf Restaurant

| July 24, 2017

Golden Lion would sign a five-year lease to run the food and beverage operation, including a bar, catering in the clubhouse and on the golf course, and other amenities.

Palm Coast Council Will Decide Manager’s Future in Extraordinary Workshop on Aug. 3

| July 20, 2017

The council is moving toward ending Jim Landon’s 10-year tenure. That workshop is expected to be followed with a special meeting in a matter of days to ratify whatever decision is reached on the 3rd.

City Manager Landon’s Fate Teetering, Council Agrees to Special Meeting To Set New Course

| July 18, 2017

The Palm Coast City Council will hold a special workshop likely next week to decide how to end Manager Jim Landon’s tenure as even his big severance package now appears less of an obstacle.

Palm Coast Council Ready To Fire Or Push Out Jim Landon, Dismissing His Secretive “Succession” Ploy

| July 14, 2017

Four Palm Coast City Council members have lost confidence in Manager Jim Landon and want him gone, with severance issues an obstacle. He wants to stay two more years and appoint his successor.

Sheriff’s Call For 5 Extra Deputies in Palm Coast Would Raise City’s Policing Cost 27% Since 2014

| July 11, 2017

Sheriff Rick Staly is asking the city for five additional deputies to form a traffic unit exclusively for Palm Coast. The city manager’s presentation of a contract with the sheriff was less complete.

A Rape Allegation at Heart of Divorce Between Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland And Sheriff’s Ex-Chief Deputy

| July 10, 2017

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland in court filings alleges ex-Flagler Sheriff Chief Deputy David O’Brien repeatedly raped her while she was unconscious in 2013, shortly before their separation.

At Residents’ Meeting Over F-Section Footpath, A Lot of Venting, and Hope for More Sustained Organizing

| June 29, 2017

A group of residents are seeking another way to oppose a planned path in the F Section, but have few options to chance a city council that has twice approved the path.

9% Garbage Fee Increase as Palm Coast Begins 5-Year Extension of Waste Pro Contract

| June 28, 2017

After remaining flat for 10 years, garbage-pickup rates for Palm Coast residents this month kicked up 9 percent, to $20.36 a month, or $21 a year as the city renewed its contract with Waste Pro for five years.

Divided Palm Coast Council Sticks With Controversial FPL Path in F-Section, But Alternatives Still Possible

| June 20, 2017

The 3-2 vote to stick with the FPL path leading to Matanzas High School doesn’t yet kill alternatives, including the possibility of a temporary footpath along Old Kings Road, the city manager pledged.

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.

Controversial FPL Footpath Through F Section Back on Agenda as 2 Council Members Demand Options

| June 14, 2017

F-Section residents are incensed at a planned path they rejected in 2008, but City Manager Jim Landon, who knows the volatile history of the path, shifted the blame for the controversy onto the city council.

Behind County Plaint That Relations With Palm Coast “Suck,” a History of Rancor and Cooperation

| June 12, 2017

It’s been five years since Palm Coast and Flagler County governments met jointly, but they have a poor history of it, preferring to work behind the scenes on key issues.

After Matanzas Golf Course Owners a No-Show at Hearing, Palm Coast Moves to Recover $228,000

| June 12, 2017

Circuit Judge Scott DuPont rejected what defenses the golf course owners had produced regarding overgrowth, clearing the way for foreclosure on the long-troubled course.

Cities Can’t Go It Alone: They’ll Need State Help to Meet Paris Climate Goal

| June 10, 2017

Even Palm Coast’s mayor has received requests to join the pledge, but many cities may be hamstrung by Republican governors and state legislatures that are less supportive of policies that would reduce fossil fuel emissions.

Matanzas Students Want F-Section Path, But Opponents Say City Should Build Sidewalk On Old Kings Instead

| June 7, 2017

A raucous, emotional meeting at Matanzas High pitted proponents of a foot and bike path through the heart of the F Section against opponents who say it’s misplaced and ill-advised.

Why Is the Palm Coast City Administration Treating 400 Employees Like Children?

| June 6, 2017

Last week Palm Coast HRD Director Wendy Cullen sent a degrading email about bathrooms to 400 city employees. The email is reflective of a contemptuous, disconnected administration.

This Time Palm Coast Council Agrees to Explore Charter Review, But Under Its Control

| May 31, 2017

The council will solicit public input for possible changes to the city charter, but it will not appoint a charter review committee, and will make changes only if it senses a groundswell for changes.

Sheriff Warns Against Misleading Medical Pot Scams “Popping Up All Over Palm Coast”

| May 16, 2017

Yard signs in Palm Coast have popped up advertising “legal” weed, but the signs are scams, and a further reflecting of the confusion caused by lawmakers’ inability to agree to rules on medical pot, enabling scammers to fill voids.

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.

Palm Coast Would Turn Over Its Cell Towers To Contractor Even as New Law Revamps Landscape

| May 2, 2017

Even as a new state law just has just revamped the whole wireless landscape, the Palm Coast council is about to sign a contract grounded in previous-generation realities about cell coverage.

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.

Sheriff Will Ask Palm Coast to Pay for 5 More Cops, a 21% Increase of City’s Policing Budget

| April 10, 2017

Sheriff Staly wants to double Palm Coast’s traffic unit, but five more cops would cost close to $600,000 on top of the city’s current $2.6 million budget. Mayor Milissa Holland signals some push-back.

Fatal Irresponsibility:
How Palm Coast Willfully Ignored Street Lights And Sidewalks For 10 Years

| April 8, 2017

Palm Coast’s government’s claim that it didn’t have the money to build sidewalks and street lights is a cynical lie: as people died, the city put luxury ahead of necessity, from city hall to expensive beautification and plenty more.

Matanzas Students Win Pledge for More Street Lights and Sidewalks From Palm Coast Council

| April 4, 2017

Students who formed the Matanzas School Safety Committee in the wake of recent fellow-students killed by cars on dark Palm Coast streets submitted research and suggestions to the city council Tuesday evening.

Retreading Losing Cause, City Will Take Over Running Palm Harbor Golf and Tennis Center

| March 30, 2017

Palm Coast government will end its nearly-decade-long relationship with KemperSports at the money-losing golf and tennis clubs and manage the operations itself while still contracting out certain services.

Palm Coast’s Long Nightmare With Red-Light Cameras Set to End Friday, 6 Months Early

| March 27, 2017

The plan, termed a “wind down agreement,” would end the operation of the cameras by March 31 “by mutual agreement.” But Palm Coast would have to pay ATS $16,000 to remove equipment.

In Palm Coast Survey of Residents, More Nuanced Views Past Happy-Faced Powerpoint

| March 17, 2017

The city’s powerpoint summary of its 2017 survey presents a brighter if narrower picture of residents’ concerns, who, freed from multiple-choice questions, tell a different story of concerns and lacking services from streetlights to sidewalks to safety.

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