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Flagler County Appeals Dangerous Dog Ruling, Challenging Judge DuPont’s Interpretation of Law

| September 20, 2017

Circuit Judge Scott DuPont in August quashed the Flagler County Commission’s order declaring a dog dangerous, saying the commission acted improperly. Flagler is appealing.

Per Curiam: County Attorney Al Hadeed Is Awarded State Association’s Ethics in Government Honor

| July 24, 2017

Flagler County Attorney Al Hadeed has been leaving legal footprints in Florida law going back to the 1970s, in defense of ethics and Sunshine Law standards.

Ex-Elections Supervisor Kim Weeks Rejects Plea Deal as Lawyer, Her 4th, Sets for Trial

| June 15, 2017

The deal would have spared Kimberle Weeks prison on felony charges that she illegally recorded conversations, but would have meant probation, according to Kevin Kulik, her latest lawyer.

Vacation-Rental Bills Die Only to Return in 2018, Forcing Flagler to Defend Regulations Again

| May 9, 2017

The Legislature’s attempt to roll back local governments’ regulatory authority of vacation rentals barely fell short, so the fight is not over for counties at the forefront of the issue like Flagler.

Not Dead Yet: Vacation-Rental Bill Flagler Opposes Clears Last House Committee , 17-11

| April 24, 2017

A bill that would end Flagler County’s authority to regulate short-term rentals cleared its last House committee and appears headed for a clash with its Senate version, which is very different. If differences aren’t resolved, the bills die.

Charges Against Ex-Elections Supervisor Weeks Reduced to Five, But Warrant Stands

| April 5, 2017

In almost two years of wrangling ex-Elections Supervisor Kim Weeks’s lawyers have reduced the 12 felony counts against her to five, but there appears little room left before either a trial or an out-of-court settlement.

House Panel Votes 9-6 to End Vacation Rental Regulations in 3rd Straight Defeat for Flagler

| March 28, 2017

Flagler County government had staked its chances on killing the bill in this particular committee because Rep. Paul Renner, who represents Flagler, sits on the panel and had pledged to do what he could to halt the bill’s momentum.

7-3 Vote Loses Flagler Another Round on Vacation Rentals In Hurried Senate Hearing

| March 21, 2017

Flagler County government’s attempt to protect its vacation-rental regulations took another turn for the worse as a Senate committee today voted to advance a bill that would wipe out those regulations.

Flagler’s Hutson Files Amendment to Vacation-Rental Bill That Would “Eviscerate” Regulations

| March 16, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson had supported the 2014 law enabling Flagler County to regulate vacation rentals. His amendment, which he calls a “compromise,” would scale that back even though he sees no problems with local regulations or short-term rentals.

Setback For Flagler as Bill Scrapping Vacation-Rental Regulations Advances on 9-6 Vote

| March 14, 2017

A divided House Agriculture and Property Rights Subcommittee was not swayed by a presentation from Flagler County Attorney Al Hadeed as it voted to scrap county authority to regulate short-term, vacation rentals. The bill has several additional hurdles to clear.

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.

Kim Weeks’s Lawyers Seek to End Case Against Ex-Supervisor In Double-Barreled Attack

| February 3, 2017

Lawyers for ex-Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks spent much of today arguing before a judge two motions that would, if successful, end the nearly two-year-old felony case. Weeks is accused of making illegal recordings.

Ethics Commission Sends Flagler Petition for Attorneys’ Fees to Administrative Law Judge

| September 9, 2016

Former Supervisor of Elections Kimberle Weeks filed two of the five complaints, Mark Richter Jr. also filed two, and Dennis McDonald filed the fifth complaint. None attended the ethics commission hearing in Tallahassee this morning.

State Ethics Commission Will Hear Flagler’s Claim to Recoup Fees From Serial Complainers

| August 24, 2016

It’s an unusual case: county government is seeking to recoup money spent to defend against the ethics cases filed against county commissioners and the county attorney by Kim Weeks, Mark Richter Jr. and Dennis McDonald.

Attorneys For Kimberle Weeks Will Seek to Dismiss All Felony Charges in Latest Maneuver

| August 19, 2016

In the latest pre-trial in the case of Kimberle Weeks, who faces nine felony counts over allegedly secret recordings, her lawyer said he’d be seeking a dismissal of all charges, but that motion won’t be heard until the end of November.

With Latest Claims Against County Government Thrown Out, Flagler Prevails in 25 of 26 Cases

| July 29, 2016

The latest claims were filed by Dennis McDonald, who is running for Palm Coast mayor, and who is disputing the elections commission’s findings that his complaints were legally insufficient.

Victory for Sunshine Law Rather Than Weeks as Judge Tosses 3 of 12 Charges Against Ex-Elections Supervisor

| June 29, 2016

A judge ruled that three of the 12 felony counts against Kimberle Weeks related to a recording that had already been disclosed at a public meeting. Sharing the recording therefore could not illegal after that, even if the recording itself was.

Ethics Commission Tosses 5 More Complaints Against County Officials, from Weeks Era

| April 20, 2016

The Florida Ethics Commission threw out complaints against four of the five Flagler County commissioners and County Attorney Al Hadeed in the latest sweep of what has been a drizzle of frivolous complaints against county officials.

Latest Ethics and Elections Complaints Against County Said to Set “New Highs for Creative Writing”

| April 4, 2016

The complaints rehash allegations made in previous complaints related either to the 2013 county purchase of the old Memorial Hospital in Bunnell or to conflicts between the commission and Kimberle Weeks, the former elections supervisor currently under felony indictment.

Florida Bar Dismisses Complaint Against County Attorney in Latest of Many Defeats for Growlers

| February 11, 2016

The Florida Bar’s dismissal keyed into the fact that one of the two complainants, Kimberle Weeks, had felony charges pending against her. The other tossed complaint was by John Ruffalo of the Ronald Reagan Republican Assemblies.

County Attorney Hadeed Challenges State Ethics Panel’s Fee Denial and Calls for Appeal

| February 2, 2016

County Attorney Al Hadeed says the Florida Ethics Commission was wrong to deny Flagler attorneys’ fees from frivolous complaints filed by government opponents. He wants the decision appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Ethics Commission Rejects Flagler’s Pitch to Recover Fees from Frivolous Complaints

| January 22, 2016

The state ethics commission found too thin Flagler’s argument to recover fees from frivolous complaints by John Ruffalo and Dennis McDonald against County Attorney Al Hadeed and County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin.

Flagler County Revises Vacation-Rental Rules as Lawmakers Propose Yet More Changes

| January 12, 2016

The county commission’s authority is limited but it plans to stiffen fines against vacation-rental rule violators. Lawmakers meanwhile, catching on to the controversy, may revert more regulatory authority to local governments.

In Case Against Kimberle Weeks, Tactical Motions Lead to Likely Turning Point in March

| January 11, 2016

Ex-Elections Supervisor Kim Weeks’s attorney wants three separate trials on 12 felony counts, and to suppress a search warrant–a motion which, if granted, would unravel the case against Weeks.

Elections Commission Tosses 3 More Claims Against Flagler Officials as County Fires Back

| December 1, 2015

The Florida Elections Commission voted to dismiss three elections complaints against Flagler Commissioners Frank Meeker and Nate McLaughlin as the county administration filed another petition to seek attorneys’ fees in related complaints.

Citing “Blasphemy,” “Libel” and “Smears,” County Will Seek Legal Fees From Attackers

| November 2, 2015

In an extraordinary move, county government approved County Attorney Hadeed’s request to pursue John Ruffalo and Dennis McDonald for fees resulting from the two men’s invalidated ethics commission complaints.

Ethics Commission Tosses Complaints Against County Attorney Hadeed and Commissioner McLaughlin

| October 28, 2015

The complaints were filed by John Ruffalo and Dennis McDonald, members of the Ronald Reagan Republican Assemblies, the radical-right organization devoted to upending the local governing establishment where and when it can.

Long Creek Preserve: For Palm Coast, a Chance to Restore a Vast, Lucrative History

| October 26, 2015

Beyond the Long Creek Nature Preserve, Palm Coast has an opportunity to revive the state and national importance the area of the preserve played in the plantation system of the 18th and 19th centuries, says County Attorney Al Hadeed.

Owners of Dog the County Declared Dangerous for Attacking Child Appeal to County Court

| October 6, 2015

A rare and controversial case involving a dangerous-dog declaration after the dog bit an 8-year-old child enters a new phase, starting with a request from the dog owners that county court determine how the appeal is to proceed.

Princess Place Preserve Slated for Extreme-Sport-Type Endurance Race, and 6,000 Racers

| August 19, 2015

The Spartan extreme-sport race in March will cover 8-10 miles and feature nearly 30 landscape-altering obstacles, with 6,000 racers and 2,000 spectators expected. The county is subsidizing the race.

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