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For Commissioner Frank Meeker, a Tribute From the Hearts of a Decade’s Colleagues

| August 1, 2016

For an hour Monday morning, Meeker’s closest colleagues remembered the man death surprised at 61 on July 22, themselves not yet over the shock of having lost him after seen him in that seat just 16 days before his death.

Palm Coast Votes 3-2 Against $5,000 Hike For Jim Landon in Stinging Rebuke

| July 19, 2016

Two council members said Palm Coast Manager Jim Landon had been overpaid, with his $169,000 salary now where it should be. The vote ends a long, in many ways improper and opaque process.

Bill McGuire, Palm Coast City Council’s Grandmaster, Resigns Effective Aug. 15

| July 19, 2016

McGuire’s resignation was expected, and the council is hinting that it may be uninterested in filling his post for the remaining few weeks of his term before the election, even if the charter says the council “shall” fill it.

Proposal to De-Criminalize Pot Possession Again Teetering as Flagler Council Nears Verdict

| July 11, 2016

The Flagler Public Safety Coordinating Council decides Wednesday whether to recommend the de-criminalization proposal, but the reactions from palm Coast, Bunnell and Flagler Beach have been discouraging.

Trying to Stem Hemorrhage of Green, Palm Coast Studies Patchy Golf Club Take-Over

| June 28, 2016

Losses at the city-owned Palm Harbor Golf Club are getting worse. The city is considering a “hybrid” take-over of golf and tennis that would still contract put most services but give the city more control.

McGuire Resignation a Dilemma for Palm Coast Council, But 2 Ex-Councilmen Offer Solution

| June 23, 2016

Holsey Moorman and Alan Peterson, who both served on the Palm Coast City Council, are willing to fill out Bill McGuire’s last four months, thus enabling the council to avoid making a more politically fraught appointment or leaving the seat vacant.

Yes, Palm Coast Wanted to Boot County EMS Crews Out of Station 22, But That Fire Is Out For Now

| June 15, 2016

A closer look at the record shows that contrary to City Manager Jim Landon’s claim that the county was going on rumors, city officials, including Landon, very much wanted to see county EMS crews out of the fire station on Palm Coast Parkway.

Palm Coast Will Spend $500,000 to “Optimize” a Few Traffic Signals, But Expected Gains Are Vague

| June 14, 2016

The $500,000 will install surveillance cameras and high-speed Internet to just 12 intersections, with more spending and intersections connected in future years, and will create a so-called Advanced Traffic Management System.

TDC Favors Beverly Beach’s $32,000 Walkover Renovations, But Not Before Unusual Grilling

| May 18, 2016

The questioning was another example of of the TDC’s more inquisitorial attitude toward local projects as opposed to a less rigorous or accountable approach when the applicant is an out-of-town organization, including for-profits.

Council Will Approve “Kind of Dumb Looking” 150-ft Cell Tower on Palm Coast Parkway

| March 29, 2016

The tower, camouflaged as a tree, will go up on city land near the public library and will accommodate four cell carriers, among them AT&T, whose service in many parts of Palm Coast has been dismal.

Palm Coast’s Jim Landon Wants to Add to His $218,000 Pay Package, Council Pushes Back Slightly

| March 8, 2016

The Palm Coat city manager, by far the highest-paid public employee in Flagler, wants annual, automatic raises based on his own self-evaluations, but council members want a more formal system.

As Palm Coast Surveys Residents Yet Again, For $13,000, Council Members Question the Point

| February 23, 2016

Several council members criticized the latest survey of Palm Coast residents–its small sample size, its limited uses, and whether it should be an annual exercise anymore.

Against Mayor’s Opposition, Palm Coast Council Discovers Public Input at Workshops

| February 16, 2016

For the first time in 17 years the Palm Coast City Council will join other local governments in allowing public participation at council workshops, where most of the decisions are made, not just at “regular” meetings.

In a Decisive Shift, Palm Coast Will Oppose Fracking On and Offshore, Citing Environment

| February 9, 2016

Abandoning its silence and tacit nod to fracking, the Palm Coast City Council will forcefully oppose hydraulic fracturing in a resolution, citing water and environmental protection.

Palm Coast Council Gives Itself a Few Dollars’ Raise, Thwarting Nobile on Referendum

| February 3, 2016

Another nearly year-long discussion ends with an annual $228 raise for the mayor, $228 for council members, and no future automatic increases, but no referendum either, on the question, as Council member Steven Nobile had favored.

Radical Change Ahead for Palm Coast Council as McGuire Won’t Run, DeLorenzo Opts for County and Netts Is Term-Limited

| January 26, 2016

The Palm Coast City Council will see the biggest turn-over in its history this November as Bill McGuire says he won’t run again, Jason DeLorenzo is running for the county commission and Mayor Jon Netts is term-limited. The council will see a complete turn-over in two years, possibly heralding a sea change in the city’s direction.

Palm Coast Council Members Favor Giving Themselves Automatic Raises Tied to Inflation

| January 26, 2016

Palm Coast City Council members are favoring giving the next council what would equate to a 14 percent base-pay increase followed by annual raises indexed to inflation.

Palm Coast’s $9 Million Scam at Taxpayers’ Expense

| January 15, 2016

Since 2008, Palm Coast government has wasted over $9 million in taxpayer money to subsidize its privately run, money-losing golf and tennis operations, which serve a small group of people. It’s been a colossal scam perpetrated on taxpayers.

Losses at Palm Coast’s Golf and Tennis Clubs Mount to Record $431,000; City Council Shrugs

| January 12, 2016

Palm Coast’s Palm Harbor Golf Club and its Tennis center have together lost more money in 2014 than in any year since 2009 under contractor KemperSports’ management, yet council members raised few questions about the operations during a presentation Tuesday.

County Tourism Board Approves Speculative $40,000 Public Subsidy for Private Conference

| December 17, 2015

The $40,000 in county tax dollars will help pay for rooms and food at a writers’ conference at Hammock Beach Resort, in hopes for good press in return. There is little evidence of such returns.

Little League Discovers Palm Coast Rules: Money-Making Tournaments Come First

| December 15, 2015

Palm Coast Little League organizers say the way the city is booting them off Indian Trails Sports Complex fields for a for-profit tournament is a violation of a contractual agreement that defines how the city may go about doing so. City Manager Jim Landon disagrees.

Palm Coast Wants Changes to County-Controlled Ambulance Services in the City

| November 24, 2015

The city wants to reduce the need for fire trucks and ambulances doubling up on EMS calls, and to lower overall costs. The county has its own ideas. The two sides will meet administratively to hash out possibilities.

Steven Nobile, Professed Conservative, Wants a 324% Pay Increase for Palm Coast Council

| November 12, 2015

Steven Nobile’s proposal dovetails fellow-council member Heidi Shipley’s request for health benefits and some higher pay, but they may face opposition from two members facing elections next year.

Palm Coast City Hall Journey Ends With Inauguration of a New Day on Lake Avenue

| November 4, 2015

Ex-Mayor Jim Canfield and current Mayor Jon Netts bookended the story of Palm Coast’s 15-year journey to a City Hall of its own in a grand opening ceremony that drew throngs of residents and plenty of cheers.

Palm Coast Warily Explores Buying $1 Million Yacht Club for Nature and Senior Center

| October 16, 2015

Buying the Palm Coast Yacht Club would help the city avoid building a required nature center near Long Creek Preserve, but council members are skeptical about creating what would amount to a second community center so close to the first.

Bill Would Ban All Confederate Flags on Public Grounds as Question of “Security” Is Raised Over Ag Museum Civil War Reenactment

| August 21, 2015

Bill McGuire, a tourist council and Palm Coast City Council member, is concerned about the Confederate flag display at an upcoming Civil War reenactment at the Agricultural Museum. He spoke as a bill was introduced in Tallahassee to ban all such displays on public grounds.

Entrapments of Color Blindness: Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 10

| August 19, 2015

There’s a bit of vomit to start off Chapter 10 of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” much of it from our contributing writers, who have a hard time understanding how it takes Scout 25 years to discover what her father is about.

Scout’s Dishonors: Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 9

| August 9, 2015

In Chapter 9 of “Go Set a Watchman,” Harper Lee gives us a short biography of Scout’s past between various deaths and blood flows, without as yet revisiting her recent discovery about a bigoted father.

In Latest Round of County-City Water War, Flagler Now Objects to 25% Surcharge From Palm Coast

| August 6, 2015

The county is giving Palm Coast 30 days to consider reducing or waiving the surcharge while also exploring importing water from Bunnell to serve the county airport, which is surrounded by Palm Coast.

Atticus Finch, Grand Wizard of the KKK: Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” Chapter 8

| August 4, 2015

In Chapter 8 of “Go Set a Watchman,” Scout discovers that her father Atticus is the leader of a KKK-like organization, and her boyfriend is just as much as a white supremacist.

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