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Ambulance Fees Going Up 48% as Flagler Fire Rescue Makes Pitch For Big Budget Increase

| June 20, 2018

Flagler County’s fire department is asking for a substantial budget increase to raise pay and buy $1.5 million worth of equipment, and the county approved huge increases in emergency transportation fees.

Examining Budget, Commissioners May Increase Free Clinic and Family Life Center Funding

| June 11, 2018

Commissioners Monday discussed county contributions to such organizations as the Flagler Free Clinic and the Family Life Center, level for years.

To Keep Sally Sherman, a $136,000 Employee, Flagler County Is Paying Private Agency $190,000

| June 8, 2018

The bottom-line cost to taxpayers to retain Sally Sherman as a worker in Flagler government–totaling $258,554–is much higher than county officials originally conveyed.

Sheriff’s Operations Center Will Evacuate To Courthouse and Old Administration Building

| June 6, 2018

The move out of the troubled building began as testing is scheduled in mid-June, but an environmental engineer cautions against expectations of black-and-white answers.

Deputy County Administrator Sally Sherman ‘Retires’ at $136,500, Returns Next Day at $149,000, Plus $330,000 Pay-Out

| June 6, 2018

Flagler Deputy County Administrator Sally Sherman’s “retirement” is an extreme example of double-dipping and an end-run around a law that requires retirees not to work at their old agency for at least a year.

Ex-Sheriff Jim Manfre on Troubled Operations Center: How We Got Here

| June 5, 2018

Former Sheriff Jim Manfre, who completed his term in 2016, offers his side of the history of the acquisition of and subsequent issues with the potentially sick Sheriff’s Operations Center.

The Lord Before the Storms: Flagler Emergency Management Chief Wants Awareness, Not Fear

| June 5, 2018

Jonathan Lord, Flagler County’s new emergency management chief, has been putting his vast state and local experience to work in preparation for hurricane season.

More Rehash Than Clarity As Flagler’s Expert Addresses Sheriff’s Possibly Sick Building

| June 4, 2018

County government in a workshop with an engineering expert could not tell the sheriff or his employees how soon there may be answers on reported health issues at the Sheriff’s Operations Center.

County’s Reply To Sheriff on Sick Building: We’ll Get Back To You On That

| May 30, 2018

The Flagler County administration in an unsigned statement said the county was hiring an engineer to further study the sheriff’s potentially sick operations center.

Calling It an Unsafe “Albatross,” Sheriff Demands Immediate Relocation Out of Sick Building For Dozens of Employees

| May 29, 2018

Unequivocally referring to the Operations Center as a sick building, Sheriff Rick Staly made the demand for alternate space to County Administrator Craig Coffey, who pushed to buy the old hospital in 2013 and convert it.

County Defends $284,000 Tourism Website Deal and Commissioners Are Mollified

| May 29, 2018

County Administrator Craig Coffey and tourism officials put commissioners’ questions about the expense of a website to rest with 75 minutes of details and only a few straw men.

Flagler Fire Services Get Boost and 8th Ambulance With Heritage-Preserving Transfer of Bunnell Fire Station

| May 22, 2018

Bunnell’s Fire Department no longer exists, but a Bunnell fire station lives on, improved, under county auspices, with better response times and expanded countywide services.

Accusing Palm Coast of Making ‘Blatantly False’ Claims, County Talks Mediation and Litigation Over SR100 Development

| May 7, 2018

A proposed commercial development on State Road 100 by the airport has county and Palm Coast government relations at their lowest ebb in years.

Sticking With Motorola, Flagler Rejects Bid Protest Over $14.8 Million Contract For Emergency Communications

| April 23, 2018

The Flagler County Commission in a special meeting today rejected Communications International’s protest over a bid that went to Motorola to build critical emergency communications infrastructure.

Tax-Evaders Beware: Flagler Will Take Over Local Collection From Short-Term Renters, Projecting Jump in Revenue

| April 17, 2018

The Flagler County Tax Collector, not the state Department of Revenue, will be collecting the 5 percent tax on short term rentals starting in July–a tax hundreds of property owners are evading currently.

Water War Flares Again Between Palm Coast and County Over Planned Shops Near Airport

| April 10, 2018

A proposed commercial development at the southeast corner of State Road 100 and the entrance to the county airport, opposite Bulldog Drive, is at the center of the latest water dispute between Palm Coast and the county.

Flagler Approves $14.8 Million Next-Gen Emergency Communication System, But Faces Bid Protest

| April 9, 2018

Motorola won the $14.8 million contract to upgrade the emergency communications system every local first responder and other workers depend on, but Flagler faces a protest from CI, the other bidder and provider of the existing system.

Flagler Government Approves Open-Ended Renewals of County Administrator’s and Attorney’s Contracts

| April 4, 2018

County Administrator Craig Coffey and County Attorney Al Hadeed have been the commission’s hires since 2007. Their contracts no longer will have an end date.

Jonathan Lord Takes Over Flagler’s Emergency Management as Its 6th Chief in 12 Years

| January 8, 2018

Jonathan Lord, 43, had for more than two years been deputy director of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, overseeing the statewide response to Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew and Irma firsthand.

Painters Hill and Hammock Dunes Property Owners Will Pay Extra Tax for Erosion Control

| December 20, 2017

The four taxing districts, made necessary by hurricanes, will levy surtaxes on property owners only in those areas to defray the cost of protective sand berms and a sea wall the county will build.

County And Bunnell Score Big Grants For Plantation Bay and Stormwater, Flagler Beach and Palm Coast Do Not

| December 14, 2017

Flagler County won a $500,000 grant for improvements to its Plantation Bay utility, Bunnell won $460,000 for stormwater and sewer improvements from the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Five New Towers Part of County’s Plan to Replace $11 Million Emergency Communications System

| November 15, 2017

Flagler government unveiled vast new plan to replace the aging emergency communications system starting next year, keeping mum on final cost estimates, which will be steep.

Flagler County Walks Away From $35 Million In Beach-Repair Money: “It’s Them Abandoning Us”

| November 7, 2017

Flagler county officials put the blame squarely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when they explain why they walked away from $35 million, and why county and state dollars must step in as replacement.

Flagler Again Takes Vacation-Rental Case To Tallahassee as New Battle Lines Are Drawn

| October 10, 2017

Willing to deal and compromise, County Administrator Craig Coffey and County Attorney Al Hadeed addressed a Senate committee workshop today in Tallahassee, ahead of what’s expected to be another fierce battle over vacation-rental regulations.

Flagler’s Emergency Manager Resigns as Allegations Fly In Latest Shake-Up At Troubled County Division

| October 4, 2017

Steve Garten says he was pushed out after less than two years on the job, claiming micromanaging by County Administrator Craig Coffey, who defended his role in the shake-up.

Flagler Kills Pot Decriminalization Proposal, But Approves Medical Marijuana Zoning

| October 3, 2017

The end of the de-criminalization proposal is a reflection of a much harsher approach by the county commission and a new sheriff on marijuana matters.

The Bombing Begins Friday: 2 Planes Will Spray Entirety of Flagler To Kill Billions Of Post-Irma Mosquitoes

| September 22, 2017

A pair of King Air planes will be sweeping and spraying over the entire county over the next two nights to kill an already rising swarm of mosquitoes bred from standing water left by Hurricane Irma.

Humanitarian Needs Overtake Emergency Response in Flagler as Power Issues Compound Pain

| September 15, 2017

Continued power outages affecting a quarter of Flagler County’s population are shifting needs to food and other basic necessities as county and other governments assess damages.

Conditions Deteriorating Across Flagler: Waters Rise, 22,400 Out of Power, Irma Spins Further East

| September 10, 2017

Hurricane Irma’s tropical-storm forces have already drenched Flagler well ahead of peak activity and now are slowing enough to cause worries that the damage will be more severe than anticipated.

What To Expect in Flagler In Next 48 Hours on Shelters, Evacuations, Storm Effects and Hunkering Down

| September 8, 2017

As Hurricane Irma approaches, a complete run-down of what you should expect from emergency responders and what you should do in the next 48 hours.

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