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Tiny RV Park Proposed for Colbert Lane Revs Up Residents’ Rebellion, and Is Denied

| March 19, 2018

Upscale or not, Palm Coast Plantation and Grand Haven residents saw a proposed RV park on Colbert Lane as a trailer park, and the county commission rejected it Monday evening.

County Planning Board May Have Violated Rules In Approving Hammock Restaurant and Brewery Without A1A Committee Review

| January 25, 2018

County Planning Board members appeared to have been misled by county staffers when told that the advisory Scenic A1A Pride committee’s opinion was not required as part of development plans. It is.

240 Apartments Rising on Palm Coast’s E-Section Rim as Bunnell Approves Higher Height Limit

| January 24, 2018

The apartment complex will be called Shadetree at Bunnell, with rent averaging $1,300 a month, on 30 acres abutting Palm Coast’s E-Section. The Bunnell Planning Board quietly approved an exception so the buildings could be exceed the city’s height limit.

Despite Questions of Trust, Flagler Commission Clears Way For 200 Homes Around Lakeside on A1A

| January 23, 2018

Flagler commissioners voted to approve the 200-home development on either side of Lakeside By the Sea on A1A in a contentious 3-hour hearing in which commissioners said their hands were tied to do anything else.

Getting Over Resistance Against Apartments in Palm Coast: Less Prejudice, A Bit More Height

| November 30, 2017

Housing, real estate and local government officials this morning diagnosed the sources of Flagler-Palm Coast’s affordable housing crisis and proposed a few solutions in a unique discussion at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Hearing Over Development at Lakeside on A1A, Expected to Be Contentious, Postponed to Dec. 18

| November 19, 2017

Lawyers representing three different sides of the proposed 185-home development have all asked for a postponement, and the county attorney has advised commissioners to agree.

Why Lakeside By The Sea Residents See a Pair of Proposed Developments Turning Their Properties Into “Little Lakes”

| October 9, 2017

A developer plans to build 185 homes at the north and south ends of Lakeside By The Sea, the subdivision in the Matanzas Shores area at the northern end of Flagler County, on the barrier island.

In the Hammock, A Concern That a Small Rule Change Will Turn Rustic A1A Into Commerce Central

| August 25, 2017

The Flagler County administration is reinterpreting how the residential and commercial mix along A1A must be applied, raising fears that it’ll open the way to innumerable businesses there.

Flagler School Enrollment Flat For 8th Straight Year Even as Population Continues to Grow

| January 5, 2016

Most of those moving into Flagler and Palm Coast are retired or non-working, while not enough working-age families with children are moving in to replace those moving out.

Commissioners Ax Planning Board Chairman Who’d Opposed Controversial Developments, Replace Him With a Developer

| September 23, 2015

The Flagler County Commission booted off Russ Reinke who’d long chaired the planning board and replaced him with developer Art Barr after Reinke had opposed several recent controversial developments.

County Approves Indefinite Halt to Road Impact Fees, May End Them in East Flagler

| September 15, 2015

A moratorium has cost cost the county $810,000 in transportation impact fees and $145,000 in parks and recreation fees as a result.

Sea Ray’s View: We Are Building a Safer Parking Lot, Not Expanding Production

| March 13, 2015

Craig Wall, operations manager at Sea Ray’s Palm Coast plant, counters concerns about the company’s intentions by laying out precisely what the manufacturer intends to do–and not do.

Missing From Salamander Hotel Proposal: Community Consensus and Respect for Past Agreements

| January 19, 2015

Chris Goodfellow, a resident of the Hammock, argues that Salamander Hotels’ proposed 198-room re-development requires a precedent-setting change the county commission should avoid absent clearer consensus from the Hammock community.

New Sheriff’s HQ Square Footage Grows By a Third Even as Construction Cost Falls to $4.2 Million

| December 2, 2014

Instead of a $6.2 million demolition and construction project, the lowest bid for the sheriff’s HQ came in at $4.2 million, with the sheriff gaining 9,000 more square feet in the bargain, for a total of 35,000 square feet.

Big Sugar Turns to Mass Development, Potentially Affecting Everglades Restoreation Efforts

| September 17, 2014

Environmental groups around the state are alarmed at U.S. Sugar’s plans to change its business model and potentially develop huge tracts of land it owns in South Florida, which might affect Everglades restoration efforts.

Discount Tire Store Construction Near Panera Abruptly Halted; Palm Coast Says It Had Nothing To Do With It

| February 4, 2014

Discount Tire is not explaining why it decided to stop construction on its planned store next to Panera Bread on SR100. The decision startled the city, which insists it had nothing to do with it.

County Rejects Donations of Flagler Estates Lots, Seeing No Public Purpose in Acquisition

| December 2, 2013

A divided commission rejected the proposal, 3-2, with Nate McLaughlin leading an adamant opposition that showed no interest in bailing out private property owners who made poor investments, or setting the county on a course that has no clear objective.

In Startling Confrontations, DeLorenzo Takes On Palm Coast’s Jim Landon–and Impact Fees

| October 30, 2012

Palm Coast City Council member Jason DeLorenzo on Tuesday questioned the veracity of City Manager Jim Landon’s numbers and his “backroom” style while making the case for a two-year moratorium for impact fees on new construction in the city in a rare, direct and sustained public challenge to the assuming city manager.

As Expected, Flagler County Suspends $1,707-a-Home Building Tax for 2 Years

| October 1, 2012

The county’s moratorium is relatively small, but Flagler’s chamber of commerce and its home builders association hope to get the school board to approve a moratorium next, then move to Palm Coast, where impact fees add up to $15,270.

As Flagler Governments Consider Impact Fee Cut, Evidence of Economic Benefit Is Slim

| September 30, 2012

Builders and developers want the Flagler school board and Flagler County to cut impact fees–the one-time tax on construction–saying it’ll help the economy grow. But plenty of evidence says it won’t, while Flagler residents still reel from low values and empty houses that more new houses won’t help.

Impact Fees: What They Are, Who Pays Them, How Much They Pay

| September 30, 2012

Whether you call them impact fees, taxes or hidden taxes, they’re a Florida and Flagler County reality. An explanation and definition of impact fees with a local rate schedule by city and county.

After 22 Years of Mostly Broken Promises, County Stops Hunter’s Ridge Development

| August 20, 2012

The Flagler County Commission voted unanimously to stop all permitting on the 5,000-acre development that has yet to go beyond promises, while its developer has failed to meet a laundry list of county demands and requirements.

Palm Coast Warns of Unlicensed Contractors Soliciting Local Work

| August 7, 2012

The Palm Coast and Flagler County administrations are warning of an increase of unlicensed business activity across the region. Working most trades without a license is against the law. Here’s how to be prepared against unlicensed contractors.

There’s Only So Much Palm Coast Government Can Do About Eyesores and Vacant Lands

| May 10, 2012

From the Palm Coast Players Club to the Sheraton/Palm Coast Resort or Sesame Island, the city has very limited legal or financial means, absent much higher taxes, to take over such properties and convert them to something residents would prefer, argues city council member Frank Meeker.

Timeline: Hammock Dunes DRI, 1982-2011

| December 20, 2011

Timeline of the Hammock Dunes development DRI from its Admiral-ITT origins through its Ginn-Luber Adler ownership and disputes with the Flagler County Commission.

Florida Hospital Flagler Breaks Ground on $15 Million Satellite Near Palm Coast Parkway

| September 28, 2011

The 34,000 square foot medical plaza in Cobblestone Village near Walmart will give Florida Hospital Flagler an imprint on the northern side of town and add between 15 and 25 jobs by next summer.

Scott Signs Development Bill That Virtually Eliminates State Oversight of Local Planning

| June 2, 2011

Local governments will get to decide how and where to grwo with little or no interference from the state growth-management regulators, whose role is now severely limited.

New Home Sales Rebound From Record Low, But Sales Still 22% Lower Than Last Year

| April 25, 2011

March new home sales post an 11 percent increase over February, but February had posted a record low, and March’s 300,000 sales volume is still 22 percent below sales in March 2010.

St. Johns Raises Impact Fees on Residential Construction, Decreases Them on Commercial

| March 7, 2011

St. John’s decision to raise impact fees on residential construction contrasts sharply with discussions in Flagler, where developers and some elected officials want a moratorium on fees. Flagler’s fees are considerably lower than St. John’s.

Impact Fee Challenges in Florida: Legislature Moving to Neutralize Local Governments

| February 23, 2011

Local governments are challenging a 2009 law they consider an unfunded mandate that shifts the burden of proof from developers to governments in impact fee challenges. In a boon for developers, lawmakers are rewriting the law to make it challenge-proof.

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