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Between Mass Shootings and ‘Overkill,’ Flagler’s Elections Office Will Add New Security Barriers

| August 5, 2019

Flagler Elections Supervisor asked for and received $15,300 from the county commission to build glass partitions separating her front-desk staff and another area in the office from the public.

Flagler’s 4 Mayors and a Commission Chairman Boast of Renewed Energy and Problem-Solving

| July 25, 2019

Mayors and the county commission chairman speak as if clouds have lifted and new sources of energy are driving their organizations–resolving chronic controversies and problems, reinvigorating economic plans, even cleaning house, especially in Palm Coast’s administration.

Clerk of Court Bexley Offers 1,000 Extra Square Feet for Sheriff’s Uses, 4,000 Short of County’s Request

| July 24, 2019

Clerk of Court’s “final offer” consists of 1,000 additional square feet of space for use by sheriff’s personnel at the courthouse, enlarging and segregating the zone used by the agency’s detectives.

Breakthrough In the Works as Court Clerk Bexley Proposes ‘Generous’ Plan for Sheriff’s Space at Courthouse

| July 22, 2019

Clerk of Court Tom Bexley made a “Final offer” to the county, proposing new space at the courthouse for the sheriff’s office, potentially ending what had been heading for a legal confrontation between the clerk and the county, and resolving a serious space issue for the sheriff.

What Will Tom Bexley Do? Ultimatum Clock Stops as He Calls For Key Meeting on Courthouse Impasse Monday

| July 19, 2019

In a sign of a possible breakthrough, Clerk of Court Tom Bexley called County Commission Chairman Donald O’Brien to set a Monday meeting and discuss the county’s ultimatum for a space study and more space for the sheriff at the courthouse.

County Will take Back Control of All Plans and Construction for Captain’s at Bing’s in Major Concession to Hammock Group

| June 3, 2019

Captain’s BBQ at Bing’s will not get to build its own, larger building as the County Commission today voted to take over all future plans, whether to repair the existing structure or build a new, smaller one.

County Commission Steps Back From Creating Sheriff’s Building ‘Task Force,’ Opting
For More Workshops

| January 14, 2019

The Flagler County Commission today took no more decisive action on the Sheriff’s Operations Center than to hold more workshop sometime in the future, though none was scheduled.

Help Wanted: Flagler County Seeking Interim Manager and Hoping to Stave Off Exodus

| January 14, 2019

Deputy County Administrator Sally Sherman will lead the county’s administration for the next two weeks as the commission searches for an interim, before launching into a search for a permanent replacement for Craig Coffey.

Resignations of Key Loyalists Give Administrator Coffey ‘Pause’ About His Plan to Resign

| January 9, 2019

County Administrator Craig Coffey’s announcement that he was resigning was followed by that of Sally Sherman, his deputy, and Joe Mayer, HR director, and changed Coffey’s own course.

Is Craig Coffey Getting Fired?
Word of His Demise May Be Premature.

| November 28, 2018

Newly-elected Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins has pledged to fire Administrator Craig Coffey, and may try to do so at Monday’s meeting, but the outcome is anything but certain.

Protesters Gather at Bing’s Landing, But Captain’s BBQ Owner Willing To ‘Hit the Drawing Board Again’

| November 26, 2018

The hastily-arranged protest outside Bing’s Landing Sunday drew between two and three dozen people looking to challenge Flagler County government’s new lease with Captain’s BBQ.

Ambition and Pledges of Openness Frame Swearings-In at County Commission and Palm Coast Council

| November 20, 2018

Joe Mullins was sworn-in as a county commissioner and Donald O’Brien elected chairman while Jack Howell and Eddie Branquinho took their seats on the Palm Coast council today.

Flagler Commissioner Donald O’Brien Named to Florida Association of Counties’ Board of Directors

| September 4, 2018

O’Brien has forged an independent path on the commission, focusing on strict financial oversight. The statewide Florida Association of Counties advocates and lobbies on behalf of Florida’s 67 counties.

County Commissioners Again Can’t Agree On How Much To Raise Next Year’s Taxes

| July 9, 2018

For the third straight budget workshop, Flagler County Commissioners have been unable to agree on what property tax rate to set for next year and what to cut to get there.

Agonizing Over Tax Increase, Indecisive County Commission Defers To Administrator

| July 2, 2018

County taxes are going up no matter what, but most county commissioners, some of them in election season, have been unable to give the county administrator more than vague direction on the budget.

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.

In Reorganization, Hansen Takes County Chairmanship, Sullivan Is on Canvassing Board

| December 4, 2017

The county commission chairmanship gives Hansen added visibility during an election year, while Sullivan takes over a canvassing board position with a fraught history.

Not Dead Yet: County Must Formalize Medical Pot Ban By Ordinance, Giving Advocates Another Go

| November 28, 2017

The Flagler County Commission’s Nov. 20 vote to ban medical marijuana dispensaries was only one step: commissioners must still pass an ordinance formalizing the ban, twice, giving proponents of dispensaries another chance to make their case.

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.

O’Brien Beach-Funding Proposal Prevails, And Flagler Beach Gets $2 Million Pledge

| March 20, 2017

County Commissioner Donald O’Brien’s proposal to shift more money toward beach restoration prevailed today in a joint meeting of the County Commission and the county’s tourism board, and the county administrator pledged to allocate $2 million to Flagler Beach’s needs.

O’Brien Surprise: Commissioner Agrees To Higher Tourism Tax, But With Beach Twist

| March 6, 2017

County Commissioner Donald O’Brien today was willing to raise the county’s tourism tax to 5 percent, but to further increase revenue for beach restoration, and, for a year, lower revenue for promotions.

Commissioners Uneasy With Flagler’s Bail-Out of Agriculture Museum and New 400-Acre Park

| February 6, 2017

Flagler County government would pay off an $185,000 museum mortgage and grant it $25,000 a year while acquiring more than 400 acres of the museum’s land, calling it an “extension” of Princess Place Preserve.

Company Would Get $90,000 in County Subsidies to Build New Palm Coast Plant in Novel Incentive Approach

| December 13, 2016

Manufacturer Gioia Sales employs 42 on Palm Coast’s Hargrove Grade and would build a larger facility on Commerce Boulevard, with 10 years of subsidies from Flagler County.

Donald O’Brien, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 24, 2016

Donald O’Brien is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 3. His opponents in the Nov. 8 election is six-term incumbent George Hanns, a Democrat.

George Hanns, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 23, 2016

Six-term incumbent George Hanns is the Democratic candidate for the Flagler County Commission, District 5 seat, facing Republican Donald O’Brien in the Nov. 8 election.

David Sullivan, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 20, 2016

David Sullivan is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 3. His opponent in the Aug. 30 Republican primary is Jason France. The winner will face Democrat Barbara Revels in the Nov. 8 general election.

Barbara Revels, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 19, 2016

Barbara Revels is the two-term Democratic incumbent Flagler County Commissioner representing District 3. Currently chairing the commission, she faces Republican Dave Sullivan, a former local Republican Executive Committee chairman, in the Nov. 8 election.

Charlie Ericksen, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 18, 2016

Charlie Ericksen is a Republican incumbent candidate for the Flagler County Commission in District 1, facing Democrat Jason DeLorenzo, the Palm Coast City Council member, in the Nov. 8 election.

Jason DeLorenzo, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| October 17, 2016

Jason DeLorenzo is the Democratic candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 1. He is challenging first-term incumbent and Republican Charlie Ericksen Jr. All registered voters in Flagler may cast a ballot in this race.

Denise Calderwood, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 15, 2016

Denise Calderwood is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 3. Her opponents in the Aug. 30 Republican primary is Donald O’Brien. The winner will face Democrat incumbent George Hanns in the Nov. 8 general election.

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