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Bunnell’s Charter Review Panel Submits 7 Amendments that May Go To Voters in March

| October 12, 2018

The proposed amendments commissioners facing criminal charges, commissioners’ pay, the city manager’s geographical residential requirement, and who may serve on the charter committee, among others.

Bunnell Selects Self-Proclaimed Economic Development Guru Alvin Jackson as Manager

| August 28, 2018

Alvin Jackson was the only candidate interviewed twice. His first interview turned off commissioners for being too flashy. His second was calmer, and he’d schmoozed commissioners behind the scenes.

Fearing Lawsuit, a Commissioner Questions Streaming Government Meetings

| July 23, 2018

A deputy clerk in Bunnell and a city commissioners wanted to end streaming government meetings from fear of getting sued until the city attorney saw an overreaction.

Growing Rift as Bunnell Commission Lowers Standards in Renewed Search for City Manager

| July 17, 2018

The Bunnell commission will again advertise for a city manager after failing to agree on a candidate last month, and will now make a master’s degree optional for applicants.

Martin Tucker, Rancher and Bulwark of Pioneering West Flagler Family, Dies at 70

| July 13, 2018

Leslie Martin Tucker Jr., father of School Board Chairman Trevor Tucker, cousin of Bunnell Commissioner Elbert Tucker, rancher and owner of Sun Country Pest Control, died Wednesday.

Bunnell to Prospective Manager: “Not A Penny More” Than $80,000, and Thursday Deadline

| July 3, 2018

It was not the friendliest of negotiations with Martin Murphy, the New York planner whose demands had rubbed some commissioners the wrong way.

Bunnell’s Manager Candidate Wants $10,000 More Than City Is Offering, Plus Extra Benefits

| July 2, 2018

Martin Murphy, who’s negotiating to be Bunnell’s next city manager, wants $90,000 rather than $80,000, plus 33 days of leave time instead of 28, and health benefits starting immediately rather than in three months.

Bunnell Manager Interviews: Some Drop Out, Some Stand Out Some Evoke Testy Memories

| June 19, 2018

The Bunnell commission interviewed ex-Bunnell Manager Lyndon Bonner and Martin Murphy Monday, and began taking up positions on narrowing the list of four remaining candidates.

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.

Bunnell Manager Dan Davis Placed on 6-Month Probation After Barrage of Criticism From Commissioners

| October 24, 2017

Four of the five Bunnell city commissioners criticized Davis for his leadership style, his “demeaning” of employees or even commissioners, his lack of communications, but granted him a final reprieve.

After Years of Resistance, County May Finally Absorb Bunnell Fire Department In Expansion

| August 28, 2017

Bunnell government appears ready to cede its fire department’s property to the county, which is expanding its ambulance service from seven to eight 24-hour rigs, and would so so in Bunnell.

Beating Palm Coast and Flagler Beach, County Will Be 1st to Welcome Pot Dispensaries; Bunnell May Ban Them

| August 18, 2017

The Flagler County Commission is expected to approve opening the county to medical pot dispensaries Monday, becoming the first local government formally to do so.

Craig Coffey, Jim Landon, Now Dan Davis: For 3rd Time in 2 Years, Top Manager’s Raise Request Is Rebuffed

| January 12, 2017

Bunnell’s Dan Davis this week joined Palm Coast’s Jim Landon and Flagler’s Craig Coffey, all of whose elected boards rejected their raise requests in the past two years, though Davis and Coffey still got smaller raises.

Bunnell Manager Dan Davis Gets Mixed Reviews on 1st Evaluation, With Concerns About Communication

| January 6, 2017

Depending on which of the Bunnell City Commission’s members you ask, City Manager Dan Davis is doing either an outstanding job, a satisfactory job, or a job that needs improvement.

Bunnell Fire Chief Derek Fraser Will Resign, Reviving Talk of Department’s Future

| January 5, 2017

Derek Fraser worked for Bunnell for 25 years, nine of them as fire chief. In August he was put out for having to defend his job and his department before the city commission. A commissioner’s proposal to abolish the fire department is still on the table.

With an Election Looming, Bunnell Commission Rebuffs Request to Raise Its Salaries Back Up

| November 29, 2016

Commissioner Bill Baxley’s proposal to raise salaries cut in 2014 back up to $9,600 a year got no support from a commission with two members–John Rogers and Bonita Robinson–running for re-election in March.

For Bunnell’s Tucker, Sharp Loss on Firehouse Consolidation Signals Return to Minority

| August 23, 2016

Bunnell Commissioner Elbert Tucker’s proposal to fold the Bunnell Fire Department into the county and shift savings to the city’s police department was rebuked Monday, and Tucker’s role on the commission appears to return to where it had been years ago: as a dissenter.

Bill Baxley and Elbert Tucker Win Big in Bunnell, Trump and Clinton Win Flagler and Florida

| March 15, 2016

There were ballot problems in one precinct in Palm Coast, where voters were handed the Bunnell ballot, but not in large enough numbers to alter the results.

Three Vying for 2 Seats on Bunnell Commission Take On Policing, Code Enforcement and Pot

| March 8, 2016

Incumbents Bill Baxley and Elbert Tucker and challenger Jan Reeger appeared Monday in the only candidate forum ahead of the March 15 election, responding to a range of questions that showed them more in agreement than in opposition.

Bunnell Mayor Robinson Again Re-Elected Unopposed; 3 Vie for 2 Commission Seats

| January 14, 2016

Bunnell Mayor Catherine Robinson was reelected without opposition for the third straight time. Incumbents Elbert Tucker and Bill Baxley will be joined by Jan Reeger for the March 15 contest. Two of the three will win election.

Ex-Clerk Dan Davis Is Appointed City Manager in Bunnell in 3-2 Vote, Ending Swift Course

| December 7, 2015

The Bunnell city commission took less than a month from the time Larry Williams announced his resignation, looking internally and choosing from three candidates. Davis had been the deputy clerk after a much-publicized angry resignation two and a half years ago.

Setting Special Meeting, Bunnell May Haggle Over Next Manager’s Pay and Qualifications

| November 16, 2015

There is some division within the Bunnell commission over the qualifications of the next manager and whether to appoint an interim meanwhile, risking the commission’s hard-won cohesion of the past year.

Shocking Commissioners, Bunnell Manager Larry Williams Resigns, Saying His Job is Done

| November 3, 2015

Two years after he was hired , Larry Williams announced his resignation effective in 60 days, saying he’d accomplished all he wanted to and that he’d lost the adrenaline rush even though the city and the commission are working smoothly.

Offered a Chance at a Small Pay Raise, Split Bunnell Commissioners Decline

| September 29, 2015

In 2014 Bunnell commissioners took a 10% pay cut. Monday they could have raised their pay back up 3.8%. A 2-2 vote meant the proposal failed, with Mayor Catherine Robinson and Commissioner Elbert Tucker voting against the raise.

“Security” Gains Ridiculed as Bunnell Agrees To 1-Way Traffic in Front of Sheriff’s New HQ

| September 15, 2015

“You can still buy fertilizer, you can still buy diesel fuel, you can still rent a truck,” Commissioner Tucker said, evoking the ease of blowing up buildings.

Police Badge More Than “Just a Trinket Or Souvenir”: Sheriff and Bunnell Deny Ex-Cop

| April 13, 2015

When David Barbee, who’d worked with the Flagler sheriff’s office and the Bunnell Police Department for a badge and retirement ID–though he did not retire from either agency–he was denied from both agencies. He is protesting the decision to the Bunnell commission tonight.

No Racism Here: EEOC Dismisses Ex-City Manager Martinez’s Complaint Against Bunnell

| March 19, 2015

Armando Martinez alleged that Bunnell ended his contract in 2013 because it didn’t want a Hispanic individual in that position. He has until mid-June to file a lawsuit against the city.

Welcome Home, Bunnell: City Celebrates Its New Digs After Five Years’ Squatting

| October 22, 2014

The four-building, $600,000 Bunnell City Hall complex has more space than the city knows what to do with, but acquired at a tenth the price it might have had to pay had it moved into the old county courthouse.

Citing Racism, Ex-Manager Armando Martinez Files Discrimination Charge Against Bunnell

| September 30, 2014

Armando Martinez charges that when Bunnell Commissioner Elbert Tucker spoke of not wanting another manager from Miami, he was discriminating against Martinez’s Cuban heritage. Tucker says he was merely opposing hiring another big-city manager.

Bunnell Eliminates 40% Of Police Department as Part of Wider Cost-Cuts and Lay-Offs

| July 29, 2014

Seeking to cut an $800,000 deficit that represents a fifth of the city’s budget, the Bunnell City Commission Monday cut its commission salaries by 10 percent, eliminated its grants department and laid off staff that have been mainstays of the Bunnell administration and police department over the years.

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