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Greg Hansen Sworn-In, Completing Historic Republican Sweep of County Commission

| January 23, 2017

Greg Hansen will fill the 22 months remaining on the term of the late Frank Meeker, a Republican who was often at war with the brand of local Republicans Hansen sympathizes with.

Gov. Scott Appoints Greg Hansen, Local GOP Activist, to Frank Meeker’s County Commission Seat

| January 13, 2017

Greg Hansen, 70, will fill the remaining year and a half on the late Frank Meeker’s term. He outflanked other local favorites who had included Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts and Larry Jones, an ally of County Administrator Craig Coffey.

Late Commissioner Frank Meeker’s Photo Is Cover Art for 2017 State Association Calendar

| December 6, 2016

A stunning image of a tiger swallowtail on a Florida flame azalea taken by the late Flagler County Commissioner Frank Meeker graces the Florida Association of Counties 2017 calendar cover.

Gov. Scott on Frank Meeker’s Commission Seat Replacement: “We’re Working On It”

| November 7, 2016

Ten men, all Republicans, applied in the 107 days that have elapsed since Commissioner Frank meeker’s death. Rep. Paul Renner says he expects an appointment in late November or early December.

Carnage Embroidered in Pink Hope at Flag-Raising for Breast-Cancer Awareness

| October 3, 2016

Flagler County Fire Rescue had coated an entire firetruck in pink to mark the month-long Pink Army campaign, aimed at raising money and awareness for breast-cancer prevention, detection and research.

Palm Coast and Flagler County Compete on Soccer Fields Over Frank Meeker’s Memory

| September 13, 2016

The late County Commissioner Frank Meeker, who died in July, had also served on the Palm Coast City Council, so both governments will have separate memorials to his memory on soccer fields at opposite ends of town.

Flagler Veterans Court Pitch Framed in Crude Attack on Court System by DeSantis Envoy

| August 17, 2016

Randall Stapleford, a part-time staffer for Rep. Ron DeSantis, questioned the veracity of a Flagler County judge and leveled repeated attacks at Chief Judge Terence Perkins for allegedly delaying information related to a potential veterans court during a Flagler County Commission workshop Monday.

5 Names Emerge as Maneuvering for Governor’s Appointment for Meeker’s Commission Seat Intensifies

| August 2, 2016

David Alfin, Ed Fuller, Howard Holley, Jon Netts and Patrick Kelly are all confirmed likely applicants to Frank Meeker’s county commission seat, while Milissa Holland, Gail Wadsworth, Garry Lubi and Jim Ulsamer have ruled it out.

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.

Missing Frank Meeker

| July 28, 2016

Some elected officials leave a much bigger void than others when they die in office. Flagler County Commissioner Frank Meeker’s loss an interrupted legacy that was just hitting its stride.

Frank Meeker, County Commission Workhorse and Tenacious Optimist, Is Dead at 61

| July 22, 2016

Meeker had been in and out of the hospital battling cancer the last few weeks, and was in the hospital this week as his condition worsened. He was moved to hospice overnight and died around 6 a.m.

Tables Turn on Dennis McDonald as Ethics Commission Investigates Assets Disclosures

| July 7, 2016

Flagler County Commissioner Frank Meeker, saying he’s had enough, filed complaints against both Dennis McDonald and his wife, Janet, a school board member, alleging that they have not properly disclosed property and other assets they own.

Against 1 Objection, Flagler Commissioners Want to Increase Their Travel Budget 184%

| May 19, 2016

Commissioner Barbara Revels called the proposed increase “obscene,” but Frank Meekera and Nate McLaughlin kept pressing for it–increasing the budget from $15,885 to $45,000 for the five commissioners.

Ethics Commission Tosses 5 More Complaints Against County Officials, from Weeks Era

| April 20, 2016

The Florida Ethics Commission threw out complaints against four of the five Flagler County commissioners and County Attorney Al Hadeed in the latest sweep of what has been a drizzle of frivolous complaints against county officials.

County Commission Retreats From Joint Meeting With Palm Coast Council on EMS

| April 5, 2016

After appearing ready to meet with Palm Coast, county commissioners now say that between election turn-over and the absence of a crisis, there’s no need to meet over ambulance issues.

Celebrated Emergency Services Chief Kevin Guthrie Resigns, Jolting Commissioners

| February 1, 2016

Kevin Guthrie headed the county’s emergency services division since late 2013 to mostly rave reviews, but frustrations with the county administration may have led to his decision to leave.

Elections Commission Tosses 3 More Claims Against Flagler Officials as County Fires Back

| December 1, 2015

The Florida Elections Commission voted to dismiss three elections complaints against Flagler Commissioners Frank Meeker and Nate McLaughlin as the county administration filed another petition to seek attorneys’ fees in related complaints.

Citing “Blasphemy,” “Libel” and “Smears,” County Will Seek Legal Fees From Attackers

| November 2, 2015

In an extraordinary move, county government approved County Attorney Hadeed’s request to pursue John Ruffalo and Dennis McDonald for fees resulting from the two men’s invalidated ethics commission complaints.

At Pink Army Flag-Raising, a Shaved Head Attests to Cancer’s Ravages, and Hopes

| October 5, 2015

The breast-cancer awareness flag-raising marks the beginning of a series of fund-raising events in Flagler and Palm Coast. It featured Commissioner Frank Meeker, barely out of his own battle through chemotherapy and colon cancer.

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.

Portuguese Secretary of State José Cesário Marks Palm Coast Opening of Honorary Consulate

| August 26, 2015

Thanks to its huge Portuguese community, Palm Coast now has the distinction of having one of just two such honorary consulates with full administrative powers.

Princess Place Saved Again: Flagler Pulls Extreme Race Out of Preserve and Looks Elsewhere

| August 23, 2015

County Administrator Craig Coffey, conceding to the outpouring of opposition to holding such a race at the preserve—and to a majority of county commissioners’ categorical opposition to the event there—informed commissioners Sunday that the race would be pulled.

For Fire Chief Don Petito, a Family Matter Escalates Into Confrontations and Complaints

| August 18, 2015

Don Petito was seeking to help his father move out of a house when a deputy forbade either to enter the house, causing the fire chief to become “very animated,” in his own words.

Palm Coast’s Jim Landon Retaliates Against County in Series of Accusations, Then Says Conflict Is All But Resolved

| June 18, 2015

Landon put the city’s trust of the county in question, implied the county runs a less professional organization than the city, accused the county of deceiving a state agency, and accused the county manager of using bullying tactics before conceding that all is just about well between the two sides.

Two Months Late, Salamander Makes $250,000 Payment That Induced Hammock Beach Hotel Agreement

| May 8, 2015

The payment is part of the $500,000 Salamander agreed to pay for better public beach access in exchange for county approval of a 198-room beachfront hotel at Hammock Beach Resort.

Recovering From Major Cancer Surgery, County Chairman Meeker Addresses REC Expulsion

| April 10, 2015

The Flagler County Republican Executive Committee’s expulsion of County Commission Chairman Frank Meeker may not be legal, and reflect the REC’s intention to put clubbish concerns ahead of county interests.

Echoing Advocates, Flagler Commission Unanimously Approves Sea Ray’s Parking Lot Expansion

| March 16, 2015

The vote was a victory for the Brunswick Corp.’s Sea Ray manufacturing plant, the unanimity of the vote was a victory for the county’s business establishment, though opponents had voiced concerns about the company’s existing pollutants and its future plans.

Vacation Rental Company Sues Flagler County Two Weeks After Regulations Are Approved

| March 6, 2015

Steven Milo, head of Vacation Rental Pros, sued the Flagler County Commission, an eight-count action that alleges property, privacy and equal protection rights violations.

Ending Long Fight, County Approves Short-Term Rental Regulations–With Grandfather Clause

| February 19, 2015

New rules limit short-term rental homes to 10 overnight occupants, and require inspections and a certification process, ending a three-year effort by the county to change state law and enable the commission to regulate the industry.

Craig Coffey’s $15,000 Raise Request: An Insult to Public Employees at Taxpayers’ Expense

| December 30, 2014

The insult wasn’t just Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey’s Christmas tithing to himself. It was the way he and his administration went about it, and the way three county commissioners played along.

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