The Flagler Beach City Commission cited costs and its own ready water supply as reasons to drop out of the Coquina desalination consortium.
Hopes for a desalination plant are down to whether Palm Coast can bear the burden of mounting costs mostly by itself as other governments drop out of the colossally expensive consortium.
The bypass would accommodate a traffic surge from a Palm Coast development but might also accelerate Bunnell’s decline.
City government officials have kept mum for a year since foreclosure proceedings began on much of the 167,000-square-foot development.
The city’s money pots face severe revenue shortfalls that are, for now, being offset by dips into reserves and severe spending cuts.