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New Power Lines Drawn as Flagler Beach Commission Bids Baker and Feind Farewell

| February 9, 2012

With Joy McGrew seated as a commissioner and Linda Provencher as mayor, Jane Mealy was elected chairman for the second time in her tenure on the commission, beating back a challenge from Steve Settle, who was picked as vice-chairman.

John Feind Is Leaving After 8 Years; Joy McGrew and Sandra Mason In the Race

| November 19, 2011

When it convenes in February, the Flagler Beach City Commission will look vastly different than it did just a year ago, with three of its commission seats and the mayor’s seat having turned over, but the four candidates running for a commission seat and the mayor’s seat are not quite newcomers.

Alice Baker Stepping Down in Flagler Beach, Feind May Follow, Joy McGrew Wants Back In

| November 15, 2011

Flagler Beach’s next election is scheduled for Jan. 31 to coincide with the presidential primary and save money. The mayor’s seat has drawn three candidates. One commission seat is up.

Seawall Soul-Searching and Yet More Muddles Over Alternatives in Flagler Beach

| October 14, 2011

The Flagler Beach City Commission shelved state transportation dollars that would have refurbished the seawall along 13th Street and skirted around discussions of alternatives to beach-saving in confusing motions Thursday.

Bruce Campbell Appointed Flagler Beach Manager, 5-0, Ending 18-Month Spectacle

| October 13, 2011

With Commission Chairman John Feind switching from opposition to endorsement, Bruce Campbell was finally given the permanent job, unanimously, a year and a half after the city began its search for Bernie Murphy’s replacement.

Acting Time May Be Over in Flagler Beach As Commission Takes Up Manager’s Fate

| October 8, 2011

It’s been nine months since Bruce Campbell started as actingcity manager, making it the longest job interview in memory for any local government executive. The wait appears to be over as two commissioners who’ve opposed his permanent appointment so far face a reckoning next Thursday.

In Flagler Beach, Anger and Hyperbole Over an Acting Manager’s Half-Year Limbo

| July 17, 2011

Bruce Campbell has been in the job as acting manager since Jan. 2, a seven-month job interview unlikely to end until September, if then, as a deadlocked city commission battles messy politics and personalities.

Flagler Beach Eyes Reserves and
More Taxes to Make Up Latest Revenue Loss

| May 25, 2011

Flagler Beach has raised taxes for three successive years to make up for falling revenue from collapsing property values. It has a relatively large $3 million reserve, which it will likely use in combination with another tax hike to balance next year’s budget.

Flagler Beach’s Steve Settle Will Again Attempt to Appoint Bruce Campbell Manager

| April 12, 2011

Settle has three votes to make Bruce Campbell’s appointment permanent as Flagler Beach city manager. He needs four when he makes his proposal Thursday. Commissioners Jane Mealy and John Feind are mum.

New Flagler Beach Commission Is Seated–and Pier Restaurant Deal Almost Unravels

| March 11, 2011

Unexpected discussion about breaking the bait and tackle shop at the pier out of the restaurant lease, and inviting others to bid for running it, almost demolished months of negotiations over the restaurant lease.

Flagler Beach and Willing Investor Still Not Moored to New Pier Restaurant Lease

| February 3, 2011

Raymond Barshay and Flagler Beach Commissioners are at odds over the fate of the bait and tackle shop, which has been attached to the Pier Restaurant. They’re at odds over several other issues. But they’re still talking.

Bruce Campbell to Remain Flagler Beach’s Manager Until At Least Early Summer

| January 27, 2011

Taking the kind of decisive inaction it’s famous for, the city commission turned back an attempt by Commissioner Jane Mealy to stick by the commission’s pledge last year to discuss the issue in January.

Shunning Hometown Favorites, Flagler Beach Names Scott Janke Frontrunner for Manager

| September 13, 2010

Scott Janke is the former town manager in Fort Myers Beach, where he was fired last year, through no fault of his own, when his wife was outed as a porn star. They’ve been separated almost a year.

A More Settled Flagler Beach Commission Makes Up and Nearly Kisses Over Fracture

| August 6, 2010

The dispute between commissioners Jane Mealy and Steve Settle was channeled into a more constructive discussion of the limits of commissioners’ administrative meddling.


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