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Déjà Vu All Over Again at Flagler Beach Golf Course as City Grants Yet Another Probation

| September 7, 2018

Even though the city commission found a golf management company in default of its lease, the commission offered yet another conditional set of terms to make the nine-hole golf course work.

Flagler Beach Offers City Manager Newsom 30% Raise, to $120,000; He’d Asked for 7%

| August 8, 2017

City Manager Larry Newsom would get a $28,500 raise–assuming he can make the numbers work in a budget that also calls for a 4 percent across the board raise for employees and other wishes.

Hypocrites on Crack

| July 13, 2017

Thursday evening, Flagler Beach Commissioners Jane Mealy, Marshall Shupe and Joy McGrew flipped off voters and voted for a prohibition on medical pot dispensaries.

Revealing Look at How Flagler Beach Commission, in Closed-Door Meeting, Settled Wrongful Arrest Claim

| March 9, 2017

Vassili Mironov had sued the Flagler Beach Police Department for $89,000 after his arrest at Finns for a fight he says he did not start. He got $6,000 in a settlement that revealed how divided city commissioners arrived at their 3-2 vote.

County Commission Chairman Nate McLaughlin Apologizes to Flagler Beach Officials Over Interference

| January 26, 2017

Commissioner Nate McLaughlin apologized in person to Flagler Beach City Manager Larry Newsom and City Commissioners Jane Mealy and Marshall Shupe over comments he claimed were misconstrued.

Why Is the County Chairman Meddling in Flagler Beach’s Business, and Why Was Flagler Beach’s Manager Job-Hunting in Bunnell?

| January 25, 2017

Flagler Beach officials were perplexed and angered by County Commission Chairman Nate McLaughlin’s apparent interference in their city manager’s–and their city’s–business at a time when county and city are trying to work out difficult issues.

Rift Opens Between County and Flagler Beach Over Dunes Fix; County Depletes TDC Fund

| January 23, 2017

Flagler County commissioners agreed today to deplete a $1.5 million fund for beach management as part of a match to draw down state dollars, but none of the money would benefit Flagler Beach, angering officials there.

Controversy Long Over, Flagler Beach Finally Gets Its $568,000 “Quint” Fire Truck

| January 28, 2016

The truck purchase inflamed many a confrontation among Flagler Beach city commissioners and embroiled the city’s fire department in a nearly year-long battle to secure it.

As Palm Coast Groans Over Its Anemic Golf Course, Flagler Beach Wants One Of Its Own

| April 24, 2015

the Flagler Beach City Commission will look to buy the last 3 acres within the old Ocean Palm Golf Club at the south end of town and look to return the whole parcel to a golf operation through a lease with a private company, assuming one can shoulder the task.

Despite Big Economic Impact, Flagler Beach Mostly Snubs Groundbreaking to Double Gamble Rogers Park’s Camping Sites

| October 16, 2014

There were more top state and county officials than Flagler Beach officials at today’s groudbreaking at Gamble Rogers State Park, an echo of the city’s failed attempt to change the name of the recreation area back to Flagler Beach last month.

Flagler Beach Holds an Election and Nobody Shows: Kim Carney and Marshall Shupe Are Re-Elected Without Opposition

| January 16, 2014

It is the second successive election cycle in which Flagler Beach commissioners have drawn no opposition. Last year Jane Mealy and Steve Settle were re-elected automatically. Kim Carney and Marshall Shupe were first elected three years ago.

Shupe and Carney Clash as Fire Merger Referendum Proposal Enflames Flagler Beach Commission

| May 24, 2013

Flagler Beach City Commissioner Marshall Shupe questioned fellow-Commissioner Kim Carney’s honesty over talks with county officials on a potential fire department merger after Commissioner Joy McGrew proposed handing the matter to voters next March in a citywide referendum.

Flagler Beach Bats Down Fire Department Consolidation, Agreeing Only to Ask Questions

| May 9, 2013

Flagler Beach Commissioner Kim Carney’s proposal to formally ask the county for information on possible consolidation got no support but was replaced by a watered-down agreement to “ask questions” and have them answered by City Manager Bruce Campbell, through meetings with the county if necessary.

Flagler Beach’s Opposition to Fire Department Consolidation Costing Taxpayers $200K a Year

| May 4, 2013

Consolidating the Flagler Beach Fire Department with the county’s would save $200,000 and vastly improve fire and rescue services in the city, argues Rick Belhumeur, yet the Flagler Beach City Commission has consistently scuttled debate on the issue while pretending to invite residents to offer cost-saving ideas.

Flagler Beach Snuffs Out Discussion of Combining Fire Department With County

| April 26, 2013

Flagler Beach City Commissioner had placed a discussion of consolidating fire departments on the agenda of Thursday’s meeting, only to have City Manager Bruce Campbell pull the item. Carney put the commission on notice that she wasn’t done.

As Flagler Beach Asks for Hand-Outs, A Commissioner Asks for Employee Raises

| December 13, 2012

Flagler Beach City Commissioner Marshall Shupe proposed a mid-year raise or a $500 bonus for employees. Three commissioners rejected the idea, citing process and timing, including the recent lay-off of some employees. They could have also cited Flagler Beach’s hat-in-hand requests for money from the county'[s tourism council and from Palm Coast.

With Fire Chief’s Job Teetering, Flagler Beach Commission Splits Over Ethics and Dysfunction

| July 10, 2012

In a special meeting prompted by a controversy over unauthorized fire department trips to fire truck manufacturers, the city commission Tuesday agreed to rewrite some of its ethics guidelines, but a proposal to turn commissioners into whistle-blowers is facing resistance.

In Flagler Beach, a Clash of Authority Entangles The Manager, Fire Chief and Commissioners

| July 3, 2012

The controversy over all-expenses-paid trip Fire Chief Martin Roberts and others took to investigate fire trucks is bringing to light a more serious conflict over City Manager Bruce Campbell’s authority, and the city commission’s habit of meddling directly with city department heads, over Campbell’s.

Flagler Beach City Commission Election: 3 Candidates Mostly of 1 Mind for 2 Open Seats

| February 28, 2011

Phil Busch, Kim Carney and Marshall Shupe, candidates for the Flagler Beach City Commission election on March 8, more or less agree on most issues, making the race mostly a matter of personalities.

Flagler Beach City Commission Candidates Down to 3 As Jamie NeJame Withdraws

| January 30, 2011

Jamie NeJame’s last minute withdrawal from the March 8 election increases chances for Phil Busch, Kim Carney and Marshall Shupe, who are vying for the two seats being vacated by Ron Vath and Joy McGrew.

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