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Varn Park Will Close Until April 15 For $476,000 Renovations Thanks to Scenic A1A Grant

| December 5, 2014

The federal National Scenic Byways grant was the largest of just three such awards in Florida, and will have a $140,000 match from Flagler County.

Deficit Be Damned: Palm Coast Golf Course Springs for $200,000 Golf Cart Lease

| September 12, 2013

The golf cart lease the Palm Coast City Council was suddenly faced with comes after the council learned that the city’s golf course has yet to break even after four years, though they were not reminded of a $1 million expense the city shelled out for the course in 2009 that was due to be repaid to the city with course profits, but never has been.

Palm Coast Looking to Other Cities for Guidance on Storefront Gambling Regulations

| June 1, 2011

The Palm Coast City Council is all for stopping new storefront casino-type “internet cafes” for six months, but is less clear on whether, and how, to regulate them beyond that.

Palm Coast Imposes 6-Month Moratorium on Gambling Halls Proliferating as “Internet Cafes”

| May 18, 2011

Palm Coast has six months to figure out how and whether to regulate the gambling joints, seven of which are open in the city, with four more allowed in soon. The city has no data that the joints are causing crime.

Reserves and Stratagems All Spent, Palm Coast Faces Up to Higher Taxes and More Cuts

| May 10, 2011

Palm Coast lost $3 million in revenue last year by refusing to raise taxes. It’s about to lose close to $2 million more. The administration and the council are preparing taxpayers for a tax increase–or crippling cuts.

For Palm Coast, Community Centers Are “Pie in the Sky” But City Hall Hovers Closer

| March 29, 2011

The city council says there’s no money for ambitious, long-range plans for community centers it discussed on Tuesday, although at previous meetings it never disputed the availability of $10 million for a new city hall.

$75-an-Hour Fee Wrecks on Council Shoals As Beach Clean-Up Plan Is Rejected Again

| February 16, 2011

In a 4-3 vote, the Flagler County Tourist Development Council turned back a $15,000 request for beach clean-ups by the Friends of A1A Scenic and Historical Byway group. The group’s third try in four months is its last.

Palm Coast Largely Rejects County’s Economic Development Track, Including New Tax

| January 25, 2011

Ahead of Jan. 31’s countywide summit on economic development, Palm Coast is saying no to a new sales tax, no to a common pot that limits Palm Coast’s influence, and no to a new economic development council.

Postcard-Size Economic Development: Palm Coast’s Plea to Absentee Property Owners

| January 12, 2011

The city administration is planning to send postcards to owners of some 18,000 empty lots and 5,400 empty homes as a step to reviving the real estate market, though the city’s development policy is at cross-purposes with filling those empty lots.

Council Slams Enterprise Flagler’s Camouflage, Casting Doubt on “Development” Tax

| August 10, 2010

The economic development agency that devours taxpayer dollars year after year hasn’t produced a report in years showing what it’s accomplished. Elected officials are tiring of the mystery.

Laying Off Employees, Palm Coast Is Set to Pay at Least $83,000 for One School Deputy

| August 4, 2010

The school deputy Palm Coast is paying for is a way to get four other extra deputies on Palm Coast’s streets for large portions of the year–at the schools’ expense.

Palm Coast Goals: No Tax Hike, 8-10% Cuts, 10-15 Jobs Gone; City Hall Plans Unscathed

| July 23, 2010

The Palm Coast City Council wants to keep property taxes the same, compensating for revenue with fees, fines, loans and reserves, and still build a new city hall.

Conservation in Contempt: How Palm Coast Opened the Way to Urbanizing Bulow Creek

| July 11, 2010

Under the guise of having to rezone land it recently annexed, the Palm Coast City Council enabled the highest-density zoning possible in the sensitive Bulow Creek watershed.

Tourism Panel Clears Half-Step Toward Palm Coast Arts Foundation Center, But Questions Persist

| June 30, 2010

A $50,000 study is recommended for the smaller scale of a grand plan for the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s arts, culture and conference center in Town Center.


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