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Palm Coast Council Fires City Manager Jim Landon, Ending 11-Year Tenure

| September 18, 2018

The Palm Coast City Council this morning voted 4-0 to fire City Manager Jim Landon, ending his 11-year tenure after weeks of mounting tension and clashes with the council.

Palm Coast Residents’ Stormwater Cost Will Double Over Next 6 Years and Utility Bills Increase By $30 a Month

| September 12, 2018

Palm Coast homeowners are in for big rate increases between the new water and sewer rates the council just approved and the steep new stormwater rates it is set to approve next week.

Palm Coast Council Would Rather Spare Dog Cooper’s Life. You Wouldn’t Know It
From Its Court Pleadings.

| September 10, 2018

Palm Coast’s administration is is making its decision to kill Cooper the dog synonymous with the council’s preference. But it isn’t.

Palm Coast Council and Manager Jim Landon Again Clash Sharply Over Methods and Goals

| August 29, 2018

Palm Coast Council members repeatedly and sharply criticized Manager Jim Landon over a “disconnect” between their goals and his execution, the latest in a series of increasing clashes.

In Rebuke to Landon Method, Palm Coast Mayor and Council Kill $100,000 Design for Unfunded Recreation Center

| July 18, 2018

The council had never agreed to spending large sums imagining a rec center that may not be built for years, but City Manager Jim Landon made it look as if it was an immediate priority.

‘I Don’t Need Him To Tell Me How To Hire Our Next City Manager,’ Palm Coast Mayor Says of Landon

| July 9, 2018

Though a search firm is ready to find Palm Coast’s next manager, council members were taken aback by an email from City Manager Jim Landon dictating delays.

Palm Coast Council Prepares Residents For Big Tax and Fee Changes Ahead

| June 14, 2018

A combination of a potential huge revenue loss combined with rising infrastructure needs mean the current Palm Coast tax and fee structure is unsustainable.

Palm Coast Council Claims It Cannot Exile Rather Than Kill Dangerous Dog Cooper. Many Others Disagree.

| June 12, 2018

The dog Cooper has twice been declared dangerous and is set to be killed, but its owner and advocates say Palm Coast is refusing to settle for exiling the dog to a rescue ranch instead.

Flagler Government Wants $284,000 Contract For Tourism Website Revamp

| May 21, 2018

The proposal never went before the Tourist Development Council. The county administrator says the $284,000 cost will actually be less than the existing contract.

Rejecting Manager-Favored Secrecy, Mayor Calls For Open Interviews of Palm Coast Council Candidates For Nobile Replacement

| May 8, 2018

Twice in recent years the Palm Coast Council held closed-door interviews for seat replacements, an approach favored by Manager Jim Landon and rejected by Mayor Milissa Holland.

Steve Nobile Resigns From Palm Coast Council, Triggering Repeat of 2016 Appointment Dilemma

| April 23, 2018

Citing family health issues, Palm Coast Council member Steve Nobile is resigning his seat in May, repeating the dilemma the council faced when Bill McGuire resigned in 2016.

On Florida Park Drive, Council Wants a Stop To Traffic-Calming Proposals That Dead-End

| April 10, 2018

Palm Coast council member blames the city administration for not acting on several proposals to help reduce traffic, pollution and noise along Florida Park Drive.

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland’s State Of the City Address at Community Center

| April 3, 2018

The full text of Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland’s State of the City Address at an event produced by the Observer Tuesday.

The Selling of Palm Coast:
Mayor’s State of the City Speech: $40 a Plate, Sponsors Sought, Profits Go To The Observer

| March 22, 2018

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland headlines a State of the City event at the city’s new community center in April, but for $40 a ticket. The for profit event is produced by the Observer, which will take all earnings.

“It Stinks,” Palm Coast Manager Says of WastePro’s Service as Mayor Speaks of Ending Contract

| March 7, 2018

Mayor Milissa Holland is raising the possibility of finding a new garbage hauler for Palm Coast after losing patience with complaints about WastePro.

Palm Coast Council Whittles Charter Amendments Down to 3 Minor Changes

| February 27, 2018

Council members discarded the idea of expanding the council to seven members and stuck to minor changes about elections in case of death or resignation, and the next charter-review process.

At Coastal Cloud in the Hammock, a Culture More Cutting Edge Than Cutthroat Breeds Startling Success at 5-Year Mark

| February 2, 2018

Palm Coast’s Coastal Cloud marked its 5-year anniversary with startling successes, including 40 percent annual growth, 140 employees and near-parity between men and women in the ranks.

6 Months After Agreeing to Replace City Manager, Palm Coast Council Will Take Next 5 to Find Search Firm

| January 9, 2018

The Palm Coast City Council Tuesday left little doubt who was in charge of the hiring process for a new city manager to replace Jim Landon: Landon himself.

A Frustrated Shipley Will Not Run Again For Palm Coast Council, But Ex-Mayor Netts Eyeing Her Seat

| October 12, 2017

Dissatisfaction with the council and Manager Jim Landon is spurring Shipley not to run again, , and former Mayor Jon Netts says he still has a lot to give, though he’s also considering a county commission run.

Palm Coast Drops Lobbyist of 17 Years To Hire Southern Strategy, Mayor’s Former Employer

| October 9, 2017

Southern Strategy Group is one of Tallahassee’s most powerful lobbying firms. Mayor Milissa Holland worked there from 2013 to 2015.

2nd Attempt To Fire Landon Fails as Palm Coast Council Submits to Manager’s Retirement Timeline

| September 19, 2017

The second attempt in two weeks to fire Palm Coast Manager Jim Landon in 60 days failed today, with the council rebuffing Steven Nobile’s push to replace the manager in six months rather than two years.

Palm Coast Council Kills Memorial To 208 U.S. Soldiers Its Beautification Committee Had Unanimously Approved

| August 9, 2017

The council killed a proposed plaque that memorializes the 34 Navy sailors and Marines killed and 174 wounded by an Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967.

Ending Uncertainty, Palm Coast Will Welcome Medical Pot Dispensaries Starting In Fall

| August 8, 2017

The Palm Coast Council emphatically decided that it would allow medical pot dispensaries in the city’s major business districts even as it may approve an extension of a moratorium to work out a zoning regulation.

Palm Coast Council Will Decide Manager’s Future in Extraordinary Workshop on Aug. 3

| July 20, 2017

The council is moving toward ending Jim Landon’s 10-year tenure. That workshop is expected to be followed with a special meeting in a matter of days to ratify whatever decision is reached on the 3rd.

City Manager Landon’s Fate Teetering, Council Agrees to Special Meeting To Set New Course

| July 18, 2017

The Palm Coast City Council will hold a special workshop likely next week to decide how to end Manager Jim Landon’s tenure as even his big severance package now appears less of an obstacle.

Palm Coast Council Ready To Fire Or Push Out Jim Landon, Dismissing His Secretive “Succession” Ploy

| July 14, 2017

Four Palm Coast City Council members have lost confidence in Manager Jim Landon and want him gone, with severance issues an obstacle. He wants to stay two more years and appoint his successor.

A Rape Allegation at Heart of Divorce Between Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland And Sheriff’s Ex-Chief Deputy

| July 10, 2017

Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland in court filings alleges ex-Flagler Sheriff Chief Deputy David O’Brien repeatedly raped her while she was unconscious in 2013, shortly before their separation.

Divided Palm Coast Council Sticks With Controversial FPL Path in F-Section, But Alternatives Still Possible

| June 20, 2017

The 3-2 vote to stick with the FPL path leading to Matanzas High School doesn’t yet kill alternatives, including the possibility of a temporary footpath along Old Kings Road, the city manager pledged.

Thirty Months Later, Holland Park Re-Opens To Cheers, and Echoes of a Brooklyn Basketball

| June 19, 2017

The $4.3 million reconstruction project at the 27-acre park became a $4.7 million project and took exactly twice as long to complete as projected, but its re-dedication drew scores of children who could care less: they just wanted to play.

Behind County Plaint That Relations With Palm Coast “Suck,” a History of Rancor and Cooperation

| June 12, 2017

It’s been five years since Palm Coast and Flagler County governments met jointly, but they have a poor history of it, preferring to work behind the scenes on key issues.

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