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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.

This Time Palm Coast Council Agrees to Explore Charter Review, But Under Its Control

| May 31, 2017

The council will solicit public input for possible changes to the city charter, but it will not appoint a charter review committee, and will make changes only if it senses a groundswell for changes.

Sheriff Warns Against Misleading Medical Pot Scams “Popping Up All Over Palm Coast”

| May 16, 2017

Yard signs in Palm Coast have popped up advertising “legal” weed, but the signs are scams, and a further reflecting of the confusion caused by lawmakers’ inability to agree to rules on medical pot, enabling scammers to fill voids.

Palm Coast’s Thames Envy Holds Weir-dest Ribbon-Cutting You’ve Ever Heard Of

| April 18, 2017

There’s a ribbon-cutting for every imaginable non-event these days, and today Palm Coast cut the ribbon at a water-control structure called a “weir,” in the B-Section.

Sheriff Will Ask Palm Coast to Pay for 5 More Cops, a 21% Increase of City’s Policing Budget

| April 10, 2017

Sheriff Staly wants to double Palm Coast’s traffic unit, but five more cops would cost close to $600,000 on top of the city’s current $2.6 million budget. Mayor Milissa Holland signals some push-back.

Fatal Irresponsibility:
How Palm Coast Willfully Ignored Street Lights And Sidewalks For 10 Years

| April 8, 2017

Palm Coast’s government’s claim that it didn’t have the money to build sidewalks and street lights is a cynical lie: as people died, the city put luxury ahead of necessity, from city hall to expensive beautification and plenty more.

Retreading Losing Cause, City Will Take Over Running Palm Harbor Golf and Tennis Center

| March 30, 2017

Palm Coast government will end its nearly-decade-long relationship with KemperSports at the money-losing golf and tennis clubs and manage the operations itself while still contracting out certain services.

Senate Committee Kills Recovery Centers Palm Coast Opposes, But Approves Expanded Surgical Centers

| March 14, 2017

A Senate committee today killed a proposal to create the sort of “recovery care centers” Palm Coast government and Florida Hospital Flagler oppose, but it agreed to expanded ambulatory care centers.

Palm Coast Council Approves Mayor’s Weekly Radio Infomercial After All, and More

| March 8, 2017

The Palm Coast City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to go ahead with a weekly radio infomercial, for $10,000, hosted by Mayor Milissa Holland, as well as staff-produced podcasts.

Palm Coast Retreats From Mayor Radio Show In Favor of Free, Staff-Hosted Podcast

| March 7, 2017

After the controversy triggered by City Manager Jim Landon’s mishandling of a radio show proposal featuring the mayor, his administration is proposing a podcast instead, but while still spending $8,000 on promotional radio advertising.

Jim Landon’s Fake News

| March 3, 2017

Palm Coast Manager Jim Landon’s plans for a “scripted” weekly radio infomercial hosted by Mayor Milissa Holland demeans the mayor, the council and her listeners. If Holland is to do a show, it should be on her unscripted terms.

In Ugly Meeting Over Mayor’s Radio Show, Palm Coast Manager and Council Member Turn Offensive

| February 28, 2017

City Manager Jim Landon made baseless accusations of “misinformation” and council member Steve Nobile called fellow-member Nick Klufas a child during a discussion of a proposed weekly radio show featuring Mayor Holland, and paid for with public money.

Palm Coast Will Pay $10,000 to Air Mayor’s Weekly Radio Show; Council Was Not Informed

| February 24, 2017

Mayor Milissa Holland and City Manager Jim Landon worked out the $10,000 proposal with WNZF Radio without discussions involving the rest of the council. Some council members are not pleased.

At Belle Terre Elementary, 60 Readers Get In Black History Groove With Ellington, Tar Beach and Even Cops

| February 23, 2017

Belle Terre Principal Terence Culver wanted to atone for ignoring Black History Month for five years by hosting a read-in featuring community leaders including the sheriff, many cops and firefighters, school board members, the Palm Coast mayor and many more.

Rep. Renner Takes Another Beating, This Time From Palm Coast Council Over Slew of Bills

| February 21, 2017

The Palm Coast City Council excoriated Rep. Paul Renner over several bills he’s introduced, saying the proposals would hurt Florida Hospital Flagler and end the city’s ability to regulate local business, among others.

Council Endorses Raising Flagler’s Tourism Tax to 5% to Pay For Beach Repairs

| February 20, 2017

The tourist sales surtax tax is applied to hotels, motels and short-term rentals, and would increase beach-restoration revenue to $2.25 million over the next three years.

Palm Coast Community Center’s Walls Crash As Shovels Ordain Much Bigger Successor Building

| February 14, 2017

Work crews put destruction on display at the old Palm Coast Community Center today, just after the city council marked the $7.8 million rebuilding and tripling of the site with a groundbreaking ceremony.

Palm Coast’s Jim Landon Gets 4% Pay Hike, Raising Total Compensation to $226,700

| February 7, 2017

The Palm Coast City Council unanimously endorsed the $6,700 pay raise but limited annual automatic increases to 1 percent through 2021, and set aside concerns over Landon’s very generous severance package.

Palm Coast Council Favors $6,800 Raise for Manager Landon, and Automatic Increases

| January 31, 2017

Vying for a raise for the third time in 10 months, Palm Coast Manager Jim Landon appears to have convinced a new council to award him a 4 percent raise and build in automatic annual raises absent intervention by the council.

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