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Joe Mullins, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 26, 2018

Joe Mullins is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 4. He is challenging incumbent Nate McLaughlin. Only registered Republicans may cast a ballot in this race.

Nate McLaughlin, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 26, 2018

Nate McLaughlin is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 4. Only registered Republicans may cast a ballot in this primary race on Aug. 28.

Abby Romaine, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 26, 2018

Abby Romaine is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 2. She is challenging incumbent Greg Hansen. Only registered Republicans may cast a ballot in this race.

Greg Hansen, Flagler County Commission Candidate: The Live Interview

| August 26, 2018

Greg Hansen is a Republican candidate for Flagler County Commission, District 2, and the incumbent. Only registered Republicans may cast a ballot in this primary race on Aug. 28.

County Commissioners Again Can’t Agree On How Much To Raise Next Year’s Taxes

| July 9, 2018

For the third straight budget workshop, Flagler County Commissioners have been unable to agree on what property tax rate to set for next year and what to cut to get there.

Agonizing Over Tax Increase, Indecisive County Commission Defers To Administrator

| July 2, 2018

County taxes are going up no matter what, but most county commissioners, some of them in election season, have been unable to give the county administrator more than vague direction on the budget.

Balking at Proposed Tax Increase, County Commissioners Offer Alternatives Outside of Public Meeting

| June 26, 2018

Flagler County commissioners want to cut a proposed budget increase but didn’t do so at a workshop, and plan to offer their suggestions outside of budget workshops.

To Keep Sally Sherman, a $136,000 Employee, Flagler County Is Paying Private Agency $190,000

| June 8, 2018

The bottom-line cost to taxpayers to retain Sally Sherman as a worker in Flagler government–totaling $258,554–is much higher than county officials originally conveyed.

More Rehash Than Clarity As Flagler’s Expert Addresses Sheriff’s Possibly Sick Building

| June 4, 2018

County government in a workshop with an engineering expert could not tell the sheriff or his employees how soon there may be answers on reported health issues at the Sheriff’s Operations Center.

Adding To Troubled Run, Flagler Commission Candidate Joe Mullins Blurs Business And Electioneering

| May 10, 2018

Joe Mullins, a candidate for the County Commission seat held by Nate McLaughlin, is blurring the line between campaigning and private business in a series of local involvements, a FlaglerLive investigation found.

Flagler’s Opioid Crisis Seen From Those Fighting It: A Severe Lack of Treatment Beds, Drug Court at Capacity, Jail as a Waiting Room

| January 10, 2018

The most comprehensive picture of the opioid crisis in Flagler County came to light today in a gathering of Flagler County judges, top cops, medical, social and government services. Here are the details.

In Reorganization, Hansen Takes County Chairmanship, Sullivan Is on Canvassing Board

| December 4, 2017

The county commission chairmanship gives Hansen added visibility during an election year, while Sullivan takes over a canvassing board position with a fraught history.

Beating Palm Coast and Flagler Beach, County Will Be 1st to Welcome Pot Dispensaries; Bunnell May Ban Them

| August 18, 2017

The Flagler County Commission is expected to approve opening the county to medical pot dispensaries Monday, becoming the first local government formally to do so.

For Flagler County, A Powerful Note of Atonement For Injustices Toward Many Amid Celebration of a Century

| May 1, 2017

Flagler County marked its centennial on Saturday and Monday with celebrations that included words of a proclamation acknowledging half a century of injustices toward minorities in the county.

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.

Commissioners Uneasy With Flagler’s Bail-Out of Agriculture Museum and New 400-Acre Park

| February 6, 2017

Flagler County government would pay off an $185,000 museum mortgage and grant it $25,000 a year while acquiring more than 400 acres of the museum’s land, calling it an “extension” of Princess Place Preserve.

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.

Two Suicides in 24 Hours in Flagler as County Officials Seek Renewed Focus on Mental Health

| January 11, 2017

Steven J. Fortier, 27, of Bunnell, was found dead in the Mondex Tuesday, and 73-year-old William Dessing took his own life Wednesday morning at his Flagler Beach home.

School Board’s Trevor Tucker Mulls Run for Tax Collector, Nate McLaughlin Eyes House Seat

| January 4, 2017

School Board member Trevor Tucker confirmed he was considering a run for tax collector in four years, and if so would not run for school board again in 2018, while Commissioner Nate McLaughlin has his eyes on Paul Renner’s House seat in 2022.

Flagler Seeks to Raise County’s Tourism Sales Surtax to 5% to Help Pay for Beach Restoration

| December 21, 2016

The 4 percent surtax currently generates $2 million a year. An extra penny would add $500,000, but there are differences over whether all the added revenue should go to beach restoration or whether some should go to marketing the county.

Flagler County Approves 6-Month Moratorium on Medical Pot Dispensaries or Facilities

| December 5, 2016

Flagler County commissioners said the moratorium is not intended to counter the constitutional amendment legalizing medical pot, but to give the county time to figure out what zoning and other regulations may be in place with legalization.

Democratic Party Chairman Accuses Judge Moore-Stens of Short-Changing Canvassing Board Responsibility

| October 28, 2016

Flagler DNC Chairman Ralph Lightfoot, in a stunning charge against Judge Mellissa Moore-Stens, told her she should “find somebody else” on the canvassing board if she can’t devote her full attention to it, a criticism the judge rejected and countered with equal force.

Ballot Error Missing Mosquito Race Grows to 2,200 Voters in 6 Precincts; Board’s Solution Breaks With State Elections Recommendation

| October 27, 2016

The Flagler Canvassing Board voted to provide a “supplemental ballot” to each of the 658 early voters and 1,548 mail-in voters affected by the error, countering a state recommendation to ignore the lost votes and issue a completely new and separate ballot to the voters by mail.

Flagler County Agrees to Bail Out Ag Museum Despite $150,000 Deficit and Barnful of Unanswered Questions

| October 21, 2016

After a vote failed to take-over the failing museum entirely, Flagler County commissioners agreed to a generous 90-day bailout, pending a more detailed agreement that would enable the county to absorb the 460-acre property yet leave the museum board at least nominally in place.

Flagler Veterans Court Pitch Framed in Crude Attack on Court System by DeSantis Envoy

| August 17, 2016

Randall Stapleford, a part-time staffer for Rep. Ron DeSantis, questioned the veracity of a Flagler County judge and leveled repeated attacks at Chief Judge Terence Perkins for allegedly delaying information related to a potential veterans court during a Flagler County Commission workshop Monday.

5 Names Emerge as Maneuvering for Governor’s Appointment for Meeker’s Commission Seat Intensifies

| August 2, 2016

David Alfin, Ed Fuller, Howard Holley, Jon Netts and Patrick Kelly are all confirmed likely applicants to Frank Meeker’s county commission seat, while Milissa Holland, Gail Wadsworth, Garry Lubi and Jim Ulsamer have ruled it out.

For Commissioner Frank Meeker, a Tribute From the Hearts of a Decade’s Colleagues

| August 1, 2016

For an hour Monday morning, Meeker’s closest colleagues remembered the man death surprised at 61 on July 22, themselves not yet over the shock of having lost him after seen him in that seat just 16 days before his death.

Against 1 Objection, Flagler Commissioners Want to Increase Their Travel Budget 184%

| May 19, 2016

Commissioner Barbara Revels called the proposed increase “obscene,” but Frank Meekera and Nate McLaughlin kept pressing for it–increasing the budget from $15,885 to $45,000 for the five commissioners.

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