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Arrested For Felony Child Abuse and Pot Possession: The Mother’s Account

| February 5, 2014

Sophia Zhudro is the 30-year-old resident of Palm Coast’s B-Section who was arrested on Jan. 24 for marijuana possession as she was parked with her 15-month-old on the side of a residential street in her neighborhood. She tells her side of the story, taking issue with the way the incident was related by police.

Long Creek Nature Preserve Groundbreaking Postponed to Jan. 14

| January 6, 2014

The Long Creek Nature Preserve project was made possible with money from Flagler County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands program and Florida Forever dollars. Tuesday’s public groundbreaking ceremony planned for the $1.46 million construction is being postponed, due to cold weather, to Jan. 14 at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. Construction was originally due to begin in October.

A Flagler Farewell to 2013: The Local Year in Review

| January 1, 2014

A tornado, plane crashes and mishaps, Flagler County going bonkers for clunkers, a spate of murders in Palm Coast, Flagler Beach’s firehouse follies, Bunnell’s reality show: 2013 is ending not a moment too soon. But first, a review.

Federal Officials Descending on Palm Coast Thursday to Conduct House-By-House Evaluation for Aid

| December 18, 2013

Federal, state, county and city officials will be in Palm Coast’s B, C and F Sections starting Thursday morning to conduct an assessment of Saturday evening’s tornado and decide what financial aide, if any, may be released.

Palm Coast Mayor Declares State of Local Emergency as Tornado Details Emerge

| December 16, 2013

The state of local emergency does not release state or federal aid dollars, but it gives the city more freedom and authority to address the storm’s aftermath such as expediting permitting, scheduling more debris and trash removal than normal and applying for state support.

Palm Coast’s Ambitions for More Parks Soar, But Development Tax to Fund Them Declines

| December 11, 2013

Palm Coast’s park impact fees levied on new construction are about to decline by a few hundred dollars, though the city’s ambitious plans for new parks and recreational facilities over the next few decades are unchanged.

Palm Coast Unveils Design for a Spruced Up Community Center, With Premium on Visibility

| December 10, 2013

The Palm Coast Community Center on Clubhouse Drive and Palm Coast Parkway would potentially more than triple its current 5,800 square feet (to close to 20,000 square feet), and accommodate up to 200 people, starting with a $430,000 design in 2014 and first-phase construction in 2015.

Justices Skeptical of Red-Light Cameras as Supreme Court Hears Case Affecting Palm Coast

| November 7, 2013

With one insistent exception, Florida Supreme Court justices on Thursday strongly questioned the legality of city ordinances that permitted red-light traffic cameras that spread around Florida before 2010, when the state standardized those systems. Cities like Palm Coast may have to refund fines should the court rule against the local ordinances.

Gentle Warning Beep as Flagler’s $10 Million Emergency Radio System Approaches Its End

| November 5, 2013

It’s less than eight years since Flagler spent $10 million to upgrade its county-wide communications to an 800 MHz system, to which some 1,500 radios from police, fire, municipal and county agencies are attached. That system is set to reach its official life’s end in 2017, requiring county government to start now to examine how it will replace it, and how it’ll pay for the replacement.

Pink Army’s Legions Take to Palm Coast for Breast Cancer Battles Past, Present and Future

| October 13, 2013

Some 800 runners, walkers and cheerers gathered for Florida Hospital Flagler’s annual Pink Army Run through Palm Coast’s Town Center Sunday morning in the continuing battle against a disease that claims the lives of 40,000 women a year.

At Palm Coast’s 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, Memory as Duty to the Dead, and the Living

| September 11, 2013

Palm Coast’s annual 9/11 memorial ceremony at Heroes Park Tuesday morning, under a sky as blue as the blue over New York 12 years ago, drew some 150 people, including throngs of active and retired firefighters and cops.

Palm Coast Food and Wine Festival Returns, This Time With Wine, and Free Admission

| August 27, 2013

The Palm Coast Food and Wine Festival at Town Center’s Central Park is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, with no gate admission, a dozen wines and more than a dozen food vendors from several countries, along with cultural and other entertainments.

Mystery Burglar in B-Section, Counterfeit-Topped Pizza in Ps, and Strangulation in the Rs

| August 22, 2013

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies contended with at least two mystery men and one case of domestic violence that ended with a suspect hiding in a bathtub with a knife Wednesday in three separate incidents that stretched from the B Section in North Palm Coast to the P and R sections further south.

Supreme Court to Hear Red-Light Camera Challenge in Case That Will Affect Palm Coast

| August 22, 2013

The $1.7 million Palm Cast reaped in red-light camera fines between 2008 and 2010 may be at stake if the Florida Supreme Court rules such systems illegal after it hears the much-anticipated case on Oct. 8, with ramifications for numerous cities and counties across the state.

Court Injunction Sought to Stop Palm Coast’s Tree Removal Around Palm Harbor Center

| August 9, 2013

Calling Palm Coast’s tree removal illegal, resident Dennis McDonald filed an injunction in circuit court Thursday seeking to halt removals planned for road-widening and as part of a redevelopment of the Palm Harbor shopping center that may significantly alter the character of the area.

Ethics Commission Clears Palm Coast’s Tony Capela of Corruption or Favoritism in City Work

| July 31, 2013

Ex-employee Terry Geigert had made six allegations against Tony Capella, Palm Coast’s public works superintendent, charging he favored RoadTek, a friend’s company, in no-bid contracts, sold his house for cash to the company owner, and fired Geigert in retaliation for whistleblowing.

Edifice Complex: Palm Coast Council Should Forget About Gang of Six’s Geezer Gimmick

| July 12, 2013

The Gang of Six–the former Palm Coast City Council members wanting to build a new city hall–are showing their age with the outdated nature of their idea, argues Merrill Shapiro. The council should forget their proposal and focus on the challenges of a rapidly changing city and society.

Palm Coast Proposes to Increase Its General Fund Budget by $700,000 and Add 9 Positions

| July 10, 2013

For the first time in seven years, property values have increased in Palm Coast, if only fractionally. Even so, residents will likely see a small property tax rate increase that for most would mean a slightly higher tax bill as the city continues to balance tight budgets with residents’ demands for services, and loosen the tight belt somewhat.

Independence Day Weekend Ruffles Tricolor Blasts From Palm Coast to Flagler Beach

| July 5, 2013

Palm Coast celebrated July 4 with a complete reading of the Declaration of Independence at Heroes Park before Flagler Beach let loose with its parade, its booze, food and fights, though only one person ended up incarcerated against his will, and mostly for his benefit.

40-Ton Tanker Truck Overturns on Palm Coast Parkway, Which Closes for Several Hours

| June 7, 2013

After 11 or 11:30 a.m. Friday, the westbound lanes of Palm Coast Parkway will be closed to traffic for one to two hours, from Old Kings Road west, as crews right a tanker truck that overturned on the parkway. There were no injuries, and no environmental hazards.

Palm Coast’s Jim Landon Gets Top Career Award from Statewide Association

| May 30, 2013

It is indicative of the persistent pettiness of the rivalry between Flagler County and Palm Coast that when the county sent out the announcement of  its own deputy administrator receiving a state award earlier this week, it left silent the—somewhat more significant—award that went to Jim Landon, the Palm Coast City Manager.

81-Year-Old Stabs His Caretaker in a Clash Across the Street from Mayor’s House

| May 28, 2013

August T. Lindquist, 81, was jailed on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge Monday night after stabbing his caretaker outside his home on Flintstone Court, across the street from Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts’s home. Linsquist is in the early stages of dementia, when violent outbursts are not uncommon.

Palm Coast Mayor Netts Would “Violently Protest” Raising Red-Light Fines From $158

| May 28, 2013

New legislation gives local governments like Palm Coast authority to raise red-light camera ticket fines to $408 if a drivers contests the ticket and loses. Netts’s opposition signals a slight but discernible shift in the mayor’s thinking about red-light cameras.

Speculative Bust: How Widening Old Kings Road Left Palm Coast on Hook for $6.7 Million

| May 16, 2013

Palm Coast borrowed millions from its own utility fund to complete the Old Kings Road widening on the assumption that the economy would pick up and enable the city to re-finance with bonds. That never happened. Now the city is looking to recoup its money from property owners along the road, who’d agreed to a special taxing district but with optimistic assumptions of their own that never panned out.

Sheriff Opens Palm Coast Precinct at City Market Place, Halving Cost, Not Space Needs

| May 10, 2013

On Friday, the Sherif’s Office office opened its newest Palm Coast precinct, at City Market Place, a two-storefront 2,600-square foot space at $2,.000 a month that’ll add new life to the struggling shopping center in the heart of town, and a few doors down from the Palm Coast city offices.

Palm Coast’s Arbor Day Moves Back to Central Park on May 18

| May 7, 2013

Palm Coast is bringing back its rescheduled Arbor Day celebration to Central Park (from Waterfront Park), on May 18. the event will be featuring a tree give-away, butterfly release, food drive, walk and run, exhibits and activities for children including a petting zoo, character visits and rock-climbing wall. Admission and parking are free.

Red-Light Camera Fines May Go Up to $408 and Be Harder to Fight Under Newest Rules

| May 4, 2013

A new law awaiting Gov. Scott’s signature returns hearings to the control of local governments that have red-light cameras, such as Palm Coast, and allows them to impose an additional fee of $250 on top of $158 tickets, when contested, among other changes.

Answering Palm Coast, Thrasher Will Pitch Internet Cafe Bill, But Reach May Be Limited

| February 19, 2013

Palm Coast officials want state lawmakers to either ban or more strictly regulate and possibly tax gambling parlor-like internet cafes. Sen. John Thrasher is proposing a moratorium on the parlors, which may not match local demands, as a moratorium was already executed in Palm Coast.

Palm Coast Cited Among Florida Cities Most Vulnerable to Climate Change in Latest Review

| January 22, 2013

The federal National Climate Assessment just released names Palm Coast among four Florida cities vulnerable to sea level rises and other vulnerabilities to climate change. Flagler County has no comprehensive initiative locally to frame long-term climate-change policy collectively.

Tony Hugueley, 64, Dies of Injuries After Driving Antique Chevy Into the Woods on A1A

| January 6, 2013

Tony Hugueley, 64, of Palm Coast and Poolesville, Md., was driving alone in his 1956 Chevy Bel-Air on A1A in the Hammock when, for unknown reasons, he suddenly veered into the woods. He suffered severe head injuries.

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