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$22.4 Million A1A Rebuilding and Sea Wall Construction in Flagler Beach Starts in January

| November 30, 2018

The Florida Department of Transportation just awarded a $22.4 million contract to a Jacksonville contractor to start construction, sea wall and dune repairs on three segments of A1A in Flagler Beach.

For Flagler Beach’s 400 Homes Flooded By Irma, Millions in New Repair and Rebuild Grants Bus In

| October 2, 2018

The federal government is making $616 million available to moderate and low-income property owners and landlords for Hurricane Irma-related repairs across Florida. Flagler Beach is on the priority list.

Déjà Vu All Over Again at Flagler Beach Golf Course as City Grants Yet Another Probation

| September 7, 2018

Even though the city commission found a golf management company in default of its lease, the commission offered yet another conditional set of terms to make the nine-hole golf course work.

It Is Done: Sklar And Flagler Beach Sign Settlement Over Marina, Ending Decade Battle

| September 26, 2017

A legal battle that immobilized the Flagler Beach marina since 2010 ended when owner Howard Sklar signed a settlement agreement Monday, and the mayor signed it today.

Duel Over Sklar’s Marina Continues Even as Divided Flagler Beach Commission Approves Latest Agreement

| September 21, 2017

The Flagler Beach City Commission voted 3-2 to approve a settlement in the nearly 8-year-old dispute, but not before making still more changes to an agreement that now Howard Sklar may either approve or reject.

Divided Flagler Beach Commission Agrees To 15% Tax Increase, 2 New Cops, 1 Fire Captain

| August 24, 2017

Residents in Flagler Beach will see their second big tax increase in a row, along with a 35 percent water and sewer rate hike, a 10 percent garbage hike and a 30 percent stormwater hike.

Flagler Beach Offers City Manager Newsom 30% Raise, to $120,000; He’d Asked for 7%

| August 8, 2017

City Manager Larry Newsom would get a $28,500 raise–assuming he can make the numbers work in a budget that also calls for a 4 percent across the board raise for employees and other wishes.

Flagler Beach Marina Settlement With City Collapses, But This Time It’s a Sklar Thing

| August 1, 2017

Flagler Beach and Marina owner Howard Sklar return to court in late September as their settlement talks over the Flagler Beach Marina collapsed when Sklar reversed course on a building requirement.

In Flagler Beach, Tax Collector’s Roadside Sign Catches Commissioners’ Wrong Eye

| July 28, 2017

Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston wanted to alert people of the new location for concealed weapon permits, but the sign ran afoul of Flagler Beach commissioners’ sights.

Flagler Beach Delays Medical Pot Ban Vote For 2 Weeks, But Hazy Evidence Unchanged

| July 27, 2017

The absence of one of the five commissioners led to the delay on the vote on a controversial measure that would ban the operation of medical pot dispensaries anywhere in Flagler Beach.

Countering 70% of Its Own Voters, Flagler Beach Prepares to Ban Medical Pot Dispensaries Outright

| July 13, 2017

The City Commission this evening takes up an ordinance that would ban medical marijuana dispensaries anywhere in the city. The city fears not doing so would turn it into a pot hub.

Flagler Beach Again Offers Free Parking And Shuttles On and Off Island All Day July 4

| July 3, 2017

Flagler Beach made arrangements to provide free parking at the Food Lion on SR100 and free shuttle service in and out of the city from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, with additional free parking at Santa Maria del Mar Church.

637-Ft. Flagler Beach Pier Re-Opens Saturday, 8 Months After Hurricane Matthew Lobotomy

| June 22, 2017

The Flagler Beach Pier will reopen Saturday as emergency repairs end, to the joys of a city that’s lived without its iconic amenity since Hurricane Matthew sheared 163 feet from its end and made it unstable.

Flagler Beach, a.k.a. Ocean City, Gets 9 New Lifeguard Towers, All On Strength of Volunteers

| May 5, 2017

The nine lifeguard towers, on a design from towers in Ocean City, Md., are expected to more than double the life of the structures. Commissioner Rick Belhumeur led the all-volunteer effort.

Badcock Furniture Will Fill Old Food Lion Space in Flagler Beach, Ending 8-Year Drought

| April 21, 2017

Badcock Furniture will open in mid-summer in Flagler Square, as will a sweet shop, completing a remarkable revival of that commercial strip eight years after it had become a gaping hole for business.

Revealing Look at How Flagler Beach Commission, in Closed-Door Meeting, Settled Wrongful Arrest Claim

| March 9, 2017

Vassili Mironov had sued the Flagler Beach Police Department for $89,000 after his arrest at Finns for a fight he says he did not start. He got $6,000 in a settlement that revealed how divided city commissioners arrived at their 3-2 vote.

Contractor Gunning to Reopen A1A 30 Days Ahead of Schedule. The Reason: $1 Million Bonus

| November 2, 2016

Halifax Paving is set to reopen State Road A1A in Flagler Beach next week, some 30 days ahead of schedule, earning itself a $1 million bonus on top of the original $4 million emergency contract. Businesses and others are cheering.

Damaged State Road A1A in Flagler Beach Will Re-Open as 2-Lane Road in 3 to 4 Months

| October 19, 2016

The two-lane road will be an emergency fix, with narrower lanes, a barrier wall on the ocean side, and a speed limit lowered to 25 mph, but it will be a boon to businesses that continue to be ravaged by its current closure.

FEMA Finally Broadens Emergency Declaration to Include Homeowners; Flagler Beach Re-Opens Beaches Wednesday

| October 18, 2016

FEMA’s declaration will let homeowners claim up to $33,000 in repair or recovery expenses attributed to Hurricane Matthew. The beaches in Flagler Beach will reopen from North 4th Street to South 8th Street on Wednesday, and go further after the weekend.

Citing Disrespect, Flagler Beach Emphatically Tells A1A Group To Stick Its Signs Elsewhere

| April 29, 2016

The city commission, following up on overwhelming public opposition to the signs, voted 5-0 to refuse all Scenic A1A signs in the city after the scenic group neither involved the city nor respected its wishes to limit the signs to four.

Controversy Long Over, Flagler Beach Finally Gets Its $568,000 “Quint” Fire Truck

| January 28, 2016

The truck purchase inflamed many a confrontation among Flagler Beach city commissioners and embroiled the city’s fire department in a nearly year-long battle to secure it.

Flagler Beach Shock: Settle Opts Out of Commission, So Mealy and Belhumeur Are Elected

| January 22, 2016

In a minor shock in Flagler Beach, Commissioner Steve Settle opted not to file for re-election, automatically resulting in the election of Rick Belhumeur and the re-election of Jane Mealy at 5 p.m. Friday.

Flagler Beach’s $600,000 Fire Truck Runs Into Opposition Petition, Prompting Another Pitch

| August 11, 2014

Commissioner Steve Settle called yet another town hall meeting Monday evening again to make the case for a $6090,000 “quint” fire truck as opposition gels around a petition that organizers say has more than 450 names, or close to 10 percent of the city’s population.

Flagler Beach Commissioner Settle “Goes Off” On Resident as Confrontations Rattle Meeting

| July 25, 2014

In two confrontations that upset fellow-commissioners, Flagler Beach City Commissioner Steve Settle questioned resident Rick Belhumeur on what “allowed” him to address issues relating to the city’s fire department and called his public comments “inappropriate” by falsely claiming that Belhumeur was running for office. After the meeting, the two men got in a shouting match.

Don’t Buy The Flagler Beach Fire Department’s Deceptions: City Doesn’t Need New Aerial Fire Truck

| June 21, 2014

The Flagler Beach Fire Department is veiling its unwise request for a new $600,000 fire truck under the guise of “fire safety equipment,” a deception–and a purchase, with money the city cannot afford–residents should reject, argues Rick Blehumeur.

As Flagler Beach Residents Bear Biggest Burdens of Changes, Commissioners Duck

| July 7, 2013

More visitors and more businesses have vastly increased costs on Flagler Beach residents, but when the county stepped up with proposals to reduce those costs through some fire-house consolidation, City Commission Chairman Steve Settle said no thanks–before the commission had even considered the proposals. It’s an example of a commission that doesn’t have city residents’ best interests at heart, argues Rick Belhumeur.

Flagler Beach’s Opposition to Fire Department Consolidation Costing Taxpayers $200K a Year

| May 4, 2013

Consolidating the Flagler Beach Fire Department with the county’s would save $200,000 and vastly improve fire and rescue services in the city, argues Rick Belhumeur, yet the Flagler Beach City Commission has consistently scuttled debate on the issue while pretending to invite residents to offer cost-saving ideas.

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