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County Planning Board May Have Violated Rules In Approving Hammock Restaurant and Brewery Without A1A Committee Review

| January 25, 2018

County Planning Board members appeared to have been misled by county staffers when told that the advisory Scenic A1A Pride committee’s opinion was not required as part of development plans. It is.

240 Apartments Rising on Palm Coast’s E-Section Rim as Bunnell Approves Higher Height Limit

| January 24, 2018

The apartment complex will be called Shadetree at Bunnell, with rent averaging $1,300 a month, on 30 acres abutting Palm Coast’s E-Section. The Bunnell Planning Board quietly approved an exception so the buildings could be exceed the city’s height limit.

Despite Questions of Trust, Flagler Commission Clears Way For 200 Homes Around Lakeside on A1A

| January 23, 2018

Flagler commissioners voted to approve the 200-home development on either side of Lakeside By the Sea on A1A in a contentious 3-hour hearing in which commissioners said their hands were tied to do anything else.

Hearing Over Development at Lakeside on A1A, Expected to Be Contentious, Postponed to Dec. 18

| November 19, 2017

Lawyers representing three different sides of the proposed 185-home development have all asked for a postponement, and the county attorney has advised commissioners to agree.

Throngs of Residents Opposing Big A1A Development Fail to Stop Board’s Unanimous OK

| October 10, 2017

The Flagler County Planning Board Tuesday evening voted to recommend approval of a pair of developments totaling 190 homes that would bookend north and south side of Lakeside By the Sea.

In the Hammock, A Concern That a Small Rule Change Will Turn Rustic A1A Into Commerce Central

| August 25, 2017

The Flagler County administration is reinterpreting how the residential and commercial mix along A1A must be applied, raising fears that it’ll open the way to innumerable businesses there.

Big Sugar Turns to Mass Development, Potentially Affecting Everglades Restoreation Efforts

| September 17, 2014

Environmental groups around the state are alarmed at U.S. Sugar’s plans to change its business model and potentially develop huge tracts of land it owns in South Florida, which might affect Everglades restoration efforts.

In Startling Confrontations, DeLorenzo Takes On Palm Coast’s Jim Landon–and Impact Fees

| October 30, 2012

Palm Coast City Council member Jason DeLorenzo on Tuesday questioned the veracity of City Manager Jim Landon’s numbers and his “backroom” style while making the case for a two-year moratorium for impact fees on new construction in the city in a rare, direct and sustained public challenge to the assuming city manager.

As Expected, Flagler County Suspends $1,707-a-Home Building Tax for 2 Years

| October 1, 2012

The county’s moratorium is relatively small, but Flagler’s chamber of commerce and its home builders association hope to get the school board to approve a moratorium next, then move to Palm Coast, where impact fees add up to $15,270.

As Flagler Governments Consider Impact Fee Cut, Evidence of Economic Benefit Is Slim

| September 30, 2012

Builders and developers want the Flagler school board and Flagler County to cut impact fees–the one-time tax on construction–saying it’ll help the economy grow. But plenty of evidence says it won’t, while Flagler residents still reel from low values and empty houses that more new houses won’t help.

Impact Fees: What They Are, Who Pays Them, How Much They Pay

| September 30, 2012

Whether you call them impact fees, taxes or hidden taxes, they’re a Florida and Flagler County reality. An explanation and definition of impact fees with a local rate schedule by city and county.

Woodlands Residents Hear More Promises Than Certainties About Looming Development

| September 6, 2012

The Palm Coast City Council unanimously approved land-use changes that would open the way to a vast assisted living facility and commercial complex adjacent to the Woodlands, the old, rustic neighborhood, worrying residents that their subdivision’s character is in jeopardy.

After 22 Years of Mostly Broken Promises, County Stops Hunter’s Ridge Development

| August 20, 2012

The Flagler County Commission voted unanimously to stop all permitting on the 5,000-acre development that has yet to go beyond promises, while its developer has failed to meet a laundry list of county demands and requirements.

Planning Board Unanimously Backs Big Senior Complex Near Woodlands, Upsetting Many

| August 16, 2012

The recommendation now goes before the Palm Coast City Council, which is expected to approve land use changes to enable the 216-unit assisted and independent living facility despite the conversion of conservation land and traffic issues that concern Woodlands residents.

Scott Signs Development Bill That Virtually Eliminates State Oversight of Local Planning

| June 2, 2011

Local governments will get to decide how and where to grwo with little or no interference from the state growth-management regulators, whose role is now severely limited.

In a Shift, and Despite Glut, State Approves 5,000-Home Palm Coast Development

| May 23, 2011

Old Brick Township to Palm Coast’s northwest is just one of several planned developments and existing lots that would add 40,000 new homes and 9 million square feet of commercial and industrial zones, more than doubling Flagler’s and Palm Coast’s populations.

Growth-Management 2.0: Local Government Whims Sprawl Over State Oversight

| April 25, 2011

Republicans have complained for years that growth management rules slow growth in the state. A glut of empty homes suggests otherwise. Local governments will be empowered to take advantage of far more lax growth rules.

20 Years On, With $1.17 Million Pay-off, County Approves Hunter’s Ridge Megadevelopment

| November 18, 2010

The 3-2 vote clears the way for yet another development, this one for 2,302 houses and 600,000 square feet of commercial and industrial space, in a county facing a potential for 40,000 new homes despite a depressed real estate industry.

Delinquent on Taxes and Other Dues, Hunter’s Ridge Development Wants More Favors

| November 2, 2010

Three years in arrears on taxes and delinquent on $4.5 million it owes the county for a golf course it never built, Hunter’s Ridge now wants to almost double its density to 2,657 homes. Commissioners are puzzled.

Election Primer: Amendment 4, “Hometown Democracy” and Sprawling Misinformation

| October 25, 2010

Amendment 4, Florida’s so-called “Hometown Democracy” amendment, is an attempt to give voters a voice in major local development initiatives. It’s also rife in misinformation.

The Live Wire, Tuesday, Oct. 12: Pink Boots Lenny Keeps His Job, Hiaasen on Amendment 4

| October 12, 2010

Palm Coast’s Breast Cancer Awareness man of the week, Lenny Grocki, was not fired; Carl Hiaasen speaks truth to Amendment 4 detractors; Wall Street continues to rake it in, and much more.

North By Northwest: State Rejects Palm Coast’s Sprawling Growth Horizon

| September 1, 2010

While the state approved of Palm Coast’s plans to develop the Bulow Creek area, it rejected the city’s planned expansion to its west and northwest, calling it unneeded and fraught with sprawl.

Citing Contractual Failures and Unwarranted Favors, Flagler Kills Hunter’s Ridge Expansion

| June 24, 2010

The 3-2 vote was an unusual split over the difference between growth management and helping a developer be as economically viable as possible.

Bunnell Residents Demolish Bypass Proposal; Planning Board Recommends Broad Study

| May 20, 2010

After a lengthy, at times contentious public meeting on the bypass, the Bunnell planing board recommended in favor of a study as long it takes in “the big picture.”

Flagler Beach Dumps Desalination Group

| May 14, 2010

The Flagler Beach City Commission cited costs and its own ready water supply as reasons to drop out of the Coquina desalination consortium.

Desalination’s Future Brackish as Costs Soar for Palm Coast

| May 12, 2010

Hopes for a desalination plant are down to whether Palm Coast can bear the burden of mounting costs mostly by itself as other governments drop out of the colossally expensive consortium.

DOT Bypass “A Stake Right Through Bunnell’s Heart”

| May 10, 2010

The bypass would accommodate a traffic surge from a Palm Coast development but might also accelerate Bunnell’s decline.

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