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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.

Golf as Wrestling Match: Only in Flagler Beach as 2 of 3 Proposals for Old Course Bogey

| September 18, 2015

A split Flagler Beach City Commission is leaning toward Flagler Golf Management to take over the old 9-hole course at the south end of town as obstacles remain and few alternatives exist. The next round is scheduled for Oct. 22.

As Palm Coast Groans Over Its Anemic Golf Course, Flagler Beach Wants One Of Its Own

| April 24, 2015

the Flagler Beach City Commission will look to buy the last 3 acres within the old Ocean Palm Golf Club at the south end of town and look to return the whole parcel to a golf operation through a lease with a private company, assuming one can shoulder the task.

Case Closed: Flagler Beach Commission Votes 4-1 to Buy $600,000 “Quint” Fire Truck

| October 14, 2014

There was debating, pleading, occasional shouting and plenty of sniping, but in the end a conclusion foretold months ago was ratified with a 4-1 vote as the Flagler Beach City Commission Thursday night opted to buy a nearly $600,000 fire truck called a “quint.”

Bruce Campbell Resigns As Flagler Beach City Manager

| October 10, 2014

Flagler Beach City Manager Bruce Campbell on Friday told his staff he was resigning after three years on the job. He did not give any reasons.

Settle Wants Carney Out as Commission Chair in Flagler Beach, Underscoring Dysfunction

| September 18, 2014

In an unprecedented move in the city’s history, Flagler Beach City Commissioner Steve Settled will seek to have Kim Carney removed from the commission chairmanship next week, and replaced with Marshall Shupe.

Flagler Beach Rejects Commissioner Carney’s Proposal to Put $600,000 Fire Truck Buy on Hold

| August 28, 2014

When Commissioner made a motion to pull the $600,000 truck buy proposal out of the budget this year and “think about what we’re doing,” the rest of the commission snubbed her during a contentious, at times anger-tinged meeting.

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.

Flagler Beach Again Punts on Mobile Food Vendors, Opting to Redraw Looser Regulations

| October 25, 2013

In their latest wrangles over whether to allow mobile food vendors or not, Flagler Beach commissioners appeared confused about who would be allowed where, and how to balance the rights of property owners with the rights of business owners and entrepreneurs to freely compete, without the city’s interference.

Acting Flagler Beach Fire Chief’s Past Drug Issues Aside, Questions Arise Over Certification

| July 26, 2013

City Manager Bruce Campbell and Commission Chairman Steve Settle say they were not aware of Acting Fire Chief Robbie Creal’s past marijuana use or the investigation that led to his resignation and retirement in 2002, and Campbell said he had not verified whether Creal has the certification to be an active fireman at fire scenes, in line with state law requirements that kicked in July 1.

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.

“That’s Crap,” McGrew Tells Fuego Del Mar Owner After Accusation of Business Unfriendliness in Flagler Beach

| June 14, 2013

When Fuego Del Mar Restaurant owner Nicolas Kimball accused the city of wanting businesses to be successful only up to a point, Flagler Beach Commissioner Joy McGrew shot back, sharply and unapologetically, setting down a marker against repeated accusations of business unfriendliness.

Shupe and Carney Clash as Fire Merger Referendum Proposal Enflames Flagler Beach Commission

| May 24, 2013

Flagler Beach City Commissioner Marshall Shupe questioned fellow-Commissioner Kim Carney’s honesty over talks with county officials on a potential fire department merger after Commissioner Joy McGrew proposed handing the matter to voters next March in a citywide referendum.

In Flagler Beach, a First Friday Flare-Up Derails a Hot-Rod Idea, Cautioning Businesses

| May 13, 2013

Flagler Beach has been urging businesses to get involved in planning First Friday events. A restaurant owner did, only to see her initiative–a hot rod contest judged by commissioners–cancelled, costing her $1,000, over questions Commissioner Steve Settle raised about the legality of Commissioner Jane Mealy’s judging the auto contest.

Flagler Beach Bats Down Fire Department Consolidation, Agreeing Only to Ask Questions

| May 9, 2013

Flagler Beach Commissioner Kim Carney’s proposal to formally ask the county for information on possible consolidation got no support but was replaced by a watered-down agreement to “ask questions” and have them answered by City Manager Bruce Campbell, through meetings with the county if necessary.

Steve Settle Is Named Chairman of the Flagler Beach City Commission on 5-0 Vote

| March 15, 2013

Steve Settle is the new chairman of the Flagler Beach City Commission. He was elected unanimously Thursday evening by his fellow-commissioners (and himself). He replaces Jane Mealy, who’d served one year in the post.

An Insulted Flagler Beach Commission Rebuffs Holmberg’s Plan and Wants Its Money Back

| February 15, 2013

The Flagler Beach City Commission Thursday was offended by the shoddiness and ill-mannered presentation of Dick Holmberg, who’d received $50,000 for an analysis of the shore’s erosion problem, and as a first step to a $10 million solution he was proposing. The city decided to cut its losses instead.

As One Candidate Withdraws, Jane Mealy and Steve Settle Are Re-Elected in Flagler Beach

| February 12, 2013

With the withdrawal of Oceanside Grill owner John Lulgjuraj, Jane Mealy and Steve Settle were automatically re-elected to the Flagler Beach City Commission, making the March 5 election unnecessary.

Flagler Beach City Government Wants to Take Over July 4 Events, But Unsure How

| January 25, 2013

Flagler Beach government, eager to replicate Palm Coast’s method of making money from special events, would take over July 4 festivities run until now by the chamber of commerce, but city commissioners are uncomfortable with a complete take-over.

Oceanside Co-Owner Lulgjuraj Joins Mealy And Settle in Flagler Beach Commission Race

| January 18, 2013

Flagler Beach City Commission incumbents Jane Mealy and Steve Settle are being challenged by John Lulgjuraj, owner of Flagler Beach’s Oceanside Grill, in the March 5 election. Two of the three candidates will win.

As Flagler Beach Asks for Hand-Outs, A Commissioner Asks for Employee Raises

| December 13, 2012

Flagler Beach City Commissioner Marshall Shupe proposed a mid-year raise or a $500 bonus for employees. Three commissioners rejected the idea, citing process and timing, including the recent lay-off of some employees. They could have also cited Flagler Beach’s hat-in-hand requests for money from the county'[s tourism council and from Palm Coast.

For Flagler Beach Manager Bruce Campbell, An Evaluation Only a Few Stars Shy of Glowing

| October 17, 2012

Bruce Campbell, who was at the center of an 18-month controversy that finally ended in October 2011 with his permanent appointment as manager, came through his first full job evaluation as “outstanding,” assuring him of solid job security even from his two strongest critics on the commission.

Flagler Beach Kills Discussion on Amendment 4 as Property Tax Measure Divides Politicians

| October 12, 2012

The quick death of the discussion item is a reflection of the polarizing effects of Amendment 4, which has ardent anti-tax advocates–including politicians elected on limited government platforms–rallying around it while some local government representatives strain to explain how it would short-change revenue.

Live, “Loud” Music Again Riles Flagler Beach Residents, Who Demand a Rule Rewrite

| October 11, 2012

Two years ago it was Hurricane Patty’s. This time it’s Johnny D’s whose live music is that’s drawing the ire of residents. One Johnny D’s neighbor is asking the Flagler Beach City Commission to more strictly rewrite its noise ordinance. A workshop is scheduled for November to consider the request.

Flagler County’s Holmberg Problem: Beach Erosion Guru Dredges Up Skepticism

| July 31, 2012

Dick Holmberg of Holmberg Technologies spoke of his beach erosion option to three local government panels meeting jointly today, but left most skeptical about the reliability and extent of the information he is willing to provide before landing a $50,000 contract for a project analysis.

Flagler Beach Fire Chief Martin Roberts Faces Firing on Insubordination Charge

| July 16, 2012

Flagler Beach City Manager Bruce Campbell told Martin Roberts he’d be fired pending a pre-disciplinary hearing on July 17. Roberts had served as chief since November 2005. He was at the center of a controversy over unauthorized trips.

With Fire Chief’s Job Teetering, Flagler Beach Commission Splits Over Ethics and Dysfunction

| July 10, 2012

In a special meeting prompted by a controversy over unauthorized fire department trips to fire truck manufacturers, the city commission Tuesday agreed to rewrite some of its ethics guidelines, but a proposal to turn commissioners into whistle-blowers is facing resistance.

In Flagler Beach, a Clash of Authority Entangles The Manager, Fire Chief and Commissioners

| July 3, 2012

The controversy over all-expenses-paid trip Fire Chief Martin Roberts and others took to investigate fire trucks is bringing to light a more serious conflict over City Manager Bruce Campbell’s authority, and the city commission’s habit of meddling directly with city department heads, over Campbell’s.

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