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Online Booking Companies’ Tax Evasion Fleeces Flagler Tourism and Florida Dues

| February 20, 2013

Online booking companies like Expedia and Hotels.com are short-changing Flagler and Florida of millions of dollars in sales and bed taxes, and unfairly competing with local hotels, argues Milissa Holland, yet the Legislature is looking to give those companies more tax breaks. It’s not the way to go.

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.

16-Year-Old’s High-Def Eye In the Sky Gives Flagler Free and Spectacular Publicity

| September 10, 2012

Lucas Weekley, a budding engineer from Ocala, builds and flies remote-controlled aircraft that shoot high-definition video, which he edits and launches on YouTube through his BuyBee TV. Flagler Beach and Hammock Dunes were the lucky subjects of his last production.

The Downside of Tourism Jobs, and What North Carolina Can Teach Florida

| September 5, 2012

Florida is adding jobs, but mostly in tourism and service industry, low-skilled work that has involuntarily forced people into part-time employment. North Carolina has seen more employment grow in the information technology and research sectors. These jobs tend to offer higher pay and more stability.

In a Defeat for Flagler and 16 Counties, Judge Rules For Travel Companies on Tourism Taxes

| April 24, 2012

Leon County Circuit Judge James Shelfer ruled in favor of the industry last week, going against Flagler and 16 other counties that argue they have lost out on millions of dollars in tourist-development taxes.

Turner Talk Begins at Flagler’s Tourist Development Council; Several Grants Awarded

| January 18, 2012

Georgia Turner, Flagler’s new tourism chief, had her debut before the Tourist Development Council Wednesday as the council approved grants totaling $170,000, including underwriting for two popular and growing local conferences that attract numerous out-of-towners.

An Introductory Letter from Georgia Turner, Flagler’s New Tourism Guru

| December 7, 2011

Turner was hired in November to lead the county’s tourism efforts on behalf of the Tourist Development Council. She introduces herself in her own words.

Exodus at Flagler Chamber of Commerce As Four Staffers Resign in Four Weeks

| November 16, 2011

After Peggy Heiser announced her resignation as tourism’s VP, Lauren Walsh, Nick Langille and Laura Gamba followed, though Chamber President Doug Baxter assures: “It’s got nothing to do with me,” while the TDC wondered if pay is adequate.

From Quiet Alabama and Unquiet Daytona, Georgia Turner Is Flagler’s New Tourism Chief

| November 5, 2011

Georgia Turner, a sharp, congenial 30-year veteran of public relations and marketing hired out of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, follows Peggy Heiser, who resigned two weeks ago from the $65,000-a-year job.

Palm Coast Pinch-Hits for Troubled Marathon Promoter Dean Reinke, Securing TDC Grant

| October 19, 2011

Half-Marathon promoter Dean Reinke’s Dean Reinke Sports Group attempted three times to get Tourist Development Council subsidies in the last two years and was turned down because of deceptive practices. Palm Coast government stepped in and got the grant for the January event.

County Approves Tourist Council’s $800,000 Marketing Budget, Minus Raises for Staff

| September 7, 2011

A proposal to raise TDC executive Peggy Heiser’s salary by 7.7 percent was pulled from consideration shortly before the meeting, eliminating what would have been a contentious debate over the council’s budget.

Tourism Council Approves $800,000 Budget Over Objection to Exec’s 7.7% Raise

| August 21, 2011

The publicly funded tourism council approved a 7.7 percent raise for the Flagler Chamber of Commerce’s VP for tourism and the council’s administrative head, and 6 percent raises for two staff members. The Flagler County Commission must give final approval.

As Proposed County Budget Kills Enterprise Flagler, Ottati Asks for Up Or Down Vote

| August 7, 2011

Mired in disarray, economic development’s future in Flagler County is mobilizing around two competing plans–the county’s and enterprise Flagler’s–with Enterprise Flagler asking for a vote and Palm Coast still sitting it all out.

Citing Deception, Council Rejects Reinke’s $10,000 Request for Palm Coast Half-Marathon

| July 20, 2011

Adding to the Reinke Sports Group’s troubled history, it is the third time in two years that the Flagler Tourist Development Council rejects a request for subsidies for the Palm half-marathon. The Flagler Auditorium had an easier time with its $10,000 request.

Risk-Avoidance: July 4 Fireworks Canceled in Flagler Beach and Palm Coast’s Town Center

| June 20, 2011

The Flagler County Commission canceled both fireworks shows, saying it would be too risky in fire-prone, drought conditions despite projected rains. The $30,000 worth of fireworks may be staged around Labor Day.

$150,000 for New Fields at Indian Trails Complex as Tourism and Sports Merge

| May 23, 2011

Palm Coast is looking to expand the Indian Trails Sports Complex to attract more lacrosse and soccer tournaments to the area, and with them more visitors.

State of the Ax: from Flagler to Tallahassee To D.C., Arts Funding Is Under Siege

| April 25, 2011

The NEA’s federal arts dollars are on the defensive. Florida cut back its arts funding to almost nothing. Palm Coast, Bunnell and Flagler Beach are just as stingy. The county and school district alone still support art and culture.

TDC Approves $30,000 for Dual July 4th Fireworks Under Unifying Americana Theme

| April 20, 2011

With Palm Coast fireworks on July 3rd and Flagler Beach fireworks on the 4th, the tourist council is hoping Flagler County will be a destination for racing fans worn out by July 1 and 2 races in Daytona Beach.

Reversing Bad Run, Flagler Auditorium Scores $5,000 Grant from Tourist Council

| March 16, 2011

After losing out on at least $15,000 for various reasons, the Flagler Auditorium managed to eke out $5,000 from the Tourist Development Council, a small but significant financial boost to a budget of over half a million dollars.

Washington Oaks Gardens and Bulow Ruins Among 53 State Parks That Would Close

| February 1, 2011

Similar proposals have been made before, but the state must close a $3.6 billion budget gap, and Gov. Rick Scott is not as friendly to the environment as Charlie Crist was.

Doctors Are Coming, Loads of Them, But Should Public Dollars Defray Conference Costs?

| January 18, 2011

The 5th Annual Primary Care Spring Conference will bring some 300 physicians to Hammock Beach Resort in April. Flagler County’s Tourist Development Council is ready to approve a $10,000 public-dollar subsidy.

Messy Proposal: Scenic A1A Group’s $15,000 Beach-Cleanup Request Turned Down Again

| December 17, 2010

Friends of Scenic A1A are seeking the $15,000 to conduct monthly cleanups of beaches along Flagler. The Tourist Development Council has been unimpressed with the proposal’s lack of clarity and accountability.

More Trouble for Palm Coast Marathon Promoter Dean Reinke: Sued in Federal Court

| December 14, 2010

A Missouri city last week filed a motion for an injunction against Dean Reinke of Reinke Sports Group, who faces a copyright-infringement suit in Indiana and a string of setbacks in other cities where he staged half-marathons.

Palm Coast Hispanic Festival Ramps It Up From Puerto Rican Power to Colombian Folklore

| October 3, 2010

The fourth annual Hispanic festival, held at Town Center over three days, aimed to exceed last year’s attendance of 10,000 despite an eventful weekend in Flagler County.

All Maya All the Time: How the Government Building in Bunnell Became Archeology Central

| October 2, 2010

The four-day Maya at the Playa Conference at the county and school building gathered the leading experts in Maya archeology and history from nine countries and 29 states, drawing some 160 participants.

Joining Palm Coast, County Administration Disputes Arts Foundation’s Conference Center

| September 20, 2010

The tourism council recommends spending up to $50,000 on a marketing study for the center. The county administration disagrees. It’ll be up to county commissioners to decide Monday evening.

Grumpily, Tourist Council Extends Aging Grant for Princess Place Preserve 1 More Year

| September 15, 2010

The $35,000 matching grant from the council was awarded in 2006 to improve the preserve’s museum. It’s been poorly handled since, though the preserve’s value is indisputable.

Tourist Tax Increase Clears Key Hurdle With 4-1 County Commission Vote

| September 8, 2010

The Flagler County Commission must now hold a public hearing on the increase of the tax from 3 to 4 percent, but the 4-1 vote suggests the measure is headed for approval.

It’s Raining Taxes: Despite Rising Revenue, County Considers Increase in Bed Tax to 4%

| August 5, 2010

The increase to 4 percent would fuel the backlash against other local tax proposals and increases.

Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s Methods Assailed Again–Unjustly, Its President Says

| July 22, 2010

“They didn’t come up with any substantial numbers, or at least verifiable numbers,” a tourist council member said of the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s plans for a banquet center.

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