Year: 2023

Traffic Signal Enhancements at Buddy Taylor Middle School

Traffic Signal Enhancements at Buddy Taylor Middle School

Buddy Taylor Middle School recently collaborated with the City of Palm Coast to address concerns at its intersection regarding traffic. Following reports from school officials about issues with the traffic signal, the City's Traffic Division team promptly investigated the matter. Upon inspection, it was discovered that an electrical surge had affected the traffic signal cabinet at Buddy Taylor Middle School, causing intermittent failures in several traffic signal detector amplifiers. The City’s traffic team was able to resolve these issues ensuring smoother traffic flow and enhanced safety measures. Following observations and feedback, adjustments were made to the pedestrian crossing, exclusively serving…
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Anonymous Donor Brings Christmas Cupcake Magic to Palm Coast

Anonymous Donor Brings Christmas Cupcake Magic to Palm Coast

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, a silent TikTok fan of the Cupcake Café, donated a total of $3,900 to pay for holiday orders. The follower wishes to remain anonymous. It started on December 16th, 2023, when the anonymous donor called Theresa Tazewell, owner of the Cupcake Café, and donated a total of $700 to pay for orders in the shop that day. The gesture had sparked a cascade event, inspiring other followers to call in and pay for orders. Following this, the anonymous donor called again, and donated another $700 to pay for the cupcake jars that Theresa…
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Palm Coast Resident Dana “Mark” Stancel Running for City Council in 2024

Palm Coast Resident Dana “Mark” Stancel Running for City Council in 2024

"Seeing how corrupt and uncaring the City Council is about the citizens of Palm Coast is what prompted me to run. People would bring their problems to City Council and some of the Council members would be playing on their phones and not doing anything," Stancel told us when we sat down to discuss his bid for City Council's District 3 seat. The Stancel's moved to Palm Coast in April of 2021, and Stancel has been involved in the Citizens Advisory Committee as well as the Code Enforcement board since moving here. Stancel retired from the army where he spent…
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FCSO Will Have Increased Patrols and DUI Enforcement for New Year’s Weekend

FCSO Will Have Increased Patrols and DUI Enforcement for New Year’s Weekend

As we say goodbye to 2023 and welcome the new year, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) would like to remind the community to be safe and not to drive impaired! Members of FCSO Motor/Traffic Unit will be conducting various enforcement details in high-crash locations and monitoring speeding and aggressive driving behavior. In addition, patrol units dedicated to D.U.I. enforcement will be looking for impaired drivers. The goal for this New Year’s weekend is to reduce and prevent crime opportunities and reduce aggressive and impaired driving so that everyone can celebrate the New Year safely. “We’d like to wish all…
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Flagler Beach Hosting New Years Celebrations at the Pier for 2023

Flagler Beach Hosting New Years Celebrations at the Pier for 2023

The Flagler Beach Mayor and City Commissioners invite residents and visitors to celebrate the start of 2024. The night’s events will begin at 8:00 PM at Veterans Park (corner of Moody Boulevard/State Route 100 and Oceanshore Boulevard (State Route A1A) at 8:00 PM, with music and entertainment provided by “The Sound of the Surf- 97.3 FM.” An oversized illuminated surfboard (fabricated by Tango) will be lowered to mark the stroke of midnight, followed immediately by a fireworks display (My Three Sons Fireworks Company) launched from the Flagler Beach Pier. Thank you to Rogers Towing and Recovery for additional technical support…
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Chiumento Law Celebrates 50 Years of Commitment to the Community and Launches Chiumento CARES Fund to Address Student Homelessness

Chiumento Law Celebrates 50 Years of Commitment to the Community and Launches Chiumento CARES Fund to Address Student Homelessness

Chiumento Law, a pillar of the community for half a century, is proud to announce its 50th anniversary community commitment campaign. Over the past few months, the firm has showcased its dedication to the community by highlighting the support of numerous community members. A fraction of this commitment to the community culminated in a heartwarming client appreciation event held in December, where Chiumento Law expressed its gratitude to clients past and present with treats and hot cocoa.   As part of its ongoing mission to serve the Flagler community, Chiumento Law is gearing up for a significant event in February…
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Women United Flagler Allocates Nearly $38,000 To Local Agencies

Women United Flagler Allocates Nearly $38,000 To Local Agencies

Women United Flagler, an affinity group of United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties, is pleased to announce the group recently distributed grants and scholarships totaling $29,350 to Flagler County Non-Profit agencies. An additional $8,644 went to the United Way Community Impact Fund, which serves nonprofits in both Volusia and Flagler Counties. “With the amazing support of the community, Women United Flagler provided nearly $38,000 in grants, which was an increase of $20,000 over last year,” said Women United Flagler President Linda Mahran. “This year’s 15th Annual Power of the Purse event held in April, was a major contributor. We are grateful…
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Flooded in Flagler Beach; Residents Battling Storm Water Issues on the Barrier Island

Flooded in Flagler Beach; Residents Battling Storm Water Issues on the Barrier Island

Palm Coast isn't the only area seeing a flooding issue. Flagler Beach residents are suffering from many of the same issues that Palm Coast residents are facing. The addition of new homes being developed is causing older and existing homes to see flooding issues on their property's. One Flagler Beach resident, Kristina Joy Proto, sat down with us to discuss the progression of the flooding issues she has at her residence in Flagler Beach.  Her home was built in 1992, and she bought the residence in 2017. Many of the lots when she purchased were undeveloped when she purchased her…
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Cold-weather shelter to open Friday, Saturday evenings as 2023 ends with overnight lows in the high 30s

Cold-weather shelter to open Friday, Saturday evenings as 2023 ends with overnight lows in the high 30s

The Sheltering Tree will open its cold-weather shelter on Friday and Saturday nights at the Rock Transformation Center (formerly Church on the Rock) not only for the homeless, but for anyone who is without heat. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures in the high 30s during the overnight hours on December 29 and 30. The criteria for opening the cold-weather shelter is based on overnight temperatures that drop below 40 degrees. “The shelter may open again on New Years Eve, depending on the temperatures that are currently forecast to be 42 degrees. If the National Weather Service changes its…
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Flagler County Sheriff’s Weekly Report December 22 – 27

Flagler County Sheriff’s Weekly Report December 22 – 27

 Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputies made 21 arrests over the long holiday weekend between 6 a.m. on Friday, December 22, 2023, and 6 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, and handled 1,417 calls for service and made 244 traffic stops. “It was a long holiday weekend for most, but it was also a busy holiday weekend for FCSO deputies,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “Thank you to the deputies, dispatchers, detention staff, and the rest of the FCSO team for working hard and sacrificing time away from their families.” Driver Arrested on Several Charges Following Traffic Stop On Saturday night,…
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