LETTERS: On school tech, red lights and City Hall



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Thanks to the community for funding technology

(Note: This message was issued by the Flagler County School District.)
The Flagler County School Board has approved a transformative investment in the success and future of Flagler County students and staff. As part of the continuing commitment to the community, who approved the recent half-penny sales tax renewal, beginning this school year every Flagler County student in grades 5 through 12 will be issued a MacBook or iPad for 24/7 access to engaging and interactive technology and digital curriculum resources.

Students in grades K-4 will also have ubiquitous access to the same technology and resources in their classrooms, via shared devices.

The Florida Department of Education has mandated that every public school district shift to digital instructional materials and transition to online assessment by 2015.

Jacob Oliva, assistant superintendent states: “This is groundbreaking territory for our school district and will change the way we deliver instruction in our schools. Flagler County will definitely be pioneering and setting the standard for other districts to follow.

“Through the use of thoughtful and innovative technology that enhances and extends teaching and learning, which includes simple yet significant support and access to the largest collection of educational content and productivity tools in the world, we will bring tremendous value to our students, our teachers and our taxpayers.

“We thank you, our community, for your loyal support and trust as we continue to lead the state in innovative learning and teaching in our A-rated district.”

Flagler Schools

Reveal data to prove red light cameras make us safer

Dear Editor:
It’s time to resolve whether the red light camera program in Palm Coast is effective or not. It’s time for Palm Coast officials to disclose the data that prove there has been an overall reduction in accidents/injuries/deaths citywide over the past year due to the introduction of cameras at selected intersections.

Bill Campion
Palm Coast

Red light cameras are a drain on local economy

Dear Editor:
Of all the comments concerning the red light cameras, both negative (mostly) and positive, I don't recall anyone addressing the effect these cameras have on the local economy.

The latest figures show a total of 670 tickets issued for the week of July 8 to July 14. Assuming this is an average week, that comes to around $106,530. Multiply that by 52 weeks and it amounts to $5,539,560 for the year. If the state and vendor get around $100 per ticket, that comes to close to $3.5 million dollars leaving the local economy. How many jobs does that amount to?

Charles Dean
Palm Coast

Build City Hall now; we deserve it

Dear Editor:
We have had five makeshift city halls in our short history since Dec. 31, 1999, when we exuberantly named our self a millennium city. David Letterman has asked, "Where is Palm Coast?" on his TV show, and national headlines have told us that we are the fastest growing city in the United States.

Almost all of the people I talk to tell me they would not think of living anywhere else. What are we waiting for?

Consider the following: The cost of building is less expensive in poor economic times, and taxpayers get the most for their money. Building now would create local income that directly benefits the entire community. We have the necessary land available to us. Our city government has wisely accumulated funds during better times to do the job without raising taxes to do it. We are paying almost a quarter-million dollars in annual rent for an inadequate facility with a questionable future.

In my opinion, our residents and city employees deserve an efficient, modern City Hall that our city can be proud of and now is the time to build it.

Art Dycke
Palm Coast


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Currently 6 Responses

  • 1.
  • Just got 3 red light tickets for making right turn on red's because I didn't come to a complete stop. Luckily got all 3 thrown out because of a technicality...no sign indicating "Includes right turns" at the intersection of Belle Terre and Pine Lakes. By the way since then a sign has been placed. I now do all my shopping in St Augustine and avoid Pam Coast other than US1 at all cost. Way to go idiots!!
  • John Smith
    Fri 30th Aug 2013
    at 7:02am
  • 2.
  • Just 'received " a ticket($188.00)...$158.00 + ($30.00 for processing)for failure to come to a complete stop turning right on red in front (red light cameras) of Flagler hospital intersection...their defense is preventing accidents at the tune of thousands each year....thats really laughable...they conveniently combine the" turning right on red" with RUNNING A RED LIGHT.....YOU STUPID PEOPLE SOUND LIKE OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT...hey anytime we need more money lets just lay it on the middle class and find a way to tax them or levy a greater fine....first of all the fine is ridiculous...lower class income people cant afford a fine like that......$188.00 is alot of groceries for some people.......truly running "thru" a red light maybe justified..but easing thru a white line and turning right hardly justifies 4188.00.....HEY CITY COUNSEL!!! FIX THIS STUPID IDEA..FIX IT NOW.......THE tourist trade is down enough wait till we put up signs warning them to stay out of Flagler and St. Johns county because our stupid officials dont know how to apply common sense traffic laws.......Ive donated my $188.00.;..just for thought i was taking my wife to the emergency room when i failed to "stop completely" for a right hand turn..........SEE YOU AT THE BALLOT BOX..IDIOTS!!!
    Tue 20th Aug 2013
    at 9:27am
  • 3.
  • Art ... if YOU think we need a new City hall ... why don't YOU pay for it with YOUR money ... not MINE!! Maybe you could get together with Michael Chiumento and donate a building or it.
  • Tired of Taxation
    Mon 5th Aug 2013
    at 4:59pm
  • 4.
  • How many people now drive north to St. Augustine to buy their paint, home reno supplies, clothing, etc to avoid the wrath of the red light cameras? How much revenue is local stores losing due to these red light camera fines? I live at the beach so I do just that more times than not. Having just purchased our home here, it's now been said to me by friends and service companies; "Palm Coast is a money hungry city." Very, very sad to live by a city that is thought of this way.
  • Terry-Anne Heidenreich
    Sun 4th Aug 2013
    at 6:14am
  • 5.
  • School board succs
  • brian jones
    Sat 3rd Aug 2013
    at 10:59pm
  • 6.
  • whoever signed off on the apple laptops needs to be fired..NOW
  • brian jones
    Sat 3rd Aug 2013
    at 2:12pm
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