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FEMA Finally Broadens Emergency Declaration to Include Homeowners; Flagler Beach Re-Opens Beaches Wednesday

| October 18, 2016

FEMA’s declaration will let homeowners claim up to $33,000 in repair or recovery expenses attributed to Hurricane Matthew. The beaches in Flagler Beach will reopen from North 4th Street to South 8th Street on Wednesday, and go further after the weekend.

150 Volunteers Swarm to Clean Up Flagler’s Beaches, Some to Reopen by Mid-Week; FPC Students Clear Graham Swamp Trail

| October 16, 2016

In Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher drew a mass of volunteers in less than 24 hours for the Sunday clean-up, and in Palm Coast, FPC track Coach David Halliday led his team along Graham Swamp’s trails, cleaning them up around the same time.

At Painters Hill and Washington Oaks, Crumbling Houses and a Devastated Treasure Beyond the Public Eye

| October 13, 2016

Here’s the first look at destruction not seen before: how Hurricane Matthew left houses on Painters Hill uninhabitable, and demolished and unrecognizably remade Washington Oaks Garden State Park’s beach-side park. With video.

Flagler Pleads With FEMA For Emergency Declaration to Help Homeowners; Politics and Data Help

| October 13, 2016

Flagler’s FEMA declaration applied to government, not to homeowners’ losses. That second declaration is still pending, and it’s not a given as FEMA evaluators continue to scour the county to assess damages.

6 People Rescued From Tugboat on Fire in Ocean Off Marineland

| July 22, 2016

It was not the first recent problem for the Thomas Dann tugboat. Two fireballs were seen from shore, indications of explosions. Its crew was picked up by a fishing vessel, though Flagler County Fire Rescue’s Marine Unit was set to carry out the rescue.

Flagler Beach Fireworks on July 4 Cap 4-Day Celebration; Palm Coast Fireworks on July 3

| July 2, 2016

Flagler Beach this year is hosting a four-day celebration, starting Friday, with fireworks and the parade on July 4, and fireworks in Palm Coast on July 3 in Town Center.

In a First, Flagler Beach Will Offer Free Parking And Shuttles On and Off Island All Day July 4

| June 29, 2016

Flagler Beach made arrangements to provide free parking at the Food Lion on SR100 and free shuttle service in and out of the city from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 4, with additional free parking at Santa Maria del Mar Church.

72-Year-Old Man Exposes Himself to Two Teen Girls at Pier’s A-Frame in Flagler Beach

| June 9, 2016

James Tussing, who has no prior arrest record, exposed himself to a 15-year-old girl and her friend and blamed them for wearing bikinis late into the night.

In Victory for Flagler Beach, Dreaded and Un-Scenic A1A Signs Will Not Spear the City

| May 18, 2016

The state transportation department finally barred the signs from Flagler Beach and Beverly Beach after an intense campaign by city officials that reflected almost unanimous public outrage against the signs.

TDC Favors Beverly Beach’s $32,000 Walkover Renovations, But Not Before Unusual Grilling

| May 18, 2016

The questioning was another example of of the TDC’s more inquisitorial attitude toward local projects as opposed to a less rigorous or accountable approach when the applicant is an out-of-town organization, including for-profits.

“Go Forward!” Flagler Beach Tells County, Clearing Way for $900,000 Design of Beach-Erosion Project

| April 18, 2016

The Flagler Beach City Commission endorsed the county’s decision to give up on federal dollars and instead spend county and state dollars on the first phase of what will amount to a hugely expensive, $44 million beach-protection project over the next 50 years.

Cycle Flagler, Flagler Beach Rotary’s Annual Tour, Returns May 1 With Circuits of 16 to 100 Miles

| April 11, 2016

The Rotary Club of Flagler Beach’s Cycle Flagler is back. The 2016 edition is scheduled for May 1, starting with 6 a.m. registration at the Flagler County Airport, one of the event’s hosts.

In Major Shift, County Proposes Rebuilding Beach Without Federal Dollars For Now

| April 5, 2016

With federal dollars unlikely to share in the $44 million project, Administrator Craig Coffey wants the county commission to share costs with state transportation and environmental agencies instead, though the plan is rife with uncertainties.

Flagler Beach Commission Denounces A1A Committee’s Plan for Signs on Scenic Road

| March 24, 2016

Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway’s clumsily executed plan to install directional signs in Flagler Beach drew harsh and unanimous criticism from the Flagler Beach City Commission Thursday evening.

Conflict Concerns Raised Over Tourism’s Matt Dunn Moonlighting at His Own Agency

| October 19, 2015

Flagler government tourism chief Matt Dunn, an $82,000-a-year employee, owns a company that offers services similar to those he provides the county, raising questions of conflicts of interest.

Party On: Flagler Beach Commission Approves Policy For Private Events on Pier, 4-0

| September 11, 2015

The Flgler Beach City Commission Thursday voted 4-0 to approve a new policy regulating how the Flagler Beach pier may be rented out for private parties–and closed to the general public–up to six times a year.

In Flagler Beach, Builders Are Beating Back Higher Standards For Flood-Plain Homes

| September 3, 2015

Builders in February opposed new regulations raising new homes higher than current flood-plain heights. Builders are now objecting to a compromise, forcing the city to revisit its regulations yet again.

Privatize the Flagler Beach Pier? Commission Says Yes to 6 Events Per Year, to Make Money

| September 1, 2015

The Flagler Beach pier already generates well over $300,000 a year for the city, and rising, but commissioners want more: they’d close off the pier to private parties six times a year, for $155 an hour plus additional fees.

County Government Will Take Over Flagler Tourism Office From Chamber in Latest Expansion

| August 17, 2015

The tourism office’s four employees have been under contract through the Flagler chamber of commerce. By next fall, they’ll be county employees, but their budget will still be underwritten by the 4 percent surtax on short-term rentals.

Sea Ray Issues Open Letter to Flagler Beach Ahead of Thursday’s Special Meeting

| August 5, 2015

The Flagler Beach City Commission meets in special session Thursday to consider taking its opposition to a Sea Ray plan for a parking lot to the state. Sea Ray offers its side.

Judge Rules Mostly in Favor of Flagler County Authority to Regulate Vacation Rentals

| June 1, 2015

Judge Orfinger denied an attempt by short-term vacation-rental owners and managers to stop county regulations from taking effect, though on one count he ruled that the ordinance may not apply to contracts signed before mid-February, when the ordinance was passed.

Flagler Beach Doesn’t Have a Parking Problem. It Has a Big Government Problem.

| May 29, 2015

If Flagler Beach adopts paid parking, it’ll invite a problem as onerous as Palm Coast’s red-light cameras, damaging its reputation, needlessly hurting its businesses and alienating its closest and most loyal visitors.

Island Grille Restaurant Opens in Flagler Beach, Resurrecting Blue in Silver Mist

| May 27, 2015

The Island Grille opened May 27 where Blue Restaurant used to be, with chef Gary Maresca back in the kitchen and a team of four co-owners promising gastronomy and success.

On Parking Mire, Flagler Beach Commission Piles Confusion On Top of Indecision

| May 18, 2015

After a proposal to put the question of paid parking to a referendum failed, the Flagler Beach City Commission had trouble giving its administration direction on what to do next.

Flagler Commissioners Formalize Opposition to Fracking and Seismic Testing for Oil and Gas

| May 18, 2015

A pair of resolutions put Flagler government on record opposing the Obama administration’s allowance for seismic testing for oil and gas offshore, and opposing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Florida.

662 Spaces Would Convert to Paid Parking in Flagler Beach in Panel’s Vast, Costly Proposal

| April 29, 2015

Flagler Beach’s Ad Hoc Parking Committee, at work two years, will submit its recommendations Thursday to a special meeting of the city commission, with a focus on two options that call for paid parking either in city lots or throughout premium areas of the city, including A1A.

Flagler Beach Parking History: Two Decades of Inaction

| April 29, 2015

A chronological look at Flagler Beach’s history of parking initiatives–paid parking, metered proposals, buying lots and other ideas, most of which faltered.

As Showdown Looms Over Salamander’s Hammock Beach Hotel, County Asks For Delay

| January 9, 2015

A hearing before the Flagler County Commission Monday evening was to decide the fate of a proposed 198-room hotel at Hammock Beach Resort. The county administration is asking for a delay until February.

For Oceanside Grill in Flagler Beach, a Parking Lot Becomes Epic Battleground Over City Rules

| December 3, 2014

The city told Oceanside Grill that it had inadequate parking, and when the restaurant bought a lot to comply, the city told it it could not use it for parking. The contradictions came to a head at a planning board meeting Tuesday, but a compromise is in the works.

Despite Big Economic Impact, Flagler Beach Mostly Snubs Groundbreaking to Double Gamble Rogers Park’s Camping Sites

| October 16, 2014

There were more top state and county officials than Flagler Beach officials at today’s groudbreaking at Gamble Rogers State Park, an echo of the city’s failed attempt to change the name of the recreation area back to Flagler Beach last month.



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