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Creekside Festival Celebrates 10th Year Saturday and Sunday at Princess Place Preserve

| October 10, 2014

Drawing upwards of 15,000 guests each year, the Chamber of Commerce-managed two-day festival offers exhibits and activities to appeal to all tastes. This year’s event is set for Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12.

Big Sugar Turns to Mass Development, Potentially Affecting Everglades Restoreation Efforts

| September 17, 2014

Environmental groups around the state are alarmed at U.S. Sugar’s plans to change its business model and potentially develop huge tracts of land it owns in South Florida, which might affect Everglades restoration efforts.

Gamble Rogers Rec Area Will Keep Its Name as Flagler Beach Concedes: “Not Worth the Fight”

| September 16, 2014

The Flagler Beach City Commission and the County Commission both retreated from a push to remove Gamble Rogers’s name from the Flagler Beach recreation area following a series of setbacks and a public backlash against the idea.

Flagler Beach’s Dishonorable Ploy: Don’t Remove Gamble Rogers’ Name From Rec Area

| September 5, 2014

Flagler Beach is terribly misguided and short-sighted in its attempt to remove Gamble Rogers from the state recreation area’s name, a reflection of the tourism industry’s faddish obsession with “branding” at the expense of fostering more substantive cultural attractions.

Flagler Beach Wins County’s Backing To Kill Gamble Rogers In Recreation Area’s Name

| September 3, 2014

The recreation area was named after folk singer Gamble Rogers in 1992 after he drowned there trying to save a man. Flagler Beach thinks reverting the area’s name to give the city prominence would help tourism and “branding” efforts.

Gamble Rogers State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach: The Lure of the Modest

| September 3, 2014

Gamble Rogers State Park is a 145 acre expanse on the barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal in Flagler Beach, named for the Florida folk singer who drowned there in 1991 while trying to save another swimmer in distress.

Sex Offender Arrested For Exposure as Waterfront Park Picks Up Where Graham Swamp Left Off

| June 18, 2014

Ashley Levern Mitchell, 49, of 12 Bridgehaven Drive in Palm Coast, a registered sex offender from exposing himself to a teen 12 years ago, was arrested at Waterfront Park for allegedly repeatedly exposing himself to a biker at various spots in the park.

On Again: Carver Center Auction Opens Bids for Safaris, Bowling, Pizza in a Commissioner’s Home (BYOB) and More

| April 22, 2014

The popular Carver Center Online Auction is back for the fourth year, with some 67 items to bid on through the rest of the month as Bunnell’s Carver Center foundation hopes to yet again raise at least $5,000. It has done so quite successfully in previous years.

Raising Hope: Indian Trails Guardian Angels Lift Awareness of Teen Suicide and Depression

| April 17, 2014

The Guardian Angels, one of two Indian Trails Middle School Service Learning groups doing projects in conjunction with Palm Coast’s annual Arbor Day celebration on May 3, are raising money to dedicate a walkway at the Children’s Memorial Garden in Waterfront Park.

Open Skateboard Rinks to Scooters and Bikes? County and Flagler Beach Propose More Permissive Rules at Wadsworth

| April 9, 2014

The proposal is dividing officials and parents, some of whom like the broader allowance, some of whom consider it an invitation to accidents and lawsuits. The Flagler County Commission got in on the discussion earlier this week because the park belongs to the county, though it’s been run and policed by Flagler Beach for 10 years.

Flagler Favors Getting Into Cottage Business in County Parks, Starting at Princess Place

| March 18, 2014

The twin proposals would result in three cottages at the Princess Place Preserve costing $390,000. and 10 cottages at River to Sea costing close to $1 million. Profits would be modest, but the county’s aim is to broaden the availability of nature tourism in Flagler.

Palm Coast Dedicates Third Bike Maintenance Station, This Time in Frank Celico’s Memory

| March 11, 2014

It is Palm Coast’s third maintenance station. The Celico Foundation also donated one at the Lehigh Trail on Belle Terre Parkway and Royal Palms Parkway, near the fire station. The Palm Coast Observer and PC Bike donated the first one, located at Waterfront Park. The stations are part of Palm Coast’s emphasis on its trails.

Woody’s BBQ Owners Take On New Restaurant at Bull Creek Camp, With County as Landlord

| February 3, 2014

The Flagler County Commission unanimously approved leasing the restaurant and bait shop at Bull Creek Campground for $1,000 a month to JMC Food Company, a consortium of three partners who run Woody’s B-B-Q in Palm Coast, including Matt Crews, Joe Rizzo and Chris Zwirn. The restaurant opens in spring.

Long Creek Nature Preserve Groundbreaking Postponed to Jan. 14

| January 6, 2014

The Long Creek Nature Preserve project was made possible with money from Flagler County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands program and Florida Forever dollars. Tuesday’s public groundbreaking ceremony planned for the $1.46 million construction is being postponed, due to cold weather, to Jan. 14 at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. Construction was originally due to begin in October.

Your Ad Here: State Negotiating For Advertising Along Florida’s Prime Nature Trails

| December 30, 2013

New York-based Bikepath Country has offered to give the state 30 percent of any revenue over 15 years in exchange for making signs and seeking corporate sponsors for the controversial program, which went into effect more than a year ago.

Palm Coast’s Ambitions for More Parks Soar, But Development Tax to Fund Them Declines

| December 11, 2013

Palm Coast’s park impact fees levied on new construction are about to decline by a few hundred dollars, though the city’s ambitious plans for new parks and recreational facilities over the next few decades are unchanged.

County Sharpens Its Authority to Close Public Lands, But Not Without Commission Input

| November 4, 2013

County Administrator Craig Coffey formalized authority to close certain public lands, including Bulow Woods, Pellicer Flats and the old hospital in Bunnell, either for safety reasons or as lands are undergoing construction or conservation. Trespassers may be arrested. Commissioners wanted to ensure that the administrator would not close lands without their knowledge.

Burnishing Green Creds Ahead of Election, Gov. Scott Wants To Give Everglades a Lift

| August 29, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott is proposing $90 million to help lift a section of the Tamiami Trail, which groups such as the Everglades Foundation have called “one of the most prominent dams” blocking the natural flow of the River of Grass.

At Yellowstone, a Cathedral of Peace Glories to the Very Best of America

| August 25, 2013

At Yellowstone National Park, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with children of immigrants from many lands, and alongside those whose greatest hope is to become a U.S. citizen and claim ownership of a small piece of this wondrous landscape, it is impossible to fathom anyone declaring “Take Back America.”

6-Mile Tour de Palm Coast Highlights New Sculptures and Trail Riches

| July 18, 2013

A cycling tour, a discovery of the four new ‘Flight of Life’ sculptures of herons at Waterfront Park, and interactivity with the city’s new QR codes along its Waterfront trail highlight the annual Tour de Palm Coast Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m.

Paul Bouler, 49, Found Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot at Varn Park After an Argument

| May 12, 2013

Paul Pete Bouler Jr., a 49-year-old lawyer, was found dead in his car at Varn Park Saturday night in an apparent suicide by firearm, about an hour and a half after he’d left his Palm Coast home after an argument with his wife.

Palm Coast’s Arbor Day Moves Back to Central Park on May 18

| May 7, 2013

Palm Coast is bringing back its rescheduled Arbor Day celebration to Central Park (from Waterfront Park), on May 18. the event will be featuring a tree give-away, butterfly release, food drive, walk and run, exhibits and activities for children including a petting zoo, character visits and rock-climbing wall. Admission and parking are free.

Flagler Lands Its 1st Statewide Horseshoe Pitching Tournament at New Old Dixie Park

| April 19, 2013

The Flagler County Horseshoe Pitching Club will host a Florida-wide horseshoe tournament at the 18-pit Old Dixie Park the county built last year. The tournament is another addition to a growing list of specialty sports tournaments bringing visitors the county.

Wadsworth Dog Park In Flagler Beach Will Remain Closed Through the Week Over Virus Scare

| April 9, 2013

The dog park at Flagler Beach’s Wadsworth Park is closed until further notice as authorities try to determine whether a dog that contracted the virulent and infectious parvovirus may have been picked up at the dog park. The Palm Coast dog park remains open.

Growls Again Over Palm Coast’s Dog Park As the City Pleads Money and Other Woes

| April 3, 2013

For the third time in six years, Palm Coast users of the dog park at Holland Park are complaining to the city council of dusty, dirty, grass-less and unhealthy conditions at the park, only to hear that improvements may be on the way–but not just yet.

Earth Day at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park April 20 and 21

| April 1, 2013

The Friends of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park will welcome all visitors from 10 am until 4 pm. This two day event will include Live Entertainment, Living History re-enactors, Environmental Groups and Arts and Crafts.

From Green to Red: With Golf Course Buy, Flagler Beach Fears Going Palm Coast’s Way

| March 8, 2013

Flagler Beach officials are looking into whether the city should bid on the failed the Ocean Palm Golf Club course at a foreclosure sale, but they don;t want to repeat Palm Coast’s money-pit experience after that city bought the Palm Harbor golf course.

That New Year Resolution to Exercise? Your Local State Park Wants You.

| December 20, 2012

Rangers at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park and Faver-Dykes State Park are organizing guided walking tours on New Year’s Day for those who have resolved to exercise more.

From Washington Oaks Gardens to Flagler Beach, a Drenching of Grayish Christmas Cheer

| December 9, 2012

Flagler Beach’s parade packed A1A and ran for 75 minutes, while Washington Oaks Gardens’ Holiday in the Gardens drew more than 1,000 people who donated food and toys for the needy.

Florida Conservation Groups Mobilize for National Public Lands Day Saturday

| September 28, 2012

A coalition of Northeast Florida’s leading conservation organizations are using this occasion to raise awareness about the importance of  publicly-owned conservation lands and to encourage the community to explore, volunteer and advocate for the protection of these vital natural resources.

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