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U.S. Corps’ Cost to Rebuild 2.5 Miles of Beach: $39 Million and Up, Storms Not Included

| April 2, 2013

The Corps of Engineers is favoring “renourishing” a 2.5-mile segment of beach from South 7th Street to South 28th Street in Flagler Beach five times through 2060 by rebuilding dunes and dumping 320,000 cubic feet of sand five times over, for $39 million. Adding another segment could add $30 million.

In a Brazen Reversal, Flagler Beach Commission Kills Beach-Bonfire Referendum

| June 18, 2012

Just six weeks ago the Flagler Beach City Commission, fractured and indecisive on the matter, voted 4-1 to place a referendum question on beach bonfires on a coming ballot. But two weeks later, the commission voted to ban bonfires during turtle nesting season anyway.

Understated Slivers: The Unique Fragility and Vitality of Barrier Islands

| June 9, 2012

Barrier islands such as the one that hosts Flagler Beach are fragile, diverse and play a vital, understated but often unappreciated role in coastal ecology and protection. Frank Gromling provides a tour.

Ritchey Dauphin, 18, Who Drowned on Memorial Day in Daytona, Is Found in Ormond

| May 29, 2012

Flagler County rescuers were asked to scour the beaches and the surf late Monday after a 19-year-old man was believed to have drowned in Daytona Beach late Monday afternoon. Flagler rescuers were called out because of the force of the current, which could have dragged the victim quite far north.

Florida Audubon Asks for Beachgoers’ Help This Memorial Day Weekend

| May 24, 2012

This Memorial Day Weekend, Audubon is reminding Floridians to take care with Florida’s original “beach babies,” rare and declining species of waterbirds that nest on Florida’s beaches and mangrove islands.

From Pathways Academy and Matanzas High To Beverly Beach: A Sea Oats Odyssey

| May 12, 2012

Students from Pathways Academy and Matanzas High School planted 750 sea oats along Beverly Beach’s dunes through a University of Florida project and the initiative of Beverly Beach Commissioner–and FlaglerLive columnist–Frank Gromling, who relates the story.

Bonfire Embers Still Crackling in Flagler Beach As 2 Commissioners Plan Clashing Initiatives

| May 4, 2012

Saying she doesn’t want to abdicate her role, Commissioner Kim Carney wants to force an up-or-down vote on bonfires on the beach regardless of a proposed referendum, while Commission Chairman Jane Mealy seeks approval for a bonfire permitting structure that Carney strongly opposes.

A Smoldering Flagler Beach Commission Punts To Voters on Bonfires After a Flagrant Debate

| April 30, 2012

The Flagler Beach City Commission voted 4-1 to let voters decide whether bonfires should be allowed on the city’s beaches after a meeting that featured embarrassing attacks, declaration and fracture.

Return of the Sea Turtles: Flagler’s First Sighting Renews a Million-Year Ritual

| April 28, 2012

The first sea turtle to scout for a nest on a Flagler beach did so Tuesday, renewing a ritual going back 200 million years. She scouted Columnist Frank Gromling’s beach backyard for her nursery. A report from the sands.

Before You Next Feast on Seafood

| March 24, 2012

Does it really matter what fish we eat? Yes, says Frank Gromling, if health and overfishing are concerns. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch programs helps consumers and restaurants figure out how to do their part in preserving fishing stocks.

Turtle Saving Time: Nesting Season Begins on Flagler and Florida Beaches, Lasting Through October

| March 14, 2012

That age-old ritual of turtle-nesting is in full swing on Flagler County’s beaches, where beach-goers will recognize the trademark wooden stakes and thin square-forming ribbons around nests–and steer clear of the sandy nurseries.

In a Switch, Flagler Beach Backs Doggie Dining At Some Restaurants, With Regulations

| October 28, 2011

Dog-friendly dining in Flagler Beach, never exactly absent from some restaurants, is now entirely legal and embraced by the city commission that had sought to ban it just a few weeks ago.

Swell of Surfers Beats Back Flagler Beach Bid to Broaden Pier’s No-Go Zone, For Now

| October 27, 2011

Flagler Beach’s proposal to double the no-surf zone to 300 feet around the Flagler Beach pier petered out before it was considered, with a caveat: commissioners want more self-policing from surfers, or else.

300-Ft. No-Surf Zone Plan Around Flagler Beach Pier Has Surfers Angling for Battle

| October 24, 2011

A season rich in storms, good waves and good fishing resulted in renewed clashes between fishermen and surfers around the Flagler Beach pier, and the latest proposal to extend the no-surf zone around it, priming angers before Thursday’s Flagler Beach City Commission meeting.

Seawall Soul-Searching and Yet More Muddles Over Alternatives in Flagler Beach

| October 14, 2011

The Flagler Beach City Commission shelved state transportation dollars that would have refurbished the seawall along 13th Street and skirted around discussions of alternatives to beach-saving in confusing motions Thursday.

In Flagler Beach, Questions, Ridicule and Anger in Search for Beach-Saving Answers

| September 20, 2011

A three-and-a-half hour town hall meeting on saving the beach renourished a lot of old ideas and complaints without settling the heart of the matter: with what means and what money to stop the shore from eroding.

Seawall and “Renourishment” Alternative: Saving the Beach Without Losing a Town’s Soul

| September 13, 2011

Speaking on behalf of SaveFlaglersBeach.com, Terry Potter argues for an alternative to seawalls, dredging and revetments in Flagler Beach and invites the public to the organization’s seminar on the matter on Sept. 15.

Feared Dead, Man Overboard Washes Up Alive on Cinnamon Beach 9 Hours Later

| September 6, 2011

He’s alive: Brian Oliver, the captain of a charter sailboat, fell in the water at 3 p.m. Sunday, held on to a cooler, and washed up on shore, in good health, at half past midnight Tuesday morning.

Man Drowns North of Flagler Beach, Near Condos Where Family Had Recently Moved In

| August 27, 2011

James Palmer, 55, who was staying at the Oceanside condominiums in Beverly Beach with his family, drowned just before 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. A 55-year-old surfer also died in New Smyrna Beach three hours earlier.

In Flagler Beach, a Darting Dog, a Swerving Car, a Woman in Critical Condition

| August 7, 2011

Maura Nations, 26, a resident of Orlando, was struck by a car that was swerving to avoid her dog, which had darted across State Road A1A in Flagler Beach Saturday afternoon.

Pilot Falls Asleep Aboard Shark-Fishing Boat, Sending It Aground in Flagler Beach

| July 24, 2011

The Lady Maritza, registered to Clearwater-based Demar Fishing Inc., was shark-fishing when its pilot fell asleep, sending the boat aground just before dawn. It was freed by early afternoon.

City Commission Cheers Flagler Beach Turtle Patrol

| July 14, 2011

The Flagler Beach City Commission’s Alice Baker recognized the city’s Turtle Patrol volunteers, whose work from May to September ensures protecting for nesting turtles.

From Wildfires to Ocean Breakers: Flagler Launches Sea Rescue Unit

| July 5, 2011

The Flagler County Fire Department’s ocean rescue unit will be on the beaches during special events, adding a rapid-response capability that hadn’t been available north of the Flagler Beach pier.

Finally, Flagler Beach Agrees to Long-Term Pier Restaurant Deal With River Grille Owner

| June 16, 2011

Paying the city $3,000 a month in base rent, Ray Barshay, owner of River Grille in Ormond and Crabby Joe’s in Daytona, plans to revamp the Pier Restaurant into an American, Southern, New Orleans cuisine destination.

Lessons Against Drowning: Tom Gillin’s Water Tutorials Before Schools Let Out for Summer

| May 26, 2011

Tom Gillen, Flagler Beach’s parks and recreation director and its life-guard-in-chief, has taken his junior-lifeguard lecture on the road to local schools to prepare children for summer break’s biggest attraction.

Flagler Beach Against DOT’s Seawall: County Joins City’s Opposition, With Conditions

| April 11, 2011

Flagler County doesn’t want a seawall in Flagler Beach either, but the county doesn’t want to lose $6 million in highway funding–earmarked for SR A1A’s protection–that it hopes to shift either toward a study or toward an alternative to the seawall.

Flagler Beach Dog Lovers: “If We Wanted More Rules We’d Go To Palm Coast”

| March 24, 2011

More enforcement of existing rules and more self-policing, but no change in Flagler Beach’s dogs-on-the-beach ordinance, city commissioners decided after hearing from 38 people over 90 minutes Thursday evening.

Their Battle Already Won, Flagler Beach Dog Owners Still Mobilizing to Ward Off Ban

| March 22, 2011

Flagler Beach resident Vicky Mulvaney kicked off a firestorm of opposition to her proposal to ban dogs altogether from the city’s beaches. The city commission, unlikely to go along, hears from Mulvaney and her opponents Thursday.

Pier Restaurant Lease Hobbling Again As DEP Rejects Permitting a New Deck

| March 19, 2011

Flagler Beach was going to pay for and build the $50,000 deck as a concession to potential restaurant owner Ray Barshay. Until DEP’s decision, Barshay and the city were very close to a long-term, deal.

Lifeguard Tower Rises Again in Flagler Beach, Pier Restaurant Lease Falters

| February 26, 2011

The commission reversed itself and voted to build the tower. The decision displeased the prospective owner of the Pier Restaurant. Several other deal-breakers hardened in those negotiations, leaving the restaurant deal in doubt.

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