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County Awards $76,000 in Tourism Grants to 24 Organizations But Rejects 8, Raising Questions

| August 6, 2019

The Flagler County Commission on Monday approved 24 grants totaling $76,000 for mostly local organizations’ cultural and sports events, festivals and professional meetings, money to be drawn from the county’s tourist tax revenue.

Flagler Beach Fireworks and “Fabulous Fourth” Parade on July 4

| July 3, 2019

Flagler Beach this year hosts its traditional July 4 celebration, with its Fabulous Fourth parade at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. fireworks. In Palm Coast, fireworks are on July 3 in Town Center. Both events will feature kid zones and games.

Flagler About To Sign 50-Year, $100 Million Deal to Rebuild 2.6 Miles of Dunes in Flagler Beach. It Has Only a Fraction of the Money.

| June 14, 2019

Flagler County is teaming with the federal government to split the $100 million cost of dune renourishment in Flagler Beach, but the deal is fraught with uncertainties, and Flagler can only pay its first phase.

Seawalls and the Tyranny of Small Decisions

| April 11, 2019

The seawall-construction project in Flagler Beach is problematic. Building living shorelines rather than concrete walls, is going to give us the best chance at ensuring a healthy beach for generations to come.

Flagler Beach Kills Paid Parking Proposal for the City: ‘We Don’t Have a Parking Problem’

| March 15, 2019

The paid-parking proposal in Flagler Beach, the latest of many, would have generated money but not for the city: it would have paid for a company to run a complicated system.

Flagler’s Beach ‘Renourishment’ Is Exorbitant Futility

| December 9, 2018

Whether it’s the Corps of Engineers’ plan for 2.6 miles of Flagler Beach sands or Flagler County’s ongoing dune-rebuilding over 12 miles, there’s no money to sustain either, yet officials are mortgaging the county’s future on a blank check.

Many Questions Remain as County and City Approve $100 Million, 50-Year Beach-Protection Plan in Flagler Beach

| December 5, 2018

Flagler County will be on the hook for nearly half the almost $100-million cost of the project over its 50-year span, with the federal government responsible for the rest.

St. Johns River District Was Barreling Into Flagler Beach’s Marshes to “Restore” Them. Then It Met Fierce Opposition.

| October 3, 2018

With little notice, some haphazardness and many unanswered questions, the St. Johns River Water Management District was speeding toward a $500,000, 113-acre “restoration” of marshes at the south end of Flagler Beach, angering residents and businesses, who slowed the project.

As County Completes 5.75 Miles In Dune Reinforcement, ‘Mobi-Mats’ Give Protective Access to Beaches

| July 24, 2018

Installation of Mobi-Mats and “Dodge the Dunes” signs at nine beach access points in unincorporated Flagler County are scheduled for completion by the end of the week.

Behind Scott’s Executive Order Protecting Public Beach Access: New Law’s Confusing Signals

| July 15, 2018

A new law that could potentially restrict public access to beaches prompted an executive order from Gov. Scott that echoes an ordinance Flagler passed last month.

In Big Win For Flagler Beach, U.S. Army Corps Awards$17.5 Million, Reviving Dunes Project

| July 6, 2018

The unexpected infusion of $17.5 million into Flagler’s beach-rebuilding projects revives a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan that appeared dead in 2017.

Floats of Pink, Red, White and Blue Reap Rotary’s Trophies For Fabulous 4th Parade

| July 5, 2018

The Flagler Beach Rotary-sponsored parade’s big winner was Florida Pirate Alliance, which took Best of Parade, with more than a dozen more winners and honorees.

Flagler County Passes Precedent-Setting Ordinance Protecting Public Use of Private Beaches, But Its Future Is Uncertain

| June 21, 2018

Flagler’s customary-use ordinance forbids the walling off of private sections of beaches, though a new state law allows just such segregation from public use. Flagler expects its ordinance to be challenged.

Flagler Beach Restores Beach Management Panel In Hopes of Securing $500,000 A Year

| June 14, 2018

The Flagler Beach City Commission restored the Beach Management Committee disbanded in 2014 in hopes of ensuring that a state agency sends $500,000 a year to the city for management of 6 miles of dunes.

To Protect Public Use of Private Beachfronts, Flagler Calls on Memories of
Long-Timers’ Customs

| May 23, 2018

To ward off a new state law potentially allowing private property owners to fence off beach sands, the Flagler County Commission is enacting an ordinance to preserve public use and forbid fencing.

Flagler Moves to Protect Public’s Use Of Beaches Ahead of Law Granting Property Owners Restrictive Rights

| April 16, 2018

The new law allows beachfront private property owners to trespass the public from private beaches, something not allowed currently, and never done in Flagler.

Flagler Beach Without a Beach? Researcher Lays Out Erosion’s Implications at Workshop

| April 5, 2018

Flagler Beach native and beach-erosion expert Chad Boda presents findings from his recently-defended dissertation on beach sustainability at a city workshop.

New Law Gives Property Owners Right to Restrict Beach Access. Flagler Working On Protecting Public’s “Customary Use”

| March 29, 2018

The new and unusual Florida law allows beachfront property owners the right to wall off or restrict dry-sand areas from public use, but Flagler government intends to protect that “customary use” despite the law.

Hammock Beach “Dragging Their Feet” Over Dunes-Repair Agreement, Vexing County

| March 5, 2018

The agreement with Hammock Beach is the last piece of a mosaic of agreements framing the reconstruction of protective dunes along the beach. But hammock Beach has yet to sign.

Flagler Beach Cuts Its Lifeguards in Half, Narrowing Coverage Area Closer to Pier

| February 26, 2018

A $100,000 cut from the lifeguard budget accommodated the addition of a cop, a firefighter and a raise to the city manager, but will result in a smaller lifeguard coverage area.

Dunes Restoration Project Update At Week 3, With Video

| February 8, 2018

Some 2,800 linear feet of dunes have been restored as of February 7, with the county’s goal being a mile a month. Chris Goodfellow’s videos have been documenting progress.

Raising Faith Over Futility, Flagler Launches Unprecedented $25 Million Dunes-Restoration Feat

| January 27, 2018

For 50 hours a week for the next 48 weeks, trucks will dump nearly 1 million tons of sand along 12 to 15 miles of Flagler County beaches, rebuilding the dunes hurricanes washed away.

Dozens of Dune Walkovers Closed Again as Flagler Beach Reels From Latest Storm Damage

| January 5, 2018

After managing to repair most walk-overs after Irma, Flagler Beach was forced to again close all but 17 of the 54 walkovers after this week’s storm, though the pier remains open.

Painters Hill and Hammock Dunes Property Owners Will Pay Extra Tax for Erosion Control

| December 20, 2017

The four taxing districts, made necessary by hurricanes, will levy surtaxes on property owners only in those areas to defray the cost of protective sand berms and a sea wall the county will build.

Flagler County Walks Away From $35 Million In Beach-Repair Money: “It’s Them Abandoning Us”

| November 7, 2017

Flagler county officials put the blame squarely on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers when they explain why they walked away from $35 million, and why county and state dollars must step in as replacement.

In Boost To Flagler, Committee Approves Bills Including $50 Million a Year For Beach Repair

| October 9, 2017

If the bills survive the coming legislative hurdles, there may be new money for Flagler County to tap into to repair its severely eroded beaches.

Engineer Likens Flagler Beach Pier to “Congestive Heart Failure” As Reopening Is Again Uncertain

| September 25, 2017

Though it looks structurally sound, the Flagler Beach pier suffered multiple forms of damages not visible to the naked during Hurricane Irma and must again undergo repairs before re-opening.

A Centenarian Eclipse Winks at Flagler’s Centennial in Hour of Luminous Awe

| August 21, 2017

Flagler County couldn’t have asked for a more apt coda to its centennial, a centenary gift from moon and sun under a radiant sky witnessed to the delight of many in Flagler Beach this afternoon.

Countering 70% of Its Own Voters, Flagler Beach Prepares to Ban Medical Pot Dispensaries Outright

| July 13, 2017

The City Commission this evening takes up an ordinance that would ban medical marijuana dispensaries anywhere in the city. The city fears not doing so would turn it into a pot hub.

At Flagler Beach Pier, A Modest Re-Dedication For a Truncated Treasure

| July 3, 2017

Officials from three governments gathered Saturday morning for a warm-hearted ribbon-cutting at the beleaguered Flagler Beach Pier, with eyes on a future structure.

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