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With Sanford and Other Non-Mega Airport Posting Big Gains, Florida Passes Texas in Passengers

| July 17, 2017

Florida recorded a nearly 4 percent growth in its overall outbound passenger count, from 78.07 million in 2015 to 81.17 million last year, according to annual FAA data.

Flagler Beach Fireworks and
“Home of the Brave” Parade on July 4

| July 4, 2017

Flagler Beach this year will host a much scaled-back July 4 celebration, with its “Home of the Brave” parade at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. fireworks. In Palm Coast, fireworks are on July 3 in Town Center.

Flagler Beach Again Offers Free Parking And Shuttles On and Off Island All Day July 4

| July 3, 2017

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.

Florida Tourism Officials Worry About Donald Trump’s Impact on Travel

| June 28, 2017

Visit Florida President and CEO Ken Lawson said he and others have heard anecdotal reports, both positive and negative, about international travel due to Donald Trump.

637-Ft. Flagler Beach Pier Re-Opens Saturday, 8 Months After Hurricane Matthew Lobotomy

| June 22, 2017

The Flagler Beach Pier will reopen Saturday as emergency repairs end, to the joys of a city that’s lived without its iconic amenity since Hurricane Matthew sheared 163 feet from its end and made it unstable.

Flagler Beach Pier Cleared for July 4 Fireworks, Which Will Go Off Even If Burn Ban Persists

| May 24, 2017

Flagler County Fire Chief has cleared the July 4 fireworks for takeoff while an engineering firm certified the Flagler Beach pier’s safety for the event.

In Big Victory For Flagler (and St. Johns), Rep. Renner Delivers $13.3 Million For Dunes Restoration

| May 9, 2017

The $13.3 million has yet to be split between the two counties, but will go a long distance to alleviate Flagler’s $22 million dune restoration needs, with local sources kicking in several million dollars.

Vacation-Rental Bills Die Only to Return in 2018, Forcing Flagler to Defend Regulations Again

| May 9, 2017

The Legislature’s attempt to roll back local governments’ regulatory authority of vacation rentals barely fell short, so the fight is not over for counties at the forefront of the issue like Flagler.

Flagler Beach, a.k.a. Ocean City, Gets 9 New Lifeguard Towers, All On Strength of Volunteers

| May 5, 2017

The nine lifeguard towers, on a design from towers in Ocean City, Md., are expected to more than double the life of the structures. Commissioner Rick Belhumeur led the all-volunteer effort.

Holland Park Redemption: Palm Coast’s Storied Playground Readies to Re-Open

| May 4, 2017

A year behind schedule, the reopening of Holland Park, now scheduled for June, will also mark the transformation of an eyesore into a crown jewel, as a visit to the park today suggests.

Flagler Beach Pier Repair to Last a Bit Longer and Cost More as Engineers Test Loads

| April 27, 2017

The Flagler Beach Pier was set to fully open May 1, but the opening date has been pushed back to the end of May, and engineering work, which won;t affect the date, will add up to $45,000 in costs.

Not Dead Yet: Vacation-Rental Bill Flagler Opposes Clears Last House Committee , 17-11

| April 24, 2017

A bill that would end Flagler County’s authority to regulate short-term rentals cleared its last House committee and appears headed for a clash with its Senate version, which is very different. If differences aren’t resolved, the bills die.

In Big Victory for Flagler Government, Feared Vacation-Rental Bill Suddenly in Retreat in Legislature

| April 17, 2017

Flagler County’s vacation-rental regulations currently in place would be preserved according to a new version of a Senate bill the county had been fighting before. And a House bill may be dead.

State Transportation Department Asks Flagler Beach Police to Crack Down on A1A Rock Art

| April 7, 2017

Flagler Beach City Manager Larry Newsom said police officers will not suddenly arrest people who build rock structures on A1A, but will use a more friendly, educational approach.

Vacation-Rental Bill Hearing Rescheduled Just as Key Senate Committee Begins Debate

| April 3, 2017

Sen. Tom Lee, the seasoned chairman of the Community Affairs Committee, didn’t ant the bill rushed through debate, as had been the case on a previous occasion before Sen. Travis Hutson.

Retreading Losing Cause, City Will Take Over Running Palm Harbor Golf and Tennis Center

| March 30, 2017

Palm Coast government will end its nearly-decade-long relationship with KemperSports at the money-losing golf and tennis clubs and manage the operations itself while still contracting out certain services.

House Panel Votes 9-6 to End Vacation Rental Regulations in 3rd Straight Defeat for Flagler

| March 28, 2017

Flagler County government had staked its chances on killing the bill in this particular committee because Rep. Paul Renner, who represents Flagler, sits on the panel and had pledged to do what he could to halt the bill’s momentum.

At Vacation-Rental Town Hall, Renner Hears Unanimity Against Impairing Local Control

| March 26, 2017

A standing-room-only crowd at Saturday’s Hammock Town Hall urged Rep. Paul Renner to battle a legislative attempt to scale back local regulatory control of vacation rentals won through a 2014 law.

Renner Seizes Reins for Flagler After Hutson’s Striking Disregard on Vacation Rentals

| March 23, 2017

Rep. Paul Renner and County Commissioner Greg Hansen are organizing a town hall meeting in the Hammock Saturday, hoping to rally support against a proposed legislative retreat on vacation-rental regulations.

After 11 Years, Flagler Beach’s First Fridays Events Get Their First Written Policy

| March 23, 2017

The proposed four-page policy formalizes what had been verbally agreed to, or assumed, over the years, but doesn’t change the focus on favoring local businesses while outlining documentation requirements.

7-3 Vote Loses Flagler Another Round on Vacation Rentals In Hurried Senate Hearing

| March 21, 2017

Flagler County government’s attempt to protect its vacation-rental regulations took another turn for the worse as a Senate committee today voted to advance a bill that would wipe out those regulations.

O’Brien Beach-Funding Proposal Prevails, And Flagler Beach Gets $2 Million Pledge

| March 20, 2017

County Commissioner Donald O’Brien’s proposal to shift more money toward beach restoration prevailed today in a joint meeting of the County Commission and the county’s tourism board, and the county administrator pledged to allocate $2 million to Flagler Beach’s needs.

Flagler Tourism “Promotions” Slush Fund Jumps 76% in 3 Years, And We’re Counting Pennies For Beach Repairs?

| March 20, 2017

Paying for critical repairs to Flagler County’s beaches is hostages to a tourism budget’s scandalous and unaccountable promotions spending, which the county administration wants to increase despite the emergency.

Flagler’s Hutson Files Amendment to Vacation-Rental Bill That Would “Eviscerate” Regulations

| March 16, 2017

Sen. Travis Hutson had supported the 2014 law enabling Flagler County to regulate vacation rentals. His amendment, which he calls a “compromise,” would scale that back even though he sees no problems with local regulations or short-term rentals.

At Ocean Art Gallery:
Judi Wormeck, Artist of the Year

| March 15, 2017

Judi Wormeck, a retired art teacher and member of the Flagler County Art League, is the Gargiulo Art Foundation’s 2016 Flagler County Artist of the Year, with her first Florida exhibit opening Friday at Ocean Art Gallery in Flagler Beach.

Setback For Flagler as Bill Scrapping Vacation-Rental Regulations Advances on 9-6 Vote

| March 14, 2017

A divided House Agriculture and Property Rights Subcommittee was not swayed by a presentation from Flagler County Attorney Al Hadeed as it voted to scrap county authority to regulate short-term, vacation rentals. The bill has several additional hurdles to clear.

Flagler May Lose Vacation Rental Regulations Just 2 Years After Regaining Authority

| March 13, 2017

After a three-year battle, Flagler County government regained the right to regulate short-term rentals in the Hammock, which had become disruptive to local residents. Now the state is poised to take that authority away–again.

Lopsided House Votes To Abolish Enterprise Florida and Economic Development Limbs

| March 10, 2017

The House also voted 80-35 to approve a separate measure (HB 9) that would overhaul the structure and contract-reporting requirements of Visit Florida.

Flagler Beach Could Have an 1,100-Foot Pier, But On Concrete, and Not Before 2021

| March 2, 2017

Concepts of a future Flagler Beach pier were unveiled, projecting greater length but less wooden rusticity, and still a lot of uncertainty regarding cost. The earliest date for a new pier would be 2021.

Proposal to Kill Economic Agency and Trim Visit Florida Budget Clears House Committees

| February 23, 2017

Palm Coast’s Rep. Paul Renner continued to defend the proposals, which would cut Visit Florida’s budget to $25 million, as the House bill heads for a floor vote in march, but still without viable Senate support.

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