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Palm Coast Aldi Draws Hundreds Before Doors Open in Grocery Wars’ First Local Salvo

| July 13, 2017

The Palm Coast opening of Aldi, the discount grocery store, generated unusual excitement and crowds this morning, signaling a coming disruption in the grocery-chain business.

Badcock Furniture Will Fill Old Food Lion Space in Flagler Beach, Ending 8-Year Drought

| April 21, 2017

Badcock Furniture will open in mid-summer in Flagler Square, as will a sweet shop, completing a remarkable revival of that commercial strip eight years after it had become a gaping hole for business.

Tax Collector’s New Branch Office in Flagler Beach Compelled By Rising Traffic–and Guns

| February 2, 2017

The new tax collector’s branch at the Food Lion shopping center in Flagler Beach will be the exclusive location for the boom in concealed weapons permitting, and possibly a commercial seed for the long-moribund Flagler Square.

New A1A Options Include Moving It to Central and Daytona Avenues, and 5.2-Mile Sea Wall

| December 15, 2016

Six options for the future A1A in Flagler Beach were unveiled by the stat Transportation Department Thursday, three of them including a huge (but buried) sea wall, and three shifting traffic to Central and Daytona Avenues.

Flagler Beach’s Closed-Door Session Ends With Agreement to Negotiate Settlement With Sklar and Marina

| December 15, 2016

Spurred by a court order largely siding with Howard Sklar’s Marina, scuttled in disputes and litigation for years, the Flagler Beach City Commission voted 5-0 following a closed meeting to negotiate a final settlement and bypass appeals.

At Sea Ray Boats, a $10,000 Gift Marks Millions of Working Hours Without an Accident

| June 3, 2015

Brunswick Corp. CEO Dustan McCoy marked Sea Ray’s safety record while tracing the Flagler Beach plant’s success through the Great Recession, and linking its safety record to its continuing operations.

Sea Ray’s View: We Are Building a Safer Parking Lot, Not Expanding Production

| March 13, 2015

Craig Wall, operations manager at Sea Ray’s Palm Coast plant, counters concerns about the company’s intentions by laying out precisely what the manufacturer intends to do–and not do.

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.

Fuego Del Mar Restaurant Owner Again Draws Commissioner McGrew’s Wrath in Battle Over Entertainment Permits

| September 12, 2014

For the second time in 15 months, McGrew publicly let loose a torrent of venom against Nick Kimball, questioning his word, his neighborliness, his business habits, even his “good faith” in a 90-minute hearing where one of Kimball’s permit requests was approved, another denied.

Divisions Over Roving Vendors Again Place Flagler Beach’s Business Friendliness on Trial

| February 21, 2014

How the Flagler Beach City Commission finally got to a restrictive ordinance on mobile vendors divided the commission and the town’s business community and again put a spotlight, fairly or not, on the commission’s attitude toward small business. The controversy illustrates an underlying strain between city and business that has not been resolved, and that goes beyond the roving vendor issue.

Sweet Waters Smokehouse, With Grand Opening Saturday, Adds to Restaurant City in Flagler Beach

| January 31, 2014

The Tuscan Grille restaurant owners were approached by the property owner of the former Hurricane Patty’s in Flagler Beach and asked to take over. They agreed. After Sweet Waters Smokehouse’s soft opening Oct. 1, the restaurant launches in earnest with a grand opening Saturday, Feb. 1, starting at 11 a.m.

Reviving Sore Issue, Flagler Beach Readies to Ban Ice Cream Trucks Outright

| September 25, 2013

The Flagler Beach City Commission Thursday will take up a proposed ordinance that prohibits mobile vendors, including ice cream trucks, outright, reviving an issue the commission has attempted to deal with twice in the last 19 months, only to shrink in the face of substantial opposition.

The Funky Pelican Finally, Quietly Opens In Place of the Pier Restaurant in Flagler Beach

| January 9, 2013

The Funky Pelican in Flagler Beach, a sister-restaurant of the River Grille in Ormond Beach, replaced–after protracted negotiations with the Flagler Beach City Commission–what had for years been the Pier Restaurant, which had long been in decline.

From Food Lion to Charter School: Deal Close To Convert Long-Vacant Flagler Beach Store

| June 14, 2012

Jacksonville-based Florida International Language Academy has been on the hunt for a location in Flagler for its 364-student K-8, language-oriented school, opening in August. Talks in Bunnell and Palm Coast fell through, returning the company to the Food Lion location in Flagler Beach.

Flagler Beach Restaurant Owners Vow To Fight City’s Ban on Dog-Friendly Dining

| August 29, 2011

For years, and with more frequency recently, several Flagler Beach restaurants allowed patrons to bring their dog as long as they sat in outside-dining areas. Commissioners never heard of a problem–until they heard of the state requirement that the city formalize the practice by ordinance, which they killed, 3-2.

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