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Conflict Concerns Raised Over Tourism’s Matt Dunn Moonlighting at His Own Agency

| October 19, 2015

Flagler government tourism chief Matt Dunn, an $82,000-a-year employee, owns a company that offers services similar to those he provides the county, raising questions of conflicts of interest.

Flagler Auditorium Lights Up Its $86,000 LED Marquee, Boosting Visibility

| March 18, 2015

The $71,000 Deltronics sign, plus $15,000 for its installation, was paid for through a $150,000 grant from county government’s Tourist Development Council and is part of a series of improvements at the auditorium designed to improve visibility and impact.

Flagler Does Its Growing Part as Florida Attracts Record 97 Million Visitors in 2014

| February 16, 2015

Monthly tax collections from Flagler’s 4 percent surtax (or bed tax) on fees at hotels, motels and other short-term rentals were up 13 percent by the end of the 2014 fiscal year (it ended in September), after increasing 5 percent the previous year.

Sports Events Specialist Matt Dunn Is Named Tourism Director in Place of Georgia Turner

| January 6, 2014

Matt Dunn, 39, named Vice President for tourism today–he’ll be in charge of a $900,000 budget controlling Flagler’s marketing–owned his own events company in St. Johns County, worked with Flagler’s tourism council previously, and was Executive Director of the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Ocala/Marion County Sports Commission.

Florida Festivals and Events Association Hosting Workshop at Palm Coast’s Hilton Garden Inn

| September 17, 2013

The Florida Festivals and Events Association (FFEA), the state’s primary professional organization for producers, vendors, and sponsors of festivals, fairs and special events, is hosting a workshop and seminar at the Hilton Garden Inn Palm Coast on Thursday, October 10, for all those interested either in learning the ropes or capitalizing on special events.

Flagler Tourism Office Rebuffs Consolidation With County, Hinting at More Autonomy Instead

| August 28, 2013

County Commissioner George Hanns and Administrator Craig Coffey had talked of absorbing the tourism office–currently a branch of the chamber of commerce–into county government. It won’t happen. Rather, Tourism Director Georgia Turner is talking of having a stand-alone tourism office in a few years.

Tourist Draw: Special Driving Permit Rule for Canadians in Florida May Be Repealed

| March 10, 2013

State lawmakers are speeding toward repealing a new law that says international visitors need special permits to drive in Florida. The law, which took effect Jan. 1, has caused a brouhaha, particularly for Canadian snowbirds who pile into the Sunshine State each winter to take a break from the cold.

Online Booking Companies’ Tax Evasion Fleeces Flagler Tourism and Florida Dues

| February 20, 2013

Online booking companies like Expedia and Hotels.com are short-changing Flagler and Florida of millions of dollars in sales and bed taxes, and unfairly competing with local hotels, argues Milissa Holland, yet the Legislature is looking to give those companies more tax breaks. It’s not the way to go.

Turner Talk Begins at Flagler’s Tourist Development Council; Several Grants Awarded

| January 18, 2012

Georgia Turner, Flagler’s new tourism chief, had her debut before the Tourist Development Council Wednesday as the council approved grants totaling $170,000, including underwriting for two popular and growing local conferences that attract numerous out-of-towners.

An Introductory Letter from Georgia Turner, Flagler’s New Tourism Guru

| December 7, 2011

Turner was hired in November to lead the county’s tourism efforts on behalf of the Tourist Development Council. She introduces herself in her own words.

DEP Forbids Deck on Flagler Pier Restaurant–Unless It’s Called a “Pier Extension”

| July 14, 2011

The regulatory word game unsettled several members of the Flagler Beach City Commission, which nevertheless went for it in a 4-1 vote, clearing the way for a permit application to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Obstacles Cleared: Flagler Beach’s Iconic Pier Restaurant Will Have a New Owner

| March 3, 2011

Every previous deal-breaker dissolved as prospective owner Raymond Barshay and city commissioners relented in turn on various issues. Neither side was an outright victor. But the city’s iconic restaurant will have new life.

From Flagler’s Washington Oaks, Fla. Audubon Launches Campaign to Save 53 State Parks

| February 7, 2011

Some 65 people gathered at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park Monday to kick-off the campaign to save endangered parks, including two in Flagler County, as Gov. Rick Scott was pledging to cut $5 billion from the budget.

Washington Oaks Gardens and Bulow Ruins Among 53 State Parks That Would Close

| February 1, 2011

Similar proposals have been made before, but the state must close a $3.6 billion budget gap, and Gov. Rick Scott is not as friendly to the environment as Charlie Crist was.

Flagler Beach Commission vs. Hurricane Patty’s: A Lot of Noise Over a Few Complaints

| January 28, 2011

Hurricane Patty’s opened as a popular restaurant and bar on Flagler Beach’s side of the Intracoastal in December. A few noise complaints are causing the city to rethink its noise ordinance. Patrons are unhappy.

Doctors Are Coming, Loads of Them, But Should Public Dollars Defray Conference Costs?

| January 18, 2011

The 5th Annual Primary Care Spring Conference will bring some 300 physicians to Hammock Beach Resort in April. Flagler County’s Tourist Development Council is ready to approve a $10,000 public-dollar subsidy.

Negotiations Over New Pier Restaurant Lease Crawl Between Nods and Deal-Breakers

| December 22, 2010

A marathon negotiating session over a new Pier Restaurant lease between the Flagler Beach City Commission and restaurateur Raymond Barshay left several issues unsettled.

Grumpily, Tourist Council Extends Aging Grant for Princess Place Preserve 1 More Year

| September 15, 2010

The $35,000 matching grant from the council was awarded in 2006 to improve the preserve’s museum. It’s been poorly handled since, though the preserve’s value is indisputable.

How Flagler County Is Preparing for the BP Oil Slick–If It Hits (And What You Need to Know)

| May 21, 2010

Flagler County’s emergency response to the oil slick hitting Flagler Beaches is similar to hurricane preparation. It’s happening now.

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