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Saturday, September 29, 2012

City of Flagler Beach 2012 Annual Report for Flood-Plain Management

The City of Flagler Beach has established its own Floodplain Management Plan pursuant to the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Community Rating System (CRS).  
In this plan there are several specific action areas that are established to identify either prevention of flooding or responses to flood warnings or actual flooding.  This report outlines these action areas and the progress or lack thereof in each of these activities.

a. Planning and Zoning  -  The City has processed three new building permits in the Areas of Special Flood Hazard in fiscal 2011/12.  In each case, our Land Development Regulations (LDR) have helped us manage development activity in the floodplain and ensure established limitations to impervious surfaces and wetland protection to help prevent and reduce flooding.
b. Stormwater Management – Although the City has not experienced any flood events in the past year, this action item, in conjunction with the City’s Stormwater Master Plan, helps us evaluate the effectiveness of our LDR and recent stormwater projects.  The City has completed four out of seven prioritized stormwater projects. All completed projects have performed as designed to mitigate areas of flooding.  In addition, we have started a project to complete our CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) Streetscape Improvements which includes the extension of our existing  stormwater system from S. 5th Street to S. 9th Street on S. Central and S. Daytona Avenues, thereby completing the downtown portion of the system.
c. Drainage System Maintenance – The City’s Roads and Streets Department maintains the stormwater drainage systems throughout the City.  This is an ongoing activity which includes routine monthly inspections, street cleaning as needed to prevent build-up in stormwater structures and vacuuming of stormwater inlets twice this year.

a. Property Acquisition – In the past, the City has purchased several lots in the Areas of Special Flood Hazard.  Most significant are the lots purchased  in the Mirror Lake Overlay District.  In the past year the City has not purchased any lots.
b. Building Elevation – Through enforcement of the City’s LDR, structures located in floodplains are identified through the permitting process and allowed to build to a finished floor elevation of one foot above the 100-year floodplain.
c. Insurance – The City participates in the NFIP and educates property owners, realtors, banks, brokers, architects and contractors annually by individual letter.  The City also maintains information on our website on how to contact us and Flagler County Emergency Services for information regarding flooding.  We also have a kiosk and bulletin board in City Hall to display and distribute floodplain literature.

a. Flood Warning – There have been no flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service this past year.  If there had been flood warnings, the City would have coordinated emergency services through the Flagler Beach Fire Department and the Flagler County EOC.
b. Flood Response – Since there were no flood warnings this past year, there were no flood response plans in effect.

a. Storm Sewers – As stated above, our CRA Streetscape Improvements include 32 new stormwater inlets for the CRA to complete our downtown system.
b. Retention – This year, no new developments were constructed in the City which would require stormwater retention.

a. Map Information – The City Building Department reviews all Permit Applications to determine the location of the property in relation to the floodplain.  We use the FEMA FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Map) and property survey elevation information to make our determination and apply it to the permit.

source: City of Flagler Beach

Thursday, September 27, 2012

8th Annual Creekside Festival is on October 6-7, 2012

Held along the stunning shores of Pellicer Creek, at Princess Reserve, the Creekside Festival is an annual tradition that attracts 17,000 guests each year for family-friendly activities, live bluegrass music and more in a picturesque natural setting.  The event will take place Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th, 2012.

This year, six talented bluegrass bands have been scheduled for live music:

Saturday, October 6
  • 10AM to 10:45AM - Seminole Ridge
  • 11AM to 11:45AM -Passerine
  • Noon  to  12:45PM - New River Bluegrass
  • 1PM  to 1:45PM - Seminole Ridge
  • 2PM  to 2:45PM - Passerine
  • 3PM  to 3:45PM - New River Bluegrass 

Sunday, October 7
  • 10AM to 10:45AM - Aslyn and the Nay Sayers
  • 11AM to 11:45AM - Andrews Family Band
  • Noon  to 12:45PM - Xtremegrass
  • 1PM to 1:45PM - Aslyn and the Nay Sayers
  • 2PM  to 2:45PM - Andrews Family Band                               
  • 3PM  to 3:45PM - Xtremegrass

In addition to live music, the festival features arts & crafts booths, letting the kids get creative with handmade crafts, booths and trucks featuring meals and snacks “al fresco,” and live demonstrations by local artisans.

On Saturday, you can watch, or join, the pumpkin pie eating contest at 12:45PM. It’s free and limited to the first 12 people who show up. On Sunday at 1:45PM, the winners of the annual student photography contest will be announced. All entries submitted by students at Flagler Palm Coast High School and Mantanzas High School will be displayed in the lodge Saturday and Sunday.

The Creekside Festival will be open Saturday, October 6 from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday, October 7 from 10AM to 5PM. Admission is $5 per carload or $3 with advance purchase from the Flagler Chamber of Commerce.  Call 386.437.0106 for more information.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cheech and Chong Come to Daytona Beach in November 2012

The iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong defined an era with their hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred comedy routines; and became a tremendous success beyond their wildest dreams.  Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s phenomenal success began on the stand up comedy circuit which led to 9 hit comedy albums and 8 hit films, breaking box office records, shattering comedy album sales, garnering multiple Grammy nominations and mesmerizing fans for more than a decade.

Cheech & Chong announced their first tour in over 25 years!  And they will be performing at the Peabody Auditorium for a one-evening show on Friday, November 9th.  Tickets are in the range of $45 to $75 and can be purchased here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Entrepreneur Night gets Wider Support and New Sponsors

Launched in late 2011 as an Open, Grassroots event for and by Entrepreneurs, the successful Entrepreneur Night event lands new sponsors for the Fall 2012 Series of Events:
Both organizations are on brand for Entrepreneur Night; and they both serve the Small Business Communities in Flagler and Volusia Counties.  Intracoastal Bank and Mitchell Noel join Office Divvy ™ and  Palm Coast Business Assistance Center as sponsors.

The event is open to anyone including Aspiring Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, those who support entrepreneurs, as well as Investors.

Each event features complimentary appetizers, a speed-networking slot with "Entrepreneur Dance Cards," cash bar, door prizes, and more.

The September event at McCharacters will also feature an Entrepreneur Karaoke Contest; and November's event at Pine Lakes will feature an Entrepreneur Putting Contest.

Participants expect to have a fun time, meet new peers, and have meaningful conversations with each other and learn from each other.  Hundreds are expected to attend each event this Fall. Participants come from Palm Coast, Bunnell, Flagler Beach, St. Augustine, Ormond and Daytona Beach and sometimes beyond.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Palm Coast Chamber to host Block Party at West Pointe Plaza

Palm Coast Chamber of Commerce --and affiliate of Flagler Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Block Party at West Pointe Plaza in Palm Coast on Thursday, September 20th, 2012.

The event is FREE to Attend for both the residents and all business owners, Chamber-members or not, and features:

  • Free Appetizers
  • Complimentary Wine, Beer and Soft-Drinks
  • Entertainment by DJ Vern
  • Door Prizes
  • Great Networking Opportunity!

No RSVP necessary.  The event will be held at the inner Courtyard of West Pointe Plaza, located between the eastbound and the westbound lanes of Palm Coast Parkway about half-point between Belle Terre and US-1.  

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall Crop Maze in Flagler County

Cowart Ranch and Family Farms is offering acres of family fun in Flagler County this Fall; including:

  • 6 acres of crop maze
  • Hayrides
  • Pumpkin and Sunflower Patch
  • Farm Animals
  • Play Zone for Kids ...and more

You can visit between October 5th and November 4th:
Every Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm
Saturdays, 10 am to 10 pm
Sundays, 12 noon to 8 pm

Cowart Ranch and Family Farm is located 7 miles west of Bunnell, on Highway-100.  Admission is $9, kids under 4 are free.  Call 386-243-4140

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