Palm Coast City Council Prepares for Two Positive Votes

Exciting news from the Palm Coast City Council meeting: At today’s workshop, the Palm Coast City Council discussed two different agenda items that show Palm Coast continuing business-friendly initiatives and our local government working to solve problems (before they become problems). More below… Government Solving Infrastructure/Growth Challenges The extension of Citation Boulevard, connecting Belle TerreContinue reading “Palm Coast City Council Prepares for Two Positive Votes”

County Commissioners Appoint Heidi Petito as Permanent County Administrator

Interim no more. The Flagler County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted to appoint Heidi Petito as the permanent Flagler County Administrator via a 5-0 vote today at their County Commission meeting. Mrs. Petito has been serving in the “Interim” role since the retirement of Jerry Cameron (the previous County Administrator). Commissioner Greg Hansen tookContinue reading “County Commissioners Appoint Heidi Petito as Permanent County Administrator”

Boston Whaler Has 20 Jobs Available in Flagler County, Hiring Fair Next Week

Boston Whaler is hosting a job fair on Friday, October 1st at their Flagler County facility in an effort to fill open jobs available at the boat manufacturing company. With more than 20 local jobs available, Flagler County residents are encouraged to review this website or visit the upcoming job fair:

Palm Coast City Council Keeps Commercial Vehicle Restrictions “As Is”

The Palm Coast City Council discussed today revising the Commercial Vehicle Ordinance to allow work vehicles to be parked in residential driveways “after hours.” After hearing from residents and business owners on both sides of the issue, the following happened: Mayor Alfin: Turned gavel over to Vice Mayor Branquinho and made a motion in favorContinue reading “Palm Coast City Council Keeps Commercial Vehicle Restrictions “As Is””

Flagler BOCC Approves Solar Farm in West Flagler

The Chamber applauds the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) today, which unanimously approved a solar farm to be built on the Flagler/Putnam county border. The Chamber has advocated for the approval of the FPL/FRP (Florida Renewable Partners) solar project, which will include hundreds of thousands of solar panels that will help diversify Florida’sContinue reading “Flagler BOCC Approves Solar Farm in West Flagler”

Employers/Job Seekers Hit Pause in Response to COVID-19 Delta Variant Surge

Flagler County Adds Just Three Jobs in August 2021, Unemployment Declines to 5.3% The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce last month shared its concerns about the COVID-19 Delta variant impacting job growth in Flagler County. Today, the concerns were confirmed as just three jobs were created in Flagler County in the month of AugustContinue reading “Employers/Job Seekers Hit Pause in Response to COVID-19 Delta Variant Surge”

BOCC Hears from Flagler Schools

The Flagler Board of County Commissioners met in a workshop today to discuss implementing the proposed doubling of school impact fees by the Flagler County School Board from approximately $3,600 per home to approximately $7,200 per home. Flagler Schools Superintendent Kathy Mittelstadt began the presentation to the BOCC to justify, not only the proposed doublingContinue reading “BOCC Hears from Flagler Schools”

PC City Council Begins City Manager Search Discussion

The Palm Coast City Council today discussed the search process to identify the next City Manager. Below is a recap of the discussion: Recruiting Options: Staff conducting will conduct the search, not an executive recruiting firm. Job announcement placed on September 17th, advertised for 30 days. The interviews of candidates by the City Council willContinue reading “PC City Council Begins City Manager Search Discussion”

PC City Council Sets Vote on Vehicle Signage

During a workshop this morning, the Palm Coast City Council discussed potentially revising the city code that prohibits commercial vehicles with signage greater than 3 square feet, to park overnight at residential properties. Below is a summary of Councilmember comments. Councilmember Danko: We are not a HOA. People work for a living. This hurts business,Continue reading “PC City Council Sets Vote on Vehicle Signage”

Palm Coast Observer Features Chamber Workers’ Comp Reduction Article

Workers’ Compensation rates impact nearly every business in our region. Thanks to the hard work of Florida legislators, like Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner, and meaningful reforms in Tallahassee, the Workers’ Comp rates continue to decline in Florida. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest proposed Workers’ Comp rate reduction, courtesyContinue reading “Palm Coast Observer Features Chamber Workers’ Comp Reduction Article”

Flagler County Behind on Job Creation

Flagler County still has 95 fewer jobs than before the COVID-19 panemic hit and continues to lag behind surrounding counties (Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia) in job growth. WNZF NewsRadio covers the latest from the Chamber, including some good news (click below to listen)… To view the full unemployment report from the Chamber, click here.

Breaking News: Proposed 4.9 Percent Decrease in Workers Comp Rates

What Happened? Our partners at the Florida Chamber of Commerce this week met with the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) to review the proposed 2022 workers’ comp rates. NCCI, which files rates on behalf of Florida carriers, has proposed a 4.9 percent average decrease across industrial classifications and a 14.1 percent decrease for federalContinue reading “Breaking News: Proposed 4.9 Percent Decrease in Workers Comp Rates”

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP/MARKETING

The Chamber is hiring! We are looking for a seasoned, self-starter to help the chamber continue to grow. See the job description below and email resumes to Greg@PalmCoastFlaglerRegionalChamber.com. No calls, please. Director of Membership and Marketing Partial Remote Work Schedule Pay: $40,000/year Benefits: Paid Time Off Membership sales Immediate: This position will focus on identifyingContinue reading “JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP/MARKETING”

WNZF NewsRadio Highlights Monthly Chamber Unemployment Report Analysis

555 jobs were created in Flagler County in July 2021. WNZF NewsRadio, 94.9 FM, highlighted the Chamber’s analysis of the most recent data. Click play below to listen to the news story:

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.3%

555 Jobs Created in July 2021, Labor Force Continues Significant Growth Flagler County job growth got back on track in July 2021, as 555 jobs were created, resulting in the unemployment rate dropping from 6% to 5.3% month-over-month. According to today’s data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity: Flagler County’s labor force continuedContinue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.3%”

WELCOME JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY

Earlier this week, Jacksonville University classrooms opened to graduate-level students here in Palm Coast. Upon a visit to City Hall (new J.U. facility is right around the corner), the Chamber encountered students coming and going to class at City Center facility in Palm Coast’s Town Center. Expect a more formal welcome when it’s safer toContinue reading “WELCOME JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY”

Why the Chamber is Urging You to Follow New CDC Guidelines

There is a new COVID spike that is significantly impacting Flagler County. The Chamber wants to help make sure your business remains open, your employees remain safe/healthy and your company remains properly shielded from COVID liability lawsuits (SB 72). If you don’t know what SB 72 does and/or you don’t know what last week’s CDCContinue reading “Why the Chamber is Urging You to Follow New CDC Guidelines”

DAVID ALFIN: Sworn-In and Seated as Mayor of Palm Coast

David Alfin was sworn-in as Mayor of Palm Coast at last night’s city council meeting, signaling an official “changing of the guard” in the city. That wasn’t the only change… After being sworn in, Mayor Alfin spoke from the podium, not the dias, to residents gathered in the Council Chambers. See the full speech below.Continue reading “DAVID ALFIN: Sworn-In and Seated as Mayor of Palm Coast”

Chamber Urges Businesses to “Mask Up” or Risk COVID Liability Lawsuits

“Flagler businesses should require employees to wear masks in public indoors settings, for now” Because of recent CDC COVID-19 recommendations urging vaccinated people to use a mask when in “public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission,” the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce is urging all businesses in Flagler County to requireContinue reading “Chamber Urges Businesses to “Mask Up” or Risk COVID Liability Lawsuits”

Consultant Recommends $7,000 per Home Impact Fee, District Confirms “Mitigation” Will Continue

The Flagler County School Board met at a workshop on Tuesday, July 20th, in part to hear a presentation from Tischler-Bise, the consultant used to study the Flagler School Impact Fee. The impact fee has not been updated since 2004, and the consultant has recommended a $7,175 school impact fee for single-family homes, nearly doubleContinue reading “Consultant Recommends $7,000 per Home Impact Fee, District Confirms “Mitigation” Will Continue”

What’s Behind Recent Hospitality Worker Shortage?

If you’ve been out-to-eat recently, then you have likely noticed the “help wanted” signs at your local restaurants. Worse yet, several Flagler County restaurants have closed on key dates due to the lack of staff. 1-out-of-every-5 jobs in our region is tied to the restaurant/hospitality industry; so the Chamber began talking to local restauranteurs andContinue reading “What’s Behind Recent Hospitality Worker Shortage?”

Flagler Unemployment Rate Jumps to 6%

Labor Force Continues Significant Growth, Amid Meager Job Creation Only 16 new jobs were created in Flagler County in June 2021, as the unemployment rate jumped to 6%, nearly a full percentage point increase. According to today’s data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Flagler County’s labor force continued its strong growth byContinue reading “Flagler Unemployment Rate Jumps to 6%”

Chamber Advocates in Favor of Marinas at County Planning Board Meeting

Flagler County does not have a definition for a “marina” in its Land Development Code. Many waterfront communities do, which signals to landowners what the expectations/regulations are for creating a Marina in Flagler County. The Chamber has been following this issue for several weeks, and last night, urged the Flagler County Planning and Development BoardContinue reading “Chamber Advocates in Favor of Marinas at County Planning Board Meeting”

Chamber Testifies About County Impact Fee Increases

On Monday, July 12, 2021, Chamber President Greg Blose spoke at the Flagler County Board of County Commission workshop on the concerns the business community and construction industry have about six separate impact fee increases the County is considering implementing. Flagler County has not updated its impact fees in many years, meaning they are noContinue reading “Chamber Testifies About County Impact Fee Increases”

WNZF: Chamber Releases Candidate Questionnaires

The Chamber has released several of the responses to our questionnaire from candidates running in the Special Election for Palm Coast Mayor. WNZF highlighted our efforts on their news broadcast this morning. Click the YouTube link below to listen.

CAUGHT-ON-TAPE: WNFZ NewsRadio Airs Audio of Chamber Fighting for Housing Affordability

Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Greg Blose was caught on tape fighting for the approval of an affordable housing ordinance, which ultimately earned unanimous approval from the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners. Listen to the audio of the debate below, which was aired as a part of WNZF NewsRadio’s MorningContinue reading “CAUGHT-ON-TAPE: WNFZ NewsRadio Airs Audio of Chamber Fighting for Housing Affordability”

Give Your Company a Health Insurance Checkup

Florida Health Care Plans offers no-cost insurance analysis for area businesses We didn’t need 2020 to tell us how much difference a year can make, but it was the latest reminder that all businesses are constantly changing and need to review key areas of their business at least annually. Question: Have you reviewed the healthContinue reading “Give Your Company a Health Insurance Checkup”

Flagler County Among Leaders in State for Crime Reduction

Last week, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) released the state-wide 2020 Annual Uniform Crime Report and for the 50th year in a row crime continues to drop in Florida. The report also shows that despite an increase in Flagler County population by 3,500 more residents, Flagler County’s index crime was down 18.4% comparedContinue reading “Flagler County Among Leaders in State for Crime Reduction”

Intelligent.com Places Daytona State on List of Best Online Offerings by Community Colleges

Study evaluated quality of online programs at colleges across the nation Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has announced the top online degree programs for 2021 based on its assessment of nearly 1,300 colleges and universities in the United States. Among the community colleges to receive recognition was DaytonaContinue reading “Intelligent.com Places Daytona State on List of Best Online Offerings by Community Colleges”

Flagler County Third Grade Reading Scores Plummet

Region-Worst Nine Percent Drop in FSA Reading Scores Likely Due to COVID-19 PALM COAST, FL (June 24, 2021) – New data released by the Florida Department of Education shows Flagler County third grade reading scores plummeted by nine percent from 2019 to 2021. The data, found on the Chamber’s Flagler County Scorecard webpage, indicates onlyContinue reading “Flagler County Third Grade Reading Scores Plummet”

Farewell Jerry Cameron: County Administrator’s Final Meeting

Jerry Cameron has completed the final meeting of his tenure as Flagler County Administrator. Tonight’s meeting featured a series of highlights of Jerry Cameron’s impactful career as the staff leader of Flagler County Government. In comments to the County Commission, Mr. Cameron said, “It’s truly a privilege to me to serve with people that haveContinue reading “Farewell Jerry Cameron: County Administrator’s Final Meeting”

Chamber Advocates for Affordable Housing Ordinance, Passes with Unanimous Approval

For approximately 18 months, the Flagler County Affordable Housing Advisory Board has been working on an affordable housing ordinance in an effort to help address Flagler’s skyrocketing home prices. This evening, the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance, which creates opportunities for affordable housing builders to work with the county toContinue reading “Chamber Advocates for Affordable Housing Ordinance, Passes with Unanimous Approval”

County Appoints Heidi Petito as Interim County Administrator

The Flagler County Commission voted unanimously to appoint Heidi Petito as the Interim County Administrator for a period of three months, as the Commission plans and executes an executive search for a permanent County Administrator. In doing so, Heidi Petito becomes the first woman to ever lead Flagler County Government. Heidi Petito was appointed asContinue reading “County Appoints Heidi Petito as Interim County Administrator”

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.1%

More than 700 jobs created in Flagler County in May 2021 Flagler County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.1% in May 2021, with 745 new jobs being filled, according to today’s data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “Last month the Chamber launched our ‘Return to Work’ initiative, and that’s what people are doing,Continue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.1%”

Likely Voters Give FL Gov. DeSantis High Job Approval Ratings

The latest Florida Chamber statewide poll shows likely Florida voters overwhelmingly support Governor Ron DeSantis with a strong job approval rating of 55%. Governor DeSantis receives 88% support from Republicans and 57% from NPA’s, a 20-point lead among NPA’s. The full survey results can be viewed/downloaded below. If you have any issues viewing, email Greg@palmcoastflaglerregionalchamber.comContinue reading “Likely Voters Give FL Gov. DeSantis High Job Approval Ratings”

Palm Coast City Council Appoints Denise Bevan Interim City Manager

The Palm Coast City Council voted unanimously to appoint Denise Beven as Interim City Manager and to no longer require existing City Manager Matt Morton to complete the remainder of his 30-day resignation while still paying him. Denise Bevan currently serves as Chief of Staff of Infrastructure and has been employed by the City ofContinue reading “Palm Coast City Council Appoints Denise Bevan Interim City Manager”

GOOD NEWS: Flagler Health+ Announces Growth Plans for Palm Coast

Flagler Health+, a Board of Directors member of the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce, announced today that it plans to break ground on the Flagler Health+ Village at Palm Coast this July. Located on approximately 7 acres at the southwest corner of Matanzas Woods Parkway and Belle Terre Parkway, the health village will incorporateContinue reading “GOOD NEWS: Flagler Health+ Announces Growth Plans for Palm Coast”

“Return to Work” Highlighted on WNZF NewsRadio

The Chamber’s “Return to Work” initiative, an effort designed to connect unemployed residents with open jobs, was highlighted on WNZF NewsRadio. Listen below. Learn more about the Chamber’s “Return to Work” initiative by clicking here.

BREAKING: Palm Coast City Manager Matt Morton Resigns

Palm Coast City Manager Matt Morton announced his resignation today. A post on the City of Palm Coast’s website stated: On May 27, 2021, Matthew Morton has tendered his resignation as City Manager for the City of Palm Coast. In accordance with Morton’s employment contract, the resignation gives the Palm Coast City Council a 30-day notice.Continue reading “BREAKING: Palm Coast City Manager Matt Morton Resigns”

Chamber Launches “Return to Work” Initiative

Big Changes in Unemployment Compensation to Take Effect Next Week The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce has launched its Return to Work initiative, which will: Encourage unemployed Flagler County residents to search for and find work by connecting them to open job opportunities offered by local businesses and support organizations. Engage local business leadersContinue reading “Chamber Launches “Return to Work” Initiative”

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Remains 5.3%

Flagler County’s unemployment rate remained steady in April 2021 at 5.3%, according to today’s data release from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “The employment, unemployment and labor force data all remained at similar levels compared to a month ago,” said Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce President Greg Blosé. “This is hopefully the calmContinue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Remains 5.3%”

Palm Coast City Council Sets Special Election for July 27, 2021

After former Mayor Milissa Holland’s resignation as Mayor, the Palm Coast City Council voted unanimously to set a Special Election for the Mayor of Palm Coast seat for Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The City Council did not waive any rules for candidates to qualify for the election. Earlier in the meeting, the City Council couldContinue reading “Palm Coast City Council Sets Special Election for July 27, 2021”

Chamber Featured on WNZF NewsRadio, Urges Biz Leaders to Attend Business Exchange on May 17

The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce is participating in the Hammock Beach Hiring Fair on Monday, May 17 at the Hammock Beach Resort & Spa. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., unemployed residents are invited to attend to interview for dozens of open positions offered by local job creators. From 4 p.m. to 6Continue reading “Chamber Featured on WNZF NewsRadio, Urges Biz Leaders to Attend Business Exchange on May 17”

Chamber Urges All to Attend Hammock Beach Hiring Fair and Business Exchange on May 17

In light of recent state and local government decisions to end mask mandates, the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber is encouraging business leaders to attend the Hammock Beach Business Exchange on Monday, May 17, 2021, from 4-6 p.m. at the Hammock Beach Golf Resort and Spa. The Business Exchange is a part of the Hammock BeachContinue reading “Chamber Urges All to Attend Hammock Beach Hiring Fair and Business Exchange on May 17”

Flagler Health+ Offering COVID-19 Vaccines on Friday, April 23 at GSB

As recently reported by the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Flagler Health+ will host a vaccine event at the Flagler County Emergency Services Building located at 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 3, Bunnell, FL on Friday, April 23rd. The vaccine being offered is the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to anybody 16 years of age or older. Appointments are requiredContinue reading “Flagler Health+ Offering COVID-19 Vaccines on Friday, April 23 at GSB”

It’s Law: Chamber Applauds Signing of Online Sales Tax Legislation (SB 50)

The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce applauds Governor Ron DeSantis for signing SB 50, a chamber-backed bill that will: Require out-of-state companies who sell products to Floridians to collect the Florida sales tax and remit payment to the state, Direct the tax revenue collected from online sales to relieve an immediate $713 million taxContinue reading “It’s Law: Chamber Applauds Signing of Online Sales Tax Legislation (SB 50)”

Chamber Urges Residents to Fill Open Jobs

“There are open jobs available,” said Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber President Greg Blose in an interview broadcast today by WNZF NewsRadio. Flagler County’s unemployment rate has jumped from 4.5% to 5.3% despite an increase in jobs being offered by local businesses. LISTEN to the full report below (Chamber segment begins at 3:09):