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):

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Jumps to 5.3%

Chamber of Commerce Urges Residents to “Get Back to Work” PALM COAST, FL (April 16, 2021) – Flagler County’s unemployment rate increased nearly a full percentage point in March 2021 from 4.5% to 5.3%, with 273 jobs being created over the past 30 days. “Jobs are being created in Flagler County, but we still haveContinue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Jumps to 5.3%”

Daytona State College Breaks Ground on Student Residence Hall

Daytona State College is breaking ground on a Student Residence Hall this afternoon at its Daytona Beach Campus. Projected to open in August 2022, this four story, 252-bed facility will be located on the Daytona Beach Campus. This begins a new chapter in the life of the College and aligns with its mission of openContinue reading “Daytona State College Breaks Ground on Student Residence Hall”

Chamber Featured on WNZF for Applauding Passage of SB 50

The Chamber was featured on WNZF NewsRadio applauding lawmakers, like Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner, who voted to support the implementation of an online sales tax. Listen to the report from WNZF NewsRadio below. SB 50 will: Require out-of-state companies who sell products in Florida to collect the Florida sales tax and remitContinue reading “Chamber Featured on WNZF for Applauding Passage of SB 50”

Chamber-Backed Online Sales Tax Bill Passes Florida House and Senate, Awaits Governor’s Signature

The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce applauds the efforts of the Florida Legislature, which recently passed SB 50, a major legislative priority of the Chamber. This is the second major Chamber-backed bill to pass the Florida Legislature. SB 50 will: Require out-of-state companies who sell products in Florida to collect the Florida sales taxContinue reading “Chamber-Backed Online Sales Tax Bill Passes Florida House and Senate, Awaits Governor’s Signature”

Flagler Education Foundation Helps Strengthen Our Local Schools

EVOLVE Magazine recently highlighted our partners at the Flagler Education Foundation regarding their strong work in strengthening the Classroom to Careers program in Flagler County Schools. Joe Rizzo, Executive Director of the Flagler Education Foundation, who also serves on the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is working hard with his teamContinue reading “Flagler Education Foundation Helps Strengthen Our Local Schools”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Chamber Praises COVID Liability Bill Signing

A special thank you to the Palm Coast Observer for publishing our recent news release regarding the signing of the COVID Liability Legislation by Governor DeSantis. SB 72 was the first bill signed in to law by Governor DeSantis during the 2021 Florida Legislative Session. This bill protects businesses from frivilous COVID-19 liability lawsuits ifContinue reading “LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Chamber Praises COVID Liability Bill Signing”

WNZF NewsRadio Highlights Chamber’s Support of Pro-Biz COVID-19 Legislation Passing in Tallahassee

The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber was highlighted on WNZF NewsRadio this morning for praising the passage of the pro-business COVID-19 Liability Bill. SB 72, which was signed by Gov. DeSantis earlier this week, was supported by both State Senator Travis Hutson and State Representative Paul Renner. Listen below to learn more about what the billContinue reading “WNZF NewsRadio Highlights Chamber’s Support of Pro-Biz COVID-19 Legislation Passing in Tallahassee”

Daytona State College is Bridging the Nursing Shortage Gap

When we first launched the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber, we knew we had to make supporting both healthcare and education a vital part of what the chamber does to help continue to improve the community. Enter Daytona State College, which is currently engaged in a multi-million dollar renovation of its Palm Coast Campus. Palm CoastContinue reading “Daytona State College is Bridging the Nursing Shortage Gap”

Workforce Workhorse: Chamber Members Partner with Flagler Technical College to Make a Difference

In the March 2021 edition of EVOLVE Magazine, two chamber members were highlighted for their exceptional effort to create a workforce development solution for both students and the construction industry in Flagler County. Chelsea Barney Herbert (left), President at 4C’s Trucking and Excavation, and Scott Sowers (right), President at Cline Construction, have both been workingContinue reading “Workforce Workhorse: Chamber Members Partner with Flagler Technical College to Make a Difference”

Workforce Development: Construction and Restaurant Leaders Answer the Four Big Questions

Thanks to our partnership with EVOLVE Magazine, we were given the opportunity to ask two business leaders from different industries what they thought about workforce development in Flagler County. We asked these four questions: What are the workforce development challenges your industry is facing? How is your organization responding to those challenges? Has the pandemicContinue reading “Workforce Development: Construction and Restaurant Leaders Answer the Four Big Questions”

SUCCESS! Governor Signs COVID Liability Bill, Protects Businesses

The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce applauds the efforts of the Florida Legislature and Governor DeSantis for the passage and signing of SB 72, a chamber-backed bill that protects businesses from frivolous COVID-19 lawsuits. SB 72 was the first piece of legislation to not only pass both the Florida House and Senate, but alsoContinue reading “SUCCESS! Governor Signs COVID Liability Bill, Protects Businesses”

Florida Legislature Fully Passes COVID-19 Liability Protection for Businesses, Awaiting Gov. DeSantis Signature

Friday was a significant day in the year plus fight we’ve been waging on behalf of Flagler County businesses during this pandemic.  The very first bill passed this session by both bodies of the Legislature and headed to the Governor is COVID-19 Liability Protections, SB 72. SB 72, provides liability protections for businesses, educational institutions,Continue reading “Florida Legislature Fully Passes COVID-19 Liability Protection for Businesses, Awaiting Gov. DeSantis Signature”

Aiming to Protect “Brick and Mortar” Businesses, E-Fairness Bill Passes Florida Senate (FL House Still Debating)

Yesterday, the Florida Senate passed SB 50, a Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber legislative priority, which offsets a looming $713 million tax increase with revenue that has always been due, but that will finally be collected, from a sales tax on online sales. This bill will help level the playing field for “brick and mortar” businesses.Continue reading “Aiming to Protect “Brick and Mortar” Businesses, E-Fairness Bill Passes Florida Senate (FL House Still Debating)”

40 AND OVER ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE COVID VACCINE

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces New Eligibility Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccinations Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced new eligibility guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida. Beginning Monday, March 29, all individuals age 40 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning the following Monday, April 5, all individuals age 18 and olderContinue reading “40 AND OVER ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE COVID VACCINE”

Senate Bill Supporting VISIT FLORIDA Passes Final Committee, Heads to Senate Floor

The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce supports the tourism industry in Flagler County, which is responsible for nearly 1-out-of-every-5 jobs in the county. Tourism is also one of the reasons Florida does not have a state income tax (because visitors spend money, significantly filling tax coffers). SB 778, sponsored by Sen. Hooper (R-Clearwater), picturedContinue reading “Senate Bill Supporting VISIT FLORIDA Passes Final Committee, Heads to Senate Floor”

When Will Florida Recover Jobs Lost to COVID?

In February 2021, the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber hosted Dr. Jerry Parrish, Chief Economist for the Florida Chamber. Dr. Parrish shared much with the group during his breakfast speech that morning. Below is one slide that Dr. Parrish presented that outlines when the estimated recovery may be, by industry. To request the full presentation, emailContinue reading “When Will Florida Recover Jobs Lost to COVID?”

Florida House Passes COVID Liabilities Protection Bill to Protect Businesses

Today, the Florida House passed the business COVID-19 liability protections bill, HB 7 by Representative McClure, with a bipartisan vote of 83-31. This bill sends a signal of confidence for businesses that are doing their part to keep employees and customers safe that they will not be party to litigation. The Palm Coast-Flagler Regional ChamberContinue reading “Florida House Passes COVID Liabilities Protection Bill to Protect Businesses”

City of Palm Coast Hosts “Business Friendly” Charrettes for Business Leaders

The City of Palm Coast this week has hosted several “Business Friendly Charrettes” with different sectors of our economy. On Wednesday, March 3rd, business leaders met with city officials to discuss owning and operating a business in the city. Today, Thursday, March 4th, the city is meeting with the construction industry to listen to theirContinue reading “City of Palm Coast Hosts “Business Friendly” Charrettes for Business Leaders”

Flagler County Board of Commissioners Votes to Support the Environment, Safety and Tourism

The Flagler County Board of County Commissioners voted on Monday, February 15, 2021, to support several important initiatives that will support tourism, protect our citizens and keep our environmental treasures protected. In a world full of negative news stories, it’s important to recognize when elected leaders and government officials get it right. Below are theContinue reading “Flagler County Board of Commissioners Votes to Support the Environment, Safety and Tourism”

Daytona Beach News-Journal: Chamber Lauds Boston Whaler Announcement

The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Clayton Park recently published an article sharing the good news about Boston Whaler reopening a boat manufacturing facility and bringing with it 300-400 new jobs. Click the link below to read the article and the Chamber’s comments: https://www.news-journalonline.com/story/business/real-estate/2021/01/25/boston-whaler-add-300-400-jobs-reopening-plant-palm-coast/4249959001/