What are the big picture issues that Flagler County residents believe need to be addressed? That’s one of the big questions being asked by Herb Marlowe, the moderator of Flagler County’s public strategic planning session workshops.

A dozen residents showed up to share their opinion of what should be included in Flagler County’s future strategic plan. The following questions were also asked of residents:

  • What would you like to see added here? (What did the Chamber say: “More jobs and business: focus on healthcare/manufacturing/education, better cell phone receptions, multi-family housing, affordable housing, more park and green space along with increased development, supporting higher education and mental health services…”)
  • What is it you don’t want to lose? (What did the Chamber say: “Good crime rate and great parks/rec system”)
  • What do you hope does not happen here? (What did the Chamber say: “More crime, environment is unhealthy (septic tanks leading to algae blooms), anti-business sentiment grows”)

Chamber President & CEO Greg Blose cautioned the residents that attended and advocated in support of more restrictive development, “We do need to strike a balance with our environmental protection and preservation efforts, but must be careful about the types of restrictions we’re asking for builders and developers, as those restrictions may exacerbate housing affordability issues and cost residents more in taxes to care for increased environmental land.”

WHAT’S NEXT: The next strategic planning workshop will be hosted on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 6 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center

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