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”

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”

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”

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%”

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%”

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/

WNZF NewsRadio: Chamber of Commerce Featured on Unemployment Rate Reduction

WNZF NewsRadio recently highlighted the Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce following the news of Flagler County’s unemployment rate dropping nearly half-a-percent to 5.5%. Skip to the 1:10 mark below to hear the audio:

PRESS RELEASE: Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.5%

Flagler County’s unemployment rate dropped nearly half of a percentage point in December 2020 from 5.9% to 5.5%, with 213 jobs being created over the past 30 days. “Last month, our unemployment rate went up because we lost 208 jobs. This month, Flagler County gained 213 jobs,” said Palm Coast-Flagler Regional Chamber of Commerce PresidentContinue reading “PRESS RELEASE: Flagler County Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.5%”

Flagler County Unemployment Rate Increases Despite Minimal Job Growth

PALM COAST, FL (December 18, 2020) – Flagler County’s unemployment rate increased to 5.9% in November 2020, despite minimal job growth in the region, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “Flagler County did see minimal growth in the number of residents finding employment, but the workforce grew faster than the number of jobContinue reading “Flagler County Unemployment Rate Increases Despite Minimal Job Growth”