Ocean Bliss Day Spa opens in Flagler Beach offering an array of services including Eminence organic facials, massage therapy, waxing and nail care.
FLAGLER BEACH — Ocean Bliss Day Spa offers a relaxing vibe with its dim lighting and freshly painted walls. In fact, if not for the staff wearing masks, clients may almost forget that they’re in the middle of a global pandemic.
Delaying the spa’s opening was never an option.
“The plan to open was decided before the pandemic happened,” said Marina ...
Flagler Beach City Manager held accountable for unprofessional behavior during commission meetings.
Flagler Beach -- The City Commission voted Monday to warn City Manager Larry Newsom in writing about his recent caustic interactions with the public.
“The intention is not to terminate your employment at this time,” said Commissioner Deborah Phillips. “But I would like to see a formal warning written and kept on file during your tenure.”
City Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to place the warning in L...
Flagler Beach dune project stalled. Funding could go to another coastal city.
FLAGLER BEACH — The county may be forced to forfeit $25 million in state and federal funding if 13 property owners refuse to sign easements for the dune restoration project along Flagler Beach.
The Army Corps of Engineers announced July 8 that it will not move forward with plans to improve the dunes along State Road A1A without full compliance.
The 2.6-mile project requires property owners with a parcel east of Stat...
Palm Coast will test wastewater for COVID-19.
PALM COAST — The city will extend COVID-19 testing efforts to include testing wastewater sites to get a better understanding of how many community members are infected.
Palm Coast City Manager Matthew Morton offered a presentation during the July 7 city council meeting on the benefits of testing wastewater for COVID-19.
Morton said he partnered with Bob Snyder, administrator of the Department of Health-Flagler and Dr. Stephen Bickel, the departmen...
Women throughout Volusia County speak out about the Crown Act bill, a bill created to prevent discrimination based on an individuals hair and why it is needed now more than ever.
DAYTONA BEACH — Afrika Smith is proud of her natural hair and what it represents. Not only that, she’s empowered by it.
Smith, a 19-year-old Bethune-Cookman University student, says her confidence and love for hair was born at home.
“I’m very fortunate to have a family that has always appreciated and encouraged my cr...
Flagler Beach city commissioners met Thursday to discuss possibly hosting their next meeting in person. The city plans to offer a virtual option for residents who prefer to stay home.
FLAGLER BEACH — City commissioners are ready for business as usual and hope to allow residents to attend their June 11 meeting.
The commission met Thursday and discussed a plan to host public meetings at City Hall now that the state is beginning to reopen in accordance with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ phased plan.
Flagler Beach residents and guests will have access to the boardwalk and parking as early as Saturday.
FLAGLER BEACH— Beachgoers are in for a treat this weekend. City officials will reopen the boardwalk Saturday at 7 a.m.
The boardwalk, along with the beaches, were closed March 22 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Flagler beaches reopened April 29, but the boardwalk remained closed.
In a release sent Friday, City Manager Larry Newsom said officials decided to open the boardwalk “in conjunc...
Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland designates June 1 as a day of mourning to honor those lost to COVID-19. Holland is calling for community members to join in prayer at noon.
PALM COAST — Mayor Milissa Holland signed a proclamation designating June 1 as a day of mourning to honor loved ones lost due to COVID-19.
The mayor asks that at noon, faith leaders, community leaders and residents join together to pause, reflect, pray, mourn and honor those lost and to comfort those they have left behind....
Department of Health’s team of retired nurses offer support, education and guidance to help combat the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community.
After retiring as a registered nurse more than a decade ago, Sue Doidge decided to put her 42 years of medical expertise to work by volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Doidge, who previously worked at Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House in Palm Coast, currently donates her time by volunteering with the Florida Department of Health - Flagler Count...
Flagler County elects first woman as national convention delegate.
For the first time in history, local Democrats in Florida’s 6th Congressional District elected a woman delegate to represent them at the Democratic National Convention.
Teldra Jones, 51, of Palm Coast, will support presidential candidate Joe Biden at this year’s convention, which is scheduled to take place in Milwaukee the week of Aug. 17.
“I’m so gracious for the opportunity to represent Flagler at the Democr...
Larry Newsom returns to his role as Flagler Beach City Manager after being out on sick leave.
FLAGLER BEACH — Flagler Beach City Manager Larry Newsom returned to work following a three-week medical leave and he’s ready to pick up right where he left off.
City commissioners approved his return at its April 23 meeting, and Newsom was back on the job the next day.
Newsom had a sinus infection and went into voluntary self-isolation the week of March 23. He said he was tested COVI...
Flagler County sheriff’s deputies responded to an incident involving an AK-17 on I-95 that they’re attributing to road rage.
A couple were arrested in Flagler County after a motorist on Interstate 95 told deputies he was threatened with a rifle.
Flagler County sheriff’s deputies responded to an incident they’re attributing to road rage at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. A caller reported that a man in a blue Hyundai Accent pointed a rifle at the caller, according to a press release.
According to deputies...
Flagler Beach and Palm Coast cancel Fourth of July festivities.
City officials in both Flagler Beach and Palm Coast have canceled their annual Independence Day festivities in keeping with CDC guidelines.
Flagler Beach City Manager Larry Newsom issued a press release Tuesday announcing the cancellation of the parade and fireworks originally scheduled for July 4.
“The city regrets to announce that, in the best interest of public safety due to the COVID-19 virus, all scheduled Independence Day e...
Palm Coast held its weekly virtual town hall meeting to keep residents informed about testing options and trends.
PALM COAST — The City of Palm Coast offered residents next steps on testing options and strategies used to combat the spread of COVID-19 during Wednesday’s virtual town hall meeting.
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Guest speaker Dr. Vincent DeGennaro, CEO of Abacus Pharma International in Fort L...
Flagler Beach City Commissioners are in talks on whether or not to purchase a new fire truck.
FLAGLER BEACH — City commissioners met Thursday to discuss whether to purchase a new fire truck, a topic that’s proven controversial over the last four years.
The plan, outlined by Flagler Beach Fire Chief Robert Pace, is to donate Engine 111 to a fire academy. The department is leaning toward purchasing a Pierce Manufacturing 2020 Saber for $571,000.
With so much uncertainty surroun...