Flagler Beach, Florida

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Flagler Beach
City
Scenic view of Flagler Beach Pier
Scenic view of Flagler Beach Pier
Location in Flagler County and the state of Florida
Location in Flagler County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 29°28′27″N 81°07′37″W / 29.47417°N 81.12694°W / 29.47417; -81.12694Coordinates: 29°28′27″N 81°07′37″W / 29.47417°N 81.12694°W / 29.47417; -81.12694
Country  United States
State  Florida
Counties Flagler, Volusia
Incorporated April, 1925
Government
 â€¢ Type Council-manager government
 â€¢ Mayor Linda "P" Provencher
 â€¢ City Manager Bruce Campbell
Area
 â€¢ Total 4.1 sq mi (10.6 km2)
 â€¢ Land 3.7 sq mi (9.5 km2)
 â€¢ Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)  9.8%
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (2010)
 â€¢ Total 4,484
 â€¢ Density 1,100/sq mi (420/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 â€¢ Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 32136[1]
Area code(s) 386
FIPS code 12-22550[2]
GNIS feature ID 0307132[3]
Website http://www.cityofflaglerbeach.com

Flagler Beach is a city in Flagler and Volusia counties in the U.S. state of Florida. The population was 4,484 at the 2010 census.[4]

Since its incorporation in April 1925, Flagler Beach has grown from a sleepy fishing village to a unique seaside community while retaining much of its original charm. It is home to six miles of uncrowded beaches, many great fishing spots including the Flagler Beach Municipal Pier, restaurants with oceanfront dining, gift shops and a whole host of recreational facilities.[5]

Flagler Beach is part of the Palm Coast Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is named for oil tycoon and Florida railroad developer Henry Morrison Flagler.

Geography[edit]

Flagler Beach is located at 29°28′27″N 81°07′37″W / 29.474079°N 81.126987°W / 29.474079; -81.126987.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.6 km2). 3.7 square miles (9.5 km2) of it is land and 0.39 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (9.80%) is water.

The Ocean Palm Villas South subdivision east of the Intracoastal Waterway is the only portion of Flagler Beach in Volusia County.[7]


Demographics[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,954 people, 2,535 households, and 1,493 families residing in the city. The population density was 519.8/km² (1,345.1/mi²). There were 3,224 housing units at an average density of 338.3/km² (875.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.86% White, 0.52% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.84% of the population.

There were 2,535 households out of which 12.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.43.

In the city the population was spread out with 11.5% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 20.0% from 25 to 44, 32.5% from 45 to 64, and 31.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,917, and the median income for a family was $47,073. Males had a median income of $31,848 versus $30,132 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,600. About 9.0% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.4% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

Attractions[edit]

America's Coolest Small Town Finalist[edit]

Flagler Beach was a finalist in the 2013 Budget Travel Magazine Coolest Small Town Contest. "Twenty miles north of Daytona Beach on A1A, Flagler Beach couldn't be more different from its party-hardy neighbor to the south. In fact, the area seems to attract more sea turtles and right whales than spring breakers. And it's not hard to see why: This thin strip of a beach town, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, has remained significantly less developed than its neighbors. The six miles of pristine sand—which boast an orange hue thanks to crushed coquina shells—are only interrupted by one fishing pier. In town, the vibe is laid back and retro, thanks to spots like Grampa's Uke Joint, which sells ukuleles, and High Tides at Snack Jack, a 1950s fish shack that attracts surfers with funky dishes like tuna reubens, ahi club sandwiches, and sake Bloody Marys."[8]

As a Retirement Location[edit]

Flagler Beach was chosen by Where to Retire magazine as one of the top retirement destinations in Florida. It will appear in the November–December 2012 issue, set to be released Oct. 16.[9]

Flagler Beach Historical Museum[edit]

The museum motto describes two of the most popular displays in the permanent collection which is entirely dedicated to Florida history, featuring Flagler Beach and Flagler County. Visitors are riveted by the Museum's oldest display of prehistoric bones and other remains. On the "space age" side of the Museum, an exhibit with items provided by NASA astronauts piques interest—usually about the space food. To represent history "in the making" this display also includes the Flagler Beach city flag that orbited the earth aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

The breadth of Museum displays includes everything from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Orange Period pottery pieces date from 2000 B.C. to 500 A.D. Native American Indian life is represented by an exhibit of arrowheads and other artifacts all discovered in Flagler County.

Many flags flew over Florida in the war years between the 1500s and the early 1800s. Mill and plantation artifacts make up the display about the Plantation Period. Personal use items like buttons and bottles obtained from area missions are just part of the collection that people are drawn to representing the era. From the Mala Compra Plantation—burned down during the Second Seminole War—the Museum has items from that early 19th century home of Joseph Hernandez who became the 1st Hispanic congressman in the U.S.

Late 1800s and early 1900s are represented by books and exhibits about the area's focus at that time: county farming of cabbage and potatoes, timber industry, railroad artifacts, and turpentine camp items. Exhibits also include documents and memorabilia associated with the development boom that began in the western portion of Flagler County and then was continued oceanside. Some of these displays take on a more personal note as they feature four Flagler Beach "first families" who purchased land and built what was once considered a seaside resort.

Other display items from the early 1900s include memorabilia from early city government, the county's Old Brick Road, the Flagler Beach Hotel, World War II items, the A1A highway, Marineland, and early advertising brochures. Representations of local organizations from 1925 forward are represented in displays featuring the Flagler Beach Fire Department, Boy Scouts of Flagler, and Flagler Beach schools.</ref>

Fire department[edit]

The Flagler Beach Fire Department was established in 1926 by the Town of Flagler Beach's Commission. Currently, Flagler Beach has a population of roughly 5,500 year round residents and responds to approximately 1,000 calls a year. The City of Flagler Beach is served by a full-time professional staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide immediate response 365 days a year. Currently the city has seven full-time employees in the fire department, 1-Fire Chief, 1-Asst. Fire Chief, and 5-Firefighter/EMTs. To complement the career staff there are about twenty volunteer firefighters currently on the roster. The staff can respond to many different types of emergency calls using many different types of apparatus. For firefighting they have two engines (1996 Pierce & 2005 E-One) and an aerial apparatus (1984 Grumman). For wildland or brush fires they have a woods truck (1967 Military 6x6) and a small brush truck (2003 Chevrolet). Being a costal community with water on two sides, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Intracoastal Waterway to the west, water rescue equipment is essential. To provide these types of rescues a choice of equipment can be used. They have two boats(1994 AVON Inflatable & 2006 Patten Inflatable) along with a waverunner jet ski (2005 Yamaha). To pull this equipment around they have a 4 wheeler ATV (2005 Yamaha) to get it on the beach. They also have a Command Vehicle used by the Fire Chief for daily operations and a Fire Police unit which carries highway safety equipment used to protect firefighters and victims at traffic accidents.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/citytown.jsp zip4.usps.com
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Flagler Beach city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ Flagler County Chamber of Commerce/ http://www.visitflagler.org/
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ City of Flagler Beach Official Zoning Map, April 10, 2014
  8. ^ http://www.budgettravel.com/contest/americas-coolest-small-towns-2013,14/#candidate-detail12124
  9. ^ "Flagler Beach named top retirement destination". Central Florida News 13. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  10. ^ FBFire.org has a great amount of information on it ie: local news and weather along with current fire conditions.

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