Flagler County, Florida
Flagler County, located in Northeast Florida along Interstate 95 and beside the Atlantic Ocean, is made up of one fairly large city, Palm Coast, and several smaller towns, each with its own history, its own personality and its own reason to visit.
Just under 100,000 people live in Flagler County, more than three-quarters of them in Palm Coast, a growing city with a short history. Developed by ITT Corporation beginning in 1969, the city wasn’t incorporated until 1999. Its water management system features 46 miles of freshwater canals and 23 miles of saltwater canals, which also offer excellent recreational opportunities, including fishing and boating. The second-fastest-growing major metropolitan area in the United States, Palm Coast recently was tabbed by Where to Retire magazine as one of the best places in the country to retire.
The smallest town in Flagler County is Marineland. With a population of only 16, it is home to the Marineland Dolphin Adventure, where visitors can spend some quality time with these fascinating marine mammals. The University of Florida Whitney Marine Laboratory, a research and teaching facility, also is located in Marineland.
Beverly Beach, just over a mile long and a mile wide, has a population of 338, many of them senior citizens. Incorporated in 1955, “The Little Town with a Good Heart” is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. About two-thirds of the residents of Beverly Beach live in Surfside Estates, a residentowned community for people 55 and older.
Bunnell, the oldest municipality in Flagler County and its county seat, has a population of 2,676. Incorporated in 1913, the town grew from only four square miles to approximately 141 square miles when it annexed more than 92,000 acres of land from 2005 to 2007. Bunnell hosted a variety of activities to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2013, including a Centennial Tour & Scavenger Hunt, a Time Capsule Ceremony, its Birthday Centennial Celebration, a Centennial Gala and a parade.
Flagler Beach, incorporated in 1925, has grown from a sleepy fishing village to a seaside community, maintaining much of its original laid-back charm along the way. With a population of 4,484, it boasts six miles of beautiful beaches, excellent fishing from the Flagler Beach Municipal Pier – an 804-foot-long structure – and a wide range of recreational opportunities.