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What Makes Us Unique?...Our People’s View!

Jillann Gildea
Jillann Gildea

Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches are certainly unique. I recently met someone building a home here who told said, “your beaches remind me of New Zealand, uncrowded, wide open and full of nature. I can’t wait till my home is finished.” I couldn’t agree more, a few local residents share information with us about their journey to Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches with us too!

Architect Joseph Pozzuoli: “A professor once said, ‘go out and find a community that you can be a part of and participate in it, be a creative influence, all encompassing, DESIGN, CREATE, INSPIRE!!’

“I couldn’t think of a better place to practice my profession,” says Pozzuoli, who has over 25 years in business. It was many years ago when he was in school at the University of Miami. After attending a UF/UM football game he found Flagler Beach and returned to the area for years until he became a resident almost 13 years ago. Joseph talks about his loves - the ocean, nature, the discovery, the culture and of course his wife! He is a transplant from Glens Falls, New York!

He reminds me that the development of Flagler County began before the Great Depression. “Now we see the growth again. I believe that is because Flagler Beach is a diamond in the rough. The majority of new homes are better designed; more sophisticated, even if a good number are builder homes”.

He feels that every new project he undertakes is an opportunity to preserve, direct, create, design, and improve the region as best he can as a design professional. His office is on Moody Blvd, Flagler Beach.

Business professional Michelle Brown is a 5-year resident who relocated from Ohio to Jacksonville and was looking for a place to live when she drove from the Scenic Loop through Flagler Beach! She is an avid motorcyclist and points out that we are approaching the 75 year Anniversary of Bike Week this year and that’s only 30 minutes south of here!

“Once you see this town you can’t forget it, said Michelle. The unobstructed strip of land is like no other in our state. She reminded me that the beauty of this area is that everyone here has relocated from somewhere and how they are eager to share their experiences and lend a hand.

She was surprised to find that you could still wear a turtle neck from to time and retire the flip flops for a day or two because of our seasonal climate. She is looking forward to the economic growth of our area after an amazing 2015. She is the owner of the Flagler Beach Gift Shop!

Restaurateur Jamie Boudreau proclaimed that he loves the area of Flagler Beach “because it is a unique island”!

 Jaime points out that when he saw the coastline it won his heart. “I was so thrilled that it wasn’t landscaped like a concrete byway or constituted with franchises from corporate America. I knew I would love calling this place home”.

He has been involved in the restaurant business since 1990 and moved to Flagler Beach when he had an opportunity to begin a new restaurant endeavor with fellow retired police officer Butch Primero. Both men hail from upstate New York. Jaime loves tailgating and traveling the USA when he’s not greeting everyone with his huge smile at The Beachfront Grill, which has become the neighborhood place to go for a great meal and great people.

Flagler Beach is growing, we treasure our View from the Shore, the natural beauty we are fortunate to preserve, but most importantly we treasure the people who make our community even better.