Yep, that’s us–Flagler Beach, Florida! We were voted the 7th Coolest Small Town in America! And even more importantly we are the town that made Libbie the Rare Yellow Lobster a star. So what makes us so awesomely cool, you might ask?
We are a beach town community of 4,660 humans on 4.1 square miles, located about halfway between St. Augustine to our North and Daytona to our South. We have no buildings over three stories (by city ordinance) and no chain stores are allowed. Surprising to most of us, there is a Seven Eleven and one condo building that is several stories high. Mmmmmm…I wonder how that happened.
But here are some of the reasons we are so darn cool–we have bikers, and surfers (although bikers don’t surf and surfers aren’t bikers generally). And we have writers galore and artists, screen play writers, radio personalities, and musicians. Cozy cafes, gift shops, and restaurants abound. We even have a museum and art galleries. Small motels dot the road along the ocean for the tourists who love to visit Flagler Beach. The population ebbs and flows each year as the “snowbirds” come and go. All ages live here in harmony. Some people call us Mayberry By The Sea, but we like knowing what everyone is doing and we come together in amazing ways to help each other in a time of need.
And we have events–big events. The Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Classic was started in Flagler Beach and is now an International event. Tattoos for Pink was started by the owners of Inflicting Beauty Tattoo shop that is helping women with breast cancer receive medical tattooing. The 4th of July fireworks are the best around and every First Friday is a festival in the center of town. Hundreds of motorcycles rumble through our town and stop off at popular places on their way to Daytona for Bike Week and Biketoberfest.
Then late at night while the moon is rising over the ocean, or the early morning when the sunrise showers the sky with shades of red and orange, the roar of the ocean waves can be heard. The sound is a reminder of the peaceful power of the sea and all of its wonder. Below the surface is an alien world of such spender, it is hard to fathom. Whales, sea turtles, osprey and sea gulls rule here. A walk on our beach is a touch of heaven.
No wonder we are the 7th coolest town in America, but shhhhhhhh…don’t tell anyone. Then everyone will want to live here.