Libbie the Lobster

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The 7th Coolest Small Town in America

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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,aerial_pier 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 Classic55 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 WeekIMG_20141018_143406_201 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. IMG_178502026443750The 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.

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Author: Libbie The Lobster

I am a writer and a co-author of the children's book, Saving Libbie the Lobster, with Heather Chalmers. Our story is based on the true adventure of how we rescued a rare yellow lobster from our local supermarket.

59 thoughts on “The 7th Coolest Small Town in America

  1. WASN’T THE LOBSTER FOUND IN A PUBLIX IN PALM COAST?

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  2. Nice story line will have to visit need a place to stay for a month .

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  3. Wow, this is all so cool! FB is one of my most favorite places. As well as the home of peole I love.

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  4. In our book it is the #1 coolest. Has some of the best surfing and sunrises on the east coast. Thank you for such a wonderful write up.

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  5. The artwork and illustration for the book was done by Stewart Maxcy who’s art may also be found at Ocean Art Gallery across from the Flagler Beach Pier. His website is http://www.stewartmaxcyart.com. Ours is http://www.flagleroceanartgallery.com.

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  6. I grew up in Daytona Beach. I spent my beach time at the Flagler beach. Not too crowded and everyone was nice. Really miss it.

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  7. Can you include the source of this accolade? Was this the one from Budget Travel or a different one? Thanks!

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  8. I love this small town Mayberry!!

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  10. Beautiful story about Flagler Beach, I was born in Orlando and have visited that area many times. Flagler Beach is a great city, with charm and personality.

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  11. i’m here 11/15/14. I love Flagler Beach. I was staying with friends. I had to get my own place and couldn’t find an apartment in Flager. On3/28/15 I moved to Palm Coast. I miss Flager every time I drive on A1A. I still try to go there every Saturday. I am a Jersey Girl living in a Flager world.

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  12. I have lived in Flagler co most my life born here we lived beach it has grown so much but is still best beach love ocean and love this article amazing thanks

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  13. I have the honor of living in two of the coolest places, I have a home in Lititz, Pa which was voted the coolest small town in America in 2014 and here in Flagler Beach. I love both places, and there is such a similar type of population, friendly and caring. I couldn’t live anywhere else. Don’t tell them, but Flagler Beach is my favorite.

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  14. Love the article! I’ve been an area resident since 2001, and wouldn’t trade it for anything. I did catch a little something that slipped through the proof-read, though. If we ever get an early morning sunSET, we will certainly be the #1 coolest.

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    • Haha! As many times as I’d read this before I published it and didn’t see that mistake, I’m shocked. Thank you so much for pointing that out. Jeez, I better pay close attention to my novel. I thank you for your comment too, Rockin’ Realtor. 😄

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  15. Love the article, great job. I am lucky enough to live here, and always tell friends that visit, please don’t tell anyone what a great time you had, I’d like to keep it still “the peaceful beach”!

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  16. That’s incredible. You saw this, Debbie, by way of Mexico and you love near me. I love it!

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  17. Even with all it’s quirkiness, I love it here and don’t think I’ll ever leave.

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  18. Blessed beyond words to be able to own my home here..purchased it back in 1990 .absolutely love it here couldn’t imagine living anywhere else..

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  20. Hello, can you tell me who exactly named Flagler Beach the 7th coolest town? Thanks.

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  21. Florida Linda, here is the link to an article by Budget Travel about the winners of the Coolest Small Town in America Contest: http://www.budgettravel.com/contest/americas-coolest-small-towns-2013,14/#candidate-detail12246

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  22. I have driven through there on my way to Ormond Beach. The next time I’m in the area and if there is a hotel/motel that takes two dogs for a reasonable amount, I would love to stay there. It seemed like a cool little town as I drove through.

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  23. Thanks for your comment Michele. Ormond Beach Is a great little town too. If you do stop here, check out our bookstore, Change Jar Books. It’s a fabulous place and they love to support all of the local authors.

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  24. Thanks Libbie. I’ve lived in Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Big Pine Key and my last stop is right here in Flagler Beach. I’ve been here since 1983 and I’m never leaving. Love the beach, the climate is perfect, structures are not supposed to be over 3 stories, love shopping the Farmer’s Market on weekends and look forward to First Friday’s entertainment and shopping our little downtown artsy district; it reminds me a little of Key West, but has a big personality and small population of its own. And there’s even a small airport with a restaurant a few miles away. You know, in case we have anymore Libbies who want to visit.

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    • Wow! Thanks for your comment Sandy. I live in Flagler Beach too. Well, Libbie doesn’t live here but as one of the coauthors, I respond on this blog, which I also wrote. I have lived a few places in Florida too but Flagler Beach is my home now and I’m not leaving either. I love everything about our town but I especially love the people. Thanks again for your comment.
      Marybeth Jeitner

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