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SMART’s Pup of the Month Nelly Faces Long Road to Recovery After Long Life of Neglect

April 17, 2024
Meet Nelly, a sweet dog who was brought to a vet office for euthanasia due to severe skin issues and a mass on her back. The Shores Animal Hospital chose to reach out to SMART before euthanizing, to see if this dog could be helped. Since SMART has become involved, Nelly is ...

Local Comic Cristy B Brings Funny to Flagler with Grand Opening of Her First Club in Palm Coast

April 4, 2024
  Comedian Cristy B, owner of Cristy B Comedy, opened her very first comedy club today in Palm Coast. The comedy club formerly known as Madcaps Comedy Club, in City Market Place, is now under the new ownership of Cristy B, with shows every Friday and Saturday. Not only does the club o...

Flagler Schools Volunteer Vivian Mazzoni Chosen as the Positive Person of the Month for April

April 1, 2024
How does it feel to be nominated? Vivian Mazzoni explained, "I was so surprised, honored and wow, someone actually recognized what I'm doing and they appreciate it!" Vivian continued on, tearing up, "It feels great, being new here and still trying to get to know people and then someone saw you, it's...

Stories From Another Lifetime; Tuscan Garden Resident Bernadette Shares Her Story with Junior Editor

March 23, 2024
Meet Bernadette, a resident at Tuscan Gardens Assisted Living Facility. Bernadette is an engaging, happy and caring woman who agreed to share her story with me. Bernadette was a teacher. She taught elementary school for 37 years. When Bernadette was little her and her friends played school togeth...

How One Woman’s Tragic Loss Birthed an Organization; Providing Trauma Relief to Young Adults in Flagler County

March 22, 2024
Carmen Gray is a Flagler County and Palm Coast resident, an author, and the founder of LLC Rise Above the Violence. Carmen is a mother who suffered the ultimate loss, the death of her son to gun violence right here in Palm Coast. Carmen's son, Curtis Gray, was tragically murdered in 2019. Instead of...

From Pauper to Princess; Jojo’s Adoption Story with the Help of Flagler County residents and SMART Animal Rescue

March 22, 2024
Jojo was an abandoned dog, found November 5th of 2023 with a collar and lock on her neck. Her dire conditions and malnutrition were enough to cause SMART animal rescue to take her in and start looking for a foster. While SMART had no plans available for a foster, that didn't stop them from taking he...

Woman Behind Irwin the Gator, Amy Moore Skursky, Chosen as Person of the Month

February 29, 2024
Amy Moore Skursky is the woman behind the camera lense, many people may not know her, but much of Palm Coast is aware of Irwin the Gator, and his photos that are often shared in many of the neighborhood groups on Facebook. Irwin the Gator and his brother are residents of a certain area of the C-Sect...

Community Oriented Garden Club at Palm Coast Talks Spring Festival and Upcoming 50 Year Anniversary

February 14, 2024
The Garden Club of Palm Coast turns 50 years old in 2025; making it older than the City itself. The club was formed in 1975, with a rich history that can be viewed on their website.  Garden Club member and Festival Chair, Denise Garcia, explained that they are always looking to get involved with the...

The Inspiration Behind Live Like Cameron Brings New Meaning to Positivity in the Community

December 24, 2023
Live Like Cameron is a local charity run by Melissa Fulling and her family.  In 2009, Melissa lost her son Cameron to brain cancer. It was after her loss that she was inspired to start this organization. At the time there were no other organizations in Flagler that worked with families who had child...

Business Therapist Tiffany Rufino Named Positive Person of the Month by Flagler County Residents

December 1, 2023
"I never expect to win things, or advocate for it. I share a lot on social media; I never thought that I would be that person that is picked. I really got teary eyed, not because I am looking for accolades, I try to do stuff for other people and when it comes back it reminds me that I do things too,...

17 Year Old Author Ella Hanna Discusses Her Book, ‘From Stockholm to Salem’

November 21, 2023
Seventeen year old Ella Hanna sat down and talked about her psychological thriller, 'From Stockholm to Salem' that was published last year. Ella was 16 years old when her first book was published; the book was a three year project that she started at age 13. Ella is a Flagler County resident and att...

New Non-Profit Brings Back Parkinson’s Support Groups and Programs Post COVID

November 21, 2023
Renee Shoner, Founder of Parkinson's Flagler Palm Coast, has taken up the mantle of monthly meetings for those suffering from Parkinson's and their family/caretakers. This group was originally part of Halifax Health, but during the COVID shutdowns of 2020, the group had ceased to exist. Of those who...

Celebrate Thanksgiving At These Flagler County Restaurants

November 4, 2023
Celebrate Thanksgiving with the warmth and joy of a traditional feast, without the hassle of cooking and cleaning. We've compiled a list of restaurants in Flagler County that are open on Thanksgiving Day to serve you and your loved ones a delectable holiday meal to remember. Let the culinary experts...

Flagler County Drug Court Foundation: Bringing HOPE to the Community

November 1, 2023
The Flagler County Drug Court Foundation has been around for 14 years now, and they are the first organization to get a grant to provide free Narcan.  The help people who are in drug court to get them back on right path with employment and finishing their education if necessary. They help them with ...

Operation 22 Inc: A Lifeline for Veterans

October 1, 2023
Operation 22 Inc. is a volunteer based, not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing the veteran community together to raise awareness and help end veteran suicide. They strive to provide veterans and military families with the support and resources they need to cope with their mental h...

Old Glory Service Dogs: Helping Veterans and First Responders Obtain Service Dogs

September 28, 2023
Old Glory Services Dogs 4 Veterans is a local not for profit organization out of Bunnell. The entire goal of this organization is to help veterans and save animals. Old Glory works to pair veterans with animals and help them work through the time and training to turn that dog into a service dog. ...

Spooky Spectacular: A List of Fall Festival and Trick or Treat Events

September 24, 2023
Looking for fall festivals, trunk or treat and trick or treat events during the month of October? Look no further. We've compiled a comprehensive list of these events in Flagler County. Want to add your event to this list? Email us at editor@flaglercountybuzz.com. \ Saturday, October 14 Fall...

The Story Behind Grace Food Pantry, The Million Dollar Foodathon, and Their Future

August 1, 2023
We sat down with Pastor Charles Silano who was instrumental in the creation of this organization. Grace Food Pantry has come a long way since its inception in a garage serving maybe 30 families, to where it is now, on Education Way serving 4,700 families a month. In the early days of the Pant...

Mouthwatering Food and Gorgeous Views of the Intracoastal Waterway Make Captain’s BBQ a Must Visit

July 19, 2023
Captain's BBQ is not your typical order table side restaurant. Upon entering the establishment, you are able to place your order at the counter and pick up your food at the pickup station once your food is cooked and your name is called out over the loudspeaker. Food is made to order and is hot read...

Good Vibes: High Tides at Snack Jacks

July 10, 2023
High Tides at Snack Jacks has been a Flagler Beach staple since 1947. The quaint seaside eatery is home to the 'Shrimp Special' on Mondays and Tuesdays, which is a pound of peel and eat shrimp for only $12. If you are a fan of shrimp, it's definitely worth the stop! The restaurant is one of only two...

Guitars For Vets: Helping Our Soldiers Through Music Therapy

July 1, 2023
Guitars 4 Vets is a national organization, that just had a Flagler County Chapter open up. Earl Presley, a veteran himself, stepped up to see a chapter open up here in Palm Coast. They currently work out of the DAV off of Florida Park Drive. The goal of this organization is to help combat the vetera...

Good For Girls Initiative Incorporated: Helping Young Girls in Our Schools

May 27, 2023
The Good Girls Initiative is a newer non-profit that started in Volusia County, and now they are trying to help girls in Flagler County Schools. The name may not sound familiar as they are more widely known in Volusia County as the Oopsie Project.  The Oopsie project started as a single person tryin...

2nd Annual Hang 8 Dog Surfing Extravaganza Brings Multitude of People and Pets to Beach

May 20, 2023
Today, Flagler Beach Mayor Suzette Johnson and 7-11 owner, Eric Cooley, hosted the 2nd annual Hang 8 Dog Surfing Extravaganza. The event started off with vendors setting up along the beach while dogs and their human counterparts prepared for the competitions. The rough surf made it tricky for some o...

FCA: Fellowship of Christian Athletes Plans to Expand Flagler County Services

May 20, 2023
This last week, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Flagler FCA Area Director Danielle Geiger and FCA Metro  Director of Flagler and Volusia County, Chuck Holmquest.  We talked about the what the FCA is, their mission, and how they plan to help Flagler County and expand their services in our ar...

The American Flag Project: Making Flagler County the Most Patriotic County in the Country

May 17, 2023
We spent some time earlier this week talking to Nikki White, the founder of The American Flag Project, and getting to know her and her passion  for this organization. Currently Nikki is the only one involved in the project, and she hopes to change that. Nikki said the reason she started this proj...

Flagler Humane Society: Talks about Challenges, Rewards, Inspiration and Goals

May 10, 2023
I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Executive Director Amy from the Flagler Humane Society.  We spent some time talking about what they do at the Humane Society, some of their current struggles, some of the rewarding aspects of the job, the inspiration that keeps the staff and volunteers...

S.M.A.R.T. Saving Missing Animals Response Team in Flagler County

April 28, 2023
Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting with Caroline Johnson, the founder of S.M.A.R.T.  She talked about her passion for our community, and for the four legged inhabitants of our community and how she plans to help provide services for those animals. Flagler County as many know, is growing so ver...

Support the Romero Family and Staff During Time of Extreme Loss

April 26, 2023
Many of us have seen the Facebook posts that have talked about and detailed the loss the Romero family has just recently suffered with the unexpected death of their son. The community has seen that loss, and grieved with the family; and they have also stepped up to help take some of the burden off t...

Flagler Parade of Homes by Flagler Home Builders Association; Showcasing Flagler’s Most Unique Home Designs

April 19, 2023
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to tour one of the homes in the Flagler Parade of Homes. I was given a full tour of the home dubbed The Eclipse, by the interior designer, Lindee Brauer, who designed it. The parade of homes is a multi-site event that starts on April 22nd, and lasts until April 30th....

Ohana Food Co: The Inspiration and Story Behind the Brand

April 18, 2023
This morning I had the chance to sit down with Jimmy and Jennifer Blumenfeld who, together, own Ohana Food Co. They have been running Ohana since 2020, but their story starts long before the restaurant was born. It was truly a pleasure to learn their story, hear their journey as a couple, family and...

7th Annual Turtle Fest is Held at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach

April 16, 2023
This last Saturday at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach, the 7th annual Turtle Fest was held. Vendors of all kinds were in attendance, along with belly dancers for entertainment, and you guessed it, turtles! This event is a yearly event in Flagler Beach that is held at Veterans Park, which is ri...

Move To Improve Flagler; A Local Movement to Help Improve Flagler County and It’s Youth

April 13, 2023
Last week we met with the Turners; who are both local business owners in Flagler County. They also started a non-profit called Move to Improve Flagler. This non-profit is here to help at risk youth in our area. Our community coming together is a joyous affair, it shows how much our community cares a...

Live Like Cameron: The Story of a Little Boy Who Inspired an Organization

April 12, 2023
Last week, I was able to sit down and get to know Melisa Fulling. She is the founder of Live LIke Cameron, which is an organization who helps and supports children with cancer and their families. Melisa's dedication to this foundation is amazing, and she helps so many people in our community. When I...

National Care Foundation: A Flagler Beach Foundation Looking to Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Sexual Abuse

April 12, 2023
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Erica Rivera last week to talk about her newest venture, The National Care Foundation. This is a brand new foundation, that is still being built into existence. Erica is very passionate about helping people work through traumas, domestic violence and other sex...

Vincent’s Clubhouse: Helping Families and Individuals with Disabilities in Flagler County

April 2, 2023
I had the opportunity to meet with Erica Flores, who is the founder of Vincent's Clubhouse. We talked about her organization, her goals and dreams, and about the community and how we both have plans to make it better. I asked Erica, how Vincent's Clubhouse came to be. She then dove into the s...

Flagler County RAMS Hosts Public Meeting, Lets People Fly Planes

April 2, 2023
Yesterday morning and afternoon, the Flagler County RAMS Club, radio-controlled model airplane club, hosted a day where they opened to the public. This allowed anyone who wanted to check out the club, what they do, and even try flying some of the radio-controlled planes, to attend and interact with ...

Casino Night: Annual Fundraiser by Krewe of the 13

March 26, 2023
Last night, Krewe of the 13 held their annual Casino Night fundraiser. Upon checking in, guests were able to browse the hallway which was lined with large amounts of items up for bid on the silent auction.  Guests saw all kinds of attire as they trickled in the doors. From sparkly evening attire, to...

Flagler Playhouse: Bringing the Performing Arts to Flagler County

March 24, 2023
Flagler Playhouse is a quaint little playhouse located in Bunnell. I had the pleasure of meeting with the President of the Flagler Playhouse today, Jerri Berry, who gave me a quick tour of the whole place, before our interview. We started off in the main lobby area, where they have concessions, a...

Flagler OARS: Open Arms Recovery Services

March 20, 2023
Flagler OARS, is a 501-c3 non-profit organization that focuses on helping people with recovery needs. I had the pleasure of talking with the Executive Director Pam and the Program Manager, Savannah Price. I was able to learn all about Flagler OARS, how they partner with other agencies and organizati...

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly Gives Out Great Kid Awards

March 16, 2023
On Wednesday, March 15th 2023, Sheriff Staly recognized three kids as great kids, one from elementary, one from middle school and one from high school. The "Great Kid Award" is handed out every month to kids who demonstrate hard work, represent themselves and their schools well and are respectful...

Palm Coast Strawberry Festival

March 12, 2023
Every year, the City of Palm Coast partners up with local vendors and businesses to host a Strawberry Festival. This festival is a two day event, held in March, that celebrates the wonderful fruit known as strawberries! Vendors, food trucks, and activity booths lined the bricked pathway aro...

Sunshine and Sandals: Helping Residents to Find Their Community

March 4, 2023
Kim Sunshine opened the event up by introducing herself, her business and her desire to build a community. Once she introduced herself and the goal of these monthly events, she prompted guests to introduce themselves, so that other guests would be able to get to know them. Guests, laughed and int...

Krewe of the 13: Pirates for a Good Cause

February 28, 2023
Cathy Greene and I sat down, and I got to hear the story of how Krewe of the 13 came to be. 7 years ago a group of 13 pirates who were part of a St. Augustine pirate crew, peeled off to start their own crew. They wanted to have a fully functional democratic crew, were all full members could vote on...

Seawolf Privateers: Privateers for a Cause

February 20, 2023
Today I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Cayti Brinegar who, with her Husband Tim, founded the Seawolf Privateers. They work with their crew of fellow privateers to raise money, awareness, support and entertainment for foster families, and kids in Flagler County. Cayti Brinegar, a 32 ye...

Fire in the Hole: Restaurant Review

November 14, 2022
Yesterday we made it out to Fire in the Hole. A quaint little Neapolitan pizzeria on Utility Drive and Old Kings Rd.  A rustic restaurant makes you feel like you walked into a small place in Italy, where you can watch the cooks fire pizzas in the stone oven.  Their menu has an array of appetizers, d...

Businesses Spotlight: Highjackers Restaurants

October 25, 2022
Todays business spotlight is Highjackers Restaurant. This hidden little gem sits right up next to our quaint little airport. Sit inside or outaide and watch the planes land and take off while you enjoy a delicious meal. This restaurant is equipped with everything including a small pl...

Swillerbees: Best Donuts in the County

October 9, 2022
Nestled in small corner of N. Second street and Central Street, this cute little donut shop/coffee house is a perfect hangout. A great place to sit and munch on delicious donuts and do your work, or sip some coffee with friends. Just a block from the beach this place is true paradise. You will...

Friday Feature: Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

September 9, 2022
A garden oasis awaits at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Features of the park include trails that are perfect for hiking and bicycling, both river and ocean shorelines for animal watching, and a visitor center that offers opportunities for learning about the park’s natural and cultural resources...

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