Hammock Beach Hotel plans, short-term vacation rentals, local golf courses, Island Walk, City Hall, Cinnamon Beach condos, Palm Coast Pkwy widening, $1M house on wrong lot and more.
Palm Coast, FL – December 29, 2014 –. It’s time to look back and reflect on what happened in Palm Coast’s real estate world during the past 12 months. GoToby.com fired the shot heard around the world when it broke the story about a $1M house built on the wrong lot in Ocean Hammock. Literally, that story was picked up and retold by news publications around the world.
Here is my list of the most important locally relevant and/or most popular stories for the year Click the links to read the original stories.
House built on wrong lot
Short-term vacation rentals; the battle against mini-hotels. A proposed county ordinance will be considered by the Board of County Commissioners, probably in February.
Salamander applied for a variance to build a new 198-room beachside Lodge/Hotel to replace the Hammock Beach Club’s ageing lodge. The request prompted a group of Hammock residents to protest. The issue is on the Board of County Commissioner’s agenda for its January 12th meeting.
Golf Courses throughout the U.S. struggle with changing demographics and the decline in discretionary income. Flagler county courses were not immune.
Flagler Beach real estate agent Linda Kasper gets a plea deal to resolve $9M mortgage fraud charges. Kasper’s real estate sales license remains active.
Bobby Ginn – no year is complete without some Bobby Ginn related news
The Cinnamon Beach Condominium Association had to resort to a lawsuit against developer Centex/Pulte to resolve construction defect claims in order to complete the transition from developer control to association control.
GoToby.com in 2014
In October, GoToby.com entered its ninth year as a favorite place to find real estate news, information and commentary. Here are some interesting statistics for GoToby.com’s 2014 year.
114,875 unique visitors clicked on GoToby.com this year (through 12-29-2014). Of these, 94.67% were from the U.S. The remainder was from 167 different countries. Following the U.S., the countries rounding out the top ten with the most visitors were, in order:
Most of GoToby.com’s visitors (55.63%) are from Florida. Other states account for 39.04% of GoToby.com visitors. Rounding out the top ten states are, in order:
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