Flagler Beach Biketoberfest Route A1A Detour Info

A1A detours will take traffic through residential streets. Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney asks for your cooperation.

PALM COAST, FL – October 11, 2016 – This year’s Biketoberfest® begins on Thursday, October 13th and runs through Sunday, October 16th. The following information is being provided in advance of the event to educate visitors about a traffic detour on scenic Route A1A.

As this year’s event approaches, the aftereffects of Hurricane Matthew are still being felt by Flagler Beach residents and businesses. Many residents lack power. Some buildings received significant damage. Damage to Route A1A is extensive over a 10 block stretch, necessitating a detour between 8th Street South and 22nd Street South. The detour diverts traffic from A1A to South Central Avenue, a residential street.

Police Chief Matt Doughney advises that “Central Avenue is a quiet, quaint, two-lane roadway that runs through a residential neighborhood. We’re respectfully requesting Biketoberfest visitors to keep their speed at 25 mph through the detour. Our residents have endured trying times in the past few weeks and thoughtful consideration for speed and noise, especially in the evening hours, is greatly appreciated.”

Doughney further says, “This year’s Biketoberfest can help to jump start our economy after Hurricane Matthew and we’re glad bikers are returning to our great city. We appreciate everyone’s patience and compassion during the detour. We still have scenic portions of the Atlantic Ocean on A1A that are open and available for this year’s event.”

“We hope this year’s Biketoberfest provides our visitors, residents and businesses with many happy memories. Thank You in advance for your patience, understanding and compliance on the detour route.”

If you have questions regarding Biketoberfest, please contact Chief Doughney at (386) 517-2024.

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  1. George Edward Chuddy
    George Edward Chuddy says:

    Design Plans

    Planning a City

    Given the mode of growth, we confront the unhappy fact that even if engineering controls are ideal to the point where physical pollution is zeroed out, the community might still become the quintessence of social garbage heaps, amorphous in structure,
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    malignant to the personality, monotonous in living rhythms, dehumanized to the edge of anonymity, and unarticulated to the point of disharmony. Those who have read The Death and Life of Great American Cities 16 by Jane Jacobs, saw chronicled in this already classic treatise some of the most monumental errors conceivable from city to city, from suburb to suburb.

    It is easy to say we are cognizant of the problem and even that we know how awesome it is. But candor forces us to admit the perversity of the dilemma. This should not be surprising, because planning may be one of the most stubborn problems the world faces. One knows from the start that all the problems cannot be solved, because the state of the art is not optimal…nor will it ever be. Picture this: No Community approaching 100,000 acres has ever been both predesigned and come to fruition. So, if nobody has planned anything of this scope, who can do it? We at Palm Coast , however, start by asking the question a different way–how are we to do it? As a minute prologue, allow us a couple of quick, simple examples.

    Many communities make much of the fact that they have parks–nice green parks with quaint wooden benches in bucolic settings. There is even a tendency to automatically equate parks with proper planning. But if there is one thing that research shows , it is a park alone means nothing. It is where the park is situated –how it is related to the dynamics of the community–that is significant. This is why in so many cities a park in one area is haven for the flowering of the human spirit, and a park in another area is a hot house for delinquency. So, it is clear that the issue is the context of what we offer, rather than merely what we offer.

    Surprise at the paradoxes in planning is not new. Many experts have pointed out that new buildings do not prevent slums, just as old buildings do not cause them. In planning, thousands of items, big and small, are critical. In a major community, little issues are no longer little, but are magnified; the size and arrangement of the blocks, the pattern of traffic, the solution to lighting problems, the placement of shops, the development of recreation areas, the provisions for parking areas and facilities, the location of churches, and the establishment of footbridges and vehicle bridges. What we are saying is that planning, like any other essentially vital social science, is not something readily accomplished by
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    shooting the breeze over the hot stove, belaboring the obvious. It is not the bailiwick of pat answers and does not take easy refuge under the umbrella called common sense. Nor should planning be the exclusive turf of the ivory tower theorist. There are more planning theories than there are political parties in France. We have the homogeneous low density horizontal Garden City concept. going back to 1898, which Lewis Mumford and his group popularized thirty years later. There is Le Corbusier’s vertical city where huge skyscrapers were venerated by his disciples as opposed to low buildings. Even today, we read major articles about the newest apocalyptic city–the Arcology of Soleri, where rhapsodies are written to entire cities. Build here in the shape of a two mile wide hexahedron, there in the shape of a 300 story cube. Which theory, if any, is correct? No one can really say. Which is even practical?

    Even if there were a time tested concept as to how a city should be planned there still would be no true “cookie cutter” for building a city. Each city and each local environment is different. There are different local and state government regulations, varying demand rates, occupancy projections, demographic characteristics, different local building philosophies, variations in cash flow and profit generation which lead neither to easy answers nor standardization. When to these are added the incisive aspects of site analysis, such as the physiographic and hydrogeological features, together with maintaining ecological integrity and taking into account in digenous historical settings, one knows unequivocally that the use of any “handy-dandy'” cookie cutter” would be chimerical at best.

    To us planning is a pragmatic combination of researches into what has worked successfully in other communities. ( Someone once said that cities are enormous laboratories of trial and error. This is true. The trick is to profit from previous errors.) Planning, too, is observing the progress of your own program, and, as needed, making corrective and essential on the spot reevaluations as it grows from development size to community size, and from community size to city size. Planning is reacting with intelligence to consumer demand typologies. It is taking advantage of related disciplines and findings in psychology and sociology. Add to this the assistance of those steeped in planning experience, who have faced the manifold

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    headaches associated with this challenge and have developed solutions, people who have learned in the pressure cooker of practical problems.

    How have we proceeded? presently, having reviewed submissions from a variety of leading planning firms, we selected Reynolds, Smith and Hills of Jacksonville, Florida. This was because they not only have the requisite direct experience to participate with us, but their knowledge of Florida and the dynamics of its populace is unique.

    Working closely with us in exhaustive studies of Palm Coast’s requirements, they have generated a program of planning guidelines. Here are a random few. As may be seen some select material already discussed.

    1. provide choices for residents in a diversity of living environments. Example: offer recreational choices to residents, such as water sports, hunting, residential environments, such as homesites by the water, by the golf course, by the meadow, bucolic enclaves; single and multifamily housing; work and shopping choices; etc.

    2. Coordinate project programs for orderly development. Example: reserve sufficient land for future potential land uses, such as commercial, recreational, and industrial, to satisfy projected demand of the residents.

    3. Recognize interconnected transport systems as site organization elements. Example: utilize existing and new transportation systems to direct the orderly growth of future land uses.

    4. Develop open space systems as site organization elements. Example: significant land features, drainageways, water bodies, other natural elements can be used as a major framework for development areas.

    5. Utilize terrain features as an aspect of physical form. Example: reflect the linear image of coastal dunes and intricate mosaic of marshland waterways in development patterns of specific areas.

    6. Program management of resources. Example: designate breeding areas for wildlife and indicate botanical and forest reserves.

    7. Formulate policies for implementing the comprehensive plan. Example: utilize land use controls, development standards, and existing legal codes and agencies ( air and water pollution
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    controls, etc.) to insure a quality environment for future populations.

    8. Identify values of social significance to the regional character. Example: research historic expeditions through the site and incorporate their routes into community open space and transportation corridors. Preserve and identify historic sites.

    9. Insure visual quality through the incorporation of design criteria. Example: limit the clearing of on site vegetation to construction areas. Set up machinery for aesthetic approval of structures.

    10. Develop and project the image of a totally viable community. Example: establish standards for the incorporation of religious, social, and service activities.


    How fortunate that we had William LEVITT , then the largest Homebuilder in the Nation , planned the 93,000 acres of Palm Coast Commu;nity Lands comprising ‘ The Palm Coast Project…

    …and that James Ormsbee Simonds, Internationally famous Landscape Architect was used for planning our massive ‘ Garden City ‘.

    …and that the University of Florida famed Coastal Engineering Department was used to plan ‘ The Palm Coast Project ‘ enabling us to withstand a 100 Year Flood…

    …and that Dr. Per Brun, University of Norway at Trondheim, and also of the University of Florida was used to plan ‘ The Palm Coast Project ‘ Coastal Design…

    …and that Penn State Universitys’ innovative Sewer System Design was utilized for ‘ The Palm Coast Project ‘.

    RE: Palm Coasts’ Historic Heritage Properties – update – Dr. Mery Gloria Gutteriez- Gables’ Historic Heritage Property at 29 Casper Drive sadly suffered wind damage, however, the ‘ Integrity ‘ of her ‘ The De Bary ‘ House remains largely intact and the damage can be historically Restored.

    Hopefully in the future there will be Historic MARKERS placed strategically throughout Flagler County so that newer residents will be aware of the many very History Rich areas of our County to enhance our ‘ Sense Of Place ‘. . We can hope.

    The design plans of last Century appear to continue to function as planned.

    A suggestion – perhaps areas of Flagler Beach can consider ‘ Historic MARKERS ‘ for their areas, i.e. ‘ The Pier ‘ / The first 9 hole Golf Course, Scenic A1A, the Mastadon and Wooly Mammoth Site – Bon Terre , that Military area, etc., and if APPROVED, Small and Large GRANT$$$ can be written to help restoration . ( Small Grants $ 50,000.00 ; Large GRANT$$$ = $ 300,000.00 )

    Perhaps if all the areas which Flagler Beach is eligible for , and if MARKERS are sought maybe a charming ‘ Historic Trolley Ride ‘ generating revenue can be implemented.

    Thank you very much and we hope this information is both informative and helpful.

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