Flagler County needs more waterfront dining

The loss to fire last night of the Shark House exposes the need for more waterfront dining opportunities in the Palm Coast area.

December 12, 2006 – Last night Flagler County residents lost an old friend, the Shark House Restaurant. The Shark House was one of a handful of restaurants located on the Atlantic side of A1A with breathtaking views of the ever changing ocean. Like its brethren The Pier, and High Tides, the Shark House was old and ramshackle but  had an individual charm and loyal following. Under recent new ownership, the Shark House was experiencing a revival stoked by a new menu. some fresh paint, and frequent entertainment. I’m sure that my own recollections of great times at the Shark House are shared by many.

It’s true that there are several very good restaurants on the west side of A1A, also offering views of the Atlantic, but there are practically no dining opportunities, fine or otherwise, along the Intracoastal Waterway. Nearly any sizable town along the east and west coasts of Florida, offers a wide variety of waterfront dining and entertainment choices with spectacular sunset views, combined with menus biased toward seafood dishes. The high cost of Intracoastal land and permitting issues inhibit restaurant development there. Both The Ginn Company and LandMar Group have projects in the works with Intracoastal frontage. Let’s hope they recognize the opportunity to fill a huge need to a growing local population. Let’s also hope that another restaurant is built on the Shark House site, not condominiums.

Toby Tobin

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