Homeowners association rules prohibit general distribution of the free news publication. Subscriptions are required.
Palm Coast, FL – February 9, 2010 – The Palm Coast Observer, Flagler County’s newest newspaper, published their inaugural issue last Thursday. Starved for local print news coverage the 20 page issue was welcomed by most area residents. Unfortunately the paper’s free delivery driveway delivery to all areas served rubs up against Grand Haven’s CCRs (Conditions, Covenants, and Restrictions). Most private communities are likewise restrictive. Basically, only subscription deliveries are allowed.
Residents object to paper bag enclosed publications building up in the driveways of vacant or unoccupied homes. But in this "Catch 22" situation, the Palm Coast Observer is a real news publication; something most residents welcome.
Publisher John Walsh adamantly favors the free delivery format. The paper derives its revenue solely from advertising, but news content comprises approximately 50% of the space. He’s working on different strategies to implement "free" subscriptions so residents of Grand Haven residents and other gated communities will be able to register their delivery request. Distribution racks are also on order and will be placed at central locations soon. In the meantime, you can always pick up a copy at the paper’s offices: One Florida Park North, Unit 104.
The Palm Coast Observer is distributed every Thursday.
If you wonder why the paper is named the Palm Coast Observer instead of the Flagler Observer, it’s because Palm Coast was recently designated an SMA (Standard Metropolitan Area) for U.S. census reporting purposed. In that sense, Palm Coast extends beyond the city boundary. After all, most populated areas are identified by the name of their major city. Does anyone really know what county Seattle is in?