Varn Park closed for dunes restoration
July 25, 2018 – Varn Park is closed to the public and is temporarily being used as the staging area for Flagler County’s dune restoration project. Jungle Hut Park is now reopened.
Nearly 6 miles of dunes have been fortified to date. The completed area stretches from the northern reach of Washington Oaks Gardens State Park to the halfway mark between Jungle Hut Road and Varn Park. Also, a short section of the Painters Hill area has been fortified.
“The next section of the dunes project is the 1.4 miles north of Varn Park,” said Alex Spiller, project administrator for construction. “From there we will move south.”
It will take several weeks, if not months, for crews to complete the work from the Varn Park staging area. High tides, daylight, and weather affect the length of the workday.
“Our staff has been working diligently to keep this project on track,” County Commission Chair Greg Hansen said. “We know it’s a hardship when we have to close a park like this, and we appreciate everyone’s patience.”
Flagler County ocean side parks are open in areas where the dunes work has been completed and Mobi-Mats installed – MalaCompra Park, Old Salt Park (at the end of 16th Road), and Jungle Hut Park.
Signs have also been installed in these areas reminding users to “Dodge the Dunes.” People, dogs and horses are all prohibited from walking on the protective dunes.
City of Flagler Beach – CodeRED Alert Sign Up
Would you like to be alerted about developing situations regarding public safety in Flagler Beach? The City of Flagler Beach is proud to announce our partnership and participation with the “CodeRED” Alert System.
What is CodeRED? CodeRED is a free, web-based critical communications solution that enables local Public Safety personnel to notify residents and businesses by telephone, text message, e-mail, and social media of time-sensitive information, emergencies, or urgent notifications.
CodeRED is an important tool that will help keep you well informed and prepared for any emergencies that may occur in our community. The use of CodeRED will afford our City’s Public Safety Officials the opportunity to send messages to alert you of emergency details, instructions, or precautions that you need in order to make well-informed decisions and remain safe.
“The use of CodeRED is yet another proactive tool that we in public safety can utilize in conjunction with social and traditional media outlets to help spread the word accurately regarding emergencies in our City” said Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney.
Increasing public awareness and enrollment in the Flagler Beach CodeRED system is vital to ensure that all residents receive alerts and emergency messages related to inclement weather, evacuation notices, missing persons, active shooters and other disaster response efforts. Read on to learn several best practices and tips for promoting CodeRED registrations. The key to the success of this system is your participation! If you’d like to sign up to participate in the free CodeRED service, please go the Flagler Beach Police Department’s website at; https://www.fbpd.org/code-red-signup/ Sign-ups and participation in this program are free and once you click on the link above, you’ll be connected to the CodeRed sign up page.
For more information regarding this new endeavor, please contact Fire Captain Steven Cox at (386) 517-2010.
The following information is being disseminated in advance of the Fourth of July festivities in an effort to increase public awareness, ensure compliance with our City Ordinance prohibiting fireworks, and prevent a fireworks related tragedy from occurring during this year’s celebration.
Under Flagler Beach City Ordinance 9-17 (b) (1) it is considered unlawful for any person to possess, store, use or explode any fireworks in our City Limits.
The City of Flagler Beach utilizes the State of Florida’s definition of “Fireworks”, under Florida State Statute 791.01 (4) (a), which reads as follows; “Fireworks” means and includes any combustible or explosive composition or substance or combination of substances or, except as hereinafter provided, any article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation. The term includes blank cartridges and toy cannons in which explosives are used, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel them, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, dago bombs, and any fireworks containing any explosives or flammable compound or any tablets or other device containing any explosive substance.
Fireworks present two (2) serious safety concerns for Law Enforcement and Fire Service personnel: 1) Personal Injury, and 2) Fires. If compliance with the City Ordinance is gained, these two (2) concerns can be alleviated. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this concern for public safety and our goal is compliance with our Ordinance.
According to Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney, fireworks have the potential for “serious personal injury to both users and onlookers. Nobody plans for a fireworks mishap and the common thought process is “it won’t happen to me”; until it does”
The second safety concern is a spark combined with our hot and dry weather. Fireworks can easily start a brush or house fire. “When you add fireworks these types of conditions, bad things can happen relatively quickly” said Chief Bobby Pace of the Flagler Beach Fire Department. For additional information, please contact Chief Doughney at 386-517-2024 or Fire Chief Pace at 386-517-2010.