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Biz Buzz: Flagler Chamber welcomes realtorDavid I. Alfin and other business news around Flagler County

A Flagler County beach bar was voted Top 5, owners handed their business over after 19 years and much more.
by: Jeff Dawsey Sports Editor

The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce welcomed David I. Alfin of Watson Realty Corp as its newest benefactor member. Benefactors are the highest level of the chamber’s tiered membership structure.

According to Rebecca DeLorenzo, president of the Chamber, becoming a benefactor member reflects David Alfin’s commitment to the Chamber and the local business community.

“Our benefactors make it possible for our organization to continue to support as well as grow the value-added benefits, products and services that we offer to our members,” she said.

“Becoming a benefactor of the Chamber allows me to support the important work the organization does for our business community, while increasing the visibility of my real estate business throughout our community,” Alfin said.

Last year he launched a radio show, “Real Estate Matters” with Toby Tobin of on WNZF Radio and recently kicked off The Exceptional Communities mobile app.

Alfin can be reached at 585-0903 or by visiting

David Alfin

White Orchid Inn & Spa changes hands after 19 Years

The White Orchid Inn & Spa, owned by Bob and Karen Iaccarino for the past 19 years, has changed hands and is now owned by Heather and Derek Hodovance.

“It feels really good to be following my passion,” Heather Hodovance said. “I come from a career in the corporate world and have enjoyed diving into the world of hospitality and entrepreneurship.” She had only seen the property in person once prior to the closing.

The property was originally owned by the Moody family, who built the house in 1945. The Trad family bought it and remodeled the house to the present state in the late 1980’s. The White Orchid Inn & Spa was opened by the Iaccarinos in July of 1997.

The Inn is located at 1104 S. Oceanshore Blvd. (A1A), Flagler Beach. Call 439-4944 or go online at

Heather and Derek Hodovance. Courtesy photos

Haven Hospice participate in the Medicare program

Haven Hospice has been selected to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model, announced on July 20, by Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Burwell. The model provides Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for coverage under the Medicare Hospice Benefit and dually eligible beneficiaries who qualify for the Medicaid Hospice Benefit the option to elect to receive supportive care services typically provided by hospice and continue to receive curative services at the same time.

“This initiative will allow certain patients to continue to receive curative services while also receiving supportive, hospice care,” said DeAnna Beverly, Haven Hospice Vice President of Clinical Operations. “At Haven we believe this will improve the quality of life for many of those individuals who have a life-limiting illness who would not otherwise choose to receive hospice services.”

For additional information on the model or list of participating hospices, visit

Dr. Amy Coopersmith Launches Amethyst Wellness

Former Flagler County Health Department nurse practitioner and former U.S. Army major nurse Dr. Amy Coopersmith has launched Amethyst Wellness in Flagler County.

“I wasn’t sure what to do when the health department had to stop its program due to the changes in managed care, and I was let go,” Dr. Coopersmith said, “but I believe that everything happens for a reason, so I decided to pursue my dream and open my own wellness practice.”

Coopersmith served in the United States Army Nurse Corps for more than 10 years and achieved the rank of Major. She worked as the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner at the Department of Health in Flagler County for eight years and helped launch the Superstriders. She also served as the Healthiest Weight Coordinator for Flagler County.

Amethyst Wellness LLC has a main objective of preventing and curing chronic disease through lifestyle management. It’s goal is to provide patient-centered care to achieve optimal health. Wellness plans are individualized and they offer services based on client needs, limitations and desires. Call 503-7950 or visit

Amy Copppersmith

Golden Lion: A Top 5 beach bar

The Golden Lion Cafe is a five time Top 10 Florida Beach Bar winner, an honor held by only two other Florida beach bars. Its fourth place ranking makes it this year's best beach bar on Florida's east coast.

This Florida beach bar is across the street from the beach, and for nearly two decades has held the distinction as Flagler Beach's most awarded restaurant. The Golden Lion is continually improving and expanding. It is “a place to escape the real world one hour at a time" and who doesn't love that feeling.

Golden Lion Café is located at 500 Florida A1A in Flagler Beach. Call 439-3004. For a complete list of the top beach bars, visit

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