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Oceanshore Boulevard in Flagler County. (File photo by Shanna Fortier)
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County officials to tear down billboard in public ceremony

by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

This Monday, The Flagler County Commission will hold an unusual ceremony to open up a great view from Oceanshore Boulevard: they will grab a rope and pull down a billboard that blocks it. The public is invited to lend a hand.

“The A1A Coastal and Scenic Byway is such a treasure along our coastline,” County Commission Chairman George Hanns said in a county news release. “We need to do everything we can to restore the natural scenery of the area.”

The billboard is one of 10 the county bought along four scenic miles of Oceanshore Boulevard, where the signs bloc a view of rare coastal oak hammock, a habitat that has disappeared in much of the state because of coastal development.

The billboards cost a total of $80,000, and over the next three years, according to the news release, Flagler County will haul down all of them. Hanns said it was worth the money. “It was money well spent to preserve this beautiful piece of Florida,” he said.

The stretch of road is part of a coastal greenway Flagler County worked with state and federal agencies to create in 1993. In 2002, 72 miles of Oceanshore Boulevard from St. Augustine to Flagler County was designated a National Scenic Byway.

The county’s billboard-toppling ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 on Oceanshore Boulevard just south of Jungle Hut Road.


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