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Another big name is discovering Palm Coast’s new Island Walk shopping center. IHOP submitted a plan on Oct. 25 to build a restaurant, and the plan is being reviewed by Palm Coast staff, according to city spokeswoman Cindi Lane. It should open in May or June 2017, according to an IHOP spokesman.
IHOP will be located next to Chase Bank; the building will be 4,641 square feet. It will have seating for 170 people and will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 24 hours Friday and Saturday. It should create 65-75 jobs.
Flagler Chamber seeks applicants for Leadership Flagler’s 24th class
The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting applications for Leadership Flagler, a program that nurtures and engages the leadership skills of potential and current community leaders.
Now in its 24th year, the three-month program provides insight about Flagler County’s operations, attributes, issues, and opportunities, while inspiring participants to take active roles as stewards of and advocates for positive change within the community.
Fifteen to twenty candidates representing Flagler County’s diverse professional community are selected each year to participate. Past Leadership Flagler Classes have supported literacy programs like the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Flagler County and Josh Crews Writing Project, as well as Youth Leadership Flagler, a program created by Leadership Flagler 20 now in its fourth year of inspiring future leaders at the high school level.
As a special incentive, the Chamber is offering an early bird tuition rate of $350 before Dec. 2 for current members and $500 for nonmembers.
For more information, call Rebecca DeLorenzo at 437-0106.
Real estate corner
Emily Kirshaw of RE/MAX Flagstaff has been awarded the At Home with Diversity certification from the National Association of Realtors. Call 246-8585.
Connie Perez, Rich Robinson, Kerry Vierengel and Dolly Cavallo have all joined Realty Executives Oceanside, at 2561 Moody Blvd. in Flagler Beach.
Charles Barbel has joined The Loftus Team, at Palm Coast Real Estate.
The Wyse Home Team at Keller-Williams Realty announced that, in the Daytona Beach Multiple Listing Service, the number of condo sales in October fell by more than 23%, compared to sales totals a year ago. Meanwhile, median sales prices saw slight gains, year over year. Month over month, sales were down dramatically as median sales prices soared by nearly 12%.
Florida Hospital Flagler goes blue for Diabetes awareness
During Flagler Beach’s First Friday at Veterans Park on Nov. 4, eventgoers had a special surprise courtesy of Florida Hospital Flagler: a surprise flash mob.
To celebrate the beginning of American Diabetes Month, a group of volunteers wore blue – the color for diabetes awareness – and danced to a medley of sugar-themed songs, including “A Spoonful of Sugar” from the “Mary Poppins” movie.
“When you have diabetes, you may have high or low blood sugar levels from time to time, and it is important to careful monitor these sugar levels because having too much or too little sugar in your blood can cause many different health problems,” said Laura Gilvary, vice president and business relationship manager for Intracoastal Bank and a member of the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation Board of Directors. Gilvary’s husband has Type-1 Diabetes and she’s become very vocal in the community, raising awareness about this disease.
“Not controlling your blood sugar levels can have a huge impact on your overall health by damaging the blood vessels to the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves, causing even bigger health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, vision problems, and nerve problems.”
At the end of Flagler Beach’s First Friday event, Florida Hospital Flagler raised a diabetes awareness flag, where it will wave all month long.
New businesses in Palm Coast
The Palm Coast Business Assistance center reported last week that three business have started in the city:
Turtle Reef Beachwear Inc., 101 Palm Harbor Parkway (European Village)
Gunnar’s Distilling Co. Inc., 15 Hargrove Lane (manufacturing)
Cosmopolitan Bridal, 101 Palm Harbor Parkway (European Village)