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Posted on: January 1, 2017

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Flagler County

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1917— Residents began discussing creating a county of their own from what was then an area of St. Johns County in 1917. Then Governor Sidney J. Catts signed legislation into law that year on April 28, which paved the way for the creation of Flagler County. 

On June 11, 1917, residents voted overwhelmingly to approve the establishment of Flagler County by carving out portions of both St. Johns and Volusia counties. Efforts began immediately to institute a county form of government in accordance with the Constitution of the State of Florida, and naming of the county. 

Isaac I. Moody, the former chairman of the St. Johns County Commission, was instrumental in the creation of Flagler County but he declined to have the county named in his honor. He recommended instead that the county be named for Henry Flagler, a businessman and entrepreneur who opened Florida to the rest of the nation by bringing dependable rail transportation to the state.

Flagler County and the incorporated municipalities of Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Flagler Beach, Marineland and Palm Coast continue to thrive by placing great emphasis on the growth of agriculture, business, tourism and land development. The citizens and elected officials of Flagler County have worked tirelessly for the past century to create a legacy that pays an on-going tribute to Flagler's past, present and future through a strong sense of family, hard work, and dedication. 

Flagler County's first 100 years is grounded in historical perspective while, more importantly, it looks to the future. Flagler County has become a location for businesses to build and expand, as well as popular tourism destination. 

Flagler County will honor its centennial with participation in community-wide celebrations and annual events that will recognize its 100 years of progress and accomplishments. These accomplishments are the foundation for Flagler County's future growth. 

All residents and municipalities of Flagler County, and beyond, are invited to participate in a year of celebration that honors this milestone and will educate future generations. Join Flagler County as it reflects on  the rich culture and heritage that makes it a great place to live, work, and play.

For more information, go to the Centennial Committee Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FlaglerCountyCentennial, or send an email to centennialcommittee@flaglercounty.org. 
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