Flagler County is preparing to surge forward technologically with hopes to one day rival a big city like Seattle with its ability to draw tech-savvy residents, tourists and businesses, a county official said.
Like a racehorse holding back until the final furlong, Flagler County is preparing to surge forward technologically with hopes to one day rival a big city like Seattle with its ability to draw tech-savvy residents, tourists and businesses, a county official said. “Our county is getting cooler and cooler,” County Administrator Craig Coffey said during a recent meeting with reporters.
Bigger isn’t necessarily better, Coffey said, and plans to “advance” the county’s technology will shine a light on that. Eventually, Flagler County — with coordination of the Tourist Development Council — will be able to provide links between websites that will allow residents and potential visitors alike to see how the nearby bicycle paths wind and weave their way through county, as well as the bounty of favorite fishing spots, camping facilities, and possibly, spots to grab a bite to eat or a cup of coffee.
“I think we’ve been keeping pace, but technology can jump ahead,” said Commissioner Barbara Revels during a follow-up phone interview. “We need to revamp what we are doing, because everything about the county should be right at your fingertips. With the cameras, people from all kinds of places will be able to contact their friends and family and direct them to the camera and wave hello.“
Free wireless connections, or Wi-Fi, are available at the Moody Boat Launch, Herschel King Park and Bings Landing. “People can be all excited about fish they’ve caught and send images to their friends,” Flagler County spokesman Carl Laundrie said. Laundrie will be at the Monday afternoon meeting to give the County Commission a demonstration of how the live feeds work.