Byways Program Partners with Local Business, Enjoys Synergy
Since January 2010, the Flagler Visitor Information Center of the Friends of Scenic A1A Byway has had a close working relationship with a business you might not expect – a book publishing company.
Established in 2002, Ocean Publishing is an independent publishing house specializing in nonfiction titles about nature, marine life, environment and conservation. It’s also Flagler County’s only Nature Resource Center, containing in its oceanfront retail store a wide variety of free brochures, volunteer opportunities, ocean-themed art from local artists, and an ever-expanding catalog of new and exciting book titles.
In February, Ocean published a critically acclaimed climate change book called Climate of Uncertainty: A Balanced Look at Global Warming and Renewable Energy. A surprisingly human look at endangered sea turtles and the local eccentrics who love them, Tracks in the Sand: Sea Turtles and Their Protectors, was released in April. And Ocean’s newest title, Explore the Southeast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau, the first of a four-book series with the world-renowned ocean explorer and protector, releases late this month.
Because Ocean Publishing and Friends of Scenic A1A share like-minded missions to protect and preserve, it only made sense for Ocean owner and publisher Frank Gromling to offer to take in the Flagler hub when its lease expired in December 2009. So, for almost a year now, these two organizations have worked in synergy to support each other’s objectives in an effective and cooperative manner.
Set in the heart of Flagler Beach (directly across from the historic Flagler Beach Pier), the organizations have created a testament to the life and worth of the historic stretches of coast that they both work to preserve—a task that they look forward to continuing for many years to come.
A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway Info Center / Ocean Publishing
200 S. Oceanshore Blvd.
Flagler Beach, FL 32136