You may or may not know that the Flagler Flea Market is no more. May 31, 2009 marked the death of the local community staple. Management told vendors that they didn’t have to go home, but they did have to clear the way for construction crews. Flagler Dog Track is currently in the midst of a $45 million to $50 million renovation dubbed ”Magic City Casino’ that will add 700 slots and a 2,000-seat amphitheater to the existing dog racing and poker offerings.
Management told vendors that the closing was only temporary and that the flea market would eventually be back. However, after reading the Chief Operating Officer’s following statement in CBS4:
“It won’t be the way it was back there, it will be reopen in a different fashion, it might reopen in the back, we’re not sure yet. We’re studying all the options we have to try and bring back the vendors.”
I wouldn’t hold my breath. After all, do they really want flea market enthusiasts mixing with the casino/restaurant/nightclub/bar clientele that they hope to attract?
If you never visited the flea market or hadn’t visited since your father bought you that Tandy TRS-80 you were oh-so-proud to own, here’s what you missed and what I will miss forever.
The Grand Finale/Parting Gift