Ormond Beach is yet another of those towns along the Atlantic coast that was opened for tourism by Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway. Flagler bought the 2-year-old Hotel Ormond in 1890 and expanded it to 400 rooms. For a century it was the place to stay in Ormond Beach. Once the largest wooden structure in America, it was razed in 1992 for a condominium. Today, Ormond Beach is the kind of place many people are searching for and are still surprised to find in Florida. It is small scale, manageable, quaint but with an appealing main drag and evocative of the mythical Old Florida.
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