For our Love Local edition, we asked you to help us identify some of the best fish in the sea.
If the oversized teddy bears and the heart-shaped balloons are making you feel like the only single person in town, never fear, we're here to help.
We asked our readers to help us find the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes in Ormond Beach and Palm Coast, and you did not disappoint. Children were embarrassed, best friends were called out and moms were secretly nominated — all in the name of finding true love.
Listed below are 20 awesome single people to remind all those riding solo that there are plenty of fish in the sea. And a few are right here in your own backyard.
If you're interested in getting to know some of these guys and gals a little more, come out for the chance to meet them at our Love Local Mixer, held at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Oceanside Beach Bar and Grill, 1848 S. Oceanshore Blvd, Flagler Beach.
Tickets cost $10 and include appetizers and one drink. Call 447-9723 for more info.
Nicole Joyce, 32
New to Palm Coast, this physician recently accepted a position as a hospitalist where she enjoys helping and healing her patients. According to her mom, she is "a very beautiful person, inside and out."
Rob Littleton, 31
City commissioner and business owner
This Ormond Beach resident is at the top of his game right now, having been recently elected to the city commission, and owning his own tutoring company. His fervent independence and financial stability, along with the fact that he "is indeed free," makes him a very eligible bachelor.
Gary Perkins, 31
Office manager of the Flagler Humane Society
This animal lover is not only a worthy bachelor but a strong humanitarian. He is dedicated to staying active in his Palm Coast community spends time outside of this office as a youth mentor.
Joe Barile, 29
Dating a police officer is tough, but this deputy is worth all the chaos. This Palm Coast resident is funny, a great listener and, according to his nominator, the next step is "finding that special someone to share the rest of his life with and get off this eligible bachelors list."
Nina Paoulocci, 61
This ball of energy is so loved by her friends and family that she was nominated twice. A personal trainer and assistant manager at a local gym, she enjoys riding her bike, dancing and having fun. As her friends say, "She's the best of the best."
John Beach, 64
Retired maintenance supervisor
An avid bike rider, this Flagler Beach resident likes to keep in shape, but isn't a "workout fanatic." Down to earth, this father and grandfather is devoted to his adult sons and grandchildren. According to his nominator, he deserves a lady "who can bring to the table what he is able to bring."
Laura Perkins, 56
Director of organizational integrity
When she's not traveling to India, Africa or Morocco, this adventure seeker is tackling any opportunity that comes her way with determination and zeal. Her next trip is to Vietnam and Cambodia. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to get an invitation.
Ashley Akers, 35
Accountant receivable clerk
If you want to fish or workout with this nature girl, you're going to have to love cats. Specifically her cats, Zelda and Chicken. When she's not outside, you can find this her working on a painting or curled up with a good book.
Brian Hunter, 29
Real estate broker
This Scottish man is a real catch because he not only showers every day, but is fluent in five different languages. His friends think highly enough of him because he's "the most eligible bachelor in Ormond Beach, hands down."
Gina Sweringen, 27
Hospital practice manager
According to her best friend, this Ormond Beach girl is the perfect combination of brains, beauty and fun. She is always doing things for others and deserves happiness in her own life.
Carley Rodriguez, 50
Catering sales manager
This beauty is gorgeous inside and out. A mix of a standup comic and a diehard romantic, Carley loves love and made a career of it planning weddings for over 13 years, and now her friends say it’s her turn.
Maggie Norton, 24
Executive meetings manager
Why chose between a girl you can take out for sushi and wine or crack a beer with and watch a game with when you can have both? Always up for anything, this Alabama Alum is new to the area and looking to meet Ormond’s finest.
Owen Chittenden, 39
Director of catering
This Ormond Socialite is either planning your event or attending it. While most people are used to seeing his face out and about, what they may not know is that he is a smart, fun bachelor looking for love.
Steven Mulligan, 29
Nicknamed "Mr. Daytona" for reasons unknown, this softball player's personality is just as loud as his shoes. You can thank him for turning your power back on after Hurricane Matthew.
Jason Harr, 44
Founder of his own law firm in Daytona Beach, this college football fan loves cheering on his favorite teams. When he's not working hard at his successful practice, he's traveling to some mountain top to hit the slopes. Maybe you can join?
Chris Walls, 30
Though this man of many trades may look like an adult, he's really a kid at heart. When he's not working on the farm or fixing your car, you can most likely find him bailing his dog, Chewy, out of trouble.
Charli Moore, 41
Physician billing company supervisor
This fit mom of two made her home in Japan and Alaska before settling down close to the beach. Her friends say she's a great listener and loves with her whole heart when it comes to anyone she cares about.
Jon Walker, 26
When this dashing dog dad isn't hard at work, you can find him out on the water fishing or showing off his F-250. Friends will say this goofball is sure to keep you laughing.
Nicole Damico, 28
Business owner and medical biller
Small but mighty, this little lady spends her days looking after man's best friend. Known for her big smile and infectious laugh, you can catch her cheering on her favorite team, the Steelers.
Theresa Oliver, 54
Loved dearly by her friends and family, this chef is known for her delicious pasta dishes. If you love walks on the beach, yoga, bowling, pool, darts or church, you may be lucky enough to get a homecooked meal.