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Monday Briefing: Renaming Flagler County Airport, William Gregory Back in Court, Rubio’s Tricks

| April 20, 2015

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The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office’s 911 center last week marked National Public Safety Tellecommunicator Week. From left, Communications Specialists Danielle Brown, Christina Mortimer, Jay Aldridge, Ashley Hicks
and Amy Sisti. They were enjoying tropical day at the 911 Communications Center in Bunnell.

Today’s weather: sunny, high of 78, low of 66, a bit warmer and thunder-prone Saturday and Sunday. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is Moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 172
The weather in Aomori, Japan: High of 55, low of 46. Details.
The OED’s Word of the Day: busby, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.


 

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

flagler county commission government logoThe Flagler County Commission meets this evening at 5 p.m., and Commission Chairman Frank Meeker, who underwent major surgery two weeks ago, is expected to chair the meeting. On the agenda: the commission will be asked to amend and extend the lease with Captain’s Bait, Tackle and BBQ at Bings Landing. Commissioners will also be asked to approve a $375,000 transfer out of the county’s reserves to pay for improvements to the old courthouse, subsequent to an agreement with a Baptist school, which will be occupying the building. The commission voted in February, 3-1, to provide the school the equivalent of a no-interest loan of $375,000, money that will help fund repairs to the building, and which the school would repay over the next 30 years. The subsidy is provided through the county’s sales tax revenue. Commissioners will also be asked to change the name of Flagler County Airport to Flagler Executive Airport. The full agenda and background materials are available here.

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Carver-Auction-Full-Square-Online Auction for George Washington Carver Foundation: The annual auction, raising money for the Carver Center in Bunnell, is on through April 27. Make your bids here. The auction is the primary fundraising event for the Carver Center. In the past, money raised has been used for big-ticket items like ceiling insulation, furniture for the library, a scoreboard, bleachers, as well as money for scholarships and summer camp. “At this point, we are gearing up to assist the county with an addition to the center,” said Flagler County Commissioner Barbara Revels. “Flagler County is applying for a community development block grant to build additional classrooms and meeting space. If that happens, we’d like to be ready to help with what we can to furnish it.” Revels is a member of the George Washington Foundation and was part of a team instrumental in bringing the center up to sustainable level, saving the center from an uncertain fate. The Carver Center is a recreational facility that also offers tutoring, after school study, internet access and also serves the community with GED classes, employment counseling and other services.

In Court:

William Gregory

William Gregory

William Gregory, the former Flagler Beach resident who was sentenced to death for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend near Flagler Beach in 2007, is back in the county. Gregory, 32, will be in court before Circuit Judge J. David Walsh Monday morning for a status hearing–one of the many such procedural hearings that shadow almost all death row convictions as the defendant looks for ways to reduce the sentence. Gregory murdered Skyler Meekins, 17, and Daniel Dyer, 22, by shooting them in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun as they slept together in Meekins’s grandparents’ house on John Anderson Highway south of Flagler Beach on Aug. 21, 2007. He shot them as his 1-year-old daughter Kyla, whom he’d had with Skyler, slept in another room. Gregory was booked at the Flagler County jail the afternoon of April 16. The hearing is not expected to take much time. (9 a.m., Courtroom 401.)

Walsh will later presides over the jury trial of John Speer, accused in 2014 of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping while inflicting bodily harm. (9 a.m., Courtroom 401.)

In State Government:

Note: Most proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel.

Adoption and “conscience protection,” or discrimination: The Senate Rules Committee is expected to take up a controversial House bill (HB 7111) that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. The proposal, which supporters describe as the “conscience protection” bill, is primarily designed for religiously affiliated adoption agencies whose beliefs prevent them from placing children with gay and lesbian prospective parents. Critics contend the bill would lead to discrimination. (1 p.m.)

Abortion waiting period: The Senate Fiscal Policy Committee will take up numerous bills, including a proposal (SB 724), filed by committee Chairwoman Anitere Flores, R-Miami, that would require a 24-hour waiting period before women could get abortions. (1 p.m.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida

Beyond:

This is Administrative Professionals Week. It is also the 16th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

In the Press:

Countries across Europe accused of ‘closing their eyes’ to thousands of migrant deaths: Countries across Europe, including Britain, have been accused of “closing their eyes” to the deaths of thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean amid growing outrage at the failure of European leaders to agree a new search-and-rescue mission. The United Nations said that as many as 700 people may have drowned when a small fishing boat capsized 60 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa late on Saturday. If the death toll is confirmed, it could be the worst single migrant drowning of the current crisis, and mean 1,600 people will have died attempting to reach Europe by boat in 2015 alone. The EU has announced an emergency meeting of foreign and interior ministers to discuss the crisis, but governments including Britain have so far shown no inclination to reinstate proactive search-and-rescue missions. These were halted last October, despite saving an estimated 100,000 lives, amid fears that the operation was encouraging smugglers and migrants to organise more trips.” From the UK Independent.

The great what hope? (DonkeyHotey)

The great what hope? (DonkeyHotey)

Marco Rubio Is the Most Disingenuous Republican Running for President: He’s not a reformer. He’s a fraud. Brian Beutler in The New Republic: Rubio “is no likelier to succeed at persuading Republican supply-siders to reimagine their fiscal priorities than he was at persuading nativists to support a citizenship guarantee for unauthorized immigrants. In fact, nobody understands the obstacles facing Marco Rubio better than Marco Rubio. But rather than abandon his reformist pretensions, or advance them knowing he will ultimately lose, Rubio has chosen to claim the mantle of reform and surrender to the right simultaneously—to make promises to nontraditional voters he knows he can’t keep. My colleague Danny Vinik proposes that Rubio wants to “improve the lives of poor Americans” but he must “tailor [his] solutions to gain substantial support in the GOP, and those compromises would cause more harm to the poor.” I think this makes Rubio the most disingenuous candidate in the field. Nothing captures Rubio’s irreconcilable commitments quite like the evolution of his plan to reform the tax code. From the outset, Rubio never intended to sideline the interests of the wealthy. As originally conceived, his tax plan would’ve paired modest middle class benefits with very large tax cuts for high earners, much like George W. Bush’s first big tax cut in 2001. But when conservatives voiced dissatisfaction with that particular distribution, Rubio responded not by telling them to buzz off, or by eliminating the middle-income benefits and plying the savings into further high-end tax cuts. He kept the benefits, and layered hugely regressive additional tax cuts for the wealthy on top of an already unaffordable plan. What once would have increased deficits by $2.4 trillion over a decade, according to the Tax Policy Center, would now increase them by trillions more. The beneficiaries would be investors, who would no longer pay any tax on capital gains and dividends, and wealthy families, whose enormous bequests would be subject to no tax either. […] Either Rubio is promising to run up bigger deficits than any president in history, or he’s swindling someone. Upper income tax cuts, middle class tax credits, anti-poverty spending—at least one of these will have to give. The experience of watching his tax plan evolve tells us a great deal about which one won’t.” From the New Republic.

6498702263_bf3022ff1c_qIt’s Not Just Flagler County: Berlin Cracks Down on Vacation Rentals: “No German city receives more visitors than Berlin. Last year, almost 12 million tourists checked into hotels, youth hostels or pensions in the city. […] The Berlin Mietergemeinschaft, a renter’s rights and advocacy organization, estimates that 18,000 vacation rentals are scattered across the city, a number that represents enough housing for a small city. According to research conducted by the University of Applied Sciences in neighboring Potsdam, over 7,000 short-term accommodations in Berlin are being offered by private individuals and commercial operations on Airbnb alone. A short time ago, a number of German media organizations reprinted an artist’s illustration showing the number of Airbnb offerings versus rental apartments in the Wrangelkiez, a popular area of the city’s Kreuzberg quarter. She found 102 vacation-rental listings, but only a single normal apartment for rent on one of the top rental listings websites. In autumn of 2013, the Berlin city government passed a law banning all vacation rentals that had not been registered with the local authorities by summer 2014. The city granted an extension to just under 6,000 accommodations, but they, too, will have to be made available on the normal apartment rental market beginning by May 2016. The ban was imposed to prevent the city from becoming victim to property owners who would rather rent their apartments for €700 per week to tourists rather than offer them to normal residents for much less. The law is also meant to show that city officials in Berlin are taking the fight against gentrification seriously. Julia Krüger’s boss says the idea is to create the impression among the people that the agency has an armada of employees working to stop these illegal rentals.” From Der Spiegel.

Road and Interstate Construction:

road-constructionPalm Coast: On Monday, April 20, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., motorists and other travelers should expect lane closures and traffic signalization outage at the intersection of Belle Terre Parkway and Royal Palms Parkway. Officers will be present to direct traffic during the traffic signalization outage. The lane closure and signalization work are part of the Royal Palms Parkway Improvements Project.

Palm Coast: Palm Coast Parkway between Cypress Point Parkway and Florida Park Drive. IMPACTS: Lane shifts and closures will occur and this may cause traffic congestion on this already busy roadway. Most construction work will occur between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. though weather and unforeseen issues may adjust the schedules. This project will be complete by December 2015.

Flagler County: County Road 305 between CR 2006 and Tangerine. IMPACTS: Closure in force 3/17/2015 for the 2nd box culvert replacement. Detours detour via CR 110 to CR 95 to CR 2006. Truck Detour via Bunnell (SR 100 – SR 11)

Volusia: I-4 Widening from SR 44 to east of I-95, Monday and Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Eastbound/Westbound shoulder closing. Sunday through Thursday, Eastbound and Westbound lane closures as needed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Motorists should be aware of traffic shifts near Canal St./SR 44.

PR Releases:

Sheriff’s Office Marks National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week: The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center celebrated National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week April 12-18. The week is designated as a time to recognize all public safety men and women who respond to emergency calls and dispatch emergency professionals during times of crisis. It is a time to show gratitude to 9-1-1 call takers, dispatchers, technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, communication center personnel and other public safety telecommunications staff who help during emergencies. “For one week each year we take time to celebrate the public safety Communications Specialists who are our unsung heroes and true first responders that are on the other side of 911 and the radios used by our public safety personnel,” said Kelley Eisen, FCSO Communications Manager. The Flagler County Commission, Town of Beverly Beach, City of Flagler Beach, City of Bunnell and City of Palm Coast presented the communications center with a proclamation acknowledging NPSTW. “Our Communications Specialists serve the community and are the life line to the person on the other end of the phone,” said Sheriff Jim Manfre. “They work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are always there when called upon.” Throughout the week, communications specialists were able to bring their families to work, participated in cook-outs, and had themed dress down days, such as tropical day, crazy hat day, and sports team day.

Stetson University recognized as a “green” university by Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: Just in time for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on Apr. 22, Princeton Review’s Guide praised Stetson for its commitment to environmental education, environmentally responsible purchasing, efficient use and conservation of resources, minimizing sold waste and hazardous materials, and promoting a green campus design that incorporates plants native to Florida. “Stetson’s Native Plant Policy is a great example of the proactive approach the university takes in addressing sustainability issues on campus,” says the guide, noting that the move “cuts down on its use of fertilizers and pesticides, since indigenous plants require less maintenance as compared to traditional landscaping plants.” “Among nearly 10,000 teens who participated in our 2015 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61 percent told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president-publisher. “We strongly recommend Stetson University and the schools in this guide to environmentally minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges.” The free, 218-page guide is downloadable at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide. There users can peruse detailed “Green Facts” write-ups on the schools. The write-ups report on everything from the school’s use of renewable energy, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

Participants take a stand against sexual violence march in “Take Back the Night” at Flagler College: As part of Flagler College’s “Take Back the Night,” more than 100 participants marched on April 16 against acts of sexual assault. The event, held on campuses throughout the world, aims to raise awareness of and end sexual violence of all forms. “I participated in the march because I think it is extremely important to raise awareness of such a prevalent issue, one in which no one really talks about seriously,” student organizer Tyler Jade Lunsford said. “It was almost overwhelming being around so many people serious about taking a stand, raising awareness and fighting back.” Also as part of the event, participants pledged to stop the violence by affixing their handprints to a pledge board, wrote letters attesting to their worthiness of love and listened to stories of survival. Flagler College’s counseling center was also available for support. According to the non-profit organization Take Back the Night, one in three women and one in six men worldwide experience some form of sexual violence. Less than 50 percent of victims report these crimes. The event at Flagler College was co-sponsored by the Social Sciences Club, Career Services, Residence Life, Gender Equality Monthly Symposium, Student Government Association, Flagler Athletics, Betty Griffin House and Hubbard House.

Volusia Blue Spring.

Volusia Blue Spring.

Partnership project to benefit Volusia Blue Spring: Work has begun on a $6 million project to connect the reclaimed water distribution systems of Volusia County and the cities of DeLand, Deltona and Orange City. The interconnection will help conserve fresh groundwater and benefit Volusia Blue Spring. The project is funded by the three local governments, which are part of the West Volusia Water Suppliers (WVWS), the St. Johns River Water Management District and the state. “More than $80 million in total project costs has been dedicated over the past two years to springs within the St. Johns District,” said District Governing Board Member Maryam H. Ghyabi of Ormond Beach. “This funding demonstrates the collective commitment of the Board, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and local partners to conserve and restore our springs.” To protect Blue Spring flows and reduce the use of potable water for irrigation, the Volusia reclaimed water project will provide reclaimed water to new customers. The three-phase project will first connect the county’s Deltona North wastewater treatment plant to the city of DeLand’s reclaimed water distribution system. In the second phase, the Deltona and DeLand areas will connect to the county’s Southwest Regional Water Reclamation Facility. The final phase will connect the county’s Deltona North wastewater treatment plant to Deltona’s reclaimed water distribution system. Projects to improve the health of Florida’s springs and their ecosystems are a major focus of the District’s Springs Protection Initiative. These include reclaimed water projects that decrease nitrate pollution by reducing or eliminating wastewater discharges and protect spring flows by reducing demand for groundwater withdrawals. The District is currently partnering in 22 springs protection cost-share projects in the Silver Springs system in Ocala, the Wekiva River springshed in central Florida, and the Volusia Blue Spring system. Visit floridaswater.com/springs/projects.html for more information about the District’s work to protect springs through cost-share partnerships.

In Coming Days:

stetson-universityApril 21, Handel’s Messiah: Stetson University’s Choral Union, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Stetson Men and Orchestra, under the direction of Timothy Peter: A combined chorus, student soloists, and orchestra totaling 250 musicians will present this sacred oratorio, which has a long performance tradition at Stetson University. Ensembles involved include the Choral Union, Stetson Men, Women’s Chorale, Concert Choir, and Chamber Orchestra with additional winds and brass. Handel’s Messiah was first performed in Dublin in April of 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most beloved choral works in Western music. 7:30p.m., First Baptist Church, 725 North Woodland Boulevard, DeLand.

weatherman bob pickering national weather association awards winner

Bob Pickering. (© FlaglerLive)

April 22: Skywarn Storm Spotter Program Class: This class is also great for first responders, dispatchers, anyone who works outside, school staff, coaches, etc. Meteorologists aren’t the only ones who can recognize potentially disastrous weather. After participating in a free nationally acclaimed weather class hosted by the National Weather Service and Flagler County Emergency Services, anyone can become a trained storm spotter. The Skywarn Storm Spotter Program recruits volunteers to help protect people and property during tornados or severe thunderstorms. There are already over 1,000 storm spotters in Flagler County. “Skywarn is essential to the National Weather Service as weather radars cannot see everything,” said Bob Pickering, Flagler County Emergency Management Technician. “Spotters play a key role not only in advanced warnings, but also storm verification.” During a class taught by Ben Nelson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Jacksonville, participants will learn to recognize signs of impending dangerous weather and how to report perilous conditions so warnings can be issued faster. The class will take place on Wednesday, April 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center, 1769 East Moody Blvd., Bunnell. To sign up for the class, please call Pickering at 386-313-4250 or send an email to: bpickering@flaglercounty.org.

Jim Manfre. (© FlaglerLive)

Jim Manfre. (© FlaglerLive)

April 23: Sheriff Jim Manfre will be the guest speaker for the Flagler County Chamber upcoming Eggs & Issues breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Grand Haven Golf Club, 500 Riverfront Drive in Palm Coast. The chamber hosts Eggs & Issues breakfasts five times a year to bring local and business-related issues and topics to light. Guest speakers include elected officials, thought leaders and high profile executives/business professionals. Cost to attend is $15 with advance payment for members or $20 at the door. Future members pay $20 with advance reservations or $25 the day of the event. Seating is limited; reservations are requested by Friday, April 17 at 5 PM.

Flagler County Job Fair on April 24: A limited number of spaces are still open for businesses interested in reserving a free booth at the second annual Flagler County Job Fair. The event will take place on Friday, April 24, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Palm Coast Campus of Daytona State College, 3000 Palm Coast Pkwy SE, Building 3. Last year nearly 400 jobseekers attended the inaugural fair, which was hosted by the Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity and CareerSource Flagler Volusia. This year Daytona State College and the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce joined the effort to positively impact Flagler County’s economic vitality. Among the businesses that have already registered are CoastalCloud, Edwards Jones Financial Service, Beutlich Pharmaceuticals and Target. A complete list of attending companies is available here. Businesses wishing to secure a place at the fair and job seekers interested in registering for preparation workshops should visit the job fair website. For additional information about the fair, please contact Casey Scott at 386-313-4098 or by email here.

Matanzas Inlet Beach Clean-up: In celebration of Earth Day, Fort Matanzas National Monument is hosting a beach clean-up on Saturday, April 25, from 9am to 12pm. Join us in removing not only man-made trash but invasive plant life. The event will begin with a safety briefing and an introduction to the park at the ocean-side parking lot on the east side of A1A, just north of the Inlet bridge. Trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided. Please bring sunscreen, appropriate beach wear (including a hat), and your own reusable water bottle. If you would like to participate, please call 904-829-6506 ext. 233 or email Jill_Leverett@nps.gov by April 23.

Matanzas Woods Interchange Construction Public Meeting: The Flagler County Engineering Department will host a public meeting to inform residents of the planned beginning of construction of the Matanzas Woods Parkway Interchange Project at I-95 and the future Old Kings Road Extension project. The interchange project is a long planned project providing interstate access to residents in the northern part of Flagler County and is slated to start this summer. This project will require the temporary closure of Matanzas Woods Parkway during the 2015 summer months when school is out of session. The future Old Kings Road Extension project will provide a direct route for commuters to the Matanzas interchange at I-95 and minimize traffic impacts to Matanzas High School. The Old Kings Road Extension project is slated to begin construction later this year. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28th at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast, Florida 32137. The residents of the area and the public are invited to attend this informational meeting. For more information call 386-313-4039.

Volunteers needed for invasive plant removal at Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve, April 29: Bring a friend, bring a kid, bring gloves and a water bottle to Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve on April 29 to help rid it of invasive species like the Brazilian pepper trees along the entrance road. The entrance road will be closed from dawn to 1 p.m. as Land Management and Parks and Recreation staff, with the help of volunteers, remove the plants. Normal park access will be available after 1 p.m. “We appreciate the help,” said Mike Lagasse, land manager. “Non-native plants are displacing the native plants.” Flagler County has a dedicated group of volunteers who have worked at other preserves, like the River to Sea Preserve, protect the native ecosystem. Laura Ostapko is one of those volunteers and a member of “The Pepper Pickers,” a group that started at Gamble Rogers and has recently expanded its scope of work. “We have a sign that says, ‘Restoring paradise one tree at a time,’ because that’s what we are doing,” Ostapko said. “It’s very rewarding when you see what you have done.” Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve is situated on 217 acres along the eastern side of the Intracoastal Waterway south of State Road 100. Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact Lagasse at 386-313-4064 or at mlagasse@flaglercounty.org.

Arbor Day 5K Root Run/Walk and Free Fun Run May 2 in Palm Coast’s Town Center: Register now for the Arbor Day 5K Root Run/Walk, which starts at 8 a.m. May 2, followed by the Free Fun Run at 9 a.m. The run/walks will start and finish on Lake Avenue in Central Park at Town Center, 975 Central Ave. in Palm Coast. Awards will be given out at Central Park Main Stage after the race. This race will close out the 2014-2015 season in the Palm Coast Running Series. Register for the 5K Root Run/Walk at www.palmcoastgov.com/ArborDay. (Pre-registration is not required for the children’s Fun Run.) Participants of the 5K Root Run/Walk are guaranteed a race T-shirt and goody bag if they register by April 24. Entry fees and pre-registration deadlines are as follows:

· $25 Online registration closes at 5 p.m. April 30 at www.palmcoastgov.com/ArborDay.
· $25 Mail-in registration closes April 24 (Mail-in registration is available through April 24. Mail registration form available online with check or money order made out to City of Palm Coast to: City of Palm Coast, c/o Arbor Day Race Pre-registration, Attn: Carol Mini, 160 Cypress Point Parkway Suite B106, Palm Coast, FL 32164.)
· $25 In-person registration closes May 1. Register in-person 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway, NE. Checks, money orders, cash and credit cards accepted.
· $30 Race day entry fee – cash or checks only – at Central Park (along Lake Avenue).
· Veterans with military ID receive free entry

Packet Pick Up will be held at the Community Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1, or at 7 a.m. on race day at Central Park (on Lake Avenue). Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female runners, as well as the top three men and women in 15 age groups. The race will be chip-timed. Children participating in the Fun Run will receive a ribbon. A ceremony honoring the overall winners for the Palm Coast Running Series will immediately follow the 5K Root Run awards. After the races, enjoy the free Arbor Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Park. Bring canned food or pet food items and exchange them for a three-gallon native hardwood tree (while supplies last). Feed a Mouth, Get a Tree, Grow a Community is the theme. The event will also feature a butterfly tent, zoo exhibits, green vendors, a fire prevention activity, entertainment and kite flying/building. The popular Native Butterfly release is set for 11 a.m. Complete details are available here. For more information, contact City of Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini at 386-986-3722.

chihuahuasCalling All Chiuhuahuas:  The City of Daytona Beach’s Cultural Services Division is looking for 200 Chihuahuas in full costume to help set a Guinness World Record as part of Chihuahua De Mayo. This fun-filled, family event will take place at the world’s most famous bandshell May 2nd from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Chihuahua owners need to bring a copy of the pedigree registration or a birth certificate to verify that their dog(s) are pure breed, so they can take part in this record attempt.

 

  • Registration….12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Guinness Book of World Records Attempt for most Chihuahuas in costumed attire (minimum 2 piece costume)….2:00 p.m.
  • Bandshell to Boardwalk Parade After Record Attempt
  • Parade Prizes – King & Queen Chihuahua Winners, Best Costume, Best Temperament, Best Hat, Best Duo, and Best Trio
  • 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Mariachi Band – “Charros De Mexico” from Orlando
  • Mexican Hat Dance Off – Pinatas – Candy
  • Pet Rescue – Food – Vendors (vending space available)
  • $5 Admission Fee – a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Halifax & Flagler Humane Societies and the Arnie Foundation

 

Come watch these Chihuahuas strut their stuff for the cutest Cinco De Mayo costume parade and enjoy an afternoon filled with a variety of things to do for the entire family.

Blood Donations Needed

big-red-busBlood donations are urgently needed. Patients in our local hospitals are in need of blood transfusions, and the need for blood does not take a holiday. That’s why OneBlood is asking people to donate immediately.

Big Red Bus schedule in Flagler-Palm Coast:

Monday April 20th & Tuesday April 21st 9:00AM -2:00PM Daytona State College- Flagler/Palm Coast Campus, 3000 Palm Coast Parkway, Palm Coast
Saturday April 25th 1:00PM – 6:00PM Epic Theatre, 1185 Central Ave, Palm Coast
Monday April 27th 11:30AM – 4:00PM Flagler County Public Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway
Tuesday April 28th 11:00AM – 3:00PM Knights of Columbus Council 7845, 51 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast
Wednesday April 29th 1:00PM – 5:30PM CVS Pharmacy, 1 Old Kings Road South, Palm Coast

 

 

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