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| April 23, 2015

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‘Going West,’ by Jackson Pollock (1934-35). From Wikiart: ‘One of his earlier works, Going West is an example of Pollock’s early interests and painting style, as well as his own personal history. It has been suggested that this painting was inspired by a family photo of a bridge in Pollock’s birthplace, Cody, Wyoming. As an image of a pioneering family moving west, perhaps it is also a personal statement of the fact that his family moved west to Arizona and then later California when he was a child. The painting also exhibits the influence on Pollock’s style by his mentor Thomas Hart Benton, who was an American Regionalist painter.’

Today’s weather: high of 83, low of 66.Details here.
Today’s fire danger is Moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 172
The weather in Chisec, Guatemala: High of 99, low of 71. Details.
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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.

Jim Manfre. (© FlaglerLive)

Jim Manfre. (© FlaglerLive)

Sheriff Jim Manfre is 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. (Sold out)

The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. in chambers at City Hall: It’s another brief meeting, with a focus on refinancing two bonds and providing a temporary waiver for a Flagler County Chamber of Commerce special event. The full agenda and background material is here.

Flagler Beach Citizens Academy: The city’s firs-ever class, with some 40 participants, is graduating, with cake, at 5 p.m., in chambers at Flagler Beach City Hall.

Flagler County Commission: Some of the commissioners are attending the Florida Association of Counties’ Advanced County Commissioner Education Program offered by the Florida Association of Counties today and Friday at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th Street in Gainesville.

Palm Coast Beautification & Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at the city offices’ main conference room, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast (City Marketplace). It will hear an update on State Road 100 median landscaping and hear a proposal about a new monument at Heroes Park. The full agenda is here.

Palm Coast’s Utility Standards Committee meets at 1:30pm at the Utility Office, 2 Utility Drive. An agenda was not provided.

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. On April 20, Revels wrote: “I am reaching out to each of you as a reminder the G. W. Carver Center Auction will close at 7:00 p.m. Next Monday night the 27th. There is something for everyone to bid on. I want to thank those of you that have donated items and may have already bid. Please take the time to go to: and place your bid on one or more great items. I know I am tracking quite a few I want. Please help up make this year’s event the most successful yet. Remember all funds go to our Foundation that is a tax exempt charitable organization and NOTHING goes to administration or salaries. All funds go to the direct support of programs, equipment, supplies, scholarships or other needs of the Community Center’s patrons.”

Flagler Palm Coast High School Chorus‘ spring concert is tonight at the Flagler Auditorium, at 7 p.m.

Youth Leadership Flagler Graduation: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce graduates its second class of Youth Leadership Flagler. Made up of students from both Matanzas & Flagler Palm Coast High School, these program graduates have gone through leadership training similar to the chamber’s adult Leadership Flagler Program. 6 p.m., Matanzas High School cafeteria. YLF II Graduates get in free, along with two attendees. All other guests are $20. Funds raised go back into the MHS culinary program & to support Youth Leadership Flagler.

In Court:

Circuit Judge Michael Orfinger holds foreclosure hearings at 9 a.m. (Courtroom 402). Judge J. David Walsh holds Drug Court at 9:30 a.m. (Courtroom 401) and a jury trial for John Speer, accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and kidnapping, at 1:30 p.m. (the docket sheet lists the time as 1 p.m., Courtroom 401). Judge Melissa Moore-Stens holds mediation and various hearings throughout the day (Courtroom 404).

The Florida Supreme Court releases opinions at 11 a.m.

In State Government:

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

The House holds a floor session today starting at 9 a.m. The agenda is expected to include debate about a bill (HB 1145), filed by Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, that would allow parents to enroll their children in any public schools that are not at capacity. Among dozens of other bills on the agenda is a measure (HB 943), filed by Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland, that would overhaul the state’s alimony laws.

The Senate holds a floor session starting at 10 a.m. The Senate could approve a bill (HB 641) aimed at clearing up questions about a 2013 law that shut down the Internet cafe industry. Businesses, such as Dave & Buster’s and Chuck E. Cheese’s, that offer amusement games have faced questions about whether the 2013 law could inadvertently affect them. The bill would seek to end those questions. Also, the Senate could take up a bill (SB 724), filed by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, that would require women to wait 24 hours before they can get abortions.

The Senate Appropriations Committee will consider a series of issues, including a proposal (SB 532), filed by Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, that would allow advanced registered nurse practitioners to order any medications for patients in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers or mobile surgical facilities. The nurse practitioners would work under supervisory arrangements with physicians. (8 a.m.)

Medical Marijuana: Administrative Law Judge W. David Watkins is scheduled to hold a hearing in a challenge to a proposed Department of Health rule that would carry out a 2014 law allowing limited types of medical marijuana. Master Growers, P.A., and Baywood Nurseries Co., Inc., challenged the rule, which would provide a regulatory framework for the new medical-marijuana industry. (9:30 a.m.)

Nukes: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold hearings on a proposal by Florida Power & Light to build two nuclear reactors at the utility’s Turkey Point complex in Miami-Dade County. The hearings will focus on what is known as a draft environmental impact statement. (1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Hampton Inn & Suites, 2855 N.E. Ninth St., Homestead.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida


The U.S. Senate has finally scheduled a vote on the nomination of Loretta E. Lynch as attorney general today.

The Pentagon releases a new cybersecurity strategy that for the first time publicly lays out U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies. See the Times story.

In the Press:

McDonald’s: After a long run of success, the world’s largest fast-food chain is floundering: “After a successful run which lifted the firm’s share price from $12 in 2003 to more than $100 at the end of 2011, McDonald’s had a tricky 2013 and a much harder time last year. When it announces its annual results on January 23rd, some analysts fear it will reveal a drop in global “like-for-like” sales (ie, after stripping out the effect of opening new outlets) for the whole of 2014—the first such fall since 2002. […] [T]he biggest problem has been in America—by far McDonald’s largest market, where it has 14,200 of its 35,000 mostly franchised restaurants. In November its American like-for-like sales were down 4.6% on a year earlier. It had weathered the 2008-09 recession and its aftermath by attracting cash-strapped consumers looking for a cheap bite. But more recently it has been squeezed by competition from Burger King, revitalised under the management of a private-equity firm, from other fast-food joints such as Subway and Starbucks, and from the growing popularity of slightly more upmarket “fast casual” outlets. In response, McDonald’s has expanded its menu with all manner of wraps, salads and so on. Its American menu now has almost 200 items. This strains kitchen staff and annoys franchisees, who often have to buy new equipment. It may also deter customers.” From The Economist.

Former Iowa Lawmaker Found Not Guilty of Sexually Abusing Wife With Dementia: “After about 13 hours of deliberation over three days, jurors found Henry Rayhons, 78, not guilty of third-degree sexual abuse of his wife, Donna Lou Rayhons. He was accused of having sex with her at a nursing home in May after being told by staff that she was no longer capable of consenting due to dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease. She died in August. Henry Rayhons testified in his own defense that on the night in question the couple held hands, prayed and kissed, but had no sexual contact. […] Jurors weighed testimony from family members, doctors and investigators throughout the trial in Hancock County Court. Rayhons’ defense attorney said a guilty verdict could raise fears that any interaction between spouses could be interpreted as sexual abuse. Prosecutors said a not guilty verdict would put others with dementia at risk of being harmed. […] Mark Kosieradzki, a Minneapolis-based attorney who has tried numerous cases of sexual abuse in nursing homes, said it wasn’t clear whether the jury concluded that she was able to consent or if they decided that the prosecution had failed to prove that sex took place on that day.” From Time.

Can People With Dementia Have a Sex Life? The Room For Debate feature at The Times asks the question of two philosophers. “Nonconsensual sexual activity is always wrong, and society has an interest in protecting those who are vulnerable to being sexually exploited. However, the case of Henry Rayhons, a 78-year-old former state legislator in Iowa, who is accused of sexually assaulting his wife in a nursing home, raises difficult questions about what we mean by consent,” says Ron Belgau. “[…] We will never know how Donna Rayhons would have wanted her husband, her daughters and her doctors to handle her situation. But as far as I know, there is no evidence that she would have wanted her husband charged with sexual assault.” John Corvino writes: “This case raises difficult questions about consent, to be sure, but it also says something about our sexual squeamishness. By all accounts, Mrs. Rayhons appeared to enjoy her husband’s affection. There were no reports of physical or emotional distress. We know that sex can be beneficial to dementia patients, relieving anxiety, ameliorating isolation and loneliness, and providing pleasure. The standard of care generally allows it. Why deny it in this case?” Read the full debate.

Road and Interstate Construction:

road-constructionPalm 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:

Palm Coast’s new water wins award: Palm Coast’s innovative new concentrate Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) system has been named the 2015 Water Reuse Project of the Year by the Florida Water Environment Association. The ZLD recovers and treats nearly 100 percent of the concentrate produced at the water plant on Citation Boulevard, saving up to 1.2 million gallons of water per day. Previously, that water had to be discharged to a surface water body. There is no other plant like Palm Coast’s ZLD in the state of Florida. The award will be presented to representatives of the City’s Utility Department, along with the design engineer, McKim & Creed, and the original equipment manufacturer, Doosan Hydro Technology, at the Florida Water Resources Conference in Orlando on May 5. The City is being recognized for developing an exemplary reuse project and being a leader in the industry. FWEA presents a variety of awards that recognize achievement in the water environment profession. The FWEA Water Reuse Committee each year proudly presents its David W. York Water Reuse Awards for service in education, innovative facility design, published papers, research, excellence in water quality improvement, outstanding personal service, distinctive advertising, service in the operations field, plant safety, and more. “This award speaks volumes about the City’s commitment to environmental stewardship, protection of its precious groundwater source and promoting sustainability,” said Utility Director Richard Adams. “We are honored to have the ZLD recognized by the FWEA.” The new ZLD system opened earlier this year at Water Treatment Plant 2 on Citation Boulevard. By recovering and treating nearly all of the concentrate produced during water treatment at the water plant, the City is able to reclaim the water that previously was wasted and, at the same time, better protect the environment. The primary components of the ZLD process are automated lime-soda softening and ultra-filtration systems (UF). The softened water is conveyed to a UF system to remove additional solids. The ZLD-treated water is then disinfected before being blended with the existing WTP permeate and raw water bypass. Sludge removed from the ZLD process is transferred to a solids handling system, where it is thickened prior to dewatering. Various process streams, including the water removed from the sludge through thickening and dewatering, are recycled back into the ZLD treatment process, increasing the recovery of the ZLD system to nearly 100 percent. The City contracts with a hauler to beneficially reuse the dewatered lime solids in the production of concrete aggregate and paver base. The ZLD system is fully integrated into the existing plant so that both the existing WTP2 reverse osmosis treatment system and the ZLD process effectively operate as one treatment plant – delivering delicious and safe drinking water to the residents of Palm Coast.

hubbleHubble 3D in IMAX: Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, the highly acclaimed Hubble 3D returns to the World Golf Hall of Fame Theater in St. Augustine, beginning April 22 through April 29. In Hubble 3D, audiences will blast off alongside the Atlantis STS-125 crew, witness up-close some of the most challenging spacewalks ever performed, and experience virtual star travel via breath-taking, never-before-seen 3D flights through Hubble imagery. Since March 2010, the film has amassed more than $48 million at the domestic box office and continues to immerse moviegoers in the great wonders and astounding beauty of our universe. Through the power of IMAX 3D, Hubble 3D enables moviegoers to journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt some of the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. The film offers an inspiring and unique look into the lasting legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope and highlights its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves. The film is rated G and has a running time of 43 minutes. For tickets, group rates, showtimes, trailers and information on the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater Annual Pass program, visit

Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini, right, presents the Tree City USA 10-Year Award to Palm Coast Council Member Heidi Shipley and Mayor Jon Netts.

Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini, right, presents the Tree City USA 10-Year Award to Palm Coast Council Member Heidi Shipley and Mayor Jon Netts.

Palm Coast named Tree City USA for 10th straight year: For the 10th straight year, the City of Palm Coast has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of Palm Coast’s urban forestry program. In addition, the City again this year received the Tree City USA Growth Award. This is the ninth time Palm Coast has received this recognition. City of Palm Coast Urban Forester Carol Mini presented a crystal 10-year award from the National Arbor Day Foundation to the Palm Coast City Council on Tuesday. The Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.

“Palm Coast is proud of its beautiful trees and tree canopies, parks and trails, environmental education programs, and overall commitment to environmental sustainability, so we are honored to again be named a Tree City USA and to receive the Tree City USA Growth Award,” Mini said. “We plant many trees in the City every year as part of our City landscape beautification, and we work hard to protect trees during both residential and commercial construction.” Palm Coast was recognized as a Tree City USA for promoting environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care for citizens by enforcing a specific tree care ordinance, offering a comprehensive community forestry program, establishing a Green Team and sponsoring an annual Arbor Day observance. The City was also named a Tree City USA Growth community based on its community education program.

In Coming Days:

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.

torch-runApril 25: Law Enforcement Torch Run For Special Olympics: The torch run is the largest annual public relations and fund-raising event amongst Special Olympics Florida and law enforcement agencies. Local Flagler County agencies are getting their sneakers laced up for the event on Saturday, April 25. The run will start promptly at 10 a.m. in the front parking area of 5400 East Highway 100 next to Flagler Palm Coast High School. Registration is $12 and each runner will receive a Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirt. In addition to the torch run, the City of Palm Coast, Frank Celico Foundation and the Bike Doctor are hosting their annual Family Bike Rodeo which promises to enhance your family’s bicycle riding experience and safety. Children can participate in a bike safety course and have an opportunity to win a brand new bike helmet. There will be bike clinics, safety checks and a skills obstacle course. The Run/Walk/Ride will be escorted by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office as runners carry the torch, also known as the “Flame of Hope,” westbound on State Road 100 to northbound Belle Terre Parkway and proceed to the Town Center Publix Shopping Plaza. There will be a break area in front of Mezzaluna Pizzeria before heading back out to Belle Terre Parkway southbound to the Target Plaza with another break area proudly sponsored by Hibbett Sports. The final leg will travel back to the start line were there will be pizza from Mezzaluna Pizzeria. “Year after year, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office supports this important event and continues to raise money and awareness for a good cause,” said Sheriff Jim Manfre. This is a family event and there will be vendors and activities for children even if you do not run/walk. All activities will last until 1 p.m., so come on out and enjoy the Bounce House by Jump for Joy, Balloon Art by Bruce Bryant, and Face Painting by Doreen Lazzano. For more information, please call 386-586-2655.

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 by April 23.

April 28, 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

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 (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
· $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:

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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