Also in News Briefs: First responders to hand out Disaster Preparedness Guides July 1-2; Palm Coast renews contract with Waste Pro
Flagler Beach Police Department releases July 4 traffic plan
The Flagler Beach Police Department suggests visitors to this year’s July 4 event park in relation to where they want to travel after the fireworks. Visitors coming from Beverly Beach, northern Palm Coast and areas north of Flagler Beach who want to return home after the fireworks should park north of State Road 100; visitors from Ormond Beach, Ormond by the Sea and areas south of Flagler Beach should park south of S.R. 100.
Traffic Patterns: At the intersection of State Road A1A and S.R. 100, southbound traffic on A1A will be forced west onto S.R. 100 after the fireworks. Northbound traffic on A1A will be able to either head west on S.R. 100 or continue north on A1A. Eastbound traffic on S.R. 100 will be delayed 10-11 p.m. Southbound traffic on North Flagler Avenue at S.R. 100 will be directed west over the S.R. 100 bridge, as will northbound traffic on South Flagler Avenue.
Parking: Parking will be available at Wadsworth Park. Traffic leaving the park will be directed west onto S.R. 100. Parking will also available at the city lots at the intersection of North Fourth Street and North Central Avenue (311 N. Central Avenue); North Fifth Street and North Central Avenue (109 N. 5th Street); South Fifth Street and South Daytona Avenue (503 S. Daytona Avenue); South Fifth Street and South Oceanshore Boulevard (504 S. Oceanshore Blvd.) and South Eighth Street and South Central Avenue (113 S. 8th St.). The City Hall parking lot on the northeast corner of Third Street South and South Central Avenue will be reserved for handicapped parking. Parking will be available at the Santa Maria Del Mar Catholic Church after the holiday parade ends at about noon.
Park-and-ride shuttles: Free shuttles will be available from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 4 making loops between Flagler Square at 2501 S.R. 100 (at the corner with John Anderson Highway) and Veterans Park at Second Street South/South Central Avenue.
Officials, first responders to hand out Disaster Preparedness Guides July 1-2
Officials and first responders will hand out Disaster Preparedness Guides in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew the weekend of July 1-2, according to a Flagler County government news release. Residents can pick up a copy of the 24-page guide at Publix supermarkets in Flagler Beach, the Hammock and Palm Coast (at the Island Walk location only) between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 1-2.
Sheriff's Office to increase DUI enforcement June 30 to July 4
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will be increasing its enforcement for driving and boating under the influence from Friday, June 30 through Tuesday, July 4. The Sheriff's Office's "Sheriff-Taxi car" will be placed around town as a reminder to plan ahead for a safe ride home. Those arrested for DUI may get a free ride to jail with the taxi light on, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
“We had a great community response to the Memorial Day ‘Choose Your Ride’ awareness campaign with only four arrests and we’re hoping for no arrests this time,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the news release. “Have a safe Fourth of July weekend and choose a safe ride home. Don’t endanger yourself or others by driving impaired, but if you do, you will have a one-way ride in our ‘taxi,’ and you won’t like where it’s going.”
Palm Coast renews contract with Waste Pro for garbage, yard waste, recycling
Palm Coast has renewed its contract with Waste Pro for collection of garbage, yard trash and recyclables. The five-year contract went into effect June 1, and rates rose by $1.74, to $20.36 per month, according to a Palm Coast government news release.
One change in the contract relates to the city’s free Doorstep Household Hazardous Waste program: There is no longer a requirement for a minimum number of items for pickup. Call Waste Pro at 586-0800 to schedule pickup of items including fluorescent bulbs, used motor oil, antifreeze, paints and supplies, pool and household chemicals, household cleaners, pesticides, fertilizer or batteries. Place items at the front door or in front of the garage by 7 a.m. on the scheduled day.
Yard waste debris is picked up weekly and can be piled in the yard next to the road. Pile must not exceed 3 feet wide by 3 feet tall by 12 feet long. Yard waste placed in containers must not exceed 50 pounds. Tree limbs must be no longer than 5 feet and no wider than 6 inches in diameter.
See the graphic above for recycling do's and don'ts. Palm Coast participates in the Recycle Rewards Program. Sign up at wasteprorewards.com or by calling 888-234-8211 to earn coupons and rewards.
Bulk trash such as furniture, TVs, construction debris from home DIY projects and children’s play equipment will be picked up weekly. To arrange pickup of white goods, call Palm Coast Customer Service at 986-2360. White goods include refrigerators and freezers (with doors removed), other appliances, hot water heaters, BBQ grills (no gas tanks), lawn mowers (gas removed) and small A/C units placed at the curb. Allow three to five days. Pickups are typically Fridays and Saturdays.