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YOUR TOWN: FCSO K-9 Axle receives donation of body armor

Also in Your Town: Inaugural class graduates from Flagler County Leadership Academy

FCSO K-9 Axle receives donation of body armor

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Axle has received a donation of a bullet- and stab-protective vest through the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

Geraldine Marsh of the Womens Balley Group at Grand Haven held the fundraiser that sponsored Axle's vest, which is embroidered with the words, “In honor of Gabo, Marko & Tag.” 

“We appreciate Vested Interest in K9s for providing this lifesaving vest for K-9 Axle,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in an FCSO news release. “This gives protection to K-9 Axle in the event of a criminal act and gives peace of mind to his handler, Deputy Beausoleil. The safety of our K-9 officers is extremely important and we are grateful for this generous donation.” 

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount. A single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283. Go to or mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718.

Lehigh Trail to close early next week for removal of 80 trees

Lehigh Trail will close Monday, Aug. 10, through Wednesday, Aug. 12, for the removal of approximately 80 hazardous trees along the 5 miles of roadway between Colbert Lane and U.S. 1.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” said Mike Orlando, Flagler County Prescribed Fire Program Supervisor, in a county government news release. “We are trying to be as proactive as possible before the peak of hurricane season.”  

Inaugural class graduates from Flagler County Leadership Academy

The Flagler County Leadership Academy's first-ever class graduated Aug. 3 during a brief ceremony in the Commission Chambers at the county's Government Services Building.

Sixteen students — representing the Board of County Commissioners, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, and the Flagler County Tax Collector’s Office — were recognized for completing the leadership development program, which kicked off last September and was facilitated by County Administrator Jerry Cameron and Dr. Joe Saviak, Executive Director Flagler Sheriff’s Leadership Institute, according to a county government news release.

“I am extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to sit with this incredibly talented, smart, strong, and dedicated group of people,” said class valedictorian Shelly Edmonson, who works for the Tax Collector’s Office, according to the news release. “But throughout this class, we found out that being a leader is not about us, it is about others! Our ultimate job is to build genuine relationships and to create future leaders.”

The graduates are: Holly W. Albanese, Faith Alkhatib, E. John Brower, Shelly Rae Edmonson, Ryan D. Emery, Renee H. Flynt, Kenny Goncalves, Richard G. Gordon, Jonathan Lord, Amy Lukasik, Julia M. Murphy, Donald Petito, Heidi Elizabeth Spencer Petito, Jarrod M. Shupe, Tim Telfer, Pamela A. Wu.

Palm Coast Water Treatment Plant #2 recognized

Palm Coast's Water Treatment Plant #2 has won the South East Desalting Association's 2020 Outstanding Membrane Plant Award, according to a city of Palm Coast news release.

The nanofiltration membrane system separates particles from water to make it clean and drinkable, according to the news release. Palm Coast also converts the concentrate stream from the nanofiltration process into potable drinking water using Zero Liquid Discharge, recovering 98.5% of the water pumped from the Floridan Aquifer.

The Palm Coast Utility Department has won this award four times.

Palm Coast recognized for distinctive performance measurements

For the six straight year, the International City/County Management Association has recognized Palm Coast for its use of performance data in the management of local government, according to a city government news release.

The city has been presented a Certificate of Distinction for exceeding standards established by the ICMA Center for Performance Measurement in the application of performance data to local government management, according to the news release.

The city's performance measurement and reporting system was developed in 2012, and the performance measures are tied to the City Council’s six goals: expansion, economic, finance, environmental, quality of life, and workforce talent.

Commissioner graduates ‘Certified County Commissioner’ program

Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins has graduated from the Florida Association of Counties' “Certified County Commissioner” program, according to a county government news release.

“It is quite an accomplishment and a testament of dedication,” County Administrator Jerry Cameron said in the news release. “All five of our commissioners have achieved this level of certification or higher.”

A total of 460 commissioners have completed the 6-12-month program.

Mullins selected as RNC delegate

Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins has been selected as a delegate representing Congressional District 6 at the 2020 Republican National Convention, which is scheduled for Aug. 24-27 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“It’s an honor that my district chose me to cast our vote for President Donald J. Trump for re-election as president of the United States of America,” Mullins said in a news release.

Community encouraged to ‘Mask Up Palm Coast’

Palm Coast has developed a a community service campaign called #MaskUpPalmCoast to encourage residents and visitors to use masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to a city government news release.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool for reducing the spread of COVID-19, particularly when used universally within communities, according to a CDC news release. 

The city is encouraging the community to "mask up" and join this effort. To show support, print a "mask up" poster at, then write why you wear a mask, take a photo and share it on social media with the hashtags on the sign.

If a resident sends the city a photo through social media, it may be shared on the @palmcoastgov social channels of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, according to the city news release.

“Wearing a mask is important for many reasons and in particular for our community with our diverse population here in Palm Coast and Flagler County,” said Mayor Milissa Holland. “Our number one priority in our community is to keep our residents safe as we go through these unprecedented times.”

“The scientific evidence and peer reviewed studies clearly show that mask wearing is the most important public health act that we can take to reduce the transmission of the virus from person to person,” said Bob Snyder, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County. “We are grateful that the county and three cities have passed resolutions and initiatives in support of facial coverings, especially when indoors and when social distancing can't be practiced. We began to recognize more mask wearers in our community following the mandate approved by Palm Coast, Flagler Beach and Bunnell. We are grateful that more residents are complying.”

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