Also in the Observer: Ocean Art Gallery to host "Fabulous Florida" art show; "Seabreeze" model under construction at Seaside Landings; New hires; Occupancy permits issued.
Florida Hospital selected Jason Loftis to serve as finance manager for the hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, according to a news release. Loftis will be responsible for developing analytical reports, highlighting financial and operational metrics for the region’s finance department.
Loftis, who most recently served as a senior financial analyst, has been with Florida Hospital for over two years. In his role as an analysts, he developed ad-hoc reports and assisted with month-end-close, tracking the progress of key performance indicators throughout the year.
"Jason has an impressive depth of knowledge in new report creation, proforma analysis, data analytics and productivity reporting," said Toni Hankinson, the director of budget and finance for the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, in a release. "He exhibits a sharp eye for detail, excellent customer service skills to all of our leaders and has always been eager to embrace new and diverse projects to improve operational efficiencies."
Loftis, a Port Orange resident, received a bachelor of science in accounting and a master of healthcare administration from Utica College in New York. He also earned six sigma certification from Villanova University and the Certified Healthcare Financial Professional designation from the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Ocean Art Gallery to host "Fabulous Florida" art show
Ocean Art Gallery, located at 206 Moody Blvd. in Flagler Beach, is hosting an art opening reception on April 7 for 13 of Florida’s award-winning plein air and studio artists who will showcase their unique art styles in an exhibit titled “Fabulous Florida,” according to a news release.
The reception will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. but will be preceded by six artist presentations from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
It will be the first time the artists, who have been together at various plein air paint outs throughout the state, have assembled for a gallery in Flagler County. Gallery owner Frank Gromling saw an opportunity to bring the artists to the county and asked artist Tom Sadler for help getting it started.
All 13 artists are recognized for their award-winning artwork in oil, acrylic and pastel, with each of them garnering sales in major art events, such as Wekiva, Forgotten Coast, Paradise, Polasek Museum and New Smyrna Beach. Plein air painting, or painting outdoors, has a long history extending from the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
The artists in this exhibit, which will end with a closing party on May 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will be Trish Beckham, John Caggiano, Kathleen Chenet, Priscilla Coote, Charles Dickinson, Rebecca Eagan, Cynthia Edmonds, Sally Evans, Martha Lent, Peter Pettegrew, Morgan Samuel Price, Gary Rupp and Sadler. Each artist will have up to three pieces of art in the exhibit. Their different mediums, styles, and subjects will showcase their talents in one of the most attractive displays of plein air and studio art ever assembled in Flagler County.
For more information or to make a reservation for the artist presentations, call 386-693-4882.
The reception and afternoon presentations are free and open to the public. Free parking is available behind the gallery building.
"Seabreeze" model under construction at Seaside Landings
Arthur Rutenberg Homes has started construction of the Seabreeze model at Seaside Landings, Flagler Beach’s newest coastal community, according to a news release. This two-level Key West design — which features an open free flowing great room, kitchen, and casual dining — has 2,885 square feet of living area. The back of the house is virtually glass to maximize views to the rear deck and boat house. The Intracoastal Waterway is just a few minutes ride from the dock.
- Felix Rodriguez has joined Coldwell Banker Premier Properties as a sales associate working out of the Palm Coast Office, according to a news release. Rodriguez has been a Palm Coast resident since 2002.
Occupancy permits issued
- Harmony of Love Group Home, 45 Pheasant Drive
- Amethyst Wellness, 50 Cypress Point Parkway, B1 and B2
- Flagler Hypnotherapy, 50 Cypress Point Parkway, B1 and B2
- Talent Direct 360, 1 Hargrove Grade, Building A 2C
- Mental Health Counseling, 1 Florida Park Drive S., Unit 217
- Robert Rombola MD, 1 Florida Park Drive S., Unit 201
- Santore and Sons Fireworks, 18 Hargrove Grade, Unit 105
- Caliber Home Loans, 4869 Palm Coast Parkway NW 3
- Total permits issued: 311
- Residential single family/duplex residences: 24
- Construction value improvements from Oct. 1, 2017 to date: $143,965,582