Also in Business Observer: Sabal Palms, Parkside Realty Group, Florida Hospital Flagler, Aspen Dental, Allen Whetsell, Coldwell
After Hurricane Matthew took aim at Flagler County on Oct. 6-7, local radio station WNZF spent that entire weekend helping emergency management officials communicate important updates to people who had no power.
Sheriff James L. Manfre told WNZF General Manager David Ayres that he and his hurricane team were vital to helping people receive emergency information during the crisis.
“We were fortunate to have one radio station that provided so much communication with our community,” Manfre said, adding that he told Florida Gov. Rick Scott exactly that when the governor visited Flagler County officials for a debriefing session.
Manfre said that when electronic signals failed to reach cell phones, laptops, tablets and every other kind of computer during days of power outages following Hurricane Matthew, radio technology served a critical role in emergency management.
In addition, WNZF staffers stayed at the Flagler County Emergency Operations Center the entire weekend, broadcasting important interviews with the sheriff, FCSO Director Jim Troiano and other emergency management officials. They shared information about weather forecasts, the shelters opening and closing, roads being closed due to hurricane damage, where to find food and water, and the agonizing wait for bridges to reopen so residents could return home.
Another official praised WNZF, as well: John Mills, with external affairs at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
On “Free For All Friday” Nov. 4, Mills said, “Recover begins and ends at the local level.” He said WNZF played a key role in making sure local residents were informed about the stages of recovery.
Sabal Palms Senior Living breaks ground
Northstar Senior Living hosted a groundbreaking ceremony with the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and city and state officials on Nov. 2 for its newest signature property, Sabal Palms Assisted Living and Memory Care. The facility is on 7 acres of land, south of Matanzas High School on Palm Harbor Parkway.
Parkside Realty Group relocates to Town Center
ParkSide Realty Group is has moved to new office space at Palm Coast Town Center, 145 City Place.
Sam Perkovich is the broker and owner of ParkSide Realty Group, which opened in 2010 and has 19 real estate agents on staff.
Also, Karl Diebold has joined Parkside as a Realtor associate.
Hospital adds new director of oncology quality
The Florida Hospital East Florida Region, which includes Florida Hospital Flagler, has selected Clarissa Moholick to serve as the regional director of oncology quality, accreditations and data management.
Other recent hires: Board certified gastroenterologist Dr. Issam Nasr has joined the Florida Hospital HealthCare Partners medical staff at Florida Hospital Flagler. Call 586-1810.
Florida Hospital Flagler has named Wayne A. Taylor as director of pharmacy services.
Aspen Dental opens in Palm Coast
Dr. Kevon Rennie was scheduled to open his new Aspen Dental office in Palm Coast on Nov. 10, at 4873 Belle Terre Parkway.
Allen Whetsell celebrates 15 years with Craig Flagler Palms
Allen Whetsell, general manager of Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home, Memorial Gardens & Crematory, 511 Old Kings Road S., is celebrating 15 years with the company and 45 years in the industry.
Originally from West Virginia, Whetsell arrived here in 2001, and the company has grown from a 4,300-square-foot building to one that’s 11,000, with more additions coming soon.
Whetsell is also involved in the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and has been a Kiwanis member for over 30 years, and past lieutenant governor. He is past president of the Flagler County Education Foundation and a two-time past president of the Family Life Center.
Real estate agents added to Coldwell Banker Premier Properties
Courtney Hoffman, Mary Hudgins and Mike Hayek have all joined the real estate office of Coldwell Banker Premier Properties. Coldwell Banker Premier Properties has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker System serving the Flagler County market for over 27 years. It’s located at 211 St. Joe Plaza Drive.