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Governor visits to defend state programs State incentives have been a big success, according to Gov. Rick Scott. Why end them? But state Rep. Paul Renner says the money should be spent on initiatives that benefit everyone. PAGE 3 | PAGE 6

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Beware of dog? City ordinance says this dog needs to be put down, but the family is fighting. PAGES 10-11

Bob Wright and his daughter, Lexi, were among the 175 attendees at the fourth-annual DaddyDaughter Dance, hosted by the Imagine Spirit Team, on Feb. 12. Each daughter was presented with a rose at the door, and the dads and daughters danced together and visited the ever popular “selfie wall.” For more photos, visit palmcoastobserver.com.

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James Crosby, a Certified Behavior Consultant-Canine-Knowledge Assessed, assesses Muneco on Feb. 14, at the Flagler Humane Society. He found Muneco to be a “very emotionally well-tempered, very stable, friendly dog.” A city animal control officer had initially ordered that the dog be declared dangerous and subject to restrictions. But when the family appealed that order, a hearing officer ordered the dog be euthanized.

City breaks ground on Community Center redo

Margaret Wickel’s Boys & Girls Club family gathered together to plant a tree and share stories. Margaret and her mother were killed in a car crash last month. PAGE 9

“This is going to be triple the space. I think it’s great. Nothing comes without a little but of pain, but it’s going to be worth it.”

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The eighth-annual Moonlit Gala was held Feb. 12, at the Club at Hammock Beach. PAGE 25

JON NETTS, former mayor Photo by Jonathan Simmons

Local officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the Palm Coast Community Center renovation Feb. 14.

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Leaders challenge Renner on bill to eliminate incentives

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Gov. Rick Scott speaks with Vessel Sandwich Co. co-owners Ben Kirk and Haley Kirk.

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Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida bring tourists, money and jobs to the state, Scott said. JONATHAN SIMMONS NEWS EDITOR

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isiting Flagler Beach in a town hall-style meeting Feb. 13 at the Vessel Sandwich Co., Florida Gov. Rick Scott spoke out against a bill sponsored by state Rep. Paul Renner to eliminate the state tourist marketing program Visit Florida and the state economic incentive program Enterprise Florida. Both programs fuel the economy and create jobs, Scott said. “Every 85 tourists is a job,” he said. “That’s an unbelievable return.” In the Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia County area, he said, about 57,000 jobs are tied to tourism. Scott said Florida is competing with communities all over the world to market itself to tourists and businesses. The state spends millions per year to do so, a dollar amount that increases each year. But so too, he said, does the return. Last year, Scott said, the state had about 107 million tourists, up from about 82 million the year Scott was elected. This year it’s expected to be millions more. “How many businesses do you know that said, ‘You know what? I think I have enough customers. I’m going to stop marketing. No, we’re good, we’re not going to market anymore. I know we’ll lose some of our business. We’re OK with that,’” he said. “When they have less customers, they have fewer employees. If we stop marketing our state — for jobs, for tourism — we’re going to get less jobs.”

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Scott said he was “shocked” last week when Renner introduced a bill to end both programs. Renner, in a letter to the Palm Coast Observer explaining the reasoning behind the bill (see the letter on Page 6), called Enterprise Florida “corporate welfare,” writing that it that picks winners and losers among businesses and undermines the free market. Scott said money spent on the two programs is returned when the programs entice people to move to the state and bring businesses to the state, increasing the tax base and thereby decreasing the burden on individual taxpayers for services such as education and public safety. Local business people, some of them also members of the county’s Tourist Development Council, said during the meeting that

the two programs had aided their businesses. Flagler Beach Gift Shop owner Michelle Brown said that Visit Florida helped bring tourists back to the area after photos of Hurricane Matthew damage had scared them away. Marineland Dolphin Adventure General Manager Kurt Allen said Visit Florida helped market in places abroad that Marineland wouldn’t have been able to reach on its own. “We have to put together coalitions to market better,” he said. “Visit Florida is not just doing things on their own; they’re partnered with people around the state.”

Business and political leaders in Flagler County are struggling to make sense of state Rep. Paul Renner’s new bill that proposes eliminating two state-funded organizations that promote tourism and economic development — organizations Renner says benefit few businesses at the expense of many taxpayers. County officials and members of the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce Board met on Monday morning for a conference call with Renner. He said the bill was generated by a state committee of which he is a part, and he was asked to sponsor it. The goal is to remove most of the incentives that “take from the many and give to the few.” Instead, he said, eliminating both programs — Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida — could save millions of tax dollars that could be put to better use on things like infrastructure and tax cuts, which would boost the economy for everyone. “We’re not talking about antieconomic development,” he said. “We’re talking about getting it right. ... Government doesn’t do business very well. Enteprise Florida and its predecessors in economic development have a poor record of picking winners and losers. ... For every success story, there’s a horror story right behind it.” On the other hand, he continued, “If you spent every dollar on economic incentives and instead applied it to every business in Flagler County, it is our belief that is a much better return.” Sara Hale, managing partner of Coastal Cloud, a company that chose Flagler County over other locations in part because of connections with Enterprise Florida, challenged Renner’s logic. She asked him if the conclusions reached by the committee were based on market research. Renner didn’t answer that question but repeated that, philosophically, incentives are a bad idea because they’re “interfering in the market’s process” by lowering the cost of business for certain companies. In turn, Renner challenged the position of gift shop owner Michelle Brown, who said tourism helped her small business succeed. He encouraged her to survey her customers to analyze how many were there as a direct result of Visit Florida dollars. Brown, as well as Chamber President Rebecca DeLorenzo, said the state organizations bring much more benefit than dollar incentives; they also bring connections and support. Helga van Eckert, executive director of Flagler County’s Department of Economic Opportunity, also challenged Renner view that small tax cuts for all would have an impact. Larger incentives, which are always based on performance and therefore aren’t very risky, provide a big enough boost to a few businesses that they create a ripple effect in the economy. Moreover, other states will continue to offer incentives, so the companies that might be lured to Flagler County would simply be lured somewhere else. “In Flagler County, we benefit so much more than the urban environments because a little change makes a big impact to us,” she said. A reform of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida is welcome. But eliminating them? “You don’t do scorched earth without a plan to replace,” van Eckert said.

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The Flagler County School Board plans to hire a new superintendent to replace outgoing superintendent Jacob Oliva by May 2. The board in a special meeting Feb. 10 voted 3-2 to hold a nationwide search, and  4-1 to  approve  a $25,000  contract  with the Florida School Board Association, which will aid in the search.  Oliva is stepping down as the district’s superintendent to take an administrative position with the Florida Department of Education this coming summer. He served as superintendent for three years and was himself hired into the position after a politically divisive hiring process: Before becoming superintendent, Oliva had been the district’s assistant  superintendent and then interim superintendent after his predecessor, Janet Valentine, stepped down due to health problems. When Valentine stepped down, the board had hoped to appoint Oliva as superintendent without a nationwide search, but local opposition to that process led to the creation of a citizen search committee and a national search. Olivia was ultimately selected from among the applicants. At the meeting Feb. 10, the board faced the a dilemma similar to the one it faced last time: Hire from within? Or conduct a costly nationwide search? Former School Board member John Fischer — who, as board member in 2013-2014, had pushed hard to select Oliva as superintendent without

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Rescue effort inspires, at Birds of a Feather Festival

BRIAN MCMILLAN EXECUTIVE EDITOR

As we made our way around the lake at Town Center on Feb. 12 for a beginners bird walk during the city of Palm Coast’s third-annual Birds of a Feather Fest, birding expert Mary Giraulo asked what was the best time to see birds? “Day!” shouted my 7-yearold daughter, Ellie, who was the only eager McMillan child on this tour. It was one correct answer,

ARK WILDLIFE RESCUE Valerie Hale learned of the troubled grebe in Town Center from a call for help from a Palm Coast resident; she gets similar calls a couple of times a week in Palm Coast. The Ark Wildlife Rescue relies on donations only, she said, so that people won’t hesitate to call. When some people know it could cost $100 for a rescuer from another company to come out, they simply won’t call. “If they can’t afford it, they’ll ignore the animal, and it makes them feel crappy,” Hale said. Visit thearkrescue.org for more information.

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but Giraulo taught that birds come out with the insects: early morning and late evening. Giraulo then drew our attention to a woman who was kayaking on the other side of the fountain, as part of a rescue effort. When the tour reached the opposite end of the lake, the woman was ready to stop for the day; she glided into the reeds and stepped ashore. Her name was Valerie Hale, a volunteer with The Ark Wildlife Rescue Inc., based in St. Augustine. For several hours, she had been following around an easily spooked duck-like water bird called a grebe, which had gotten tangled in white netting. It appeared the grebe would not be able to eat anything until the netting was removed. The bird had successfully eluded her all day, so Hale was going to come back another time. But she hesitated. “It’s hard to drive away,” she said. After speaking with Hale, I left her and caught up with the tour. When it ended, I got a phone call. It was Valerie Hale, apparently calling me as she was heading to her car. “Is that my grebe?” she asked, directing my attention to a small bird in the middle of the lake. My birding knowledge is about the same as Ellie’s, so I got Giraulo to help.

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Mary Giraulo, wife of city of Palm Coast employee Jason Giraulo, was a volunteer guide at the Birds of a Feather Fest on Feb. 12.

With her binoculars, Giraulo confirmed that the small bird in the lake was indeed the grebe with the white netting. Hale was pleased. “I guess I’m getting my kayak back into the water,” she said. Unfortunately, she told me a couple of days later that she never did see the bird again; it likely flew away. “Hopefully unencumbered,” she said, “but we’ll never know.” She then offered a summary of what The Ark Wildlife Rescue is all about: “No promise of success, no promise of a donation, but always a promise of a good night’s sleep for having

tried and done the right thing.” Hale’s and Giraulo’s affection for these birds was inspiring. It reminds me of Jesus’ teaching that as the Father is aware of each sparrow, he is also aware of each of us. Before I left the lake, I learned that Giraulo goes birding every weekend and often on her lunch breaks at work during the week. When she doesn’t, she gets “snippy.” “My assistant notices it in me, so I know it’s not just in my head,” Giraulo said with a laugh. “And don’t get me wrong: I adore my job. But I need nature.”

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As your state representative, I intend to fight for policies that promote prosperity and opportunity for everyone. There is no better example of the battle between your interests and special interests than the current debate over Enterprise Florida, which is giving away hundreds of millions of our tax dollars to a handful of already profitable businesses. I am sponsoring a bill that would end these programs, which pick winners and losers among competing businesses through “economic incentives,” in which the state essentially pays companies to come to or stay in Florida. These so-called incentives violate several fundamental principles on which we all agree: n Incentives are unfair to taxpayers. They take from the many to give to the few. We have no choice whether to pay taxes, and every dollar you pay is a dollar you cannot spend on your own priorities. Everyone in our community is paying the bill, but the vast majority of us will never see one dime of this corporate welfare. We are willing to pay taxes based on

government’s implicit promise that our money will be used to benefit everyone. Spending on public safety, education and infrastructure is consistent with that promise. Taking from the many to give to a few violates this most basic promise between government and its citizens. n Incentives take money away from truly critical priorities. Ask yourself and others in our community to name the top priorities on which government should focus. It is almost certain that Enterprise Florida will not make the list. In a world of limited budgets, the hundreds of millions that Florida is now spending on a handful of private companies represent money not available for public safety, infrastructure, education or other critical needs. As long as we have crime in our communities, roads to repair and students who are not ready for the workforce, we should not give away your tax dollars to businesses with healthy balance sheets. n Incentives ignore the small businesses that are Florida’s true job creators. We know that small business is the engine of the economy and accounts for the vast majority of new jobs in our state. Yet incentives include money given to outof-state companies to come to Florida and compete against our small businesses. The majority of economic incentive money in Florida goes to businesses with more than 1,000

employees. If our goal is broad prosperity for our community, then we should eliminate Enterprise Florida and provide broad-based tax relief that benefits a broader group of businesses in this community. For example, Florida is the only state in the nation that taxes a business on the rent it pays. In fact, we even impose sales taxes on the payment of real estate taxes! Reducing this horrible tax would help all businesses, small, medium and large. n Government is incapable of beating the free market when it comes to choosing what businesses deserve support. Consumers reward businesses that best meet their needs and avoid businesses that don’t. If you provide great quality and a good price, your business grows. If not, it doesn’t. A government run incentive program ignores the consumer opinion of 19 million Floridians because it allows a business to take taxpayer money without proving its real value to you and me. n Funneling millions of dollars through government “decision-makers” inevitably leads to problems of improper influence and self-dealing. We recently learned that $9.1 million of your money was directed to a company led by the former head of Visit Florida. Apparently, before he left, he hired the new agency executive, and the new executive then awarded successive contracts to the man who hired him. A reporter’s request for

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A house fire destroyed the home of Ambroz and Marcella Ferrena at 54 Colonial Court in Palm Coast the evening of Sunday, Feb. 12. “Marcella and I got out safely, thank God,” Ambroz Ferrena wrote in a Facebook post. “Electric fire in the garage.” Ambroz Ferrena is owner of the New Europa lounge in European Village.  A GoFundMe campaign has been started for the family at gofundme.com/ferrenahouse-fire.

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Margaret Wickel was remembered with laughter and tears at the memorial planting of an orange tree at the community garden across from Bunnell Elementary on Saturday, Feb. 11. Margaret and her mother, Terri Lynn Wickel, were killed in a car crash on Jan. 16. The mother and daughter, who were described as “extremely close” died after Tyler Lane Wilkinson ran a red light at Palm Coast Parkway and Pine Cone Drive. The Wickels’ car was in the intersection. Stephanie Ecklin-Hope, director of the Flagler Boys & Girls Club, of which Margaret was a member for nearly five years, said the tree had been selected because Margaret liked oranges. A picnic table at the garden is now covered in pink and purple handprints. Pink and purple were Margaret’s favorite colors. “Every time you walked (into the Boys & Girls Club meetings at Rymfire Elementary), she was a ray of sunshine,” Lisa Ryals, area director for the Volusia/Flagler Boys & Girls Club, said. “She always had that infectious smile.”

Margaret had Down syndrome, but that didn’t slow her down from participating in events at the club. She loved to bowl, cheerlead, dance and, especially, watch Woman’s World Wrestling. “The first thing the kids do when they arrive is homework,” Ecklin-Hope said. “If they don’t have any homework they read, do flash cards, or help  someone else. Margaret always wanted to watch wrestling on her tablet, so we would tell her she could after she was done with her work.” Joseph Sullivan recalled how, when  he would visit the club, Margaret would make sure everyone was behaving. “She took pride in her club,” Sullivan said. Clutching a Raggedy Ann doll, Jennifer Pietorosante spoke softly to the crowd about her friend. So did another of Margaret’s friends with special needs, Alex Dillard, who blushed when the talk turned to Margaret’s crush on him.     The kids in the club  gathered with Master Gardener David Tibbetts and DeAndre Harris, club youth development professional, to plant the tree together —  something Margaret would have been proud of.

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Family fights to save dog, after the dog was ordered to be euthanized The family appealed an animal control officer’s order that the dog be deemed dangerous. But the consequence of appealing was more severe than the initial order: When the family lost, the dog was ordered to be put down.

Elen Puerta sat outside the Flagler Humane Society with two fourpacks of Chicken McNuggets. She was there waiting to see her dog, a daily visitation ever since she was told the dog had been ordered to be euthanized. She said she never saw it coming. The euthanasia order followed a bite in December, and a city of Palm Coast animal control officer had asked the Puerta-Quintero family to sign a paper declaring the dog dangerous. It would have meant agreeing to restrictions on how the dog, named Muneco, could be kept, but the family would have been able to keep the dog. They appealed the control officer’s decision. Surely, the family thought, they could prove that Muneco wasn’t aggressive. And what was the risk in standing up for their dog? Before the Dec. 29 incident in which Muneco bit a woman while a dog-sitter was walking him, there had never been any issues with aggression. He was wellknown at the local dog park. He was patient when the Puertas’ two boys, 8-year-old Jayden and 14-year-old Justin, rough-housed with him. He let Elen Puerta, 38

and the boys’ mother, brush his teeth. But the family was wrong about the risk of an appeal: After the city appealed the dangerous dog designation with a city hearing officer, the hearing officer ordered that Muneco be killed — even though the city of Palm Coast’s attorney said during the Feb. 2 hearing that that wasn’t what the city wanted. Nor did the victim, who said she thought the bite was an accident. “I don’t even know why they want to put him to sleep when nobody was asking to destroy him,” Elen Puerta said. “For me it was very unfair. This is a dog that was able to go to the dog park and never had any trouble.” Puerta said she wished she’d never appealed the city’s initial decision to have Muneco declared dangerous. If she hadn’t, she could have taken him home, and he wouldn’t have been ordered destroyed. “I want people to know that if they’re going to declare the dog dangerous, not to fight it,” she said. THE LAW

The city’s ordinance states that a dog found dangerous in the course of an animal control hearing “shall” be put down. That’s a

stricter standard that state law, which says that such a dog “may” be put down, and the city has for several months been revising its animal control ordinances to bring them into line with the state’s. The city’s attorney, Jennifer Nix, wrote in an email to Puerta’s attorney before an appeal hearing date was set that losing the potential appeal “is not an ‘automatic death sentence.’” “If this initial determination is appealed,” she wrote, “it will be noted by the city that in light of revisions to the city code currently being worked on (initiated prior to this bite incident), the state statutes control, and destruction of the dog is not mandated.” So the family decided to go ahead and appeal. But hearing officer Nicole Turcotte, who is hired by the city to hear animal control cases but is not a city staff member, understood the legalities differently. She said during the Feb. 2 hearing that she found the dog dangerous based on the severity of the victim’s injuries, and with that finding, she had no choice under the city’s ordinance but to order Muneco be euthanized. “I am specifically finding the dog aggressively attacked a person, severely injuring that person,”

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Muneco wagged his tail when people visited him in his pen at the Flagler Humane Society Feb. 11.

she said. “Not having testimony from anyone otherwise, I cannot fathom that biting, jumping and injuring someone severely cannot be considered aggressive behavior. I agree with the city’s observation that this is a dangerous dog. It is clear to me that there is a severe injury to the victim.” The family hopes to appeal the case through circuit court. They have to file their appeal within 10 days of an order they received from the city Feb. 9. Muneco can be put down at any time after Feb. 24. THE BITE

Sherry Helmich, 69, was on her morning walk Dec. 29 when she saw her friend Joaquim Carvalho walking the dog he was dog-

“I agree with the city’s observation that this is a dangerous dog. It is clear to me that there is a severe injury to the victim.” NICOLE TURCOTTE, animal control hearing officer

sitting, a white pit mix with tan splotches. Muneco was wagging his tail, and Helmich pet the dog, which seemed friendly. But as Helmich turned to leave, Muneco jumped and placed his paws and face on Helmich’s left arm, and “grabbed her arm,” according to a city of Palm Coast animal bite incident report filled out by a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

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Helmich was severely injured: She’d require 44 stitches. A series of Sheriff’s Office photos of Helmich’s arm before and after the sutures shows a bloodencrusted, U-shaped wound, with the skin cut clean through. “Do not know why this dog bit me, for he was friendly in the beginning and came up to me,” she wrote in an incident statement. “I am an animal lover and dogs and cats sense that. He could have been mad I was leaving so he tried to grab on to me. If he does not display aggression in quarantine I don’t think he should be put down. I think a freak accident.” Even after going to the hospital, Helmich didn’t call the Sheriff’s Office to report the bite. Her sister-in-law did so without her knowledge. According to Animal Control Officer William Doonan, who testified at the Feb. 2 hearing, Helmich had said she “didn’t realize she was injured until she was home. She stated she had a long sleeve shirt on, and didn’t realize she was injured. She stated it happened at 10 in the morning. The call didn’t come in until later that day. She didn’t want to call. A family member called, and she was upset with that person.” Puerta’s attorney, Joe DeMartin, noted during the Feb. 2 hearing that Doonan’s testimony seemed to conflict with a written statement by Helmich saying she felt the pain when she was bitten. The victim did not attend the hearing to testify, for medical reasons, and DeMartin asked the hearing officer to delay her ruling until Helmich could clear up the apparent inconsistency. That didn’t happen. After the bite, animal control officers came to Carvalho’s house on Bolling Lane and took Muneco to the Flagler Humane Society to be held while the city determined whether to order that the dog be declared dangerous. Carvalho told animal control that Muneco did not “bite her (Ms. Helmich) in the sense that he wouldn’t let go. It was more of a drag on her arm, where he himself hopped off of her immediately,” according to city documents. DANGEROUS?

Puerta and her family were out of the country when the bite hap-

pened, and when Puerta first heard about the victim’s injuries, her initial reaction was to have Muneco put down. After all, she said, she didn’t want her sons to be in danger. And she’d already saved Muneco once: The family got him several years ago after a previous owner took him to a shelter because that owner couldn’t take him along on a move. But when Puerta learned more about the bite — and the fact that the victim and Carvalho hadn’t believed it to be an aggressive attack — she changed her mind. “If I knew it was an attack, I’d put him to sleep, because I have two kids,” she said. “But it’s not an attack.” Plus, when she’d told Jayden and Justin that Muneco would have to be put down, she said, they were crushed. “The little one told me, ‘No Mama, do not put him to sleep. You’re going to see; we’re going have him back and we’re going to give him so much love, and it’s going to be worth it.’” During the Feb. 2 hearing, DeMartin brought dog park visitors to the stand to testify about the Muneco’s behavior. They described the dog as “friendly,” “puppyish,” “goofy” and “playful.”

Muneco was in quarantine, Katie Share, a supervisor at the shelter, checked on Muneco, and the dog “grabbed” her arm as she turned to walk away — an incident cited by the city in case documents. Share said later that the dog put “no tooth pressure” on her. Carotenuto, explaining that incident, said dogs are used to moving things around with their teeth. “It’s not by any means a bite or a nip or anything like that; it’s because they don’t have hands,” she said. That’s a common behavior that dog trainers sometimes refer to as “mouthing,” and, unlike a bite, mouthing isn’t intended to harm. On Feb. 14, canine aggression expert James Crosby, a Certified Behavior Consultant who has investigated multiple fatal dog

EVALUATIONS

When dogs are taken to an animal shelter, handlers put them through a series of tests to determine temperament. The Flagler Humane Society used pinch tests and startle tests with Muneco, getting “never so much as a growl,” according to shelter director Amy Carotenuto. But there was one incident at the Humane Society: One day when

Jayden and the family dog, Muneco, both dressed up for Halloween.

attacks and served as an animal control hearing officer in Jacksonville, visited the shelter to perform a free evaluation of Muneco. He’d learned of the case from Carotenuto at an industry conference the previous weekend. Crosby performed a series of tests on Muneco, shaking the dog, grabbing its skin, placing food in front of it and taking it away, and even placing his hand in the dog’s bowl as it ate. (See video of Muneco’s evaluation at bit. ly/2kqCOOw.) “I’m getting no aggressive response at all,” he said right after holding the dog’s head and staring it in the eye. Crosby said he did not see Muneco as a danger to the public. A dog’s tooth catching the skin by accident can cause the kind of damage seen in this case, he said, especially if the victim pulls their arm away; the extent of the damage doesn’t necessarily indicate aggressive intent. He compared it to placing your hand in a kitchen drawer and getting sliced after bumping against a knife blade. “This seems to be a very healthy, very behaviorally well-tempered, very stable, friendly dog,” he said. It did seem that Muneco had unintentionally hurt someone once before. In October 2016, the city was called about a bite case at the family’s home. “One child had been sitting on Muneco, and another started grabbing Muneco’s collar and pulling Muneco, choking the dog,” according to a statement submitted by the city at the Feb. 2 animal control hearing. “When Muneco twisted his head to the right with his mouth open, Muneco’s tooth caught one of the children in the corner of the eye and forehead.” There was no severe injury, and

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When the family returned from their trip abroad, they began visiting Muneco in his pen at the Humane Society daily — sometimes twice daily — and bringing him food, like Chicken McNuggets, since he wasn’t eating much when they weren’t there. “It’s been so hard for everybody, and what’s killing me is seeing Muneco like that,” Puerta said. “I’m not a smoker, and I’ve been smoking since that happened,” said her husband, Jimmy Quintero. “I saw him two days ago, and it made me cry.” Justin said it was tough for him and Jayden to see their dog penned up away from home, and that he could see how being away from the family in such an unfamiliar environment was affecting his dog. “You pet him, and a bunch of his hair comes out, because of the stress,” he said. The family hopes they’ll have success appealing the case to circuit court. But Puerta and Quintero are wary of keeping Muneco in Palm Coast even if they win the appeal. They might bring him to family in Colombia, Quintero said, saying he felt the city seemed “anti-dog.” “What happened with Muneco is unfair,” he said. “I want to fight for him.”

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Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland remembers watching the city celebrate at the Palm Coast Community Center after the vote for the city’s incorporation. She remembers  her father being sworn in a ceremony at the center as one of the city’s first council members. On Feb. 14, she gathered with other local officials for a groundbreaking ceremony for the center’s renovation and expansion,  and the crowd watched as workers in excavators knocked down the old walls that had encompassed so many of the city’s most important moments, so new walls could

be erected in their place. “I think it’s appropriate that we’re having this recognition today on Valentine’s Day, because the Community Center really is the heart of our community,” Holland said. “It really demonstrates how people come together: Different walks of life, different diverse backgrounds and all ages utilize this facility.” She gave attendees a bit of history: The Community Center at the intersection of Palm Coast Parkway and Clubhouse Drive was constructed in 1977 for $235,000, and, in its early years, housed the community’s YMCA. In 1980, the Community Center became the community’s first polling place. The  expanded Community Center will be 21,232 square feet — about three times the size it is now — and cost  $7,997,500.  It’s expected to be ready for use in March 2018. Work began in early February, before the groundbreaking ceremony.  Palm Coast City Councilman Steve Nobile said he was excited to see the project finally begin after so much planning.  “I like to see when we do something and the end-user is going to be the resident,” he said. “I think this is going to be a shining star in this area.”

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he Flagler Palm Coast Bulldogs (16-11) have concluded two consecutive district tournaments on game-winning buzzer beaters. Fortunately for them, they finished on the winning end this year. After FPC went back and forth against DeLand in four quarters and almost all of overtime, sophomore D’mahgio Warren heaved up a 3-pointer that swished in the net as time expired to put the Bulldogs over DeLand 40-37 to win the District 1-9A championship — the team’s second in three years — on Friday, Feb. 10, at FPC. “After the shot,” Warren said, “I was thinking, ‘Did that just happen? Did I just win my first dis-

trict championship on a buzzer beater?’ I was shocked it actually went in.” BETTER FORTUNE

Last year, the Bulldogs were leading Spruce Creek in the final seconds of last season’s district final, but Creek’s Keyshawn Johnson hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer that lifted the Hawks over FPC 54-53. Before last season, the Bulldogs beat Mandarin in overtime to win the district championship in 2015. While that season came with adversity, head coach Gary McDaniel says this district title was the toughest to win. “For a lot of reasons, we weren’t suppose to be here,” he said. NO MORE ONE-AND-DONE?

Although the Bulldogs have reached the postseason for three straight seasons, FPC has lost

GAME STATS D’mahgio Warren led the Bulldogs with 14 points, and Ga’Quan Rodgers added 10.

in the first round of the last two years. McDaniel and the Bulldogs have never reached a regional semifinal. This season, they have played 27 games. Of those games, 12 have been decided by five points or less, and McDaniel believes they will be in a similar fight in order to advance. “It’s going to be tough, but being at home, healthy and having moment will help a lot,” he said. “We’ve had battle after battle. We’ve won a lot of close games, and we’ll probably have to win another one.” The Bulldogs will host Seminole (22-6) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at FPC.

very time I watch Jacob Miley compete in a sport, I wonder how I’ve missed him the last three years. Yes, I always assume he’s a senior, but Miley is only a sophomore. Standing at 6 feet, 5 inches, with his speed and athleticism, Miley is a freak of nature. I’ve seen him catch a football over talented defenders, shoot and block basketballs and run past speedsters on the track. In his first race this season, Miley shattered the school’s 600-meter record by 15 seconds (1:22). He’s already a few seconds away from breaking the 800-meter school record, and I’m sure other single events will fall as well. But what I love most about Miley is how he chooses to push himself on the track. Instead of celebrating the fact that he may be the fastest track runner in Matanzas history, he paces himself against Flagler Palm Coast alum Justin Pacifico’s history. In case you didn’t know, Pacifico now runs for the University of Florida on a full scholarship. Miley knows all about Pacifico’s times throughout his FPC career. If you ask him, he could tell you how many seconds he is currently trailing Pacifico, when Pacifico ran as a sophomore. A few games into basketball season, I spoke to Miley and the Matanzas basketball team. At the end of my speech, I challenged each of the ball players to find a better teammate and outwork him. While I’m sure Miley didn’t need my advice, because he had already begun to pursue Pacifico, it is refreshing to see a studentathlete find an elite measuring standard to set his personal bar. This season, Miley plans to compete in the 400, 600, 800, 4X400 and 4X800. While he doesn’t hold full control of the relay events, I expect Miley to break the 400- and 800-meter school records before the season ends. Overall, I expect Miley to be chained with a couple of state championship medallions before he graduates. Let’s see how far Pacifico carries him.

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Matanzas track coach Danny Weed was inspired to become a coach after taking in a cross country runner. JEFF DAWSEY SPORTS EDITOR

It had been 18 years since Danny Weed had run on a track. But, after taking in cross country runner Jan-Michael Albritton-Span to live with his family, Weed’s dream of becoming a coach fell into place. Working as a dishwasher at Sonny’s BBQ, Albritton-Span developed a friendship with Weed’s wife, Jodi, who also worked there. She found out that he lived in an all-boys home — similar to the group homes where he had lived throughout his life. At the beginning of his senior year, the Weeds took in AlbrittonSpan, so he wouldn’t have to move out on his own. “He lived with our family, and we treated him like he was one of our own,” Weed said. “Our sons called him brother and everything; he lived with us for two years.” HIS DREAM FOUND HIM

Taking in Albritton-Span not only benefited the youngster — who was able to focus on his running career in a stable home — it also opened a closed door that Weed had never expected to go through. When cross country season began, Weed started going out and running with the team, just for

“It was a lifelong dream that just fell into my lap.”

fun. He would eventually become a volunteer coach. Then, he became a paid assistant coach for two years. And, after a short stint with Flagler Palm Coast and coach David Halliday, Weed was asked to return to Matanzas as the head cross country and track coach. “It was a lifelong dream that just fell into my lap,” he said. Since becoming head coach, Weed has won many awards. He has also returned to his personal running on the track. In 2011, he qualified for the Boston Marathon on his first attempt. He calls that his biggest accomplishment since getting back into the sport.

WEED’S TRACK RECORD n Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year (2013) n Daytona Beach News-Journal Coach of the Year (2016) n Boys track team qualified for state in 2014. n Girls track team qualified for state in 2015 and 2016. n Both girls cross country and track teams won district championships last year. n Cross country girls finished runner-up in their region last year.

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How one upbeat family has turned an unfortunate situation into a blessing. JEFF DAWSEY SPORTS EDITOR

Had Abe Mills never lost his job, there probably would never have been a Sunshine Mafia — a family band made up of his six kids, his wife, Rachel, and him. Although the parents may not hold down regular 9-to-5 jobs, the Sunshine Mafia — Jackson, 15, Tyson, 13, Jordan 11, Mariah 9, Julianna, 6, and Jayden 4 — takes no days off. HARDEST WORKING FAMILY IN SHOW BUSINESS

The family as a group or as individuals has appeared in commercials for Sea World, Universal Studios, Orlando Health, NASCAR, Nickelodeon and more. Abe had a short cameo in a NASCAR commercial during the Super Bowl. They publish daily video blogs to their YouTube channel, titled “Sunshine Mafia.” Every day of the week holds a special theme (Miracle Mondays, MTV Tues-

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days, Workout Wednesdays, etc.). By the time it’s ready for bed, Abe and Rachel usually get no arguments from the kids. They will have played, completed all of their school work (they’re homeschooled), sang for a few hours, competed in their many extracurricular activities, practiced their instruments and made each other smile. Once the kids are sound asleep, Abe heads to sleep while Rachel goes to work editing the video. She wakes up Abe in the wee hours of the morning, so he can add in the music to their videos. Then, their daily work goes onto YouTube and their Facebook page to be viewed by hundreds of faithful subscribers — some in other countries. “I wouldn’t be so driven to spend hours and hours editing videos if he hadn’t lost his job and if I hadn’t seen the vision of what we can be as a family,” Rachel said. A BLESSING IN DISGUISE

Abe worked as a leadership consultant for several years. But before that job and several others, he attended Brigham Young University — where he met Rachel — and sang in a Christian boy band called Jericho Road that has toured nationally and internationally. In those days, he took his family along to sing and speak at some of his band’s concerts. But the family hadn’t yet become a collective band.

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Never a dull moment in the Mills’ house: The band is set up in the living room.

So, when Abe lost his job in April of last year, Rachel saw an opportunity. “We were forced to do something,” Rachel said, “and I was praying all along that we could do something as a family.” That’s when the family chose to band together. They hired an agent who began to book them for commercials and other activities. PLAYING IN UNLIKELY PLACES

Ever since the family decided to become a band, everyone from Anthony Wilds of Kids Rock the Nation to a video store manager (who remembered how Jericho Road helped him get through a tough time in his life) has freely provided them with equipment to pursue their dreams.

Sunshine Mafia has competed in four talent shows and won three. The band has entertained schools, private parties, fundraisers and customers at the Beaver Bar and Lagerheads Bar and Grill in Ormond; they always get a kick out of the responses from the bikers in leather, who often shed tears from their performances. “The feeling you get when you share a message of positivity is hard to duplicate,” Abe said. “That’s why we love to do what we do.” That’s why they call themselves the Sunshine Mafia. To watch some of the the Sunshine Mafia’s daily video logs on YouTube, go to bit.ly/2ljLbdZ.


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DODGE FOR A CAUSE It really didn’t matter who won the dodgeball game between the Psychology Club at Daytona State College and the Flagler Family Life Center.  Whatever the final score, the center was the winner since they were the beneficiary of the fundraising game. Bobi Mason is president of the student Psychology Club at the college. “It’s hard to meet people in a school like this,” Mason said. “We have no dorms, no football games, so we get together once a week.” The club visited nursing homes during the holidays. Mark Poole was flipping burgers and grilling hot dogs for the players and fans. Poole is a Persian Gulf veteran who has struggled to find work and been homeless, and is now studying for his nursing degree. “I am here to support the psychology club and my fellow students,” Poole said. “We have to support each other to make this dream happen.”

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The African American Cultural Society will have a Youth Black History Reality Program at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19 a t the center, 4422 N. U.S.1. The event is free and open to the public. As part of the program, the African American Cultural Society will award scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Scholarship deadline application is May 1. For more information, email  africanameric955@bellsouth.net. Call 302-0441.

SORORITY EMPHASIZES STEM FOR GIRLS

The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Chi Delta Omega Chapter, hosted a private viewing party of “Hidden Figures” at the Epic Theatres for students in the Flagler County Schools African American Mentoring Program, A-Game Camp, and ASCEND Network. The film was in part a celebration of Black History Month but more importantly stressed the contributions and significance of women in STEM programs.  One of the key figures, Mary Johnson, the mathematician in the movie, is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and was honored by President Obama with a 2016 Medal of Honor. More than 75 students and mentors filled the auditorium. Theresa Waters is local AKA president. Members Hazel Lockett, Gerri Dillon, Phyllis Pearson, Thea HinesJones, Marva Jones, Sue Fray, Janice Jacob and Myra Valentine helped to coordinate the event.

DEATH NOTICE DAWN S. RYNARZEWSKI Dawn S. Rynarzewski, 61, of Palm Coast, died on Feb. 10. She was a former author of children’s books.

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McKenna Hudson was ready to run in the Bobcat 5K. The 14-month-old daughter of BTES fifth-grade teacher Catherine Hudson had her mom running long before the race began. When the crowd of nearly 200 took off at 9 a.m., McKenna was running in style – in her stroller. It was easy to see it wasn’t the Baker family’s first Bobcat 5K. Each member of the family was dressed to the nines for the event. Inside the gymnasium, booths were set up by Community Problem Solving groups, medical groups and nonprofit organizations. Victoria Camper, family engagement specialist with the Healthy Start Coalition, and her daughter Rayna Ertel wore matching tutus, while big brother Edward Ertel opted for more traditional running clothes.

The annual event, which includes a health fair, benefits flagship programs at Belle Terre Elementary School.

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Above: Victoria Camper, Rayna and Edward Ertel got a late start, but they ran in the Bobcat 5K.

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Jasper has a new name, a new human, and a new job

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Black dogs are difficult to find homes for. If they’re pit bulls, the challenge increases — unless they’re like ‘Bubba,’ who had the right person recognize his potential.

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usan Harrison fell in love with everything about the 3-year-old black pit bull named Bubba at the Flagler Humane Society. Well, almost everything. She was willing to make sure he went through his treatment for heartworms, and even housetrain him. But his name — that had to go. “Let’s forget that name,” she laughed. “He’s Jasper now.” I met Jasper and Harrison last week while I was interviewing shelter volunteer Howard

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Susan Harrison is going to put Jasper to work.

Tessler. Tessler watched Harrison and her dog trainer, Linda Conrad, as they walked Jasper around the shopping center. “They’re spending a lot of time with Bubba,” Tessler told FHS Director Amy Carotenuto, who had stopped by the event. “I think he’s going home.”

With his new name decided, Jasper did indeed go home.   Harrison and Conrad had been doing more than just walking him around. Conrad was assessing him to see if he would be a good choice for Harrison to use as a visiting therapy dog.

“Linda had been looking up and down the East Coast for a puppy for me,” Harrison said. “We were on our way to Jacksonville to look at puppies, and to humor me, we stopped at PetCo to see Jasper at the  adoption event.” Jasper’s calm temperament and willingness to be touched impressed the trainer, and the trip to Jacksonville was cancelled. The dog is undergoing heartworm treatment, which means Harrison has to keep his activity to a minimum while he is in treatment, but he has already won the hearts of Harrison’s neighbors, and joins his new brother Jake, a 10-year-old golden retriever adopted from Halifax Humane Society, on walks. Harrison’s therapy dogs go through a series of training before she takes them out to interact with others.  Not all dogs have the temperament to be therapy dogs. In the past, Harrison has taken dogs to a children’s  organization, but knowing that nursing homes are always looking for calm therapy dogs to visit their residents, she said Jasper may be able to do both. “He is a work in progress,” she said. “But we have every confidence that he will find his niche and be successful.”

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Flagler Free Clinic expands services With a community of doctors who volunteer their time, the Flagler Free Clinic can offer specialty care. JACQUE ESTES COMMUNITY EDITOR

Terri Belleto’s eyes lit up as she watched movers bring furniture and medical supplies into the offices of the Flagler County Free Clinic on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The moving van was filled with donations from a doctor in the county who was closing his practice. Donations are key to the facility, which was founded by Dr. John Canakaris, who died in 2012, and by Faith Coleman, who died in 2014. Donations of material items, things for the two resale shops, and — most importantly — volunteers’ donation of their time are what clinic executive director Belleto and clinic board president Dr. Stephen Bickel agree make the clinic a success.

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“We have 100 volunteers, and they do everything here, from checking people in and out to organizing records,” Belleto said. When the office first opened in 2005, record keeping consisted of pages of a patient’s history clipped inside manila folders. Belleto’s volunteers updated that system to color-coded tab binders. On March 8, Belleto said, the clinic will finally be putting records in a computer file, making accessing and cross referencing much easier. A tour around the office illustrates the support and work that has gone into the clinic to make it pleasant. The expanded waiting room is decorated with furniture donated by Florida Hospital Flagler. The 3,000-square-foot office space includes five exam rooms, four dental rooms, an ophthalmology exam room, and offices. The pharmaceutical room filled with donations often allows patients to leave with the medicine prescribed by the doctor. The pharmacy does not include any controlled substances. “I was able to give a woman seven of her medications today,” Bickel said. “She only had to go to the pharmacy for two.” Belleto said that most patients work, sometimes two or three part-time jobs, all at minimum wage and with no benefits. The Volusia free clinics require

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patients to have employment in order to get services, but the Flagler Free Clinic does not have this restriction. “Florida has the most free clinics of any state: 92,” Belleto said. “We have a medium-size clinic, with just under 3,000 patients in 2016.” To see a doctor at the clinic, individuals must register, and then they will be able to make an appointment. Each is given a 30-minute appointment. “We want them to have dignity. We are not judging; our staff wants to provide them with the primary care they need,” Belleto said. When a patient needs a specialist, the team refers them to a participating doctor in their referral network who can help them with their medical needs. Patients are referred to Florida Hospital Flagler for lab tests and imaging. Bickel spoke of patients who were able to get life changing procedures because of the generosity of members of the off-site medical provider referral network. “We have one man who had his hip replaced, and now he is walking around in no pain,” Bickel said.

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Florida Hospital Flagler, the clinic received a federal grant through the city of Palm Coast. “The Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics received an appropriation of $9.5 million for all of the clinics in Florida,” Bickel said. “We received $136,000 of that money.” A new diabetes program is being developed with a $15,000 grant from the hospital. Fundraising efforts are often through third party organizations. In February, the Gallery of Local Art, in Flagler Beach, selected the clinic as its monthly charity. Belleto said the clinic may organize a St. Patrick’s Day or Mardi Gras event in March. The clinic also has two resale stores, one in Island Walk, and a second, a free-standing building north of Beverly Beach featuring home furnishings and décor, at 3468 N. Oceanshore Blvd. “He wouldn’t tell you, but Dr. Bickel opened the Island Walk store with his own money, and signed a two-year lease, so not to put the office reserves at risk,” Belleto said. Belleto hopes the future of the clinic includes expanded hours and more services, like dental. Bickel knows that insurance coverage could change drastically in the coming years. While what may happen is an unknown, what the clinic will do if the number of patients increase dramatically is not an unknown: It will take care of as many people as best as it is are able. “All we can do to increase our capacity is to get more funding and hire more volunteers,” Bickel said. “And getting grants that fit us.”

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he top seller for the week of Jan. 5-11 went for $570,000. Stylish Homes LLC, of Palm Coast, sold 10 Scarlet Oak Circle to David and Karen Jaworski, of Palm Coast. Built in 2015, the house has three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a fireplace, swimming pool and 2,624 square feet.

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Farver Lane to Dawn Cronin, of Palm Coast, for $216,000. Built in 2003, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,736 square feet. It sold in 2016 for $190,000.

Grand Haven Thomas Sackmaster, individually and as trustee, sold 12 North Park Lane to Cesar and Karen Pereira, of Palm Coast, for $330,000. Built in 2005, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 2,397 square feet. Hammock Dunes Ross Patten, of Palm Coast, sold 35 Casa Bella Circle to Mark Kelly, of Newnan, Georgia, for $435,000. Built in 2005, the condo has three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 2,463 square feet. It sold in 2016 for $435,000.

George and Alison Gerencser, of Gainesville, sold 11 Avenue de la Mer to Leo and Sandra Rubner, of St. Augustine, for $295,000. Built in 1992, the condo has two bedrooms, two baths and 1,490 square feet. It sold in 2003 for $362,500. Indian Trails Donald and Gayle Spivey, of Little River, South Carolina, sold 20 Burning Bush Place to Lawrence and Audrey Bush, of Palm Coast, for $268,000. Built in 1996, the house has four bedrooms, three baths, a fireplace, swimming pool and 2,120 square feet. It sold in 2002 for $150,000.

Richard and Rochele Gordan, of Baltimore, sold 36 Bud Field Drive to Keith and Christine Morin, of Palm Coast, for $205,000. Built in 2005, the

Joseph and Lorrie Kryzak, of Cornwall, New York, sold 125 Florida Park Drive to Jose and Maria Bento, of Palm Coast, for $163,000. Built in 2006, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,331 square feet. It sold in 2013 for $118,000. Courtesy photo

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house has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,470 square feet. It sold in 2006 for $220,000. Lehigh Woods Epifanio and Maria Gaminde, of Flagler County, sold 12 Rickenbacker Drive to Henry and Tiffiany Thomas, of Palm Coast, for $209,000. Built in 2001, the house has four bedrooms, two baths and 1,937 square feet. It sold in 2015 for $179,900.

Richard Colino, of Palm Coast, sold 118 Red Mill Drive to Ney and Jahaira Ramirez, of Palm Coast, for $161,000. Built in 2006, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,841 square feet. It sold in 2006 for $226,800. Palm Club Condominium Kathleen O’Hara, of Alexandria, Virginia, sold 54 Club House Drive, Unit 106, to Josephine

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Adams Homes of Northwest Florida Inc., of Gulf Breeze, sold 20 Fellowship Drive to George and Nancy O’Dell, of Palm Coast, for $229,561. Built in 2016, the house has four bedrooms, two baths and 2,169 square feet. Robert and Deborah Smith, of Canton, Pennsylvania, sold 7

Roy Neville, Christopher Dennis and Carol Neville, of Palm Coast, sold 82 Colechester Lane to Cassandra Realty Inc., of Palm Coast, for $162,125. Built in 1990, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,536 square feet. Pine Grove Joao Marquez, of Palm Coast, sold 24 Princess Ruth Lane to Vann and Dyna Lim, of Bothell, Washington, for $175,000. Built in 2004, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,716 square feet. It sold in 2012 for $130,000. Pine Lakes Alexander Gourin, individually and as trustee, sold 12 Wood Haven Drive to Dawn Landini, of Palm Coast, for $245,000. Built in 1991, the house has three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a swimming pool and 2,328 square feet. It sold in 1997 for $143,000.

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Steven Thomas, individually and as trustee, sold 104 White Hall Drive to Jonathan and Deborah Spiegel, of Young Harris, Georgia, for $195,000. Built in 1989, the house has four bedrooms, three baths, a fireplace, swimming pool and 2,081 square feet. Michael and Zoe Borrell, of Fernandina Beach, sold 39 Woodside Drive to Edward and Julia Flanagan, of Palm Coast, for $181,000. Built in 2004, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,902 square feet. It sold in 2005 for $238,000. Irene Ludwig, of Palm Coast, sold 5 Washwell Place to Dan and Patricia Owens, of Palm Coast, for $179,000. Built in 1989, the house has three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and 1,694 square feet. Doroa Batan, of Los Angeles, sold 9 Waywood Place to Raymond Dalziel, of Rosedale, New York, for $156,000. Built in 2004, the house has three bedrooms, two baths and 1,722 square feet. It sold in 2004 for $130,500.

Plantation Bay Patricia O’Connor and Frederic Rider, of Daytona Beach, sold 628 Woodbridge Drive to Timothy and Stacy Weeks, of Ormond Beach, for $555,000. Built in 2014, the house has three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a swimming pool and 2,661 square feet. It sold in 2015 for $525,000.

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