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CASE UPDATE: Brenan Hill Sentenced to Life in Prison; Jury Finds Brenan Hill Guilty in Murder of Palm Coast Woman in 2021

CASE UPDATE: Brenan Hill Sentenced to Life in Prison; Jury Finds Brenan Hill Guilty in Murder of Palm Coast Woman in 2021

During a sentencing hearing February 6th 2024, Brenan Hill, 34 was sentenced to life in prison, after being convicted of the 2nd Degree Murder of Savannah La-Rynn Gonzalez. Brenan was also convicted on charges of Aggravated Battery Causing Serious Bodily Injury with a Firearm, and Firing or Throwing a Deadly Missile into an Occupied Vehicle and was sentenced to 25 and 15 years respectively which will be served concurrently. “Every decision Brenan Hill made the day he killed Savannah Gonzalez was to save his own skin,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “Today justice was served, and he received the maximum penalty for…
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Construction begins on the Freytag Health Plaza at AdventHealth Palm Coast

Construction begins on the Freytag Health Plaza at AdventHealth Palm Coast

 AdventHealth Palm Coast broke ground on construction of the two-story Freytag Health Plaza today. Named in honor of Palm Coast residents Peter and Sue Freytag, the Health Plaza will become a vital hub for cancer treatment, primary care and rehabilitation services. “We are proud to be a part of this community and are committed to making it a healthier place to live,” said Sue Freytag. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to help people in our community get the best care without having to travel.” Peter Freytag, a cancer survivor, shared his personal connection to the project. “Everybody knows…
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SMART Team Works to Save Stray

SMART Team Works to Save Stray

Caroline Johnson, Annie Conrad, and Mike Lagana with SMART have worked for weeks to try and catch a stray dog that had been living in the woods for weeks possibly longer. The dog was in danger of being hurt and had been killing chickens; there was no luck in finding an owner. After weeks of working on a trap and feeding the stray, Annie and Mike then spent 5 hours laying in the dirt and being in the woods with Caroline Johnson, to capture the stray. The dog was then taken to East Coast Animal Hospital to be treated for…
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Good For Girls Initiative Incorporated: Helping Young Girls in Our Schools

Good For Girls Initiative Incorporated: Helping Young Girls in Our Schools

The Good Girls Initiative is a newer non-profit that started in Volusia County, and now they are trying to help girls in Flagler County Schools. The name may not sound familiar as they are more widely known in Volusia County as the Oopsie Project.  The Oopsie project started as a single person trying to make a difference and over time has blossomed into an organization that helps multiple counties here in Florida. I had the pleasure of speaking with Gina Elmazi who has really put in the time and effort to grow this organization into what it currently is. When…
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Improvement Update on Waterfront Park

Improvement Update on Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park is currently under construction and progress is steadily moving along as contractors install a concrete boat access ramp and a floating dock launch pad. Eric Gebo, the Stormwater and Engineering Architect for the City of Palm Coast gave a short update on the project. He explained the changes of the site, and the upcoming phase. Currently the concrete ramp and floating dock are being installed. The coquina revetment, which protects the shoreline, has already been finished. Next phase will be the completion of the sidewalk and landscaping. The project is currently on time to be completed in mid-August…
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Flagler County Sheriff’s Office hosts Home-school Group Field Trip

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office hosts Home-school Group Field Trip

Today The Flagler County Sheriff's Office hosted a home-school group at their operations center. Deputies and staff were able to interact with kids of all ages, along with parents as they got a very basic tour of the building and some hands on interactions as well. This was a great time for both families, and deputies as it allowed them to answer a myriad of questions that kids of all ages had, including how they could become deputies one day! Sheriff Staly met with all the kids in groups as well and answered all of their questions, and the kids…
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FCSO’s Quarterly Awards Ceremony; Honors Civilians and FCSO Employees

FCSO’s Quarterly Awards Ceremony; Honors Civilians and FCSO Employees

January 26th at 2pm the FCSO held their first quarterly awards ceremony at their new building. This was the first awards ceremony to be held in the new operations center.  Two civilians, a FCSO detective, the FCSO Emergency Response Team who deployed to Charlotte County were among the 17 Lifesaving Awards that Sheriff Rick Staly handed out.  Along with Employee of the Month Awards and Awards for Years of Service Milestones. Below is a summary of the event: Valerie Waine recieved a Certificate of Appreciation for her service as part of the Flagler Sheriff Citizen's Academy Alumni Association which she…
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Bull Creek Fish Camp restaurant to be torn down after suffering irreparable damages from hurricanes Ian, Nicole

Bull Creek Fish Camp restaurant to be torn down after suffering irreparable damages from hurricanes Ian, Nicole

January 25, 2023 – The Bull Creek Fish Camp restaurant – part of Flagler County’s Bull Creek Campgrounds – will be torn down at the end of February having suffered irreparable damages suffered from hurricanes Ian and Nicole. The building, constructed in 1997, sat flooded with more than a foot of water for nearly a month. “The costs necessary to fully restore the structure to its before-damage condition exceeds 50% of the structure’s valuation (excluding the valuation of the land) before the damage occurred,” County Administrator Heidi Petito told the Board of County Commissioners by email last week. “The basis…
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Visitors to Princess Place Preserve may have limited access Thursday through Sunday due to prescribed-fire operations

Visitors to Princess Place Preserve may have limited access Thursday through Sunday due to prescribed-fire operations

January 25, 2023 – Park visitors to Princess Place Preserve may experience limited access Thursday through Sunday as Flagler County Land Management will be conducting prescribed-fire operations over four days – January 26 through 29 – to restore ecologically necessary fire back into ecosystems and remove hazardous fuels. Prescribed fires are implemented under strict guidelines based on weather conditions and circumstances on the ground. Authorizations to burn are requested and provided through the local Florida Forest Service office. A successful prescribed fire, sometimes also referred to as a “controlled” fire, restores habitat, promotes biodiversity and removes the hazardous level of fuel…
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Contractor mobilizes, construction to begin Wednesday on dunes restoration from MalaCompra to Washington Oaks

Contractor mobilizes, construction to begin Wednesday on dunes restoration from MalaCompra to Washington Oaks

January 23, 2023 – Flagler County’s contractor for $3.67 million Hurricane Dorian dunes restoration project from south MalaCompra Park to north Washington Oaks Gardens State Park mobilized on Monday and construction will begin on Wednesday. “We are very excited to get this project underway,” said County Engineer Faith Alkhatib. “They are anticipating completing this project this Spring ahead of turtle nesting season (April 15), but the daily surveys can be completed as needed should construction go beyond the current schedule.” Additionally, daily shorebird surveys conducted by the Atlantic Ecological Services, beginning March 1, will not be impacted. The project will restore…
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