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October 6 Proclamations
Flagler County Commission Raises Pink Flag
Pink Army and the County Commissoin
Ken Mattison with Florida Hospital Flagler enlists the Flagler County Commission in the Pink Army to fight breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and ranks second amoung cancer deaths after lung cancer. More than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer are expected to occur in women this year in the United States.

     Only 10 percent of the people diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history and early detection can be extremely effective tool for controlling a fatal outcome of the disease.  The Flagler County Commission joins many other voices in the community in calling for Flagler County residents to join Florida Hospital Flagler’s Pink Army and encourage all women to receive breast cancer screenings.

Month of October Declared Italian American Heritage and Culture Month
Italian American club members join the Flagler County Commission
Members of the Italian American Club receive the proclamation from the County Commission.

In the five centuries since Christopher Columbus first set sail across the Atlantic Ocean, countless individuals have followed. Generations of Italian Americans have helped shape our society and steer the course of the country.

     Bound by enduring values of faith and family Italian Americans have flourished in all areas of our public and economic life while preserving proud Italian traditions. Italian Americans have persevered with hope and hard work to reach for the American dream and helped build out great country.

     The Flagler County Commission proclaims the month of October as Italian American Heritage and Culture Month and encourage residents to learn more about the history of Italian Americans.

Clerk of Court Recognized For Paper On Demand Filing System
Members of the Clerk of Courts office
Representattives from the Clerk of Court's office join the County Commission

In Florida, Clerks of the Circuit Court have been mandated by the State Constitution to be keepers of all official records and documents. In the past an exorbitant amount of resources, staff time, paper and storage space has been allocated for the retention of court and document records.

     The paper documents are subject to the rigors of time and other events such as fires, floods and vermin. Thanks to new technology, records are now more readily stored on electronic files with back up procedures which ensure they will never be damaged, destroyed or lost.

     Upon direction of the Florida Supreme Court and with final approval of the Chief Judge of the 7th Judicial Circuit, Flagler County Clerk Gail Wadsworth was the first Clerk in the Seventh Judicial Circuit to implement the paper on demand court filing system.

Tax Collector Recognized For Efforts To Promote Safe Driving
Tax Collectors Office
Members of the Tax Collector's Office are recognized by the County Commission for the paper on demand electronic records storage system

Flagler County Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston and her office staff are continually exploring ways to better serve the citizens of Flagler County. Recently she offered first time drivers and their parents an opportunity try goggles that mimic the visual impairment of a driver over the legal limit of alcohol. The program helped open the lines of communication and often provoked discussion among teens and their parents about the dangers of drunk driving.

     The measures taken by the Tax Collector in educating the first time driver go above and beyond what is required by the law. On September 22, 2014 the Tax Collector was awarded the Safer Florida Award by the State of Florida for her efforts to make Flagler County a safer place.


Flagler County Commission Declares October 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week
Fire Chief and Fire Marshall join the County Commission
Flagler/County Fire Rescue Chief Don Petition and Fire Marshal Joe King explain Fire Prevention week.

Home fires killed more than 2,700 people in the United States in 2013 according to the National Fire Protection Association and Fire Departments responded to 369,500 home fires in the United States in 2013.

     Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in half, however one fifth of all homes with smoke alarms were not working usually because of batteries that were either missing, disconnected or dead. The theme of 2014 Fire Prevention is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives” serves to remind all that everyone needs working smoke alarms to provide time to get out safely. The Flagler County Commission proclaimed the week as Fire Prevention Week and urge all residents to test their smoke alarms every month.

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