City council recognizes local man and city staff who helped rescue animals from suffocating truck


On September 21, Palm Coast City Council recognized a local resident and four city staff who helped rescue 17 dogs and cats from a stuffy van in July.

Local resident Andy Duncan had called the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office from the parking lot of the Harbor Freight store after seeing a woman open the tailgate of the truck to reveal more than a dozen animals in distress from the heat .

Photo by Jonathan Simmons

The woman started spraying the animals with water, but it was not enough: Duncan told her to remove the animals from the back of the truck and not to leave until the deputies from the office of the sheriff, according to an FCSO press release.

City deputies and staff came and took the animals out of the truck, poured water on them, and gave them drinking water.

There were 13 dogs and four cats in the truck, the statement said. The animals were dangerously dehydrated, tangled and covered in excrement. They were placed in the care of the animals and taken to a veterinarian.

The woman and the man she was traveling with were both arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

At the September 21 council meeting, council members thanked Duncan and four city staff – Chip Rish, Heather Priestap, Patrick Arena and Rich Sagala – for their rescue assistance, and presented each with a certificate.

“Thank you for your efforts,” Deputy Mayor Eddie Branquinho told them. “… You are heroes in my opinion, and you portray Palm Coast in my book. I couldn’t ask for better.”

City Council approves rezoning of residential and commercial developments

A rezoning required to convert a vacant 72-acre lot on the north side of the intersection of US 1 and Seminole Woods Boulevard into a community of up to 653 homes has received approval from the Palm Coast City Council on Set. 21.

The proposed development, called Seminole Pointe, would include duplexes, triplexes and other horizontal multi-family dwellings built in two phases.

The first phase would include around 180 housing units.

The development would also have some commercial properties facing US 1, while the residential portion of the development would share an entrance road with neighboring apartments in Integra Woods.

The council voted 3-1, with City Councilor Victor Barbosa and City Councilor Eddie Branquinho abstaining, to approve the developer’s request to rezone the land from planned main and general commercial development to multi-family and high-intensity commercial.

The developer will also have to submit a site plan for council approval before work can proceed.

Another development off Seminole Woods Boulevard – this one about 2.5 miles south of State Road 100 – also got an amendment and rezoning of the future land use map at the meeting of 21 September.

The 70-acre development, Seminole Trails, could have up to 227 units. Council voted 5-0 to approve a request to change its designation on the future land use map from mixed use to residential use and a zoning change from the planned development to a single family residence.

City council also unanimously approved a zoning change for a proposed commercial property on the east side of Old Kings Road, a mile and a half south of the Palm Coast Parkway.

This proposed development, called Secret Gardens, would convert a 52-acre parcel of vacant upland land into a landscaped nursery and a set of offices and showrooms for residential traders such as plumbers, electricians and HVAC contractors.

The proposal calls for the zoning of the land to change from a general zoning designation for offices to a mixture of high intensity commercial, preservation and public / semi-public zoning. The board approved it.

The zoning changes for the two proposed developments obtained the approval of the Planning and Land Use Planning Regulatory Council before being submitted to City Council.

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