By MARCIA LANE
FLAGLER — Nearly 1,000 photos were submitted for this year’s Florida Association of Counties 2017 calendar. Only 15 were chosen.
Making the cut were photos by the late Flagler County Commissioner Frank Meeker and Sara Hand of St. Augustine. Meeker’s is on the front cover and features a tiger swallowtail on a Florida flame azalea. Hand’s, on the back, is of a blue-and-green peacock.
Flagler Commission Chair Nate McLaughlin showed off the calendar at Monday’s meeting, reading from the inside front cover that noted “Commissioners Meeker was a dedicated public servant, a passionate advocate for the citizens of Flagler County and an avid amateur photographer.”
Meeker, who represented Flagler’s District 2, died in July at the age of 61. Even while battling cancer, he was working to get a $500,000 grant for the MalaCompra Basin Water Quality Enhancement Project.
County Administrator Craig Coffey called the honor “bittersweet. … While it is wonderful that he is being honored for one of his passions, it’s also a reminder that there is a big void to fill on our commission.”
Gov. Rick Scott will decide who fills the remainder of Meeker’s term.
Members of the Florida Association of Counties decided on a flora and fauna theme for the 2017 calendar, and people from the 67 counties were asked to submit entries. Nearly 1,000 were submitted, breaking the previous record of 523. The Association notes nearly 100 million people visit Florida each year and many of the activities they enjoy “are fueled by Florida’s amazing outdoor scenery.
Calendars are available from the Association site, but less than 100 remain. Go to fl-counties.com for purchasing information.