Flagler Beach Police Department http://www.fbpd.org Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:36:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Beach & Water Safety http://www.fbpd.org/2016/06/beach-water-safety/ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:36:35 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=990  “ Beach & Water Safety”

Summer officially started on June 21st and our scenic beaches are a very popular destination for residents and visitors. The following beach and water safety tips are being proactively disseminated in an effort to increase safety of those that enjoy the beach and waterways in Flagler Beach.

Learn To Swim: Learning to swim is the best defense against drowning. Teach children to swim at an early age.

Swim Near a Lifeguard: The United States Lifeguard Association statistics over a ten (10) year period show that the chance of drowning at a beach without lifeguard protection is almost five (5) times as great as drowning at a beach with lifeguards.

Swim with a Friend: Many drownings involve those that swim by themselves. When you swim with a friend, if one (1) of you has a problem, the other may be able to help or signal for help.

Check with the Lifeguards:  Lifeguards work continually to identify hazards.  They can advise you on the safest place to swim, as well as places to avoid. Talk to them when you first arrive at the beach and ask them for their advice.

Use Sunscreen and Drink Water:  Choose “broad spectrum” sunscreen rated from 15 to 50 SPF, or clothing that covers your skin. Reapply sunscreen regularly throughout the day and drink lots of water.  Avoid alcohol, which contributes to dehydration.

Keep the Beach and Water Clean:  Please utilize trash containers and remember to leave footprints in the sand, not your trash.

Obey Posted Signs and Flags: In Flagler Beach our Lifeguards utilize the following flags;

Green Flag:  Low hazard

Yellow Flag:  Medium hazard

Red Flag:  Dangerous hazard

Purple Flag:  Dangerous marine life, to include jellyfish

Learn Rip Current Safety: If you’re caught in a rip current, stay calm and don’t fight it by trying to swim directly to shore.  Instead, swim parallel to shore until you feel the current relax; then swim to shore.  Most rip currents are narrow and a short swim parallel to shore will bring you to safety. A video presentation on rip currents entitled “Break the Grip of the Rip!” can be viewed at the following website: http://ripcurrents.noaa.gov/index.shtml

If you have any questions regarding Beach and Water Safety in Flagler Beach, please contact Tom Gillin or Captain Doughney. The following websites can also provide additional information on beach & water safety, as well as rip currents;

www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov http://www.usla.org/?page=RIPCURRENTS

ripcurrents

Special Note: High Tide for July 4th this year is 8:50 p.m. and the Fireworks will start at 9:00 p.m. Please plan ahead and be prepared for the incoming tide.

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ABT Assistance for the 4th http://www.fbpd.org/2016/06/abt-assistance-for-the-4th/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:03:09 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=985  “ State Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco –  July 4th Assistance”

 

The Flagler Beach Police Department has requested the assistance of Law Enforcement Officers from our State’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) for this year’s July 4th festivities. A contingent of Agents from the Jacksonville Field Office will be on hand to address underage alcohol and tobacco violations.

 

“This announcement is being sent in advance in an effort to prevent underage drinking during this year’s event,” announced Flagler Beach Police Captain Matt Doughney. “If you’re under twenty-one (21) years of age and your plan on July 4th is to come to Flagler Beach and drink alcohol, then you need to come up with Plan B,” Doughney warns. “We want all who come to our beach to enjoy the surf, sand and fireworks and to return home safely. If you are underage and your intent is to drink alcohol and draw attention to yourself, then Law Enforcement Officers will be here to address your behavior.”

 

This request for assistance is due to the unusually high volume of spectators at the beach on Independence Day.  ABT’s Agents have years of experience handling underage drinking violations. Their expertise and participation on the Fourth is greatly appreciated.

 

“The goal is to make this a family event that everyone can enjoy. Underage drinking can lead to a myriad of problems. Having State Agents assist with patrolling the beach and boardwalk can help prevent these problems from occurring,” Doughney asserted. “The Agents are part of our safety plan for this year’s festivities, and we’re excited to have them included in our team for 2016.”

 

For more information regarding this release, contact Captain Doughney at (386) 517-2023.

 

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Fireworks Prohibited http://www.fbpd.org/2016/06/fireworks-prohibited/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:56:59 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=982 Fireworks Prohibited

 

The following information is respectfully provided in advance of the July 4th festivities in an effort to increase public awareness, ensure compliance with our City Ordinance prohibiting fireworks, and prevent a fireworks related tragedy from occurring during this year’s holiday celebration.

 

Under Flagler Beach City Ordinance 9-17 (b) (1) it is considered unlawful for any person to possess, store, use or explode any fireworks in our City Limits.

 

The City of Flagler Beach utilizes the State of Florida’s definition of “Fireworks”, under Florida State Statute 791.01 (4) (a), which reads as follows; “ Fireworks” means and includes  any combustible or explosive composition or substance or combination of substances or, except as hereinafter provided,any article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion,deflagration, or detonation. The term includes blank cartridges and toy cannons in which explosives are used, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel them, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, dago bombs, and any fireworks containing any explosives or flammable compound or any tablets or other device containing any explosive substance.

 

Fireworks present two (2) serious safety concerns for Law Enforcement and Fire Service personnel:

1) Personal Injury, and 2) Fire. If the City Ordinance is obeyed, these two (2) concerns go away, freeing up officials to focus on other important duties.

 

According to Flagler Beach Police Captain Matt Doughney, fireworks have the potential for “serious personal injury to users and/or observers should an explosive device detonate, misfire or unexpectedly explode.”  It’s common to think “it won’t happen to me,” but two (2) players from the National Football league (NFL) sustained substantial injuries in separate fireworks incidents last year. Statistics from a 2014 study conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission indicate:

 

230 people on average go to the Emergency Room everyday with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

9 people died due to 8 fireworks-related incidents. In at least 2 incidents, the victims were not the users.

 

The second safety concern is a spark combined with our hot and dry weather. Fireworks can easily start a brush or house fire.  “When you add fireworks to dry and windy conditions, the results can be devastating” said Captain Bobby Pace of the Flagler Beach Fire Department.

 

For additional information, please contact Police Captain Doughney at 386-517-2022 or Fire Captain Pace at 386-517-2010.

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Floating Sky Lanterns & Aerial Drones http://www.fbpd.org/2016/06/floating-sky-lanterns-aerial-drones/ Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:53:07 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=979  “ Floating Sky Lanterns & Aerial Drones – July 4th Festivities”

 

The Flagler Beach Police Department is requesting that aerial drones and floating sky lanterns stay grounded during this year’s Fourth of July festivities.

 

“One of the most efficient methods used by Law Enforcement to address the egress of traffic associated with large events like the Fourth of July, is a helicopter serving as our ‘eye in the sky,’” said Flagler Beach Police Captain Matt Doughney. “The helicopter allows us to identify traffic problems in real time and create solutions that are not easily recognizable at ground level.”

 

The increased use of aerial drones by the public over the past few years, along with the release of numerous floating sky lanterns after last year’s fireworks presentation, has prompted this request.

 

In cases requiring an emergency response by Fire Flight, the helicopter may be required to land in a public area or near the beach. Flying drones in or near an emergency helicopter pose a risk to the pilot as well as the general public and under FAA guidelines, unless you have a permit, they’re unlawful in Flagler Beach due to our close proximity to Flagler County Airport.

 

“While the floating sky lanterns may look beautiful, they create a serious conflict with airspace,”Doughney continued. “The last thing we need is a pilot dodging flaming lanterns!”

 

This request is being made in a proactive effort to reduce any conflicts in airspace.  We want this year’s event and subsequent traffic egress to be as safe as possible. Your compliance with this request is greatly appreciated.

 

For more information, contact Captain Doughney at 386-517-2022.

floating sky lanterns

Floating Sky Lanterns

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2016 Fabulous Fourth- Traffic Plan http://www.fbpd.org/2016/06/968/ Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:10:54 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=968  “ 2016 Fabulous Fourth – Traffic Plan”

This year’s Fabulous Fourth Festivities in the City of Flagler Beach are scheduled to occur on Monday, July 4th. The following information is being provided in advance of the event to assist residents and visitors with the traffic patterns, roadway closures and parking areas that will be utilized on July 4, 2016. Patience and a spirit of cooperation during the summer holiday events is strongly encouraged to visitors and residents and our goal is to make this year’s events the safest possible.

 

July 4th –  Fireworks Traffic Plan

The Flagler Beach Police Department highly recommends that visitors attending this year’s event park in relation to where they want to travel after the fireworks have concluded. This will allow for a more efficient egress back home.

 

North: Visitors that are coming from Beverly Beach, northern Palm Coast and areas north of the Flagler Beach that want to return home after the fireworks are encouraged to park north of SR100.

 

South:  Visitors from Ormond Beach, Ormond by the Sea and areas south of Flagler Beach and want to return home after the firework s are encouraged to park south of SR100.

 

West:  Traffic on SRA1A at SR100 will be restricted after the fireworks and Law Enforcement personnel will be assigned to the intersection.  The traffic signal at SRA1A and SR100 after the conclusion of the fireworks will be controlled manually to accommodate traffic efficiency.    The following traffic patterns will be in effect after the fireworks conclude;

o Traffic northbound on SRA1A at SR100 will have the following options; traffic that wants to continue northbound on SRA1A will continue in the designated travel lane. Traffic that wants to turn west on SR100 will be allowed to do so via the left turn lane.

o Traffic southbound on SRA1A at SR100 will be forced west on SR100 and will continue west over the SR100 Bridge.

traffic pattern

 

 

East:  Eastbound traffic on SR100 will experience minor delays after the fireworks, in order to accommodate the event traffic.  Visitors and residents should expect delays between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

 

Flagler Avenue:  After the conclusion of the fireworks, traffic on North and South Flagler Avenue will be as follows;

o North Flagler Avenue will be two (2) way traffic north of North 2nd Street. Southbound traffic on North Flagler Avenue approaching SR100 will be directed west over the SR100 Bridge.

o South Flagler Avenue will be two (2) lanes northbound to SR100.  Upon arrival at SR100 traffic northbound on South Flagler Avenue will turn west on SR100 and will travel across the SR100 bridge.  Law Enforcement Officers will be posted at this intersection to assist/direct vehicular traffic.

 

Wadsworth Park:  Parking will be available for the event at Wadsworth Park.  Traffic departing the park after the fireworks will be directed west onto SR100.

 

John Anderson Highway:  Visitors leaving the event westbound on SR100 will not be restricted from turning left onto John Anderson Highway.

 

Roberts Road: Visitors leaving the event westbound on SR100 will not be restricted for turning right onto Roberts Road.

 

Colbert Lane:  Visitors leaving the event westbound on SR100 will not be restricted for turning right onto Roberts Road.

 

Old Kings Road: Visitors leaving the event westbound on SR100 will not be restricted for turning left or right onto Old Kings Road.

 

I-95: Visitors leaving the event westbound on SR100 will not be restricted from accessing I-95 north or I-95 south.

 

High BridgeVisitors leaving the event southbound on SRA1A and then proceeding west on High Bridge will not be restricted. Deputies from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will be assisting with traffic at the intersection of High Bridge and Walter Boardman.

 

Carpooling:  Visitors that plan on attending this year’s events are strongly encouraged to

carpool, as this will assist with parking and traffic efficiency after the fireworks have concluded.

 

Parking Areas

The following free City parking lots will be open and available to the public on Monday, July 4th.

o The City Hall parking lot on the northeast corner of 3rd Street South and South Central Avenue will be  reserved for handicapped parking only.

o North 4th Street & North Central Avenue (GPS Address – 311 North Central Avenue)

o North 5th Street & North Central Avenue (GPS Address -109 North 5th Street)

o South 5th Street & South Daytona Avenue (GPS Address – 503 South Daytona Avenue)

o South 5th Street & South Oceanshore Boulevard (GPS Address – 504 South Oceanshore Boulevard)

o South 8th Street & South Central Avenue (GPS Address – 113 South 8th Street)

 

Santa Maria Del Mar Catholic Church

This year the paved parking lots at Santa Maria Del Mar Catholic Church will be utilized for parking after the holiday parade. The parking lots, which are located just west of the Church, will be open at approximately 12:00 p.m. and there is no charge to park in these parking lots.

The Church has partnered with the City in order to add additional parking for this event and we respectfully request that patrons using the parking lots utilize the trash receptacles and port-o-johns that will be available and accessible.

As the parking lots for the Church are located north of SR100, we strongly encourage attendees that live north or SR100 to utilize the Church parking lots. This will allow for easier patron egress back home after the conclusion of the firework presentation.

 

Off Site Parking

The City has partnered with Palm Coast Transportation Services to provide a free, park and ride shuttle service from Flagler Square (the former Food Lion Plaza) to Veterans Park. The free  shuttle will consist of buses shuttling visitors from Flagler Square to Veterans Park and return trips back to Flagler Square; starting at 8:00 a.m. on July 4th and continuing until 11:00 p.m.

The park and ride shuttle is designed to provide additional free parking for the event, which will help with the ingress and egress of holiday traffic. The park and ride shuttle is free and the buses will be making continuous loops to accommodate those wishing to utilize their services.

 

If you have any questions about the information listed above, please feel free to contact

Captain Doughney

 

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Sea Dune Vegetation Parking http://www.fbpd.org/2016/06/sea-dune-vegetation-parking/ Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:46:59 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=966

 “ Sea Dune Vegetation Parking”

The following information is being disseminated to proactively provide valuable information to the public in regard to protecting our Sea Dune Vegetation while parking on SRA1A.

Residents and visitors should be aware that parking on the Sea Dunes is a violation of Florida State Statute 161.053 and Flagler Beach City Ordinance 5.02.04. Sea Dunes are a beautiful natural resource to our City and compliance with parking restrictions is our ultimate goal.

On SRA1A from South 7th Street to South 28th Street there’s no parking on the east side of the roadway and vehicles parking on the east side of SRA1A north of SR100 should park as indicated in the sample photo’s below.  Flagler Beach Police Officers monitor Sea Dune parking throughout the year and once again our goal is to preserve the dunes with compliance from motorists.

Your assistance in helping protect our Sea Dune Vegetation is greatly appreciated and if you have any questions about the information listed above, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.

Sample Photos

Front                          Back

Front View of Properly Parked Vehicle                                        Rear View of Properly Parked Vehicle

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2016 Solar Plunge! http://www.fbpd.org/2016/06/2016-solar-plunge/ Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:38:29 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=963 2016 Solar Plunge

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Hurricane Season- Traffic Lights/Signals http://www.fbpd.org/2016/06/hurricane-season-traffic-lightssignals/ Mon, 06 Jun 2016 15:34:12 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=921 “ Traffic Signals/Lights & Driver Responsibilities”

 

As the 2016 Hurricane season is underway, the possibility of power outages increases and along with that possibility are traffic signals that may become either inoperable or flashing intermittent red or yellow signals.  The following traffic safety information is respectfully provided in order to educate motorists regarding their responsibilities to the aforementioned traffic situations.

 

Florida State Statute 316.1235 specifically addresses vehicles approaching intersections in which traffic lights are inoperative. The Statue reads as follows;

The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection in which the traffic lights are inoperative shall stop in the manner indicated in for approaching a stop intersection.  In the event that only some of the traffic lights within an intersection are inoperative, the driver of a vehicle approaching an inoperative light shall stop in the above-prescribed manner.  A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.

 

Florida State Statute 316.076 specifically addresses “Flashing Signals” and states that whenever an illuminated flashing red or yellow signal is used in a traffic sign or signal it shall require obedience by vehicular traffic as follows:

(a) Flashing red (stop signal).—When a red lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection, and the right to proceed shall be subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign.

(b) Flashing yellow (caution signal).—When a yellow lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles may proceed through the intersection or past such signal only with caution.

 

If you have any questions about the information listed above, please feel free to contact Captain Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.

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2016 Hurricane Season-Preparation http://www.fbpd.org/2016/06/2016-hurricane-season-preparation/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:41:24 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=915 2016 Hurricane Season – Preparation

 

The Atlantic Hurricane season begins on June 1, 2016 and runs through November 30, 2016. The following information is being provided in advance of this year’s season to assist

with preparation efforts should a Tropical Cyclone event threaten our City.

 

Family Preparedness Tips

o To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.  Don’t forget a plan for your pet(s).

o Cover all of your home’s windows.  Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows.  A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.  Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.

o Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.

o Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

o Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.

o Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

o Determine how and where to secure your boat.

o Install a generator for emergencies.

o Get any cash you may need before banks close (and ATM’s may not work due to loss of electricity).

o Locate and place important documents in a waterproof container.

o Charge your cell phone battery as well as camera battery in case you need to take pictures of property damage.

o Fill up your vehicle’s gas tank because if there is a power outage in your area, gas pumps won’t work.

o First sanitize and then fill your bathtubs, sinks and other containers with water for sanitary usage.

o To keep food fresh, turn the settings on your refrigerator & freezer to their highest settings in case of a power outage.

o Turn off and unplug any non-essential electrical equipment in your house.

 

Know a Safe Place to Take Your Pet(s)

o Local and State health and safety regulations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters. (Service animals are allowed in Red Cross shelters.)

o Contact hotels and motels outside your local area to check their policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size and species.  Ask if “no pet” policies can be waived in an emergency.  Keep a list of “pet friendly” places, including phone numbers, with your disaster supplies.

o Ask friends, relatives or others outside the affected area whether they could shelter your animals.

o Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include twenty-four (24) hour phone numbers.

o Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets during a disaster.

 

Should you have any questions about the tips listed above, please feel free to contact any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.

 

Additional Hurricane preparedness information can be obtained by accessing any of the following websites;

 

FEMA websitehttp://www.fema.gov/

FEMA for the Disabled & Elderly: http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2006/05/03/disabled- elderly-need-prepare-hurricanes

Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family

Humane Society:  http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pets- disaster.html#.U2vnPNTD-70

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Hot Weather Tips http://www.fbpd.org/2016/05/hot-weather-tips/ Sun, 15 May 2016 01:33:40 +0000 http://www.fbpd.org/?p=912 Hot Weather Tips

 

Summer officially starts on June 20, 2016 and the heat and humidity can present some very unique challenges. The following tips are provided in an effort to assist our residents and visitors who may not be familiar with how to prepare themselves (and their pets) for extremely hot/humid weather.  We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware, so please share this information with family, friends and neighbors.

 

The best defense is prevention.  Here are some prevention tips:

  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.  Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar; these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air- conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone or an animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Visit adults-at-risk at least twice a day and watch them closely for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
  • Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:

o Infants and young children

o People aged 65 or older

o People who have a mental illness

o Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

 

If you must be out in the heat:

  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two (2) to four (4) glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour.  A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage. Remember the warning in the first tip (above), too.
  • Rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and use sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

 

Tips for pets & companion animals;

Visit the Vet:  A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventive medication. Do parasites bug your animal companions? Ask your doctor to recommend a safe flea and tick control program.

Made in the Shade: Pets can dehydrate quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

Know the Warning Signs:  Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air- conditioned rooms as much as possible.

Additional hot weather safety tips can be accessed at the following links;

http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/hot-weather-tips

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