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Monday Briefing: Flagler Beach Floods, Trump’s Fascist Backers, FPC v. Matanzas, Bravo Amici

| January 25, 2016

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Palm Coast residents woke up to frosty lawns this weekend. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Hifgh in the 60s, lows in lower 50s. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 198.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: ryebuck, adj. (and adv.) and int..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

In Flagler and Palm Coast:

Note: all government meetings noticed below are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Many can be heard or seen live through each agency’s website.

flagler beach city commission logoThe Flagler Beach City Commission meets in a workshop with its Planning and Architecture Review Board at city hall at 5:30 p.m. to discuss an ordinance regulating development in flood-prone areas. The ordinance was going to set stricter standards until the county’s housing association objected, prompting revisions. The agenda and background materials are here.

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bunnell logoThe Bunnell City Commission meets at 7 p.m. at Bunnell City Hall. The most significant matter on the agenda is a re-platting of portions of the Grand Reserve development, though the action will not affect the development’s 157 existing residential lots. The agenda and background materials are here.

In Court: Daniel Evans III, 25, and Carisa Noel Hall, 21 both of South Daytona, were charged with home invasion robbery in Palm Coast. They are to be sentenced this morning at 9 a.m. before Circuit Judge J. David Walsh at the Flagler County Courthouse.

Basketball: Flagler Palm Coast High School meets Matanzas High School in varsity and junior varsity games at FPC at 5:30 p.m.

Bravo Amici, at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.: Bravo Amici’s mix of handsome tenors and stunning divas perform an uplifting collection of well-known classical and contemporary arias. Click here for tickets or call the box office at 386-437-7547.

Local News Recap:

Updated jail bookings and day and night shift incident summary reports are available here.

Sheriff Manfre Proposes De-Criminalizing Pot Possession; County Officials and State Attorney Open to Idea: Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre is proposing to de-criminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Deputies would still police marijuana possession and use. But they would issue civil citations instead of arresting users. The citation would typically amount to a fine of $100 and some community service. The Flagler County Commission and cities would have to approve the move by ordinance.

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Flagler Beach Shock: Settle Opts Out of Commission, So Mealy and Belhumeur Are Elected: Steve Settle, whose seat was up along with that of Jane Mealy, did not file to run again. He will be out of office in March. His seat will be taken by Rick Belhumeur, the only candidate, other than Mealy, to file for the March election. Absent Settle, Belhumeur, 62, was automatically elected, as was Mealy, when qualifying ended at 5 p.m. Friday.

Ethics Commission Rejects Flagler’s Pitch to Recover Fees from Frivolous Complaints: The Florida Ethics Commission, meeting in Tallahassee Friday, unanimously rejected Flagler County’s attempt to recoup attorneys’ fees in case involving complaints against County Attorney Al Hadeed and County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin. The ethics commission adopted its counsel’s recommendations in each case, which found no grounds to award fees even though the complaints filed against Hadeed and McLaughlin were deemed to have been groundless. The county argued that fees were due because the complaints had been filed with knowing falsehoods, and were intended to harm the reputations of county officials.

Flagler’s Unemployment Rate Falls to New Post-Recession Low of 5.5%, Florida at 5%: Flagler County’s economy continued to improve in December, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.5 percent, a new low since the Great Recession, and a vastly improved rate since even a year ago, when it stood at 6.9 percent. Flagler’s rate has gradually approached Florida’s and the nation, both of which stood at 5 percent in December.

Authorities Looking for Escaped Convict Gary Bullock and Palm Coast Girlfriend: Volusia County Sheriff’s investigators have obtained arrest warrants for Gary Bullock, Jr. and his Palm-Coast-based girlfriend for aiding in the escape. The two are believed to be armed and on the run with a 3-year-old child. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is assisting in the investigation.

4 Suspects Sought in Break-Ins and Theft of 19 Vehicles at Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn: Five vehicles parked at the Holiday Inn Express in Palm Coast’s Flagler Plaza Drive and 13 vehicles parked at the nearby Hampton Inn, just off I-95, were burglarized overnight Wednesday, and one stolen from the Holiday Inn parking lot was later recovered in Orlando. The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is looking for at least four suspects in the burglaries and thefts, and has surveillance video of some of the rampage. It is not yet releasing the video, as the cases are being investigated.

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Helga van Eckert appointed to Florida Regional Planning Council: Gov. Scott made the appointment Friday. Van Eckert, the director of Flagler County’s economic development department, is one of nine gubernatorial appointments, according to Florida Politics. Others included St. Johns County Commissioner Jimmy Johns, Jacksonville’s Curtis Hart, Nassau County Tax Collector John Drew, Clay County Chamber President Doug Conkey, Gregory Strong, Ron Timonere, Michael Bourre, and Larry Harvey.

Whitney Lab’s Sea Turtle Hospital releases first rehabilitated sea turtle: “The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Laboratory bid farewell and safe travels last week to Micklers, a rehabilitated juvenile green sea turtl,” the St. Augustine Record reports. “The hospital’s 13th patient since opening in October, Micklers became the first sea turtle to be released from the facility back into the wild.” (Story paywall-protected.)

In State Government:

Note: Most proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel.

Economic development: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will consider a wide-ranging economic development bill (SB 1646), sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. Proposals in the bill include creating a Division of Film and Entertainment within Enterprise Florida. (1 p.m.)

DNA: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will take up a bill (SB 636), filed by Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, that could help speed up lab testing of DNA evidence in suspected sexual-assault cases. (1 p.m.)

Manufacturing tax exemption: The Senate Finance and Tax Committee will consider a proposal (SB 98), filed by Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, that would make permanent a sales-tax exemption on industrial machinery and equipment. (1 p.m.)

Tourist Development Taxes: The House Economic Development & Tourism Subcommittee will take up a bill (HB 1203), filed by Rep. Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, that would allow a Northwest Florida county to use tourist-development tax dollars to pay lifeguards and for other beach-safety needs. (2:30 p.m.)

Budget: The Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, the Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee and the Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee will discuss budget issues related to various agencies. (4 p.m.)

Fracking: The Senate General Government Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (SB 318), filed by Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, that addresses regulation of drilling for oil and natural gas, including the controversial technique known as fracking. (4 p.m.)

Abortion: The House Health Quality Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 1411), filed by Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland, that would make a series of changes in the state’s abortion laws. Among other things, the bill deals with the definitions of trimesters, clinic inspections and barring the sale or transfer of fetal remains. (4 p.m.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

In Coming Days in Palm Coast and Flagler:

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  Fact-Checking the Knaves:

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

The following is an update of ongoing construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through Jan. 15:

Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, 1 percent done: Located at 5625 North US Highway 1, the school received a Development Order for a new 13,794 sq. ft. early learning center to be located on the south side of their 8.6-acre site. The architecture of the new one-story building will be very similar to the existing church and school facilities that are located just north of the proposed new building.

Holland Park, 49 percent done: Grading and installation of sidewalks continues. Restroom permit issued. Plumbing and Electrical underground inspections. Electrical conduit installation continues. Pavilion lighting being installed. Stormwater installation begun in Playground area.

County’s I-95 Interchange Matanzas Woods Reclaim Water, 76 percent done: Retention ponds are being excavated and fill continues for the ramps. (Not in the Dec. 15 update.)

Palm Harbor Parkway Roadway Extension, 38 percent done: The headwall for the double barrel stormwater pipe has been installed and tied in. The water main and reuse main have been extended towards Forest Grove Drive waiting on the
closure of the road next week to make the road crossing.

Colechester Bridge, 94 percent done: Sea walls have been completed and forming of the western abutment almost complete.

Palm Harbor Extension, 45 percent done: Met on site with contractor to discuss water and sewer testing and construction meter placement.

North Old Kings Road Extension to Matanzas Woods Parkway, 19 percent done: Asphalt was installed on the new section of roadway adjacent to the old roadway at the intersection of Old Kings Road and Forest Grove. (Not in the Dec. 4 update.)

Old Kings Road Force Main 90 percent done:: The contractor has tied the 8″ force main to the 16″ force main in front of the new Master Pump Station on South Old Kings Road. On January 13, 2016 the contractor installed a 16″ X 8″ wye and an 8″ valve in front of the existing lift station on Old Kings Road South. An 8″ wye and an 8″ 45 elbow fitting was installed to complete the connection from the existing 8″ force main to the new 16″ future force main.

Heartland Dental at 782 Belle Terre Pkwy, 99 percent done: Project nearing completion a utility substantial was scheduled for January 14.

Island Walk Shopping Center Phase 2, 11 percent done: Stormwater piping being placed and pond excavations
continue. Pressure test on new 8″ water main was completed January 12.

Road and Interstate Construction:

Forest Grove Drive connection to Palm Harbor Parkway to be closed starting Dec. 18: Effective Friday, Dec. 18, the City of Palm Coast will be closing the Forest Grove Drive connection to Palm Harbor Parkway. This road closure is required as part of construction operations for the Palm Harbor Parkway extension, which is currently under construction. Palm Harbor is being realigned and extended to connect directly with Matanzas Woods Parkway where it intersects with Old Kings Road. Message boards will be placed to advise motorists and other travelers of the upcoming change, and a public meeting has already been held for residents living in that area. Both the Palm Harbor extension and a separate extension of Old Kings Road are being built in preparation for the new Interstate 95 interchange to open next June at Matanzas Woods Parkway. As part of the projects, traffic patterns around Matanzas High School will be changing. One goal is to turn Forest Grove Drive back into a residential street as it was originally intended to be. The upcoming road closure of the Forest Grove Drive connection to Palm Harbor Parkway is part of that project. Forest Grove will be turned into a cul de sac on that end. Once the separate Old Kings Road extension is completed, in June 2016, the Forest Grove Drive access to the high school will be closed because it will no longer be needed. Instead, motorists and other travelers will get to Matanzas High School via the new signalized intersection at Matanzas Woods, Palm Harbor and Old Kings. For more information, please contact Palm Coast Communications Manager Cindi Lane at 386-986-3708 or clane@palmcoastgov.com.

Cultural Coda:

W.F. Bach: Sinfonia in D minor, F 65

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was the eldest son of J.S. Bach, born 1710, died 1784, considered among his most talented sons, but also most dissolute.

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1 Response for “Monday Briefing: Flagler Beach Floods, Trump’s Fascist Backers, FPC v. Matanzas, Bravo Amici”

  1. Sherry says:

    TRUMP a narcissistic megalomaniac with the vocabulary of a forth grader. . . sounds right on to me:

    a poll of 1,800 respondents conducted through the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, by Matthew MacWilliams. “I found that education, income, gender, age, ideology and religiosity had no significant bearing on a Republican voter’s preferred candidate,” MacWilliams writes in Politico this week. “Only two of the variables I looked at were statistically significant: authoritarianism, followed by fear of terrorism, though the former was far more significant than the latter.”

    That Trump himself has authoritarian impulses won’t surprise anyone at this point. His call to round up and deport 11 million people, build a giant wall, and flat-out ban an entire religious group, as well as his apparent contempt for the First Amendment are all hallmarks of his campaign. This thin-skinned, vainglorious man has a propensity to eject journalists and protesters who offend him from his events and viciously lash out at anyone who criticizes him. He naively thinks that as president he might be able to just shut down parts of the Internet. He surrounds himself with sycophants. Former White House insider John Dean lays out an excellent case for Trump’s authoritarianism.

    But Trump can’t elect himself, and his strong-man style and promises to restore America’s Greatness are obviously resonating with certain kinds of people, and now we know what kinds.

    MacWilliams’ poll asked whether it was more important for respondents if their children were “respectful or independent; obedient or self-reliant; well-behaved or considerate; and well-mannered or curious. Respondents who pick the first option in each of these questions are strongly authoritarian.”

    No surprise then, that authoritarians yearn for a strong father figure in their leader. And as a quintessential authoritarian personality, Trump is also drawn to other authoritarians, like Putin, especially when they stroke his ego.

    Other polls have noted that Trump supporters tend to skew male, older and white. Angry working-class voters are said to be powering both Trump’s (and Sanders’) rise. An article by John Judis in the National Journal laid out the similarity of Trump voters to segregationist George Wallace’s base of support in 1968, then Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan in 1992. Like Wallace did, Trump is polling well with people who are registered Democrats and Independents yet are increasingly identifying themselves as Republican.”

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