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Weekend Briefing: Chamber Players of Palm Coast, Suicide Prevention Walk, Jewish Festival, Rising Seas

| April 1, 2016

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Global warming doesn’t look good for Florida. See below. (Climate Central)

Weekend: Friday, Partly cloudy in the morning…then mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Saturday: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs around 80. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. Saturday night: Cooler. Partly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening…then slight chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Sunday: Sunny. Highs in the lower 70s. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night: Clear. Lows in the mid 50s.Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 127.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: marlock, n.1.
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.

Friday: The Friends of the Library of Flagler County celebrate the annual April Poetry Month by acknowledging the 2016 presidential election year. Poems by presidents or about presidents of the United States, from Washington to Obama, will be presented at 1 p.m. in the Doug Cisney Room and appropriate refreshments–that is, alas, no booze, no matter how drunk Nixon could get–will be provided by the Hospitality Staff of the Friends.

Saturday: The second annual Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk, at Palm Coast’s Town Center, free registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m., sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.Donations are accepted for the foundation. The walk will include a group of some 15 people called Lindsay’s Angels, in memory of Lindsey Brockhaus, who took her life in January. The group (whose members will be wearing purple and yellow) raised $800. In addition, $1,300 was raised in a GoFund Me account to install a bench at Palm Coast’s Memorial Garden near Waterfront Park in memory of Brockhaus and her friend Cora Ann Engel, who took her life last December.

Saturday: Cheer at the Pier, a fund-raiser for the Flagler Beach Historical Museum, from 3 to 6 p.m. Call Virginia Giaramita for information at 386/299-8892.

Saturday: 9th Annual Turtle Fest at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Music by Capt. Nick, Giant tortoise races, kids Activities, food, raffle prizes, belly dancers, environmental exhibits, possible release of a rehabilitated sea turtle.

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The Chamber Players of Palm Coast hold their annual collaboration concert with the Flagler Youth Orchestra’s Harmony Chamber Ensemble at the Palm Coast United Methodist Church on April 2. It’s a free concert. (© FlaglerLive)

Sunday: The Chamber Players of Palm Coast, under the direction of Paige Dashner Long, will present a beautiful concert at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, performing works by Haydn, Mozart, and Abel. This concert is free and open to all. will also include a special appearance by the Harmony Chamber Orchestra, the advanced orchestra from the Flagler Youth Orchestra Program, directed by Sue Cryan. At the end of the concert, the two orchestras will join together to perform Haydn’s delightful Toy Symphony, complete with toy drum, ratchet, cuckoos, nightingales, quails, triangles and more. 3:30 p.m. at at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, 5200 Belle Terre Parkway. Details here.

Sunday: American Stars in Concert Celebrate Motown at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39 for adults, $28 for youth. Tickets 386-437-7547 or 866-352-4537, or online.

Sunday: Jewish Heritage Festival, 11 a.m. 5 p.m., the Casements, 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach. The Festival started as the vision of the Temple Presidents’ Council for Volusia and Flagler Counties. The Festival features continuous nationally acclaimed entertainment. Attendees can feast on Kosher, Israeli and Jewish-style food. There will be Israeli and Judaica artists and vendors, Jewish Organization booths, and exhibits including a Holocaust Memorial and Jewish Hall of Fame.

An F/A-18C Super Hornet like the ones used in bombing runs on a range in the Ocala National Forest. (Shawn J. Stewart/US Navy)

An F/A-18C Super Hornet like the ones used in bombing runs on a range in the Ocala National Forest. Click on the image for larger view. (Shawn J. Stewart/US Navy)

Bombing Runs at Pinecastle Range in Ocala this Week: Navy training schedules indicate live and inert bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex in the Ocala National Forest every day from March 28 through April 3, as follows:

  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to midnight.
  • Friday: Noon to midnight.
  • Saturday: Noon to midnight.
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Air Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville. For additional information, call (904) 542-2415/5588. For more details about the bombing, go here.

Local News Recap:

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

Flagler’s 6 Public-Sector Unions Launch Unified Political Arm as Palm Coast Workers Bargain After several years of efforts, Flagler County’s public-sector unions representing workers in a half dozen agencies—including police, firefighters, school employees and municipal workers—have joined forces in a new organization called the United Public Employees of Flagler.

28 Year Old Man Charged With Drunk Driving Manslaughter Death of 2 Women on SR100: Jody Alan Hyde, if convicted, faces a minimum of four years–the minimum allowed by law–but sentences vary widely across the state.

Hoax Call of Home Invasion and Shooting Draws Out SWAT and Anger on Ziegler Place: The term for that sort of costly, potentially deadly hoax is “swatting,” designed intentionally to send a SWAT team to an unsuspecting address, with unpredictable results. The hoax achieved its aim on Ziegler Place–in damages to the house, in angering its residents and, not least, turning the man into a suspect.

Declaring 2008 Amendment Unconstitutional, Judge Closes Book on Gay-Marriage Ban in Florida: In a harshly worded ruling, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle rejected state officials’ arguments that a final order in the Florida case was unnecessary due to a seminal U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that struck down state bans on same-sex marriages nationwide.

Flagler County Royalty: The Trouble With Uncontested Elections: Jay Gardner is the property appraiser, Suzanne Johnston is the tax collector, and Tom Bexley is clerk of court Gail Wadsworth’s crown prince. They should be reelected. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be challenged. There’s something bigger at stake: when elected positions go unchallenged, we all lose.

In State Government:

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

Water: The Steering Committee of the Central Florida Water Initiative is scheduled to meet. The committee includes representatives of the St. Johns River Water Management District, the South Florida Water Management District, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Tohopekaliga Water Authority. (Friday, 9:30 a.m., TOHO Water Authority, 951 Martin Luther King Blvd., Kissimmee.)

Legislative session: Members of the Capitol Press Corps will discuss the 2016 legislative session during a gathering of the Capital Tiger Bay Club. (Friday, 11:45 a.m., Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, 505 West Pensacola St., Tallahassee.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

In Coming Days in Palm Coast and Flagler:

Click on the links for more details:

April 4-10:Bombing Runs at Pinecastle Range in Ocala this Week: Navy training schedules indicate live and inert bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex in the Ocala National Forest every day from April 4 through April 10, as follows:

  • Monday, April 4: noon to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 5: noon to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 6: noon to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7: noon to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 8: noon to midnight.
  • Saturday, April 9: noon to midnight.
  • Sunday, April 10: noon to midnight.
  • Saturday: Noon to midnight.
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Air Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville. For additional information, call (904) 542-2415/5588. For more details about the bombing, go here.
April 6: Moody Boat Launch to close April 6 through May 20 for improvements. Click for details.
flagler republican club logoApril 6: The Flagler County Republican Club hosts three speakers: U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, running for U.S. Senate (to replace Marco Rubio), State Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Representative Paul Renner, who are running for re-election. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy NE, Palm Coast. Registered Republicans, club members and their guests are invited to attend. A Q&A session will follow providing an opportunity for in-depth discussion. For more information, email Flagler County Republican Club President, Wes Priest, wes.priest@flaglergop.org or call 386-986-0317.
April 6-10: Flagler County Fair, at the county fairgrounds, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell. lots of rides, games, food, fun, shows, 4H and FFA exhibits, livestock shows and auction. Enter to win in the Home and Family Division (canning, baking, sewing, quilting) Art Division and Shoe Box Floats, and the Rock ‘n RibFest the last three days of the fair.
April 7: Tea At Tiffany’s is the theme this year for an afternoon tea benefiting Arts In Education at the Flagler Auditorium from 3 to 5:30 p.m. This event will take place center stage for all to experience what it’s like to look out at the auditorium from a performer’s vantage point. The food will be prepared by Palm Coast High School’s culinary students. Arts in Education helps support children in our community with scholarships, band camps, instruments needed, as well as other vital business skills. Ticket are $50 and can be purchased by clicking here. High tea attire is recommended.
April 7-10: Rock’n RibFest at the Flagler County Fair: The annual event, sponsored by Flagler Broadcasting (owner of WNZF and Beach 92), presents a weekend of music, food and fun. County Fairgrounds, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell.
american university women logoApril 12: The Flagler County Branch of the American Association of University Women will be observing Equal Pay Day, at 5 p.m. with an Unhappy Hour at Farley’s Irish Pub, 101 Palm Harbor Parkway (European Village). Equal Pay Day symbolizes the time in 2016 when the wages paid to American women catch up to the wages paid to men from the previous year. Join AAUW members wearing red and hoping for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act this year. For information call 386/439-5003.
April 12: Anjali Anabel Tomerlin, a third grader at Imagine School at Town Center in Palm Coast who’s written and illustrated her first book, will hold a book-signing at the Flagler Beach Public library from 4 to 6 p.m.
April 13: Public Safety Coordinating Council meeting at 8:45 a.m., Emergency Operations Center, Bunnell.
April 13: Community Alliance-Department of Children and Families meeting, 2:30 p.m., Government Services Building, Bunnell.
April 14: Collective bargaining contract negotiations between the Flagler County Professional Firefighters Association union and Flagler County Commission management representatives, 9 a.m., Government Services Building, Administrative Conference Room. The meeting is open to the public.
April 15: The Florida Ethics Commission will take up an administrative law judge’s recommendation in the ethics case against Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre. 9 a.m.
April 16: Flagler Beach will hold a victims’ rights memorial at sunrise. The memorial ceremony honors victims and their advocates. It will be held at the end of the iconic pier. Please contact Victim Advocate Donna Kearney with any questions about the memorial at 517-2020.
April 26: Sentencing of Waldemar Rivera at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401, Flagler County Courthouse, before Judge Matthew Foxman. Rivera was found guilty on March 23 after a two-day trial of raping his then-13-year-old step-daughter two years ago. He faces up to 30 years in prison. He had declined a plea that would have netted him 10 years, and declined a judge’s advice, after the first day of trial, to consider taking a plea.

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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through March 9:

Road and Interstate Construction:

Moody Boat Launch to close April 6 through May 20 for improvements: Flagler County’s Moody Boat Launch will be closed April 6 through May 20 for improvements. “The scheduled upgrade will enhance the launch’s usability in a number of ways,” said Heidi Petito, Director of General Services. “The new system provides for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance, minimizes docking difficulties caused by fluctuating tides, and new lighting will promote boater safety and security.” The closure includes the Moody Boat Launch– located at 825 Moody Lane in Flagler Beach– the parking area, restroom, and dockage on the Matanzas River. It does not affect Betty Steflik Preserve and boardwalk. The scope of work includes dredging 1,650 yards of silt from the launch basin, thus improving navigability. The adjacent wooden docks will be replaced with an aluminum floating dock and gangway system. Additionally, the existing restroom will be replaced with an ADA compliant facility. Moody Boat Launch provides public access to the Intracoastal on the east shore, just south of SR100. The closest alternative boat launches are located at Herschel King Park on the west side of the river at 1000 Grady Prather Jr. Cove, Palm Coast, and Bing’s Landing on the east shore at 5862 N. Oceanshore Blvd. in Palm Coast.

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:

Reicha: _Woodwind Quintet in Eb major op.88 no.2

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