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| August 23, 2016

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Flagler Youth Orchestra Artistic Director Sue Cryan will lead a quartet through several Flagler schools Tuesday and Thursday in the orchestra’s annual recruiting tour. See below. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Partly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning…then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. Heat index readings 103 to 107. Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 70s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 437.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: posedown, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“An unmistakable air of smugness has descended upon the book business of late, the direct result of its domination by a small number of powerful conglomerates. Publishing, now an enthusiastic contributor to the celebrity culture, has become bolder, brasher, more heartless and more focused than ever before: mega-agents sell mega-authors to mega-publishers who negotiate mega-displays in the mega-bookshops.”

–Terence Blacker in a May 12, 2000 column in the UK Independent.

2016 Election Interviews

Supervisor of Elections

Kaiti Lenhart
Kimble Medley
Abra Seay


Jim Manfre (D)
Don Fleming (R)
Larry Jones (D)
John Lamb (R)
Jerry O'Gara(R)
Rick Staly (R)
Mark Whisenant (R)
Chris Yates (R)
Thomas Dougherty (I)

Palm Coast City Council

Robert Cuff (Dist. 1)
Troy DuBose (Dist. 1)
Sims Jones (Dist. 1)
Art McGovern Jr. (Dist. 1)
Nick Klufas (Dist. 3)
Anita Moeder (Dist. 3)
Pam Richardson (Dist. 3)
John Brady (Mayor)
Milissa Holland (Mayor)
Dennis McDonald (Mayor)
Ron Radford (Mayor)

Flagler School Board

Colleen Conklin (Dist. 3)
Jason Sands (Dist. 3)
Paul Anderson (Dist. 5)
Maria Barbosa (Dist. 5)
Sharon Demers (Dist. 5)
Myra Middleton-Valentine (Dist. 5)

Flagler County Commission

Charlie Ericksen (Dist. 1)
Ken Mazzie (Dist. 1)
Daniel Potter (Dist. 1)
Jason France (Dist. 3)
Dave Sullivan (Dist. 3)
Denise Calderwood (Dis. 5)
Donald O'Brien (Dist. 5)

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.

Ongoing Early Voting in Flagler County for a slew of local, state and federal offices leading up to the Aug. 30 primary. Early voting is mandated from Aug. 20 through Aug. 27, but county supervisors of election have the discretion to begin sooner. Flagler’s is among 24 counties choosing to do so. Though it is a primary, numerous races appear on the ballot in which all registered voters are eligible to cast a ballot, regardless of party affiliation, including for Palm Coast City Council (if you’re a Palm Coast resident), for judges, for school board and for Supervisor of Elections. Early voting hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through Saturday, August 27, at the following locations:

1. Flagler County Public Library
At the corner of Belle Terre and Palm Coast Parkway.
2500 Palm Coast Parkway N.W. Palm Coast
View this location on a map

2. Palm Coast Community Center
At the corner of Clubhouse Drive and Palm Coast Parkway.
305 Palm Coast Parkway NE Palm Coast
View this location on a map

3. Supervisor of Elections Office
Located in the Government Services Building.
1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Suite 101 Bunnell
View this location on a map

All the information you need is at the Supervisor of Elections’ website.

Flagler County’s Centennial Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Financial Services Conference Room, Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Flagler Youth Orchestra’s quartet is in the first of two days of performances and recruiting for the full orchestra in Flagler County schools. Today’s itinerary includes Wadsworth Elementary from 10 to 11:45 a.m. and Belle Terre Elementary at 2 p.m. The orchestra enrolls up to 400 students and is a free after-school program sponsored by the school district.

In Court: Palm Coast’s Zaire Roberts, who was 17 when he shot Phillip J. Haire, then 18, in Palm Coast’s L-Section a year ago, is sentenced before Circuit Judge Mathhew Foxman at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401. See the background story here.

Local Media Recap:

Updated jail bookings and day and night shift incident summary reports are available here. palm coast flagler florida  newsAl Jones, Former County Commissioner and Breakfast Club Impresario, Dies at 87 palm coast flagler florida  newsThree Arrested in Palm Coast Are Tied to String of 11 B-Section Car Burglaries

news-journalFlagler County man returns lost wallet with $3,400 (Paywall-protected) palm coast flagler florida  newsRichard Gordon Dies By Gunshot in Palm Coast’s L Section, 4th Apparent Suicide in 11 Days, 3rd By Firearm

news 13Food pantry: Help needed not just during holidays

observerPalm Coast’s Hershel Gober Elected National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart palm coast flagler florida  newsDespite $1.65 Billion Profit in 2015, FPL Seeks 23% Rate Increase Over Next Three Years palm coast flagler florida  newsFresh From DNC Controversy, Florida’s Wasserman Schultz Faces Rare Primary Battle palm coast flagler florida newsLong-Time Jeweler Robert Zetrouer Sentenced to 25 Years for Raping Child He Blamed

In Florida and in State Government:

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

State revenue: The Revenue Estimating Conference will discuss monthly revenue estimates. (10 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at expanding the use of solar energy will hold a news conference in Pinellas County. The proposal will appear on the Aug. 30 ballot as Amendment 4. (10:30 a.m., University of South Florida St. Petersburg, University Student Center, 140 Seventh Ave. South, St. Petersburg.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

In Coming Days in Palm Coast, Flagler and the Occasional Beyond:

Aug. 28: Families Faith Fun Festival at St.Thomas Episcopal Church from 1 to 5 p.m. with free food, family-oriented games, lots of prizes, and raffle drawings. All invited, whether members of the church or not. See the website at
fyo-open-house-fliveSept. 7: The Flagler Youth Orchestra holds its open house for all new or prospective students who’d like to join the county’s largest (and free) music program. The open house is at the Indian Trails Middle School cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. Any Flagler student, including homes chooled students, in grades 3-12, are eligible to enroll (must be 8 years old by Sept. 1, 2016.) Students may elect to play violin, viola, cello or doublebass. One-hour classes are held at Indian Trails Middle School Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3 to 6 p.m., with students enrolled in the hour block appropriate to their skill level and schedule. The first class for first-time students is Sept. 19. (Auditions for returning students start on Aug. 22, the first class for returning students is Aug. 31.)
Sept. 8: Second of two town hall meeting giving the public a chance to weigh in on the Flagler County school district’s strategic plan, the school district’s goals for the next five years, which the district’s Strategic Plan Steering Committee has been working on for the past few months. 5:30 to 7 p.m., Third Floor main conference or training room 3, Government Services Building, Bunnell.
Sept. 10: African Art: Ancient Egypt to the Contemporary World, a pair of presentations by Bertrand Green, former chairman of African American studies at Lehman College, City University of New York. The first session is from 10 a.m. to noon, the second session from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast. $20 for PCAF members, $25 for general admission. Call 386/225-4394 or email to reserve your seat.
Sept. 17-18: Staged Reading of Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two,” at the Flagler Auditorium’s Black Box Theatre, directed by Bruce Heighley, a volunteer production to benefit the auditorium’s the Arts in Education Scholarship Fund and Temple Beth Shalom. Performance times are 7 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2 p.m. on Sept. 18. Tickets: $29 for adults, $18 for students. Call the Flagler Auditorium, 437-7547, for tickets, or go to
stamp-coin-clubSept. 26: The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club meets at 6 p.m. at the VFW Post 8696, 47 N. Old Kings Road, Palm Coast. The public is welcome.
Feb. 6: The great violinist Itzhak Perlman opens the 2017 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival with a 7:30 p.m. performance at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8th Street in Fernandina Beach. Tickets here.

The Day’s Best Reads:


Fact-Checking the Knaves:

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through August 11 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Mozart: Piano concerto no. 27 in B flat major, K 595, Trevor Pinnock and Maria João Pires

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