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Election Day Briefing: It’s Primary Day, Tyler Harrison’s Status, Palm Coast Tax Rate, 10,000 Syrians, Vaping

| August 30, 2016

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Today: Showers likely and chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the south after midnight. Chance of rain 50 percent. Details here.
Today’s fire danger is moderate. Flagler County’s Drought Index is at 475.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
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Today’s jail bookings.

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voltaire“Let us therefore reject all superstition in order to become more human; but in speaking against fanaticism, let us not imitate the fanatics: they are sick men in delirium who want to chastise their doctors. Let us assuage their ills, and never embitter them, and let us pour drop by drop into their souls the divine balm of toleration, which they would reject with horror if it were offered to them all at once.”

–From Voltaire’s “Homélies prononcées à Londres” (1765).

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.

Election Day for a slew of local, state and federal offices. It’s a primary, but in many races–including school board, judges, supervisor of elections and Palm Coast (if you’re a Palm Coast resident)–all registered voters are eligible to cast a ballot, regardless of party affiliation. Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find your precinct here.

The Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. for a workshop. Council members are expected to agree on a final property tax rate for the coming year. At City Hall in Town Center.

In Court: Tyler Harrison, 18, who faces three second-degree counts of statutory rape over sex acts with three girls, appears before Judge Matthew Foxman in a motion to have his name removed from sex-offender registration requirements. 9:30 a.m., Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse. His case is still making its way through the court.

The Flagler County Centennial Committee meets at 1:30 p.m., Third Floor Financial Services Conference Room, Government Services Building.

Bowling: Flagler Palm Coast High School v. DeLand High School, and Matanzas High School v. Mainland High School, at 3:45 p.m. at Palm Coast Lanes.

Local Media Recap:

Updated jail bookings and day and night shift incident summary reports are available here. palm coast flagler florida  newsRetired Palm Coast Nurse Accused of Suffocating Husband, a Cop, in Hospital Bed palm coast flagler florida  newsIn Palm Coast’s F-Section, a Man Stabs Another in the Back Then Stabs Himself in the Throat

st augustine recordSouthern pine beetle infestations on the rise in St. Johns County and much of Florida

news-journalGreens For Teens to start first season in Flagler County

observerFlagler County firefighter heads west to fight wildfires palm coast flagler florida  newsPalm Coast Data Parent Posts $10.4 Million Loss, Biggest Since 2009 as Revenue Drops palm coast flagler florida  newsFlorida Adds 15 Travel-Related Zika Cases for Total of 42 palm coast flagler florida  newsPalm Coast Prepares for 9th Annual Intracoastal Waterway Cleanup

In Florida and in State Government:

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

UWV Interviews: A search committee will continue interviewing candidates to become president of the University of West Florida. Among the candidates scheduled to be interviewed Tuesday are state Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, and UWF Provost and Executive Vice President Martha Saunders. (7 a.m. Central time, UWF Conference Center, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola.)

Seminole judge reprimanded: The Florida Supreme Court will take up four cases, including issuing a public reprimand to Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins. The discipline stems from findings by an investigative panel of the Judicial Qualifications Commission that Collins “berated and belittled” a domestic-violence victim who did not show up to testify at a trial. Collins found the domestic-violence victim in contempt for failing to respond to a subpoena to testify and sentenced the woman to three days in jail. (9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

Sept. 1: To pot or not: The Flagler County Young Republicans host a forum on Amendment 2, the proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, which appears on the Nov. 8 election ballot. Representatives from United for Care, the sponsor of the amendment, and Vote NO on 2, will offer presentations, to be followed by an open question and answer period. All welcome. Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast.
Sept. 3: Plein air artist William Lurcott, a Flagler Beach resident, is featured at Ocean Art Gallery in Flagler Beach from 6 to 8 pm during the opening reception of his month-long show “A Landscape Perspective.” The public is invited to this free event. During the reception, the artist will meet with guests and explain his artistic techniques. Light refreshments and live music will be available. The gallery is at 206 Moody Blvd., Flagler Beach.
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: Meeting of the Flagler school district’s Strategic Plan Steering Committee, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Third Floor main conference or training room 3, Government Services Building, Bunnell. Open to the public.
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 26 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Brasil Guitar Duo: João Luiz e Douglas Lora

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