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Thursday Briefing: Brisk Recovery Center, Voter Registration, Pot Arrests Outrun Violent Crime, Rudest Question About Trans

| October 13, 2016

Flagler County's assistance center in the Doug Cisney Room at the Flagler County Library drew some 400 people on its first day open, Wednesday. It remains open to help people recover from Hurricane Matthew. (© FlaglerLive)

Flagler County’s assistance center in the Doug Cisney Room at the Flagler County Library drew some 400 people on its first day open, Wednesday. It remains open to help people recover from Hurricane Matthew. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 80s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 37.
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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“There is enough mystery in the facts as we know them, enough of conspiracy, coincidence, loose ends, dead ends, multiple interpretations. There is no need, he thinks, to invent the grand and masterful scheme, the plot that reaches flawlessly in a dozen directions.”

–Don DeLillo, from “Libra” (1988).

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.

Voter registration deadline extended to Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m.: Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart had already extended the Supervisor of Elections’ office hours by an hour each day, with the office opening at 8 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m. (instead of 8:30 to 4:30). She said that will continue through next Tuesday’s extension. Get your voter registration application here.

Hurricane Recovery Assistance Center: Flagler County is operating an Assistance Center to help residents get information and some resources for their needs in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The Center is ahead of a potential FEMA Disaster Center. The center is at the Palm Coast Branch Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW, and it will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Wednesday. Multiple agencies will be located at the Assistance Center including the following: United Way, Stewart-Marchman-Act Behavioral Healthcare, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Flagler County Health Department, Flagler County Human Services, Flagler County Homebuilder’s Association, Department of Children and Families, FEMA (once they arrive) and Verizon with two charging stations. Small satellite facilities will be set up at the Adult Education Center, 5633 N. State Road A1A, Hammock, and at the Hidden Trails Community Center, 6108 Mahogany Blvd., Daytona North. Residents will be pre-screened for necessary services and provide counseling.

The Nobel Prize for literature is announced in Stockholm at 7 a.m. Palm Coast time, 1 p.m. Stockholm time. American Don DeLillo is among the favorites this year, but we predict Syria’s Adonis.

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In Florida and in State Government:

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

The Florida Supreme Court releases its regular weekly opinions at 11 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is scheduled to speak to the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches. (Noon, Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.)

Florida Population: The Demographic Estimating Conference will analyze population-related issues. (1:30 p.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

The League of Women Voters of Tallahassee is scheduled to hold a forum that will include discussion of proposed constitutional amendments and legislative races on the November ballot. (6 p.m., Tallahassee City Hall, 300 South Adams St., Tallahassee.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

Oct. 17: Sheriff’s candidates debate between the GOP’s Rick Staly, Democrat Larry Jones, and Independent Thomas Dougherty, sponsored by the News-Journal, at at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Coquina City Hall in downtown Bunnell. Open to the public.
Oct. 21: Florida’s and Flagler’s September unemployment numbers are released at 10 a.m.
Oct. 25: Entrepreneur Night at Channel Side in Palm Coast, 5:30 to 7 p.m., 1 Yacht Club Dr. At the event, you will enjoy free appetizers along with a cash bar. As always, you can expect to make many new connections and have meaningful conversations with Entrepreneurs, Investors, and folks who provide support and services to entrepreneurs. Free. RSVP here.
Oct. 27: the Flagler County Chamber will host “Meet the City Managers” with Dan Davis of Bunnell, Jim Landon of Palm Coast and Larry Newsom of Flagler Beach. Each manager will provide a short update of what’s happening in their city and be available to answer questions. 8 to 9:30 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Blvd., Palm Coast, Registration at 7:45 a.m., $20.00 for members in advance with payment. Contact Tiffany Edwards for more information,
florida agricultural museum civil war reenactments pellicer creekNov. 4-5: The Florida Agricultural Museum will host the seventh annual Pellicer Creek Raid on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program will involve a number of living history groups from around the southeastern United States. Approximately 150 infantry, artillery, and cavalry troops will be demonstrating military life in Florida circa 1864. Parades will take place at noon and battles at 1 p.m. on both days of the event. During the rest of the program, the re-enactors’ historic camps will be open to the public. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, please contact the Florida Agricultural Museum at (386) 446-7630 or The museum is located at 7900 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
Nov. 5-6: Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Contest and Food Festival in Flagler Beach.
Nov. 5: Flagler Fun Coast Bed Race, with Nov. 6 as rain date, In Flagler Beach.
Nov. 29: A hearing is scheduled before Circuit Judge Scott DuPont in the case of Dunn v. Flagler County Schools, the case involving an allegation that two children were bullied and one of them was sexually assaulted by other children at a voluntary pre-kindergarten at Old Kings Elementary school in 2015. See the background story here. 1:45 p.m., Courtroom 402, Flagler County Courthouse.
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.

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The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through Sept. 9 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

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