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Wednesday Briefing: State Road A1A Open House, Early Voting, Rubio-Murphy Debate, Trump and Marx

| October 26, 2016

Tuesday evening's voter forum, featuring the county commission candidates and brief introductions from candidates in several other races, drew a relatively small crowd of 50 people, most of them candidates, friends of candidates, or people associated with the candidates' campaigns. The candidates from left were Jason DeLorenzo, Charlie Ericksen, Barbara Revels, Dave Sullivan, George Hanns and Donald O'Brien, with organizers Lea Stokes and Gretchen Smith of the Flagler Chamber of Commerce at the podium to the left. The forum was moderated by WNZF's David Ayres. (c FlaglerLive)

Tuesday evening’s voter forum, featuring the county commission candidates and brief introductions from candidates in several other races, drew a relatively small crowd of 50 people, most of them candidates, friends of candidates, or people associated with the candidates’ campaigns. The candidates from left were Jason DeLorenzo, Charlie Ericksen, Barbara Revels, Dave Sullivan, George Hanns and Donald O’Brien, with organizers Lea Stokes and Gretchen Smith of the Flagler Chamber of Commerce at the podium to the left. The forum was moderated by WNZF’s David Ayres. (c FlaglerLive)

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“Anger works like gasoline. If you use it intelligently and in a controlled manner, you can move the world. That’s called progress. Or you just spill it about and ignite it, creating spectacular explosions. That’s called arson.”

–Jochen Bittner, from an Oct. 25 column, “What Do Trump and Marx Have in Common?

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.

Early voting in Flagler County is ongoing since Monday and runs through Nov. 5, with polls open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at three locations: The Flagler County Supervisor of Elections office in Bunnell (in the Government Services Building), at the Flagler County Public Library on Palm Coast Parkway, and at the Palm Coast Community Center on Palm Coast Parkway, off of Clubhouse Drive. Voting by mail has been under way since mid-October. Keep up with the number of ballots cast in Flagler here.

Open house for the public to learn about the State Road A1A re-construction project in Flagler Beach, hosted from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. by the Florida Department of Transportation, at the Flagler Beach City Hall. Meeting participants may attend any time during the scheduled hours to learn more. Project information will be available for review, and FDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project, answer questions, and receive comments.

The County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting meets at 10 a.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room at the Government Services Building.

The Flagler County Economic Opportunity Advisory Council meets at 9 a.m. at the Government Services Building’s board chambers, with reports from Deborah Williams of the Flagler County Education Foundation and Robin King, CEO of CareerSource.

The Friends of the A1A Scenic and Historical Byway Board meets at 2 p.m. at St. Augustine Beach City Hall.

Local Media Recap:

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In Florida and in State Government:

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

Felon voting rights: The Financial Impact Estimating Conference will hold a workshop on a proposed constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights for non-violent felons. The proposal, known as the “Voter Restoration Amendment,” could go on the 2018 ballot. (9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

Citrus: The Florida Citrus Commission will meet. (9 a.m., Florida Department of Citrus, 605 East Main St., Bartow.)

The Florida Board of Education will take up a series of issues including “turnaround option plans” for low-performing schools in several districts. (10 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy will appear at a televised debate sponsored by Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association. (7 p.m., Broward College, Davie.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

Oct. 27: Flagler County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin hosts a town hall meeting with School Board member Andy Dance at Hidden Trails Community Center, 6108 Mahogany Blvd., Bunnell, at 5:30 p.m.
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, tiffany@flaglerchamber.org.
Oct. 29: Flagler Beach North End Beach Clean Up: There will be a beach clean up of heavy debris for the north side of town at 9 a.m. Volunteers must be 18 or older and sign up in front of the Aliki high rise located at 1601 N. Central Avenue. Must wear closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves.
stetson school of musicNov. 1: Stetson Sounds New XII: First Glimpse, World premieres by Stetson composers, 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand, call 386-822-8950. Complimentary Admission.
Nov. 2: Stetson Guitar Ensemble, Stephen Robinson, director, Featuring students of the studio of Stephen Robinson performing in various ensembles with guitar, 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand. Call 386-822-8950. Complimentary Admission.
Nov. 3: Stetson Guest Recital, Denise Gainey, clarinet and Yakov Kasman, piano. Yakov Kasman is a Van Cliburn silver medalist, and Denise Gainey is a Backun Artist and student of Kalman Opperman. Both are faculty members at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand. Call 386-822-8950. Complimentary Admission.
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 info@floridaagmuseum.org. The museum is located at 7900 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
Nov. 4: Stetson’s 27th Undergraduate Annual Juried Arts Exhibition, with Reception and awards ceremony 6-8 p.m. at the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, 139 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand, 32723 (call 386/822-7270).
Nov. 4-5: Stetson Homecoming Concert, Featuring Stetson’s Concert Choir, University Symphonic Band, and Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand, 386-822-8950, Complimentary Admission.
Nov. 5-6: Tommy Tant Memorial Surf Contest and Food Festival in Flagler Beach. (Cancelled.)
Nov. 5: Flagler Fun Coast Bed Race, with Nov. 6 as rain date, In Flagler Beach. (Cancelled.)
Nov. 6: Reflections Salon, Inc, a local family owned business, will be offering $10 haircuts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and donating all proceeds to stage 4 cancer survivor and Hurricane Matthew victim Kevin Kosinski. The salon, which opened in 2014, is at 25 Pine Cone Dr, Ste 3, Palm Coast. Call (386) 225-4503 for information.
Nov. 6: Stetson Faculty Chamber Ensemble, Featuring Brahms’ Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello, Lynn Musco, clarinet, David Bjella, cello, Michael Rickman, piano, 3 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand. Call 386-822-8950. Complimentary Admission.
Nov. 8: Election Day.
Nov. 8: Stetson Chamber Orchestra, Anthony Hose, conductor: A rare opportunity to hear Roberto Molinelli’s Twin Legends, featuring David Bjella, cello. 7:30 p.m. Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall 421 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand, 386-822-8950. Tickets: $10 adult, $8 senior, $5 youth and student, no charge for 12 and younger. Tickets available at the door or at www.stetson.edu/music-tickets.
Nov. 14: The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society presents Marcia Fine, award-winning author of seven novels, who will speak about a “Sephardic Journey” at 7 p.m. in the Flagler Room of the Old Ponce de Leon Hotel, 74 King Street at Cordova Street on the Flagler College Campus in St. Augustine. Fine’s historical fiction, “The Blind Eye,” has been chosen by the State Library of Arizona ONEBOOKAZ, a celebration of quality literature. The program is free, all are welcome, no advance arrangements are necessary. Please call (904) 829-6481 for best directions.
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.

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 Oct. 21 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto, Mitsuko Uchida, Piano

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