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Weekend Briefing: 2 Beach Clean-Ups, Hall of Terror, Pink Army Run and Walk, Public Option Solution

| October 28, 2016

Two beach cleanups this weekend: One in Flagler Beach, one around Varn Park (above). See below. (© FlaglerLive)

Two beach cleanups this weekend: One in Flagler Beach, one around Varn Park (above). Both are looking for volunteers. See below. (© FlaglerLive)

Weekend: Dry, highs in the lower 80s, nights in the lower 60s. Details here.
Drought Index is at 192.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: mind-blowing, adj..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

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“The hardest human-rights issues, of course, are the ones suppressed by a society’s business-as-usual assumptions. Is the firing of thousands of career employees by hugely profitable American companies a human-rights issue? Some would say so, but try finding that opinion in an American newspaper. Should ordinary citizens be permitted to criticize their royalty? It took a blood bath to raise that question in Nepal. Should an elected president who violated human rights, with millions of his countrymen in tacit support, face the international judicial music alone? Ask Slobodan Milosevic in his new Hague flat.”

–Carlin Romano, from a July 2001 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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, Saturday, Sunday: 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, including through the weekend: 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.

wnzfFree For All Fridays on WNZF Radio: Host David Ayres welcomes Flagler Sheriff candidate Rick Staly (Larry Jones was invited last week but was a no-show, Ayres said), with other guests who’ll discuss taxes, the proposed constitutional amendment on solar energy, and changes in Obamacare, starting with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam on what makes Trumpists tick.

Friday: Ribbon Cutting at The Blue Heron Beachfront Bistro, 909 N Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach, 4 p.m.

Saturday: Flagler Beach North End 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.

Saturday: Calling all boys and ghouls at European Village for a Halloween afternoon and evening starting with trick or treating at 4:30 p.m., a costume contest from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Sparky the Clown from a three-ring circus at 7:30 p.m.

hall-of-terrorSaturday through Monday: Palm Coast Hall of Terror XIV: at Palm Coast Fire Station 21, 9 Corporate Drive, Palm Coast. Hall of Terror takes those who dare through a haunted house and show, with volunteer characters, many of whom are firefighters and other City employees. Admission is free. Recommended for ages 10 and over. This year’s hours are 7-9 p.m. Oct. 29, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 30; and 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31. More information here or call 386-986-2300.

Sunday: Pink Army Breast Cancer 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk: Launched in the fall of 2010, Florida Hospital’s Pink Army campaign is aimed at enlisting individuals to help create greater awareness about the life-saving benefits of annual mammograms and early detection, all while having fun with friends and family. Gather in front of Florida Hospital Flagler at 7:45 a.m. Register here.

Sunday: Beach Clean-up at Varn Park: Flagler County Land Management is assisting Flagler Volunteer Services in its efforts to clean up the beach north of Varn Park. Volunteers willing to put in a workout, with some walking, are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. at Varn Park, 3665 N. Oceanshore Blvd., to register with Flagler Volunteer Services. Photo identification and closed-toe shoes are required. Sunscreen, gloves and drinking water are recommended. While the clean-up officially ends at 11 a.m., individuals and small groups may organize smaller trash-pick-up events. Bagged garbage left near the dune line – and away from the high-tide line – will be collected by Flagler County staff on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 2. Questions should be directed to Flagler Volunteer Services at 386-597-2950.

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In Florida and in State Government:

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

Homelessness: Erik Braun, executive director of the state Office of Homelessness, is expected to speak to the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce. (Friday, 11:30 a.m., The Shores Resort & Spa, 2637 South Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach.)

President Barack Obama is expected to campaign Friday in Orlando for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. (Full details have not been released.)

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTS DUE: State candidates and political committees face a Friday deadline for filing reports showing updated finance information through Oct. 21.

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

Nov. 1: Students in grades 4-8 at Imagine School at Town Center hold a mock presidential election. Students will receive a registration card to complete and be issued a Voter’s ID, as they must be a registered voter to vote. They will then at their respective grade level times cast their ballot and receive an “I Voted Today” sticker upon exiting the voting poll.
Nov. 2: Navy training schedules indicate live bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex in the Ocala National Forest from 8 a.m. to noon. The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Fla. For additional information, call (904) 542-5588.
Oct. 31: The Flagler County Canvassing Board meets at the elections supervisor’s office at the Government Services Building in Bunnell at 10 a.m. to canvass absentee, or mailed-in, ballots.
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: The Flagler County Canvassing Board meets at the elections supervisor’s office at the Government Services Building in Bunnell at 10 a.m. to canvass absentee, or mailed-in, ballots.
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: The 12th Annual Creekside Festival: join residents of and visitors to Flagler County under the majestic oaks at Princess Place Preserve for the Annual Creekside Festival, a tradition that celebrates the natural beauty of Northeast Florida. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per carload per day. See the video promotion here.
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: The Flagler County Canvassing Board meets for three successive meetings at the elections supervisor’s office at the Government Services Building in Bunnell, as follows: at noon and again at 6 p.m. to canvass absentee ballots, and at 7 p.m. to issue unofficial results of the election.
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. 10: The Flagler County Canvassing Board meets at the elections supervisor’s office at the Government Services Building in Bunnell at 5:15 p.m. to canvass provisional ballots and discuss unofficial results.
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. 18: The Flagler County Canvassing Board meets at the elections supervisor’s office at the Government Services Building in Bunnell at 5 p.m. to canvass overseas ballots and discuss official results.
Nov. 22: The Flagler County Canvassing Board meets at the elections supervisor’s office at the Government Services Building in Bunnell at 10 a.m. to conduct a post-election, manual audit.
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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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:

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