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Tuesday Briefing: Mayors Fête Netts, Mock Election in Schools, Palm Coast’s Garbage, Trump’s Tax Evasions

| November 1, 2016

Outgoing Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts was surprised by his fellow Flagler County Mayors at a luncheon last week in Bunnell. The League members alternate hosting duties among the five cities involved on a quarterly basis to discuss challenges facing each municipality and providing a forum in which the Mayors may determine how each city can help the others. Mayor Netts was presented with a satin-lined wooden case with wine accessories, that also contained a bottle of celebratory wine. An engraved brass plate on the lid reads, 'Presented to Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts by the Flagler County League of Mayors. ‘Like a Fine Wine, Your Aged Wisdom will be Missed!’ From left, Beverly Beach Mayor Steve Emmett, Bunnell Mayor Katherine Robinson, Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher, Marineland Mayor Dr. Leslie Babonis. Front: Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts. Palm Coast Mayor-Elect Milissa Holland took the photograph.

Outgoing Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts was surprised by his fellow Flagler County Mayors at a luncheon last week in Bunnell. The League members alternate hosting duties among the five cities involved on a quarterly basis to discuss challenges facing each municipality and providing a forum in which the Mayors may determine how each city can help the others. Mayor Netts was presented with a satin-lined wooden case with wine accessories, that also contained a bottle of celebratory wine. An engraved brass plate on the lid reads, ‘Presented to Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts by the Flagler County League of Mayors. ‘Like a Fine Wine, Your Aged Wisdom will be Missed!’ From left, Beverly Beach Mayor Steve Emmett, Bunnell Mayor Katherine Robinson, Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher, Marineland Mayor Dr. Leslie Babonis. Front: Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts. Palm Coast Mayor-Elect Milissa Holland took the photograph.

Today: Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Areas of dense fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 228.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: other world, n. and adj..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


“(Here I should, I suppose, add a note about maleness and femaleness as a literary issue — what is popularly termed “gender,” as if men and women were French or German tables and sofas. I should add such a note — it is the fashion, or, rather, the current expectation or obligation — but nothing useful can be said about any of it.) Essays are written by men. Essays are written by women. That is the long and the short of it.

–From Cynthia Ozick’s September 1998 essay in The Atlantic, “She: Portrait of the Essay as a Warm Body.”

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 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.

Mock election day in county schools: Students in grades 4-8 at Imagine School at Town Center and in many schools across the district 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.

The Flagler County Centennial Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in the 3rd floor financial conference room at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Flagler County Veteran’s Advisory Council meets at 4 p.m. in the 3rd floor financial conference room at the Government Services Building, Bunnell.

The Flagler County School Board meets for a 5 p.m. workshop and a 6 p.m. regular meeting in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. The meeting will include an update on the board’s legislative priorities in the coming year.

The Palm Coast City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. It is expected to discuss and possibly approve amendments to the Land Development Code on tree protection, landscaping and buffers. It is also expected to approve a contract extension of five years with Waste Pro for garbage collection and recycling, and a $55,000 change order–or cost overrun–for the Palm Harbor Parkway extension project.

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In Florida and in State Government:

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

Abortion waiting period: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in four cases, including a challenge to a 2015 law that would require women to wait 24 hours before having abortions. (9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

The Everglades Foundation will continue a 12-day bus tour to urge national and state leaders to support construction of a water-storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. (9 a.m., Lake Park Elementary, 14th Avenue North, Naples. Also, 11 a.m., Naples Zoo, 1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Also, 2:30 p.m., Bonita Springs City Hall, 9101 Bonita Beach Road S.E., Bonita Springs.)

The Florida Public Service Commission will take up a series of issues involving electric utilities and water and wastewater companies. (1:30 p.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

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: Sen. Marco Rubio, who hasn’t been to Flagler County for the duration of his senate term, is showing up at a campaign rally at Houligan’s from 4 to 5 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. 50 Plaza Drive in Palm Coast. Rubio faces Patrick Murphy in the ongoing election to the senate seat.
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.

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:

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