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Thursday Briefing: African American Entrepreneurs Club, Farewell to Jon Netts, Rubio at Houligans, Canvassing Board

| November 3, 2016

Leslie Giscombe, left, founder of Palm Coast's African American Entrepreneurs Club, welcomes Parker Van Hart, director of the University of Florida's entrepreneurship program, this evening in a workshop open to the public at the African American Cultural Society in Palm Coast. See details below.

Leslie Giscombe, left, founder of Palm Coast’s African American Entrepreneurs Club, welcomes Parker Van Hart, director of the University of Florida’s entrepreneurship program, this evening in a workshop open to the public at the African American Cultural Society in Palm Coast. See details below.

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“The first time I ever went down the Mississippi, I thought the highest bluff on the river between St. Louis and New Orleans — it was near Selma, Missouri — was probably the highest mountain in the world. It is four hundred and thirteen feet high. It still looms in my memory with undiminished grandeur. I can still see the trees and bushes growing smaller and smaller as I followed them up its huge slant with my eye, till they became a feathery fringe on the distant summit.”

–From Mark Twain’s “Innocents Abroad” (1869)

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.

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.

Palm Coast’s Code Enforcement Board meets at 10 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center.

Jennifer Stagg decision: Sally Sherman, the county’s deputy administrator, is expected to issue a written decision at 10 a.m. in the case of Jennifer Stagg, the Emergency Management employee facing firing over charges of absenteeism, tardiness and insubordination. Her firing, after more than six years at the division, caused an uproar in the broader community and from her previous supervisor, who organized an effort to save her job. The background here.

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Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts. (© FlaglerLive)

Mayor Jon Netts farewell: The send-off reception originally scheduled in mid-October for Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. in the Community Wing at Palm Coast City Hall. Netts, 74, has been serving in one capacity or another for 16 years in Palm Coast. The reception will be emceed by Palm Coast Fire Chief Mike Beadle, with various speakers also scheduled, among them council member Jason DeLorenzo. Details here.

The African American Entrepreneurs Club meets for a workshop open to all at 6:30 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast. The speaker is Parker Van Hart, director for the MSE program at the University of Florida and founder of its Entrepreneurship and Innovation program, which is a co-sponsor of the club.

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.

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.

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In Florida and in State Government:

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

The state university system’s Board of Governors will meet after holding a series of committee meetings. The board will consider the confirmation of Martha Saunders as the new president of the University of West Florida and Larry Robinson as the interim president of Florida A&M University. (Committee meetings start at 8:30 a.m., followed by board meeting, Florida Atlantic University, Live Oak Pavilion, Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton.)

Prison guard slaying appeal: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in three cases, including an appeal by Death Row inmate Enoch Hall, who was convicted in the 2008 murder of corrections officer Donna Fitzgerald at Tomoka Correctional Institution in Volusia County. (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. (9:30 a.m., Eagle Point Elementary, Everglades Champions School, 100 Indian Trace, Weston. Also, noon, Bass Pro Shops Dania Beach, 200 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach.)

The Florida Supreme Court is expected to release its regular weekly opinions. (11 a.m.)

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus is slated to speak during JAX Chamber’s annual Military Appreciation Luncheon. (11:30 a.m., Prime Osborne Convention Center, 1000 Water St., Jacksonville.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

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

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

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