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Tuesday Briefing: The John Seth Difference, Flagler Schools’ Rezoning, Flagler Playhouse Expansion, Pink Army

| January 17, 2017

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The Flagler County School Board this evening at its meeting recognizes Flagler Palm Coast High School’s John Seth, who was honored in December as one of “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” nationally by School Band and Orchestra Magazine. This is the 19th year the magazine has highlighted music educators from each state. Current and former students, colleagues and parents submitted nominations. Seth has taught for 13 years, nine of them at FPC. He was named the Teacher of the Year for FPC in 2014. Just last year, Seth was presented with the Shine Award by Florida Governor Rick Scott. The award goes to educators and school administrators who make significant contributions to education.

Today: Partly cloudy. Areas of dense fog in the morning. Highs in the lower 80s inland, in the upper 70s coast. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 5 mph shifting to the southwest after midnight.Details here.
Drought Index is at 370.
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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“I sure as hell felt dead when the phone rang and they told Ruby that I had been skipping school for the past two weeks. They told me if I didn’t come back the next day we would be in trouble. The next day I went to school and was at least happy to see my friend Little Bill. He was wearing a toboggan. I had been friends with Little Bill forever. It wasn’t that big of a deal except we had retard math together and the retard math teacher Mrs. Powell only had three rules. No hats. I was just sitting down with Frog who was telling me about his brother getting crabs. “My mom told him not to be messing with that girl.” Frog said it was really sad. He kept telling me how his brother came home one night and finally told his mom that he had crabs. She was drunk and told him to put Raid on it. He didn’t know she was joking. Then Frog laughed. ‘And that’s what he did too. Shit ate through the skin and he almost lost his testicle.'”

–Scott McClanahan, from Crapalachia: A Biography of Place (2013).


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.

palm coast logoThe Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council will donate proceeds from the latest Pink Army event, raising money for breast-cancer awareness, to the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation Cancer Fund. The council is expected to approve financing a set of existing loans at better terms, and to approve a contract for $7.8 million to start construction at the Palm Coast Community Center in February.

The Flagler County School Board meets for a rezoning workshop at 4 p.m. in Training Room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building, then at 5 p.m. for a workshop followed by its regular meeting at 6 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. Watch out: the 6 p.m. meeting’s agenda has a new format, more complicated to navigate than its predecessors. At the 5 p.m. workshop, board members will hear a proposals from a private company called LoansAtWork to provide emergency loans to school employees. See that presentation here. At the 6 p.m. meeting, the board will recognize John Seth, who was named one of 50 music directors who made a difference by a national band magazine in December (see the photo caption above).

The Bunnell Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. at Bunnell City Hall, 201 West Moody Boulevard. The board will hear a request for site plan approval for the expansion of the Flagler Playhouse at 301 E. Moody Blvd. See the proposal here. The planning board is chaired by Thea Mathen.

Bill Ryan. (© FlaglerLive)

Learn about historic and interesting Flagler County sites with local author Bill Ryan as your guide on this latest Historic Flagler County Bus Tour. The bus leaves at 10 a.m. from the Holden House, 204 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell, and returns at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $20, which does not include lunch at Bull Creek Fish Camp. To make reservations or for more information call 386-439-5003.

The Flagler County Centennial Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in the Executive Conference Room of the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell.

In Florida and in State Government:

Note: Some proceedings below can be followed live on the Florida Channel. Most legislative proceedings can be followed through the Senate or House websites.

The State Board of Education will meet in Martin County. (8:30 a.m., Martin County School Board office, 500 East Ocean Blvd., Stuart.)

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board and the Suwannee River Water Management District Governing are scheduled to hold a joint meeting and discuss a North Florida regional water supply plan. (11 a.m., 15100 N.W. 142nd Terrace, Alachua.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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

Jan. 18: Flagler Department of Juvenile Justice committee meeting, 9 a.m., Room 3B, third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell. Contact: Debbie Neuman, Focus on Flagler Youth Coalition, 386-283-204.
Jan. 21 and 22: Flagler County Home and Lifestyle Show, the annual event and fund-raiser for Flagler Technical Institute, the adult education division of the school district, takes place at Flagler Palm Coast High School.
Jan. 23: Doughnuts with Doughney: Similar to “Coffee with a Cop,” Doughnuts with provides the public an opportunity to meet and speak openly with Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney about issues or concerns in Flagler Beach. The location of the meeting provides citizens easy access to both the 7-ELEVEN and Chief Doughney, in a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere. From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Flagler Beach 7-ELEVEN convenience store, 408 South Oceanshore Boulevard.
Jan. 25: Palm West Home Realty’s Hammock Office at 5048 North Ocean Shore Boulevard is celebrating its five-year anniversary with an open house from 4 to 7 p.m., with door prizes.
Jan. 26-27: Volunteers conduct the annual in-person census of the homeless population in Flagler County.
Jan. 27: The Florida Ethics Commission considers a final action in the ethics case against former County Commissioner Barbara Revels, who has agreed to a settlement and a fine of $4,500 over several issues brought forth by complainant John Ruffalo. The ethics commission board, however, must approve the settlement. 8:30 a.m. Third Floor Courtroom, First District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Drive, Tallahassee.
Jan. 27: Man Up, with former NBA Player and current pastor Keith Tower, at Palm Coast Community Church, 1 Pine Lakes Pkwy North, Palm Coast, in partnership with Parkview Baptist Church, Epic Church, Lifecoast Church, First Baptist Church of Palm Coast, and Palm Coast Bible Church. 4:30 to 10 p.m.
Jan. 30: Suicide Prevention Training: Take part in a free community outreach training program to learn three steps to help save a life, in a three-hour workshop at the Emergency Operatiosn Center, behind the Government Services Building in Bunnell, from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact Ashleigh Husbands, Regional Suicide Prevention Specialist, 301/928.7448 or by email,
Jan. 31: Vienna Boys’ Choir at Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, 7 p.m., one performance only. The Palm Coast Arts Foundation is organizing a bus trip, leaving from the Staples Parking Lot the evening of the concert, with some light food and drinks included on the bus ride, $80 for Arts Foundation members, $90 for others, call 386-225-4379.
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.
Feb. 8: Jonathan Canales, the man accused of shooting his girlfriend in the neck and leaving her to bleed in a bathtub for hours in their Mondex trailer in Nov. 2014, is scheduled for a pre-trial at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse. Canales had been judged incompetent to stand trial previously.
March 7: Bunnell and Flagler Beach hold their municipal elections.
March 22: The boy Scouts Council holds its Golden Eagle Dinner at 6 p.m. at Hammock Beach Resort, honoring Bob Cuff, now a Palm coast City council member.

The Day’s Best Reads:

Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through Jan. 13 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Narciso Yepes in Concert, 1979, 10-string Guitar

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1 Response for “Tuesday Briefing: The John Seth Difference, Flagler Schools’ Rezoning, Flagler Playhouse Expansion, Pink Army”

  1. Instigator says:

    The Flagler Palm Coast Amateur Radio Club will meet Saturday 21 Jan 17 @ 9am at the EOC in Bunnell. All are welcome. More information at We are a diverse club with interests in emergency communications, VHF/UHF propagation, and community service. For information on Amateur Radio licensing please see the ARRL website at

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