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| January 18, 2017

The electric-car charging station at Palm Coast City Hall has become a little more visible. (Palm Coast)

The electric-car charging station at Palm Coast City Hall has become a little more visible. (Palm Coast)

Today: Partly cloudy. Areas of dense fog in the morning. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times in the morning. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds 5 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 50s. West winds 5 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 370.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: biffy, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“I asked him where he got that abomination of God thing from. He told me Leviticus. I asked him if Jesus ever said anything about homosexuality. I knew the answer was no. I told him didn’t Leviticus also say you have to keep your woman outside the tent if she was having her period? That shut him up. Then he quoted Leviticus.”

–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.

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.

The Flagler County Tourist Development Council meets at 10 a.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building in Bunnell. Council members are expected to approve three $1,250 grants–for the Palm Coast Arts Foundation’s annual Picnic and Pops concert in May, with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Town Center, for the Palm Coast Seafood Festival, and for WNZF’s Hot ‘n Spicy event in February. WNZF is also getting a $2,000 grant for the Rock n Ribfest at the Fairgrounds in April.

Flagler County’s Technical Review Committee meets at 9 a.m. in the first floor conference rom of the Government Services Building in Bunnell, to review four applications, including the construction of a nearly 6,000 square foot building at 141 Carmelite Drive by Discalced Carmelite Fathers of Florida, Inc.

The Palm Coast Planning Board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center to hear a plan to change 145 acres in Palm Coast’s K Section, along U.S. 1, from Greenbelt, Industrial and Conservation designations to Residential, Industrial and Conservation. The change would allow for the construction of 348 homes there, and 350,000 square feet of non-residential use.

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.

Aides to Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Cabinet members will meet in advance of a Jan. 24 Cabinet meeting. (9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

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

Senior scams: The Florida Department of Financial Services will hold an event to help protect seniors from financial scams. (10 a.m., Zephyrhills Cinema 10, Auditorium #3, 6848 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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

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

Previous Codas:

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