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Tuesday Briefing: Jim Landon’s Raise, Meeker’s Late Goal, Vienna Boys’ Choir at Peabody, Hugo Chavez Redux

| January 31, 2017

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In a bittersweet reunion, former and current members of the Flagler County Commission, including George Hanns, Barbara Revels, Nate McLaughlin and Charlie Ericksen, along with County Administrator Craig Coffey, joined Debbie Meeker, her sons and grandchildren Saturday morning to unveil a re-dedication of the Wadsworth Park soccer fields to the late Frank meeker, who died in July. The fields, the plaque reads, are dedicated to Meeker ‘in recognition of his dedication and commitment to Flagler County and to the youth of Flagler Soccer. Carpe Diem!’ (Flagler County)

Today: Sunny. Patchy frost inland in the morning. Highs in the upper 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows in the upper 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 386.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: repentine, adj..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

–Barack Obama, November 2015.


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.

The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. City Manager Jim Landon will again ask for a raise. The council will also discuss what questions to have on its next citizens’ survey, though the proposed survey has already been framed by the city manager, and discuss its agreement with the sheriff’s office, which provides policing in Palm Coast.

The Flagler County Centennial Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in the executive conference room of the Emergency Operations Center, Bunnell.

State Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier is slated to speak at a lunch meeting of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce. (11:30 a.m., Holiday Inn LPGA, 137 Automall Circle, Daytona Beach.)

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.

Live Bombing: Navy training schedules indicate that live and inert bombing will take place at the Pinecastle Range Complex located in the Ocala National Forest, which may reverberate as far as Palm Coast, today (Tuesday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with live bombing, and 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. with inert bombing, and again on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with live bombing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and inert bombing from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. 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.

Mostly useless information: Sexually transmitted diseases gain respectability as they get the very first clinic designated to their treatment in London in 1747, John Marshall becomes Chief Justice of the United States in 1801, to Thomas Jefferson’s presidential anger, Leon Trotsky is kicked out of the Soviet Union, and John O’Hara, who said “America may be unique in being a country which has leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization,” was born in 1905.

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 Associated Press will hold its annual legislative planning session, which draws reporters and editors from across the state. Speakers are expected to include Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Senate President Joe Negron, House Speaker Richard Corcoran, Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon and House Minority Leader Janet Cruz. Scott plans to release his 2017-2018 budget proposal at the event. (8:45 a.m., 22nd floor, the Capitol.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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

Feb. 1: Flagler County Tax Collector Suzanne Johnston hosts a ribbon-cutting at the new branch location of the tax collector, the third, at 2 p.m. at 2550 Moody Blvd., Flagler Beach, in the old Food Lion shopping center.
Feb. 1: Buddy Taylor Middle School marks the opening of its Agronomy Lab with a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. at the school, 4500 Belle Terre Parkway in Palm Coast.
Feb. 1: The Flagler County School Board holds its first workshop in its search for a new superintendent, at 6 p.m., in Room 3B, third floor of the Government Services Building–where the meeting is neither broadcast on television nor available by audio, though the board claims it is seeking public participation.
Feb. 2: The All Flagler County Democratic Club meets at 7 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society at 4422 N US Highway 1 in Palm Coast, with Flagler Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart presenting.
Feb. 3: In the state’s felony case against former Elections Supervisor Kimberle Weeks, a motion to dismiss the case is scheduled for hearing before Circuit Judge Margaret Hudson at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 301 at the Flagler County Courthouse.
Feb. 6: Ground Breaking for the relocation and extension of Runway 11-29 at the Flagler County Airport, 1:30 p.m. at the airport.
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.
Feb. 8: Superwash Express, the car wash on 110 Cypress Point Parkway, marks its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. at the new business. The public is invited.
Feb. 8: The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer is scheduled in St. Johns County
Feb. 23: County Administrator Craig Coffey is the speaker at the Flagler Chamber’s Common Ground Breakfast Series at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Palm Coast. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m., breakfast is at 8 a.m. $20 for members in advance. Email or go here for more information. Details here and here.
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:

Roy Eldridge, 1957

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3 Responses for “Tuesday Briefing: Jim Landon’s Raise, Meeker’s Late Goal, Vienna Boys’ Choir at Peabody, Hugo Chavez Redux”

  1. RayD says:

    His Highness Jim the First, wishes a raise…again.

  2. Peter A. Cerreta says:

    Re Landon’s once again up coming request for a raise. In light of the current SS issues’ impending rise in utilities, retired residents living on pensions and
    SS, why add to what l believe is a reflection of “American Greed”. No raise!

  3. Robjr says:

    He will get it. A group that has no problems throwing away hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money on a golf course and tennis center won’t have any qualms about a couple of percent raise.

    Get rid of the town manager style of government and the problem will cease.

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