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Wednesday Briefing: Superintendent Search, Tax Collector’s New Branch, Buddy Taylor Agronomy Lab, Gorusch

| February 1, 2017

The Flagler County School Board this evening begins the process of replacing Superintendent Jacob Oliva. (© FlaglerLive)

The Flagler County School Board this evening begins the process of replacing Superintendent Jacob Oliva. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Sunny. Highs in the mid 70s inland…in the lower 70s coast. Southwest winds 5 mph shifting to the southeast in the afternoon. Tonight: Clear. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s inland…in the lower 50s coast. South winds 5 mph shifting to the west after midnight. Details here.
Drought Index is at 388.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: palsy-walsy, n. and adj..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“Our credo must be the exposure of the plunderers, the steerers, the wirepullers, the bosses, the brokers, the campaign givers and takers … So I say: Stew, percolate, pester, track, burrow, besiege, confront, damage, level, care.”

–Reporter Wayne R. Barrett, 1945-2017, as reported in the Jan. 30 Times.


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.

Daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.

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

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.

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.

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.

Ongoing all week: the USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Futures Tourney, which started Jan. 27, runs through Feb. 5 at the Palm Coast Tennis Center, 1290 Belle Terre Parkway. Admission is still free today and Thursday during main-draw play. From Feb. 3 to 5, daily tickets will be $5 for adults, and free for juniors 16 and under. A schedule of matches is posted here.

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, 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: France, looking to make France great again in the middle of its bloody Revolution, declares war on England and the Netherlands on this date in 1793. The island of Mauritius in the western Indian Ocean abolishes slavery on this date in 1835, 18 years before the United States does, and without a civil war. February is Library Lovers’ Month. Late Night With David Letterman premiered on NBC on Feb. 1, 1982, with Bill Murray as his first guest. See the full show below in the Cultural Coda.

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 Palm Beach County legislative delegation holds a workshop with the county School Board. (2 p.m., Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center, 3300 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach.)

Aides to Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will meet to prepare for a Feb. 7 Cabinet meeting. (9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will consider the appointment of Ryan Matthews as interim secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection and discuss the process of picking a replacement for outgoing Secretary Jon Steverson. (4 p.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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

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:

David Letterman: The First Show, Feb. 1, 1982

Previous Codas:

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