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Tuesday Briefing: Community Center Re-Groundbreaking, Linda Cole Sings Valentine, Local Ethics

| February 14, 2017

Nathan Martin heart series

Nathan Martin, Heart Series No. 12.

Today: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers in the evening. Lows in the upper 50s. Southwest 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: magnolious, adj..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“Even the smallest public rigmarole is a pain in the ass, its true importance measurable not in the final effect but by how willing we are to leave our usual selves behind and by how much colossal bullshit and anarchy we’re willing to put up with in a worthwhile cause.”

–Richard Ford, from Independence Day (1995)


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 City Council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council will discuss its recently concluded series of strategic planning meetings.

Groundbreaking for the $7.8 million renovation project at the Palm Coast Community Center, to be attended by city officials, at 1 p.m. See background here.

The Flagler County Planning and Development Board meets at 6 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building to review two items, including a Planned Unit Development modification at the Bulow Plantation development.

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

The St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board will meet after holding committee meetings. (Committee meetings start at 9 a.m., followed by full board, district headquarters, 4049 Reid St., Palatka.)

The Friends of the Library present the “Annual Valentine’s Day concert” featuring Linda Cole. Cole will perform favorite love songs as well as music all can join in and sing to, or if it moves you, even dance to. Linda always enlightens with stories and history of her songs and music as well as entertaining with facts about February events. It is an entertaining, enlightening and perfect concert for bringing some love into your Valentine’s Day. Flowers will be given out to the first 100 guests. Refreshments will be served. No reservations required. (2 p.m. at the Flagler County Library, 2500 Palm Coast Parkway NW.

The Sicilian Tenors at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

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.

Ethics in local government: The House Public Integrity & Ethics Committee will take up a bill (PCB PIE 17-03) that would take steps to strengthen local-government ethics requirements. (9 a.m.)

Tax cuts: The House Ways & Means Committee will receive a presentation about Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal to cut taxes by $618 million. (12:30 p.m.)

Low-performing schools: The House Education Committee will discuss turnaround strategies for low-performing schools. (3:30 p.m.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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

Feb. 15: The Flagler County School Board holds a workshop on its superintendent search in Training Room 3 on the third floor of the Government Services Building, Bunnell, at 6 p.m.
Feb. 16: Business After Hours, sponsored by the Flagler Chamber, combined with a grand opening at CenterState Bank, 175 Cypress Point Parkway, Palm Coast, 5:30 p.m. This event is designed to bring together members of the business community in a fun filled atmosphere, to encourage networking and interaction, while enjoying delectable food and drink. Contact: Tiffany Edwards, 386-206-0955.
Feb. 17: Movie Nights by the Surf at Veterans Park, 5:30 p.m.: The movie will be shown at dusk, outdoors at Flagler Beach’s Veterans Park, located at the corner of Moody Blvd. and Highway A1A right across the street from the beach! Admission is free! Be sure to bring your family & friends as well as a blanket. Food and drinks will be available for purchase as well as bounce house activities and more.
Feb. 18: Two performances only, at 2:30 and 7 p.m., of “Ms. Jackie’s Bus,” an ordiginal stage play about the challenges of adolescence–from bullying to racism to homosexuality. At the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, 399 North U.S. 1, Ormond Beach, Adults $15, students $12, call the box office at 386/676-3375 and click here for details about the play.
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.
flagler education foundation mardi grasFeb. 28: Join the Flagler County Education Foundation’s 14th annual Mardi Gras gala at Halifax Plantation, 3400 Clubhouse Drive, Ormond Beach, at 6 p.m. This is one of the foundation’s annual fundraisers. Tickets are $100 per person. Click here to register or call today at 386/437.7526 for event details. Get a chance to talk to Joe Rizzo, the new executive director, and learn more about Flagler county schools.
March 3: Fourth annual Flagler County Job Fair, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Palm Coast Campus of Daytona State College, 3000 Palm Coast Pkwy SE, Building 3. There are more than 40 businesses registered, with more signing up daily, offering over 360 jobs. Last year over 400 job seekers attended the event, which was hosted by the Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity, CareerSourceFV, Daytona State College and the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. A full listing of companies is available at or by accessing the mobile app by searching the app store for Flagler Volusia Job Fair Plus.
March 3: Flagler Beach’s 10th Annual Pinewood Derby Race, as part of Flagler Beach’s First Friday. Awards will be presented for the fastest and most creative designed cars in the adult and children’s categories. Get your kit and then… Design it, build it, race it. Rules are here, and your registration form is here.
March 4: First of two kayaking trips organized by Flagler County’s Centennial Committee, this one, the Haw Creek paddle, is scheduled for launch at 9 a.m. from Russell Landing County Park. Registrations are needed in advance and registrations for the trip close on February 20th. The registration is $15 and each person registering will get a competition style tee shirt commemorating the County’s Centennial. When kayakers arrive at Bull Creek Park a special lunch will be offered for participants who opt for the $11 lunch. Registration for both trips, instructions and detailed directions can be found on the website or on facebook at Interested kayakers can contact the committee at The second trip is planned for a 9 a.m. launch Saturday April 22 from Longs Landing City Park.
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.
March 28: The Flagler Forum, the discussion group organized by Ed Fuller, hosts a panel discussion featuring Flagler County’s local media, including Palm Coast Observer Editor Brian McMillan and FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast, at 6:30 p.m.

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:

Johannes Ockeghem: Ave Maria

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