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Weekend Briefing: Sheltering Tree Fund-Raiser, Family Fun Day, Native American Festival, Holland v. Renner II

| February 24, 2017

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Viva Mexico! Friday is Mexico Flag Day. Show your love and appreciation for our most important southern neighbors. (Esparta Palma)

Weekend: Partly cloudy Friday and Saturday, highs in the upper 70s to 80, cooler Sunday, high in the upper 60s. Friday night, low in the upper 50s, falling to the 40s Saturday night and back to the mid 50s Sunday night. Details here.
Drought Index is at 336.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: outler, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“In Britain their king is for life–In America, our president will always be one of the people at the end of four years. In that country the king is hereditary and may be an idiot, a knave, or a tyrant by nature, or ignorant from neglect of his education, yet cannot be removed, for ‘he can do no wrong.’ In America, as the president is to be one of the people at the end of his short term, so will he and his fellow citizens remember, that he was originally one of the people; and that he is created by their breath–Further, he cannot be an idiot, probably not a knave or a tyrant, for those whom nature makes so, discover it before the age of thirty-five, until which period he cannot be elected. It appears we have not admitted that he can do no wrong, but have rather pre-supposed he may and will sometimes do wrong, by providing for his impeachment, his trial, and his peaceable and complete removal.”

–Tench Coxe writing as “An American Citizen” in the Philadelphia Independent Gazette of Sept. 26, 1787, from The Debate on the Constitution, Part One, September 1787-February 1788 (Library of America)


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 Sheriff’s daily incident reports and jail bookings are posted here.

Take the Flagler County School Superintendent Survey: The school district is inviting residents, including students and faculty, to fill out this survey, letting school board members know what kind of superintendent you want to replace Jacob Oliva, who is leaving in June. This survey will be live until early March. It takes about 10 minutes. It’s anonymous. Fill it out here.

wnzfFree For All Friday on WNZF, 9 a.m.: Host David Ayres welcomes Rep. Paul Renner and Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland for Round Two of their rumble in the jumbles of Renner’s bills, which are making a lot oif people unhappy locally and across the state. Last week they discussed his proposal to eliminate the state’s economic development and tourism agencies. Today they’ll talk about his proposal to open the way for a different kind of health care facility, a sort of half-way care facility between hospitals and rehabs, which the local hospital (and Holland) oppose, as they see it as a diminution of care in the name of cost savings for patients. Renner, of course disagrees. The show begins with a commentary by FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam on being an enemy combatant.

Friday: Special Olympics Flagler Summer Sports Coaches meeting, at the Government Services Building, Third Floor, Room 3, 5:45 p.m.

Friday: South Johnny and the Ashbury Jukes, at the Flagler Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: The Bridge Building Program hosts a Family Fun Day at Matanzas High School starting at 1 p.m., with food donated by Panda Express at 3 p.m. The Panda Express donation is intended to feed around 150 families, according to Program President Anthony Cullings.

Saturday: Black (Minority) Family Summit & Pizza Parle at the Carver Center in Bunnell, 9 a.m.

Saturday: Third Annual Flagler Schools Flagship Showcase, when you can visit Flagship Program (or school-to-work program) at Wadsworth Elementary and Buddy Taylor Middle School, including early registration for kingerdarten. At the two schools’ cafeteria, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: Native American Festival at Princess Place Preserve, 2500 Princess Place Rd., Palm Coast: With dancing, weapons demonstrations, wildlife exhibits, encampments and displays. General admission is $5 per carload, up to four, and $1 for each additional passenger. A free shuttle service is available from the parking area to the event. For more information, call 386-313-4020.

The shelter.

Sunday: Fundraiser for The Sheltering Tree, Flagler County’s only cold-weather shelter for the homeless. The Fundraiser will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Santa Maria Del Mar Catholic Church, 915 N. Central Avenue, Flagler Beach. Tickets to the event are $15 each and may be purchased at the door. For reservations call the Shelter at 386/437-3258, extension 105. Houligan’s and The Olive Garden in Palm Coast, Larry’s Deli in Bunnell, Pasta Pasta and Giovanni’s in Flagler, and Mezzaluna Pizzeria in Palm Coast are donating food for the event, as well as Terranova Italian Restaurant in Bunnell, and Anthony’s Brick Oven Pizza in Palm Coast. Music and entertainment will be provided by Palm Coast headliner entertainers “Debbie Owen and Tony T.” Door prizes and raffles are also being planned. Space for the event has been donated by the Santa Maria Del Mar Catholic Church. More details here.

Mostly useless information: Friday is Estonia Independence Day, and, as you can probably tell from the Mexican flags draping the White House, Trump Tower in New York, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach and every possible Trump property around the world, it is Flag Day in Mexico. The Mexican flag dates back to 1821 when what remained of the country after its ravages by Spain took its independence from it. The Mexican flag has an uncanny resemblance to the Italian flag, but the Italians left the center white free of eagle, snake or cactus, and to be precise, the Mexican flag is a more elongated rectangle. Not long after Mexican independence, on Feb. 24, Winslow Homer was born to paint and reinvent the sea, the sail and the wistful gaze. If you’re keeping track of Sunday’s anniversaries, it’s Johnny Cash’s, who was born on that day in 1932, the same day Karl Marx, in 1948, published The Communist Manifesto, the monster from under J. Edgar Hoover’s bed he could never slay. Also born on Feb. 26: Jackie Gleason (1916), Victor Hugo (1802), Tony Randall (1920) and Fats Domino (1928).

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 Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine will meet in Broward County. (Friday, 9 a.m., Sheraton Suites, 555 N.W. 62nd St., Fort Lauderdale.)

The state Child Abuse Death Review Committee, which seeks to reduce child abuse deaths, will meet in Hillsborough County. (Friday, 9 a.m., Embassy Suites USF, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa.)

The Revenue Estimating Conference will hold what is known as an “impact” conference. (Friday, 9 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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

Feb. 27: Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club holds its monthly meeting at the VFW Post 8696 47 N. Old Kings Road. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., the meeting starts at 6. The 90 minutes before the meeting is for anyone wishing to buy, sell or trade stamps and coins. The club’s meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There is a live auction of coins and stamps at the end of the meeting. The club is open for members and the general public who are interested in stamp and coin collecting and investing. Free stamp and coin evaluations at all our meetings. For more information visit the web site 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: It’s the kick-off of the annual Flagler Reads Together, the Friends of the Library’s annual communal reading event that focuses on a single book and encourages everyone in the county to read it. This time it’s as local as it gets: the book is the late Jack Clegg’s “The History of Flagler County,” in conjunction with Flagler County’s centennial celebrations. The month-long Flagler Reads Together kicks off on March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Flagler County Public Library’s main meeting room with a presentation by the Flagler County Historical Society’s Sisco Deen. It’s free.
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: 13th Annual Stamp and Coin Show and Chinese Auction, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Elk’s Lodge #2709 53 N. Old Kings Road, Palm Coast. Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club, Inc. will hold its 13th Annual Stamp and Coin show This show is open to the general public and everyone interested in stamps and coins. There will be dealers to give free evaluations of your stamp collections and silver and gold coins. Come early and bring your friends. Door prizes every 30 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.,m. and ending at 2:30 p.m. All proceeds from the Chinese Auction support the FCS&CC youth programs. Hugh variety of items to submit bids. The club is a 501(c)(3) non profit and is the only non profit stamp and coin club in Flagler County. Free parking and admission. Visit the web site for more information and contact.
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 10: Flagler Reads Together event (the Friends of the Library’s annual communal reading event that focuses on a single book and encourages everyone in the county to read it: the late Jack Clegg’s “The History of Flagler County,” in conjunction with Flagler County’s centennial celebrations). The March 10 event, at 2 p.m. in the Doug Cisney Room at the Flagler County Public Library on Palm Coast Parkway, is a presentation by Bob Stone addressing the Cattle industry in Florida. Folklorist and media producer Bob Stone’s multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century. You will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions including material culture such as Cracker cow-whips and unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage and other foodways, cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, Seminole ranching past and present, occupational skills such as roping and branding, our vibrant rodeo culture, side-splitting cowboy poetry, feisty cow-dogs, and much more.

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(Liz West)

March 10-12: 2017 Florida State Scholastic Chess Championship, at the Wyndham Hotel on International Drive in Orlando. This is also the qualifier for the Denker, Barber and National Girls Tournament Champions. This year each of these 3 events are awarding a $5,000 scholarship good for any university or college in the Country to the top finisher in each event. The top finishers will also get qualifying spots in the World Youth Tournament. Online entry and more information are available at
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:

Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train

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