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Wednesday Briefing: Flagler Beach v. Sklar Marina, Teacher Pay, Pynchon on Balance, Kiwanis Grants

| March 8, 2017

The  San Francisco cityscape at pier 7. (David Yu)

The San Francisco cityscape at pier 7. (David Yu)

Today: Partly cloudy with chance of showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s inland… In the upper 70s coast. South winds 5 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the mid 50s inland…in the upper 50s coast. North winds 5 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 371.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: Morton’s Fork, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


“Our nominally free news media are required to present “balanced” coverage, in which every “truth” is immediately neutered by an equal and opposite one. Every day public opinion is the target of rewritten history, official amnesia and outright lying, all of which is benevolently termed “spin,” as if it were no more harmful than a ride on a merry-go-round.”.

–Thomas Pynchon, in his introduction to 1984: A Novel 1984

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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.

Keep in mind: March is Women’s History Month, and March 5-10 is National Procrastination Week. .

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.

The Flagler County Public Safety Coordinating Council meets at 8:45 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell.

The Flagler Beach City Commission holds a special, closed-door meeting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall to discuss the legal case of the city against Howard Sklar’s marina on Holly Avenue. See background here and here. The meeting will include an open portion at the beginning and the end.

Matanzas High School holds a blood drive at the Pirate Theater lobby, 8 a.m., with proceeds for Senior Scholarships.

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

The Palm Coast Leisure Services Advisory Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center.

Mostly useless information: Today is the anniversary of the income tax: it was enacted in 1913 following the ratification of the 16th Amendment. The New York Stock Exchange was founded on this day in 1817. In 1836, the first stock car race was held at the Daytona Beach and Road Course. In 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, with 239 people aboard. It has still not been found.

Announcements:

kiwanis clubFlagler Palm Coast Kiwanis Special Grant Awards: The final application deadline is March 31. Grants submitted after that date cannot be considered. Non-Profit Organizations and Schools that work with children are eligible to receive a grant for their proposal. Awards are given in amounts up to 5,000 dollars. Due to limited resources, not all projects can expect funding. Applications may be obtained on the FPC Kiwanis. Org website. All applications must be completed on the forms provided, though additional pages may be attached. An important requirement is that the grant not be the primary source of funding for the proposed project. Instructions on where to submit the electronic application are on the application letter with the download. The form is not interactive.

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.

Counterterrorism: The Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will receive an update on an expansion of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Counterterrorism Unit. (9:30 a.m.)

School recess: The Senate Pre-K-12 Education Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (SB 78), filed by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, that would require public schools to provide minimum amounts of recess for students. (9:30 a.m.)

The full Senate is expected to meet at 1 p.m.

Tobacco damages: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in four cases, including a case in which an appeals court rejected a $30 million punitive-damages award against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. The Broward County lawsuit, filed by the widow of late smoker James Schoeff, is part of thousands of what are known as “Engle progeny” cases filed in Florida against tobacco companies. The 4th District Court of Appeal in 2015 ordered reconsideration of the award of $30 million in punitive damages. (9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

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–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

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.
March 10: Movies in the Park – Friday, March 10, 7:45 p.m. in Central Park at Town Center, 975 Central Ave., Palm Coast. Families will enjoy a family friendly movie on the park’s giant outdoor movie screen. This month’s feature: The Jungle Book. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and snacks and invite your friends and neighbors to join you at this free, monthly family activity offered by Palm Coast Parks & Recreation and Flagler Schools. More info: 386-986-2323 and www.palmcoastgov.com/movies.

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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 www.floridachess.org.
March 11: First Aid and CPR/AED – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool classroom 339 Parkview Ave., Palm Coast. This class is a 7-hour course (one hour for lunch) designed to meet OSHA regulations and teach administering CPR to children and adults, using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), using a mask or barrier device, assisting with bleeding, broken bones. $5/person with pre-registration required by 9 a.m. March 9. Sign up at www.palmcoastgov.com/cpr. More info: cprcertification@palmcoastgov.com or 386-986-2300.
March 11: The Women’s Missionary Society of First Church of Palm Coast, pastored by the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, has scheduled the food giveaway from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church, 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast. For further details, call the church at 386-446-5759.
March 12: The Palm Coast Yacht Club sponsors the annual Blessing of the Fleet in the Cimarron basin at 3 p.m. The Blessing of the Fleet is a centuries old tradition that began in the fishing communities of the Mediterranean. More recently, in the coastal communities of Florida, including Palm Coast, the Blessing of the Fleet marks the opening of a new boating season. All captains are invited to bring their vessels to receive the blessing of Father Al for a safe and bountiful navigational season. Any type of watercraft is welcome.
March 17: Lunch N’ Lecture Series 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave. This month’s topic: “Can I recycle this?” The lecture and lunch are free, but pre-registration is required (while space available) by 11 a.m. March 15: www.palmcoastgov.com/register. More info: 386-986-2323.
March 18: NCCAA Youth Sports Clinic, 9 a.m. check-in, with clinic from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5445 Belle Terre Pkwy. and Palm Harbor Golf Club, 100 Cooper Lane. 6-16 year olds will enjoy free soccer, baseball, volleyball, basketball and golf instruction offered by professional coaches and collegiate athletes representing the National Christian College Athletic Association. Register online at www.palmcoastgov.com/register . More info: 386-986-2323.
March 21: Food Truck Tuesday, 5-8 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Ave, Palm Coast. Purchase and enjoy delicious cuisine available from food trucks situated along Park Street next to Central Park. Free entertainment is also provided. Proceeds this month will benefit the Parks & Recreation summer camp scholarship fund. More info: www.palmcoast.gov.com/foodtruck or call 386-986-2323.
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.
May 16: The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission holds a hearing the the case of Circuit Judge Scott DuPont, who faces several charges of misconduct during his 2016 re-election election campaign. He has admitted wrongdoing. The 9 a.m. hearing is taking place in courtroom 406-7 at the Duval County Courthouse, 501 W. Adams Street, Jacksonville, before a six-member panel: Eugene Pettis, Steven P. DeLuca, Robert Morris, Michele Cummings, Harry Duncanson (a lay member of the commission) and Jerome S. Osteryoung.

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 Feb. 24 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

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