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| March 14, 2017

Progress at Holland Park: The North Portal. (Palm Coast)

Progress at Holland Park: The North Portal. (Palm Coast)

Today: A last blast of winter: Partly cloudy in the morning then clearing. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Colder, clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 400.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: omnium gatherum, n., adv., and adj..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


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 Bike Week begins Friday, March 10, and runs through Sunday, March 19: Please look both ways, twice, be safe, and look out for the safety of others.. It is also Spring Break all week for Flagler County Schools.

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 Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Financial Services Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Third Floor, Bunnell.

The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. to review the results of its recent, mostly-web-based citizen’s survey, hear a presentation on the city’s investments, and discuss its “strategic action plan.” Starting at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center.

Recovery care centers: The Senate Health Policy Committee will consider a series of issues, including a bill (SB 222), filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would allow patients to stay up to 24 hours at ambulatory surgical centers. Current law bars overnight stays. Also, the bill calls for allowing recovery care centers, a new type of entity where patients could stay 72 hours after surgery. This is the bill that has drawn opposition from local leaders, including notably Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland, (10 a.m.)

Special Olympics Management Team Meeting, 5:45 p.m. Third Floor, Room b, Government Services Building, Bunnell.

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.)

Economy: The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the producer-price index at 10:30 a.m.

The Willoughby Brothers are at the Flagler Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Mostly useless information: Billy Crystal is 70 today. But Einstein is 138. In 1978, Israel’s military invades southern Lebanon for the first time, what would be the first of a half dozen large-scale invasions and withdrawals over the next four decades, first in an attempt to eradicate the Palestine Liberation organization, then in successive but fruitless campaigns against Hezbollah.


Open Registration for the 2017 Summer Camp at the Flagler County Youth Center for incoming 6th to 9th grade students is now open. To register, click here. The cost for the 2017 Summer Camp is $160 for the 1st child and $125 for every additional child. All payments must be made within 10 business days of submitting this form or you will have to re register. Please note spaces will be reserved on a first pay, first serve basis. Payment may be in Cash or a Check/Money order made out to FPCHS. Payment can either be dropped off or mailed to:

Flagler County Youth Center
5500 East Highway 100
Palm Coast, FL 32164

Please include a note with who the payment is for. If you have any questions please email or call 386-437-7540 Ext.5102

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.

Ridesharing regulations: The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will take up a bill (SB 340), filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, that would create statewide rules for “transportation network companies” such as Uber and Lyft. The industry has supported such a system, which would prevent a variety of local regulations. (10 a.m.)

Liquor wall: The House Government Operations & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a proposal (HB 81), filed by Rep. Bryan Avila, R-Hialeah, that would repeal a Depression-era law requiring liquor stores and bars to be separated from groceries and other retail goods, an issue commonly referred to as the “liquor wall.” (10 a.m.)

Drywall tax break: The Senate Community Affairs Committee will take up a bill (SB 948), filed by Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, that would lead to lower tax assessments for homes affected by drywall that needs remediation. The bill comes after highly publicized problems with Chinese drywall. (10:30 a.m.)

Pay equity: House Minority Leader Janet Cruz, D-Tampa, Rep. Lori Berman, D-Lantana, Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Orlando, and members of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida are expected to take part in a news conference about pay equity. (Noon, fourth-floor rotunda, the Capitol.)

Religious expression in schols: The Senate Judiciary Committee and the House PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee will take up bills (SB 436 and HB 303), filed by Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, Rep. Kimberly Daniels, D-Jacksonville, and Rep. Patricia Williams, D-Lauderdale Lakes, that deal with religious expression in public schools. Dubbed the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act,” the bills, in part, would require the state Department of Education to develop a model policy that each school district would be required to adopt. (Senate Judiciary, 2 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol. Also, House PreK-12 Quality, 2 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

Rail: The Senate Transportation Committee will consider a proposal (SB 386), filed by Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, that would place requirements on rail operators that want to provide high-speed passenger service. The bill, in part, would require high-speed operators to pay for safety upgrades and would give the Florida Department of Transportation regulatory authority over high-speed rail where not preempted by federal regulations. (2 p.m.)

Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet meet at 9 a.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:

March 14: Democratic Party Social, 6-8 p.m. at the Cue Note Billiards Room, 160 Cypress Point Pkwy, Palm Coast, in the City Walk plaza. It’s a great pub and a great opportunity to meet other real Democrats.
March 15: The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases inflation and earnings numbers at 10:30 a.m.
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: More info: 386-986-2323.
March 17: The Gargiulo Art Foundation’s 2016 Artist of the Year, Judi Wormeck, is featured in a month-long show at Ocean Art Gallery in Flagler Beach with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to all, at 206 Moody Boulevard (State Road 100) in Flagler Beach. Tom Gargiulo will present a Gallery Walk and a Q&A on March 30 at 6 p.m., and Judi Wormeck will have a demonstration on March 30 at 6 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
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 . 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: 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 23: Successful Women Sharing Career Strategies: a panel discussion hosted by the American Association of University Women (AAUW)‘s Flagler Chapter, and featuring Flagler County Engineer Faith Alkhatib, Andrea Barr of TechTalk Studios, Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland, social media manager and marketing analyst Carmenda Laymon, and Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart. The panel is moderated by Nancy Duke, at 2 p.m. at Daytona State College’s Palm Coast campus, Building 3, Room 105.
March 23: Tom Gargiulo will present a Gallery Walk and a Q&A on the works of 2016 Artist of the Year Judi Wormek, at 6 p.m. at Ocean Art Gallery, 206 Moody Boulevard (State Road 100) in Flagler Beach.
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, Flagler Broadcasting-WNZF General Manager David Ayres, Daytona Beach news-Journal Editor Pat Rice, and FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm Coast, at 6:30 p.m.
March 30: The Flagler County Chamber of Commerce’s Common Ground Breakfast at 8 a.m. at Grand Haven Country Club features a panel including Palm Coast Observer Editor Brian McMillan, Flagler Broadcasting-WNZF General Manager David Ayres, Daytona Beach news-Journal Editor Pat Rice, and FlaglerLive Editor Pierre Tristam.
March 30: Flagler County schools’ summer camps and activities expo, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Buddy Taylor Middle School-Wadsworth Elementary cafeteria.
March 30: 2016 Artist of the Year Judi Wormek presents a demonstration of her work at 6 p.m. at Ocean Art Gallery, 206 Moody Boulevard (State Road 100) in Flagler Beach.
April 4: The American Association of University Women (AAUW)’s Flagler Chapter has a wine and cheese social at the Hammock Cheese shop, 5368 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, starting at 4 p.m.
April 6: Palm Coast Democratic Club meeting, 7 p.m. at
April 26: Anyone whose child has died is invited to an informal meeting to consider eventually establishing a local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. There are some 650 such chapters across the country. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Florida Hospital Flagler in classrooms A&B. for more information, call John Brady at 610/428-3139. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at The meeting is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings over age 18 who has suffered the loss of a child of any age.
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:

Cultural Coda:

Ray Chen Performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

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