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Monday Briefing: State of the Library, Return of Industrial Hemp, Teddy Bear Picnic, 2001 Odyssey

| April 3, 2017

‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ the Stanley Kubrik movie, premiered on this day in 1968 (49 years ago). Most of us are still trying to figure out what the hell happened in the last thirty minutes, or the first 15.

Today: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely and chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 80s inland, in the lower 80s coast. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent. Tonight: Partly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 422.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: bracketology, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“… the Americans were a new kind of Bedouin. More than anything else, they valued the freedom to move, hoping in their very movement to discover what they were looking for. Americans thus valued opportunity, or the chance to seek it, more than purpose.”

–Daniel Boorstin in The Americans: The National Experience


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.

The Flagler County Commission meets at 9 a.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. The public library board of trustees presents its annual report. Commissioners are expected to approve two $7,500 “discretionary event” grants out of the tourism fund–two soccer events taking place at Indians Trails Sports Complex in later April and May. 

Teddy Bear Picnic, 10-10:30 a.m. at Palm Coast Linear Park, 31 Greenway Court. Children ages 2-5 will bring their favorite teddy bear for story time, game playing or craft and a snack. This month’s theme: Earth Day Remarkable Recycling. This monthly program offers a unique experience for toddlers and their parent.

Veterans Advisory Council meeting, 4 p.m., First Floor Conference Room • Government Services Building • 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 2, Bunnell.


palm coast arts foundation picnics and popsPalm Coast Arts Foundation’s Annual Picnics and Pops Concert With the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, at Town Center: Tickets for the 10th Anniversary event, on May 7 at 6:30 p.m., are $40 for members of the foundation, $45 for the general public, through March 15. After March 15, tickets are $45 and $50, and a table of 10 goes for $450 for members, $500 for the general public. For tickets go to or call 386-225-4394. See a full flier for the event here.

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.

Invasive species: The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee will consider a bill (HB 587), filed by Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, that calls for a pilot program to help eradicate nonnative species such as tegu lizards, lionfish and pythons. (11:30 a.m.)

Financial literacy: The House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a proposal (HB 955), filed by Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, and Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, that would require high-school students to earn a half-credit in personal financial literacy. (11:30 a.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

Industrial hemp: The Senate Agriculture Committee will consider a bill (SB 1726), filed by Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, that would allow the University of Florida and Florida A&M University to develop industrial-hemp pilot projects. (1:30 p.m.)

Welfare penalties: The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will take up a bill (SB 570), filed by Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, that would make changes in the state’s public-assistance system, including increasing penalties for failure to comply with work requirements. (Monday, 1:30 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

Beer branding: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will consider a proposal (SB 1040), filed by Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, that would allow beer distributors to give free “branded” glassware to bars and restaurants. The proposal has become controversial in the beer industry. (1:30 p.m.)

DUI ignition locks: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will take up a bill (SB 918), filed by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, that would expand the mandatory use of ignition interlock devices in drunken-driving cases. (1:30 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

School testing: The Senate Education Committee will take up a controversial bill (SB 926), filed by Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, that would make a series of changes in public-school student assessments. (1:30 p.m.)

Juvenile records: The House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a proposal (HB 205), filed by Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, and Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, that would help juveniles expunge arrest records after they complete diversion programs for misdemeanor offenses. (3 p.m.)

Medical pot: The Senate Health Policy Committee will consider a proposal (SB 406), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that would carry out a November constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in the state. (4 p.m.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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

April 4: The American Association of University Women (AAUW)’s Flagler branch has a wine and cheese social at the Hammock Cheese shop, 5368 N Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, starting at 4 p.m.
flagler county democratic executive committeeApril 6: Palm Coast Democratic Club meeting, 7 p.m. at the African American Cultural Center, US1 in Palm Coast.
April 6: Tom Gargiulo will present a Gallery Walk and a Q&A on the works of 2016 Artist of the Year Judi Wormeck, at 6 p.m. at Ocean Art Gallery, 206 Moody Boulevard (State Road 100) in Flagler Beach.
auschwitzApril 6: Stetson University hosts the 10th anniversary Bernard Weiner Holocaust Memorial Lecture, The Architecture of the Holocaust, at 7 p.m., in Rinker Auditorium inside the Lynn Business Center, 345 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Florida, 32723. This event is free and open to the public. This year’s speaker will be Paul Jaskot, Ph.D., professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, at DePaul University in Chicago. His lecture is entitled, “The Architecture of the Holocaust” and draws on his research into how the Nazis built their concentration camps using forced inmate labor, as well as the testimonies of surviving laborers. Jaskot earned a Ph.D. in art history from Northwestern University and has written several books, including “The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy “(London: Routledge, 2000). His research has mostly examined the cultural history of National Socialist Germany and its impact on art and architecture.
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.
April 29: The People’s Climate Movement March, in conjunction with a march scheduled in Washington, D.C., will march locally, meeting at Wadsworth Park at 10 am and marching over the bridge to Veteran’s Park in Flagler Beach, where there we will a rally and speakers sharing a wide variety of issues and information on how to get involved.
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 March 24 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Händel: Keyboard Suite HWV 428, Daria van den Bercken, piano

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1 Response for “Monday Briefing: State of the Library, Return of Industrial Hemp, Teddy Bear Picnic, 2001 Odyssey”

  1. Jan says:

    SB 188 will be heard by the Senate today. This is the bill that will eliminate home rule. Let your senators know that they represent US, not big business!

    “The government closest to the people serves the people best” as Thomas Jefferson said.

    Let your voice be heard!

    Email them and tell them to STOP SB 188! We want home rule. Copy and paste this list into an email (perhaps divide it into two emails – that is what I did) and send them a short message – we want home rule, and vote down SB 188.

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