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Wednesday Briefing: Matanzas Construction Tech Program, Kids’ Town Hall With Provencher, Staly as a 911 Dispatcher

| April 12, 2017

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Flagler County Commission Chair Nate McLaughlin was one of several county commissioners from across the state of Florida to speak at a Tallahassee press conference on the topic of vacation rentals, according to a county government release issued last week. McLaughlin, along with commissioners Gregory Hansen, David Sullivan and Donald O’Brien were in the capitol for the Florida Association of Counties conference and Legislative Day. The press conference was arranged by the Florida Association of Counties. ‘Vacation rentals are great at providing our welcomed tourists a chance to see what it is like to really live in Florida,’ McLaughlin said Thursday. ‘These short-term rental bills (House Bill 425 and Senate Bill 188) take micro-management to a new level. Let’s allow our neighbors to decide what is best for their neighborhoods and have Tallahassee stick to what is best for the state as a whole.’ Hansen, Sullivan and O’Brien attended ethics classes, as well as public records and Sunshine Laws. Ericksen attended other conference sessions. (Flagler County)

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“We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”

–White House spokesman Sean Spicer, during the daily news briefing, Tuesday.

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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.

Matanzas High School Building Project Grand Opening and ribbon-cutting, 11 a.m.: The program seeks to increase the construction workforce by connecting builders with Flagler Schools to build a tool shed and learning lab at Matanzas HS. Matanzas High School currently offers four years of construction Tech classes and an opportunity to dual enroll (receive credits) at the Daytona State Advanced Technical College. The Matanzas HS project is part of the Flagler Home Builders Association’s larger vision to increase the construction workforce.

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

Sheriff Rick Staly marks his first 100 days in office by putting in four hours as a 911 dispatcher today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center. He is also marking National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

Flagler Beach Mayor Linda Provencher hosts a Kids Town Hall Meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall. (The city’s website had initially incorrectly marked the time as 5 p.m., as had we.)

Announcements:

AARP Tax Assistance through April 15: The AARP Tax-Aide program has nearly 32,000 volunteers staffing 8,500 sites across the United States. These IRS certified volunteers provide free tax counseling and preparation service to low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. By appointment only, call 386-313-4048. This program will continue through April 15.

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 www.palmcoastartsfoundation.com 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.

The Senate will hold a floor session and consider a proposed budget (SB 2500) for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Also, it will take up a major water bill (SB 10) that is a priority of Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart. (Noon)

The House will hold a floor session and take up a proposed budget (HB 5001) for the fiscal year that starts July 1. It also will consider a series of other budget-related bills. (1 p.m.)

Newly elected Democratic U.S. House members Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy and Darren Soto will be guests at an Orlando Economic Partnership breakfast. (8:15 a.m., DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown, 60 South Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando.)

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission will hold a hearing as it prepares to put recommendations on the November 2018 ballot. (5 p.m., Florida A&M University, Student Union, Grand Ballroom, 1628 South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tallahassee.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

April 13: Protest against state Sen. Travis Hutson’s legislative attempt to eliminate Home Rule, and gut local control over short-term rentals (SB 188), at the intersection of Hammock Dunes Parkway and Hotel Trace (just outside the “Ocean Hammock” Gate), by Hammock residents, 1 to 2 p.m.
April 14: Many government offices are closed today for Good Friday.

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James Taylor.

April 17: The trial of James Albert Taylor, who faces a first-degree felony charge of lewd and lascivious molestation of an 11-year-old girl, is scheduled for 9 a.m., starting with jury selection, before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig, in Courtroom 401, Flagler County courthouse. A mistrial was declared earlier this month in the case (2014 CF 000043).
April 17: Free legal clinics: The Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller in partnership with the Flagler County Bar Association is proud to present a four part series of legal clinics free of charge. Come out and speak to attorneys who are experts in their respective field of law for free. These clinics will be held at the Flagler County courthouse in the 1st floor jury assembly room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd. building #1, Bunnell, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Today’s class: Civic Case Law: Foreclosure, Law suit litigation, Evictions and Small claims. See the flyer here.
April 18: Season Opening of Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool 2-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (days and hours expand May 27), Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool, 339 Parkview Drive, Palm Coast. Daily rates and season passes available. More info: 386-986-4741.
April 18: Numerous businesses are participating in a Daytona State College job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lemerand Center on DSC’s Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. Participating employers include Volusia County, Boston Whaler, SMA Behavioral Health, Heartland Dental, Silversphere, Thompson Pump and Manufacturing, Florida Health Care Plans, Halifax Health, Walgreens, Wells Fargo and others representing health services, education, banking, insurance, IT, hospitality, manufacturing and public service industries. Current DSC students and alumni are welcome to visit the college’s Career Services Department prior to the job fairs for assistance with resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and other free services. Career Services is located in the Wetherell Building (#100), Rm. 205, on the Daytona Beach Campus. For additional information regarding the job fairs or DSC’s Career Services Department, contact Dean Howe, (386) 506-3379, Dean.Howe@DaytonaState.edu.
April 23: The Chamber Players of Palm Coast, under the direction of Paige Dashner Long, are in concert at 3:30 p.m. at Palm Coast United Methodist Church, 5200 Belle Terre Pkwy, performing works by Gluck, Abel, Bach, and Handel. This concert will also include a special appearance by the Harmony Chamber Orchestra, the advanced orchestra from the Flagler Youth Orchestra Program, directed by Sue Cryan. They will play one piece at the beginning of the concert and join together at the end of the concert to perform Handel’s Water Music Overture and the Lady Gaga Fugue. The concert is free and open to all. Please invite family and friends to this wonderful concert, as well as forward this email to those who may be interested. Palm Coast United Methodist Church is located at 5200 Belle Terre Parkway. For more details, call 386-445-1600.
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 www.compassionatefriends.org. 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 26: Free legal clinics: The Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller in partnership with the Flagler County Bar Association is proud to present a four part series of legal clinics free of charge. Come out and speak to attorneys who are experts in their respective field of law for free. These clinics will be held at the Flagler County courthouse in the 1st floor jury assembly room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd. building #1, Bunnell, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Today’s class: Probate, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning. See the flyer here.

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Click on the image for larger view of the flyer.

April 28: City Market Place business owners have collectively come together to host a free Jazz Concert for the public at 7:30 p.m. The Jazz Concert will feature the Flagler-Palm Coast High School Jazz Band and is a fundraiser for the band. All sponsoring businesses will also have an Open House from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be free giveaways, prizes and a raffle drawing. The Flagler County Sheriff’s office will provide free fingerprinting of children. We would like to invite all Flagler County residents to join us for a wonderful evening of music under the stars.
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 3: Free legal clinics: The Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller in partnership with the Flagler County Bar Association is proud to present a four part series of legal clinics free of charge. Come out and speak to attorneys who are experts in their respective field of law for free. These clinics will be held at the Flagler County courthouse in the 1st floor jury assembly room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd. building #1, Bunnell, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Today’s class: Criminal Law and Traffic. See the flyer here.
May 15: Free legal clinics: The Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller in partnership with the Flagler County Bar Association is proud to present a four part series of legal clinics free of charge. Come out and speak to attorneys who are experts in their respective field of law for free. These clinics will be held at the Flagler County courthouse in the 1st floor jury assembly room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd. building #1, Bunnell, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Today’s class: Family Law: Divorce, Name change, Adoption, Domestic Violence Injunctions etc. See the flyer here.
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:

Joseph Haydn’s Symphony Nr. 66 in F major, Herbert Blomstedt, cond.

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