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Monday Briefing: Retiring K-9s, James Taylor Trial, Legal Clinics, Flagler History on TV

| April 17, 2017

Today marks the 56th anniversary of the launching of the fateful Bay of Pigs invasion, when a naive President Kennedy green-lighted the invasion of Cuba by 1,500 exiles in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castor, above right, seen here with Che Guevara.

Today marks the 56th anniversary of the launching of the fateful Bay of Pigs invasion, when a naive President Kennedy green-lighted the invasion of Cuba by 1,500 exiles in an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castor, above right, seen here with Che Guevara.

Today: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 80s inland…in the upper 70s coast. East winds 5 to 10 Tonight: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Lows around 60 inland…in the lower 60s coast. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 256.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: ombrellino, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


“That there are such devices as firearms, as easy to operate as cigarette lighters and as cheap as toasters, capable at anybody’s whim of killing Father or Fats or Abraham Lincoln or John Lennon or Martin Luther King, Jr., or a woman pushing a baby carriage, should be proof enough for anybody that, to quote the old science fiction writer Kilgore Trout, ‘being alive is a crock of shit.’”

–Kurt Vonnegut, from Timequake.

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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.

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James Taylor.

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).

Sheriff Staly will recognize two retiring K-9’s for their service and congratulate them for a job well done serving the community and their deputy partners. The recognition is part of The first quarter awards ceremony will be held at the Sheriff’s Operations Center at 2:30 p.m. to honor various members of the Sheriff’s Office who have earned awards, including Life Saving, Distinguished Service, Meritorious Service and many others for their exemplary performance of duty. Staly will also recognize employees that have five or more years of service with the Sheriff’s Office.

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.

Flagler history: Join the Flagler County Commission and the Centennial Committee at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium for the free showing of “A History of Flagler County. It is episode 13 of the PBS series “The Florida Historical Society Presents: Florida Frontiers.” Dr. Ben Brotemarkle, Executive Director of the Florida Historical Society and narrator of the production, will answer questions from the public, as will some of the Flagler County resident historians who appear in the program.

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., is slated to take part in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Spring Speaker Series. (7 p.m., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Willie Miller Instructional Center, Daytona Beach.)

In Florida and in State Government:



G.W. Carver Center Auction to benefits the Carver Center in Bunnell continues. To bid, go 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.

Stadium funding: The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee is expected to take up a bill (SB 236), filed by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, that would repeal a controversial 2014 sports-development program. The program set up a process for professional sports franchises to seek money for stadium projects. (1:30 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

Pot: The Senate Criminal Justice Committee will consider a proposal (SB 1662), filed by Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill would lead to civil penalties instead of criminal charges. (1:30 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

Vouchers: The Senate Education Committee will take up a bill (SB 902), filed by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, that would expand the Gardiner Scholarships program, which helps parents pay for education services for children with disabilities. (1:30 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

Foster children: The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee will receive a presentation by the state Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, or OPPAGA, about the characteristics of children in foster homes and group homes. (1:30 p.m., 401 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

Express lanes: The House Transportation & Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee will take up a proposal (HB 1387), filed by Rep. Jeanette Nunez, R-Miami, that would make changes related to highway express lanes. (2 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.)

Tax referendums: The Senate Community Affairs Committee will consider a bill (SB 278), filed by Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, that would only allow local governments to hold sales-tax referendums during primary and general elections. Also, the bill would require referendums held during primary elections to get the support of 60 percent of voters for approval. (4 p.m., 301 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

First responders: The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will take up a bill (SB 1088), filed by Sen. Victor Torres, D-Orlando, that seeks changes that could help first responders receive benefits for mental or nervous injuries. (4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

Terrorism: The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs, Space and Domestic Security Committee will consider a proposal (SB 476), filed by Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, that would address in state law a series of terrorism-related crimes. (4 p.m., 37 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

April 18:Veterans Networking Meeting: 6:30-8 p.m. at the VFW, 47 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast. The purpose is to provide Flagler County veteran-owned businesses a venue to hire or refer a veteran, share and find resources. For more information, please contact Jimmy M Millhollin at (386) 931-0487.
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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