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Monday Briefing: Pier Cheers Again, France’s Trumpette, Bunnell’s State of the City, Carver Auction

| April 24, 2017

It's a wonder it stayed standing, or maybe not: the Flagler Beach Pier is more resilient than we know, and Saturday residents came out in force to Cheer at the Pier and celebrate the Flagler Centennial, the first time the pier has been open to so many people since it had to close after being damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Its eastern end is still off limits: it's not even there, and it won't be for a long time yet, but pier repairs are progressing, and the structure should  fully functional by the end of May. (c FlaglerLive)

It’s a wonder it stayed standing, or maybe not: the Flagler Beach Pier is more resilient than we know, and Saturday residents came out in force to Cheer at the Pier–the Flagler Beach Museum’s annual fundraiser, which came off with the involvement of 50 volunteers, according to Museum Director Teri Pruden–and celebrate the Flagler Centennial, the first time the pier has been open to so many people since it had to close after being damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Its eastern end is still off limits: it’s not even there, and it won’t be for a long time yet, but pier repairs are progressing, and the structure should fully functional by the end of May. (c FlaglerLive)

Today: Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers in the morning, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Highs around 80. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 311.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: Mamil, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


(Blandine Le Cain)

“By talking about immigrants, terrorism, Islamism, colonization and the euro in the stark terms that she favors, Ms. Le Pen has little by little lifted taboos and normalized some scandalous propositions. Populists like her realize that the best tool of propaganda isn’t accuracy, but the internet and the fake. Their focus isn’t truth, only effects. And it works: Voters today don’t read long analyses; they remember forceful assertions. So why is it, finally, that Ms. Le Pen cannot become president? Because while the far right has changed its discourse, the mainstream elites still hold on to their old ways of seeing the world, or imagining what it is. Their analysis of the rise of populism is out of sync. It rests on assumptions, faulty reasoning and denial.”

–Kamel Daoud, from “The French Disconnection,” in The New York Times, April 20, 2017.

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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.

The Bunnell City Commission meets at 7 p.m. at Bunnell City Hall, where Mayor Catherine Robinson will present the State of the City address. Bunnell Police Officer Scott Bagwell will receive a Medal of Merit, for reviving a 38-year-old woman in a medical emergency last March.

Announcements:



G.W. Carver Center Auction to benefits the Carver Center in Bunnell continues, but only through April 27 at 6 p.m. To bid, go here: The auction is the primary fundraising event for the Carver Center. In the past, money raised has been used for big-ticket items like ceiling insulation, furniture for the library, a scoreboard, bleachers, as well as money for scholarships and summer camp.
Auction favorites – like an African safari and a stay at the Hammock Beach Resort – are on the list as they have been in years past. They are joined this year by number of pieces created by renowned local artists Doreen Hardie, Weldon Ryan, Sheila Skipp Zinkerman, Richlin Burnett-Ryan, JJ Graham, William Lurcott, Lawrence N. Green, and photographer A.J. Neste, among others.
“This year we wanted to highlight the exceptional artists we have here in Flagler County, as well as the wonderful things the Carver Center does for the community,” said Barbara Revels, a member of the George Washington Carver Foundation and former Flagler County commissioner who was instrumental in bringing the Carver Center up to a sustainable level, thus saving it from an uncertain fate.
The Carver Center is a recreational facility that also offers tutoring, after school study, internet access and also serves the community with GED classes, employment counseling and other services. It supports the Road to Success program, the AIM summer camp and numerous athletic tournaments.
The list of auction items, which tops 100 this year, also includes gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses, hand-blown glass, Bohemian art glass from the Czech Republic, jewelry, golf outings, hot yoga, Flagler County Centennial memorabilia, and a variety of sporting, camping and vacationing opportunities.
Bids will be tabulated through 6 p.m. April 27.
A “Bidder ID” system will provide each person participating in the auction with a unique, and anonymous, identification that will display on the website. This will help bidders determine if their bids are the current high bids. Additionally, bidders will not have fill out personal information for each bid placed.
For the complete list of items is available, go to: gwcarvercenter.com/foundation/auction. All proceeds will benefit the continued support and development of the G.W. Carver Community Center.

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.

School testing: The House Education Committee will take up a bill (HB 773), filed by Rep. Manny Diaz Jr., R-Hialeah, and Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, that would make a series of changes in the state’s standardized-testing requirements. (2 p.m.)

Medical pot: The House Health & Human Services Committee will consider a proposal (HB 1397), filed by Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, that would carry out a November constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana in Florida. (2 p.m.)

Confirmation hearings: The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will hold confirmation hearings for numerous appointees, including Justin Senior, secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration; Surgeon General Celeste Philip, secretary of the Florida Department of Health; Glenn Sutphin, executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs; Jeffrey Bragg, secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs; and Donald Polmann, a member of the Florida Public Service Commission. (5 p.m.)

Prison guards wanted: The Florida Department of Corrections will hold an employee-recruitment event in Columbia County. (9 a.m., Columbia Correctional Institution, Administration Building, 216 S.E. Corrections Way, Lake City.)

The Florida Sheriffs Association will hold an annual memorial ceremony to honor officers who have died in the line of duty. (1:30 p.m., Florida Sheriffs Association headquarters, 2617 Mahan Dr., Tallahassee.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive

 

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

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.

jazz concert

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.
April 29: The front lobby of the Flagler Beach Police Department will be open on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in support of “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day”. The Police Department is located at 204 South Flagler Avenue, one block south of SR100 on the east side of the Moody/SR100 Bridge.This one day event will provide residents and/or visitors with a no cost, anonymous collection of unwanted and/or expired medicines and this initiative is a collaboration between your local Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This one day event supplements our ongoing efforts to safely collect and dispose of prescription medications with our Drug Collection Unit; which is located within the Police Department’s lobby.
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:

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