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Tuesday Briefing: Bathrooms for Indian Trail Sports Complex, Lighting Up Ball Fields, Bowling for FPS, Eudora Welty

| April 25, 2017

Robert Pirsig died Monday.

Robert Pirsig died Monday.

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Clear. Lows around 60 inland…in the lower 60s coast. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.Details here.
Drought Index is at 331.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: greenmail, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


“Yes, and that’s useful—it helps give me the feeling of making my work objective. I can correct better if I see it in typescript. After that, I revise with scissors and pins. Pasting is too slow, and you can’t undo it, but with pins you can move things from anywhere to anywhere, and that’s what I really love doing—putting things in their best and proper place, revealing things at the time when they matter most.”

–Eudora Welty, from her Paris Review interview, Fall 1972.

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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 Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. The council will discuss a contract with a private company to improve cell coverage in the city. The council will also discuss a nearly $1 million contract to build rest rooms at Indian Trails Sports Complex and on the grounds of the Palm Coast Arts Foundation in Town Center, and a $547,000 contract to add lighting at ball fields.

The Flagler County Centennial Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center’s Executive Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 3, Bunnell.

Bunnell Elementary hosts a Future Problem Solvers bowling fundraiser at Palm Coast Bowling Lanes, 5 p.m. Students are raising money to pay for their trip to international competition in Lacrosse, Wis., in June, after being invited there for winning state honors. See the background here.

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.

Medical pot: The Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up dozens of bills, including a proposal (SB 406), filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, that would carry out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana. Among the other bills, the committee will consider a proposal (SB 240), filed by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, that would help clear for “direct primary care” agreements between patients and doctors. (9 a.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

House floor session: The House will hold a floor session and take up numerous issues, including a proposal (HB 1421), filed by Rep. James Grant, R-Tampa, and Rep. Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando, that would make changes in an insurance practice known as “assignment of benefits.” The issue has been highly controversial, with insurers blaming assignment of benefits for increasing property-insurance rates. (10:30 a.m., House chamber, the Capitol.)

Dozier apology: The Senate Rules Committee will consider numerous bills, including a proposal (SR 1440), filed by Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, that would apologize for abuses that occurred at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna. Boys were physically and sexually abused for decades at the now-shuttered school. Among other bills, the committee will take up a proposal (SCR 1360), filed by Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, that would place a statue of educator and civil-rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune at the U.S. Capitol, replacing a statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. Each state is allowed two statues at the National Statuary Hall, and Florida has long been represented by Smith and John Gorrie, widely considered the father of air conditioning. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., 110 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 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

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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.

rally by the sea

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April 29: The People’s Climate Movement March, in conjunction with a march scheduled in Washington, D.C., will march locally in the Rally BY the Sea, 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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Eudora Welty Reads “A Worn Path”

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