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| May 30, 2017

A member of the family of Jonathan Nate Spicer lays a wreath at the memorial in front of the Government Services Building during a Memorial Day ceremony Monday. Spicer, a medic, was killed in action in Vietnam. He was posthumously decorated with the Navy Cross for bravery. See the story here. (© FlaglerLive)

A member of the family of Jonathan Nate Spicer lays a wreath at the memorial in front of the Government Services Building during a Memorial Day ceremony Monday. Spicer, a medic, was killed in action in Vietnam. He was posthumously decorated with the Navy Cross for bravery. See the story here. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Mostly sunny in the morning, then partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 90s inland…in the lower 90s coast. North winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. East winds 5 mph. Details here.Drought Index is at 512.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: royal oak, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“Power is being able to laugh at people who oppose you and to laugh at them with impunity, to antagonize them without fear of reprisal. […] Power is being able to ruin people, to ruin their careers and their reputations and their personal relationships.”

–Robert Caro, from The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York



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.

Reminder: a countywide burn ban is in effect. Details here.

Today is the last day for teachers in Flagler County schools.

The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center. Bill Reischmann, the city’s attorney, will make a presentation on the city charter, about which there have again been rumblings, with some interest among council members for a review. The council will also hear about a “master plan” for a resumption of street lighting installations along major urban arteries, starting with Lakeview Boulevard, site of the death of a 16-year-old pedestrian in March that spurred the city to action, and Belle Terre Boulevard. First step: hiring the Lassiter Transportation Group, for $107,000, to design the project and prepare construction plans and cost estimates. The council will also discuss the year’s street-resurfacing projects, totaling about 13 miles.

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


Adult Basketball League, June 5 Through July

Monday and Wednesday evenings from June 5 through July, games start at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Buddy Taylor Middle School, 4500 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast. Register as a team for this 5-a-side style play. Ages 18+ Compete for the title of league champions and free entry into next year’s league. The league includes eight regular season games, one game played every hour, single-elimination tournament, three FHSAA certified officials per game, game equipment and prizes. Fees are $360 team/$43 free agent for Super Early Bird Registration through May 7; $400 team/$50 free agent for Early Bird Registration May 8-15; and $440 team/$56 free agent for Regular Registration May 16-June 2. Register at: or call 386-986-2323.

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.

Senate election: A two-day qualifying period will start for candidates in a special election in Senate District 40, which opened when Miami Republican Frank Artiles resigned in April. The special primary election will be held July 25, while the special general election will be Sept 26.

The Florida Sterling Council will host a “Florida Healthcare Symposium,” with topics expected to include the political environmental and health-care reform. (8:15 a.m., JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, 4000 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando.)

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., is expected to speak during a Palm Beach County Tea Party breakfast. (10 a.m., Abacoa Country Club, 105 Barbados Dr., Jupiter.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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

flagler county democratic executive committeeJune 1: Palm Coast Democratic Club Meeting at the African American Cultural Center on U.S. 1, Palm Coast. Guest speaker is Reverend Harry Parrott. The subject: Separation of Church and State, here in Florida and in America. Rev. Parrott has served on the National Leadership Council and National Advisory Councils of Americans United for many years. He was a plaintiff in at least two cases against the Governor of Florida in lawsuits to protect the separation of church and state. He is an excellent speaker. Meet and greet social is at 6:30, meeting at 7 p.m. Email for information.
June 2: A free showing of “Voiceless,” a Christian movie in opposition to abortion, is scheduled for showing at 6:30 p.m. at Santa Maria del Mar Church, 915 N. Central Ave, Flagler Beach, in either the Fellowship Hall or the Church, depending on the response. Light refreshments will be served. Please call either Elaine Torma, 407-227-4198, or Duane or Janice Berreth, 386-597-2344, to register or if you have any questions. Caution: the event is organized as a partisan rejection of abortion as a right or an option, not merely as an informational showing, and will feature a “mobile sonogram” unit and the participation of sectarian organizations that provide Christian-based counseling against abortion. Torema, when informed that this caution would be included in the notice, sought to have the item removed from the Briefing. “We do not wish to have any negative publicity as part of this event and running it with that caveat would certainly open us up to that,” she wrote. The movie has not been controversial so much as unpopular: Since its release in October, it has grossed just over $400,000. “Voiceless,” one reviewer wrote, “may be atypical of evangelical Christian movies in some ways, but it is further evidence of what Saturday Night Live and I have observed, which is that such films have grown positively uninterested in offering anything to audiences who don’t already share their beliefs.”
June 3: Sample craft beers along historic canal street. in New Smirna Beach from 1 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a six-ounce Canal Street souvenir glass and 12 sampling tickets that can be redeemed at 10 locations in the district.  The walk is held on the first Saturday of each month. For more information, go here.
June 3: Art Stroll and Gallery Walk, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Artistic vendors set up along the historic Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach. Musical artists play from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Christmas Park, 101 Live Oak Street. Galleries feature solo and group exhibitions and artist talks in the Douglas Avenue area of the district and at the Hub from 4-8 p.m. Admission is free.
June 7: The Flagler County Republican Club is holding a double header event for the June 2017 meeting featuring Florida Representative Paul Renner and Flagler Supervisor of Elections Kaiti Lenhart. Rep. Renner will discuss the recent Florida legislative session and Supervisor of Elections Lenhart will update the community on activities within the Supervisor’s office. At Palm Coast City Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., meeting starts at 6 p.m.
August 21: For the first time since 1979, a total eclipse of the sun will cut a path across the center of the contiguous United States. In Florida, you can see the eclipse beginning a little after 5 p.m., and stretching for two a nd a half hours or so, end to end. The next such eclipse will be in 2024 and 2044. Details of the eclipse here.

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 May 12 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

Road and Interstate Construction:

Cultural Coda:

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755), Concerto in B Minor for five Recorders Op. 15 Nr. 4, Performed by Abateva

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