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Wednesday Briefing: More 90s, Get Set for Basketball League, Eastwood at 87, Whitman at 198

| May 31, 2017

Clint Eastwood, who turns 87 today, in 'Unforgiven,' his 1992 movie for which he won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. On May 20 he marked the 25th anniversary of the movie at the Cannes Film Festival. 'I always thought this would be a good last western for me to do,' the soon-to-be 87-year-old told the crowd, 'and it was the last western, because I've never read one that worked as well as this one since then. But who knows. Maybe something will come up in the near future.' Eastwood has yet to be forgiven for his chair stint at the GOP National Convention in 2012, when he pretended to be talking to President Obama.

Clint Eastwood, who turns 87 today, in ‘Unforgiven,’ his 1992 movie for which he won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. On May 20 he marked the 25th anniversary of the movie at the Cannes Film Festival. ‘I always thought this would be a good last western for me to do,’ the soon-to-be 87-year-old told the crowd, ‘and it was the last western, because I’ve never read one that worked as well as this one since then. But who knows. Maybe something will come up in the near future.’ Eastwood has yet to be forgiven for his somewhat less successful chair stint at the GOP National Convention in 2012, when he pretended to be talking to President Obama.

Today: Partly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 90 inland…in the upper 80s coast. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. 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: revirescence, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“To the States or any one of them, or any city of the States,
Resist much, obey little,
Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved,
Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth, ever afterward resumes its liberty.”

–Walt Whitman, whose 198th birthday it is, from Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition (Dover Thrift Editions)



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.

In Court: Circuit Judge Dennis Craig holds docket soundings, the last step before trial, and pre-trials, which may include a few pleas, in dozens of cases, at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse.


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.

Teachers appreciation: Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, will host a “Teacher Appreciation Breakfast” in Nassau County. (8 a.m., West Nassau High School, 1 Warrior Dr., Callahan.)

QUALIFYING ENDS IN SENATE DISTRICT 40: A qualifying period will end 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. (Noon.)

–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 3: Jacksonville Chess Club Tournament, June Scholastic Event and North Florida Open Warm-Up, at the Ramada Inn, 9150 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville. For the Open (all ages, based on ratings): Four rounds, starting with Round 1 at 10 a.m. Registration closes at 9:45 a.m. Entry fee is $30 for general admission, $25 for members of the Jacksonville Chess Club. Two sections with over $500 in prize money. Unrated players can play in either section and are not eligible for class prizes. Late players receives 1st round bye. Email with any questions. Registration at Walk-up Registration is $40 cash only. Register early and save. For the Scholastic event, grades K-12, entry fee is $20 for general admission, $15 for club members and free for chess club Spring Semester pupils. Four round Swiss format K-12 chess tournament with time controls set at 30 minutes with a 5-second delay. Prizes are trophies for top 4 finishers. Boards & sets provided. Bring clocks. Email question to TD Kevin Pryor reserves the right to combine sections. Registration at Walk-up Registration is $30 cash only. First round at 9 a.m.
flagler sports fishing club logoJune 6: The Flagler Sportfishing Club holds its monthly meeting at the VFW at 47 North Old Kings Road in Palm Coast, 7 p.m. The guest speaker is Captain Billy Hunsicker who is one of the captains with Endless Summer Charters based in St. Augustine, which has had two generations of captains in their 20 years of business. Captain Billy,35, has had his captains license since he was 17. He is starting his eighteenth year of running a charter boat and loves going to work every day. Billy has broken thirteen world records and is on the Sunshine Network’s Florida Fishing Report. Also, newly elected club officers will be introduced, and the club will have Swap n Shop, which allows members to bring their nautical treasures to do some trading or find some great bargains.
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.
June 10: The Flagler Sportsfighing Club hosts the Guys n Gals Inshore Tournament (Free to Junior Anglers 12 and under). Species included in this free for member’s tournament will be Flounder, Redfish, Trout, Bluefish, and Whiting. The weigh-in will be by team (2 anglers per team- guy and gal or kid). Food, music and cash prizes. Weigh-in will be held at Herschel King Park off Colbert Lane in Flagler-Palm Coast from 2 to 3 p.m. Food and water will be provided. You must sign up in advance in order to ensure enough food and water is available. There is a $20 fishing donation for each guest paid in advance and guest must fish with a member. A $10 food donation is required if only coming to the weigh-in. The sign-up deadline is June 8. Please contact Chuck Gleichmann at (386) 441-8411 with any questions.
June 28: Compassionate Friends meet at the Flagler County Public Library in Palm Coast, starting at 5:30 p.m. The Compassionate Friends, a nonprofit self-help bereavement support organization for families that have experienced the death of a child. The meeting is open to all parents, grandparents, and siblings over age 18 who has suffered the loss of a child of any age. For more information, call John Brady at 610-428-3139. To learn more about The Compassionate Friends, visit their national website at
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 26 (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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