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Monday Briefing: Drought Index Dips to 399, Replacing the 800MHz System, AIDS, Sean Monti Trial

| June 5, 2017

AIDS mortality history

It was on this day, June 5, in 1981, that the Centers for Disease Control, recognized and mentioned what it would subsequently call AIDS for the first time. It did so in its weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, better known as MMWR. By then there were roughly 50 to 60 diagnosed cases in the United States, but cases quickly grew in numbers. President Reagan would not mention AIDS at all during his first term, mentioned it in passing at a news conference in 1985, and only in 1986 declared it ‘One of our highest public health priorities.’ By then, the number of people in the United States diagnosed with the disease was approaching 50,000. And by 2000, some 203,000 were living with AIDS, and 60,000 had died in the United States alone, according to the CDC. Today, 36.7 million people are living with AIDS worldwide, and 1.1 million have died of the disease, according to the World Health Organization.

Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening, then chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Details here.Drought Index is at 399.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: bayanihan, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

–Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated on this day in 1968.



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.

Sean Monti in his latest Flagler jail booking photo, left, and his latest state prison photo. He was released from state prison in January.In court: Jury selection takes place for several trials scheduled for this week, assuming they are not settled by pleas ahead of time, including that of Sean Todd Monti, who faces a series of charges including burglary, aggravated battery, principal to grand theft, obstructing justice, aggravated stalking, and so on. Monti, a felon who’s spent about half his life in state prison, once eluded a SWAT team at a house in Palm Coast’s B Section, and more recently lef police on a chase until he jumped in a water tank at Bunnell’s municipal water treatment plant, and was apprehended there. Voir dire–or jury selection–begins before Circuit Judge Dennis Craig at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 401 at the Flagler County Courthouse.

The Flagler County Commission meets at 9 a.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. The administration is asking commissioners to approve a $175,620 contract with Omnicom Consulting Group to be the county’s consultant in a substantial step toward replacing the county’s 800 Mhz. emergency communications system, on which all county emergency personnel depend, including city employees. Commissioners are also faced with the first instance of the airport-runway construction going over budget, with a $65,000 change order to remove overhead powerlines and run them underground. Commissioners are expected to approve $1.5 million contract to Halifax Paving to widen and resurface three miles of County Road 305. The commission is expected to reappoint David Alfin and Rick Belhumeur to the Affordable Housing Advisory Council for an additional four-year term

The County Commission meets again in workshop at 1 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell to discuss a Community Paramedicine Program, to discuss the latest on a proposed library expansion, and to talk about dunes and golf carts on public roadways. Emergency Operations Center, Building 3, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bunnell.

flagler beach city commission logoThe Flagler Beach City Commission and its Planning Board host a public open house 4 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South Second Street, Flagler Beach, to update the Comprehensive Plan. This meeting will allow the planning team to gather input from the community and stakeholders on Infrastructure and intergovernmental coordination. Future meetings will focus on Housing and Future Land Use (July 11 at 4pm, same location) and Environment, Coastal Conservation and Recreation/Open Space (August 1 at 4pm, same location). All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information contact Larry Torino at or 386-517-2000 x230.


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.

Special election in South Florida: A two-day qualifying period will start for candidates in a special election in House District 116. The seat opened when Miami-Dade County Republican Jose Felix Diaz resigned to run in a special election in Senate District 40. The special primary elections in the House and Senate districts will be held July 25, while the special general elections will be Sept 26. (8 a.m.)

The Investment Advisory Council, which reviews state investments and makes recommendations, will hold a joint meeting with the Participant Local Government Advisory Council. That will be followed by an Investment Advisory Council meeting. (Joint meeting starts at 10:10 a.m., Hermitage Center, 1801 Hermitage Blvd., Tallahassee.)

Duke Energy: The state Public Service Commission will consider a series of issues, including a proposal by Duke Energy Florida that would increase customers’ monthly electric bills. The proposal stems largely from higher-than-expected fuel costs for the utility’s power plants. (1:30 p.m., Betty Easley Conference Center, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee.)

State Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, is scheduled to speak to the Jacksonville Young Republicans and discuss the 2017 legislative session. (6:30 p.m., Mellow Mushroom, 3611 St. Johns Ave., Jacksonville.)

–Compiled by the News Service of Florida and FlaglerLive


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

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 9: A Portugal Day flag-raising ceremony is held at Palm Coast City Hall at 6 p.m. in celebration of Portugal’s National Day on June 10, commemorating the death of poet Luis de Camoes on June 10, 1580. Mayor Milissa Holland and Honorary Consul Caesar DePaco of the Honorary Consulate of Portugal in Palm Coast will co-host the ceremony. Special guest of honor from Portugal will be Teresa Morais, who served as Secretary of State and Minister of Culture. Several presentations will be made, and the Portuguese dancer group will perform. The ceremony will be held outdoors at City Hall, but in case of rain will be moved indoors to the City Hall Community Wing. Palm Coast City Hall is located at 160 Lake Ave., next door to the office building that houses the Honorary Consulate.
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
July 11: The Flagler Beach City Coimmission and its Planning Board hold a joint meeting at 4 p.m. at City Hall on the city’s Comprehensive Plan–its blueprint for long-term development–to hear from the public. Today’s meeting focuses on housing and future land use. This meeting will allow the planning team to gather input from the community and stakeholders on Infrastructure and intergovernmental coordination. All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information contact Larry Torino at or 386-517-2000 x230.
Aug. 1: The Flagler Beach City Coimmission and its Planning Board hold a joint meeting at 4 p.m. at City Hall on the city’s Comprehensive Plan–its blueprint for long-term development–to hear from the public. Today’s meeting focuses on the environment, coastal conservation and recreation and open spaces. This meeting will allow the planning team to gather input from the community and stakeholders on Infrastructure and intergovernmental coordination. All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information contact Larry Torino at or 386-517-2000 x230.
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:

Angelina Jordan, 10 Years Old Norwegian, Sings the Blues: I Put A Spell On You

“Why does she perform barefoot? Angelina gave her shoes to a poor girl in Asia and the girl in return told her she would always pray for her. Since then, Angelina does not wear socks or shoes for her performances.” (From sixseeds)

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1 Response for “Monday Briefing: Drought Index Dips to 399, Replacing the 800MHz System, AIDS, Sean Monti Trial”

  1. Charles F. Ericksen, Jr says:

    Let’s remember that the Airport is an Enterprise fund and is not operated on County Taxes..It is self sufficient, and more… The funds for the runway are coming from FAA and The State of Florida ( 95%) , so this small expense, for an “overlooked power line” will be included in our grant to complete the runway ..No new tax dollars

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