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Wednesday Briefing: Bike and Pedestrian Safety Improvements, FTI Graduation, Special Session Starts

| June 7, 2017

Flagler Technical Institute's graduation is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium. Above, Student Services Manager Travis Thomas. (Facebook)

Flagler Technical Institute’s graduation is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Flagler Auditorium. Above, Student Services Manager Travis Thomas. (Facebook)

Today: Showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.Drought Index is at 406.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: canarding, n..
The Live Community Calendar
Today’s jail bookings.

Today’s Briefing: Quick Links


“For here there is not end of metamorphoses, such as we are talking about. One could spend a lifetime collecting and re-enacting them, and it would not be a bad life. Tribes, sometimes consisting of just a few hundred people, have left us a wealth that we certainly do not merit, for it is our fault that they have died out or are dying before our eyes, eyes that scarcely look. The have preserved their mythical experiences until the very end, and the strange thing is that there is hardly anything that benefits us more, hardly anything that fills us with as much hope as these early incomparable creations by people who, hunted, cheated, and robbed by us, have perished in misery and bitterness. Scorned by us for their modest material culture, blindly and ruthlessly exterminated, they have left us an inexhaustible spiritual legacy. Once cannot thank scholarship enough for rescuing it; it’s true preservation, its resurrection to our life are up to the poet, the Dichter.”

–Elias Canetti, from “The Writer’s Profession,” a speech in Munich in 1976, in The Conscience of Words.

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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 Code Enforcement Board meets at 10 a.m. at City Hall in Town Center.

Neighborhood Meeting on Matanzas High School students’ proposed Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Improvements: Students from Matanzas High School will provide a presentation on proposed projects to improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions. Matanzas High School Pirate Theater, 3535 Old Kings Road N. Palm Coast. 6 p.m.

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.

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening, Florida Health Care Plans: Town Center, 145 City Place, Ste. 101, Palm Coast, 8 a.m.

Announcements:

Three Cops Get Dunked for the Special Olympics

Flagler County’s three top cops, with, from left, Sheriff Rick Staly, Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney, and Bunnell Police Chief Tom Foster, who each got dunked several times in a fund-raiser for the Special Olympics organized at First Friday in Flagler Beach last week by the Police Athletic League. Doughney, who, along with Foster, sits on PAL’s board, had suggested the idea.

The fund-raiser raised $324, with Flagler Beach’s Swillerbees Craft Donuts And Coffee Bar donating doughnuts to dunkers. Staly’s wife, Debbie, managed to dunk him twice in three pitches. “He told me it’s a long walk home,” Debbie said, after the sheriff called her over as he was soaking in the tank.

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Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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.

A special three-day session of the Florida Legislature begins: lawmakers will work on rewriting the budget. 9 a.m. The House will go into session at 12:30 p.m., the House Appropriations Committee at 2 p.m., the House Rules & Policy Committee at 6:45 p.m.

The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in four cases, including an appeal by Death Row inmate Dennis Glover, who was convicted in the 2012 murder of a woman in Duval County. (9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

Cabinet: Aides to Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater will meet to prepare for a June 14 Cabinet meeting. (9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

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

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 16: A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for the re-opening of Holland Park, more than a year behind schedule, at 5:30 p.m., followed by an evening of games, music, refreshments and give-aways. Mayor Milissa Holland, daughter of the park’s namesake, will speak at the ceremony. For background, see the story here.
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 www.compassionatefriends.org.
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 ltorino@cityofflaglerbeach.com 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 ltorino@cityofflaglerbeach.com 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:

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