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| June 14, 2017

Work has been progressing at the 34-acre site of the future home of the Army National Guard's Readiness Center, at the south end of the Flagler County Executive Airport. The $22 million, 76,708 square foot facility will employ 30 to 40 people at a time and should open by year's end. (© FlaglerLive)

Work has been progressing at the 34-acre site of the future home of the Army National Guard’s Readiness Center, at the south end of the Flagler County Executive Airport. The $22 million, 76,708 square foot facility will employ 30 to 40 people at a time and should open by year’s end. Details here. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. South winds 5 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 5 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Details here.Drought Index is at 127.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
The OED’s Word of the Day: Cyberia, n..
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Today’s jail bookings.

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“The fateful question for the human species seems to me to be whether and to what extent their cultural development will succeed in mastering the disturbance of their communal life by the human instinct of aggression and self-destruction. It may be that in this respect precisely the present time deserves a special interest. Men have gained control over the forces of nature to such an extent that with their help they would have no difficulty in exterminating one another to the last man. They know this, and thus comes a large part of their current unrest, their unhappiness and their mood of anxiety. And now it is to be expected that the other of the two ‘Heavwnly Powers,’ eternal Eros, will make an effort to assert himself in the struggle with his equally immortal adversary [death]. But who can foresee with what success and with what result?”

–Sigmund Freud, from Civilization and Its Discontents (1929).

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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 Public Safety Coordinating Council‘s 8:45 a.m. meeting at the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell has been cancelled. The next meeting will be Wednesday, July 12.

Announcements:

None.

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.

Chamber education summit: State education, business and non-profit leaders are expected to attend a “Learners to Earners Education Summit” hosted by the Florida Chamber Foundation. Wednesday’s speakers are expected to include Cissy Proctor, executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity; Education Commissioner Pam Stewart; and Madeline Pumariega, chancellor of the Florida College System. (8:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel, 1 Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando.)

Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Cabinet will meet and take up numerous issues, including a proposed deal that could help conserve more than 6,000 acres of agricultural land in Polk and Hardee counties. (9 a.m., Cabinet meeting room, the Capitol.)

Water standards: The 1st District Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear arguments in a dispute about controversial new state water-quality standards. Florida Pulp and Paper Association Environmental Affairs, Inc. challenged the standards, which were developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and approved last July by the state Environmental Regulation Commission. (9 a.m., 1st District Court of Appeal, 2000 Drayton Dr., Tallahassee.)

The Central Florida Regional Planning Council will meet. (9:30 a.m., CareerSource Heartland, 5901 U.S. Highway 27 South, Sebring.)

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


June 24: Golf Croquet At the Palm Harbor Golf Club, 9 a.m.: Free golf croquet is a fun way to get outdoors with your family. It's an activity offered as part of the Mayor's Find Your Fitness Community Challenge. Recreation Leaders from our Parks Department will lead the games. Free, but please register at 386-986-GOLF (4653).
June 27: Join local author Bill Ryan to learn about historic and interesting county sites on a bus trip sponsored by the Flagler County Historical Society. The adventure begins at the Holden House, 204 East Moody Boulevard in Bunnell at 10 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $20 person which does not include lunch at the Bull Creek Fish Camp. To make reservations please call 386-439-5003. Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National forest and surrounding areas.
June 27: The Flagler County NAACP holds its monthly meeting at 6 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast. County Commission Chair Nate McLaughlin will be the guest speaker. McLaughlin will speak on Flagler County’s 100th anniversary and the commission’s proclamation recognizing equality for all citizens, and reconciliation for offenses large and small.
June 27: The last Entrepreneur Night event before the Summer break heads to West Volusia for the first time, and is expecting nearly 200 in attendance. The event will be held at Artisan Grill, starting at 5:30 p.m. As always, there is no admission fee. Event is open to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs alike, so click through for complete location details and to RSVP. And yes, you may bring a friend.
June 28: A domestic violence summit is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. The summit is being convened by Sheriff Rick Staly to drive a community-wide effort to combat domestic violence. The June 28 summit is designed as as starting point for a task force to come up with a set of recommendations in a few months that may be implemented community-wide. Details of the initiative 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 Commission 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.
July 12: The Public Safety Coordinating Council meets at the Emergency Operations Center in Bunnell at 8:45 a.m.
flagler sports fishing club logoJuly 15: The Flagler Sportfishing Club is sponsoring the 8th Annual Kids Fishing Clinic, along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. At Bings Landing, 5862 N. Ocean Shore Blvd., Palm Coast, from 9 a.m. to noon. This is open to kids ages 5-15. There is a larger turnout each year. Children and teens will go through different "stations" and learn things such as: knot tying, cast net throwing, casting, proper fish handling, and so on. After completing all stations, fishing rods and reels will be given out to the first 200 kids. There is no cost, but each participant is asked to bring one non-perishable food item to go to the Food Pantry in Bunnell. Contact: Capt. Mike Vickers at (386) 569-9674 OR captainmikesfishing@yahoo.com.
Aug. 1: The Flagler Beach City Commission 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.
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