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Monday Briefing: Teddy Bears Against Violence, Voting Precincts, Medical Pot Moratorium, Down in the River to Pray

| June 19, 2017

Tim and Lisa Hogan of State Farm donated some 100 teddy bears to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office  so deputies can carry them in their patrol vehicles and hand them out to children involved in domestic violence situations. Sheriff Rick Staly talked about the issue, with the Hogans present, on Free For All Friday last week, with host David Ayres, who arranged for the donation. (© FlaglerLive)

Tim and Lisa Hogan of State Farm donated some 100 teddy bears to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office so deputies can carry them in their patrol vehicles and hand them out to children involved in domestic violence situations. Sheriff Rick Staly talked about the issue, with the Hogans present, on Free For All Friday last week, with host David Ayres, who arranged for the donation. (© FlaglerLive)

Today: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 78.
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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 Flagler County Commission meets at 5 p.m. in board chambers at the Government Services Building, Bunnell. Commissioners will hear a presentation on the Guardian Ad-Litem program, which provides advocacy for children in the court system. Commissioners are expected to approve new voting precinct boundaries, which will affect only a handful of precincts and add two new ones. Commissioners are also expected to accept a $5.4 million grant from the Department of Environmental Protection for beach repairs, and to buy 25.5 acres for $575.000 for a future wet-side fire station. Commissioners will consider extending the moratorium on medical marijuana businesses for 90 days, to mid-September.

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.

A two-day qualifying period will start in the special election to replace former state Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando, in Orange County’s House District 44. Eisnaugle resigned to become a judge on the 5th District Court of Appeal. A special primary election will be held Aug. 15, with the special general election on Oct. 10. (8 a.m.)

Public-school enrollment: The Education Estimating Conference will discuss issues related to public-school enrollment and capital outlay. (10 a.m., 117 Knott Building, the Capitol.)

Committees of the Citizens Property Insurance Board of Governors will hold a series of meetings in advance of a board meeting Tuesday. (11 a.m., Sheraton Orlando North, 600 North Lake Destiny Dr., Maitland.)

Debate: The Women’s Republican Club of Miami, Federated will host a debate for GOP candidates in the special election to replace former Sen Frank Artiles in Miami-Dade County’s Senate District 40. Republican candidates are former state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, former Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla and attorney Lorenzo Palomares. (6:30 p.m., Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus, Building R, 11011 S.W. 104th St., Miami.)

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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Palm Coast Construction and Development Progress Reports

The following is an update of ongoing permitting, construction and development projects in Palm Coast, through June 8 (the city administration’s full week in review is here):

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Cultural Coda:

From WQXR in New York: ““Down in the River to Pray” is a fantastic song. Maybe you know it from Alison Krauss’ beautiful rendition in 2000’s O Brother Where Art Thou, a film that also boasts one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.) It’s a simple melody, and its calming lyrics act as a balm for the soul. That serenity translates pretty well to baritone and bass brass, as the The University of Texas Tuba/Euphonium Studio demonstrates in the featured video. Many orchestra’s don’t typically need a combination of 11 tubas and euphoniums — let alone to carry the melody — so we’re very happy to see them take center stage. Not much is known about the history of this song. In 1867’s Slave Songs of the United States, an early effort to compile the spirituals and work songs of the country’s recently emancipated population, “Down in the River” (titled “The Good Old Way”) is classified as a song of the “Inland Slave States” (Tennessee, Arkansas, and the Mississippi River). It’s also attributed to a certain George H. Allan. However, Allan was almost certainly not the composer. Like many folk tune compilations, the contribution here is most likely the work of a transcriber who simply wrote down what they heard.”

Down in the River to Pray: University of Texas Tuba/Euphonium Studio

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2 Responses for “Monday Briefing: Teddy Bears Against Violence, Voting Precincts, Medical Pot Moratorium, Down in the River to Pray”

  1. Toni Cuff says:

    I must admit that I’ve never thought of the tuba as being a relaxing instrument. Usually I don’t take the time to listen to an entire piece, however, today I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this in its entirety, and I am much more “chill” than I was five minutes ago. Thank you!

  2. Pogo says:

    @ FL & Toni Cuff

    Thanks FL – beautiful and wonderful. And Toni Cuff – your comment lead me back. Thank you.

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