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| June 28, 2017

The Flagler Education Foundation is the school district's non-profit arm, fund-raiser and support organization, underwriting many scholarships and programs. The foundation installed its new officers at a banquet at Hammock Beach Resort Monday evening. From left, Dave Taylor, Treasurer, David Alfin, Secretary, Mike Beadle, President,  County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens, who  installed the Board but isn't a member,  Catherine Evans, Vice-President, and Joe Marotti; President-Elect. Joe Rizzo, the organization's executive director, is not in the picture, but was at the banquet. (Jason Wheeler)

The Flagler Education Foundation is the school district’s non-profit arm, fund-raiser and support organization, underwriting many scholarships and programs. The foundation installed its new officers at a banquet at Hammock Beach Resort Monday evening. From left, Dave Taylor, Treasurer, David Alfin, Secretary, Mike Beadle, President, County Judge Melissa Moore-Stens, who installed the Board but isn’t a member, Catherine Evans, Vice-President, and Joe Marotti; President-Elect. Joe Rizzo, the organization’s executive director, is not in the picture, but was at the banquet. (Jason Wheeler)

Today: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s inland… In the mid 80s coast. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows in the mid 70s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Details here.
Drought Index is at 40.
Today’s tides: at the beaches, at the Intracoastal Waterway.
Today’s document from the National Archives.
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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.

flagler county commission government logotrong>The Flagler County Economic Opportunity Advisory Board meets at 9 a.m. in board chambers, Government Services Building, Bunnell. Michael Zaharios, Program Director of the Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center, will be presenting.

The Flagler County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meets at 10 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room, 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Bldg. 2, Bunnell.

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.

John Subers (© FlaglerLive)

John Subers (© FlaglerLive)

John Subers Speaks to the Young Professional Group: Join the YPG for a lunch at Florida Hospital Flagler. Subers, East Florida Executive Director and Chief Development Officer of the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation will speak with the group regarding the art of networking and the importance of professional relationships. Florida Hospital Flagler
60 Memorial Medical Parkway, Classroom A, Palm Coast. Free for YPG Members and $10 for guests, includes lunch.

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.

Announcements:

New Voting Precincts and Precinct Boundaries in Flagler-Palm Coast

From Elections Supervisor Kaiti Lenhart: In preparation for upcoming election cycles, new precinct boundaries have been approved to accommodate areas of growth in the county. Several voting locations have been impacted. Proposed changes to Flagler County precinct boundaries were presented to the Board of County Commissioners during their public workshop held on May 15, 2017. Two additional precincts were created and the boundaries of several other precincts were adjusted to shift voters from very heavily populated areas. The proposed changes were adopted during the regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on June 19, 2017. Affected voters can expect to receive a new Voter Information Card by the end of July 2017. For more information, please call (386) 313-4170. View the new precinct map and related information.

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.

Aramis Ayala at a campaign rally in October. (© FlaglerLive)

Aramis Ayala at a campaign rally in October. (© FlaglerLive)

Ayala-Scott fight goes to the Supreme Court: The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in a battle about whether Gov. Rick Scott had the legal authority to transfer death-penalty cases from Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala to another prosecutor. Scott shifted the cases to Ocala-area State Attorney Brad King after Ayala said she would not seek death sentences, including in the case of alleged Orlando cop killer Markeith Loyd. Ayala, who was elected last year in the circuit made up of Orange and Osceola counties, challenged Scott in the Supreme Court, arguing she has broad legal discretion in decisions about issues such as whether to pursue death sentences. (9 a.m., Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval St., Tallahassee.)

Parole: The Florida Commission on Offender Review will start two days of meetings in Brevard County and discuss numerous parole cases related to crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s. Parole was abolished in the mid-1990s in Florida. (9 a.m., Melbourne Probation and Parole Office, 1500 West Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne.)

The College of Central Florida Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet after holding a workshop. (Workshop at 1:30 p.m., with board meeting at 3 p.m., College of Central Florida, Founders Hall, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala.)

Deepwater Horizon: The Gulf Consortium Board of Directors, which works on issues related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will meet in conjunction with an annual conference of the Florida Association of Counties. (2 p.m., Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.)

State colleges: The Association of Florida Colleges Board of Directors is scheduled to meet in Marion County. (4 p.m., College of Central Florida, 3001 S.W. College Road, Ocala.)

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

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May 22: The Blue Power 2020 forum, hosted by Mike Cocchiola, who heads the Flagler County Democratic Party, meets at 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D, all welcome. The weekly forum is intended to discuss local, state and national issues and to develop action plans to influence policy.
May 22: The IB Class of 2019 has its "Baccalaureate Night" at Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church in Flagler Beach, at 7 p.m.
May 22: A meeting of the Compassionate Friends is scheduled at the Vitas Office at 4 North Old Kings Road (across from Kentucky Fried Chicken) in Palm Coast. The meeting begins 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.
May 23: The Flagler Chamber's Common Ground Breakfast features a 2019 Legislative Update with Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. Paul Renner at the Hilton Garden Inn, 55 Town Center Dr., Palm Coast, Checkin begins at 7:30, breakfast starts promptly at 8.
May 23: Flagler Lifeline, a volunteer committee and Flagler Cares affiliate established to broaden conversation and awareness of suicide, will host a public town hall event at 6 p.m.  at the Flagler County Association of Realtors building, 4101 East Moody Blvd. in Bunnell. The Town Hall will feature presentations by mental health experts, suicide survivors and others who have been touched by suicide, and will be facilitated by Colleen Conklin, the long-time school board member and one of Flagler Lifeline’s founders. For the past several years Conklin has hosted periodic events, including electronic town halls, to bring awareness to bullying and suicide prevention. The May 23 town hall, like Flagler Lifeline's emergence, is partly a result of Flagler County's place in 2017 as the county with the leading suicide rate in the state, proportional to its population. See the background story here.
May 23: The Flagler Beach City Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 105 South Second Street. Commissioners will consider making the city a member of the American Flood Coalition.
May 23: The Palm Coast Beautification and Environmental Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall in Town Center. An agenda had not been posted online as of May 18.
May 23: The Wadsworth Elementary School Advisory Council and PTO meet at 6 p.m. in the school’s media center.
May 23: Palm Coast Artist and 2011 Flagler County Artist of the Year Weldon Ryan hosts a meet and great at the Bronze Kingdom African Art Gallery, 3201 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wine and cheese, 15 percent off on all of Weldon's works.
May 23-26: "Southern Fried Funeral," a play at the Daytona Playhouse, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Adults $20, Seniors 55 and up, $18, Youths 18 and under $8. Address: 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach, or see directions here. Buy tickets online here. Box office: 386-255-2431.
May 24: Flagler County Emergency Management chief Jonathan Lord hosts a media roundtable at noon on the upcoming hurricane season, at the Emergency Operations Center, 1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg. 3 (behind the Government Services Building), Bunnell.
May 24: Butterfly Walk at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, 6400 North Oceanshore Blvd., 10 a.m. Join a ranger at 2 p.m. for a walk through our historical gardens. Learn about the history of our park while exploring the beauty of the formal gardens, with an emphasis on butterflies. The walk is approximately 1 hour. Please bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Meet in the garden parking lot. Garden walk included with park entry. No registration required.
May 25: Pool Safety Day at Palm Coast's Freeda Zamba pool, 339 Parkview Drive, open to all ages, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is designed to teach the importance and seriousness of safety, but while having fun and participating in activities that children will remember. Florida is one of two states that lead the nation with at least 21 fatal child drownings last summer, according to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and USA Swimming Foundation. About ten people die every day from unintentional drowning and of these, two will be children age 14 or younger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fee is $1 for seniors and youth age 17 and under. It is $2 for adults.
May 27: Memorial Day, 8 a.m. start time at Heroes Memorial Park, 2860 Palm Coast Pkwy. The City of Palm Coast welcomes the community to share a meaningful Memorial Day tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving their country. U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, who represents District 6, will speak. Rain Location: Fire Station 21 at 9 Corporate Drive Free and no registration required. More info: 386-986-2300.
May 28: The Flagler County Opioid Task Force meets at 6 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at the Government Services Building
May 29: The Blue Power 2020 forum, hosted by Mike Cocchiola, who heads the Flagler County Democratic Party, meets at 12:30 p.m. at the Democrats' office, 2 Office Park Drive, Suite D, all welcome. The weekly forum is intended to discuss local, state and national issues and to develop action plans to influence policy.
May 30: Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School hold graduation ceremonies at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Matanzas High School’s ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and Flagler Palm Coast High School’s starts at 7. Doors to the Ocean Center open one hour before the start of each ceremony. The student procession begins approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Tickets for the ceremonies are free. However, both schools have a 10-ticket limit per student. There may be opportunities for additional tickets. Students will be notified and information is located on each school’s website. Parking passes are also available for pre-purchase. Parking is $5. security measures instituted last year will be in place this year. Please take note and be prepared before you head to the Ocean Center. There will be security checks before ticket holders are allowed entry into the ceremony. Watch livestreams of the ceremonies: Matanzas here, and FPC here.


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